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Insight Vacations Country Roads of Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera (Summer 2017) (E821)

10 Days starts and ends in Rome Print
Tour Style: Country Roads Tour
Europe & Britain 2017/18
Visits: Italy

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.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Caserta: See the Royal Palace complex at Caserta .
  • Alberobello: Explore the unique Trulli buildings. Join in the social ritual of ‘La Passeggiata'.
  • Sorrento: Explore this delightful resort.
  • Scenic Drives: Apennines, Sorrento cliff top road, Capri corniche, Amalfi Coast.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Alberobello: Learn the history and taste for yourself the amazing structure, flavour and body of Apulian wine.
  • Sorrento: Choose from our hand-picked selection of local restaurants for a Dine-Around evening.
  • Rome: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved songs.
  • 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Matera: Visit the famous ‘Sassi' or cave dwellings, which were home to approximately 20,000 people until 1950.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle and in the style of the jet-set, descend to the port by open-top taxi.
  • Positano: Drive along the Amalfi Coast and visit this colourful town.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Rome: The Kolbe is a magnificent luxury 4-star hotel, a former 15th century convent, just steps from the Roman Forum.
  • Alberobello: The signature La Chiusa di Chietri Hotel is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surrounds.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 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: 3 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: 4 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: 5 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: 6 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: 7 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: 8 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: 9 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: 10 Arrivederci Roma
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(BB)

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