Sunny Italy & Puglia
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Day 1: Rome
Friday - Welcome to Italy! Collect your luggage & clear customs and meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel located in central Rome. Check-in and enjoy some time to relax or explore the Eternal City on your own before meeting your host and travel companions in the late afternoon at the hotel bar for an information session. Dinner this evening will be hosted at a nearby restaurant within walking distance of your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Rome
Saturday - This morning, after breakfast you'll meet your driver and your guide and head to the Vatican Museum where you will enjoy Skip-the-Line entrance. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and the Pinecone Courtyard plus St. Peter's Basilica ending with the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral from St. Peter's Square. You'll return to your hotel with your driver and enjoy some free time for lunch on your own and to relax before, late in the afternoon, meeting your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque town visiting Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Now you can return to your hotel with your tour leader or remain in the historic centre to enjoy dinner on your own in the very heart of the eternal city. (B)
Day 3: Rome
Sunday - Today is yours to pass as you choose. This tour has been designed to offer the best of each city visited combined with ample free time to customise your travel experience as well as to take your time to relax. Optional tours to choose from today include and Imperial Rome Tour with Colosseum Visit, or you can visit one of the most beautiful art collections in Europe at Palazzo Borghese. And, of course, you can simply spend the day strolling Rome’s historic streets. (B)
Day 4: Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento
Monday - This morning, after breakfast, your driver will bring you to the railway station of Rome to board a high-speed train with reserved seating to Naples. You'll be met at Naples and now your tour heads south to Sorrento, with a stop en route in Pompeii where you'll enjoy a guided visit to the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BC and buried under a deep layer of ash & stones. Admire the fascinating structures of this ancient Roman town including the main square or forum, baths, theatres, mansions with remains of frescoes, casts containing bones of Pompeians that died during the disaster. Here you'll also have some free time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you'll arrive in Sorrento to settle into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day until a candle-lit dinner this evening. (B.D)
Day 5: Amalfi & Ravello
Tuesday - The beauty of Amalfi Coast is legendary and has inspired artists, writers and musicians over the centuries, and is widely considered to be Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, deemed by UNESCO “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values”. These delicate fishing villages embrace the hillsides or stretch in deep green valleys, along a dramatic coastline, challenging the force of gravity. Your driver guide will lead you first to the town of Amalfi where you will have free time to explore the medieval part of the city with the imposing Dome of St.Andrew and ancient buildings dated from the times when Amalfi was one of the maritime power in the Mediterranean Sea. Later, you will ascend to Ravello, considered the most romantic and beautiful small towns in southern Italy. Perched on arduous, terraced slopes, the French novelist André Gide used to say that Ravello was closer to the sky than the sea. Covered with lush gardens, quiet and sleepy roads, you will find corners providing unforgettable views over the azure coast below. Return to your hotel in Sorrento in the late afternoon and enjoy an evening on your own. (B)
Day 6: Sorrento
Wednesday - Today is free to relax and enjoy Sorrento as you wish. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the magical Isle of Capri (optional tour). Capri is an enchanting and picturesque island and always a favorite with Roman emperors, the rich and famous, artists & writers, and it's still one of the Mediterranean's must-see destinations. (B)
Day 7: Sorrento | Matera | Martina Franca
Thursday - Today begins when you meet your driver for a morning departure from Sorrento to Puglia. Travel through the Basilicata region with an en-route stop in Matera where you'll have free time to visit the unique "Sassi di Matera", ancient cave dwellings originating from a pre-historic settlement that was inhabited for thousands of years without interruption, on your own. Matera is an ancient city that seems to have existed forever. It is the third oldest city in the world, after Aleppo and Jericho, with over 9,000 years of history. From natural cavities carved by wind and rain of the past to the first man-made caves, we can discover how easy it was to shape the limestone material of the Sassi rock allowing to create these unique underground dwellings which will leave you speechless. A woven structure of cisterns and underground water channels created to collect & store water has intrigued many an expert and there is still a lot to tell about the ancient water systems of the Sassi, one of the elements that have helped give Matera the title of a World Heritage Site. You can visit the most beautiful churches starting with the Duomo on the Civita, walk through beautiful pedestrian streets and traffic-free squares, enjoy the most picturesque alleys, and continue your visit exploring the heart of the two Sassi’s. Continue journeying toward Martina Franca with the remainder of the day free to pass as you choose. (B)
Day 8: Ostuni & Lecce
Friday - Today, visit Ostuni & Lecce with your driver escort. Ostuni, perched on three hills 218 metres above sea level, is better known as the “White Town”, thanks to the characteristic whitewashed houses of its historic centre, a tradition the inhabitants still keep on. The Fifteenth century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral dominates the town, with a façade sporting a 24-rays rose window of rare beauty. A series of churches and elegant houses embellish the old town, surrounded by Aragonese walls, where there are the two ancient town gates, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio. Called “the Florence of the South,” Lecce has strong Messapian roots, an ancient and mysterious people living in this area before the Romans. Today, it welcomes visitors with its magnificent baroque architecture, which blazes on the portals of its palaces and on the facades of the many churches that line the streets inside the city’s three ancient gates: Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta Napoli. Return to Martina Franca and an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 9: Alberobello & Locorotondo plus a Cooking Class
Saturday - In the morning, travel to the charming village of Gioia del Colle where you will meet a local mama who will introduce you to the secrets of local cuisine. First, you will walk along the narrow streets of the village and will mix with locals, buy genuine ingredients and learn about the old stories of this place. Then you will walk to a charming house where you will learn how to prepare the famous pasta “orecchiette” (from Italian orecchia, meaning ‘ear'). At the end of the class, you will enjoy a great authentic “Pugliese” lunch. In the afternoon the tour travels on to Alberobello and Locorotondo for some free time to enjoy an independent walking tour. Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, above all because of the Trulli, the traditional dome-shaped buildings made from the local stone. The town is surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards typical of the Puglia region. Trulli is a word that derives from the Greek “tholos” (“dome”), the typical shape of the buildings. Each whitewashed “trullo” is built without any lime or cement and has a conical roof on the outside, which is dome shaped inside and consists of a square central compartment that communicates through arcades with the kitchen and other rooms. Locorotondo is very close to Alberobello and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Locorotondo doesn’t really have any specific tourist attractions; the town itself is the main sight. It’s a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. The historic part of town - the Centro Storico - is circular and perched on top of a hill. It’s a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details. The day ends back at your hotel in Marina Franca where you can enjoy an evening on your own. (B)
Day 10: Martina Franca
Sunday - Today marks the end of your Italy vacation. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before making your way to the airport or railway station in Bari to begin your journey back home. Or ask about booking an optional departure transfer to Bari. (B)
Guaranteed departures: April 12 & 19; May 3, 10, 17 & 24; June 7, 14, 21 & 28; July 12, 19 & 26; August 9 & 16; September 6, 20 & 27; October 4, 11 & 25, 2019
This tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.
In case of 6 or fewer participants, the tour will be operated with a tour host, instead of tour escort. The tour host will assist with hotel check-in, visit guests daily and will be available by phone 24-hours. Tour host will also escort guests to restaurants when dinner is included.