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Insight Vacations

Country Roads of Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera - Air Inclusive (Summer 2017)

Start:
Italy
Includes:
Italy
Duration:
9 days
Departs:
22 July, 2017
Tour Type:
Country Roads Tour

Fall head over heels for Puglia - an unspoilt, food lover's paradise. See the curious trulli and sparkling white towns, the unique beauty of the Bay of Naples, and the sun-drenched Isle of Capri.

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Twin Share $179
Single $182
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05/08/2017 $149
19/08/2017 $149
02/09/2017 $182
16/09/2017 $182
30/09/2017 $182

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars on a per person basis unless stated otherwise. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

Day 1
(1 day)
Welcome to Rome
Transfers to your hotel depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Later, join your Tour Director for orientation of the 'Eternal City'. Afterwards, enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.(WD)
Day 2
(1 day)
Across the Apennines to the ‘Trulli’ Town of Alberobello
(Relaxed Start) Head southeast, through sun-baked landscapes to the region of Puglia and its most spectacular trulli town, Alberobello.(BB / DW)
Day 3
(1 day)
Exploring Alberobello.
(Relaxed Start) Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - its narrow streets crowded with conical, white-washed trulli, clustered together like mushrooms, constructed entirely without mortar. This region is a paradise for wine-lovers so join an expert vintner with a tasting of Puglia's most robust and structured reds - as rich and complex as anything you'll find in Tuscany! The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace. In the evening, there is an opportunity to break bread with your friends over a delicious dinner, typical of the region.(BB)
Day 4
(1 day)
Free Time in Alberobello
(Relaxed Start) The day is free for you to enjoy this extraordinary town further. Why not enjoy an optional experience to the stunning city of Ostuni? With its dazzling white-washed houses and fascinating history, it is a true delight.(BB)
Day 5
(1 day)
The Sassi di Matera and Sorrento.
Visit Matera with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, -˜Sassi' - a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases and arches, hewn out of the solid rock. Mel Gibson chose Matera as the biblical backdrop for his film -˜The Passion of the Christ'. Rolling green hills and wide mountain views pave the way, as you head towards the Tyrrhenian Sea. Take the dramatic coast road to the lively clifftop resort of Sorrento. In the evening, choose your own menu, style and ambience from a handpicked selection of local restaurants.(BB / DA)
Day 6
(1 day)
Capri, The Isle of Dreams
Board the ferry to the sun-drenched island of Capri. Arrive at Marina Grande and take a funicular ride up to Capri town. A Local Expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks and a crunchy, refreshing lemon granita - a specialty of the island. Savour the cosmopolitan mood of the Piazzetta before descending to the port by open-top taxi and returning to Sorrento. On arrival, you can investigate the art of -˜intarsio' or marquetry wood inlaying.(BB)
Day 7
(1 day)
The Amalfi Coast and Sorrento
(Relaxed Start) Travel along Italy's finest coastline, the Amalfi Coast. Stop for a bird's-eye view of the terraced houses of Positano before venturing in to the heart of the town. There's time to be tempted by the boutiques before returning to Sorrento. Enjoy this beautiful resort with its stunning views down to the clear sparkling waters of the Gulf of Naples. Sorrento's main square, Piazza Tasso, is a hub of activity; maybe relax over coffee and contemplate your options. You could stroll down to the harbour, visit the Church of St. Francis, take a swim from the foot of the cliffs or just relax beside your hotel's pool and enjoy the warm southern sunshine.(BB)
Day 8
(1 day)
On to ill-fated Pompeii and Rome
Drive to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Witness colourful frescoes hidden for centuries. Continue beneath the brooding hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino back to Rome where your journey reaches its zenith in the evening. In the heart of the Eternal City, you are treated to the quintessential Italian experience -“ fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta!(BB / CD)
Day 9
(1 day)
Arrivederci Roma
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(BB)

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