Peritus Roma-Campania (21 days & 20 nights):

Roma: You will feel, smell, taste, touch, and traverse on this Journey all of those names, places, and things with which you already may be familiar from the Roman Forum and Coliseum to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, from Piazza Navona to Pasta all’Amatriciana, and from gelato to the evening passeggiata. The beginner and veteran visitor alike will understand Rome’s real significance for human civilization and will be capable of communicating that forever after to others.

We’ll visit three of Rome’s most famous suburban towns, also. Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Alban to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west will enthrall you with its Papal Palace and Gardens. Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Villa and later Popes’ Villa d’Este will enchant you with incredible fountains and landscaped getaways in Tivoli. Ostia Antica will transport you back in time to ancient Rome’s imperial seaport.

As if this were not enough, imagine visiting the Vatican Museums and their stunning galleries without thousands of other visitors during the heat of the day. Imagine beholding the Rooms of Raffaello alone after dark as if these Popes’ private offices were yours. Imagine seeing Michelangelo’s masterpiece as he communicates with just you by yourself in a Sistine Chapel where you can hear a pin drop. Imagine enjoying all of this even more intimately than any VIP or head of state. Now, stop imagining it. Choose this Journey to own it.

Campania: Ask any Italian from the northern Alps to the bottom of the boot who the most fun-loving, creatively artistic, industriously resourceful, instinctively genius, and brilliantly humorous in all of Italy are, and they immediately and uncategorically will reply “i Napoletani”. You will experience this for yourself on this Journey through Naples and the region of Campania. The Neapolitan spirit forever will infuse and transform your own as you relish in its rich cultural and historical heritage from the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii, to the breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Bay of Naples’ mezzaluna and Amalfi Coast, and luxuriating in the natural beauty of some of the world’s most dazzlingly colorful and pristine waters and beaches while dining on an exquisite cuisine.

What We Provide

  • Private car service transfer for all airport and train station arrivals to and departures from Rome.
  • All transportation via door-to-door private car service and never public transportation during the entire itinerary.
  • Three daily meals including beverages at breakfast, lunch, and dinner at carefully selected restaurants with the highest attention to the quality of authentic local cuisine and proper hygiene.
  • Comfortable accommodation in 4-Star hotel residences in the heart of Rome including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, T.V., standard hotel amenities, elevators, noise-proof rooms, and safe-deposit boxes in addition to daily room-cleaning and sanitization services.
  • All major local Rome sites including among many others: the Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Coliseum, Roman Forum, Catacombs, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Rome’s historical city center, Rome’s major basilicas, Trastevere, the Vatican Gardens, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Dome, and Tomb, and the Galleria Borghese.
  • One culinary and cooking course with a local world-class Master Chef.
  • Private evening visit of the Vatican Museums’ Galleries, the Rooms of Raffaello, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
  • Three separate day trips to Castel Gandolfo, Tivoli, and Ostia Antica.
  • Optional Wednesday morning general audience live with the Pope in Saint Peter’s Square.
  • All major local sites in Campania including Pozzuoli, Mount Vesuvius, Pompei, Herculaneum, Naples, Vico Equense, Sorrento, Capri, Positano,and the Amalfi Coast.
  • Experienced, passionate, and personable native or near-native English speaking local licensed guides with Ph.D. and M.A. degrees and qualified experts in several disciplines.
  • All tickets, early online booking fees and reservations, and whisperers for all venues and site visits.
  • 24/7 full-time on-call staff ready to assist you with any and every concern, question, and emergency-situation that may arise during the entire itinerary.
  • Free pre- and post-itinerary planning and assistance.
  • An interdisciplinary educational experience and Journey that will transform you.

 

What You Provide:

  • All personal expenses incurred for shopping, transportation, external excursions, and any meals and beverages not included in the published itinerary.
  • Punctuality for all meeting points and times as per the published itinerary.
  • Attention to indications and directions from your guides and staff and adherence to regulations during all site visits as per the published itinerary.
  • Alerting us to any concerns and difficulties that may occur at any time before and during the itinerary including allergies, dietary and other health issues, and phobias (acrophobia, claustrophobia, etc.).
  • Your own airfare. Your flight itinerary must guarantee that you arrive in Rome on Sunday morning no later than 10:00 AM local time here (CET). The time of your return departure flight from Rome must be no earlier than 04:00 PM local time (CET) three weeks lateron Saturday. The airport code for Rome is FCO (Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport). We are at your service to assist you in this process.
  • Your own personal travel insurance, which serves to protect you from needless financial loss due to health issues, last-minute cancellations, lost luggage, etc. and is cheaper to purchase on your own based on personal needs. Three recommended providers are: Travelex Insurance, (800) 228-9792; CSA Travel Protection, (800) 348-9505; and Travel Guard, (800) 826-1300.
  • Payment methods and options for this itinerary package are only in €Euro either through bank account wire-transfer (IBAN) or credit card (MasterCard/Visa).
  • An open mind, heart, and spirit to engage and learn from and about a new culture, life experience, and Journey of exploration and discovery in many ways that you never may have anticipated.

