Beauty of the Amalfi Coast

$5,500.00

ALEX INTERNATIONAL TOURS, LLC LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA

THE BEAUTY OF THE AMALFI COAST

October 3 – October 11, 2018 alexinternationaltours.com

Naples – Caserta – Pompeii – Sorrento – Island of Capri – The Amalfi Coast

Amalfi – Positano – Ravello – Sassi di Matera – Bari

Alex International presents the Beauty of the Amalfi Coast!! This amazing adventure explores an area of Italy that is not the typical Rome, Florence, Venice… This is the second of our series on Italy. It introduces the traveler to an Italy that is intriguing, like the mysterious Matera (The Passion of the Christ), Naples Underground just to name a few. It also takes the inquisitive traveler to beautiful breath-taking places like Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Positano. You will also experience the mystifying Reggia of Caserta. All these beauties of Italy will be explored at a time of year where the weather is splendid, and crowds seem to lessen. Check out our itinerary and sign up asap. Spaces are limited. Visit us at alexinternationaltours.com


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Day 1

Overnight Flight Las Vegas – Rome

Day 2 FiumicinoAirport Rome-City of Naples Arrive in Rome today, meet your tour director, and depart by coach to the city of Naples. Lunch. In the afternoon, start the guided tour of the city of Naples (outdoor visits) Piazza del Plebiscito, this fantastic place is the symbol of Naples restored, surrounded by four buildings of great historical and artistic

importance: the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, and the two symmetrical buildings that are the Prefettura and the Palace of Salerno; the San Carlo Theater, Castel Nuovo, built by Carlo d’Angi , who decided in 1266 to build a fortified palace near the sea. Late afternoon transfer to hotel, check in. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3

City of Naples

Naples Underground

Breakfast at the hotel. Our day is devoted to the guided tour of the city of Naples. The city has always been in balance between the sacred and profane, here art and culture are constantly moving. We will start with a stroll in the historical center of the old part of the city, the famous and ancient Via
Spaccanapoli which separates the old town into two parts. During our walk we will visit the Duomo of Naples (inside) and the Treasury of San Gennaro. Built between 1294 and 1323 by Carlo I d’Angi , it is dedicated to the Madonna Assunta, and is famous for the relics of the Patron Saint of Naples and its Baroque Chapel of San Gennaro. This structure houses the relic and the ampoule of its blood; the church of the New Jesus (inside), one of the most important basilicas of Naples of the fifteenth century, originally famous for its splendid frescoed rooms that make it a wonderful example of Renaissance and Baroque Neapolitan. It has the magnificent Cloister “maiolicato” of Saint Chiara. We will continue with the visit of the Chapel of Sansevero to admire the masterpiece of the master Giuseppe Sanmartino , “Il Cristo Velato”. Lunch. In the afternoon visit Castel dell’Ovo (outside), the second oldest castle in Naples after Castel Capuano. The magnificent location on the island of Megaride makes it one of the city’s symbols and one of the most photographed places by tourists. Continue with the visit of underground Naples: the most fascinating route in the subsoil of Naples. A substrate rich in history and linked to the rediscovery of a rare heritage, if not unique. Participating in the hike means taking a journey in history over 2400 years, from Greek to modern times, to 40 meters of depth between tunnels and cisterns. During the excursion, besides admiring the remains of the ancient Greek-Roman aqueduct and the anti-aircraft shelters of World War II, the Museum of War, the “Orti Ipogei” and the “Arianna” Seismic Station will be visited. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and a sweatshirt in the summer months. Narrow trails, like the tunnels, are optional. Discovering Naples from another point of view is an opportunity not to be missed. At the end of the visit we will head to Via San Gregorio Armeno, the famous street where the famous statues of Nativity scenes are created and sold. Time available for walking and shopping. Dinner in a typical Neapolitan pizzeria and return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4

Reggia di Caserta

Pompei – Sorrento – Castellammare di Stabia

Breakfast at the hotel. Load luggage. In the morning a guided tour of the Reggia of Caserta. The Royal Palace of Caserta built for the Bourbons of Naples is a realization by Luigi Vanvitelli. The palace houses the sumptuous royal apartments with Baroque decorations, a huge park decorated with beautiful Baroque statues, the Great Waterfall and the English Garden of Maria Carolina of Asburgo. The Royal Palace of Caserta and its park have been inscribed since 1997 at the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Garden Visit on your own. Lunch. In the afternoon a guided tour of the archaeological site of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Pompeii, destroyed and preserved from the August 24, 1979 eruption, we will see the spas, theaters, the forum, the tomb street, the workshops, the shops, the Odeon, and the amphitheater. We will know all the details of everyday life of the era, houses, floors, walls, and mosaics. We will continue to the city of Sorrento, famous for the myth of sirens, lace, and inlaid woodwork. Sorrento stands on a long cliff overlooking the waves of Naples Bay, leaning against the hips of the Sorrento Peninsula. The rich patriots of Roman times appreciated this unique site that enjoys a unique microclimate: the blue sky, the sun, the sea air and the rains in the low season where the land produces the best lemons in Italy. Enjoy the city center by walking and taking photographs. Continue to the hotel. Check in. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5

