Tour description

Southern Italy is a true pearl of Italian culture, nature, and history. This distinctive and delightful region boasts crystalline seas, picturesque countryside, and endless sunshine, it truly is a land of natural beauty. Visitors to Southern Italy are blown away by the warm hospitality, amazing hearty food, and world-class wine. History comes alive in Southern Italy through its Byzantine stone churches, marvelous Romanesque architecture, and some of Italy’s best beaches tempting more and more visitors to the exciting little-known regions. 

Campania’s otherworldly landscape of tremendous mountain ranges, sweeping forested valleys, and extensive coastline bears the marks of many conquering invaders such as the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians, and the Greeks. All of these influential cultures come together to create a unique heritage and culture of Southern Italy, and has truly shaped the region into the hotspot it is today! Experience the true Italian lifestyle with our small group tour to Southern Italy!  

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS

Highlights

  • More than 10 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Mythic island escape for spectacular swimming and sightseeing
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Rome, Sulmona, Vieste, Positano and more
  • Winery experience on Mount Vesuvius
  • Discover romantic Positano
  • Italian foodie experiences
  • Local vineyard tours

Included

  • Small group tour of 12-14 participants.
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking tour director
  • Entrance fees for all sites
  • Tour transportation in a private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Local guides in the outlined cities and towns
  • Hotel city and service taxes at all accommodations and restaurants are included
  • Transfers to Rome and Naples Airport at scheduled times
  • Baggage transfers and porters are included
  • All breakfasts, four lunches, and six dinners are covered. Main meals include wine, mineral water, espresso coffee, or tea
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & Conditions/single supplement and FAQ

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and visa fees/trip interruption & cancellation Insurance
  • Any charges for extras not listed in the itinerary
  • Room services, telephone charges, laundry fees
  • Gratuities for the tour director and local driver
  • Single room supplement
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
 

Day 1: Welcome to The Eternal City of Rome

Welcome to Italy & the eternal city of Roma. Your driver will be waiting to pick you up at Rome airport or train station and will drive you to your centrally located hotel. At 18.30 you’ll meet your tour director and the rest of the group members in the hotel lobby for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a local restaurant. 

Meals: Dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Rome, Nerva Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Highlights of Rome

Rome is, without doubt, one of the most captivating cities in the world, where ancient and modern art and architecture blend perfectly. This morning, we have a sightseeing tour where you’ll see many of the top sights and monuments such as the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain – the list is endless. You’re sure to be amazed by the amount of history and historical sites packed into one small area. The Eternal City owes its grandeur to the Roman Empire which held power over much of Europe for nearly 500 years and then to the Papacy which commanded as much political influence as religious. Wealth flooded in throughout the Renaissance and beyond. The result is the abundance of artistic and historic places of interest you see today. Rome is more than buildings and galleries, there are quiet areas, tiny little piazzas, lovely bars, and cozy restaurants where the waiters will talk all day if you let them. After an included lunch in a local tavern, the rest of the day is yours to wander through the Roman Colosseum and Forum, enjoy the panoramic city view from atop the nearby Victor Emmanuel Monument, or make a modern-day pilgrimage to St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Rome, Nerva Boutique Hotel

Day 3: Ancient Tivoli & Elegant Sulmona

Today we depart Rome and head to the fascinating region of Abruzzo, stopping in the nearby hills to learn about the Roman Emperor Hadrian at the ruins of his monumental villa in Tivoli. An enthusiastic traveler and builder, Hadrian’s lasting legacy includes his great wall across Britain, the domed Pantheon, and his stylish beard. Then we’ll have a scenic drive to the enchanting town of Sulmona in the Abruzzo region. Spend the next two nights at a central boutique hotel. Dinner is included this evening in a local tavern where you’ll feel like one of the family.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Sulmona, Santacroce Ovidius Hotel

Day 4: Backroad Sulmona, Hands-on Cooking & Confetti museum

In the morning, we take a private tour around the ancient town of Sulmona famous as the home of both Ovid with our locally born guide to have the key sights explained to us. The tour includes a visit to the Medieval aqueduct in Piazza Garibaldi and the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata with its stunning bell tower. Continue to the charming village of Pacentro for an exclusive cooking class with our friend Giuliana to learn how to make fresh pasta and other Abruzzo specialty. As a conclusion of the day, we shall be visiting the confetti museum which displays an assortment of antique sweet-making machines and a sixteenth-century laboratory, complete of all manner of mills, toasters and polishing machines. We’ll return to Sulmona with plenty of time to wander through the town or simply finding the best eatery for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Sulmona, Santacroce Ovidius Hotel

Day 5: A Benedictine Monastery, Roman Vasto & The Gargano Peninsula

Today we depart Sulmona and head to the fascinating Gargano region in Puglia, stopping off at the unique Abbey of S Giovanni in Venere, a Benedictine monastery and church dating from the 6th century. The church has 13th century frescoes and a crypt with Roman columns, perched up high overlooking the Adriatic Sea. We then continue to the Roman town of Vasto where you will have free time for sightseeing and lunch. Our destination for the next two nights is the tip of the rugged Gargano Peninsula, one of the most beautiful area of southern Italy — still unknown to most travelers. Our accommodation is a wonderful hotel located in the heart of Vieste.

Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Vieste, Hotel Falcone

Day 6: Highlights of Vieste & a Private Boat Tour

Vieste is one of Italy’s most attractive coastal towns, situated on a rocky cape overlooking turquoise waters with soft sandy beaches on either side. A magnificent town of the white house clinging to the coastline, narrow cobbled streets leading to stairways and agave-covered arches. Today, you’ll visit the ancient village with narrow streets that climb towards the Cathedral, between whitewashed houses and colorful bazaars. Afterwards, you’ll sail around fascinating Vieste and its prehistoric caves (weather permitting). The rest of the day at your leisure to shop in the local markets or explore some of the sweeping sights in Vieste. Tonight, our dinner is taking place in a central rustic restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Vieste, Hotel Falcone

Day 7: The Adriatic Coast, Monte Sant’Angelo & Ancient Paestum

Today we will leave Vieste and travel along the beautiful coastline for Paestum. Along the way, we’ll stop and visit the city of Monte Sant’Angelo filled with whitewashed houses and historical architecture. You’ll find the city perched on a rocky spur, commanding great views over the surrounding Foresta Umbra. It was put on the pilgrim map after Archangel Michael was said to have appeared at a grotto here in AD 493. The Santuario di San Michele has a shrine to St Michael and its beautiful bronze doors were cast in Constantinople in 1076. After some time for lunch, we’ll continue driving to the magical Foresta Umbra, an ideal respite from the sun under arcades of oak, larch, maple, and ash trees. We will end our evening in Paestum in a boutique hotel with dinner included.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Paestum, Tenuta Duca Marigliano

Day 8: Ancient Paestum, Cheese Farm & Romantic Positano

After breakfast, we’ll travel to the UNESCO-listed Paestum temples, which are among the best-preserved monuments of Magna Grecia, the Greek colony that once covered much of southern Italy. Our knowledgeable local guide will also introduce the stunning Museum, which houses a collection of fascinating “metopes” (bas-relief friezes) from the Temple of Argiva Reva. Do not miss the 5th-century BC fresco of the Tomba del Tuffatore (Tomb of the Diver), thought to represent the passage from life to death. Afterward, we’ll visit a local organic farm where you can see how this tasty cheese is made and enjoy a delicious lunch with the farm’s specialties. Afterward, we’ll continue our drive towards the romantic town of Positano for your next two nights in a central boutique hotel. Once home to famous author John Steinbeck you’ll find the magical town of Positano almost carved into the Italian cliffside. Not for the faint of heart this town is almost vertically stacked with steep cobblestone stairs and walkways. Although the best view of the town is from the sea there’s plenty to explore in this quaint town. You’ll have the evening to soak in the romance of Positano.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Positano, Hotel Reginella

Day 9: La Dolce Vita in Positano

Today’s tour takes you to unfold the beauty of the coastline of Positano, the most photogenic village on the entire coast, aboard a private boat. This is the perfect opportunity to snap a picture of the town from the sea! The town’s famous charm is created by the steeply stacked houses, painted a medley of peach, pink, and terracotta colors. Its near-vertical streets are lined with voguish shops displaying jewelry, clothes, and other wares. After our boat tour, you’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore. We recommend soaking in Italian culture at a restaurant or cafe near Spiaggia Grande before taking a swim in the beautiful turquoise waters. This evening we’ll dine together in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Positano, Hotel Reginella

Day 10: Herculaneum Frozen in Time, Winery & The Green Island of Ischia

This morning you’ll meet your local guide for a tour of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city that remained buried under lava from the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 CE. This city was one of many along with the famous Pompeii to be buried in the 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Although it’s less well known, the buildings, art and tiles have been beautifully preserved for visitors to enjoy. Afterward, we’ll visit a family-owned winery, where their delicious grapes are homegrown to produce some of the finest wine. We will have the opportunity to have a tasting of some of their varieties with a light lunch. Travel to Naples port for a speed boat transfer to Ischia Island. The green island was nicknamed as such because of its lush gardens and forests. The island also boasts white beaches, vineyards, and picturesque Mediterranean sea views. Amongst the greenery you’ll also find centuries of glorious architecture and art treasure. You’ll spend two nights on this magical volcanic island in a hotel located near the village center.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Ischia, Hotel Regina Palace

Day 11: Highlights of Ischia 

Ischia is the largest island in the Bay of Naples and it promises visitors a taste of tranquil island life. “The Green Island”, as Ischia is locally known, is famous for its lush green flora and hot springs that bubble up from its volcano. Today we will circle the island by private boat, with opportunities to swim in the sea along the way. In the morning, we’ll step into the island’s past at Villa Arbusto. This wonderful 18th-century building was designed by the Duke of Altri, which is today home to an archaeological museum packed with classical Greek artefacts. Your expert guide will show you around, and you can spend some time exploring the lush botanical gardens. Afterward, we’ll take a short trip to Forio for a guided visit to the charming Soccorso church, boasting an intricate tiled dome on the ceiling of the nave. We then visit the fishing village of Sant’Angelo, one of the best-preserved on the island, and the mediaeval Aragonese Castle, built in 474 BC. In the evening, enjoy an included feast of Neapolitan flavors with dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included, lunch on your own

Accommodation: Overnight in Ischia, Hotel Regina Palace

Day 12: Arrivederci Southern Italy

This morning we will say arrivederci to Ischia Island with transfers provided to Naples airport or train station. If you would like to continue your journey through Italy we highly recommend our small group Sicily or Calabria tour!

TOUR PRICING & AVAILABILITY

2025 Tour Price: € 5,200      Single Supplement: € 1,000  currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy

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