|Day 1 wed oct 24||USA|
|Day 2 thu oct 25||Arrive Naples|
|Day 3 fri oct 26||Naples|
|Day 4 sat oct 27||Naples / Pompeii / Sorrento|
|Day 5 sun oct 28||Sorrento / The Amalfi Coast|
|Day 6 mon oct 29||Sorrento / Capri|
|Day 7 tue oct 30||Capri|
|Day 8 wed oct 31||Capri / Rome|
|Day 9 thu nov 1||Rome|
|Day 10 fri nov 2||Rome|
|Day 11 sat nov 3||Rome / USA|
WED, OCT 24, 2012 - DEPART USA
Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Naples, Italy.
THU, OCT 25 - ARRIVE NAPLES
Your flight will most likely connect in Rome or Milan and arrive Naples midday. Upon arrival you will have a private transfer from Naples Airport to the Naples hotel, Hotel Santa Lucia, an this historic hotel that offer an old-fashioned atmosphere mixed with elegant decor.
Remainder of the day is at leisure to relax after the flight.
Hotel: Grand Santa Lucia – 4*
FRI, OCT 26 – NAPLES
Stretching along the shores of a beautiful bay, Naples has been a coveted port town since it was founded by the ancient Greeks. The many empires that have ruled this city have each left a treasure trove of historic sites. During our tour, discover the beauty of Naples, also known as the meeting point of two cultures: middle European and the oriental. The Archeological Museum occupies a group of 16th-century buildings originally intended to house the royal cavalry and then became the seat of the university from 1610 to 1777. The collections comprise mainly works of art belonging to the Farnese family and the treasures discovered at Pompeii & Herculaneum. It is one of the richest museums in the world for Greco-Roman antiquities. Of special note is the Roman pornographic section (the secret cabinet) which will also be visited. Continue then with a panoramic drive through town to stop at the imposing Piazza Plebiscito. See the exterior of the Royal Palace whose facade is adorned with Greek, Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, Norman, Spanish, Bourbon and Italian statues. Also see the majestic “Teatro San Carlo” built under Charles of Bourbon in 1737. It is one of the most famous Opera Houses in the world. On the Piazza Municipio see the huge and imposing “Maschio Angioino” castle.
The afternoon is at leisure for personal exploration. This evening, join fellow travelers for a “when in Naples…” welcome dinner featuring Neapolitan pizza!
Hotel: Grand Santa Lucia – 4*
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
SAT, OCT 27 — NAPLES – POMPEII – SORRENTO
Encounter a city frozen in time—remarkable Pompeii. The excavations of this former seaside resort have yielded one of the largest sources of information on the daily life of ancient Romans. This ancient town was completely buried by the ashes of the eruptions of Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D., one of the most disastrous volcanic eruptions of all times. The extensive ruins provide first class evidence of the ancient way of life. Our guided visit will highlight the advanced building concepts, decorations, paintings and the city planning and finally the Villa of Mysteries, a stately home almost entirely restored to its former glory.
After lunch, continue to Sorrento. Surrounded by hills and shielded from the Mediterranean by perpendicular cliffs that plunge directly into the water, Sorrento is the centerpiece of the Amalfi Coast. It is also famous for limoncello, a sweet lemon liqueur made from the profusion of lemon trees growing up the steep cliffs along the entire coast.
Check into the Bellevue Syrene Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux property.
Hotel Bellevue Syrene – 5*
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
SUN, OCT 28 — SORRENTO – THE AMALFI COAST
This morning we will drive along the Amalfi Coast, one of Europe’s most dramatic shorelines. See the brightly colored houses set on towering cliffs above the sea, and the houses in the town of Amalfi built between the 10th and 13th centuries. Amalfi, a charming fishing village gives its name to the homonymous coast. This little town of tall white houses facing the sea claims a stunning church, the Cathedral of St. Andrews, founded in the 9th century and containing the Saint’s relics. It is an architectural blend of Romanesque and Arab styles. Then it’s on to Ravello, one of the loveliest resorts along the Amalfi Drive. It has attracted artists, writers, and celebrities for years (Richard Wagner, Greta Garbo, André Gide, and even D. H. Lawrence, who wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover here). Ravello's reigning celebrity at the moment is Gore Vidal, who purchased a villa here as a writing retreat. William Styron set his novel Set This House on Fire here. Boccaccio dedicated part of the Decameron to Ravello, and John Huston used it as a location for his film Beat the Devil, with Bogie.
Visit its famous Villa Rufolo, the former residence of several popes. The Moorish-influenced architecture evokes Granada's Alhambra, and the large tower was built in what's known as the "Norman-Sicilian" style. You can walk through the flower gardens leading to lookout points over the memorable coastline and offering perhaps the best view of all. Lunch today is at a typical local restaurant – where you’ll get a real taste of Italy with delightful homemade dishes. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Hotel: Bellevue Syrene - 5*
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
MON, OCT 29 — SORRENTO – CAPRI
After breakfast we depart our hotel to Sorrento pier for a Jet foil ride to the Island of Capri. Italy's most famous island, Capri is a dramatic rugged mountain soaring out of the sea at the tip of the Sorrento peninsula. A haunt for eccentric characters since antiquity (Roman emperor Tiberius had his villa of pleasures, the Villa Jovis, here), Capri has been a favorite retreat of artists, movie stars, and other VIPs in modern times. The island is indeed spectacular, with postcard-worthy soaring cliffs, surrounded by a deep-blue sea. Besides being a choice resort for VIPs and wannabes, it is also a popular gay destination. Upon arrival, we take the cable car at Marina Grande to downtown and from the famous “Piazzetta” will walk to the hotel. After check in, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the town on your own.