Capri – Anacapri

Breakfast at hotel. Embarkation at the port of Castellammare di Stabia for the island of Capri. Full day dedicated to this excursion. Arrival in Capri and climb on private minibuses and transfer to Anancapri, picturesque village with white houses. Visit of Anacapri, the Villa di San Michele and Axel Munthe’s Belvedere, from where you can enjoy a breath-taking panorama. Lunch. After lunch proceed to visit Capri and free time available for a walk in the picturesque alleys and shopping opportunities in the shops of the center. In the late afternoon, boarding for the return to Castellammare di Stabia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6

Mini cruise of the Amalfi Coast

Salerno – Positano – Amalfi – Ravello

Breakfast at hotel. Day dedicated to visiting the Amalfi Coast. Departure by bus to the Port of Salerno. Boarding and boat excursion to the Amalfi Coast. Free time to take pictures. Continue by boat to Amalfi. Lunch. In the afternoon a guided tour of the city of Amalfi, in the 10th century it developed its fleet and became the first Italian navy republic, led by a Duke recognized by Byzantium
(Constantinople). Like Venice, it had a very active business with the East. Visit to the Historical Center, St. Andrew’s Cathedral (inside), built in the 11th century, with an impressive polychrome facade enclosed by a bronze door fused to Constantinople, the Cloister of Paradise, with its garden surrounded by galleries with oriental arcades. Continue by coach to Ravello, visit this wonderful village, built in the 6th century. The story of Ravello is closely linked to that of Amalfi, today an incomparable natural site, inspired by great artists such as the Tuscan Boccaccio (14th century), composer Richard Wagner, writer David Herbert Lawrence and Nobel laureate André Gide, etc. Guided tour of Villa Rufolo (inside). Built in the 13th century by the powerful Rufolo family, on top of a cliff, the villa is a magnificent property that combines avenues, paths, exotic plants and terrace gardens with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Salerno. Several popes and royal family members stayed in this 13th-century palace. In the late afternoon return by bus to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 7

Sassi di Matera

“Excursion to the city of Matera in Basilicata, the world’s first site declared by the UNESCO cultural landscape”

Breakfast at the hotel. Load luggage and depart for the city of Matera. Situated between the regions of Puglia, Calabria and Basilicata, a wild land, between the mountains and the karst plateaus, dug between ravines and streams, rises the city of Matera with its famous Sassi, which refers to the name of the city, a site where one enters a maze of lanes, quarters, an unidentified troglodyte village, pierced with countless tufo caves inhabited since the Paleolithic, a refuge for Byzantine monks in Basilicata, the world’s first site declared by UNESCO cultural landscape “karst plateaus”. Arrival and lunch in a farmhouse with tasting of typical products of Lucania and the gastronomy of Matera. In the afternoon a panoramic guided tour of the famous “Sassi”, ancient stone quarries, particular to the district of Sasso Caveoso, characteristic of the “Gravina” (gorge), almost entirely excavated in calcareous rock, sedimentary rock commonly associated with tufo. Along the way you can visit typical habitats such as the “furnished cave”, a perfect example of Matera’s peasant civilization. A visit to the historic 1400 cellar, and a rock church and its frescoes. Then descend into the district of Sasso Barisano where you can discover craft shops that work with clay and stone. Free time available prior to transferring to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8

Sassi of Matera Bari – Roma

Breakfast at the hotel. Load luggage. In the morning we will reach the highest point to admire the Sassi beyond the Canyon from the Murgia Timone Belvedere, used as a movie set during the shooting of Mel Gibson’s Colossal, “The Passion.” Time to take pictures. Continue to the city of Bari, a panoramic tour of the promenade and a guided tour of the old town on the Adriatic, facing the Orient, where crusades broke out from the 12th to the 14th centuries. Walk through the enchanting “Bari Vecchia”, with a visit to the beautiful Basilica of St. Nicholas and its Orthodox crypt where the relics of the Saint rest. Lunch.

In the afternoon continue to Rome. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9

Return to the U.S.A.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Check in and board your flight.

What’s included:

Round-trip flights on major carrier

Comfortable motor-coach

  • 7 overnight stays in centrally located 4-star hotels
  • Lunch in restaurants: Naples – Caserta – Capri – Amalfi – Matera – Bari
  • Dinner at a typical pizzeria in Naples
  • Beverages included with meals (1/4 wine + ½ mineral water)
  • Boat excursion to the island of Capri
  • Private minibuses for visiting Capri and Anacapri
  • Boat excursion to the Amalfi Coast
  • Excursions and guided tours as scheduled
  • Radio guides for greater listening comfort
  • Entries to sites to be visited:

-Naples: Cristo Velato – Chiostro Maiolicato – Napoli Sotterranea

-Reggia di Caserta: Pompeii

-Capri: Villa San Michele

-Amalfi: Cattedrale – Chiostro del Paradiso – Ravello (Villa Rufolo)

-Matera: Grotta arredata, cantina, chiesa rocciosa

  • 24 hour Alex Collection expert tour manager for the duration of the trip

The fee does not include:

  • Personal Extras
  • Entrances not stated in the fee
  • Travel cancellation insurance (on request)
  • Single room supplement $355.00
  • Everything not indicated in the section “What’s included

Tour Cost $5,500

Deposit at time of registration

$500

Final payment due by September 1st, 2018