Magnificent South Italy

This itinerary is only an example. Our Booking office will be glad to offer a solution based on your request

Duration

8 Days

Category

Multi Days

Tour Type

Group

Season

APRIL-OCTOBER

BEGINS ON SATURDAYS FROM ROME
ENDS IN ROME

Semi Escorted Hosted Tour
7 nights / 8 days
Provided with: 
minimum of 2 clients
Style of Accommodation: First Class

 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
This tour is operated only with a Driver-Guide or a Tour Director.
The Driver Guide/Tour Director is not a Licensed Tourist Guide –Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city — and he cannot escort you inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules.

The tour is usually English only, but in some cases it could be multilingual.
HOSTED TOUR
This tour includes Hotel Accommodation, transportation, sightseeing and some meals. This tour will be
conducted by a driver escort or a tour escort (depending the number of people confirmed on the activity planned for the day) and can include licensed local guide (as per tour details and conditions). The person that will conduct the tour could be different day by day.
An hosted Tour is ideal for people who want some freedom but still have the comfort of a Tour leader who will take care of group and will orchestrate all services.

WHAT IS INCLUDED: 
– Arrival airport transfer
– First class accommodation
– Daily breakfast buffet
– All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified in the itinerary
– Vehicle/coach with air conditioning, no toilet
– Driver Escort/Tour Director
– English speaking local guides on the tour when needed
– Hotel & VAT

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
– International / local flights
– Departure airport transfer
– City Taxes
– Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program
– Gratuities to Tour Director/Driver-Escort, Local Guide and Driver
– Admission fees
– Optional Excursions
– Travel Insurance
FEATURED PROPERTIES USED FOR THIS TOUR
Rome (3 nights): Hotel The Building OR similar Hotel.
Sorrento area (2 night): Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Majestic Palace, Hotel Michelangelo OR similar Hotel.
Castellana Caves (2 nights): Hotel Semiramide Palace OR similar Hotel.

Hotel may be substituted with similar categories.
We do not guarantee all people on the tour will be lodging in the same Hotel.

ROOMS DEFINITIONS:
Single Room:
 room with a single bed for 1 person only
Double for Single use: double/twin room for 1 person only
Twin Room: room with a pair of single beds for 2 persons
Double Room: room with a large/double bed ideally for a couple
Triple Room: double with extra small single bed ideally for a couple with kid

IMPORTANT: 
We do accommodate solo-travelers in Single Room
Double for single use surcharge is available ON REQUEST

Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage.

TOUR CODE: GTMAGN

Day 1
Saturday: Rome
Our Staff Disposal: transfer only
Welcome to Rome! Upon arrival at Rome airport (FCO/CIA) please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then transfer to your hotel.
The balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 2
Sunday: Rome
Our Staff Disposal: half day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today enjoy a 3 hours Rome walking tour. Your visit will start from Largo Argentina, place of the murder of Julius Caesar. Then you will continue to the famous Navona Square,  one of the best examples of Baroque art in Rome, where you will admire Bernini’s fountain of the Four Rivers. Then visit the church of San Luigi dei Francesi and the Pantheon that with its magnificence has impressed travellers for centuries. Experience the magnitude of the emperors visiting Colonna Square with the sublime column of Marco Aurelio and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Your tour will finish at the Spanish Steps, then independent transfer to your hotel.
The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB)
Day 3
Monday: Rome / Naples / Pompeii / Sorrento
Our Staff Disposal: full day 
Breakfast at hotel.
Today early departure to Naples, where you will have a walking tour of the historical centre to admire the Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the Gallery of Umberto I, and the San Carlo Opera House. At the end of the visit, experience a lunch based on typical Neapolitan specialties such as ”mozzarella, salami, pizza or pasta” (soft drinks included). Then continue to the ruined Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvio in 79 b.c. and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and stones. Before visiting  the excavations, enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory. Then proceed to Sorrento, a charming town of the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of Oranges, Lemons and Olives trees. Dinner at the hotel. (L D)
Day 4
Tuesday: Sorrento / Capri / Sorrento
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today take the ferry and reach the wonderful island of Capri, docking at Marina Grande. Once on the island, you will visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Augustus Gardens and the famous “Piazzetta” that is the center of Capri and the focal point of island life. Then a minibus will take you up to the picturesque and quiet Anacapri, where you will stop for lunch. Then return to Marina Grande and transfer back to Sorrento by ferry. Dinner at the hotel. (BB L D)
Day 5
Wednesday: Sorrento / Castellana Caves / Trulli of Alberobello / Castellana Caves
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure to Apulia. First stop at the Castellana Caves, a natural amazing speleological attraction that will astonish you: the Grave is the first huge cave; the White Cave is a shining cave of alabaster adorned with stalactites, stalagmites and coral concretions. Time at leisure for lunch, then continue 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. Then proceed to Castellana Caves, where you will have dinner at the hotel. (BB D)
Day 6
Thursday: Castellana Caves / Lecce / Gallipoli / Ostuni / Castellana Caves
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure to Lecce, famous for his baroque arts and 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. It is a fishing village which old town is built on a limestone island and linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Free time for lunch, then proceed to the village of Ostuni, also called “white town” because of its white walls and white painted houses. Return to Castellana Caves and dinner at the hotel. (BB D)
Day 7
Friday: Castellana Caves / Matera / Rome
Our Staff Disposal: no
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure to Matera, where you will admire the “SASSI” (stones), originated from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and 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 Rome. Arrival at Rome hotel at about 9pm. (BB)
Day 8
Saturday: Rome
Our Staff Disposal: no
Breakfast at hotel and end of our services. (BB)

Meal Legend: BB Buffet Breakfast Snack Lunch or Light Lunch Dinner

Full Day: around 7 hours and always in accordance with the itinerary and route
Half Day: around 3 to 4 hours
Included
  • All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • English speaking Tour Director/Driver-Escort (as per program)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • VAT
  • Vehicle/coach with air conditioning  - no toilet
Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Beverage and meal not specified
  • City taxes
  • Fee for luggage handling fee at hotel
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Intercontinental/Local Flights
  • Optional Excursions
  • Porterage at airport
  • Travel Insurance
Contact us for price information

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