Southern Odyssey


Southern Odyssey!

"Riviera Ulysses" A Southern Italian Odyssey. This coastal region, located between Rome and Naples, is named for the legendary journey and adventures of Ulysses, who landed in Gaeta with his companions and was placed under the magical spell of the Sorceress Circe. Our itineary does not include any magical spells, but ensures only great memories of an enjoyable vacation!

Your Southern Odyssey tour includes:

  • Six nights accommodations at first class hotels with private bath/shower.
  • Italian buffet breakfast daily, except for day of arrival.
  • Transportation by private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach throughout.
  • Services of a professional English-speaking tour director.
  • One (1) welcome dinner "Neapolitan Feast."
  • One (1)  farewell dinner including wine and water.
  • Four (4) dinners featuring Southern Italian cuisine.
  • One (1) welcome drink on arrival at our hotel.
  • One (1) lunch featuring Neapolitan pizza.
  • Half-day guided tours to Sperlonga, Gaeta and Pompeii.
  • Sightseeing tours to the Amalfi Coast and Naples. 
  • Entrance fees to Excavations in Pompeii and the National Museum in Sperlonga.
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person.
  • Local taxes and tips (excluding tips to driver and guide).
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents.

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Day 01: U.S. - Rome. Depart U.S. for our overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Dinner will be served on board.


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). After breakfast, 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.


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