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Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy 8-Nights from Naples to Sorrento

Explore amazing destinations in Italy beginning from Naples with our escorted tour. Witness the charm of Ostuni, visit Bari and Lecce, cities famous for their breathtaking Baroque building designs and incredible culinary scene. Don't forget to visit the historic Alberobello town, renowned for its unique trullo houses. Lastly, uncover magical Sorrento, the picturesque coastal town offering spectacular views.
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Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy 8-Nights from Naples to Sorrento

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DEPARTURE DATE: September 2, 2024
Countries Visited: Italy

OVERVIEW

Although Italy is full of wondrous gems across “the boot,” some of its greatest treasures are hidden closer to its heel. In the Apulia region, known for its centuries-old farmland, whitewashed towns, and miles of scenic coastline, the water is bluer, the produce is fresher, and the pace is delightfully slower. This Undiscovered tour of Southern Italy invites you to kick back and live la dolce vita as you travel from heel to ankle, vineyard to grove, and clifftop to cave. From the scenic bluffs of lemon-scented Sorrento to the stunning 90-million-year-old caves of Castellana, you will experience Southern Italy’s hottest sights—and coolest. At a special wine tasting at a local masseria, you’ll raise your glass to the many highlights of “the heel,” including its castles and conical houses, ancient ruins and fresh ricotta, and its eternal sunshine and sunny disposition.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

CULTURE & TRADITION Naples delivers Old World charm in spades as one of Italy’s oldest cities. From its regal Palazzo Reale to the 13th-century Duomo di San Gennaro’s frescoed masterpieces to nearby Mount Vesuvius to the most famous pizza in the world served throughout the city in Neapolitan style. A stroll along the promenade beside the Bay of Naples reveals why locals and visitors choose this spot to soak in the sunset on the Mediterranean Sea.

HISTORIC SPOT Built by Holy Roman emperor Frederick II, the 13th-century Castel del Monte remains one of the most revered cultural sites in Puglia. This spectacular octagonal fortress is listed by UNESCO World Heritage as a unique masterpiece of medieval military architecture from its rocky hilltop perch where it dominated the Kingdom of Sicily and thrills visitors today.

ARCHITECTURE & ARCHAEOLOGY Go off the beaten path to the stunning archaeological site of Greek and Roman architecture. Just an hour south of Salerno, Paestum is home to three Greek temples and fascinating burial paintings from the 5th-century BC. Marvel at this UNESCO of World Heritage Site considered one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in Italy.

CULTURAL GEMS Just as the sirens of Greek mythology lured sailors to the rocky shores of Sorrento, we are drawn to its alluring panoramas, sun-washed beaches, bistros, and boutiques. Take a seat in a sidewalk cafe to peruse the picturesque panoramas on the Bay of Naples.

LOCAL FAVORITES:

LOCAL TASTES The beauty of Italian culinary specialties is that no two regions approach recipes in the same way. Take the traditional Focaccia Barese (from Bari). The dough is made with the local staple of potatoes to create a bread that’s not too tall but perfectly soft in the middle. Between the crunchy edges of baked mashed potato are ripe tomatoes, oregano, olive oil, and olives for the perfect palate-pleasing experience.

CULTURE & TRADITIONS Traditional pasticciotto is the beloved cream-filled pastry of Lecce, which graces the shelves of Apulia’s bakeries and restaurants. Legend has it that this ubiquitous confection was invented by happy accident when chef Andrea Ascalone made too much cake batter, using the excess ingredients to mix up the original pasticcio (meaning mishap or mess in Italian) - a smaller cake with a creamy filling. Sink your teeth into this heavenly pastry with an almond iced coffee to complete the experience.

HISTORIC SPOT The Grotte du Castellana is one of the largest cave systems in Italy stretching for over two miles. The underground tunnels are a natural marvel with stunning geological formations illuminated in a rainbow of hues as the sun moves through the sky.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
September 2, 2024from $2,939 CADPer Person
September 2, 2024from $3,579 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 8 night escorted coach tour from Naples to Sorrento
  • 8 breakfast, 4 dinner
  • Included excursions
  • Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word)
  • Transportation between destinations
  • Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi. (where available)
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Mon Sep 2NAPLES, ITALY
2Tue Sep 3NAPLES, ITALY
3Wed Sep 4NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI
4Thu Sep 5BARI–OSTUNI–LECCE
5Fri Sep 6LECCE. EXCURSION TO OTRANTO
6Sat Sep 7LECCE–ALBEROBELLO–CASTELLANA GROTTE
7Sun Sep 8CASTELLANA GROTTE–PAESTUM–SORRENTO
8Mon Sep 9SORRENTO
9Tue Sep 10SORRENTO

Day 1 – ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY

WELCOME TO NAPLES!

At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 2 – NAPLES

A SLICE OF LIFE IN NAPOLI

NAPLES Guided sightseeing includes Palazzo Reale. Enjoy free time this afternoon.

Day 3 – NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI

MEDIEVAL MARVEL

CASTEL DEL MONTE Take a guided visit the medieval castle.
BARI Enjoy free time late afternoon and evening.

Day 4 – BARI–OSTUNI–LECCE

BREAKING BREAD

BARI A guided walking tour includes the Old Town, San Nicola’s Church, and Globus Local Favorite local focaccia tasting.

OSTUNI Free time to browse and for lunch.

LECCE Free time late afternoon and evening.

Day 5 – LECCE. EXCURSION TO OTRANTO

SWEET STROLLS IN APULIA

LECCE A Guided walking tour includes the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. Taste a Globus Local Favorite local pasticciotto (filled pastry) and almond coffee.

OTRANTO Orientation and free time to browse before returning to Lecce.

Day 6 – LECCE–ALBEROBELLO–CASTELLANA GROTTE

STONE HOUSES

ALBEROBELLO A guided walking tour includes a visit to a Trullo (traditional stone conical-roof hut).

CASTELLANA GROTTE Globus Local Favorite Take a guided visit to the underground caves. Enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting followed by dinner at local masseria (local farmhouse).

Day 7 – CASTELLANA GROTTE–PAESTUM–SORRENTO

GRECIAN TREASURES

PAESTUM Take a guided visit to the archaeological site en route to Sorrento.

Day 8 – SORRENTO

AMORE, SORRENTO

SORRENTO Orientation walk in the old town.

Free time late morning and afternoon.
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9 – SORRENTO

SAFE TRAVELS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Naples.

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