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11-Day Southern Italy Tour: Puglia, Basilicata, Campania

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The 11-Day Puglia, Basilicata, Campania Southern Italy Tour begins in Bari in the region of Puglia and ends in Sorrento in the region of Campania. The all-inclusive escorted tour itinerary includes southern Italy’s sightseeing highlights. Southern Italy’s regions Puglia, Basilicata and Campania are all included on this fascinating journey into southern Italian history and culture. The area’s rich history dating back to the Stone age lends itself to the escorted tour experience. You’ll be escorted around southern Italy visiting Bari, Lecce, Alberobello, Matera, Ostuni, Trani, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast an includes 4-star and 5-star accommodations. This southern Italy escorted tour day-by-day itinerary explores the mixture of cultures that colonized the Italic peninsula over the centuries. You’ll enjoy rich architecture, music, food, culinary traditions, and culture. Families, friends, groups, and singles will all enjoy history’s great civilizations coming to life on this 11-Day Southern Italy tour. Submit the form or call 800.227.1577 for the price of the all-inclusive southern Italy tour with airfare from your preferred departure city and for more tour information.

Highlights

11-Day Southern Italy Escorted Tour Highlights

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Southern Italy Tour Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Explore Bari’s Old City “Bari Vecchia” walking with expert local tour guide.
  • Tour the medieval fortress Castel del Monte, famous for its octagonal design.
  • Visit Trani, the seaside town and tour its picturesque harbor and 12th century Cathedral.
  • In Alberobello explore trulli, the conical dry stone huts.
  • Enjoy a passeggiata in Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” because of its Baroque architecture.
  • Visit Ostuni to view its whitewashed houses.
  • Tour Matera’s Sassi (ancient stone dwellings), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Tour Pompeii, the ancient Roman city frozen 2,000 years ago when Mt Vesuvius’ ash covered it.
  • Enjoy relaxing in the seaside resort town Sorrento, with views of Capri, Naples and Mt Vesuvius.
  • Drive along the Amalfi Coast the most beautiful coastline in the world.

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All-Inclusive Southern Italy Tour Includes:

  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Bari
    • 2 nights Lecce
    • 1 night Matera
    • 3 nights Sorrento
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • When the southern Italy tour is booked with air all transfers included
  • 14 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Optional Tours

Optional Southern Italy Tours:

Day 3: Olive Oil Plantation Tour & Tasting – $49 (3 Hours)

The territory of Puglia still carries the enduring signs of the presence of Frederick II, an impression visible in the monuments and alive in traditions. 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. During your journey, you will become enchanted by a landscape that is drenched in history, with its olive trees that date back centuries. It is a must to taste the “green gold” (extra-virgin olive oil) that enhances the flavor of almost any Mediterranean dish!

Day 6: Salento & Otranto with Lunch – $99 (8 Hours)

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.

Day 10: Full Day Capri Day – $109 (8 Hours)

Enjoy a full day trip across the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri. There you’ll visit Anacapri, the highest point on the island. Then you’ll have time to stroll around and browse the boutiques full world-class Made in Italy handbags, leather, and jewelry. People watching, gelato, and homemade Limoncello may also be on your itinerary. The tour also includes a visit to the emperor Ceasar Augustus’ Gardens. There enjoy lovely views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Faraglioni rock formations. The Capri tour includes an expert local tour guide, round trip high-speed ferry between Sorrento and the Isle of Capri, and transportation on the Isle of Capri.

Accommodations

Southern Italy Tour Accommodations:

Bari 3 Nights – Grande Albergo delle Nazioni, Bari – ★★★★+

This superior first class hotel has spectacular views of the sea.

Lecce 2 Nights – Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce ★★★★★

This deluxe hotel is situated nearby the Basilica di Santa Croce.

Matera 1 Night – Hilton Garden Inn, Matera ★★★★

This first class hotel is about a fifteen minute drive away from the Sassi area of Matera.

Sorrento 3 Nights

Hotel Central, Sorrento★★★★

This first class hotel is well-located near the city center, overlooking the Bay of Naples.

Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast, Sorrento★★★★

This first class hotel is located between Sorrento and Pompeii, on the beach of the Gulf of Naples.

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Southern Italy Tour Day-by-Day Itinerary

Travel through Mediterranean history meeting the ancient Greeks, ancient Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Carthaginians, crusaders, Bourbons, and Ottomans on this comprehensive all-inclusive southern Italy tour. This escorted southern Italy tour provides an in-depth and authentic southern Italian vacation experience. The day-by-day itinerary provides time for your expert Italy tour guide to bring you through the area’s rich history and culture.

