Grand Tour of Italy Sassr& Trulli 14 Days-13 Nights

Day 1. Rome.
Upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport, meet and greet your tour escort and transfer to hotel. Time at leisure in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2. Rome.
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the city, including: the Colosseum (from the outside), Trevi Fountain, Castel S. Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica (from the outside). In the afternoon visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Special welcome dinner with music and wine included. Return to your hotel and overnight.

Day 3. Rome-Siena-Florence.
After breakfast, departure to Siena. Enjoy a walking tour of the city with your tour escort to admire the Dome (from the outside), and the magnificent square known as II Campo, where twice a year the Palio race is run on bareback horses. Late in the afternoon, arrive in Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance", known worldwide for its unequalled treasures. A stop is planned at Michelangelo's square for a photo opportunity. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4. Florence-Pisa-Florence.
After breakfast, guided visit of Florence, including: the Cathedral, Giotto's bell tower, the doors of the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, and the Church of Santa Croce. Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch proceed to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower (from the outside) and the marvellous Piazza dei Miracoli. Free time to enjoy shopping and taking pictures. Evening free to stroll through Florence, to find the best leather products or a quaint restaurant for dinner. Overnight.

Day 5. Florence-Venice.
After breakfast, time at leisure before late morning departure to Venice, known as the "Door of the Orient". Day at leisure. Overnight.

Day 6. Venice-San Marino.
After breakfast, guided visit of St. Mark's Square and neighbouring sites. Early afternoon departure to San Marino, the world's oldest republic and Europe's third smallest state. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7. San Marino-Assisi-Rome.
After breakfast, free time to explore San Marino before departure to Assisi, a great religious town significant of the life of St. Francis. Visit the great Basilica with its magnificent paintings by Giotto. Continue to Rome, driving through picturesque Umbria, the "Green Heart" of Italy. Special dinner in a typical Roman restaurant. Overnight at hotel near the Airport.

Day 8. Rome-Pompeii-Sorrento.
After breakfast, departure to the Sorrentine Peninsula, visit a cameo factory before arrival in Pompeii. Free time for lunch. Possibility of a optional tour (paid locally) of the excavactions of this ancient city destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Afternoon arrival in Sorrento. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9. Sorrento-Capri-Sorrento.
After breakfast, transfer to the harbour and departure to Capri by hydrofoil, (ticket to the funicular included) Upon arrival free time to explore this magical island on your own (tour escort can offer you suggestions of how to spend your time on the island). Return to Sorren¬ to and free time at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

Day 10. Sorrento-Matera-Alberobello.
After breakfast, travel to Apulia, located on the east coast of Italy. Stop in Matera for a visit of the famous Sassi (ancient cave dwellings): one of the most impressive sites on the World Heritage list and the location of the filming of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ". Continue on to Alberobello. Dinner and overnight.

Day 11. Alberobello-Lecce-Ostuni-Alberobello.
After breakfast, depart to the beautiful town of Lecce, an ancient settlement of the Messapii tribes, and the principal Baroque city of Puglia. After lunch on your own, travel to Ostuni, the "White City" perched on a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Return to Alberobello. Dinner and overnight.

Day 12. Alberobello-Martina Franca-Locorotondo-Amalfi.
After breakfast, depart for an excursion of Alberobello, a village of one thousand fairytale-like Trulli: round white houses with tall conical roofs. Your tour leader will explain their mysterious origins and why people continue to build them. Proceed to a nearby farm where you will visit a local winery for a tasting of their excellent "primitivo" wines and stop by their Wine Museum. Continue on to Martina Franca and Locorotondo and stop for a light lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Amalfi, the ancient Maritime Republic via the magnificent and breathtaking Amalfi Coast Drive. Dinner and overnight.

Day 13. Amam'-Rome.
After breakfast, early afternoon departure to Rome. Overnight.

Day 14. Rome.
After breakfast, transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your return flight home.

 

Price  Per  Person  in  USD
$3345 in  Double
$3985 in  Single
$3290 in  Triple
$2590 Child  3/11
Guaranteed Detpi trtures
June 22
July 20
August 10
September 07  21
October 05

Price Includes:
• Deluxe Coach • 13 nights in Selected 4* hotels • 13 breakfasts -1 lunch - 10 dinners • Admission fees: Vatican Museums in Rome; Church of Santa Croce in Florence; Cave house and Rocky Church in Matera; Archeo- logical Park in Ostuni • Baggage handling -1 piece of luggage per person • Dedicated and licensed local guides (Rome, Florence, Venice, Matera, Lecce, Ostuni) • Roundtrip hydrofoil to Capri.


Price Excludes:
• Tips • Extras • Drinks at meals • Optional Excursions • City accommoda¬ tion "tourist" taxes (€3 per person per night in Rome - €4 per person per night in Florence - €4 per person per night in Venice - €2 per person per night in Sorrento) • Anything not mentioned in "Price Includes".


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