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Rome, Amalfi Coast & Puglia – Small Group (16 people max)

Vacation Code: RACP10D2019
10 Days and 9 Nights
11 Meals: (8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners)

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Our Rome, Amalfi Coast and Puglia Tour tour has been designed to suit small group travelers looking for a truly uplifting and exciting Italian tour experience. Starting out in Rome you will explore the most famous attractions in the Eternal City. You will then head to the Amalfi Coast to experience Italy’s most picturesque coastal region. From the fascination of the ruins in Pompeii, to the Isle of Capri and the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast you will find your emotions stirred by the Coast’s breathtaking scenes. Finally finish the tour in Puglia, the southern region located at the “Heel of Italy’s Boot.”

Our Commitment is to guarantee any departures even with 2 participants. For groups traveling with a minimum of 7 people, a tour leader will escort the group from arrival until departure. In case the number of people traveling will be less than 6, the tour will be operated by a tour host. The tour host will visit the guests daily and assist them at check-in at the hotels. The tour host will escort the guest to the restaurants when dinner is included. The tour host is available 24 hours a day by phone. The passengers are provided a travel packet with information, maps, itinerary with details, tips, and emergency toll free number.


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Day 1: Rome
Day 2: Rome (Vatican & The Heart of Rome)
Day 3: Rome
Day 4: Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento
Day 5: Sorrento – Amalfi
Day 6: Sorrento
Day 7: Sorrento – Matera – Martina Franca
Day 8: Martina Franca – Ostuni – Lecce
Day 9: Martina Franca – Alberobello – Locorotondo
Day 10: Martina Franca

Day 1 – Friday: Rome (Welcome Dinner)

Welcome to Italy! When you arrive at the airport in Rome, you’ll collect your luggage and meet the driver for your transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at a leisurely pace, with free time to explore the Eternal City. Meet with your Tour Host at the hotel in the evening (around 6:30pm) to go over your tour program and collect information and literature about the exciting destinations you will visit over the next ten days. Overnight in Rome.

Day 2 – Saturday: Rome (Breakfast)

After breakfast, meet your driver and your guide and reach the Vatican Museum by private van. Access the Museum easily with your skip the line tickets. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel Pinecone Courtyard, and St. Peter’s Basilica. At the end, exit in St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral.

You will return to your hotel to relax after a full morning. Late afternoon meet your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque Town with Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament, and fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Overnight in Rome.

Day 3 – Sunday: Rome (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is reserved for your own plans and can be spent touring Rome any way you please. Overnight in Rome.

OPTIONAL TOUR ($95 per person): Tour of the Colosseum and Imperial Rome.

Day 4 – Monday: Rome-Pompeii-Sorrento (Breakfast, Dinner)

Meet your driver in the morning and transfer to Rome Train Station to board a high-speed train to Naples.

You will be in town in an hour, arriving in the new futuristic station of Naples designed by Zaha Hadid. Here you will meet your driver and continue to Pompeii for a guided visit of the archeological park which is popularly known for its catastrophic demise when Mount Vesuvius Erupted in 79 A.D. After your tour, you can have lunch at one of the many restaurants in town. You can also check out the many shops and interesting places near the ruins.

Before the end of the day, you will be taken to Sorrento, where you will check into your hotel and have a wonderful dinner by candlelight. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 5 – Tuesday: Sorrento – Amalfi (Breakfast)

The splendor of the Amalfi Coast is legendary, with its spectacular panoramas inspiring writers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Considered one of Italy’s most scenic locales and lauded by the UNESCO as “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values”, this is one part of Italy you won’t want to miss. You will see delicate fishing villages hugging the hillsides of this 50-kilometer long southern coastline, seemingly defying the forces of gravity.

The first stop in this picturesque stretch of shoreline is the town of Amalfi, where you will be given the chance to explore the medieval part of the city. Here is where you will find the magnificent Dome of St. Andrew and other prehistoric buildings that date back to when Amalfi was one of the maritime powers in the Mediterranean Sea.

Later in the day, you will go down to Ravello, which is said to be one of the most romantic and most gorgeous small towns in southern Italy. Suspended on demanding, terraced slopes, Ravello was described by French novelist André Gide regarded the town as one that “was closer to the sky than the sea.” Covered with lush gardens as well as quiet and sleepy roads, walking around this unforgettable town will give you haunting views of the azure coast below. After your exploration, return to the hotel and spend the night in Sorrento.

Day 6 – Wednesday: Sorrento (Breakfast)

This is another day that you will be given the chance to explore another part of Italy at your leisure. After breakfast at your hotel, you can go around town and check out the historical sites in the area, or you can choose to spend the day at the beach.

OPTIONAL TOUR ($120 per person): Day trip to Capri with regular group

Day 7 – Thursday: Sorrento – Matera – Martina Franca (Breakfast)

After breakfast you will be taken from Sorrento to Martina Franca in the heart of Puglia.

On the way to the southeastern tip of Italy, you will stop by Matera, which is a city on top of a rocky outcrop. You will be given time to explore the city. This ancient city gives off an aura that makes you think that is has existed forever. It is the third oldest city in the world, after Aleppo and Jericho, with over 10,000 years of history.

From the natural caves that were the products of rain and erosion, to the man-made caves in the same area, you will learn just how easy it was to shape the limestone material of the Sassi rock to create the complex of cave dwellings that is carved into the mountainside. Matera is another UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the most beautiful churches here like the Duomo di Matera, San Pietro Caveoso, and San Pietro Barisano. Take a walk through the traffic-free squares, and the beautiful streets brimming with locals. You can also explore some of the most picturesque alleys in the country here.

