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Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy with Rome 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

This “off the beaten path” tour of Italy takes you on a journey to discover world-renowned treasures in art, architecture, and history. Even more, your vacation includes a Monograms independent vacation package In Rome. Enjoy two-night-stays in Naples – home to centuries of some of the most important art and architecture Italy has to offer, in Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and in the charming, seaside resort of Sorrento. Also, overnight in Bari and Castellana Grotte. Throughout the guided tour of Southern Italy, you’ll visit royal residences, as well as ancient Greek archaeological marvels. This Southern Italy escorted tour introduces you to local favorites such as delectable pastries and almond coffee, as well as truly remarkable architectural and historical structures. Visit a traditional trullo in Alberobello, and discover the amazing ancient treasures awaiting you in the caves of Castellana Grotte, and the archaeological site of Paestum – as you traverse from the “heel of the boot” of Italy across to the opposite coastline, to Sorrento. Also, enjoy visits to the 13th-century octagonal citadel Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to the magnificent Palazzo Reale, royal residence of the Bourbons in Naples.Your Monograms extension includes transfer by first-class high-speed train from Naples to Rome and three overnights in Rome, guided sightseeing visiting the major sites, and the services of a Local Host. Truly, a feast for the mind, body, and soul, your escorted tour of Southern Italy will satisfy your curiosity in art and history – as well as your spirit of adventure – with hidden local treasures waiting to be discovered along the way.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY.
Welcome to Naples! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: NAPLES.
Discover the major sites of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing this morning. See the remarkable Triumphal Arch of the Castel Nuovo, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto I, and the semicircular Piazza Plebiscito. The highlight is a visit to the magnificent PALAZZO REALE, royal residence of the Bourbons from 1734-1860. Since 1925, it also has housed the National Library. With your afternoon and evening at leisure, you may wish to join a fascinating optional excursion to Herculaneum, followed by dinner at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. (B)

Day 3: NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI.
Enter the region of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s “boot.” Enjoy a guided visit of the 13th-century, octagonal citadel CASTEL DEL MONTE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered by some as the most fascinating castle built by Emperor Frederick II. Arrive in the capital of Apulia, Bari, a port on the Adriatic Sea.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km (B)

Day 4: BARI–OSTUNI–LECCE.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a walk through the OLD TOWN, a visit to stunning SAN NICOLA'S CHURCH, and [LF] a taste the local focaccia. Next is striking Ostuni, often called the “White Town,” a charming example of white-washed Mediterranean architecture. Its Old Town is located on top of a hill and fortified by ancient walls. Then, continue to Lecce, the “Florence of the South.”
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km (B)

Day 5: LECCE. EXCURSION TO OTRANTO.
In the morning, discover the lacy stone buildings and squares during your guided walking tour. Visit the DUOMO, a masterpiece of baroque art, SANTA CROCE BASILICA, and [LF] taste the local pasticciotto with almond coffee. Time to explore the streets of the lovely center. Later, head to picturesque Otranto, a historic seaside town and port, surrounded by its imposing defensive walls and dominated by its romanesque cathedral. Return to Lecce.
Today’s Distance: 62 mi / 100 km (B,D)

Day 6: LECCE–ALBEROBELLO–CASTELLANA GROTTE.
In Alberobello, follow your Local Guide for a visit to a TRULLO, one of the conical houses famous for their unique characteristics. The structure assures excellent indoor climate control—cool in summer and warm in winter. Continue to Castellana Grotte, where a [LF] visit to the underground CAVES, a stunning natural wonder is included before arriving at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km (B,D)

Day 7: CASTELLANA GROTTE–PAESTUM–SORRENTO.
Paestum, or Poseidonia, named in honor of the Greek god of the sea, was founded in the 6th century. During your visit of the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE with a Local Guide, see the ancient Greek temples dating back to 600-400 BC. Arrive in the charming, seaside resort of Sorrento.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi / 360 km (B)

Day 8: SORRENTO.
On an orientation walk with your Tour Director, see the old town's characteristic lava-stone streets, the 14th-century Sedil Dominova building, the ancient bell tower, and St. Antonino Church, dedicated to Sorrento's patron Saint. There is the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate your stay. (B,D)

Day 9: SORRENTO–NAPLES–ROME.
Transfer to the train station in Naples and board the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class) to Rome. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 10: ROME.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)

Day 11: ROME.
Guided sightseeing of the ‟Eternal Cityˮ starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Also visit the ancient COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM. (B)

Day 12: ROME.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

NAPLES
Welcome dinner, guided sightseeing, visit the Palazzo Reale

CASTEL DEL MONTE
Guided visit

BARI
Guided sightseeing, walk through the Old Town, visit San Nicola's Church; taste [LF] local focaccia

OSTUNI
Visit the “White Town”

LECCE
Guided walking tour, visit Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica; taste [LF] local pasticciotto and almond coffee

OTRANTO
Orientation

ALBEROBELLO
Guided sightseeing, visit a trullo

CASTELLANA GROTTE
[LF] Visit the caves

PAESTUM
Visit the archaeological site

SORRENTO
Orientation; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

SORRENTO-ROME
By First-class Train

ROME
Guided sightseeing, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square & Basilica, Colosseum & Roman ForumMotorcoach, first-class, high-speed train.

