Rome, Amalfi Coast & Puglia:

10 days small group tour

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Rome, Amalfi Coast & Puglia:

10 days small group tour 2019

Join a small group of max 16 people and be able to embrace a deep cultural  experience of the south of Italy, starting from Rome to, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii, Matera, Alberobello , Ostuni and Lecce. The main highlight of this tour is the chance to discover and experience different cultures that have in common the human hospitality of local people, great food and wine traditions.

Itinerary

Day 1: Rome
Meet your private driver upon your arrival in Rome and transfer to your hotel in the historical centre of Rome​. In the late afternoon meet your Tour Leader in the hotel. You will learn more about your tour and familiarize with the travel companions. At the end, walk to the restaurant and enjoy a  welcome dinner. Overnight in Rome

Day 02:  Vatican & Walking tour of Rome
After breakfast, meet your driver and your guide and reach the Vatican Museum by private van. Easily access the Museum with your skip the line tickets. To make your visit memorable, our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel Pinecone Courtyard, St. Peter’s Basilica.  At the end, exit on the St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the view of the Cathedral. Return to your hotel to relax or explore the area for a quick bite to eat. Late afternoon meet your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque Town with Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament all through the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Return to hotel with your tour leader or enjoy a dinner in the very heart of the eternal city. Overnight in Rome

Day 03:  Rome
Today will be free at leisure. This tour has been designed to offer the best of each city visited combined with some free time to customise your travel
experience as well as to take some time to relax. There are many available experiences, if you want continue the exploration of this area. Among these, we like to suggest to explore the Imperial Rome with Colosseum and Fori, to visit one of the most beautiful art collection in Europe at Palazzo Borghese or reach the near Tivoli where you will find the astonishing Villa Hadriana, built by the Emperor Hadrian and Villa d’Este, masterpiece of Italian gardening. Alternatively enjoy a wine tour in Viterbo area. Overnight in Rome

Day 04: Pompei & Amalfi
Meet your driver in the morning and transfer to Rome Station to board an high-speed train to Naples.  You will be in town in 1 hour. Here you will meet your driver and continue to Pompeii for a guided visit of the Archaeological park. Free time for lunch. Continue to the Amalfi Coast, where tonight yu will enjoy a candle light dinner on the terrace of your hotel, overlooking the Bay of Amalfi. ​Overnight in Amalfi Coast

Day 05:  Amalfi Coast Drive
The beauty of Amalfi Coast has inspired artists, writers and musicians over the century, widely considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, deemed by UNESCO “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values”. These delicate fishing villages embrace the hillsides or stretch in deep green valleys, along a dramatic coastline, challenging the force of gravity. Your driver guide will lead you first to the town of Amalfi where you will have free time to explore the medieval part of the city with the imposing Dome of St.Andrew and
ancient buildings dated from the times when Amalfi was one of the maritime power in the Mediterranean Sea. Later, you will ascend to Ravello, considered the most romantic and beautiful small towns in southern Italy. Perched on arduous, terraced slopes, the French novelist André Gide was used to say Ravello was closer to the sky than the sea. Covered with lush gardens, quiet and sleepy roads, you will find corners providing unforgettable views over the azure coast below. Return to your hotel late afternoon and overnight in Amalfi Coast .

Day 06:  Free time
Free time to explore Amalfi Coast, Capri, Naples or Paestum. Overnight in Vietri

Day 07:  Matera & Puglia
Transfer from Vietri to Martina Franca in Puglia. En route stop in Matera. Free time to explore the city, Matera is an ancient city that seems to have existed forever. It is the third oldest city in the world, after Aleppo and Jericho, with over 10,000 years of history. From natural cavities carved by wind and rain of the past to the first man-made caves we can discover how easy it was to shape the limestone material of the Sassi rock. Hence real underground dwellings, in the belly of Mother Earth, which will leave you speechless. A woven structure that has intrigued experts has also discovered how it had been possible to live with the absence of running water. There is still a lot to tell about the water systems created to collect water, one of the elements that has helped to give in Matera the title of a World Heritage Site. You can visit the most beautiful churches, starting from the Duomo on the Civita; walk through the beautiful streets and traffic-free squares, populated with people; you can enjoy the most picturesque alleys, and you will continue your visit in the heart of the two Sassi’s. Overnight in Martina Franca

Day 08: Ostuni & Lecce
Today, visit Ostuni & Lecce with your driver escort. Ostuni, perched on three hills 218 meters above sea level, is better known as the “White Town”, thanks to the characteristic whitewashed houses of its historic center, a tradition the inhabitants still keep on. The Fifteenth century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral dominates the town, with a façade sporting a 24-rays rose window of rare beauty. A series of churches and elegant houses embellish the old town, surrounded by Aragonese walls, where there are the two ancient town gates, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio. Called “the Florence of the South,” Lecce has strong Messapian roots, an ancient and mysterious people living in this area before the Romans. Today, it welcomes visitors with its magnificent baroque architecture, which blazes on the portals of its palaces and on the facades of the many churches that line the streets inside the city’s three ancient gates: Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta Napoli. Overnight in Martina Franca.