After your exploration of Matera, you will then be taken to Martina Franca, which is further to the east, to spend the night there.

Day 8: Friday – Martina Franca – Ostuni – Lecce (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will be driven first to Ostuni & later on to Lecce by your driver, both of which are located along the southeastern coast of the country, facing the Adriatic Sea.

Ostuni is a city that enjoys its popularity as a “White Town” due to the whitewashed houses located in its historic center. These are traditional homes that have been kept by locals the way they are for centuries. This commune, which is also called la Citta Bianca, also has ancient churches and other historical buildings that are worth visiting. These include the 15th Century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, Aragonese walls, and two ancient town gates, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio.

Your next destination is the city of Lecce. Sometimes referred to as “the Florence of the South,” Lecce has strong Messapian roots. These are an ancient and mysterious people that lived in this area long before the Romans ever did. This city captivates visitors with its magnificent baroque architecture, which is evident in the palaces and the many churches are found within the city’s three ancient gates: Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta Napoli.

At the end of the day, you will be taken back to Martina Franca where you will spend the night.

Day 9: Saturday – Martina Franca – Alberobello – Locorotondo (Breakfast & Lunch)

Today you will be transferred to the charming village of Gioia del Colle, which is a town in Bari, Puglia. Here, you will meet a local mamma who will introduce you to the wonders of local cuisine. This begins with a walk along the narrow streets of the village where you will mix with locals and buy genuine ingredients while listening to old stories about the place.

Next, you will walk till you reach a charming old house where the local mamma will teach you how to prepare the famous pasta “orecchiette” (from Italian orecchia, meaning ‘ear’). After this quick cooking lesson, you will then get to enjoy a great and authentic “Pugliese” lunch.

Next, you will be taken to Alberobello and Locorotondo where you can explore the areas at your leisure. Alberobello is one place you should not miss visiting, with its traditional dome shaped buildings called Trulli, which is a spin-off of the Greek word “tholos” which means dome. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Locorotondo, which is very close to Alberobello, is also lauded as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The name itself lets you know that the town has a unique circular shape, with the name meaning “round place.” This makes the town itself the main tourist sight. Here you can relax and while away the time, wandering, taking photographs, and sitting at cafe tables sipping coffee or the local wine.

The historic part of town, which is the centro storico, is circular and perched on top of a hill. It’s a whitewashed maze of small lanes lined with historic buildings, some of which are humble and faded, while others have a rather grand baroque look with archways and fine architectural details.

At the end of the day, you will be taken back to your hotel in Martina Franca where you will spend the night.

Day 10: Friday – Martina Franca – (Breakfast)

This is the last day of the tour and will begin with breakfast at the hotel. You will meet the driver to make your way to Bari’s airport or train station.

Featured Properties (All 4 stars hotels)

• HOTEL IN ROME: Dei Mellini, Conciliazione
• HOTEL IN SORRENTO: Astoria, Majestic, Carlton, La Residenza

Hotel may be substituted with similar according to availability. Hotels will be confirmed up to 21 days prior to the arrival

The tour includes:

  • Transfers to and from Airport
  • Tour Escort/Host
  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights in Sorrento
  • 3 nights in Martina Franca
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome briefing and dinner in Rome
  • Walking along the heart of Rome
  • Guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation
  • Transfer from Rome hotel to train station
  • HIgh speed train from Rome to Naples
  • Transfer from Naples train station to Sorrento with stop in Pompeii
  • Walking Tour in Pompeii with tickets included
  • Driver guided tour of Amalfi & Ravello
  • Transfer from Sorrento to Puglia with stop in Matera
  • Excursion to Lecce and Ostuni with driver
  • Excursion to Alberobello and Locorotondo with driver
  • Cooking class and lunch in Gioia del Colle

The tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Rome City Tax: 6 euros per person per day to be paid directly to the hotel in cash at check-out
  • Sorrento City Tax: 2 euros per person per day to be paid directly to the hotel in cash at check-out

Pricing and Dates

Departure DateDoubleSingleTripleReservation Deposit
Apr-12-2019$ 2550.00$ 4090.00$ 2400.00$ 300.00
Apr-19-2019$ 2550.00$ 4090.00$ 2400.00$ 300.00
May-03-2019$ 2750.00$ 4450.00$ 2600.00$ 300.00
May-10-2019$ 2750.00$ 4450.00$ 2600.00$ 300.00
May-17-2019$ 2750.00$ 4450.00$ 2600.00$ 300.00
May-24-2019$ 2750.00$ 4450.00$ 2600.00$ 300.00
Jun-07-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Jun-14-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Jun-21-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Jun-28-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Jul-12-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Jul-19-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Jul-26-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Aug-09-2019$ 2950.00$ 4450.00$ 2600.00$ 300.00
Aug-16-2019$ 2950.00$ 4450.00$ 2600.00$ 300.00
Sep-06-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Sep-20-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Sep-27-2019$ 3100.00$ 4700.00$ 2760.00$ 300.00
Oct-04-2019$ 2550.00$ 4090.00$ 2400.00$ 300.00
Oct-11-2019$ 2550.00$ 4090.00$ 2400.00$ 300.00
Oct-25-2019$ 2550.00$ 4090.00$ 2400.00$ 300.00