10 Day Affordable Southern Italy, Puglia & Campania

$1849
Land Only
$2759*
Air & Land
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10 Day Affordable Southern Italy, Puglia & Campania
Grande Albergo delle Nazioni Bari
Risorgimento Resort Lecce
MH Matera Hotel Matera
Hotel Royal Continental Naples

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2759* $1849
Mar 13  (Sold Out) $2799* $2109

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


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Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This comprehensive, fast-paced trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. For every touring day, expect three to four hours walking where you will encounter uneven surfaces, stairs, steps significant slopes, as well as considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Bari
Welcome to Puglia, a spectacular expanse of land that juts out into the turquoise Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Arrive in the energetic port city of Bari and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this fascinating city on your own. Tonight at approximately 6 pm (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day), join an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey that awaits you, followed by Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Bari's Old City
The exploration of Bari starts in the revitalized narrow streets of the Old City (Bari Vecchia). View Bari Cathedral and the stunning Romanesque Basilica of San Nicola, housing the relics of St. Nicholas, known as Father Christmas. Next, your historical walking tour reveals 12th century Castello Normanno-Svevo, built by the Normans. Perhaps stroll the harbor's bustling open-air fish market where locals buy their fish right out of the sea. Eating raw fish here is a regional tradition! Linger on your own, explore Bari's pretty squares, admire the architecture, or just sip an espresso at an outdoor café and "people-watch". Perhaps take the optional tour to the historic seaside town of Trani, which is located on the Adriatic coast with its picturesque harbor and its marvelous 12th-century Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino, spectacularly positioned at the water's edge. Time to walk through the charming and quaint town before returning to Bari. Tonight, dinner is on your own, so feel free to explore one of the piazzas buzzing with trendy restaurants and cafes and try traditional Pugliese food
Optional: Seaside Trani (PM)
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Castel del Monte
Today, travel to gorgeous Castel del Monte, an extraordinary medieval fortress celebrated for its unique octagonal design. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 13th-century castle, built by Frederick II, is considered one of the best preserved medieval castles in Southern Italy, and was used as a site of the famous movie "The Name of the Rose" with Sean Connery. A tour of this fortress highlights the ingenious architecture, magnificent structure, and its massive public halls. Return to Bari to enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps participate in the optional tasting of the area's famous Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Evening is at leisure in Bari
Optional: Olive Oil Tasting with Local Specialties (PM)
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Masseria Lunch, Lecce
Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful local farmhouse Masseria to enjoy lunch with regional specialties including local wine. Afterward, in Lecce, stroll along 300 year old cobblestone streets past exquisite Baroque architecture. You'll understand why Lecce is fondly named the "Florence of the South". After viewing Piazza del Duomo and the Roman amphitheater dating back to the 2nd century, admire the masterpiece of Southern Baroque in the Basilica of Santa Croce. Time to wander on your own and perhaps dine at one of the quaint trattorias in the city center
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Lecce
Today, spend the day at leisure to explore Lecce on your own or choose to participate to the optional tour through the Salento Peninsula. A picturesque drive will take you all the way to the end of the tip of the Italian heel, where the Adriatic Sea meets the Ionian Sea. Rocky coastline, beaches, fishing villages, and watchtowers are waiting to be experienced in the most remote area of the Puglia region. Enjoy lunch with local products and dishes before continuing on the coast to reach Otranto, the easternmost Italian town. Walk the historical center surrounded by its ancient walls at your own pace, take your time to check the tiny small shops, and why not savor a gelato while sitting in an outdoor café before returning to Lecce for leisure time
Optional: Full Day Salento & Otranto with Lunch
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Alberobello, Matera
Today, a visit to the delightful town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, introduces you to the Apulian traditional dry stone huts known as trulli. In existence since the 14th century, these unusual structures featuring pyramidal, domed, or conical roofs are remarkable examples of mortarless, drywall construction, a prehistoric building technique used in this region. After time on your own, journey to fascinating Matera. Here, learn about Matera's roots connecting to the Paleolithic Age as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mysterious Sassi (ancient stone dwellings carved into rock) are believed to be the first human settlements in Italy. Over the centuries, the Sassi were adapted into family homes. Tonight, dinner is together at the hotel in Matera
Overnight: Matera
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii en route to Naples
A morning drive takes you to the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii at the base of Mount Vesuvius, a city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic vestiges of people attempting to escape with their children and pets are still visible, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo, Jupiter, and the Forum. Continue to Naples and enjoy some free time before dinner on your own tonight
Overnight: Naples
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Naples Historical Center
Start the day with a panoramic tour of the city to discover its beauty from the comfort of your coach. The city overlooks the bay of Naples, extending from the Sorrento peninsula to the Volcanic area of the Campi Flegrei, and its skyline is dominated by the majestic Mount Vesuvius. Continue to explore the historical center, including the impressive works of art of San Severo Chapel with the statue of the Veiled Christ. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace, should you wish to see the Archaeological Museum, the Underground City, or take a stroll on the seaside promenade. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Naples
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Depart Italy
Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Discover the historical seaside town of Trani. Located on the Adriatic coast with its picturesque harbor and it marvelous 12th-century Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino, spectacularly positioned at the water's edge. Enjoy time to walk through the charming and quaint town before returning to Bari.

Approximate tour duration 5 hours

Day #3 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $59.00
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Enjoy a panoramic drive on the seaside, through a landscape drenched in history, with its olive trees that date back centuries. Oil has ancient ties with this land and visitors will discover a passion for good food with roots in traditions passed down over the ages. It is a must to taste the "green gold" (extra-virgin olive oil) that enhances the flavor of almost any Mediterranean dish!

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #4 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $59.00
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A full day tour will take you all the way to Santa Maria di Leuca, the end of the tip of the Italian heel, where the Adriatic Sea meets the Ionian Sea. Rocky coastline, beaches, fishing villages, watchtowers are waiting to be experienced in the most remote area of Puglia region. Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies, before continuing along the coast to reach Otranto, the Easternmost Italian town. Stroll through the historical town center surrounded by its ancient walls, check out the tiny shops or savor a gelato in an outdoor café, before returning to Lecce.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #6 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $99.00
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