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Enchanting Southern Italy: Back Roads experience: Ex Naples

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,486

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.


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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$ 2,486

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Day 1

Naples

Bright, buzzing and echoing with tales from millennia of history, Naples is your springboard for exploring Southern Italy. Arrive in your own time and get yourself settled in. This evening, meet your Back-Roads tour leader and fellow travellers for a welcome drink -- as excitement about the days ahead begins to bubble.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Art Resort Galleria Umberto

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    Hotel Art Resort Galleria Umberto



    The Hotel Art Resort Galleria Umberto of Naples is an elegant small jewel situated in the heart of the city, inside the famous Galleria Umberto I, just two minutes on foot from Plebiscito Square, San Carlo Theatre, Royal Palace and Maschio Angioino. The hotel has ...

    The Hotel Art Resort Galleria Umberto of Naples is an elegant small jewel situated in the heart of the city, inside the famous Galleria Umberto I, just two minutes on foot from Plebiscito Square, San Carlo Theatre, Royal Palace and Maschio Angioino. The hotel has all the rooms elegantly furnished, sound-proof and equipped with every kind of comfort: Wi-Fi connection, Tv Lcd, Pay Tv, Minibar, iPad Dock. The interior of the hotel are embellished with elegant half-length statue, typically shepherd statues of Neapolitan cribs, original gouaches with coasting landscape and with most famous Capodimonte porcelain. The hotel is a mixture of rarity to discover and a typical Neapolitan Baroque environment.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service

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Day 2

Naples to Pompeii to Paestum

Our local guide takes us 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 transports us deep into the distant past as we visit archaeological wonder, Pompeii. This famous Roman city, destroyed by earthquake and ash when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, left behind a fascinating complex of ruins. A local expert opens a one-of-a-kind window into everyday Roman life as we walk around key sites including the Basilica, the Forum and the Amphitheatre. From Pompeii we travel to our delightfully rustic accommodation near Paestum, where we sit down to a traditional meal together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Il Granaio Dei Casabella

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    Hotel Il Granaio Dei Casabella



    Located inside the archaeological area, opposite the "Porta Aurea", one of the four gates of the ancient city of Paestum, Il Granaio dei Casabella is a restored farm turned into a country hotel. It conserves all its original charm, in a calm environment which allows ...

    Located inside the archaeological area, opposite the "Porta Aurea", one of the four gates of the ancient city of Paestum, Il Granaio dei Casabella is a restored farm turned into a country hotel. It conserves all its original charm, in a calm environment which allows the guests to enjoy a pleasant and relaxing stay. The welcoming lounge with its large hearth and the various living rooms provide the ideal places for reading, talking and listening to music. The Garden is an ideal frame for events and private parties features a typical Mediterranean vegetation: olive trees, fruit trees, pines, acacias, oleanders and various flowers.

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    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Room Service Limited Hours

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Day 3

Paestum to Minori

This morning we have an appointment at Tenuta Seliano -- an authentic farm-inn (or agriturismo) -- where we visit the buffaloes and help owner Cecilia Bellelli Baratta make light, fresh mozzarella. Our trip off the tourist trail continues with a visit to UNESCO listed Paestum. With crumbling marble temples against a mountain backdrop, this village is a little known treasure waiting to be discovered. We return to Tenuta Seliano to a kitchen piled high with local produce, such as mozzarella and ricotta, fruits and vegetables, goat and buffalo meat, and fresh pasta. It's time to learn the art of traditional Campania cooking -- our hard work rewarded when we get to eat what we've prepared at lunch with the family. Our hunger well satisfied, we continue on to charming Minori on the Amalfi Coast.

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Duration4 Nights
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Minori Palace

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    Minori Palace



    The Minor Palace is just a few meters from the sea and overlooks the main street of Minori from which guests can easily walk to the partner restaurants. The charming village offers the wonderful beach, a Roman villa dating back to the first century. B.C. ...

    The Minor Palace is just a few meters from the sea and overlooks the main street of Minori from which guests can easily walk to the partner restaurants.

    The charming village offers the wonderful beach, a Roman villa dating back to the first century. B.C. and is a strategic point for visiting the nearby towns of the Amalfi coast.

    The Minori Palace offers 44 bright rooms with furnished balconies, a nice bar area and a hall, where the tradition of the past marries a rich environment of comfort, offers a happy mix of emotions and situations.

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    • Lobby
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Minori to Ravello, Amalfi and Positano

Glimmering with their own unique character, culture and histories, it's easy to see why the villages of the Amalfi Coast are known as pearls. So today, we dive in to see what we find. In Ravello, that's blessed with spectacular views, we visit Villa Rufolo with its gorgeous gardens that inspired the setting of Wagner's opera Parsifal. Then we unleash our inner silver screen stars at Villa Cimbrone. Crowning rugged cliffs in what's surely the most captivating location of the Amalfi coastline, Greta Garbo famously fell in love here. Our journey takes us on to the eponymous Amalfi, a village where tightly packed houses cascade down the hillside from the Cathedral of St Andrew. To round off our day, we drop by the striking fishing village of Positano -- famous for its handmade pasta and just-off-the boat seafood.

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Day 5

Minori to Capri

The high life beckons today as we sail to the island of Capri, off the Sorrento Peninsula. Lapped by the inky blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri has been a popular resort since the days of Ancient Rome. Enjoy a ride on the charming funicular railway from the port, which whisks us through bright, fragrant lemon groves. Then there's time to see and be seen among the exclusive boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Capri town, before returning to Minori in late afternoon.

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Day 6

Scala to Vietri sul Mare

Today we add more pearls to our collection with visits to Maiori and Cetara. Back in the 1st century, these villages were the exclusive summer sojourns of noble Roman families. But today, they're famed for exceptional cuisine and silky smooth liqueurs. After exploring Cetara, a small yet perfectly formed fishing village with traditional houses clustered around the port, we drive to Vietri sul Mare. Here, craftspeople create hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics. Journeying around the Amalfi Coast is thirsty work, so we pause among the lemon groves of a coastal plantation for a spot of limoncello tasting. Back in Minori, how you spend the rest of the day is entirely up to you. Take the plunge with a swim in the sea or simply relax on the terrace with a refreshing drink. This evening, we come back together for our final dinner.

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Day 7

Scala to Royal Palace of Caserta, Sant'Agata dei Goti and Naples

We bid the Amalfi Coast a fond farewell and drive to the Royal Palace of Caserta, built in the 18th century and the last great creation of the Italian Baroque. Although we can't visit all 1,200 rooms, the ones we will see are as extravagant as they are exquisite. From the royal to the rustic -- our next stop is a farmhouse in Sant'Agata dei Goti where we taste Aglianico wines produced from black grapes grown in the Basilicata and Campania regions. Then there's time for a last, leisurely Italian lunch before we return to Naples, where our adventure ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 30 Apr; 14, 28 May; 4, 11, 18, 25 Jun; 27, 31 Aug, 3, 10, 17, 24, 28 Sep; 1, 8 Oct.

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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