Including a Pre-Night in Rome – the Eternal City!
Take a panoramic tour of Classical Rome featuring an in-depth, guided visit to the spectacular Colosseum; Tour a buffalo milk mozzarella factory; Discover the amazing mountaintop monastery of Montecasino. Visit the seaside resort town of Sorrento; Discover the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius; and, in Minori, sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Enjoy a tasting and lunch at a local winery at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
October 14-24, 2021
Highlights include Rome, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Montecasino, the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, a buffalo milk mozzarella factory, an option to visit Capri, Pompeii, a winery visit, and more. 11 days, 14 meals, hotel, air, and taxes; passport required. $4849 Double; $5524 Single; $4789 Triple (Save $100 per person if booked by April 16, 2021)
Day 1: Thursday, October 14, 2021: Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Journey through southern Italy and experience its rich scenery, art, culture, food, and wine.
Day 2: Friday, October 15, 2021: Your tour begins with a free day in the “Eternal City” of Rome.
Day 3: Saturday, October 16, 2021: Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring wines and local delicacies. (B, D)
Day 4: Sunday, October 17, 2021: On a locally guided tour of Classical Rome, walk over cobblestone streets and weathered passageways to discover famous sights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Recount the rich history of the Colosseum on an in-depth visit with a guide, walking the footsteps of former gladiators and attendees. The evening is yours. Perhaps you will join an optional dinner in a popular restaurant, where you’ll indulge in a hearty meal accompanied by wine and local entertainment. (B)
Day 5: Monday, October 18, 2021: Make the most of a free day in Italy’s capital city. Perhaps you will join an optional tour in the morning to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, taking in world-renowned wonders such as the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s mural of the Last Judgement. In the afternoon, consider strolling through the Borghese Gardens for views of the city’s skyline or meander through Rome’s bohemian Trastevere district. (B)
Day 6: Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Journey to the Amalfi Coast, an iconic coastline of rocky beaches and towering cliffs. En route, make a stop at the Benedictine monastery of Montecasino which is perched on a mountaintop that played a pivotal role in World War II. Discover the its rich history wile exploring the monastery’s ornate chapel, peaceful courtyards, and fascinating museum. In the afternoon, settle into the Amalfi Coast, your new home for the next 5 nights. (B, D)
Day 7: Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast pausing for a peek of Positano with its pastel-colored houses and pebbly beaches. Spend time in the town of Amalfi. A former trading hub, Amalfi is now a quiet coastal town of historic landmarks and a black-and-white marble cathedral. Explore on your own before continuing to Minori, where you’ll get to sample local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Savor a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop before an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 8: Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Begin your day exploring the popular and charming resort town of Sorrento. Wander through the narrow streets of the city center, perhaps exploring the peaceful courtyard of St. Francis Church or sampling some gelato made with local lemons. Visit a local farm and see how traditional mozzarella cheese is made by hand. Get a taste of the product at a farm-to-table lunch before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon. (B, L)
Day 9: Thursday, October 21, 2021: Enjoy a day at leisure to take in the relaxing beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Perhaps you will embark on an optional boat trip (weather permitting) to the Mediterranean isle of Capri, where you’ll enjoy a locally guided tour with lunch before setting out on your own adventure. (B)
Day 10: Friday, October 22, 2021: Today, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. See the eerily preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town from 2,000 years ago as a local guide provides you with an in-depth historical tour of this remarkable archaeological site. At the foot of Mount Vesuvius, stop at a local winery to savor the famous Lacryma de Christi wines and enjoy a typical Neapolitan lunch. After some free time, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and bid salute to the end of your Italian getaway. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Monday, April 27, 2020: Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
The overall activity level of this tour is a level 3. This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, Zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free-time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. Please note, if you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate program with Collette.
Our air passengers on this tour will depart from Naples airport.