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Time12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Trade the crowds of the Eternal City for the countryside of Umbria on this day trip from Rome to Assisi and Orvieto. With a guide, you’ll travel by coach first to Orvieto, a hilltop town known for its Gothic masterpiece, Orvieto Cathedral. Have lunch near Lake Trasimeno, and then visit the town of Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the home of St Francis of Assisi. Finish with a stop in Santa Maria degli Angeli, where you’ll see the 9th-century basilica where St Francis once worshipped.
  • Day trip from Rome to Assisi and Orvieto
  • See the breathtakingly beautiful Orvieto Cathedral
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the shores of Lake Trasimeno
  • Spend your afternoon in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Assisi in Umbria
  • Explore Basilica di San Francesco and the Convent of Santa Chiara
  • Stop in the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli to see a 9th-century basilica where St Francis of Assisi worshipped

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A charming escape from the crowds of Rome. Head into the Italian countryside to see the many churches of Orvieto and the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi.
Your day trip from Rome to Orvieto and Assisi starts as you leave the city by coach, heading north along the River Tiber toward the region of Umbria, a picturesque piece of central Italy that neighbors Tuscany. After an approximate 1.5-hour drive, arrive in Orvieto, a hill town that seems to rise dramatically out of the volcanic rock it’s perched on and is known for its long history dating back to the Etruscans.

Explore town on foot, enjoying the Italian charm and passing by many churches, particularly Orvieto Cathedral, a Gothic structure that dates back to the late 1200s and is noted for its stained glass, sculptures and mosaics.

Back on your coach, continue across the rolling landscapes toward Lake Trasimeno, where you’ll stop for lunch. Then head to Assisi, a World Heritage–listed town famed for being the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi, a patron saint of Italy and one of the most legendary figures in religious history.

Take a walking tour of town to see sites related to St Francis’ life, including the stall where he is thought to have been born, his former home and the place where he vowed to dedicate his life to the church. You’ll also learn about Assisi’s other hometown saint, St Clare, one of St Francis’ followers. Visit both the Convent of Santa Chiara, named for her, and the Basilica di San Francesco, dedicated to St Francis, plus see other Assisi sights like Piazza del Comune, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the town hall and the Roman Temple of Minerva.

Return to your coach to start the drive from Assisi to Rome, stopping on the way in Santa Maria degli Angeli to visit its 9th-century basilica where St Francis is said to have worshipped. Your day trip ends when you arrive back in Rome.

Reviews

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J
, Oct 2018

Sylvia and our bus driver were good hosts. We enjoyed the trip and knowledge. Sylvia tried to accomodate people of different mobility levels to help their trip be easier. the lunch was good and bus was clean. The only negative I can say was that we were rushed some at Assisi and Mary Angelis. A little more free time would be good. Overall good value and excellent experience.

H
, Oct 2018

Started off good, bus, guide were good, Orvieto was amazing!Wish we only went there!!! The rest of the trip was horrible!We scheduled an English trip and she narrated in Spanish and English with an Italian accent he couldn’t understand a word she said the whole trip made for a long boreen trip!!! Absolutely not worth the time and money!!!

P
, Aug 2018

Due to a text limit This is half of what I wanted to post.

DON'T take this tour!

We had problems with:
Pre trip confirmation
Check in
Staff Attitudes
The bus
The driver
The tour guide and her limited English skills.
At Drop-off a 70 year old lady was dropped off in the dark 8 blocks from her hotel.

My wife and I are regular international travelers and this is or fourth time in Italy. I am a native English speaker and I am almost fluent in Italian. We have taken dozen tours like this. Every other review I have written was 5 stars. We wanted this to be fun and after every stumble we hoped things would get better They never did.

Pre trip
2 days before the trip I called to confirm the date, pick up time and pick up location. They confirmed the
Address and said, that is not a hotel and You have to travel to our office to get on the bus. Note: our confirmation listed the address and that we would be picked up.

Check in
We met the guide, showed our confirmation, she checked us off of the list and we got on the bus.second row passenger side - behind guides seat. At some point the guide disappeared and people started to ask us where the bus was going. We told them and they and joined us on the bus.

When the guide returned and found more people in the bus, she was not happy. She started asking people for their confirmations. She ended up having an argument with one group of people and then walking of the bus in a huff.

One couple learned that they are on the wrong bus. Again, the guide is visibly frustrated. She sends them to another bus. How can this happen? She had their documents and checked them in!

Driver
He did not say hello just played a card game on his phone.
Several times he left the turn signal on for several minutes. This could be a sign of poor hearing or a result of leaving one ear bud from his phone in his ear for the entire drive.
He would often drift out of his lane and on to the shoulder or another lane. Curves on local roads often seemed like a surprise and he would often use both lanes on a road.

Distracted by alerts from his phone. The alerts were very loud. He was on the phone for more than an hour. A couple of times he held the phone and drove with one hand!

Twice he drove through a red light. Once he was late in breaking and it required him to swerve into the oncoming lane to not hit a car stopped at a red light.

Several times the driver and guide appeared to argue about where we were going.