Meals:
Full breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Sorrento


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$735-$918

Triple room reduction per person:
$127-$181

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Naples: Starhotel Terminus
The Terminus hotel offers a 4 star retreat from everyday life in the midst of lively Naples. It is located in a strategic location just steps from the metro L1 stop Garibaldi, which offers easy transport to reach the main attractions of the city.
Address:
Piazza Garibaldi 91
Napoli , Italy
Bari: Grande Albergo Delle Nazioni
Located in one of the most elegant areas of Bari seafront, the Grande Albergo Delle Nazioni blends tradition and modernity. This stylish resort is an established luxury landmark in the Levantine city and combines history and spirituality building a bridge between East and West. It offers a spectacular rooftop swimming pool with hydro-massage tub and a panoramic view over the sea, and two restaurants which stand out for their refined cuisine that combines the traditional Mediterranean diet with the most innovative trends of contemporary international cuisine. Overlooking the Adriatic sea, this property has its own access to a private beach and it is the ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable stay in Bari.
Address:
Lungomare Nazario Sauro, 7/9
Bari , Italy
Lecce: Hilton Garden Inn Lecce
Set in a quiet residential area in the heart of the Salentine Peninsula, just a short distance away from the stunning attractions of Lecce's historic city center also known as 'The Florence of the South'. This contemporary hotel boasts a complimentary 24-hour fitness center, Beauty & Spa facility and a seasonal rooftop outdoor swimming pool with views of the city skyline. All 143 rooms are designed for extra comfort with self-adjusting Garden Sleep System® beds, air-conditioning, coffee/tea making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi access. A full-service restaurant offers inspired Italian cuisine in a contemporary and refined atmosphere, a variety of snacks and refreshments can be found at the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry and the trendy looking bar offers drinks and light bites in stylish surroundings.
Address:
Via Cosimo De Giorgi 62
Lecce , Italy
Castellana Grotte: Semiramide Palace
Immersed in a a lushious green garden a few steps away from charming and out-of-the-beaten-tracks town of Castellana Grotte, hotel Semiramide Palace offers a unique rooftop terrace where you will enjoy scenic views of the Puglia countryside. Relax outdoors in the swimming pool or on the surrounding sun deck, fully equipped with sun loungers. Indoors you can take advantage of a modern spa with emotional showers, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a massage area. Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access thoughout the hotel is available.
Address:
Via Conversano 157
Castellana Grotte , Italy
Sorrento: Grand Hotel Vesuvio
The Grand Hotel Vesuvio, built and furnished in a modern style, is located in a charming position, overlooking the enchanting Bay of Naples and right opposite Vesuvius. It offers a large swimming pools with separate section for children, gardens, extensive lemon and orange groves, wide lounges, conference rooms, garage, parking, solarium, children's playground, free shuttle bus into town, 4, restaurants, 3 bars. The hotel reflects the typical Sorrentine style with ample common spaces dotted by imressive marble columns and mosaic flooring. Out of 225 rooms, 105 overlooks the see while the rest face the lavish inner garden.
Address:
Via Nastro Verde,7
Sorrento , Italy
Rome: NH Collection Giustiniano
Named after one of Rome's great Emperors, this modern 161 room hotel has a relaxed atmosphere in a great central location. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms. Amenities include a fitness room, a contemporary styled restaurant serving regional & international dishes and a lounge bar serving refreshments and light snacks.
Address:
Via Virgilio, 1
Rome , Italy

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
3.7
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.6

Ratings based off 14 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

The tour cities were great, the guides were interesting and the food was fabulous. Will never forget the friendships we made along the way.

The trip was a wonderful experience.

Unfortunately, we experienced rainy weather for 4 days, which made it difficult to enjoy the beautiful towns we visited. Our Tour Director, Lino, was simply outstanding. His in-depth knowledge, obvious love for his country, compassion for everyone and attention to detail made the trip exceptional. He was able to resolve a myriad of issues including retrieving cameras and bags forgotten by guests, making special accommodations for guests incapable of physical exertion required, and tending to everyone's needs no matter how diverse those needs were. He is truly exceptional and an absolute asset for Globus. Alas, some of the meals provided by the hotels were lacking and not up to the standards we usually encounter in Italy.

Sorrento and Amalfi are the highlights of this tour I would prefer more time there

We had an issue finding our transfer agent in the Naples Airport and we still can't understand why as we waited from 11:30am to almost 2pm to connect with them. Think there should be an email that we can use to contact the transfer agent when there is an issue or a more specific location to meet at like the information booth. Naples hotel was very pleasant and in a great location; the hotel in Bari was very modern but in a lovely location; the Tenute Al Bano Carrisi was a nice experience and the food was good; the hotel in Castellana was fine; the included meals in Grand Hotel Vesuvio were not up to expectations and their room was very poor. The tours were excellent and it was great to be off the beaten path of tourists for most of the trip. We also enjoyed the optional excursions to Polignano a Mare and the Neapolitan farm dinner in Sorrento. Our tour guide was very good.


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