Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Matera & Apulia

Colosseum, Vatican, National Archaeological Museum, Matera, Lecce, Bari

12 Days / 11 Nights
Tour Language: English

Tour Features

Enjoy a multilingual walking tour through the highlights of Rome, visiting the Largo Argentina and continuing on to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.  Also on your Roman itinerary is a visit to the Vatican Museums, a treasure trove of the world’s most extensive art collections, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s magnificent Basilica. On Day 4, your morning will be spent in the heart of Naples and the National Archeologic Museum and after an Authentic PIZZA, you will drive to Pompeii. Discover uniqueness of Pompeii, and drive to another jewel of the South, Matera! Explore I Sassi (the rocks), enjoy a taste of Basilicata’s Culinary and tour Gravina di Puglia, Altamura and Gioia Del Colle. Depart for Lecce on Day 7 driving through the Coast, and take a tour of Taranto & Grottaglie at Leisure, then enjoy Apulia’s famous dishes at a the Masseria. Going south, explore the Spectacular Sea of Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca and Otranto! Tour Ostuni, Martina Franca and Alberobello while heading to Polignano a Mare.  Take a visit to Conversano and Castellana Grotte and after a lunch in Monopoli, drive to Bari and step back in time through one of Italy’s most atmospheric old towns, Bari Vecchia. Back to Rome to enjoy the eternal city once again before ending the Tour!

2020 Tour Price & Dates

  • Semi-escorted tours are based on availability. Please contact us for dates.
  • 3 Star Accommodation (Double Occupancy):
    €3,899 per person

Current Exchange Rates

Ciao Tours will guarantee the exchange rate at the time of full payment or 45 days prior to departure.

Customize

  • Customize any option for just $50 (per person, per change)

What's Included

  • Daily Breakfast at all Accommodations
  • Private Transfer from/to Rome Airport and Meeting Points in Rome
  • 3 hours guided group tour of Colosseum via Gladiator’s Gate, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Gianicolo Walks and Trastevere Food & Wine Tasting Semi-Private Tour OR Testaccio District Walking Tour: Art, Street Art and Food Market tasting Semi-Private Tour
  • 4 ½ hours guided group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Bramante Staircase, St. Peter’s Basilica including preferred entrance
  • Learn how to make Gelato and Tiramisu Small group Activity
  • 1st class Train Ticket to Naples & Rome
  • 4 hour Private tour of Naples including entrance to the National Archaeological Museum
  • 6 Days Car Rental with Standard or Automatic Transmission
  • General Driving Directions, including Maps
  • 2 hours Private tour of Pompeii including preferred entrance
  • Private Walking Tours of Lecce, Matera & Bari
  • Local Product Tasting of Basilicata
  • Hosted Dinner at the Masseria near Lecce
  • Tours of Alberobello, Conversano, Monopoli, Ostuni, Martina Franca, Castellana Grotte, Otranto, Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Taranto, Grottaglie, Altamura, Gravina di Puglia & Gioia del Colle at Leisure
  • Private Transfer to Bari Train Station
  • Tour Assistance from Ciao Tours’ Italian Office Representatives

What's Not Included

Air flights, cities tax, travel insurance, tips, and anything not specifically mentioned in “What’s Included”.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival - Rome

Arrival in Rome & private transfer to hotel.

No Meals Included on Day 1

Day 2 - GLADIATOR’S GATE & ARENA FLOOR SPECIAL ACCESS COLOSSEUM TOUR & FORUM

Don’t see the Colosseum like a tourist, queuing for ages to access even the skip the line group entrance.

See the Colosseum like the gladiators did as you and your expert guide avoid any lines and enter through the side gate once used by warriors entering the ring. From there you’ll have special access to the arena floor, where you’ll learn the blood-drenched stories of horror and heroism that took place right where you’re standing. Afterwards you’ll head out for a comprehensive tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that will bring Ancient Rome to life.

Step off the tourist track in the Colosseum and get a gladiator’s-eye-view by using their special entrance and stepping onto the normally off-limits arena floor. You can’t get closer to the action than this.

The arena floor is where people actually fought and died in the Colosseum. While most visitors only ever see it from the stands, you’ll bypass long, general entrance lines and step directly onto it via the special Gladiator’s Gate. As you marvel at the great amphitheater around you, your expert guide will tell stories to transport back nearly 2,000 years, when vicious blood sports were the most popular form of entertainment in Rome.

During your tour, you’ll also explore the rest of the Colosseum, including the first floor and Roman Forum overlook. Then you’ll head into the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill to learn the wider history of Imperial Rome. Through the stories and anecdotes of your expert guide, the ruins will come to life and you’ll have no problem imagining the heyday of this incredible civilization.

Our fully-licensed, expert guides are the best in the business. Far from giving you rote history lessons, they pull you into the epic story of Rome and allow you to relive it with them, one step at a time.

