13 Day Italy's Adriatic Coast

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13 Day Italy's Adriatic Coast
NH Venezia Rio Novo Venice
NH Hotel Ravenna Ravenna
Sea Lion Hotel Montesilvano
MH Matera Hotel Matera
President Hotel Lecce
Risorgimento Resort Lecce
Grande Albergo delle Nazioni Bari

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$4079* $2929
$4329* $3109
$4049* $3059
$4159* $3109
$3689* $2949

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Optional tours and gratuities.

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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This program is active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a 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. The pacing is active as many sites are included. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in enchanting Venice with its astonishing treasures; transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure in this unique city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges, Venice is truly an artistic masterpiece. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. While here enjoy a visit to one of the factories to witness the art of glass blowing. Afterwards, on to St. Mark's Square where you begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between the prisons. Continue to the pink marble Doge's Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride with music - it's definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday!
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Palladian Villa Pisani and Ferrara
This morning visit one of the most famous Palladian Villas, the magnificent Villa Pisani that lies on the Riviera del Brenta. After having housed kings, emperors & dogi in its 114 rooms it is now a National Museum that cherishes 18th and 19th century works of art and furniture, including the fresco masterpiece of Giambattista Tiepolo on the ceiling of the ballroom. Stroll in its gardens, view the maze, exedra, orangery and the small woods before reaching Ferrara, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its beauty and cultural importance. In the afternoon arrive in Ravenna, former capital of the Western Roman Empire, in time for dinner.
Overnight: Ravenna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Ravenna City Tour
This morning breathe the art, history and culture of Ravenna. Renown in the world for its artistic and historical heritage, the city preserves the richest mosaic heritage dated back to the 5th and 6th centuries AD inside its splendid early Christian and Byzantine monuments. Take a walk through history, starting with the Roman times, through the Renaissance until the 19th century, when the city was rediscovered by famous visitors such as Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Sigmund Freud and Gustav Klimt. Visit the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. Afternoon is at leisure or, perhaps take the optional tour to the Republic of San Marino.
Optional: The Republic of San Marino (PM)
Overnight: Ravenna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Urbino
Today travel through the soft hills of Marche region to Urbino, city of great historical and artistic importance. Surrounded by walls and adorned by stone buildings, the town changed from simple village to cradle of Renaissance thanks to the work of most important artists. The origins of Urbino are ancient but it was in the 15th Century that the city experienced its cultural grandeur. Thanks to Federico di Montefeltro and its court, Urbino acquired its artistic and monumental excellence, attracting in the Duchy, the very best Renaissance culture could offer and creating the perfect environment where the most famous painter of that time was born: Raphael. Walking through the narrow and steep streets you will see all the Renaissance architecture with the imposing Ducal Palace. After some free time in the city, continue south along the Adriatic Coast to Pescara. Tonight, enjoy dinner together.
Overnight: Pescara
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Farm lunch & Castel del Monte
Travel south to Puglia Region, renown for its tasty food. Enjoy lunch with typical products of this land before continuing to the 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, 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. Afterward, drive to Matera for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Matera
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Matera and its Sassi
This morning visit Matera and learn about its 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. After lunch, enjoy views of Matera from the other side of the canyon on the return drive to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Matera
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Alberobello and Lecce
Begin with a visit to the delightful town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that 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. 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 Basilica of Santa Croce, a masterpiece of Southern Baroque. Time to wander on your own and perhaps dine at one of the quaint trattorias in the city center.
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Lecce
Spend the day at leisure to explore Lecce on your own or choose to participate in the optional tour through the Salento Peninsula. A picturesque drive will take you all the way to Santa Maria di Leuca, at 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 Puglia region. Stop along the beautiful coastline and indulge in the Mediterranean atmosphere of these beautiful shores and waters. Enjoy lunch with local products and dishes before continuing along the coast to reach Otranto, the easternmost Italian town. Walk the historical center surrounded by its ancient walls at your own pace, take time to wander the small shops, and why not savor a gelato while sitting in an outdoor café before returning to Lecce.
Optional: Full Day Salento & Otranto with Lunch
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Masseria Lunch and Polignano a Mare
Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful local farmhouse Masseria, watch how food is prepared and perhaps acquire some century old cooking secrets. Enjoy lunch with regional specialties including local wine. Continue to the charming village of Polignano a Mare. Spend time exploring this charming village with its dramatic landscape over the sea and its white houses before arriving in Bari, capital of Puglia.
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Wednesday - Bari
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." Take the optional tour to the historic seaside town of Trani on the Adriatic coast with its picturesque harbor and 12th-century Cathedral di San Nicola Pellegrino, spectacularly positioned at the water's edge. Tonight, gather together with your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. Time to say arrivederci and share wonderful memories of this discovery of Italy's Adriatic coast.
Optional: Trani and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Italy
Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

One of the experiences of any Italian holiday is a Venetian gondola ride. For centuries, the traditional flat bottom boat has been a major means of transportation in Venice though its primary role today is to take tourists on rides. Gondoliers may seem like "rough-and-ready" characters, however they are actually highly skilled operators constantly working on the perfect balance of this watercraft. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, is regulated by a guild which issues a limited number of licenses to highly trained gondoliers to navigate the narrow spaces of the Venetian Canals. Explore part of the Grand Canal as well as some other hidden minor waterways. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Your gondolier will indicate the seating arrangements to balance the boat and you may not be seated next to your travel companions. Though you may envision the gondolier singing to you, there will only be a musician aboard one of the boats in your fleet of several different gondolas.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #3 01 Nov 2018 - 31 May 2019 $62.00
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 $66.00
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Rising between the Regions of Emilia Romagna and Marche, the Independent Republic of San Marino is the oldest republic in the world still in existence, legend says it was founded in 301 AD. The access gate, uphill winding narrow streets filled with shops, towers dominating Mount Titano, and the blue and orange uniforms of the guards create a "once upon a time" atmosphere. Enjoy views of the Public Palace and the Cava dei Balestrieri as you walk to reach the castle atop. Should you feel brave, continue for a walk on the "Witches Trail," a spectacular path that connects the three main towers and offers unique views. Famous for its shopping, the historical center is filled with jewelry and watch shops, and traditional crafts including ceramics, lace, wood and metal items.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 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 #10 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $99.00
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Enjoy a panoramic drive on the seaside, through a landscape dotted with olive trees that date back centuries. Oil has ancient ties with this land, it is a must to taste the "green gold" (extra-virgin olive oil) that enhances the flavor of almost any Mediterranean dish! Continue to the historic seaside town of Trani on the Adriatic coast with its picturesque harbor and 12th-century Cathedral di San Nicola Pellegrino, spectacularly positioned at the water's edge.

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #12 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $69.00
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