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13 Days Tour Start in Rome – End in Rome.

Departures and Prices in USD / CAD / AUD / NZD  per person (Tax, city night tax and credit card fee included).

Main cities: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Castellana Caves, Lecce, Matera, Alberobello, Otranto, Taormina, Agrigento, Erice, Palermo, Naples, Roman Castles.

24 Meals to include – 12 buffet breakfast, 2 lunches, 10 dinners.

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Great Southern Italy is a 13-day tour, perfectly paced to enjoy the beauty of southern Italy. Starting from Rome enjoy the sceneries of the Amalfi Coast, Apulia, Basilicata, and Calabria regions reaching to the Mediterranean Sea where we will embark on a Sicilian adventure. During this marvelous vacation through the south of Italy, you will have the opportunity to enjoy many picturesque towns, which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value for their cultural and natural heritage (whc.unesco.org). Italy is an amazing country filled with beautiful art, magnificent architecture, an extensive history, delectable cuisines, fine wines, and friendly people. Known for its relaxed lifestyle, you will explore Italy in the same fashion.

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ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive in Rome, Italy!

Ben arrivati a Roma! Arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, meet our tour guide & driver, head to your hotel via transfer bus at (9:30 am, 12:30 pm, or 3:00 pm) where you may rest or explore the “Eternal City” on your own. Later, enjoy a sightseeing tour followed by a special Welcome Dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

Hotel: Massimo D’Azeglio, Villa Carpegna or similar (1 night)

Day 2 – Amalfi Coast

After breakfast, you’ll follow the Highway of the Sun, passing the hilltop monastery of Cassino for a panoramic view of the enchanting towns along the scenic Amalfi Coast, overlooking the charming town of Sorrento & the distinctive white Moorish homes of Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Hotel: Panorama, GH Excelsior or similar (1 night)

Day 3 – Castellana Caves, Lecce

Today, we take a morning drive to Castellana in the Apulia region to follow our local guide to explore the amazing caves.  In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive to beautiful Lecce, also known as “The Florence of the South”. Guided on a sightseeing tour we’ll see this delightful city including the stunning Basilica & its monumental Piazza Del Duomo. Tonight, discover the flavors of typical regional dishes.

Hotel: Risorgimento, GH di Lecce, Palme or similar (2 nights)

Day 4 – Otranto and the Salento

Enjoy a full excursion through the Salento province including a visit to the ancient Roman & Byzantine town of Otranto, the easternmost point on the Italian peninsula. Walk through the 1000 year old walled hamlet & the 11th century Norman cathedral with the best preserved mosaic floors in southern Italy. The picture-perfect blue waters, white buildings, & diving rocks  make Otranto a frequent cover star of maps, books, & articles about the Apulia region.  You will have the pleasure of enjoying lunch at a traditional Italian restaurant before enjoying beautiful Lecce at your own pace.

Day 5 – Alberobello

Leave Lecce for the village of Alberobello, known for its strange white Trulli buildings with their circular structures & conical roofs.  Enjoy free time to stroll around the many local boutiques & coffee shops before dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: GH Olimpo or similar (1 night)

Day 6 – Matera

This morning, we drive to the famous Sassi of Matera, a fascinating cluster of prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock stone of deep ravines, for a walking tour featuring a visit to one of the most picturesque cities of this tour. In 1993 the town was made a UNESCO World Heritage site for being “the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem”. Dinner will then be served at a local restaurant.

Hotel: San Domenico, Sedile or similar (1 night)

Day 7 – Taormina

Leaving the town of Matera, we will drive through the unforgettable landscapes of the Calabria region down to Villa San Giovanni, We’ll take a forty-five minute ferry ride to Sicily before heading to Taormina , affectionately called “The Pearl of the Ionic Sea”. Founded in 400 BC, this beautiful city overlooks the peak of Mount Etna and the sea. Later, visit the 3rd century Greek Amphitheater, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. Situated above the city, it affords spectacular views of the bay and Mt. Etna. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Villa Diodoro, Neri, Sirina or similar (2 nights)

Day 8 – Mt. Etna

We embark on an exciting excursion to Mt. Etna. Weather permitting, we will ascend 5,400 feet to the highest active volcano in  Europe. Lunch will be served on the slopes of Etna with wine tastings from local farms. Then, explore Taormina & its beauty at your own pace. In the city, find homemade lace, coral jewels, ceramic, & much more by simply walking down Corso Umberto or through the tiny streets.