Itinerary:

 

Sunday: Benvenuti e Benarrivati a Roma!

We will meet you directly at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Termini Train Station upon your morning arrival for private car service transfer. We will check you in to your hotel residence following lunch on the Janiculum Hill overlooking the entire city of Rome. We will stroll through and explore Rome’s oldest and liveliest neighborhood, Trastevere, following lunch. Our first day ends with a reception dinner to acquaint ourselves with one other and your new home in the Eternal City. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Monday: Ancient Roman Foundations

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast to the heart of ancient Rome for a visit of the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. We will enjoy a picnic lunch with traditional Roman panini beneath Rome’s most ancient monuments and echoes of the past. We will continue to peel back Rome’s ancient layers with a visit of Saint Clement’s Basilica and ancient Roman homes on the Coelian Hill. Private car service will transfer us back to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Tuesday: Architecture, Aesthetics, and Propaganda

Today we will walk and explore the historical city center’s most famous landmarks following breakfast. Our morning stroll will shed light on communicating ideas through architecture and civic spaces from Rome’s ancient Jewish and Christian roots through the rise of the Papacy and Roman Catholic Church. A picnic lunch at one of Rome’s best pizza by-the-slice eateries will complement our visit of Campo de’ Fiori, the Theater of Pompey, Largo Argentina, the Theater of Marcellus, the Jewish Ghetto, and the churches of the Gesù and Saint Mary’s sopra Minerva. Our exploration will include, also, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the churches of Saint Louis of the French and St. Ignatius, the Trevi Fountain, the Via dei Condotti luxury shopping district (Bulgari, Gucci, Prada, etc.), the “Spanish Steps”, and the “Bone Church”. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Wednesday: In the Shoes of the Pilgrim

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast for a visit of Rome’s three papal archbasilicas of St. Paul’s outside the Walls, St. Mary Major, and St. John Lateran. Our visits will illuminate how the ancient Roman Empire became the Roman Catholic Church through art and architecture. We will then after lunch visit the best-preserved 2nd century Catacombs in all of Rome, the 4th century Mausoleum of Constance, daughter of Rome’s first Christian emperor, Constantine, and the 7th century church of Saint Agnes “Outside the Walls” and Rome’s first medieval church. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Thursday: In the Shoes of the Fisherman

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast for a top to bottom visit of the world’s smallest country, Vatican City State. The morning will find us marveling the world’s largest Christian temple and tallest dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in addition to exploring the excavations beneath of an ancient Roman necropolis and the tomb of Simon Peter (a.k.a. the “Scavi”). We will break for lunch at a nearby eatery with free time to follow. Then, we will visit the Vatican Museums’ Galleries, the Rooms of Raffaello, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel after hours all by ourselves. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence following dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Friday: Vatican Gardens and Rome-ing Around

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast for a visit of the Vatican Gardens with spectacular views of St. Peter’s Basilica and beautiful landscapes decorated with botanical varieties from all over the world. We will break for lunch following a visit of an ancient Roman necropolis and shopping the Vatican Museums. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and revisit Rome on your own until dinner. Optional shopping visits are available at no extra cost for those interested particularly in mosaics and luxury goods. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Saturday: Castel Gandolfo: Home Away from Home

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast along the “queen of Roman roads”, the Via Apia, for a visit of the Apostolic Palace and Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, Julius Caesar’s ancestral home and the Popes’ lakeside summer residence since the 17th century. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence following a picnic lunch with local panini a porchetta and enough time to freshen up for our farewell dinner. Remember to pack! Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Sunday: Tivoli

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast to the town of Tivoli for a visit of Rome’s most famous ancient imperial villa designed by the Pantheon’s architect, Emperor Hadrian. We will visit the papal palace of Villa d’Este, also inspired by Hadrian’s Villa, following a lovely Sunday lunch in this idyllic town. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Monday: Ostia Antica

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast to Rome’s own and smaller version of Pompeii, the ancient imperial seaport of Ostia Antica. We will continue our visit following a picnic lunch with traditional Roman panini among these vast archeological ruins and echoes of the past before returning to our hotel residence in Rome via private car service and just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Tuesday: Now You’re Cookin’ – All Roads Lead to and from Rome

We will visit the open-air food market at Campo de’ Fiori following breakfast before our culinary and cooking course in Italian cuisine using only the freshest of local organic ingredients with an actual local Master Chef. You will learn how to prepare an authentic Italian dish confidently both here on site and forever after in your own home kitchen following this experience. We will transfer via private car service following lunch to visit Italy’s premiere museum of baroque architecture and art, the Galleria Borghese, which especially houses many of the native Neapolitan architect and sculptor Bernini’s marble masterpieces. This site visit will provide proper context for better appreciating the aesthetics of Naples and Campania. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Wednesday: Rome-ing Around

