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Day 1 Naples
Bright, buzzing and echoing with tales from millennia of history, Naples is your springboard for exploring Southern Italy. Arrive in your own time by private transfer and get yourself settled in. This evening, meet your Back-Roads tour leader and fellow travellers for a welcome drink – as excitement about the days ahead begins to bubble.
Day 2 Naples - Pompeii - Paestum
Our local guide takes us into the labyrinthine streets of the historic centre in search of the Cappella Sansevero, home to the Veiled Christ – one of the finest sculptures in the world. The afternoon transports us deep into the distant past as we visit archaeological wonder, Pompeii. This famous Roman city, destroyed by earthquake and ash when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, left behind a fascinating complex of ruins. A local expert opens a one-of-a-kind window into everyday Roman life as we walk around key sites including the Basilica, the Forum and the Amphitheatre. From Pompeii we travel to our delightfully rustic accommodation near Paestum, where we sit down to a traditional meal together. (B, D)
Day 3 Paestum - Minori
This morning we have an appointment at Tenuta Seliano – an authentic farm-inn (or agriturismo) – where we visit the buffaloes and help owner Cecilia Bellelli Baratta make light, fresh mozzarella. Our trip off the tourist trail continues with a visit to UNESCO listed Paestum. With crumbling marble temples against a mountain backdrop, this village is a littleknown treasure waiting to be discovered. We return to Tenuta Seliano to a kitchen piled high with local produce, such as mozzarella and ricotta, fruits and vegetables, goat and buffalo meat, and fresh pasta. It’s time to learn the art of traditional Campania cooking – our hard work rewarded when we get to eat what we’ve prepared at lunch with the family. Our hunger well satisfied, we continue on to charming Minori on the Amalfi Coast. (B, L)
Day 4 Minori - Ravello - Amalfi - Positano - Minori
Glimmering with their own unique character, culture and histories, it’s easy to see why the villages of the Amalfi Coast are known as pearls. So today, we dive in to see what we find. In Ravello, that’s blessed with spectacular views, we visit Villa Rufolo with its gorgeous gardens that inspired the setting of Wagner’s opera Parsifal. Then we unleash our inner silver screen stars at Villa Cimbrone. Crowning rugged cliffs in what’s surely the most captivating location of the Amalfi coastline, Greta Garbo famously fell in love here. Our journey takes us on to the eponymous Amalfi, a village where tightly packed houses cascade down the hillside from the Cathedral of St Andrew. To round off our day, we drop by the striking fishing village of Positano – famous for its handmade pasta and just-off-the- boat seafood. (B, D)
Day 5 Minori - Capri - Minori
The high life beckons today as we sail to the island of Capri, off the Sorrento Peninsula. Lapped by the inky blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri has been a popular resort since the days of Ancient Rome. Enjoy a ride on the charming funicular railway from the port, which whisks us through bright, fragrant lemon groves. Then there’s time to see and be seen among the exclusive boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Capri town, before returning to Minori in late afternoon. (B)
Day 6 Minori - Vietri Sul Mare - Minori
Today we add more pearls to our collection with visits to Maiori and Cetara. Back in the 1st century, these villages were the exclusive summer sojourns of noble Roman families. But today, they’re famed for exceptional cuisine and silky smooth liqueurs. After exploring Cetara, a small yet perfectly formed fishing village with traditional houses clustered around the port, we drive to Vietri sul Mare. Here, craftspeople create hand-painted, vividly coloured ceramics. Journeying around the Amalfi Coast is thirsty work, so we pause among the lemon groves of a coastal plantation for a spot of limoncello tasting. Back in Minori, how you spend the rest of the day is entirely up to you. Take the plunge with a swim in the sea or simply relax on the terrace with a refreshing drink. This evening, we come back together for our final dinner. (B, D)
Day 7 Minori - Palace of Caserta - Sant'Agata Dei Goti - Naples
We bid the Amalfi Coast a fond farewell and drive to the Royal Palace of Caserta, built in the 18th century and the last great creation of the Italian Baroque. Although we can’t visit all 1,200 rooms, the ones we will see are as extravagant as they are exquisite. From the royal to the rustic – our next stop is a farmhouse in Sant’Agata dei Goti where we taste Aglianico wines produced from black grapes grown in the Basilicata and Campania regions. Then there’s time for a last, leisurely Italian lunch before we return to Naples, where our adventure ends. Your private transfer to the airport is included. (B, L)
Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Enchanting Southern Italy - Tour code RAM
Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black
Travel 55 Discount Price in Red
Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code
April 23, 30
September 3, 10, 17
May 7, 14, 28
September 24, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
October 1, 8
August 27, 31
Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown.
Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website
Enchanting Southern Italy
8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount
Prices from only £1611
Southern Italy beguiles every sense. Step back in time to the Roman Empire in the beautiful Bay of Naples. Tour ancient cities and marble temples, and explore pastel-hued villages on the Amalfi Coast. All while savouring exquisite regional delicacies
To book this wonderful 7 day Southern Italy tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount.
You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price
The Back-Roads Difference
- Take part in a traditional Campania cooking lesson on a working country estate, using fresh farm produce
- Tour the age-old marble temples in UNESCO preserved Paestum
- Limoncello tasting in a lemon grove near sleepy Minori, a hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- 6 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
- Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
- Local guides in Naples, Pompeii, Ravello and Paestum
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- Ferry to the Island of Capri
European breakfast daily (B)
Three evening meals (D)
Two lunches (L)
- Italian cooking class
- Wine, mozzarella, and limoncello tastings
- Entrance fee included to: Cappella Sansevero, Pompeii,Paestum, Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone, Capri Funicular and Royal Palace of Caserta.
Small groups of up to 18
With tour sizes of up to 18 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.
Why Back-Roads Touring
On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.
Authentic Local Experiences
Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.
Scenic back roads not motorways
Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.
Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.
Leisurely Paced Travel
Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.