Rome and Southern Italy

Rome and Southern Italy

Rome and Southern Italy

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We’ve sought out the closely guarded secret of Puglia just for you. Our tour is full of local secrets which are unveiled as we experience, magnificent Rome, fascinating medieval cities, truly amazing UNESCO sites, delicious Italian food and above all, beauty everywhere we look. Nowadays, not many places can claim to be unspoiled, but Puglia’s rugged wooded mountains, rows of vineyards and millions of centuries old olive trees carpeting the land as far as the eye can see make the claim true. The landscape is dotted with picturesque Trulli, the area’s distinctive whitewashed limestone dwellings their conical beehive like roofs create a distinctive skyline unique to this area, steeped in history and UNESCO sites. Marvel at the stunning Norman cathedrals, beautiful Baroque villages, and clever fortified Roman towns scattered throughout the region.

 

Novotel Metz Hauconcourt Hotel, Metz * * *

www.accor.com

 

Hotel San Marco, Reggio * * *

www.hotelsanmarco-re.it

 

Hotel Pacific, Rome * * *

www.hotelpacificroma.com

 

Hotel Losmeraldo, South Puglia * * * *

www.hotellosmeraldo.com

 

Hotel Villa Americana, North Puglia * * * *

www.villaamericana.it

 

Hotel I Colli, Macerata * * *

www.hotelicolli.com

 

Hotel Milano Maderno, Lake Garda * * * *

www.hotelmilanomaderno.com

Day 1

Following the Channel crossing we continue to our overnight half board accommodation at Metz.

Day 2

After breakfast we continue our journey through France, Switzerland and into Italy for our second overnight stay at Reggio and check in to our hotel for dinner.

Day 3

We travel via Modena, Bologna and Florence to arrive in Rome and our Hotel Pacific, close to St Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museum.

Day 4

Today we join a morning instructive walking tour of Rome to see the most famous landmarks. Take in the Forum, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Vatican City to name but a few. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 5

We say ‘Arrivederci Roma’ and drive through Italy via Naples, stopping off at the quaint fishing port of Trani complete with cathedral, castle, shops and marina. Then we pass Bari to arrive at our Hotel Smeraldo, set in the hills near the town of Cisternino, surrounded by pine forests.

Day 6

After breakfast we visit Castellana Grotte, one of nature’s wonders, amazing caves carved out of rock by underground rivers creating amazing stalactites & stalagmites. Our next stop is Alberobello, made up of one hundred Trulli, the gleaming white houses with grey coned roofs – some five centuries old – this is distinctive Puglia. Our final visit of the day is to Ostuni, the ‘White City’ famed for its dazzling whitewashed streets and buildings.

Day 7

Today’s excursion is to Lecce, Florence of the South due to its wealth of Baroque and Rococco buildings. We continue to Otrano, Greek in origin, it’s beautifully positioned overlooking the Adriatic and boasts a 15th century castle and Romanesque Cathedral.

Day 8

This morning we ‘ll explore the haunting UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera, whose ancient cave dwellings and churches are carved out of the cliff. This afternoon we visit the beautiful 8th century port of Taranto.

Day 9

We leave southern Puglia and travel to the vibrant port of Bari, stopping off for a stroll around its cobbled lanes full of cafes, bars, restaurants and artisan shops. Then it’s off to the Garagano peninsular to discover yet another UNESCO site, the splendid Castel del Monte after which we travel to our hotel in Rodi Garanico, a small seaside town built on white rocks surrounded by orange groves and olive trees.

Day 10

Day at leisure.

Day 11

Enjoy a spectacular scenic coastal tour today encompassing medieval Vieste perched on stunning white cliffs and then onto Peschici where the whitewashed houses are perched above the turquoise sea below.

Day 12

Sadly we leave Puglia and make our way though Italy’s Marche region to our overnight hotel in historic Macerata.

Day 13

We travel to the Renaissance Art City of Ferrara today for some free time before continuing onto Italy’s famous Lake Garda for an overnight stay.

Day 14

Today we spend the day in the quaint resort of Toscolano Maderno.

Day 15

We travel back to Metz to our overnight half board accommodation.

Day 16

Continue to Calais and complete the journey home.

  • Executive coach travel

  • Door to door pick up

  • Short sea ferry / shuttle crossing

  • 2 overnights half board accommodation Metz

  • 1 overnight half board Reggio

  • 2 overnights half board Rome

  • 4 overnights half board South Puglia

  • 3 overnights half board North Puglia

  • 1 overnight half board Macerata

  • 2 overnight half board Lake Garda

  • Guided Rome walking tour

  • Entrance to Castellana Grotte

  • English Speaking guided tour of Matera & Sassi Houses

  • Entrance to Castel Monte

  • Excursions as described in the itinerary

 

Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated

 

Departure Dates

27th May 16 days £1479 - Red Dragon Tour

9th Sep 16 days £1329

 

Single room supplement £256

 

For Door to Door terms & conditions refer to page 92.

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Bracknell - Bagshot Road Opposite Glebewood Bus Stop
Bagshot Road - Before the Leisure Centre
Cardiff West Services Cardiff West Services Coach Park
Carmarthen - Boars Head Carmarthen Llamas Bus Stop (Outside Boars Head)
Chepstow Bus Station Chepstow Bus Station
Chieveley Services Chieveley Services (A34/M4) Newbury
Clackett Lane Services Clackett Lane Services, TN16 2ER (Anticlock)
Dover Docks (WHERE USED) Dover Docks (WHERE USED - Eastern Entrance)
Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet Travel Centre, Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet
SA6 8QG
Edwards Llantwit Depot Edwards Depot, Llantwit Fardre
Edwards Pembroke Depot Edwards Pembroke Depot, Waterloo Ind Est, SA72 4RR
Extra Services Cobham EB Extra Services Cobham Eastbound, M25 Jct 5-6
Hereford-Rose Tinted Rags Rose Tinted Rags - Hereford Bus Station
(May be a Taxi)
Kilgetty Information Ctr Kilgetty Information Ctr (Community centre)
Bottom of James Park
Leigh Delamare Eastbound Leigh Delamare Services Eastbound Before J17
Llanelli - Town Hall Llanelli -The old bus stops, behind the Town Hall
Waunlanyrafon
Lydney Bus Station Lydney Bus Station, Hams Road
Magor Services Magor Service Coach Park
Maidstone Services Maidstone Services, Junction 8 - M20
Monmouth - Cinderhill St Monmouth - Cinderhill Street Bus stop
NORTHBOUND TOURS ONLY
Narberth - Town Moor Narberth Bus Stop - Town Moor Car Park
Opposite the Primary School
Neath - Railway Neath - Outside Railway Station
Port Talbot Temporary Port Talbot Bus Stop OUTSIDE Customs House
Just past the Plaza
Reading Services Reading Services, Junction 11-12, RG30 3UQ
Ross on Wye Bus Station Ross on Wye Bus Station
Sarn SERVICES Sarn SERVICES - Coach Park
St Clears, Car Park St Clears Car Park
Stop 24 Svcs (M20 J11) Stop 24 (Westenhanger) Services (M20 J11)
Swindon Hilton Swindon Hilton - Outside the hotel, Junction 16
Wellington Street Swansea Swansea, Wellington Street Coach Bay
Whitland North Road Whitland North Road Car Park

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