The bus was very loud, It rattled, it squeaked, and you could feel every bump. The overhead shelf had started to break lose at several anchor points. I was waiting for it to fall and crush my skull. The bus lacked the power to keep up with traffic when going up hill.
The seats are not for tall people. By the end the day I had serious back pain.
13 hour trip. 1 hour Orvieto, 1 hour lunch and 2 hours Assisi. A total of 9 hours on bus.
Lunch - Very tasty food.
Guide - It was 10 minutes before she talked to us she was on her phone. Her English skills were not sufficient for the job. She struggled for words or said the wrong things. She would also add random Italian words into her English sentences. This would be bad in a quite room but, when you add all of the loud bus noised We could not understand. We sat directly behind her. It was louder in the back.
It was also very clear that she possessed no awareness of her English deficiencies. She would drone on in a monotone voice for long periods of time. Most people fell asleep they were the lucky ones. People asked her questions in English, her answers showed that she did not understand. My wife once asked what she was talking about and the guide said, I already explain..ed that in English. She sat in the front seat looking forward and did not connect or interact with most of the bus. We were often left confused.
She also spent almost 2 hours on her phone.

Cities. Orvieto - pay an additional 4 Euros to see Duomo.
Assisi a lot of walking. The pace was too fast for a couple of the older walkers. They never got a chance to rest. The local guide in Assisi was much more clear but, if you fell behind, you were on your own.
Drop off. They dont have small vehicles to take you back to your hotel. So, the guide mentioned that they would drop you off close. Everyone thought that they would be taken back to their own hotel. My wife talked to the guide and asked her to go over the plan again. However, we did not get any more drop off the instructions because the guide was making personal calls for the last hour of the drive.
First stop was for a 70 year old woman with a cane. 8:30pm at night on a random dark street. The lady was fatigued, could barely walk and did not know where we were. We got off the bus early and we helped her travel 8 blocks to her hotel. I fear what would have happened if we did not go with her.
So, do not take this trip, dont use this company!

m
, Aug 2018

This is a trip I would not recommend as the tour operator used placed our lives at risk. The bus driver was falling asleep on himself within half hour of the trip and when a fellow tour member raised it to the guide he did not even respond. On our return journey the bus was overheating and the driver was forced to pull aside on the highway. The lunch was almost inedible - awful!! As stated in the tour description the restaurant was lakeside - the lake was 1.5 km away and not even visible from the restaurant. Orvieto and Assisi are stunning places - don't spoil your experience by using this tour! Entry to the cathedral at Orvieto is not included as well as museum even though its stated in the description - if you want you pay for these separately. It was my daughters 15th birthday - I regret ever putting her through this.

m
, Aug 2018

Loved the sights, live the guide, love the driver, love the whole experience. Would recommend to everyone.

M
, Jul 2018

The place was lovely, but the bus was dirty, the driver was a very uncomfortable person and the guide was a very difficult woman to deal with. they had a fight. the bus buddies felt as if they had been on a school bus.

R
, Jul 2018

We did not spend so much time in Assisi. I would have preferred to have had lunch in Assisi and not spend the time en route for our lunch.

J
, Jul 2018

My wife and I went to Italy on our honeymoon. We were excited for this day trip. We had 50 minutes in Orvieto, which did not seem like enough time to really make it a stop, afterwards, we travelled through Umbria to Assisi and stopped for lunch along the way. The lunch was good, but not good enough that I wouldn't have rather have spent more time and eaten in Orvieto and driven straight to Assisi. The Assisi guide was excellent, very informative and did a good job of pointing out important sites while giving history about Sts. Claire and Francis. The tour was run through Green Line Tours and rather than take us directly back, they attempted to drop off several people at or near their hotels. Driving a tour bus through the crowded streets of Rome was not a good idea. Not only did it take longer for those of us who were not being dropped off to end our trip and find a place for dinner, but the constant braking, accelerating, and tight turns in the tour bus left me with a very nauseous wife. In the future, I would recommend dropping everyone else off at your headquarters and then dropping those few people at their hotels.

I
, May 2018

Very good guide. Amazing place.

M
, Apr 2018

This was a very long day, and I had booked an English only tour, which turned out to be everything else! this was not Viator's fault but a serious issues of poor management by the local tour company, who changed our tour at the last minute and provided a guide who's English was extremely poor! even though it was suppose to be the English only tour - however she spent the best part of the time speaking Spanish to 4 clients, and the rest of the bus travellers were made up by English, USA, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders....we spent too long at lunch, this limited our time at Assisi which was a complete rush! - Assisi had been the main reason most of the people had booked this tour.....I would have preferred to travel directly to Assisi, had lunch in Assisi, and forget about a stop in Orvieto ...as the time we spent at Orvieto in the morning was insufficient to sight-see or to do any shopping...we arrived back late to Rome that evening, and I was dropped six blocks from my hotel at 10.00pm , it was raining heavily...and I had to get assistance from a restaurant owner how to get back to my hotel....I was disappointed to discover how far away I had been left alone late at night as an older woman, when I booked the tour it was suppose to be door to door.... again, this was the fault of the local service provider....if I ever travel to Rome again I will avoid any tours offered by this local provider through Viator. I would have liked to have said this just may have been an unfortunate incident, but no, I also did a Vatican tour with this local company, and had another similar mishap...a day earlier.


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