Day 01: U.S. - Rome. Depart U.S. for our overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Dinner will be served on
Day 02: Rome - Riviera Ulysses. Morning arrival into Rome where our Celtic
Tours Escort will warmly greet us. (Note: Flights must coincide with our
greeting time & transfer at 12:30 pm.) We will travel south to the stunning
Riviera Ulysses where we will check into our hotel which will be our base for
the next six nights. This evening we will have a “Neapolitan Feast” including
wine and local dishes. Overnight at our hotel.
Day 03: Riviera Ulysses - Gaeta. This morning we will enjoy a tour
of Sperlonga. This ancient and picturesque old town with its narrow and terraced streets was originally a fortress
protecting the local population against invaders from many lands. The local
homes are built into a massive rock which sits on a spur of land jutting out
into the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will also visit the
NationalMuseum and the site of the
villa of the Emperor Tiberius. Before returning to the hotel, we will stop at a
MOZZARELLA CHEESE FACTORY for a tasting. After lunch on our own, depart for a
half-day guided tour of the picturesque town of Gaeta. We will see the baroque church of Santissima Annunziata dating from 1320,
the Cathedral of St. Erasmo with its Romanesque style dating from 1180, and
visit the Sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata. Legend states that the “Split Mountain” divided three ways after the
death of Jesus. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 04: Riviera Ulysses - Sorrento
and the AmalfiCoast. This morning we will depart for a
full-day excursion to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Our excursion to the Amalfi Coast
takes us along one of Europe's most beautiful
drives. The peninsula takes in the wild and rocky coastline, caves, and sea
shore grottos towards the Bay of Naples. Our journey takes us to Sorrento for a visit,
after which the journey continues on to Positano with its breathtaking views.
Arrive in beautiful Amalfi , a splendid town in an incomparable setting. Lunch
on our own and return to the hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight.
Day 05: Riviera Ulysses
(optional: Rome & Vatican City). After breakfast at our hotel, the
day is free to explore “Riviera Ulysses” on our own.
Optional Tour $190
pp: Morning departure for Rome. On arrival, we are met by our private
guide and start our full-day guided visit of the Eternal City
including the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. Our
guided visit of the Vatican Museums includes the Hall of the Greek Cross, the
Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestry Gallery, the Maps Gallery, the Raphael Room-and above all-the Sistine Chapel. We
will enjoy a guided visit of St. Peter's Basilica to see “Pieta” by
Michelangelo. After lunch on our own, our tour continues with a guided walking
tour of the Roman Squares. Then, on to the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Late
afternoon departure from Rome to our hotel on the “Riviera Ulysses.”
Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 06: Naples - Pompeii (Pizza Tasting).
we will leave for a full-day guided visit to Naples and Pompeii with a visit to the archaeological
excavations. Beyond Naples, we see the city of
Pompeii, sitting in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii was built in 7 B.C. lasting until 79
A.D, when it was overcome by Vesuvius' eruption of rock and ash. The city
disappeared from the maps for nearly 1,700 years. Rediscovered in the 18th
century, it was clear that the volcanic ash had preserved a good deal of the
lost city. Enjoy a true delicacy for lunch-NEAPOLITAN PIZZA with Buffalo
Mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. After lunch, we travel to Naples for a panoramic
drive through the city. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 07: Riviera Ulysses.
Our morning is
free. This afternoon enjoy a guided excursion to the lovely Abbey of
Montecassino founded by St. Benedict about 529 in the Christian era. Travel
through narrow winding mountainous roads to the city of Terracina and a visit to the Temple of Jupiter, a complex dating to 4 B.C. This
evening enjoy an authentic Southern Italian farewell feast at the hotel.
Day 08: Riviera Ulysses - U.S. After breakfast, transfer (6:00
am) to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport
for the return flight to U.S. Take with us the memories of the
best of Italy. “Arrivederci,” a nostalgic
goodbye with a promise to return.