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Enchanting Southern Italy: Back Roads experience: Ex Naples

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,525

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$ 2,525

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Day 1

Naples to Pompeii and Paestum

Bright, buzzing and echoing with tales from millennia of history, Naples is your springboard for exploring Southern Italy. Start with local guide leading 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 back in time with a visit to the archaeological wonder, Pompeii. Then travel to Paestum where dinner is served.

Meal Plan 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 2

Paestum to Minori

This morning have an appointment at Tenuta Seliano -- an authentic farm-inn (or agriturismo) -- visit the buffaloes and watch owner Cecilia Bellelli Baratta make light, fresh mozzarella. The trip off the tourist trail continues with a visit to UNESCO World heritage-listed Paestum. With crumbling marble temples against a mountain backdrop, this village is a little-known treasure waiting to be discovered. Return to Tenuta Seliano to a kitchen piled high with local produce, such as mozzarella and ricotta, fruits and vegetables, buffalo meat and fresh pasta. It's time to learn the art of traditional Campania cooking -- hard work rewarded when lunch is served with the family. Continue on to Minori.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration5 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 3

Minori to Ravello to Minori

Enjoy the morning to explore Minori on a guided walking tour, before continuing to Ravello for a guided tour. To refresh palates, next stop involves a citrus twist with a visit to a lemon farmhouse. After learning of the cultivation process, dive into a tasting spread of limoncello, lemon salad and of course, lemon gelato.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Minori to Amalfi and Positano to Minori

After a hearty breakfast, first stop to the Amalfi will be nothing short of wow-inducing. After a short walking tour with ample time to take in the surrounding beauty, venture onwards to the oh-so blissful town of Positano. To continue the artisan theme of the tour, meet with a ceramic specialist, to join a ceramic colouring session. After a delightful and insightful day, it's time to rest in Minori for the night.

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Day 5

Minori to Capri to Minori

The high life beckons today is to 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, caf├ęs and restaurants of Capri town, before returning to Minori in late afternoon.

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Day 6

Minori to Maiori, Vietri and Cetara to Minori

Today add more pearls to your collection with visits to Maiori and Cetara. After a morning of exploring, we drive to Vietri sul Mare. Here, craftspeople create hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics. Back in Minori, enjoy free time before we meet for our final dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Minori to Palace of Caserta, Sant' Agata Dei Goti and Naples

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. From the royal to the rustic -- next stop is a farmhouse in Sant'Agata dei Goti to taste Falanghina wines produced from black grapes grown in the Campania regions. Then there's time for a last, leisurely Italian lunch before returning to Naples, where the adventure ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Oct. 8
2018: Apr 22, 29; May 13, 27; Jun 3, 10; Aug 26, 30; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 27, 30; Oct 7

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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