Today is a full free day following breakfast for you to explore and revisit Rome on your own until dinner. You may wish to attend the general audience live with the Pope in Saint Peter’s Square this morning. Optional shopping visits are available at no extra cost for those interested particularly in luxury goods, mosaics, and foods, wines, and liqueurs. Lunch is provided as usual. Remember to pack before dinner this evening as this is our last night in the Eternal City. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Thursday: Pozzuoli and Mount Vesuvius

Today we depart Rome after breakfast and head to Campania and specifically Naples via high speed train. We’ll visit Pozzuoli, a living volcano crater, the quarry of ancient Rome’s secret ingredient for concrete, and St. Paul the Apostle’s port of entry to Rome. We’ll next following lunch ascend Mount Vesuvius, the famous living volcano whose eruption destroyed the cities of Pompei and Herculaneum and killed Pliny the Elder in 79 CE. Finally, we’ll have dinner following check-in at our new hotel residence and home base for the next four days and nights in Vico Equense, a.k.a. “the Gateway to the Amalfi Coast”. Free Time following dinner to explore this Mediterranean cliff-side town and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Friday: Pompei and Herculaneum

This morning following breakfast we’ll visit two ancient Roman cities, Pompeii and Herculaneum, devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE and now rendering them the world’s most famous archaeological excavations. Lunch will provide a nourishing pause between our visits of these two cities trapped in time before returning to our hotel residence for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore Vico Equense and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Saturday: Napoli

We’ll head to Naples this morning after breakfast and visit the world’s premiere museum of Roman antiquities, the National Archaeological Museum. We’ll visit portions of the historical city center following lunch before returning to our hotel residence in time for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore Vico Equense and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Sunday: Capri

We’ll navigate after breakfast our way to the world famous Isle of Capri via private chartered boat where we’ll visit the grottoes and coral reefs ringing the island before lunch. Then, we’ll make a comfortable hike through this island’s beautiful landscape to the ancient Roman emperor Tiberius’ infamous Villa of Jupiter before returning by boat to our hotel residence in time for dinner. Remember to pack as this is our last night before heading for the Amalfi Coast. Free Time following dinner to explore Vico Equense and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Monday: Sorrento, Positano, and the Amalfi Coast

This morning following breakfast and check-out we travel to Sorrento, the birthplace of limoncello, and explore and shop its streets. We’ll continue after lunch our beautiful drive along the Amalfi Coast to the colorful town of Positano and soaring panoramic town of Ravello before check-in and dinner at our hotel residence for our last five days in Amalfi, the pearl and namesake of the entire coast. Free Time to explore this seaside town and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Tuesday: Amalfi Free Day

You’re free for the entire day following breakfast for sunbathing, strolling, and swimming the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches and pristine waters and exploring this quaint town on your own. Lunch and dinner will be provided as usual.

Wednesday: Coastal towns of Amalfi, Altrani, Ravello, Minori, Maiori, and Conca dei Marini

We’ll have breakfast before our full day visit of coastal towns and islands via private chartered boat. Bring your swimsuit! Lunch will be offered in one of the Amalfi Coast’s towns along the way. Our exploration of the coast continues following lunch for a swim and snorkeling in some of the Mediterranean’s most pristine waters, visit of the coast’s “Emerald Grottoes”, and return to our residence in Amalfi in time for dinner. Free Time to explore this seaside town and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Thursday: Amalfi and Maritime History

We’ll take a guided visit of the birthplace of modern communication and maritime law following breakfast in Amalfi itself. Lunch and dinner are provided while the afternoon is free for sunbathing, strolling, and swimming the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches and pristine waters and exploring this quaint town on your own. Free Time to explore this seaside town and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Friday: Amalfi Free Day

You’re free for the entire day following breakfast for sunbathing, strolling, and swimming the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches and pristine waters and exploring this quaint town on your own. Lunch and dinner will be provided as usual. Remember to pack as this is the last day of our Journey. Free Time to explore this seaside town and return to our hotel residence on your own after our farewell dinner. Gelato!

Saturday: Bentrovati ed Arrivederci a Roma!

We will accompany you via high speed train and private car service following breakfast and check-out from our hotel residence in Amalfi to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Termini Train Station. We will miss you and will be waiting here for your next Journey with us.

Dates and Prices:

This 21 days & 20 nights Peritus Roma-Campania Journey begins with your arrival in Rome on Sunday morning and departure from Rome three weeks later on Saturday morning. This Journey runs between the months of June through September based on booking availabilities for groups of 6-16 participants (PAX). Prices range from €12,800 to €15,200 per participant based on group numbers:

€15,200.00 per person (6-10 PAX)

€14,200.00 per person (12 PAX)

€13,400.00 per person (14 PAX)

€12,800.00 per person (16 PAX)