15 Days 14 Nights

WONDERS of ITALY

for only $3,888

based on twin/triple including airfare

Departure:  November 22, 2017



Flight Details:
QR 929 22NOV MNLDOH 2359 – 0450+1   
QR 131 23NOV DOHFCO 0820 – 1240
QR 114 05NOV FOCDOH   2210 0545+1 
QR 928 06NOV DOHMNL 0910 2230  

Inclusions:

Ø  Roundtrip Airfare via QATAR
Ø  Hotel accommodation based on 3 - 4 star hotel.
Ø  Daily Breakfast  and dinner
Ø  Sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
Ø  Entrances to most sights as per itinerary
Ø  Services of a Filipino Tour Escort
Ø  Souvenir Item
Ø  Travel Kits

Exclusions:

Ø  Travel Insurance up to 60 years o
Ø  XT Taxes : $95.00
Ø  PH Travel Tax: USD34.00
Ø  Lunch
Ø  Beverages / Drinks
Ø  Visa Fee P7,000
Ø  Italy City Taxes: $58.00
Ø  Tips for the Driver, Local Guide. Restaurant, Porters & Assistance.
     $10 / day / person
Ø Items purely personal in nature such as telephone calls, laundry service, use of refreshments in minibar

Visa Requirements:
Ø  Application Form
Ø  Passport valid for 6 months
Ø  4 pcs of recent passport size pictures
Ø  COE with Leave of Absence and Salary Declaration
Ø  Bank Certificate & Bank Statement
Ø  ITR (original / photocopy)
Ø  Travel Insurance valid for 45 days
Ø  Marriage Contract / Affidavit of Consent if not travelling with Spouse
Ø  Birth Certificate

Booking Conditions:
Ø  A Deposit of US$300.00 per person is required and NON-refundable.
Ø  Full payment should be made at least 15 days prior to departure
Ø  Cancellation made after issuance of visa will automatically forfeit deposit
Ø  Cancellation made 15 days before departure will automatically forfeit the payment
Ø  Min. of 15 to run the tour


ITINERARY:
Day 1: Nov 22 Depart Manila to Rome, Italy
Depart Manila and enjoy your in-flight amenities and entertainment.

Day 2: Nov 23 Welcome to Rome, Italy (D)
"Welcome to Italy" group meeting. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for
check-in, depending on the arrival time (2-3pm standard check-in time) The rest of the
day is free, then dinner.

Day 3: Nov 24 Rome (BD)
This morning we'll tour the world's oldest museum, the Capitoline. Here we'll learn about
Rome's golden age through its most treasured sculptures, including the sublime Dying
Gaul, the imposing Marcus Aurelius on horseback, and the emblematic She-Wolf suckling
Rome's tiny founding brothers: Romulus and Remus. Then we'll take an eye-opening walk
along the east bank of the Tiber, where we'll learn about the rich, yet often-overlooked, 
history of Rome's Jewish Ghetto. The rest of the day is yours to wander through the
Roman Colosseum and Forum nearby. Enjoy the panoramic city view from atop the nearby
Victor Emmanuel Monument, or make a modern-day pilgrimage to St. Peter's Basilica and
Vatican at your own leisure.

Day 4: Nov 25 Rome - Tivoli and the Gargano Peninsula – San Giovani Rotondo (BD)
We'll leave Rome early, stopping by the nearby hills to learn about the Roman Emperor
Hadrian, at the ruins of his monumental villa at Tivoli. An enthusiastic traveler and
builder, his lasting legacy includes his great wall across Britain, the domed Pantheon, and 
his stylish beard. Then we'll drive up and over the Apennine spine of Italy, and on to the
shores of the Adriatic Sea. Our destination this evening is the tip of the rugged Gargano
Peninsula, one of the most beautiful areas of Southern Italy — and still unknown to most
travelers. Then transfer to San Giovanni Rotondo for check in and dinner.

Day 5: NOV 26 San Giovani Rotondo – Vieste – Matera (BD)
After breakfast, you will visit the Shrine of Padre Pio. Then to Basilica of San Michelle and
the Grotta. Then we head to Vieste for a pasta-making demonstration and lunch, followed
by plenty of time to wander through the town or simply relax on the beach. Then transfer
to Matera, where you will stay and check in, followed by dinner.

Day 6: NOV 27 Matera (BD)
Today we'll head off the tourist path, continuing through Puglia and into the Basilicata
region, with a stop to learn about and sample some local wines, meats, and cheeses. In
Alberobello, we'll explore cone-shaped, stone trulli houses that are still lived in today. Then
we'll drive to the town of Matera, which includes one of the world's most unique
neighborhoods — the Sassi — completely made up of ancient stone and cave dwellings.
Dinner then return to your hotel.

