Rome & Magnificent South
8 days Semi-Escorted Tour from Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, Castellana Caves, Alberobello, Lecce, Gallipoli, Ostuni & Matera (Stones)

Features and Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer from FCO/CIA airports to hotel in Rome

  • 3 hours guided walking tour in Rome

  • Accommodation in 4* hotels 

  • Daily buffet breakfast

  • 4 dinners (drinks not included)

  • 1 lunch in Naples (soft drinks included)

  • 1 lunch in Capri (drinks not included)

  • Full day excursion to Pompeii

  • Full day excursion to Capri

  • Ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with A/C

  • Return to Rome by tour bus

  • Multilingual tour

  • Entrance fees

  • Only 1 bag per person allowed plus 1 hand luggage

  • Not Included: City taxes to be paid directly to hotels

 

Preferred Hotels

Rome:

Gioberti/Villa Franca/Commodore or similar (SF)

Sorrento: 

Vesuvio or similar (SF)

Castellana Grotte:

Semiamide Palace or similar (SF)

 

Departures and Prices 2017

Starting Saturdays from

April 29 - October 14, 2017

Per Person In Twin

$ 1930.00

Single Room

$ 2545.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday: Rome
Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. (O)

Day 2, Sunday: Rome
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hrs “Discovering Rome”, walking tour. You will be picked up at your hotel at about 9.00am. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps (no drop off at the hotel). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight. (B,O)

Day 3, Monday: Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento
American buffet breakfast. Pickup at 7.00am at the hotel and departure from ROME to NAPLES by coach with a multilingual tour leader. Upon arrival in Naples our local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical center to admire the Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the Gallery of Umberto I, and the San Carlo Opera House
, stop for lunch where you will enjoy typical Neapolitan specialties such as "mozzarella, salami, pizza or pasta" (soft drinks included). From Naples, continue to POMPEII, and enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory, followed by a visit of the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvio in 79 B.C. and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and stones. Proceed to SORRENTO, a charming town of the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of Oranges, Lemons and Olives trees. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D,O)

Day 4, Tuesday: Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento
American buffet breakfast at the hotel, and departure at 8.00am to the island of Capri. You will board the ferry and arrive in MARINA GRANDE. Once on the island you will visit the BLUE GROTTO (weather permitting), the AUGUSTUS GARDENS and stop at the famous Piazzetta. A Minibus will take you up to ANACAPRI. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D,O)

Day 5, Wednesday: Sorrento - Castellana Caves - Locorotondo - Alberobello
7.30am, pick up at your hotel or at the meeting point in Sorrento and departure for APULIA. Along the way you will visit THE CASTELLANA CAVES discovered in 1938. The Grottos of Castellana are one of the most important attractions of Puglia and a natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy. The tour winds along a distance of 3 km, a unique guided tour of the caves to more than 60 meters deep in an amazing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves with fantastic names; calcifications
from conformations and amazing colors solicit the imagination of children and adults. Time at leisure for lunch. After the visit to the Caves , will continue our journey to ALBEROBELLO the town of the “TRULLI” which is part of the UNESCO Heritage list. The trulli are typical houses with a cone roof, used as homes and to store farmer utensils. Here you’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the local wine cellar. Proceed to CASTELLANA CAVES. (B,D,O)

Day 6, Thursday: Castellana Caves - Lecce - Gallipoli - Ostuni - Castellana Caves
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to LECCE famous for his baroque arts & architecture developed between the end of the XVI century and the first half of the XVII century. During the tour you will admire the rich and beautiful decoration of the St. Oronzo church, the basilica of Santa Croce and the Celestini palace and the roman amphitheatre. The tour will continue to GALLIPOLI, from the Greek Kallipolis meaning beautiful city, is a fishing village on the coast in southern Italy's Puglia region. Gallipoli has a good old town built on a limestone
island and linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Its harbors are used by fishing boats and there's plenty of fresh seafood. Free time for lunch and proceed to the village of OSTUNI, also called “white town” because of its white walls and white painted houses. Return to the hotel in Castellana Caves. (B,D,O)

Day 7, Friday: Castellana Caves - Matera - Sorrento or Rome
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to MATERA. This town is internationally known for the “SASSI” (stones), originated from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be the first settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of the Basilicata & Apulia regions. One of the peculiarities of this ancient city is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around Jerusalem. This caught the eye of film directors and movie studios and the Sassi were the set of various films such as “The Gospel according to St. Matthew”(Pasolini 1964), “King David” (Bruce Beresford 1985), “The Passion of the Christ” (Gibson 2004) and the “Nativity story” (Hardwicke 2006). Matera is also part of the UNESCO Heritage List. Time for a snack in Matera and return via Pompei where you will board a bus to Sorrento or Rome. Arrival in Rome at about 9pm. (B,O)

Day 8, Saturday: Rome
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and end of tour. (B)

 

Extra nights: Possibility to add extra night at the beginning and/or end of the tour, rates on request.



B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight                                  gitsar

 

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