Enchanting Southern Italy 2021

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


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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

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

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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    Entrance Fees

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    Fully Guided

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    Accommodation

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    Guide

    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

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    Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

What's Not Included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Country Entry Visas

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    International Travel

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Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

This will be provided on final documentation

Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

Guests from all over the world could be joining you

Is the tour coach air conditioned?

Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

Are flights included in this tour?

No they are not.

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

    What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

    What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

    What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

    Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

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

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