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. Visit the fascinating National Archeological Museum in Naples; and enjoy a tasting and lunch at a local winery at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
October 14-24, 2020
Highlights include Rome, the Colosseum, Montecasino, the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, a buffalo milk mozzarella factory, Paestum, Capri, Pompeii, a winery visit, Naples, the National Archeological Museum, and more. 11 days, 14 meals, hotel, air, and taxes; passport required. $4899 Double; $5574 Single; $4839 Triple
Day 1: Wednesday, October 14, 2020: 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: Thursday, October 15, 2020: Your tour begins with a free day in the “Eternal City” of Rome.
Day 3: Friday, October 16, 2020: Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring wines and local delicacies. (B, D)
Day 4: Saturday, October 16, 2020: This morning you may join an optional tour to the magnificent treasures of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Later we set out on a panoramic tour of Classical Rome featuring the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine, followed by an in-depth, guided visit to the spectacular Colosseum. Then, contemporary Rome is highlighted through the legendary Piazza Navona. (B)
Day 5: Sunday, Octgober 18, 2020: Journey to the Amalfi Coast. * En route, make a stop at the Benedictine monastery of Montecasino which is perched on a mountaintop south of Rome. Discover the its rich history wile exploring the monastery’s ornate chapel, peaceful courtyards, and fascinating museum. (B, D)
Day 6: Monday, October 19, 2020: Begin your day exploring the popular and charming seaside resort town of Sorrento. This afternoon you’ll do a double-take as you travel to one of Italy’s most spectacular destinations, Amalfi. Spend some time on your own to explore this stunning seaside town before continuing on to Minori, where you’ll get to sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Savor a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop, then enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 7: Tuesday, October 20, 2020: After breakfast, discover one of Italy’s most surprising products during a tour of a local buffalo milk mozzarella factory. Visit Paestum next, where a local guide escorts you through some of the best-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece. Enjoy dinner at a local popular local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 8: Wednesday, October 21, 2020: Explore a Mediterranean paradise on the sparkling Bay of Naples when you embark from the port of Salerno and cruise to the wonderful Isle of Capri. Pass the hill towns, colorful homes, lush gardens, and architectural marvels that dot the dramatic Amalfi Coast. On Capri, enjoy a locally guided minibus tour before setting out on your own to admire the charming town of Anacapri and its grand views of the island and the Bay of Naples. Afterward ride the funicular back toward the Marina Grande, where the ferry waits to return you to the Amalfi Coast. (B)
Day 9: Thursday, October 22, 2020: Today, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. See the 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. (B, L)
Day 10: Friday, October 23, 2020: Bid addio to the Amalfi Coast and head to colorful and vibrant Naples. Enjoy a visit to the fascinating National Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in the world. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and salud to the completion of a marvelous visit to Italy. (B, D)
Day 11: Saturday, October 24, 2020: Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
* During your stay on the Amalfi Coast: standard accommodations at the Rialto Hotel are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis for departures utilizing that hotel. Upgrades to superior rooms with sea views are available at an additional cost. Please inquire at time of booking. For departures utilizing the Graal Hotel, please note that while this hotel offers amazing coastal views, your daily driving times will increase by approximately 45-60 minutes each way.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motor coaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes. 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.
Experience it! Myths & Legends
Approximately 55 south of Naples, Italy lies the ancient city of Paestum. Legends tell of the city’s founding by Jason and the Argonauts, but archaeologists, uncomfortable with the stuff of legends, attribute Paestum’s birth to 7th-century Greek colonists. With the fall of the Roman Empire, Paestum fell into decline and was deserted for many centuries. Rediscovered only in 1752 by an Italian road-building crew working in the area, Paestum is the finest preserved Greek temple complex in the Mediterranean world. The two primary temples, the 550 BC Basilica and the 450 BC Temple of Neptune, are archaeological wonders that will leave an impression on you long after your return home. The Temple of Neptune – in all its classic Doric beauty -0 has thick marble columns that are still strong and upright. It is the oldest and best-preserved of the Greek temples in Italy, and it still inspires hope in those who visit its open-air shrine. A third temple on the site was dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, spiritual consciousness, and the arts.