Day 7: NOV 28 the Wonders of Matera (BD)
With the help of a locally grown expert, we'll learn the stories of old and new Matera. We'll
begin our day discovering the wonders of the 9,000-year-old Sassi. We'll go inside 
Sassi home to gain an appreciation for the cave-dwelling conditions endured by the
residents until they were relocated 60 years ago. We'll continue our education with a visit
to a rock hewn church, and a look at the new town. You'll have the rest of your day free
to wander through the different layers of Matera. This evening, watch — or better yet join
— the ritual passeggiata of strolling locals in this authentic, less touristic part of Italy.
Dinner.

Day 8: NOV 29 Matera - Greek Paestum and Positano (BD)
Early this morning we'll drive into the Campania region and tour an organic water buffalo
farm which produces the prized local specialty, mozzarella di bufala. We'll go into the
barns and learn how this tasty delicacy is made and enjoy a gourmet lunch together
including (you guessed it) fresh buffalo mozzarella. After lunch, we'll continue on to
Paestum, to marvel at this site's awe-inspiring lineup of three ancient Greek temples -
the best-preserved collection in Europe. Then we are off to the dramatic Amalfi Coast.
We'll follow the cliff-clinging road that winds above the sea to Positano, where we'll be
spending the night. Dinner.

Day 9: NOV 30 Positano Free Day on the Amalfi Coast - Positano (BD)
The day is all yours to enjoy the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Take a local bus along the
twisting roads and wild beauty of the Amalfi highway, hopping off to explore cliff-side
villages along the way or take advantage of the sea and take a public boat to the
neighboring towns. Check out the sweeping views from Ravello, the candy-striped church
in Amalfi town, the narrow streets and posh shops of Positano, or let gravity pull you down
to a beach to relax upon. Tonight will be a great night to find a trattoria with a glorious
sunset view. The rest of the night is yours to explore Positano on your own.

Day 10: DEC 01 Positano - Pompeii and Sorrento (BD)
This morning we'll make a short drive to serene Sorrento. After dropping our bags at the hotel, we'll have an orientation walk through the town on our way to watch the creation of an Italian culinary masterpiece — gelato; then you'll have free time for lunch. We'll re-group for a thoughtful visit of Pompeii, where, with an ace local guide, we'll get a look at their previous daily life, frozen in time two millennia ago. After some free time to explore more of Pompeii on your own, we'll hop aboard the Circumvesuviana commuter train back to our cliff-hugging home set amongst the lemon groves. Sleep in Sorrento.

Day 11: DEC 02 Serene Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento (BD)
Today is all yours. Your guide will help you arrange an optional boat ride to Capri, where you can then take a much smaller boat to the deservedly famous Blue Grotto. Or, spend all or part of the day enjoying Capri's remarkable views, winding lanes, fancy summer homes, and lovely gardens. Or, stay in Sorrento and wander through the shop-lined back streets, stopping to savor il dolce far niente — the sweetness of doing nothing. This evening we will meet for a home-hosted dinner with a local Sorrento family. Then dinner, the rest of the afternoon is free for your own pace.

Day 12: DEC 03 Sorrento Classy, Gritty Naples (BD)
After a morning drive, we'll have an easy introduction to Naples at the beautiful hilltop Museo Capodimonte, home to southern Italy's best collection of Renaissance paintings, including masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and El Greco. After lunch in the city that invented pizza, we'll be introduced to Naples' grittier side on a Vespa-dodging, laundry-flapping, slice-of-Neapolitan-life walking tour through the heart of this chaotic, memorable city. Dinner then check into your hotel.

Day 13: DEC 04 Exploring More of Naples (BD)
We'll begin our morning with a visit to the serene Cappella Sansevero, home to amazingly lifelike sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. We'll continue touring the greatest treasures of Pompeii, brought to Naples' National Archeological Museum for safekeeping. We'll also be dazzled by the Farnese collection including the largest single sculpture ever recovered from antiquity: The Farnese Bull. This larger-than-life riot of animal, human, and divine struggle was adored and painstakingly restored by Michelangelo. Then, armed with the confidence and Neapolitan street-smarts you've learned from your guide, your afternoon is free for making your own discoveries. Tonight we'll get together for a special dinner to share travel memories and toast new friends. Salute!

Day 14: DEC 05 Naples – Rome – Manila (B)
Breakfast is provided, then the rest of the day is free until you are transferred to Rome airport for your flight back to Manila. 

Day 15: DEC 06 Arrive – Manila
Arrive Manila from a very memorable and enjoyable trip.


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