Enchanting Southern Italy 2021

Start: Naples Finish: Naples

Visiting: Metropolitan City of Naples, Paestum, Minori


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Back-Roads with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: BEHSINN-1

Tour operator: Back-Roads Touring

Group size: 10 - 18

Age range: 13-80

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3300

Tour Overview

Southern Italy beguiles every sense. On this enchanting journey we’ll step back in time to the days of the Roman Empire in the historic Bay of Naples, explore the pastel-hued cliffside villages of the Amalfi Coast, tour cascading Victorian-inspired gardens and revel in the opulence of the Italian Baroque period. All the while savouring exquisite regional delicacies and gaining a unique insight into local cultures and centuries-old traditions of the Mezzogiorno.

Highlights

  • iconSpend a day exploring the breath-taking and idyllic island of Capri
  • iconVisit the exquisite 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta
  • iconVisit a lemon grove near sleepy Minori and indulge in a zesty tasting spread
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Places You'll See

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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Naples

Location: Metropolitan City of Naples

Accommodation: Art Resort Galleria Umberto (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

A hub of intoxicating culture and historic masterpieces – we’ll meet the group in the electric city of Naples. Our included dinner tonight is a chance to get to know each other better – and sample some sumptuous Italian cuisine. Here’s to an incredible journey ahead!

icon Day 2: Naples – Pompeii – Paestum

Location: Paestum

Accommodation: Il Granaio dei Casabella (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

This morning will begin with a walking tour of Naples’ historic centre. A local guide will lead us into the labyrinthine of streets in search of the Cappella Sansevero – the home of the Veiled Christ, one of the finest sculptures in the world. Then, we’ll be transported back in time with a visit to one of the world’s most famous archaeological wonders: Pompeii. After spending some time exploring this fascinating site with a local guide, we’ll continue to the World Heritage-listed city of Paestum – where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure.

icon Day 3: Paestum – Minori

Location: Minori

Accommodation: The Minori Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, we’ll be welcomed at a local farm – where we’ll view the resident buffaloes and be lucky enough to observe the preparation of light, fresh mozzarella. We’ll then take a guided tour of Paestum – home to three of the world’s best-preserved Greek temples. Visiting the magnificent temples, Roman Forum and the Ampitheatre, we’ll uncover the enthralling history of this glorious archaeological site with a local guide. Then? A kitchen piled high with fresh local produce awaits us back at the farm. Time for a cooking lesson! Our hard work will be rewarded as we savour our own creations at lunch with the host family. Today’s ventures will end in quaint Minori, our base for the next five days.

icon Day 4: Minori – Ravello – Tramonti – Minori

Location: Minori

Accommodation: The Minori Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today’s first stop is the hilltop town of Ravello – where we’ll visit the grand Villa Rufolo and the splendid Villa Cimbrone. Then: we’ll move on to a local lemon grove for an afternoon with a zesty twist. Amalfi is famous for its succulent and fragrant lemons, so there is no better place to dive into a tasting of limoncello and lemon-infused local specialties. Back in Minori, the evening is yours to spend at your leisure. More relaxed than its glitzy cousins, Amalfi and Positano, Minori’s small-town grace and atmospheric seafront will undoubtedly capture your heart.

icon Day 5: Minori – Amalfi – Positano – Minori

Location: Minori

Accommodation: The Minori Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

The dramatically set cliffside town of Amalfi is nothing short of magnificent. After wandering the sun-filled piazzas and pretty beachside on an orientation tour, we’ll venture onwards to the blissful town of Positano. Enjoy some free time here to explore the picture-perfect cascade of terracotta houses, lively restaurants and alluring boutique storefronts, before returning to Minori. We’ll spend the afternoon learning the intricacies of ceramic decorating from a local artisan. Then, will have plenty of time to enjoy Minori’s coastal charms at our leisure.

icon Day 6: Minori – Capri – Minori

Location: Minori

Accommodation: The Minori Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

A tour highlight beckons today! After breakfast, we’ll take a short ferry across to the picturesque island of Capri and enjoy a ride on the charming funicular railway – which will whisk us away from the port and into Capri town’s elegant piazza. We’ll orientate ourselves around the village – strolling through the lanes of chic cafes and exclusive boutiques, before relishing in some free time to explore at our own pace. Upon returning to Minori later this afternoon – we’ll have a free evening to indulge in a little dolce vita. We recommend finding a restaurant in town and sampling the local specialty of scialatielli – a thick pasta with a heritage dating back to medieval times.

icon Day 7: Minori – Maiori – Cetara – Vietri sul Mare – Minori

Location: Minori

Accommodation: The Minori Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s agenda will see us explore some hidden gems of the Amalfi Coast. First: Maiori – a beautiful village that is home to the largest beach in the area and an array of grand historical buildings, including the church of Santa Maria a Mare. We’ll continue the adventure with a stop at the fishing village of Cetara before landing in Vietri sul Mare – a town famous for its hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics. After a full day of exploring, we’ll enjoy some free time back in Minori. And tonight? We’ll come together and clink glasses over a delicious farewell dinner.

icon Day 8: Minori – Palace of Caserta – Sant’Agata de’ Goti – Naples

Location: Metropolitan City of Naples

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

For the final day of our tour, we’ll say goodbye to the Amalfi Coast and move on to the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta – an exquisite example of the Italian Baroque period. Then: from the royal to the rustic. Our next stop will be a farmhouse in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, where we’ll taste fabulous Falanghina wines produced from black grapes grown in the Campania region. For one last Italian indulgence, we’ll sit down to a pairing with local produce for lunch – before concluding our journey back in Naples.

What's Included

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

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    Fully Guided

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    Entrance Fees

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    Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

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    Guide

    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

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    Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Country Entry Visas

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a deposit of 150 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

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    Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform Back-Roads Touring, 60 days before departure.

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    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, here is a summary of Back-Roads Touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit
    At 60 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost
    At 30 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost
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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

Enchanting Southern Italy 2021
All my purchases I am very happy with, and so different from what you buy here. All my purchases I am very happy with, and so different from what you buy here.

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Beverlea J

23-Jul-2019

Enchanting Southern Italy 2021
This tour was focused on one region and highlighted locally produced food. We got to meet so many beautiful people who were so proud to showcase their properties and products. This tour was focused on one region and highlighted locally produced food.

We got to meet so many beautiful people who were so proud to showcase their properties and products.

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Lorraine R

21-Jul-2019

Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Saturday Sep 25, 2021

Nights

7

Available

9

$3299.57