Joe Banana Limos & Travel

Package 36 - Off the Southern beaten path

8 Nights / 9 Days

Local Tours

Price starts from9250,00
Package 36 - Off the Southern beaten path

INTRO

  • Experience the wonders of Southern Italy on a 9-day journey
  • Delve into the rich history and culture with private guided tours of Naples city, Campi Flegrei, and the ancient ruins of Paestum
  • Explore the stunning Tropea city center and enjoy a visit to the unique Crateredegli Astroni
  • Indulge in gastronomic delights with visits to a Buffalo Mozzarella farm and a family cheese factory, along with pizza making and olive oil tasting experiences
  • Relax in hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodations and start each day with a delicious breakfast

HIGHLIGHTS

Off the Southern beaten path - 8 Nights / 9 Days
  • Price starts at 9.250€ per person based on your private party of 2 guests in 4 or 5 star hotels, standard double occupancy room
  • 9 day tour with 5 Nights in Naples, 3 Nights in Tropea
  • Private guided tours of Naples city, Campi Flegrei, Paestum, Tropea city centre.
  • Enjoy a visit to Cratere degli Astroni.
  • Visit a Buffalo Mozzarella farm
  • Gastronomic tour that includes visit to a family cheese factory, pizza making and olive oil tasting.
  • Enjoy Tropea city centre.
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodations with breakfasts include

our safety measures

  • English speaking driver at your disposal for 10-11 hrs per day
  • New luxury mercedes vehicle
  • Vehicle sanitized prior to pick up of guests 
  • The vehicle will be used exclusively for you for the duration of the vacation/tour 
  • The driver and vehicle is exclusive the same from the start till the end of the vacation.
  • Our tours frequent off the beaten path locations, less frequented by tourists with a greater authentic feel.
  • No hidden costs: guides and tickets are always included in our packages
  • Company representative available by phone 24 hrs per day
  • Flexible, risk bookings and penalty changes*
  • Changes to land portion of tours up to 30 days prior to the travel date without penalty*

Why choose our tours vs big groups?

  • Customize your days and timing at sites directly with your driver
  • Private, comfortable luxury vehicle exclusively for your party for the duration of your tour
  • Our private vehicles (which can hold a maximum of 8 guests) can arrive directly in the main center of the cities, while taking a bus involves a considerable amount of walking which is a significant amount of lost touring time.
  • No need to wait around for groups members to arrive and designated meeting times 
  • More time to spend actually visiting sites 
  • Air conditioning (temperature control) and wifi on board
  • Water, snacks and refreshing cotton wipes with aloe vera, provided everyday
  • Friendly, local, english speaking driver/guides who engage with guests and share information to optimize your touring experience
  • 24/7 assistance and support from our ground operational office in Italy
  • Private small groups of  3, 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
  • For groups more than 8 guests, we’ll use 2 minivans and the service provided will be the same
  • For custom made tours we work with any reasonable budget

When
Spring
Price From
9250.00
Level
Very Easy
Service Type
Vehicle + Walking Tour

What’s included

  • Vehicle and driver at your disposal for 10/11 hrs a day
  • 5 Nights in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Naples
  • 3 Nights in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Tropea
  • All breakfasts included
  • Private guided tours of Naples city, Campi Flegrei, Paestum, Tropea city centre.
  • Enjoy a visit to Cratere degli Astroni
  • Visit a Buffalo Mozzarella farm
  • Gastronomic tour that includes visit to a family cheese factory, pizza making and olive oil tasting
  • Enjoy Tropea city centre

Not included

  • Gratuities
  • Any meal or beverage not mentioned above
  • City taxes at the hotel

Off the Southern beaten path - 9 Nights/10 Days

Day 1

Arrival at Rome FCO or Naples Airport.
A driver will meet you outside of the baggage claim area and will transfer you from the airport to a 4 or 5-star accommodation in Naples for a five night stay.
Remainder of the day/evening at your leisure. 

Day 2

Look and discover the unexpected side of Naples.
Let your guide show you the gathering places and historic places representative of the area on a full day tour.

day 3
Day at Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean Fields), it’s a volcanic area that consists of more than twenty craters and volcanic edifices, straddling the sky and sea, where poets and academics of all ages have remained enchanted.
You can enjoy a nice walk to Il Cratere degli Astroni Area rich in nature with endangered species, it has three hills and three ponds inside with weak sulphate activities from the bottom. It is born from one of the extinct volcanoes in the volcanic area of the Campi Flegrei, has an extension of 250 hectares and is managed by the WWF, or visit the Flavian amphitheater dates back to the first century AD, the third largest Roman amphitheater in Italy, the construction was attributed to the same architects of the Colosseum of Rome. Visible are the Arena, the cavea, which accommodated about 40,000 spectators, and the underground, from where some gears for staging started. Excellent state of conservation of underground ambulances.
day 4

Enjoy a perfect day that combines history and food, away from the crowds.
You will have time to visit Paestum, a Greek settlement founded in the 6th century BC in honor of the Sea God Poseidon. Today this World Heritage Site (recognized by Unesco since 1988) includes three of the world's best-preserved ancient Greek temples, as well as an engrossing museum filled with millennia-old frescoes, ceramics and daily artifacts.
You will visit a buffalo mozzarella farm where you will learn the complete process of buffalo mozzarella making and taste freshly made products. The visit will be followed by a light lunch at the farm, that usually includes an appetizer, a pasta main dish and a dessert (included in the price).

day 5
You will stop in a small, family cheese factory where they will demonstrate how this delicious food is made, starting from raw milk to the final product. You will also have the opportunity for a hands-on cheese making experience and ultimately taste several freshly produced cheeses. 
A professional pizza chef will show you how a real pizza is prepared! You will make your own pizza, starting with the dough, then adding various toppings, and finally baking it in the traditional wood oven. After this unforgettable cooking class you will have the pleasure of eating your own masterpiece! Pizza will be served with drinks and a dessert. 
You will visit an old milll in the Sorrento area and see how the original olive oil is made. Raw material carefully selected and a strict control on the entire production chain ensure a product with an inimitable taste and with extraordinary organoleptic properties. You will have the chance to taste more than 30 different locally produced goods while learning everything about their making!
day 6
Check-out of Naples hotel. Your driver will transfer you from Naples to Tropea.
Upon arrival, check in to your 4 or 5 star hotel, for a three night stay.
Remainder of the day at your leisure.
day 7
Day in Tropea that sits atop a huge sandstone rock that drops away to the sea making it a stunning destination.
Guided walking tour of Tropea narrow streets to discover stunning vistas of the sea beckoning to you, small sandstone palazzos, and medieval archways, that have withstood the earthquakes of the region.
Visit the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’ Isola is the iconic representation of Tropea. For centuries, the island has been visited by pilgrims, monks, and people seeking spirituality. Climb the stairs to the sanctuary, explore the church and the gardens full of olive and fig trees. The view is stupendous in all directions –  endless sea, the rugged coastline, Stromboli, sandy beaches, and Tropea itself clinging to the cliffside.
It is a must to stop for shopping in via Indipendenza, this narrow street is full of cafes, restaurants, and local speciality shops. Red onions are stacked proudly out in front of every shop. Don’t miss the onion jam, local olive oils, bergamot candies, and preserves.
day 8
Day at your leisure in Tropea.
day 9

Have your breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver.
Private transfer from your hotel to Lamezia airport.
Departure from Italy 😔


What is the currency used in Italy, and where can I exchange money?

The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). You can exchange money at banks, exchange offices ("cambio"), or ATMs. Banks offer competitive rates but may have higher fees. Exchange offices are convenient but compare rates. ATMs are widespread with favorable rates, but watch for bank fees. Major credit cards are accepted, but carrying cash for small purchases and emergencies is advisable.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Italy?

Whether you need a visa to travel to Italy depends on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. Citizens of many countries, including those in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, can enter Italy visa-free for short stays as tourists

What are hotel taxes in Italy, how do I pay them and how much are they?

In Italy, hotel taxes, known as "tassa di soggiorno" or tourist tax, are fees charged by local municipalities on guests at accommodations like hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals. These taxes vary based on location and accommodation type, usually calculated per person per night. They're not typically included in the room rate and are paid directly to the provider upon check-out, often in cash or added to the final bill. Exemptions may apply for certain guests, such as children or those with disabilities.

How do you greet people in Italy?

Greetings in Italy are typically warm and involve a handshake. It's common to greet people with a friendly "Ciao" or "Buongiorno" (good morning) during the day. In the evening or when meeting someone for the first time, "Buonasera" (good evening) is more appropriate. Italians value politeness, so don't forget to use "Grazie" (thank you) and "Per favore" (please) when appropriate.

What are the opening hours for shops and businesses?

In Italy, traditional business hours are observed, with most shops opening around 9:00 am and closing for a few hours in the afternoon (usually between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm). Shops then reopen at around 5:30 pm. Some smaller businesses may close on Sundays, so it's advisable to plan shopping accordingly.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Italy?

While major credit cards are generally accepted, it's advisable to carry some cash, especially in smaller establishments. Notify your bank of your travel dates to avoid any issues with card transactions.

How do gratuities work in Italy?

Gratuities are not mandatory and never included, but if you've been pleased with the service, it's customary to show appreciation, and workers are very thankful. Generally speaking, gratuities can be 100€ full day guides, 50€ half/partial day guides, driver 75-150€ on full day use of vehicle, skipper 150-250€ for full day tours, hotel porters 3-5€ per bag, restaurants 10-20% on the total, guest ambassadors, based on service received, 1-5% on rhe total amount. Gratuities in Italy run anywhere from 10-25% depending on the services and your satisfaction with them.

What should I wear if I want to visit some religious sites?

If you intend to visit religious sites, please have knees and shoulders covered (both men and women).

Neil D
From

We took a 21 day private tour of Italy. Everything was perfectly planed and executed: We have traveled the world using tours from A&K and Tauck.The Joe Banana's Tour was better than both. Our travel coordinator Milena and our driver Rafaela were both professional and personable. We were well taken care of for the whole 21 day trip. We would highly recommend them to our family and friends.

roxyblackbu
From Houston, Texas

Best guided tour in italy: We enjoyed a 10 day private tour of Venice, Florence, Rome with day trips to numerous smaller cities for wonderful experiences like balsamic and wine tasting, cooking classes and gondola rides. Our driver Giuseppe’s was fantastic and the van was very luxurious. All aspects of the trip were delightful with plenty of down time, personal requests attended to and highly knowledgeable guides who enriched our experiences immensely. Our guides ensured we saw all the highlights in the many museums and churches we toured and helped us to understand ancient and Italian history and art. Would definately use Joe Banana again and highly recommend to anyone traveling to Italy. The entire experience was professional and excellently planned and carried out

Mike M
From

My wife and I had a personal driver tour of Italy for a once in a lifetime adventure, and Joe Banana's did not disappoint. Our trip included Rome, Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Assisi, Venice, Florence, and Cinque Terre. We had private tours of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Cinque Terre. Our driver was engaging and entertaining as we drove from place to place. We had a private tour of a cheese factory and a cooking class, but the highlight was a private tour of a family run balsamic vinaigrette that included a meal up in the hillside. From working with their staff, to the all the details they took care of, we would highly recommend using this company for your Italian Tour needs.

Daniel Febbroriello
From South Carolina

I highly recommend Joe Banana and his crew for any of your vacation needs in Italy! We booked a 13 day tour with them and it was fantastic. From our first contact with Melana our entire trip was handled without us having to worry. She planned the perfect vacation for the 6 of us. All of our local tour guides were phenomenal and offered the best recommendations. Our driver Giuseppe was great and went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of. Wouldn't hesitate to book another trip with them!

Gordon C
From

Our family of four just finished a three week European vacation which was organized and executed by JBL Tours. This was the best travel experience we have had so far. This was our fourth trip with JBL but first one to include other countries besides Italy. The arrangements were complex but Cindy and Milena were awesome at meeting all of our specific needs including hotels, tours, guides and any thing else we requested. Our trip started in Paris and France, went thru Switzerland and then Italy from Lake Como to the Amalfi coast. Our driver, Antonio, picked us up at the Paris airport and served as our driver and sometimes guide managing all the details with local English speaking guides, tours, restaurant recommendations and multiple cruises over a three week period. Thanks to him and all the JBL staff, we never had to worry about any details. Antonio feels like part of our family now. We had the pleasure of meeting Joe in Sorrento and saw his dedication to individualized travel experience. We will definitely be using JBL in our future European travel.

Andrew
From

Our private tour through Italy with Joe Banana was incredible. They arranged a beautiful journey with stays in Rome, Florence and Venice, as well as side trips to Naples, Pompeii, Orvieto and Modena. Milena helped us craft a perfect itinerary and was always readily available, when we wanted to make changes. Our driver, Giulio was an absolute pleasure to be around, and he took such great care of us. The guides in each city were so fun and knowledgeable, that we were always sad to only have a day or two with each. I cannot recommend Joe Banana highly enough. There was always someone there to help us. We wanted for nothing. This was truly a trip of a lifetime!

U9770EOmarkb
From

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968hollys
From

Anna at JB was amazing at helping me plan a whirlwind tour of a ton of Italy. She tailored the trip to be everything I asked for and more. Their communication throughout the trip was perfect, and we had 10 days of amazing adventures that I will never ever forget. A trip of a lifetime. I am already plotting my return to Italy, now that I have a taste of so much of it. I couldn't recommend Joe Banana more. Nothing will ever be perfect, but they are as close as it comes. I don't think anyone else would have helped me cram so much in, in the timeframe we had. We were never left without communication or a guide. From the start to the finish- TOP NOTCH planning and communication. Trust me, and use JB for your Italy travel. They KNOW Italy!

31suzannel
From

We searched for the right tour and the right company to help us celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We reached out to Joe Banana based on reviews we had read and started planning a trip for August 2023. Milenia was the best person to ask all my questions and make suggestions. She calmed my fears when I was “nervous” about things and let me know she would always be in contact with us. We spent two weeks in Italy visiting Venice, Florence/Tuscany region, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast and finally Rome. We planned all private tours and drivers and none of them disappointed. They were all fabulous. At the end of the tours we felt like family. Milenia always checked in every afternoon and asked how things went. Some days we suggested a slight change for the next day and she would always try to accommodate. All do the tours guides were phenomenal and so knowledgeable about the areas. All the drivers were friendly and great. I would 1000% recommend them to anyone and should we find ourselves back in Italy I would not hesitate to work with them again.

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