Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy (LN)

9 days from Naples to Sorrento

2019 Tour Details

This 9-day Italy tour “off the beaten path” takes you on a journey to discover world-renowned treasures in art, architecture, and history. You’ll begin in Naples – home to centuries of some of the most important art and architecture Italy has to offer.

Throughout your guided tour of Southern Italy, you’ll visit royal residences, as well as ancient Greek archaeological marvels, before arriving in the Mediterranean-style town of Cellino San Marco.

You’ll find the perfect respite from your sightseeing adventures with a two-night stay at the Salento estate of singer and winemaker Al Bano Carrisi. This peaceful countryside estate – near the Adriatic Sea – offers delicious wine from its vineyard with other delicacies, including local produce, olive oil, and homemade pasta. Stroll the grounds or lounge by the pool before embarking on your discoveries in Lecce and Otranto.

This Southern Italy escorted tour will introduce you to local favorites in delectable pastries and coffee, as well as truly remarkable architectural and historical structures. You’ll visit a traditional Trullo in Alberobello, and you’ll discover amazing ancient treasures awaiting you in the caves of Castellana Grotte, and the archaeological site of Paestum – as you traverse from the “heel of the boot” of Italy across to the opposite coastline, to Sorrento. Also enjoy visits to the 13th-century octagonal citadel Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to the magnificent Palazzo Reale, royal residence of the Bourbons in Naples.

Truly a feast for the mind, body, and soul, your escorted tour of Southern Italy will satisfy your curiosity in art and history – as well as your spirit of adventure – with hidden local treasures waiting to be discovered along the way.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

NAPLES
Welcome dinner; visit the Palazzo Reale

CASTEL DEL MONTE
Guided visit

BARI
Guided sightseeing and walk through the Old Town; taste [LF] local focaccia

OSTUNI
Visit the “White Town”

LECCE
Guided walking tour; taste [LF] local pasticciotto and almond coffee

OTRANTO
Orientation

ALBEROBELLO
Guided sightseeing, visit a trullo

CASTELLANA GROTTE
[LF] Visit the caves

PAESTUM
Visit the archaeological site

SORRENTO
Orientation; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Sorrento

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY. Welcome to Naples! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

NAPLES. Discover the major sites of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing this morning. See the remarkable Triumphal Arch of the New Castle, St. Charles Theater, Galleria Umberto, and the semicircular Piazza Plebiscito. The highlight is a visit to the magnificent PALAZZO REALE, royal residence of the Bourbons from 1734-1860. Since 1925, it also has housed the National Library. Afternoon and evening at leisure; join an optional excursion to make the most of your stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI. Enter the region of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s “boot.” Enjoy a guided visit of the 13th-century, octagonal citadel CASTEL DEL MONTE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered by some as the most fascinating castle built by Emperor Frederick II. Arrive in the capital of Apulia, Bari, a port on the Adriatic Sea.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

BARI–OSTUNI–CELLINO SAN MARCO. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a walk through the OLD TOWN, and a [LF] taste of the local focaccia. Next is attractive Ostuni, often called the “White Town,” a charming example of Mediterranean architecture. Its Old Town is located on top of a hill and fortified by ancient walls. Stay overnight on the beautiful and peaceful Tenute Al Bano Carrisi estate, situated in the Salento countryside. Savor local produce and wine from the estate’s vineyards, as well as olive oil and homemade pasta. Soak up the local atmosphere as you relax around the pool area.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

CELLINO SAN MARCO. EXCURSION TO LECCE & OTRANTO. Arrive in Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” to discover the lacy stone buildings and baroque squares during your guided walking tour. [LF] Taste local pasticciotto and almond coffee. Enjoy time to explore the streets of the lovely center, before continuing to picturesque Otranto, an historic seaside town and port, surrounded by its imposing defensive walls and dominated by its romanesque cathedral. Return to Cellino San Marco.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

CELLINO SAN MARCO–ALBEROBELLO–CASTELLANA GROTTE. In Alberobello, follow your Local Guide for a visit to a TRULLO, one of the conical houses famous for their unique characteristics. The structure assures excellent indoor climate control—cool in summer and warm in winter. Continue to Castellana Grotte, where a [LF] visit to the underground CAVES, one of the most important attractions of the region, is included before heading to your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

CASTELLANA GROTTE–PAESTUM–SORRENTO. Paestum, or Poseidonia, named in honor of the Greek god of the sea, was founded in the 6th century. During your visit of the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE with a Local Guide, see the ancient Greek temples dating back to 600-400 BC. Arrive in the charming, seaside resort of Sorrento.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

SORRENTO. On an orientation walk with your Tour Director, see the old town's characteristic lava-stone streets, the 14th-century Sedil Dominova building, the ancient bell tower, and St. Antonio Church, dedicated to Sorrento's patron Saint. There is the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate your vacation.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

SORRENTO. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Naples).
Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

BARI

GRANDE ALBERGO DELLE NAZIONI

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

CASTELLANA GROTTE

SEMIRAMIDE PALACE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

CELLINO SAN MARCO

TENUTE AL BANO CARRISI

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

NAPLES

STARHOTEL TERMINUS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SORRENTO

GRAND HOTEL VESUVIO

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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