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Highlights of South Italy from Rome 2018

South Italy tours

A short trip to the deep south, the region of remote Pulia with its unique white washed towns and exotic Matera with underground cave dwellings reminding you of an other world, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Rome Naples  Pompeii  Sorrento Capri Castel del Monte Castellana Lecce Ostuni Alberobello Matera Sorrento

28 Apr  – 13 Oct 2018     7 nights/8 days with Rome    or     5days/4nights  without Rome. Can join the tour in Sorrento as well Tour  #  9

5 % discount on booking made before 30 Jan 2018

A rare visit to the south with unique UNESCO Heritage sites in the region of Basilicata and also less known Apulia famous for its quaint white washed towns and villages.

Starts in Rome on Saturdays: Apr 28, May 12, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, Aug 4 18, Sep 1 15, 29, Oct 13, 2018  Departure from Rome on Mondays : 2 days later or join the tour from Sorrento only on Wednesdays

Day 1 Saturday: Rome
Individual arrival to Rome, transfer from the airport to the hotel.  Rest of the day at leisure, overnigth in Rome.

Day 2 Sunday: Rome
After breakfast pick up at 9 a.m,. for a walking tour of central Rome. See the Largo Argentina,  Campo di’Fiori, Piazza farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountian and the Spanish Steps. Rest of the day at leisure or book an other optional tour. Overnight in Rome.

Early morning departure at 7 a.m. from Rome for Naples, where we will embark on a short walking tour of the old town  to the Piazza del Plebisco, Royal Paalce, Gallery of Umberto and the San Carlo opera house, the oldest still functioning opera house in the world. Continue on to to Pompeii, the famous Roman city destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt.Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Short visit to a cameo factory, lunch in a local restaurant, then visit of the excavations at Pompeii to see the remains of a typical Roman city with its public buildings, villas and ancient streets.. Drive to nearby Sorrento, a charming town overlooking the Bay of Naples famous for its beautiful vistas, orange and lemon groves. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sorrento.

Buffet breakfast. 8 a.m. pick up and departure to Capri by ferry. Weather conditions permitting, visit of the Blue Grotto, then up to the Augustus gardens. We will take a local minibus on a steep ride to the top of the island to visit Anacapri with fantastic views all over the bay. Lunch, then return to the grand marina pier and boat ride back to Sorrento for dinner and overnight.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Early morning departure for the exotic region of Apulia, on the way, stop at the Castellana Caves. Discovered in 1938, the entrance is represented by an enormous vertical tunnel 60 meters long.  Admire the long winding road inside the cave of fantastic shapes and colors, stalactites and fossils.  Free time for lunch, then continue to Alberobello, the town of the Trulli, famous for its con-shaped exotic houses. The entire village is a protected World Heritage site. After visiting the exotic village of cone shaped dwellings we will have wine tasting of local wines, then drive to the Hotel Semiramida Palace 4* at Castellana Grotte for dinner and overnight.

Day 6  Thursday:  LECCE – GALLIPOLI – OSTUNI 
After breakfast we depart to the city of Lecce famouse for its white Baroque buildings form the end of the XVI century and the first half of the XVII century. We’ll visit the church of S.Oronzo, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Celestini Palace. In the square of S.Oronzo we can admire the roman amphitheatre from the II century ac and the column of S.Oronzo, 29m high with a copper statue of the saint on the top. Continue to the Greek fishing village of Gallipoli (Kallipolis) on the shores of the Ionian sea at the “heel of  the Italian Boot”, in the region of Pulia.  The old town built on an island is connected to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Free time to visit the old town or have lunch at one of the fresh seafood restaurants at the harbor and its the center of fishing. Departure to Ostuni, an architectural jewel commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Return to the hotel at Castellana Grotte for dinner and overnight.

Day 7  Friday: MATERA – ROME or SORRENTO
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Matera that has gained international fame for its “Sassi”. The Sassi originated from a prehistoric settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first settlements in Italy.  Ancient Byzantine monks from Byzantine Cappadocia in today’s Turkey were some of the first inhabitants of the sassi carving their cells, houses and little churches into soft Tufa.  Many of these cave “houses” are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. One of the peculiarity of this ancient city, is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around Jerusalem. This has caught the eye of film
directors and movie studios. Sassi were the set of many film, as for example “The Gospel According to St Matthew” , “King David” ,  “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Nativity Story”. Matera is also a UNESCO World Heritage town.  Free time for a snack and return to Rome or Sorrento via Pompeii. Late arrival in Rome around 9 p.m. Overnight in Rome.

Day 8  Saturday: Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the services.


* Arrival airport transfer
*Accommodation at 4 star Hotels
*Buffet breakfast daily
*Four dinners – Two lunches (drinks not included)
*Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach
*Service charges and taxes included. Local city taxes around 3 euros per night payable directly to the hotels
* City tour of Rome
* Full day excursion to Pompeii
* Full day excursion to Capri
* Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
* Multilingual tour director
* Entrance fees
* Fully escorted from Sorrento
* Escorted during sightseeing tours only in Rome and Sorrento
* Bilingual Tour

Prices in Euros* per person – all departures :

4 nights/5 days
Euro 928 per person based on double occupancy
Euro 1080 person based on single occupancy
Euro 879 per person based on triple occupancy
Euro 726 child rate (age 2-11) sharing the room with 2 adults

7 nights/8 days
Euro 1197 per person based on double occupancy
Euro 1516 per person based on single occupancy
Euro 1119 per person based on triple occupancy
Euro 742 child rate (age 2-11) sharing the room with 2 adults

Starting from Sorrento only for 2 nights 3 days
Euro 492 per person based on double occupancy
Euro 559 person based on single occupancy
Euro 449 person based on triple occupancy
Euro 394 child rate (age 2-11) sharing the room with 2 adults

*$ rate varies depending on daily exchange rates

Hotels used :

In Rome Hotel Gambrinus**** or hotel The Building**** (with surcharge)
in Sorrento – Vesuvio**** Majestic**** or Michealangelo****
In Castellana Grotte: Hotel Semiramis Palace 4*

Luggage allowance per person: 1 suitcase plus 1 carry one

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