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Rome, Grand Italy, Sassi & Trulli

14 days / 13 nights
ROME - SIENA - FLORENCE - PISA - VENICE - SAN MARINO - ASSISI - ROME - POMPEII - SORRENTO - CAPRI - MATERA - ALBEROBELLO - LECCE - OSTUNI - MARTINA - FRANCA - LOCOROTONDO - AMALFI - ROME
   
DEPARTURE Rome to Rome
TOUR TYPE Escorted tour
   

  
Rome: Trevi Fountain                          Venice: Rialto Bridge                         Trulli Houses
   
ITINERARY  
Day 1   Rome
   

Upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport, meet and greet by your tour escort and transfer to hotel. Time at leisure in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight. (D)

     
Day 2   Rome : Optional Vatican Museums tour ($)
   

After breakfast you'll have a guided tour of Rome. Classic sites include: Colosseum (from outside), Trevi Fountain, Castle of St. Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica (from outside). In the afternoon possibility of Vatican Museums optional tour ($) Rest of the day free at leisure. Special welcome dinner with music and wine included. Return to your hotel and overnight. (B,D)

     
Day 3   Rome - Sienna - Florence (322 km)
   

After breakfast departure to Siena. Arrival in Siena. Walking tour of the city with your tour escort to admire the Dome (outside), the magnificent square known as Il Campo, where twice a year the Palio race is run on bareback horses. Late in the afternoon, arrive in Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance", known worldwide for its unequalled treasures. A stop is planned at Michelangelo's square for a first photo opportunity. Dinner and overnight in Florence. (B,D)

     
Day 4   Florence - Pisa - Florence (204 km)
   

After breakfast guided visit of Florence, including the Cathedral, Giotto's bell tower, the doors of the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Santa Croce, the pantheon of many famous Italian artists. Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch proceed to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower (from outside) and the marvellous Piazza dei Miracoli, free time to enjoy shopping and taking pictures. Evening free to stroll through Florence, to find the best leather products or a quaint restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Florence. (B,L)

     
Day 5   Florence - Venice (260 km)
   

After breakfast time at leisure for shopping or personal discoveries. Late in the morning departure to Venice. Arrival in Venice, the "Door of the Orient". Overnight. (B)

     
Day 6   Venice - San Marino (160 km)
   

After breakfast guided visit of St-Mark's Square and neighbouring sites. Early afternoon departure to San Marino. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

     
Day 7   San Marino - Assisi - Rome (420 km)
 
   

After breakfast free time to explore this wonderful town before leaving for Assisi, a great religious town significant of the life of St-Francis. Visit of the great Basilica with its magnificent paintings by Giotto, and of the interesting medieval city. Continue to Rome, driving through splendid Umbria, the "Green Heart" of Italy. Arrival in Rome late afternoon. Special dinner in a typical Roman restaurant. Overnight at hotel nearby the Airport. (B,D)

     
Day 8   Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento (270 km) plus optional Pompeii excavations ($)
   

After breakfast, departure to Sorrentine Peninsula, visit of cameo factory before arrive in Pompeii where you will  take your time for lunch on your own. Possibility of optional tour of excavations (€) of the ancient city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. In the afternoon arrive in Sorrento.  Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

     
Day 9   Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento (50 km)
   

After breakfast, transfer to the harbour and departure to Capri by hydrofoil. Ticket to the funicular included. The tour Escort can suggest how visit on your own, this marvellous island. Return to Sorrento and free time at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

     
Day 10   Sorrento - Matera - Alberobello (320 km)
   

After breakfast transfer to Apulia, on the east coast of Italy.  Stop in  Matera, visit of the famous Sassi, one of the most impressive sites in the World Heritage list and the location of the filming of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ".  After the visit, continue to Alberobello. Apulia is famous for its great food and it is considered the granary of the Country. Dinner will be served at the hotel and overnight. (B,D)

     
Day 11   Lecce & Ostuni excursion (220 km)
   

After breakfast depart to Lecce that presents an architectural feast. An ancient settlement of the Messapii tribes, it is the principal Baroque city of Puglia. This morning our local guide will bring this and more to light. After lunch on your own, you'll move on to Ostuni, the "White City" perched on a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Inhabited at least since 1000 BC by native peoples. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

     
Day 12   Alberobello - Martina - Franca - Locorotondo - Amalfi (120 km)
   

After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Alberobello, a village of one thousand fairytale-like Trulli, round white houses with tall conical roofs. You tour leader will explain their mysterious origins and why people continue to build them. Proceed to a farm near Alberobello for a tasting of their excellent "primitivo" wines and a visit to the Wine Museum. Then visit of Martina Franca and Locorotondo. Included light lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Amalfi, the ancient Maritime Republic via the magnificent and breath-taking Amalfi Coast drive.  Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

     
Day 13   Amalfi - Rome (280 km)
   

Breakfast at the hotel. About noon leave to Rome. Overnight. (B)

     
Day 14   Rome departure
   

After breakfast, transfer to Rome's Fiumicino airport for your return flight home. (B)

     

INCLUSIONS





 

• Deluxe Coach • Headset and Professional Licensed English speaking tour escort • 13 nights in Selected 4* hotels • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners, 1 light lunch with wine tasting• 1 welcome dinner in Rome with music and beverages included (¼ wine and ½ water) • 1 special dinner with wine included in Rome  • Admission fees: Church of Santa Croce in Florence; Cave House and Rocky Church in Matera; Archeological Park in Ostuni • Baggage handling: 1 piece of luggage per passenger • Dedicate local guides (Rome, Florence, Venice, Matera, Lecce and Ostuni) • Hydrofoil to Capri R/T

     
EXCLUSIONS
 

•Tips • Extras • Drinks at meals • Optional excursions • Hotel city  taxes must be paid on spot • Anything not mentioned in "Price Includes"

     
NOTES



 

For operational reasons, the order of excursions may be changed. Optional excursions not specified in our Itinerary, will be suggested by our tour leader.

Suggested tipping: Driver: 3 euro per person per day: Tour escort: 3 euro per person per day

     

     

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