Rome & Magnificent South
Semi escorted tour, visit: Rome-Naples-Pompeii-Sorrento-Capri-Sorrento-Castellana Caves-Locorotondo-Alberobello (Trulli)-Noci-Lecce-Gallipoli-Ostuni-Matera (Stones)-Sorrento-Rome
2016 depart Mon: Apr 30. May 14, 28. Jun 11, 25. Jul 09, 23. Aug 06, 20. Sep 03, 17. Oct 01, 15.
day 1 (Monday) Rome-Naples-Pompeii-Sorrento
American buffet breakfast. Pickup at 7.00am at the hotel and departure from Rome to Naples. Upon arrival in Naples our local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical centre to admire Piazza Del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery Of Umberto I, and the 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 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, Lemon and olive trees. Dinner and overnight. Meals: B L D
day 2 (Tuesday) Sorrento-Capri-Sorrento
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure at 9.15am 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. Meals: B L D
day 3 (Wednesday) Sorrento-Castellana Caves-Locorotondo-Alberobello-Noci or Castellana
7.30am 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 colours solicit the imagination of children and adults. Time at leisure for lunch. After the visit to the Caves, will continue our journey to Locorotondo where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the local wine cellar. The journey continues 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. Proceed to Noci or Castellana. Dinner and overnight. Meals: B D
day 4 (Thursday) Lecce-Gallipoli-Ostuni-Noci or Castellana
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour by boat. You will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano where you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (some time will be allowed for shopping). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight. Meals: B D
day 5 (Friday) 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 Pompeii where you will board a bus to Rome.
Inclusions: Accommodation in 4* hotel, daily breakfast, 4 dinners (excl. drinks), 2 lunches (excl. drinks), excursion Pompeii, excursion Capri, Excursion Lecce, Excursion Alberobello, visit Blue Grotto, transportation by deluxe a/c coach, return to Rome by tour bus, services and tax, entrance fees.
Exclusions: Departure transfer, city tax.
Hotels: Sorrento-Hotel Vesuvio, Noci or Castellana-Hotel Cavaliere/Semiramide.
*Please note: This is a multilingual tour.