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ITALY-UMBRIA - Surprise yourself and enjoy Umbrias famous culture, food, wines and art of cooking

Edith Brons


Customized small group packages:

Alsettimocielo, in seventh heaven, offers customized package trips to Umbria/Tuscany. The packages are composed on desire of the client and by mutual agreement between the client and alsettimocielo.

Prices from 1420 euro per person per week, based on a stay in a 2-persons bedroom and 7 participants.

Participants will be lodged in 2 apartments in a country house, where they share 3 bathrooms and 2 kitchens. The apartments have double bedrooms; there is one more double bedroom with bathroom in the same building. Eventually in a studio with a double bed, a bathroom, a shower and a kitchen corner can be used as well.

 

Alsettimocielo is in the south of Umbria, known as Italy’s green heart. It is located in a romantic park of 2 ha. / 5 acres on a historical site.

The owners were so impressed and touched by the beauty of this spot, that they named the park ‘al settimo cielo’, in seventh heaven.

Traces of the Etruscans who lived here 3000 years ago are still around, and their caves on the premises remain in use, for example as communal kitchen.

The pure, natural spot is highly compelling to everyone’s fantasy.

Hereunder we’ll give you two examples of possible packages. Of course combinations are possible. Changes can be made by mutual agreement. Apart from that we can propose more possibilities.

I. CULTURE

Day 1:

arrival at Roma airport; organized transport to alsettimocielo

arrival al settimo cielo, in seventh heaven, where the celestials are waiting for them; travelers settle down in their accommodations; welcome dinner offered by alsettimocielo.

Day 2:

Visit to Orvieto. Walking tour through the town, visiting the famous cathedral, several musea, lunch in one of the many restaurants.

After lunch free program for shopping, further visits etc.

Dinner in a restaurant, partnered with alsettimocielo.

Day 3:

a. creative activity as desired: felting (which can be considered as painting with wool), painting, ceramics (either decorating fired plates/saucers/cups or raku). Lunch at alsettimocielo. In the late afternoon we may visit the local potter

or

b. guided trekking starting from alsettimocielo

Visit to Ficulle, eventually to the cimitero (grave yard), followed by dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Day 4:

Surprise excursion; we only reveal that it is about architecture.

Lunch at Montegiove’s Castle, visit to the castle

Visit to Città della Pieve, Pietro Perugino’s birth place

Dinner in a restaurant, partnered with alsettimocielo.

Day 5:

Visit to Assisi, lunch there, partially free program

Dinner in Ficulle at ‘Il Paese mio, da Matteo’, a beautifully restored olive oil press.

Day 6:

Visit to the sculpture park of Daniel Spoerri, lunch in a restaurant in the park.

Final dinner al settimo cielo and offered by alsettimocielo.

Day 7:

Departure.

 

II. FOOD, WINE AND CULINARY ART

Day 1:

arrival at Roma airport; organized transport to alsettimocielo

arrival al settimo cielo, in seventh heaven; travelers settle down in their accommodations; welcome dinner offered by alsettimocielo.

Day 2:

Visit to Orvieto. Walking tour through the town, visiting the famous cathedral, several musea, lunch in one of the many restaurants

After lunch free program for shopping, further visits etc.

Visit to Il Palazzo del Gusto for wine tasting; they collect all the Umbrian wines

Dinner in a restaurant, partnered with alsettimocielo.

Day 3:

Visit to a biological cheese maker (peccorino, ricotta etc. that comes from sheep’s milk)

Pranzo del pastore, shepherd’s lunch

Visit to Vita Longa, a wine producer in Ficulle

Dinner at Vita Longa.

Day 4:

Make your own traditional hand made pasta under supervision of two local Mama’s. The mama’s are most willing to reveal their kitchen secrets and teach you how to make the suitable sauces. How about doing that in an Etruscan cave in seventh heaven, al settimo cielo?

Lunch, eating the fresh made pasta

Free program in the afternoon

Dinner al settimo cielo.

Day 5:

Visit to Bolsena, boat tour on the lake

Lunch

Visit to Cività di Bagnoregio

Dinner in Ficulle at ‘Il Paese mio, da Matteo’, a beautifully restored olive oil press.

Day 6:

Visit to Montepulciano (Tuscany), ia the famous historical wine cellars

Lunch in ( the neigbourhood of ) Montepulciano

After lunch we’ll make a tour, visiting a wine producer, eventually Città della Pieve, Monteleone, Ficulle.

Final dinner al settimo cielo and offered by alsettimocielo.

Day 7:

Departure.

 

Terms and conditions

PRICE

From 1420 euro per person per week, based on a stay in a double room and 7 participants.

6 participants, same conditions: 1515 euro per person per week.

5 participants, same conditions: 1640 euro per person per week.

If available it is possible to have a single room, which costs 275 euro per week extra.

 

DEPOSIT

A 25% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking with full amounts due 60 days prior to arrival.


THE FEE INCLUDES

• Minibus airport transfer on arrival and departure from/to Rome airport. Transfer from/to another airport can be arranged for an extra supplement each way per group.

• Minibus transport to and from any excursions to and from alsettimocielo

• Accommodation with all breakfasts at alsettimocielo, all dinners and all lunches, modest wine consumption included (2 glasses with each meal)

• One cooking session, creative activity or trekking

• Guided excursions as outlined in the itinerary (or equivalent in case of changes to the itinerary, owing to circumstances beyond our control )

• All art materials and tuition as specified in the itinerary

• Entrance tickets to all excursions

NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEES

Transport from home country to Italy

Drinks not included with the meals

Anything not specified above


25% DEPOSIT: NON-REFUNDABLE

60 - 41 days notice -50% of total rate refunded (excluding the 25%

non-refundable deposit)

40 - 21 days notice -25% of total rate refunded. (excluding the 25%

non-refundable deposit)

Less than 21 days notice - no refund.

The calculation of the days does not include the day of withdrawal. Cancellation notice must be received by e-mail, fax, or letter. Any bank charges on refunds are at your expense. There is no refund if the trip is cancelled due to reasons beyond the control of The Retreat (Force majeure, exceptional circumstances or other situations that are not chargeable to The Retreat).

CANCELLATION POLICY

Minimum number: 5 maximum 7 participants


TRIP CANCELLATION:

Cancellation of participation by the customer is permitted under the cancellation policy outlined above. Alsettimocielo reserves the right to cancel the trip due to the lack of a minimum number of participants by giving written notice to the customer up to seven days before departure. In case Alsettimocielo cancels the tour package for any reason before departure, except in cases in which the minimum number of participants has not been reached or for unavoidable circumstances, the customer may chose from:

another tour package of the same price or more at no additional cost;

a less expensive package and receive a refund of the difference;

or a total refund of payment within 7 weekdays from the cancellation date.


COMPLAINTS:

Complaints must be forwarded immediately in such a way that Alsettimocielo can solve the problem directly. The customer can also forward a complaint via e-mail - with sent message confirmation to info@vacaza.com within 10 weekdays exactly from the date of the trip/services.


CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES

The customer is expected to be adequately insured ( i.e. damage / theft/ accidents/ illness/general calamities etc.) and proceed according to the rules of common sense and safety, the rules set out by The retreat, as well as expected to abide by the laws of the country which he is visiting. The customer who does not respect the above mentioned rules, will be held responsible for any damages to The Retreat.


COMPETENT COURT

Any possible controversy will be judged by the arrondissementsrechtbank Arnhem, the Netherlands.



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