 

Small Group Tour: Gianicolo Walks and Trastevere Food & Wine Tasting: A Walk In The Panoramic Hill & Foodie Experience Semi Private Tour. Food tasting in Trastevere district with typical “bruschetta”, finger food and a glass of wine or beer.

YOUR CHOICE

Small Group Tour: Testaccio District Walking Tour: Art, Street Art and Food Market Tasting Experience Semi Private Tour. 3 tastings at Testaccio Food Market (supplì, pizza and panino) and local wine or beer.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 3 - EXTENDED VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR WITH BRAMANTE STAIRCASE, SISTINE CHAPEL, PINACOTECA AND ST. PETER’S BASILICA

With 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world you will be led by an expert guide along the history of this outstanding Museum. You will marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world. Ordered in the late 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV (hence the name “Sistine” Chapel), it is the most emblematic example of papal patronage during the Renaissance period. Thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, you will have an unforgettable experience. This great artist created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling, The Creation of Adam, as well as the incomparable Last Judgment, on the altar wall. But the Vatican Museums are not just the Sistine Chapel… along the tour our guide will show you more art jewels such as the Pio • Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries. We will then leave the Vatican Museum and proceed to the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Its dome was designed by Michelangelo who also designed the plan of the Renaissance church. Inside this church we will experience the beauty of the world famous sculpture La Pietà (another Michelangelo masterpiece and the only sculpture personally signed by the artist). And in the meantime, we will discover the originality of another art genius, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Thanks to him you can admire the extremely impressive Baldachin Altar (in gold and bronze), and the splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square. In booking this tour, you will find it to be the highlight of your holiday. Join us for this unique art experience within such rich architectural history.

GELATO AND TIRAMISU – Small group Cooking Class in Rome
Learn how to make artisanal Tiramisu and Gelato from the base to a step by step process in which you’ll be a chef, not a spectator.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 4 - TRANSFER TO POMPEII & PRIVATE TOUR OF NAPLES INCLUDING ENTRANCE TO THE NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Naples is one of the most intriguing Italian cities. Its mixture of risk, adventure, romanticism, warmth, danger and beauty has attracted for centuries visitors from all over the world.

The National Archaeological Museum is the most important archaeological museum in Europe, with a rich collection of coins, an Egyptian section and a series of halls with pieces of exceptional importance.

Private Transfer to Car Rental Office.

Drive to Hotel in Pompeii.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 5 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF POMPEII INCLUDING PREFERRED ENTRANCES

Enjoy a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii and live for a moment the Roman life with the luxurious private houses and the numerous graffiti with your private guide.

Drive to Hotel in Matera.

Enjoy your Day at Leisure.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 6 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF MATERA & LOCAL PRODUCT TASTE OF BASILICATA

Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the “Sassi di Matera” (literally meaning “stones of Matera”). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric settlement and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses dug into the calcareous rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia.

Local Product Tasting (Cheeses, Cured Meats & Wine).

Explore the area visiting the nearby Gravina di Puglia, best Italian bread of Altamura and Gioia Del Colle, famous for Mozzarella & Bocconcini Cheese.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 7 - TRANSFER TO LECCE

Drive to Lecce along the Coast and Tour Taranto, Grottaglie & Manduria (famous for Primitivo Wine) at Leisure.

Hosted Dinner to enjoy the famous dishes of Apulia.

Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF LECCE

Nicknamed “the Florence of the South”, Lecce it welcomes visitors with its magnificent baroque architecture, which blazes on the portals of its palaces and the facades of the many churches that line the streets inside the city’s three ancient gates: Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta Napoli.

Drive to the South exploring Gallipoli & Santa Maria di Leuca, two old towns on the Ionian Sea, famous for Fish Markets and beautiful Beaches.

After lunch, heading to Otranto along the Coast for Panoramic views.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 9 - TRANSFER TO POLIGNANO A MARE

Drive to Polignano a Mare and Tour Ostuni, Martina Franca and Alberobello at Leisure en route. Known worldwide for the Cliff (the Red Bull diving competition was there in 2010) and the caves, Polignano a Mare is also the hometown of Domenico Modugno, a famous singer in Italy, who has wrote the popular song “Volare, oh,oh… Cantare, oh,oh,oh,oh… Nel blu dipinto di blu… felice di stare lassù…

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 10 - TRANSFER TO BARI

Morning Tour of Conversano, Castellana Grotte and Monopoli.

After lunch in Monopoli, drop off the car and transfer to the Hotel in Bari.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 11 - PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF BARI – TRANSFER TO ROME

A captivating place to discover, Bari is a city of two faces with its elegant Murat district and, stretching along the Adriatic Sea, the spellbinding area of Bari Vecchia (Old Bari).

Private Transfer to Bari Train Station after Lunch.
1st Class Train to Rome.
Private Transfer to Hotel.
Enjoy the Eternal City by Night at Leisure.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 12 - Departure

Private Transfer to Rome Airport.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

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