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Magnificent South & Flavours Of Tuscany, The Enchanting Cinque Terre 2017 
Combo Tour

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Routing:

Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento – Capri – Sorrento – Castellana Caves – Alberobello – Castellana Caves – Lecce – Gallipoli – Ostuni – Castellana Caves – Matera – Rome – Montepulciano – Pienza – Siena – San Gimignano – Tavernelle – Chianti Area – Pisa – La Spezia – Portovenere – Golfo dei Poeti – Cinque Terre – La Spezia – Carrara Marble Caves – Montecarlo di Lucca – Rome

 

 

Includes

• 9 nights in 4* hotels
• 9 american buffet breakfasts (B)
• 2 lunches & 7 dinners (L, D)
• 3 wine tasitings with local products (T)
• Excursion to Pompeii & Capri
• Visit Blue Grotto (weather permitting)
• Boat trip along the enchanting Cinque Terre coast line
• Train from Monterosso to La Spezia
• 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 – Semiramide Palace (4*)
• Rome – Hotel Villafranca(4*)
• Siena – Hotel Garden (4*)
• La Spezia – NH La Spezia (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 & Matera – Sassi (stones)
• Montepulciano – Visit a wine cellar and experience a tasting of wines & local products
• Siena – Piazza del Campo, Cathedral
• Tavarnelle Val di Pesa – Visit a farmhouse La Tancia to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with light lunch
• Pisa – Piazza dei Miracoli, Leaning Tower, The Baptistery
• Cinque Terre – Portovenere, Vernazza, Monterosso
• Carrara – Marble quarries carved deep into the mountain
• Montecarlo Di Lucca – Visit a farmhouse and experience a tasting of wines & local products (oil, cheese, bread, pasta…)

 

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-GT-IT-MSFTECT10
Start Dates
End DatesTwin ShareSingle
Mon 01 MayWed 10 May2,9303,647
Mon 15 MayWed 24 May2,9303,647
Mon 05 JunWed 14 Jun2,9303,647
Mon 19 JunWed 28 Jun2,9303,647
Mon 03 JulWed 12 Jul2,9303,647
Mon 17 JulWed 26 Jul2,9303,647
Mon 07 AugWed 16 Aug2,9303,647
Mon 21 AugWed 30 Aug2,9303,647
Mon 04 SepWed 13 Sep2,9303,647
Mon 18 SepWed 27 Sep2,9303,647
Mon 02 OctWed 11 Oct2,9303,647
Mon 16 OctWed 25 Oct2,9303,647
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 from hotel 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. From Naples, continue to Pompeii and enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory. Lunch in a typical restaurant, 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 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. 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 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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 4, 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, 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. 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: Castellana Caves – Matera – 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 Sorrento/Rome and overnight in hotel. (B)

Day 6, Saturday: Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 7, Sunday: Rome – Montepulciano – Pienza – Siena

America buffet breakfast. Pickup from the hotel at 7:30am. Meet your multilingual tour leader and start a delightful trip through the rolling hills of the Chianti Region. Reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village rich in medieval and Renaissance buildings, famous for producing one of the oldest wines in Italy, ‘Nobile di Montepulciano’. You will stop for a visit to a wine cellar and experience a tasting of wines and local products like ham, cheese and salami. Proceed to Pienza, the Renaissance town well-known for its pecorino cheese. The tour will proceed to Siena, where you will enjoy a visit of the old city centre. You will be walking along the medieval streets admiring splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in the Piazza del Campo with its spectacular Cathedral. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called Il Palio. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D, T)

Day 8, Monday: Siena – San Gimignano – Tavernelle – Chianti Area – Pisa – La Spezia

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to San Gimignano, a tiny town that has remained intact through the centuries. Situated on a hilltop and famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. You will then proceed to Tavernelle Val di Pesa located within the Chianti Classico ‘Gallo Nero’ region, where we will make a stop at the farmhouse La Tancia to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with light lunch. The tour continues onto Pisa, where you will have free time for lunch. Early afternoon our expert tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre, Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D, T)

Day 9, Tuesday: La Spezia – Portovenere – Golfo Dei Poeti – Cinque Terre – La Spezia

After breakfast, departure by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World. The five villages, Cinque Terre is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside. In the event of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train. During the tour, the boat will reach Portovenere and the most important villages. You will be able to stop at Portovenere, Vernazza, Monterosso and visit them at leisure. (B, D)

Day 10, Wednesday: La Spezia – Carrara Marble Caves – Montecarlo Di Lucca – Rome

After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will take you to Carrara for a visit of the impressive marble quarries carved deep into the mountain. This is where Michelangelo took the raw material to create his superb masterpieces. By visiting the quarry museum you will admire ancient tools, some sculptures and the quarryman’s house. Continue to Montecarlo Di Lucca, a lovely town located on the hills around Lucca. This territory is ideal for the production of top quality wine and extra virgin olive oil. We will stop and visit a farmhouse where you will have opportunity to taste delicious Tuscan food specialties, from olive oil to cheese, bread to wine and of course pasta. Proceed to Rome with arrival in the evening after which the tour ends. (B, T)

 

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