The 10-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, Trani, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast an includes 4-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 10-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.
10-Day Southern Italy Escorted Tour Highlights
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.
- In Alberobello view the trulli, the conical dry stone huts.
- Enjoy a passeggiata in Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” because of its Baroque architecture.
- 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.
- 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
- 2 nights Bari
- 2 nights Lecce
- 1 night Matera
- 3 nights Naples
- Italian city hotel taxes
- Hotel porterage
- When the southern Italy tour is booked with air all transfers included
- 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 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 Southern Italy Tours:
Day 5: 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 9: Full Day Capri Day – $119 (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.
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 – Risorgimento Resort, Lecce ★★★★★
This luxury hotel is situated near Lecce’s center.
Matera 1 Night – MH Matera, Matera ★★★★
This first class hotel is about a fifteen minute drive away from the Sassi area of Matera.
Naples 3 Nights – Hotel Exe Majestic, Naples ★★★★
This first class hotel is located in the Chiaia district 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 – Depart for Bari, Italy
DAY 2 – 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. This evening you’ll meet your fellow travelers and tour director for a welcome celebration dinner.
DAY 3 – 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 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. This evening you have time to stroll around Bari and enjoy its caffes and piazzas on your own.
DAY 4 – Masseria Lunch en route to Lecce
This morning travel south from Bari deep into the heel of Italy’s boot. You’ll visit a “Masseria“, or farmhouse, to enjoy lunch with regional specialties including local wine. Afterward, the tour continue to Lecce known as “Florence of the South” because of its baroque architecture. There you’ll stroll along 300 year old cobblestone streets past exquisite Baroque architecture. View the Piazza del Duomo and the Roman amphitheater dating back to the 2nd century. Then admire the masterpiece of Southern Baroque in the Basilica of Santa Croce. This evening you’ll have free time to enjoy one of Italy’s biggest passeggiata – an evening stroll – among the city’s gorgeous Baroque architecture. Perhaps dine at one of the quaint trattorie in the city center.
DAY 5 – 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)
DAY 6 – Alberobello and Matera
This morning you’ll depart the beautiful Lecce for your journey to Matera in the region of Basilicata. Along the way you’ll visit Alberobello where you’ll view the Trulli huts. The trip then 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.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 7 – Pompeii, Naples
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 to southern Italy’s vibrant city Naples, located on the Bay of Naples. There you’ll enjoy three nights with time to go out and enjoy the nightlife, and taste the local specialties including Neapolitan pizza margherita and gelato.
DAY 8 – 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 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’ll have free time to explore the town made famous by jet setters and celebrities who enjoy summer vacations here. Late this afternoon you’ll return to Naples. This evening is free to go out to enjoy the famous and delicious southern Italian cuisine at a local trattoria. Then get lost in the famous Naples nightlife.
DAY 9 – Naples at Leisure
Today enjoy a free day in Naples. Enjoy strolling around this picturesque city. 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)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10 – Depart Italy
Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight
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