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Rome & Magnificent South 2017 
Escorted Tour

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

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

 

 

Includes

• Arrival transfer from FCO/CIA airports to hotel in Rome
• 7 nights in 4* hotels
• 6 american buffet breakfasts (B)
• 1 lunch in Anacapri (L)
• 1 lunch in Naples (soft drinks included) (L)
• 4 dinners (D)
• Rome guided walking tour (3 hours)
• Excursion to Pompeii & Capri
• Visit Blue Grotto (weather permitting)
• Return to Rome by coach
• Service charges and taxes
• A/C motor coach
• Multilingual tour – English, Spanish & French

Accommodation (or similar)

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

Highlights

• Rome – Largo Argentina, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps
• 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)

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-GT-IT-RMS8
Start Dates
End DatesTwin ShareSingle
Sat 29 AprFri 05 May2,1452,856
Sat 13 MayFri 19 May2,1452,856
Sat 27 MayFri 02 Jun2,1452,856
Sat 03 JunFri 09 Jun2,1452,856
Sat 17 JunFri 23 Jun2,1452,856
Sat 01 JulFri 07 Jul2,1452,856
Sat 15 JulFri 22 Jul2,1452,856
Sat 05 AugFri 11 Aug2,1452,856
Sat 19 AugFri 25 Aug2,1452,856
Sat 02 SepFri 08 Sep2,1452,856
Sat 16 SepFri 22 Sep2,1452,856
Sat 30 SepFri 06 Oct2,1452,856
Sat 14 OctFri 20 Oct2,1452,856
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, Saturday: Rome

Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2, Sunday: Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hours walking tour, Discovering Rome. 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. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 3, Monday: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento

Pick up at 7:00am for your departure 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, where you will 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 of the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of orange, lemon and olive trees. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (L, D)

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. 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 5, 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 6, 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 7, 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. 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 for overnight. (B)

Day 8, Saturday: Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel after which the tour ends. (B)

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