Day 09: Cooking Class, Alberobello and Locorotondo
In the morning, transfer to the charming village of Gioia del Colle where you will meet a local mama who will introduce you to the secrets of local cuisine. First you will walk along the narrow streets of the village and will mix with locals, buy genuine ingredients and learn about the old stories of the place. Then you will walk till a charming house where you will learn how to prepare the famous pasta “orecchiette” ( from Italian orecchia, meaning ‘ear ) At the end, you will enjoy a great authentic “pugliese” lunch. At the end, motor to Alberobello and Locorotondo for an independent walking
Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, above all because of the trulli, the traditional dome shaped buildings made from the local stone. The town is surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards typical of the Puglia region.Trulli is a word that derives from the Greek “tholos” (“dome”), the typical shape of the buildings. Each whitewashed “trullo” is built without an lime or cement, and has a conical roof on the outside, which is dome shaped inside, and consists of a square central compartment that communicates through arcades with the kitchen and other rooms.Locorotondo is very close to Alberobello and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Locorotondo doesn’t really have any specific tourist attractions; the town itself is the main sight. It’s a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. If you are touring by car, it makes a nice peaceful stop, and its location on a railway line means that public transport travellers too can easily break a journey here. The historic part of town – the centro storico – is circular and perched on top of a hill. It’s a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details. Overnight in Martina Franca

Day 10:  Departure
Independent Transfer to Airport or Railways Station

Hightlights and Technical Information
Highlights

• Not more than 16 pax traveling together
• Premium hotels, centrally located
• Gourmet dinners
• Scenic routes and slow travel
• High possibility of customization
• Professional tour leader, present but not obtrusive
• All entrance fee included
• Porterage at hotel and train station
• Professional guides in every town
• Tasting of local food and wine
• Living with locals

Technical information:

Tours in English guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people to a maximum of 16 people

These tours are operated with a tour escort. Our commitment is to guarantee any departures even with 2 participants.
In case the number of people travelling will be less or equal to 6, the tour will be operated with a tour host and transfer between Rome to
to Naples maybe operated by train and not by car. All the inclusions are guaranteed and provided as per agreement.
The tour host will escort the guests to the restaurants when the dinner is included. The tour host will be available 24hrs by phone

Payment : deposit of 500 per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before departing from Australia

Dates, Inclusions, Cost , Supplements

Price per person (min 2 people double or twin share) in AUD$

MonthdayDouble or Twin roomDus*Triple room
April12; 19$2996$4800$2850
May03; 10; 17; 24$3270$5230$3100
June07; 14; 21; 28$3700$5550$3295
July12; 19; 26$3700$5550$3295
August09; 16$3500$5230$3100
September06; 20; 27$3700$5550$3295
October04; 11; 25$2996$4800$2850

Dus* for people that wish to have a double room for single use

What is included:
  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights in Amalfi Coast
  • 3 nights in Martina Franca
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour Escort service
  • Welcome briefing in Rome
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Walking along the heart of Rome
  • Guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation
  • Transfer from Hotel in Rome to Rome Station
  • High speed train from Rome to Naples
  • Transfer from Station in Naples to Amalfi Coast with en route stop in Pompei
  • Walking tour of Pompeii, ticket included
  • Driver guided tour of Amalfi & Ravello
  • Transfer from Vietri to Puglia with en route stop in Matera
  • Excursion to Lecce and Ostuni with driver escort
  • Excursion to Alberobello & Locorotondo with driver escort
  • Cooking Class and Lunch in Gioia del Colle
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Departure transfers
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Hotel tourist taxes (where required)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included”
Accommodation and Meals

Premium Hotels:

Rome: Dei Mellini or Conciliazione or similar 4*

Amalfi Coast: Lloyd’s Baia or Palazzo Ferraioli or similar 4*

Martina Franca: Villa San Martino

Price from: A$2,996

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