Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sassi di Matera and Apulia Deluxe Package
8 Days/7 Nights
Day 01: ROME
Arrival in Rome and transfer to the hotel on your own. Enjoy your time at leisure to relax or get acquainted with the city until the evening, when you will meet your tour assistant who will provide you information regarding your travel itinerary. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: ROME
Breakfast at the hotel and start your discovery of the Eternal City. After breakfast you will have time at leisure to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Discover the beautiful fountains and squares of Rome, enjoy a cappuccino and Italian pastry at one of the many outdoor cafés, or be at the Pope's Mass in Saint Peter Square (on Sundays). In the afternoon, you will join a sightseeing tour along the Appian Way viewing the ancient ruins and churches, such as the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Scala Santa (Holy stairs) and the Christian Catacombs. Dinner at a nice typical trattoria, far from the tourist traps and among the locals. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 03: ROME
After breakfast, enjoy another morning at leisure. Perhaps visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum (not included) or the Villa Borghese Gallery (not included), home to vast pieces of important art. In the afternoon you will visit the Vatican museum, repository for centuries of art and history. You'll marvel at this intersection of faith and beauty, including a visit to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Return to your Hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Day 04: ROME, POMPEII, VESUVIUS, SORRENTO
Breakfast at the hotel before heading to Pompeii via private coach. Upon arrival, you will meet your tour guide who will escort you through the excavation site where Vesuvius covered the town in hot volcanic ash. These layers of ash preserved underneath homes and people going about their business for many centuries until excavated in the 1800's, leaving behind a city frozen in time. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch in these historic surroundings before the tour moves to Vesuvius National Park. The bus will take you 1000 meters up the face of the volcano from where you'll have the chance to hike another 200 meters to the top of this still active volcano. The 30 minute hike pays off with spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. Afterwards, the tour continues to Sorrento and check into your hotel for the night.
Day 05: SORRENTO COUNTRYSIDE
Breakfast at your hotel to prepare for a full day of an authentic Italian Food Experience. First you will visit a famous local pasta making factory, where you will learn traditional recipes of fresh homemade pastas and sauces. After you will enjoy lunch at a charming farmhouse on Mount Vesuvius, where you will tour orchards and vineyards, rich and lush from the volcanic soil. Later you will savor a glass of wine on the patio of this typical farmhouse before returning to the hotel in Sorrento for the night.
Day 06: SORRENTO, AMALFI, MATERA, ALBEROBELLO
Breakfast at the hotel before heading to the Apulia region along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. You will stop in the ancient maritime republic of Amalfi. Time to visit it at leisure: enjoy a stroll in this colorful sea side town, meet the friendly locals and visit its beautiful Duomo. Lunch (not included) at leisure prior to departure. The group will continue towards Matera and stop to visit the UNESCO recognized Sassi, the prehistoric houses carved into the tuff rock where people still live today, seen also in the movie "the Passion of the Christ." The day ends in Alberobello in the Apulia Region, where you will enjoy a dinner of traditional Apulian foods, including Altamura bread, pasta with broccoli, local cheese and wines. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: ALBEROBELLO, OSTUNI
After a typical Italian breakfast, you will embark on a tour of Alberobello, famous for its characteristic Trulli; these unique cone shaped homes are traditional only of this area. You'll want to take plenty of pictures in this charming town, as well as in Ostuni, your next stop. Known as the "White City", every building in Ostuni is whitewashed, creating a unique sight as you walk the winding streets from where you can also appreciate the fields of olives trees and the Mediterranean Sea. Return to Alberobello for dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 08: ALBEROBELLO
Breakfast and end of our services.