MAGNIFICENT SOUTH with Rome and Castellana Caves ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR

9 Days / 7 Nights - Guaranteed Departures


Highlights

The Magnificent South - with Guaranteed Departures!

A magnificent tour featuring some of the most amazing parts of Italy. From Rome, you visit ancient Pompeii, breathtaking Sorrento and Capri and unforgettable Noci and Matera. Enjoy magnificent memories on this tour!

Tour Highlights

  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURES.
  • Fourteen (14) meals - breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • See Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Noci and Matera.
  • Special visit to the Blue Grotto and the Castellana Caves.

Magnificent South Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip airport transfers (from/to Rome Airport).
  • Accommodation in charming 4 * hotels centrally located.
  • Buffet breakfast daily (buffet or continental).
  • Four (4) dinners and two (2) lunches.
  • Visits to: Largo Argentina, Campo de'fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery of Umberto I and the San Carlo Opera House.
  • Special visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting).
  • Special visit to the Castellana Caves.
  • Monolingual tour: English.
  • Local guides where necessary.
  • Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person.
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents.

Hotel Options

Rome Hotel Options: Hotel Gioberti, Villafranca or Commodore.

Itinerary

Day 01, Friday: U.S. - Rome

Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Rome. Dinner served on board. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on Day 02.

Day 02, Saturday: Arrive Rome

Upon arrival, a private transfer awaits from Rome Airport to the hotel. It’s a free day today to enjoy magnificent Rome! Overnight in Rome.

Day 03, Sunday: Rome

After breakfast, we are collected and enjoy the Rome Discovery tour. The itinerary begins at Campo de’ Fiori, certainly one of the most characteristic squares in Rome with its “open-air” market. Next to Campo de’ Fiori we will admire the magical charm of Piazza Farnese and then Palazzo Spada. Proceed then to Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. The symbol of the square is the “Fountains of Four Rivers”, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and competing with Borromini’s famed church Sant’Agnese in Agone. A short walk, we reach Piazza della Rotonda, which houses the unmistakable structure of the Pantheon, with an inside visit. We then cross Via del Corso and walk to the Trevi Fountain, a true masterpiece and certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. The last stop will be Piazza di Spagna, (Spanish Steps). In the center of the square we will admire the Fontana della Barcaccia made by Pietro Bernini. Our tour ends at the Spanish Steps (making our own way back to the hotel at our leisure), with rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Rome.

Day 04, Monday: Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento

After breakfast, we are collected from our hotel at 7:00 am and depart Rome to Naples by coach with a multilingual Tour Escort. Upon arrival in Naples a local guide will take us for a walking tour of the historical center to admire Pazza Del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery of Umberto I and the San Carlo Opera House. From Naples, continue to Pompeii and enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory. Lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit of the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvio in 79 BC and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and stones. We proceed to Sorrento, a charming town of the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of oranges, lemons and olives trees. Here we enjoy dinner and overnight in Sorrento.

Day 05, Tuesday: Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento

After breakfast, we board a ferry and make our way to the Island of Capri. Once on the island, we visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Augustus Gardens and stop a the famous “Piazzetta”. A minibus takes us to Anacapri where we enjoy lunch. After lunch, we ferry back to Sorrento for dinner and overnight.

Day 06, Wednesday: Sorrento - Castellana Caves - Locorotondo - Noci

Early morning departure from Sorrento for Apulia. Along the way we visit the Castellana Caves discovered in 1938. The Grottos of Castellana are one of the most important attractions of Puglia and a natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy. The tour winds along a distance of 3km, a unique guided tour of the caves to more than 60 meters deep. We continue our journey to Locorotondo. We enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine cellar. The journey continues to Alberobello and the town of the “Trulli” which is part of the Unesco Heritage list. We continue to Noci for dinner and overnight.

Day 07, Thursday: Noci - Lecce - Gallipoli - Noci

After breakfast, we travel to Lecce, a beautiful baroque town. We admire the rich and beautiful decoration of the St. Oronzo Church, the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Celestini Palace. The tour continues to Gallipoli, from the Greek Kallipolis, a fishing village on the coast in southern Italy’s Puglia region. We return to Noci for dinner and overnight.

Day 08, Friday: Noci - Matera - Rome

We depart for Matera, a town internationally known for the “Sassi” (stones). Depart Matera and return to Pompeii, where we board a bus to Rome. Arrival in Rome. Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight in Rome.

Day 09, Saturday: Rome - U.S.

After buffet breakfast, we have a private transfer to Rome Airport for your departure. (Transfers between 10:00pm-6:00am are additional).

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2017Land Only
Aug 18; Sep 1; 15; 29; Oct 13   2179

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in Italy one day later.

 
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