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Magnificent South 2017 
Semi Escorted Tour

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Routing:

Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento – Capri – Sorrento – Castellana Caves – Alberobello – Castellana Caves – Lecce – Gallipoli – Ostuni – Castellana Caves – Matera – Sorrento or Rome

 

 

Includes

• 4 nights in 4* hotels
• 3 american buffet breakfasts (B)
• 1 lunch in Anacapri (L)
• 1 lunch in Naples (soft drinks included) (L)
• 4 dinners (D)
• Wine tasting in Alberobello (T)
• Excursion to Pompeii & Capri
• Visit Blue Grotto (weather permitting)
• Excursion to Lecce, Alberobello
• Return to Rome by coach
• Service charges and taxes
• A/C motor coach
• Multilingual tour – English, Spanish & French

Accommodation (or similar)

• Sorrento – Hotel Vesuvio (4*)
• Castellana Grotte – Hotel Semiramide Palace (4*)

Highlights

• Naples – Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery of Umberto I, San Carlo Opera House
• Pompeii – Coral & Cameo factory, Archaeological site
• Capri – Blue Grotto (weather permitting), Augustus Gardens, Piazzetta, Anacapri
• Castellana Cave
• Alberobello – Trulli
• Lecce – St Oronzo church, Basilica of Santa Croce, Celestini palace & Roman amphitheatre
• Gallipoli
• Ostuni – “White town”
• Matera – Sassi (stones)

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-GT-IT-MSR5
Start Dates
End DatesTwin ShareSingle
Mon 01 MayFri 05 May1,6472,000
Mon 15 MayFri 19 May1,6472,000
Mon 05 JunFri 09 Jun1,6472,000
Mon 19 JunFri 23 Jun1,6472,000
Mon 03 JulFri 07 Jul1,6472,000
Mon 17 JulFri 21 Jul1,6472,000
Mon 07 AugFri 11 Aug1,6472,000
Mon 21 AugFri 25 Aug1,6472,000
Mon 04 SepFri 08 Sep1,6472,000
Mon 18 SepFri 22 Sep1,6472,000
Mon 02 OctFri 06 Oct1,6472,000
Mon 16 OctFri 20 Oct1,6472,000
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Prices do not include city tax. These are paid directly to each hotel
Triple room & child rates available on request
Pre/Post Tour rates available on request
Departure transfer available on request
Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Monday: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento

Pick up at 6:45am for your 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 centre to admire the Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery of Umberto I and 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 Vesuvius in 79 BC. Proceed to Sorrento, a charming town on the Sorrentine Peninsula, famous for the cultivation of orange, lemon and olive trees. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (L, D)

Day 2, 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. Mini coach 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))

Day 3, Wednesday: Sorrento – Castellana Caves – Alberobello – Castellana Caves

Pick up at 7:30am from your hotel 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 metres deep in an amazing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves. Calcifications from conformations and amazing colors solicit the imagination of children and adults. Time at leisure for lunch. After the visit of the Caves, we 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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D, T)

Day 4, Thursday: Castellana Caves – Lecce – Gallipoli – Ostuni – Castellana Caves

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Lecce famous for its baroque arts & architecture developed between the end of the XVI 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, which 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 is plenty of fresh seafood. Free time for lunch and proceed to the village of Ostuni, also called “white town” with its white walls and white painted houses. Return to the hotel in Castellana Caves. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 5, Friday: Castellan 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 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”, “King David”, “The Passion of the Christ” and the “Nativity story”. Matera is also part of the Unesco Heritage List. Time for a snack in Matera and return via Pompeii where you will board a bus to Sorrento or Rome. Arrival in Rome or Sorrento after which tour ends. (B)

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