DAY 1, Wednesday – Depart for Bari, Italy

DAY 2, Thursday – Arrive in Bari, Italy

Bari is located in the Puglia region, in the heel of Italy’s boat. It is southern Italy’s second largest city after Naples. This area borders the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Upon arrival you’ll have the day at leisure to settle into your hotel and walk around this bustling port city. Tonight you’ll meet your fellow travelers and tour director with a welcome drink followed be an included celebration dinner.
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday – Bari’s Old City

This morning’s Bari tour begins in Old City (Bari Vecchia). Here you’ll see the Bari Cathedral and Romanesque Basilica of San Nicola, where relics of Father Christmas St. Nicholas are found. Then its on to the Castello Normanno-Svevo built by the Normans in the 12th century. This afternoon you have time to stroll around Bari’s pretty squares and the harbor, enjoy the architecture and the cafes. In Bari Vecchia try your hand at making the local pasta specialty orecchiette. In the harbor try “Bari sushi” with the locals who eat raw fish right out of the sea. Or join an optional olive tree plantation excursion. This evening you have time to stroll around with the locals who fill the piazzas, restaurants and cafes.
Optional: Secular Olive Oil Plantation Visit & Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday – Castel del Monte, Seaside Trani

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, 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 over massive public halls. On to the historic seaside town of Trani on the Adriatic coast with its picturesque harbor and 12th century Romanesque Cathedral di San Nicola Pellegrino, spectacularly positioned at the water’s edge. Time to walk through the charming and quaint town. Return to Bari for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday – Alberobello and Lecce

This morning you’ll travel from Bari south to Lecce known as “Florence of the South” because of its baroque architecture. Along the way you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Alberobello to tour the conical stone huts called trulli. Built since the 16th century, the conical roofs are mortarless construction, a prehistoric building technique used in this region. After you’ll visit a local agriturismo, known as a Masseria, for a lunch with regional specialties and local wines. Upon arrival in Lecce your guide will show the Piazza del Duomo and the Roman amphitheater, which dates back to the 2nd century, and Basilica of Santa Croce the masterpiece of Southern Baroque. Then you’ll have free time to enjoy one of Italy’s biggest passeggiata – an evening stroll – among the city’s gorgeous Baroque architecture. Enjoy dinner at one of the delicious trattorie in this laid back gentle city.
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Monday – Full Day in Lecce

Today enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Lecce on your own, or choose to participate in an optional tour through the Salento Peninsula. A picturesque drive 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. As you stop on the way on the beautiful coastline, indulge in the Mediterranean atmosphere of this beautiful shores and waters. 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 time and dinner on your own.
Optional: Full Day Salento & Otranto with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday – Ostuni, Matera

This morning you’ll depart the beautiful Lecce for your journey to Matera in the region of Basilicata. Along the way you’ll enjoy an excursion to the seaside town Ostuni, known as the White City because of its white painted buildings, and which dates back to the Stone age. In Ostuni you’ll have time to stroll through the city’s alleyways and hills up to the Ostuni’s magnificent cathedral. After time on your own the trip continues to Matera, which dates all the way back to the Paleolithic age. Upon arrival you’ll learn about Matera’s famous ancient stone cave houses known as Sassi. The Sassi are believed to be the first human settlements in Italy. In the 2nd century they were used as churches. Inside the caves are frescoes, which are earliest religious paintings in Italy. Over the centuries, the Sassi were adapted into family homes. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel in Matera.
Overnight: Matera
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday – Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Sorrento

This morning you’ll drive from Basilicata to southern Italy’s most famous region Campania. The first destination on today’s itinerary is Pompeii. Located at the base of Mount Vesuvius, it was a thriving ancient Roman city of 20,000 residents when it was frozen in time under Mt. Vesuvius’ volcanic ash 2,000 years ago. In Pompeii an expert tour guide will walk you through the preserved ruins including the Temples of Apollo, Jupiter and the Ancient Forum. After Pompeii you’ll continue on the southern Italian resort town Sorrento, located on the cliffs of the Sorrentine peninsula. There you’ll enjoy three nights of spectacular panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples, Capri, Mt Vesuvius, and Naples.
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday – Amalfi Drive

Today buckle your seat belts for a cliff side drive down the magnificent Amalfi Coast. This rugged coastline with high mountains and sharp cliffs dropping to the sea is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. As you travel from Sorrento to Amalfi you’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramas and gorgeous landscapes. Along the way you’ll pass little villages, cliffs terraced with citrus groves of lemons and oranges, while traveling along the sides of mountains above the beautiful turquoise sea. Upon arrival in Amalfi you’lll have free time to explore the town made famous by jetsetters and celebrities who enjoy summer vacations here. This afternoon you’ll return to Sorrento with time this evening to yourself to enjoy the famous and delicious southern Italian cuisine at a local trattoria.
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday – Sorrento at Leisure

Today enjoy a free day in Sorrento. Enjoy strolling around this picturesque resort town. You may also want to join the optional tour across the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. Time to say arrivederci and share wonderful memories of this glorious discovery of Italy’s Southern coast
Optional: Full Day Capri (AM)
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday – Depart Italy

Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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