Day 9 – Agrigento

Drive to Agrigento for a tour of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to five ancient Greek temples dating back to the 6th century BC. It is here that we will find some of the world’s most striking and well-preserved Grecian ruins outside of Athens. Tonight’s dinner will be served at the hotel.

Hotel: Exclusive, Blu Kaos or similar (1 night)

Day 10 – Erice, Palermo

Today we explore the medieval town of Erice, situated 2,887 feet above sea level, surrounded by ancient Elimi & Phoenician walls on the northeastern side of the city. Stroll through the charming old stone streets & medieval churches like the Cathedral of Erice which was built in the 14th century in Gothic Catalan style complete with solid marble ornate carvings where we see the picture of the famous Black Virgin venerated. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant followed by a short drive to Palermo where we will spend the next two days.

Hotel: Piazza Borsa, Palazzo Sitano or similar (1 night)

Day 11 – Palermo, Monreale

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, the honey-colored cathedral and Piazza Bellini. From there, travel to the town of Monreale & visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Picturesque views of the Conca d’Oro, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics, will astonish you as you make your way through this ancient city.  Enjoy the evening at your leisure. After we arrive back in Palermo to take an overnight ferry to Naples. Dinner will be served in the ferry restaurant or in a local restaurant.

Hotel: Overnight ferry (Palermo – Naples in private cabin)

Day 12 – Naples, Castelli Romani

Welcome to Naples! This morning our local guide will share the history of the Triumphal Arch of New Castle, St. Charles Theater, the Royal Palace, the Galleria Umberto, and the semicircular Piazza Plebiscito where you can enjoy free time to taste the original espresso or enjoy the world famous pizza napoletana. In the afternoon, we will drive northwards towards the hilltops of the Castelli Romani (the Pope’s summer residence). This evening, enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation.

Hotel: Castel Vecchio, Villa Vecchia or similar (1 night)

Day 13 – Leaving for home

Arrivederci Italia! Our Departure transfer bus will arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 7:00am and 9:00am.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED

Transportation:

  • Private airport transfer for your tour on arrival & departure in Rome. (see the Itinerary)
  • Luxury air-conditioned private coach, wi-fi, extended leg room.
  • Ferry from Calabria to Sicily
  • Overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples

Accommodations:

  • First Class Hotels.
  • Private cabin (Overnight from Palermo to Naples)
  • Includes all taxes (including city tax)
  • Baggage handling included (ask your driver)
  • All standard gratuities for hotel personnel

24 Meals:

  • 12  breakfast buffets
  • 2  lunches to include:

1 wine and olive oil tasting with fine local food

1 lunch – three main courses, dessert, local fine wine and coffee

  • 10 dinners to include:

10 dinner – three main courses, dessert, local fine wine and coffee

  • All Standard gratuities for restaurant personnel

Tour Guide & Tour Driver:

  • Your tour will be conducted by our tour guide & tour driver. They will take the worry out of foreign travel as they manage the intricate details of your tour, keeping you entertained with anecdotes and stories to make sure your vacation is educational, entertaining, fun and safe!
  • Any gratuities are at your pleasure for our tour guide & tour driver

Equipment:

  • Wireless headsets to hear our guides clearly and distinctly in public places allowing you to roam & explore sites (within 60 feet) without missing any insight from your local guides (group of 9 or more)
  • Travel documents (PDF) included
  • One umbrella per person in case of rain

 

View, Visit, Walking tour, Museums and Gallery: (WLG) = With Local Guide and wireless headsets

Rome:

  • Comfortable sightseeing  bus tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter Square, the Circo Massimo and Via Veneto

Lecce:

  • Guided tour through the center city, see the Basilica and its monumental Piazza del Duomo (WLG)

Otranto:

  • Visit the beautiful city and enjoy the view of the Castle (WLG)

Castellana Caves:

  • Visit the remarkable karst cave system (WLG)

Alberobello:

  • Walking tour through the Trulli of Alberobello

Matera:

  • Visit the Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (WLG)

Taormina:

  • Visit the 3rd-century Greek Amphitheater and Mont Etna

Agrigento:

  • Visit the Valley of the Temples (WLG)

Palermo:

  • Visit of the city including the Cathedral, the “Palatina” Chapel, and panoramic tour of the town (WLG)

Monreale:

  • Visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral (WLG)

Naples:

  • View of the Triumphal Arch of the New Castle, St. Charles Theater, the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto, and the semicircular Piazza Plebiscito, and Posillipo Hill

Suggested attire:

  • Comfortable shoes are important for walking on the uneven surfaces
  • Attire for Italian Churches: No shorts, skirts, tank tops, or bare shoulders for men or women are permitted. Bermuda shorts are permitted

