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    Portraits of Italy & Apulia

    Explore the best of Italy with our Portraits of Italy & Apulia tour. With this tour you will visit The Vatican Museums in Rome, Cinque Terre from Florence, Verona & Lake Garda from Venice and Siena and San Gimignano and this is only the first 7 days; your tour continues to the Amalfi Coast - including Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. Then you will arrive in magical Puglia. Here you will overnight in the famous village of Alberobello; famous for its' "trulli" buildings and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996


    2018: May 22 / June 19 / July 17 / August 28 / September 11 / October 2

    Tour Includes:
    Deluxe Transportation
    Licensed Professional English speaking tour escort
    0 nights in Selected 4**** hotels
    10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    1 special dinner in Rome with music and ¼ wine and ½ water p.p. included
    1 Limoncello tasting
    2 wine tasting with light lunch
    Admission fees: Church of Santa Croce in Florence; Pompeii Excavations; Cave House and Rocky Church in Matera; Archaeological Park in Ostuni
    Dedicated and licensed local guides (Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Matera, Lecce & Ostuni) Headsets in Florence, Venice, Pompeii
    Sharing transfer from hotel in Rome to meeting point
    Local train ticket in Cinque Terre
    Boat transfer to/from Venice
    Hydrofoil to/from Capri
    Baggage handling at hotel - 1 piece of luggage per passenger

    Portraits of Italy & Apulia - a magical 2 weeks adventure


    Day 1 Sunday. Arrival in Rome
    Upon arrival, meet and greet by your tour leader and transfer to Rome.
    Check-in at hotel and balance of the day at leisure. Tonight enjoy a
    welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight. (D)

    Day 2 Monday. Rome / Vatican Museums / Optional Rome by Night (€)
    After breakfast, your local guide will make you discover highlights of religious and
    ancient Rome: The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where you’ll admire Last
    Judgment and the Creation by Michelangelo, St. Peter's Square and Basilica. You
    will also admire the majestic Coliseum (outside) and the Roman Forum (outside).
    To make the most of your stay, join our optional Rome-By- Night excursion (€).
    Overnight at hotel. (B)

    Day 3 Tuesday. Rome / Florence (320km)
    At 07.30 am pick-up at your hotel in Rome and transfer to the
    meeting point to join the group. Departure to the Cradle of
    the Renaissance. First you will stop in Michelangelo’s square
    for a photo opportunity, then your local guide will make you
    discover Florence during a walking tour of the city including
    beauties such as Piazza della Signoria with Loggia dei
    Lanzi (a real open-air museum), the Cathedral (outside),
    Giotto’s Bell Tower (outside), the doors of the Baptistery
    and the Church of Santa Croce. Lunch at local restaurant.
    Overnight in Florence. (L)

    Day 4 Wednesday. Florence / Full Day in Cinque Terre
    (340 km)
    Breakfast at hotel. Today discover by train the highlights of
    one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the
    world. Five (cinque) villages, suspended between sea and land
    listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. You will first reach
    Manarola. Your journey will continue to Monterosso, an
    ancient fishing village considered the pearl of the Cinque
    Terre, where you will be overcome by its enchanting beaches.
    Back to Florence where overnight. (B)

    Day 5 Thursday. Florence/Venice (300 km).
    After breakfast departure to the Door of the Orient. Upon
    arrival in Venice enjoy a guided tour of this unique and
    romantic city. Strolling through the ancient and narrow
    streets of Venice, you will reach the Rialto Bridge
    (outside) and St-Mark’s Square with the impressive
    Basilica (outside). Overnight at hotel. (B)

    Day 6 Friday. Venice /Verona/ San Gimignano/ Siena (450 km)
    After breakfast departure to Verona where your tour
    leader will make you discover the wide array of
    monuments and historic buildings of this romantic city,
    such as Juliet’s Balcony (the star-crossed lover from the
    masterpiece by Shakespeare) and the Roman Theatre
    (outside). Then leave to the beautiful hilltop town of San
    Gimignano, famous all over the world for the skyline of its
    medieval towers. Today you’ll have the chance to visit a
    wine estate and taste the world-known Chianti wine
    accompanied with light dinner. Continuation to the
    hilltop town of Siena where overnight. (B, WT)

    Day 7 Siena / Rome (280 km)
    After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of the city with your
    tour escort to admire the Dome (outside), the magnificent
    square known as Il Campo, where twice a year the “Palio”
    race is run on bareback horses. Time at leisure for personal
    discoveries. Continuation to Rome upon arrival enjoy
    dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)

    Day 6 Sunday. Rome/Pompeii/Sorrento (280 km)
    After breakfast, departure to Sorrentine Peninsula, visit
    of cameo factory before arrive in Pompeii, where your
    local guide will make you discover this ancient Roman city
    destroyed and buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in
    79 AD. Then proceed to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight.
    (B, D)

    Day 8 Monday. Sorrento / Capri / Limoncello Tasting / Sorrento (50 km)
    After breakfast, transfer to the harbour and cross to the
    Isle of Capri, famous since Roman times and favourite
    vacation spot of the Emperor Tiberius and – in modern
    era – of many VIP. Arrive at the port of Marina Grande
    take the funicular up to La Piazzetta. Time at leisure to
    explore the Island. Return to Sorrento where you’ll have
    the chance to taste “Limoncello”, the liquor made from
    the fragrant lemon of Sorrentine Area. Dinner and
    overnight. (B, T, D)

    Day 9 Tuesday. Sorrento / Matera / Alberobello (325 km)
    After breakfast transfer to Apulia, on the east coast of Italy.
    Stop in Matera, visit of the famous “Sassi”, one of the most
    impressive sites in UNESCO World Heritage list and the
    location of the filming of Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”.
    After the visit, continue to Alberobello. Apulia is famous for its
    great food and it is considered the granary of the Country.
    Dinner will be served at the hotel and overnight. (B, D)

    Day 10 Wednesday. Alberobello / Lecce / Ostuni / Alberobello (230 km)
    After breakfast depart to Lecce that presents an architectural
    feast. An ancient settlement of the Messapii tribes, it is the
    principal Baroque city of Apulia. This morning our local guide
    will bring this and more to light. After lunch on your own,
    you&’ll move on to Ostuni, the White City, perched on a hill
    overlooking the Adriatic Sea and inhabited at least since 1000
    BC by native peoples. Back to hotel, dinner and overnight. (B,

    Day 11 Thursday. Alberobello / Wine Tasting / Martina Franca/ Amalfi Coast (360 km)
    After breakfast, depart for an excursion to 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 farm near Alberobello for a tasting of their
    excellent “Primitivo” wine (with light lunch) and a visit to the
    Wine Museum. Then visit of Martina Franca and its beautiful
    old city centre. In the afternoon proceed to Amalfi Coast via
    the magnificent and breath-taking Amalfi Drive. Dinner and
    overnight. (B, WT, D)

    Day 12 Friday. Amalfi Coast / Rome (300 km)
    Breakfast at the hotel. About noon leave to Rome. Overnight at hotel. (B)

    Day 13 Saturday. Rome Airport/Airport (30 km)
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Fiumicino Airport to catch your flight back
    home. (B)