Hotel: La Scalinatella Hotel – 5*
TUE, OCT 30 — CAPRI
Favored by the wealthy since the Hellenic age, the remarkable island of Capri is known for its fascinating geography as well as its ancient ruins. During our walking tour, we will see the Gardens of Augustus, the magnificent terraced park where trees and flowers grow in profusion. From there we will admire the beautiful Certosa di San Giacomo (St. James’ Chartreuse), the old Chartusian Monastery founded in 1371 whose sober and monumental style is a fine example of Capri’s medieval and monastic architecture. The ”Piazza Umberto I”, better known as the “Piazzetta” (small square), is the island’s social center and a major tourist attraction with its charming outdoor cafes frequented by a variety of eccentrics and celebrities, so many that each chair should have an historic plaque on it! Continue on a scenic 20 minute drive to reach the heights of Anacapri, lying at 902 feet above the sea level. It is the island’s second urban center, formerly known as the upper citadel. It was linked to the Marina Grande by the “Scala Fenicia” (the Phoenician Stairway) Anacapri began to experience any form of real urban development only from the 16th century onwards. Proceed through Via Axel Munthe, bordered by traditional craft stores and sumptuous villas, to reach the Swedish doctor’s residence and magnificent gardens. Axel Munthe arrived in Capri in 1876 and bought the ruins of the chapel of San Michele and a farm which he later transformed into this white building. The villa is a curious patchwork of styles, with loggias, terraces and pergolas filled with statues and works of art. The interior is furnished with an incongruous mixture of 18th century antique pieces. Overnight in Capri.
Hotel: Hotel La Scalinatella – 5*
WED, OCT 31 — CAPRI – ROME
Depart Capri by jet foil this morning to Naples. In first-class accommodations, travel aboard a high-speed train which will take us from Naples to Rome. Check in to the lovely Rose Garden Palace Hotel, located off the famous Via Veneto. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this amazing city.
Hotel Rose Garden Palace - 4*
THU, NOV 01 — ROME
After breakfast, we depart on a private half day tour of Ancient Rome. Marvel at the splendor of the Eternal City by discovering the testimonials of the grandeur of the Roman Empire, evident everywhere in Rome. We will see the Colosseum, a masterpiece of classical architecture dating back to the 1st century A.D. This enormous arena once sat 80,000 spectators to watch gladiators in combat, Christians pitted against lions, and even monumental naval battles. On the side of the Colosseum is the imposing Arch of Constantine erected to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius. See then the Arch of Titus leading to the Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial centre of the Roman Empire. Continue on to the historical center to see the Pantheon one of the most impressive monuments in Rome and the best preserved of all ancient buildings. End at Piazza Navona, a marvel of light and sculpture.
But for the true flavor of Rome, we make time to linger over a glass of Chianti wine. Visit its fountains in the moonlight. And check out the nightlife if you wish. These experiences are as much a part of the city as the Roman Forum.
Hotel: Rose Garden Palace - 4*
FRI, NOV 02 — ROME
Enjoy a complete day at leisure to explore on your own. Optional tours will be offered, including a visit the St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate a great trip.
Hotel: Rose Garden Palace - 4*
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
SAT, NOV 03 — ROME – USA
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer service from the hotel to Rome Airport for departure flights back to the USA.
|Hotel Grand Santa Lucia, Naples – 4*
This historic hotel offers an old-fashioned atmosphere mixed with elegant decor. The professional service is impeccable, and the public spaces are grand -- if a bit dusty and worn in places -- graced by curving staircases, marble floors, and Murano chandeliers. Guest rooms are good size, with wood or carpet floors, period or reproduction furniture, marble bathrooms, and great views over the Castel dell'Ovo and the Bay.
|Hotel Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento – 5*
A Relais & Chateau, five-star hotel steep on the sea, with terraces overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius in the background, the Bellevue Syrene is among the most renowned hotels in Sorrento. The Bellevue Syrene lies in a place of eternal, timeless beauty. Being also a patrician home that became a private villa, Sorrento 5-star Bellevue Syrene hotel offers a modern hospitality whose roots in tradition have charmed men of letters, artists and heads of state.
|Hotel La Scalinatella , Capri – 5*
Ever since it's opening, in the 1950's, the "Bella Scalinatella" , as repeat clients fondly call it, has been the preferred haven of those eager to experience the effortless elegance and the unique lifestyle of Capri. Thirty bedrooms in which dreams invariably come true.
An intimate boutique hotel, managed by the Morgano family, owners of all of the island's most beautiful hotels.
|Hotel Rose Garden Palace, Rome - 4*
The Rose Garden Palace is where style, hospitality and comfort come together in Rome. Guests enjoy unparalleled service in elegant and peaceful surroundings, in the heart of one of the Eternal City’s most beautiful areas. The Rose Garden Palace is located in a beautifully restored historical building, just off Via Veneto. The rooms are spacious, elegant and beautiful, with gracious amenities and all the comforts of home. Step outside, and you’ll find the best shopping, dining and sightseeing in Rome all within easy walking distance.
International airfare; Meals not mentioned in the itinerary; Drinks with meals other than what is listed in the inclusions; Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance; Gratuities to guides and drivers; Items of a personal nature.