Tour Description

Experience the civilized old towns of Sorrento, amazing historic tours in Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius and Herculaneum and tons of fine dining experiences in picturesque places like Positano, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Continue to Puglia, but the entire world refers to it as Apulia - the region with a long coastline and one that faces the Ionian and Adriatic seas. Even more than that, Apulia is essentially a flattened with arid expanses, terraces, and tablelands in water. This tour lets you see the best of what it has to offer, from the coasts to the plunge steeps into the sea.

The tour continues with a visit of Matera and Altamura, both iconic villages with houses carved in the rock. The small villages of Alberobello and Gioia del Colle are known for their unique food specialties and wine tasting events.

Lecce and Gallipoli are the finishing points of the Apulia and Salento tour. You will get to see the old town centres and blend with their ancient Messapian origins, Roman archaeological ruins and Baroque churches and explore the Italian tradition from another angle.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Naples Arrival and Private Transfer to Sorrento | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Naples airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will welcome you to Naples. He or she will escort out of the Terminal: your private driver will transfer you to your hotel in Sorrento. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 02: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Your driver and guide will meet you at the hotel ready to take you through the most significant archaeological sites of Naples Bay, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. Pompeii was buried under lava and ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and lay forgotten for hundreds of years. After the visit, you will have a classical Italian lunch accompanied by two different red wines. After lunch, continue the Ancient Herculaneum. Herculaneum was covered by a torrent of mud, which protected the ruins from atmospheric agents and illegal excavators. Late afternoon you will return to your Hotel. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 03: Capri Private Guided Tour | This morning you will be privately transferred to Sorrento Marina Piccola to meet your guide and to board a fast ferry to Capri. First, you visit Marina Grande with his classy restaurants and sidewalk cafés. You will then visit Anacapri, 1,800 feet above sea level, where you will visit Villa San Michele and the Axel Munthe Gardens. After lunch in a characteristic Caprese restaurant, continue to the main town of Capri, where you can visit La Piazzetta, the Gardens of Augustus, Faraglioni, and the distinctive rocks. Capri is a very exclusive travel destination, it is here to spot the occasional unassuming celebrity. Late afternoon you will re-board the fast ferry to Sorrento Port to be transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 04: Sorrento to Amalfi via Positano Private Transfer | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver in the lobby and transfer to your hotel in Amalfi. En route stop in Positano for lunch a few hours at leisure. Positano is the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town; with steeply-stacked houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colors. No less colorful are its steep streets and steps lined with wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants, and fashionable boutiques. Overnight in Amalfi.

Day 05: Amalfi and Ravello Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. This morning you will visit the beautiful town of Amalfi. Historically the most important town of the area, Amalfi is a town in a dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs. Between the 9th and 11th centuries, it was the seat of a powerful maritime republic. After Lunch in a Characteristic Local Restaurant, continue to the top of the mountains to Ravello, situated at 1100 feet above the sea level, the views of the coast below are for sure the most breath-taking scenery. The town of Ravello is for sure the best place where to leave the crowds and where to enjoy the quiet of a village. Here you will visit Villa Rufolo. The villa was built in the 13th century for the wealthy Rufolo dynasty. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Amalfi.

Day 06: Day at Leisure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Overnight in Amalfi.

Day 07: Amalfi - Castel del Monte - Monopoli | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby. En route to your hotel in Monopoli experience a Half day tour of Castel del Monte with a private guide. Lunch in a Characteristic Local Restaurant. Castel del Monte is different from the other castles in Apulia. The Castle octagonal shape is a complex architectural design, with many symbolic aspects. Continue to Monopoli for overnight.

Day 08: Alberobello and Gioia Del Colle Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. In the morning visit Alberobello’s Trulli (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Visit Aia Piccola, in the heart of the city of the Trulli traditional houses. See the ancient church of St. Anthony and the Sovereign Trullo. After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to Gioia Del Colle. The Historic Quarter is distinguished by a wealth of arches. Visit The town’s castle before returning to your hotel. Overnight in Monopoli.

Day 09: Matera and Altamura Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. Explore the historic town of Matera, The Sassi of Matera were dug into the soft tufo rock; Peek inside rock churches, and marvel at some of the most impressive of the cave houses to discover how they were furnished. Learn about the water collection system and cellars and gain a better understanding of a unique system of dwellings. After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to Altamura for an amazing walking tour. Visit the Cathedral, stroll around the heart of the city to discover hidden cloisters, Noble’s Palaces and Mansions. The tour will conclude with a tasting of famous local products and of course the worldwide know bread of Altamura! Late afternoon, return to your hotel. Overnight in Monopoli.

Day 10: Monopoli → Ostuni Private Guided Tour → Lecce | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the lobby. Today you will transfer to Lecce via Ostuni. Once in Ostuni, meet your private guide. The gleaming white city of Ostuni is located on the top of the last hill of the southern Murgia plateau. From the top of its white walls, you will see a vast plain full of ancient olive trees and the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to the beautiful town of Lecce. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 11: Lecce Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the lobby. This morning you will enjoy a Private Guided Tour transfer of Lecce Historic Centre. Stroll the streets of Lecce and discover why the city is often called the “Florence of South Italy.” Admire monuments of dazzling marble and see traces of the city’s Roman past. Your guide will tell you city secrets and take you to hidden corners, as well as point out all the buildings cast in limestone marble. Discover Lecce’s Piazza Duomo, where you can visit the Cathedral. Continue to the Chiesa di S. Irene, and on to Piazza Sant’Oronzo. Discover the old Roman Amphitheatre and the Basilica di Santa Croce. After the tour, you will return to your Hotel. Lunch and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 12: Gallipoli and Otranto Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and Guide at the hotel lobby. This morning you will enjoy a Private Guided Tour of Gallipoli. The old town centre sits on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. It is almost completely, surrounded by defensive walls, built mainly in the 14th century. The east side is dominated by a robust fortress dating back to the 13th century but largely rebuilt in the 1500s.  The island heart of Gallipoli is home to numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi.  After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to the beautiful town of Otranto. Discover the Norman cathedral, consecrated in 1088 and still the largest Romanesque building in Apulia. Continue to the Church of St. Peter and the Aragonese Castle. Late afternoon, return to your hotel in Lecce. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 13: Bari Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Unfortunately, it is time to say Arrivederci. At your convenience, we will transfer you to Bari airport. Ciao!

Tour Inclusions
  • 3 Nights in Sorrento:
  • 3 Nights in Amalfi:
  • 3 Nights in Monopoli:
  • 3 Nights in Lecce:
  • Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
  • Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
  • Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
  • Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
  • Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
  • 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
Price

Private Package Tours Rates

Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 per person/per day.

Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 650 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 850 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,100 + Euro per person/per day.

High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 900 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,200 + Euro per person/per day.

Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower

For Custom Made Tours we work with any reasonable Budget

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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania