Hi. I’ll be going on the RS South of Italy tour and am looking for info on laundry opportunities from those who have taken this tour. Thanks in advance.
I have taken this tour, but I can't recall where there was a laundry facility. I always sink wash. However, I did a google search and found one in Positano. It has reviews from the past year, so hopefully, it is still open. Tour guides usually make suggestions concerning which stop has laundry opportunity. Also, laundry facilities are sometimes listed in the guidebook. When you get your list of hotels, their website might list whether they provide laundry service, or you could email them to inquire. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
Also took this tour a couple of years ago. I am sure we did laundry somewhere along the way, perhaps Sorrento. I recall we did laundry in Rome just before the start of the tour (we had been in Rome for 5 days) and, since its a 13 day tour and we only pack for about 7 days I am sure we did laundry somewhere :).
You might call RS office or simply ask your guide at the first meeting. We have never done a RS tour without the guide pointing us to some kind of laundry option - hotel service, laundromat or laundry service. They will know the best and most reliable and economical service on your route.
We did this tour in 2015 and had laundry service arranged by the hotel in Matera. Loved this tour!
Thanks, Debra, Robbie, and Cill for your replies. It looks like I’ll need to wait to receive my tour’s hotel list and then do a bit of research. I have done sink laundry on previous tours (except for one tour which included several days in Paris), but I’ve found that some European hotel showers don’t have shower curtain rods which would make it easy to hang up items to dry and/or to use my RS clothesline. (I sometimes wonder if hotels choose showers designed without curtain rods to try to discourage guests from doing laundry in their rooms.)
On our last 2 RS tours I've take some of these - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004F3MQIM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 - to hang our laundry either in the shower or the closet.
We're going on the Best of South Italy tour this May and they will come with us again.
Great tip. Thanks, Carol. I just ordered those. I’ll be on the May 21 Best of South Italy tour.
We also did laundry in Rome, having been traveling before the tour. Hotel San Francesco in Trastevere was about a block away from launderette Il Mastello. Otherwise, I can usually get through 14 days without doing laundry. Sorrento is a stop where you have more free time and Rick's guidebook shows a long-hours launderette about one long block from the Hotel Mignon.
As I think others have mentioned. Your first and best opportunity is at the hotel in Matera. You can do a bag or two right when you get there. I did the south italy about 3 years ago. I don't recall another laundry opportunity after Matera.