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES*

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Departure – End Date Land price per person in (USD)
  Double Single Triple Young (5 – 12)
Mar 13 – Mar 25 3350 4355 3183 3116
Mar 27 – Apr 08 3350 4355 3183 3116
Apr 10 – Apr 22 3350 4355 3183 3116
Apr 24 – May 06 3400 4420 3230 3162
May 08 – May 20 3500 4550 3325 3255
May 22 – Jun 03 3500 4550 3325 3255
Jun 05 – Jun 17 3400 4420 3230 3162
Jun 19 – Jul 01 3400 4420 3230 3162
Jul 03 – Jul 15 3400 4420 3230 3162
Jul 17 – Jul 29 3400 4420 3230 3162
Aug 28 – Sept 09 3500 4550 3325 3255
Sept 11 – Sept 23 3500 4550 3325 3255
Sept 25 – Oct 07 3500 4550 3325 3255
Oct 09 – Oct 21 3400 4420 3230 3162
Oct 23 – Nov 04 3400 4420 3230 3162
Nov 06 – Nov 18 3350 4355 3183 3116

*Prices are subject to change according to international currency rates and price changes by distribution channels without further notice.

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Depart – End date  Land price per person  (CAD)
  Double Single Triple Young (5-12)
Mar 13 – Mar 25 4690 6097 4456 4362
Mar 27 – Apr 08 4690 6097 4456 4362
Apr 10 – Apr 22 4690 6097 4456 4362
Apr 24 – May 06 4760 6188 4522 4427
May 08 – May 20 4900 6370 4655 4557
May 22 – Jun 03 4900 6370 4655 4557
Jun 05 – Jun 17 4760 6188 4522 4427
Jun 19 – Jul 01 4760 6188 4522 4427
Jul 03 – Jul 15 4760 6188 4522 4427
Jul 17 – Jul 29 4760 6188 4522 4427
Aug 28 – Sept 09 4900 6370 4655 4557
Sept 11 – Sept 23 4900 6370 4655 4557
Sept 25 – Oct 07 4900 6370 4655 4557
Oct 09 – Oct 21 4760 6188 4522 4427
Oct 23 – Nov 04 4760 6188 4522 4427
Nov 06 – Nov 18 4690 6097 4456 4362

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Download eBrochure Great Southern Italy 2018 AUD

Depart – End date  Land price per person  (AUD)
  Double Single Triple Young (5-12)
Mar 13 – Mar 25 4690 6097 4456 4362
Mar 27 – Apr 08 4690 6097 4456 4362
Apr 10 – Apr 22 4690 6097 4456 4362
Apr 24 – May 06 4760 6188 4522 4427
May 08 – May 20 4900 6370 4655 4557
May 22 – Jun 03 4900 6370 4655 4557
Jun 05 – Jun 17 4760 6188 4522 4427
Jun 19 – Jul 01 4760 6188 4522 4427
Jul 03 – Jul 15 4760 6188 4522 4427
Jul 17 – Jul 29 4760 6188 4522 4427
Aug 28 – Sept 09 4900 6370 4655 4557
Sept 11 – Sept 23 4900 6370 4655 4557
Sept 25 – Oct 07 4900 6370 4655 4557
Oct 09 – Oct 21 4760 6188 4522 4427
Oct 23 – Nov 04 4760 6188 4522 4427
Nov 06 – Nov 18 4690 6097 4456 4362

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Download eBrochure Great Southern Italy 2018 NZD

Depart – End date  Land price per person  (NZD)
  Double Single Triple Young (5-12)
Mar 13 – Mar 25 5025 6533 4774 4674
Mar 27 – Apr 08 5025 6533 4774 4674
Apr 10 – Apr 22 5025 6533 4774 4674
Apr 24 – May 06 5100 6630 4845 4743
May 08 – May 20 5250 6825 4988 4883
May 22 – Jun 03 5250 6825 4988 4883
Jun 05 – Jun 17 5100 6630 4845 4743
Jun 19 – Jul 01 5100 6630 4845 4743
Jul 03 – Jul 15 5100 6630 4845 4743
Jul 17 – Jul 29 5100 6630 4845 4743
Aug 28 – Sept 09 5250 6825 4988 4883
Sept 11 – Sept 23 5250 6825 4988 4883
Sept 25 – Oct 07 5250 6825 4988 4883
Oct 09 – Oct 21 5100 6630 4845 4743
Oct 23 – Nov 04 5100 6630 4845 4743
Nov 06 – Nov 18 5025 6533 4774 4674

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