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Rome and Southern Italy Tour (6 Days / 5 Nights) - ITA-03

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Rome and Southern Italy Tour (6 Days / 5 Nights)

Discover Rome and southern Italy on this exciting 6-day tour with an expert guide, 4-star accommodation included! Spend two nights in Rome and get to know the city on a walking tour, taking in iconic sites like Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Then head south to Italy's Campania region, where a hotel in Amalfi will be your base for two nights. Visit Naples and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii, plus enjoy free time to explore the glittering Amalfi Coast before returning to Rome.

Day 1: Rome
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Monday, September 25, 2017

Start your tour with an included airport transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to your Rome hotel. Alternatively, if you are already in Rome, you can check into your hotel in the afternoon and then spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 2: Rome
Monday, September 25, 2017 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

After breakfast, head out on a 3-hour walking tour with your guide to discover Rome. Starting from Largo di Torre Argentina - a lesser-known piazza boasting Roman temple ruins - your route continues to Campo de Fiori, Romes busiest and brashest, yet beautiful, central square. Here, youll find yourself right in the center of historical Rome, where many of the citys big-name attractions are found. Visit Piazza Navona with its Baroque fountains and romantic cafes, and then see unmistakable monuments like the Pantheon. Wander past the Spanish Steps and throw a coin in Trevi Fountain for good luck!
 
Your walking tour ends in the center of Rome - perfect for sightseeing independently if you wish. Spend the rest of your night in Rome at leisure.

Day 3: Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Amalfi
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Leave Rome early and head south to Campania by air-conditioned coach. Your journey lasts roughly three hours, but includes stops along the way to stretch your legs and buy breakfast. Arrive in Naples by late morning and head straight out to explore with your guide.
 
Concentrating on Naples UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site (its historic center), your leisurely paced walking tour takes in key sites like San Carlo Opera House -- one of Europes oldest working opera houses -- and Piazza del Plebiscito, the central square thats flanked by four eye-catching palaces. Stop to admire the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale), and learn how it was built by the Spanish and then renovated later by succeeding Bourbon kings. Walk through Galleria Umberto I, marveling at its glass-roofed arcade, and then hop back on board your coach.
 
Leave Naples and travel to a coral and cameo factory called Donadio. This family owned factory started one of the most ancient Neapolitan traditions - the making of carved coral jewelry. See craftsmen at work and enjoy a break for lunch in the restaurant.
 
From here, continue to UNESCO-listed Pompeii to visit the excavations of this ancient Roman city with your guide. Hear how it was blanketed under volcanic ash for centuries following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BC, and gaze at the incredible ruins that are scattered around. Return to your coach and travel toward the Amalfi Coast, passing through scenic villages like Positano. Check into your Amalfi hotel, enjoy dinner and then spend your night at leisure.

Day 4: Amalfi
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Thursday, September 28, 2017

After breakfast, the day is yours to spend at leisure! Use your complimentary hotel shuttle bus to visit your hotels private beach, or head out into Amalfi town to sightsee independently. Perhaps check out highlights like Chiostro del Paradiso - a Moorish-style cloister with tropical gardens - or Amalfi Cathedral (entrance own expense). Alternatively, your hotel can organize excursions around the Amalfi Coast (own expense). Maybe visit Positano or discover Ravello - an exquisite little village in the hills above Amalfi. Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the evening, and then spend the rest of your night in Amalfi at leisure.

Day 5: Amalfi - Pompeii - Rome
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Friday, September 29, 2017

Enjoy breakfast and then spend your morning at leisure. Then check out of your hotel and head back to Pompeii to enjoy more free time. Explore independently, perhaps visiting modern Pompeii or having lunch (own expense).
 
In the late afternoon, board your coach for your transfer north back to Rome. Stop for dinner on the way (own expense) and then arrive at your Rome hotel in the evening.

Day 6: Rome
Friday, September 29, 2017 - Saturday, September 30, 2017

After relaxing over breakfast in your hotel, check out around midday. Your hotel will help you with any onward travel needs, like arranging taxis to airports, stations or other hotels (all on-going transport is at your own expense).