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Enchanting Southern Italy: Back Roads experience: Ex Naples

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,754

From Naples, head immediately south. History, culture and awe-inspiring scenery are yours to discover. Colourful Naples, historical Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius are just the beginning of your journey followed by the magical island of Capri and a stay in the spectacularly beautiful Amalfi Coast.


Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. Click here for all the EXCLUSIVE DIFFERENCES.

Explore the enchanting region south of Naples which has an abundance of unrivalled history and scenic beauty. Check into your Naples hotel and meet your fellow travellers and have a pre tour briefing. The following morning, tour old Naples including the Capella Sansevero with its many important works of art including the famed sculpture of the “Veiled Christ”. Later travel south to Pompeii destroyed by an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Reclaimed highlights from the Roman Empire era are the Basilica, Forum and Amphitheatre. Continue to Paestum for an overnight stay. 

The following morning brings a cooking demonstration of local cuisine which will be enjoyed for lunch. Afterwards explore Paestum founded in 600 BC and which was inhabited by the ancient Greek Civilization thus offering for viewing many interesting archaeological sites. Continue on to Scala, your base for the next 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast.

BRTThe legendary Amalfi Coast is breathtakingly beautiful. This lush rocky indented shoreline consists of 13 small towns each with its own character and charm and all rich in history. The first town you will visit is Ravello, a chic and treasured resort followed by Amalfi, the principal town on this coast. Then it’s on to the exceptionally beautiful Positano nestled on hills high above the sea.

The following day, take a ferry to the enchanting island of Capri with its captivating charm and natural beauty. To fully appreciate this awe-inspiring hilly island, you will take a funicular to the peak to enjoy amazing panoramic viewing. 

The next day gives the opportunity to soak up more of the charms of the Amalfi Coast with visits to the elegant resorts of Minori and Maiori and the fishing port of Cetera. Also stop at Vietri Sul Mare with its excellent beaches. Later head inland to Tramonti located in the surrounding mountains and known for its many interesting churches. 

Your final full day will be spent visiting Italy’s Versailles, the Royal Palace of Caserta with its 1200 rooms and former residence of the Bourbon Kings of Naples and also Sant’Agata dei Goti to sample local wines and have lunch.

Return the next day to Naples.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,754

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Day 1

Naples - Pompeii - Paestum

You'll start with the local guide leading you into the labyrinthine streets of the historic centre in search of the Cappella Sansevero, home to the Veiled Christ -- one of the finest sculptures in the world. The afternoon will transport you back in time with a visit to archaeological wonder Pompeii. You'll then travel to UNESCO World heritage-listed Paestum, where you'll dine tonight.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Paestum - Minori

Today you have an appointment at Tenuta Seliano -- an authentic farm-inn -- where you'll visit the buffaloes and watch the owner make light, fresh mozzarella. You'll then take a guided tour of Paestum before returning to Tenuta Seliano and a kitchen piled high with fresh local produce. It's time for a cooking lesson! Your hard work will be rewarded when you get to eat what you've prepared at lunch with the family. Your hunger satisfied, you'll continue on to Minori.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Minori - Ravello - Tramonti - Minori

This morning you'll explore Minori on a guided walking tour before continuing on to Ravello. The next stop involves a citrus twist -- you're off to a lemon farmhouse. After learning about the cultivation process, you'll dive into a tasting spread of limoncello, lemon salad and of course, lemon gelato.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Minori - Amalfi - Positano - Minori

Today's first stop, Amalfi, will be nothing short of wow-inducing. When you get there, you'll embark on a short walking tour. Later, you'll venture onwards to the oh-so blissful town of Positano. Here you'll meet with a ceramics specialist and join a ceramic colouring session. You'll rest your head in Minori tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Minori - Capri - Minori

The high life beckons today as you sail to the island of Capri. You'll enjoy a ride on the charming funicular railway from the port, which whisks you through bright, fragrant lemon groves, before taking some free time to see and be seen among the exclusive boutiques, caf├ęs and restaurants of Capri town. Later on this afternoon, you'll return to Minori.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Minori - Maiori - Vietri - Cetara - Minori

Today you'll add more pearls to your collection with visits to Maiori and Cetara. After a morning of exploring, you'll drive to Vietri sul Mare -- where local craftspeople create hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics -- for a look around. Back in Minori, you'll enjoy some free time before meeting for the final dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Minori - Palace of Caserta - Sant'Agata de'Goti - Naples

Today you'll bid the Amalfi Coast a fond farewell and drive to the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta, the last great creation of the Italian Baroque period. From the royal to the rustic -- the next stop is a farmhouse in Sant'Agata de'Goti, where you'll taste Falanghina wines produced from black grapes grown in the Campania region. There's time for one last, leisurely Italian lunch before you return to Naples, where the adventure ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Apr 21, 28; May 12, 26; Jun 2, 9; Aug 25, 29; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 26; Oct 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Back-Roads tour leader, driver & mini-coach transportation
  • Local guides (in Naples, Pompeii, Ravello and Paestum)
  • European breakfast daily
  • 3 evening meals
  • 2 lunches
  • Ferry to the Island of Capri
  • Italian cooking class at Tenuta Seliano
  • Wine, mozzarella & olive oil tasting
  • Limoncello tasting
  • Entrance fees (Cappella Sansevero, Pompeii, Paestum, Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone, Capri Funicular and the Royal Palace of Caserta).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Trip Highlights:

  •  Stay four nights in sleepy Scala, one of the Amalfi Coast’s hidden gems.
  •  Pick lemons and enjoy a limoncello tasting amongst the lemon groves of Tramonti.
  •  Prepare your own traditional Campania lunch, using fresh farm produce on a working country estate.
  •  Explore Pompeii and Paestum with local guides who will bring these important historical sites to life.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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6 Oct 2019
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