Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy


  • 9 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

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£1,368 pp

Tour only

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£1,525 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

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Overview

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This “off the beaten path” guided tour of Italy takes you on a journey to discover world-renowned treasures in art, architecture, and history. Enjoy two-night-stays in Naples – home to centuries of some of the most important art and architecture Italy has to offer, in Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and in the charming, seaside resort of Sorrento. Also, overnight in Bari and Castellana Grotte. Throughout the guided tour of Southern Italy, you’ll visit royal residences, as well as ancient Greek archaeological marvels. This Southern Italy escorted tour introduces you to local favorites such as delectable pastries and almond coffee, as well as truly remarkable architectural and historical structures. Visit a traditional trullo in Alberobello, discover the 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.

Highlights

NAPLES Welcome dinner, guided sightseeing, visit the Palazzo Reale

CASTEL DEL MONTE Guided visit

BARI Guided sightseeing, walk through the Old Town, visit San Nicola's Church; taste local focaccia

OSTUNI Visit the “White Town”

LECCE Guided walking tour, visit Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica; taste local pasticciotto and almond coffee

OTRANTO Orientation

ALBEROBELLO Guided sightseeing, visit a trullo

CASTELLANA GROTTE Visit the caves

PAESTUM Visit the archaeological site

SORRENTO Orientation; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

NAPLES

Day
2

Discover the major sites of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing this morning. See the remarkable Triumphal Arch of the Castel Nuovo, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto I, 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. With your afternoon and evening at leisure, you may wish to join a fascinating optional excursion to Herculaneum, followed by dinner at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI

Day
3

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.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARI–OSTUNI–LECCE

Day
4

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a walk through the OLD TOWN, a visit to stunning SAN NICOLA'S CHURCH, and LF a taste the local focaccia. Next is striking Ostuni, often called the “White Town,” a charming example of white-washed Mediterranean architecture. Its Old Town is located on top of a hill and fortified by ancient walls. Then, continue to Lecce, the “Florence of the South.”
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LECCE. EXCURSION TO OTRANTO

Day
5

In the morning, discover the lacy stone buildings and squares during your guided walking tour. Visit the DUOMO, a masterpiece of baroque art, SANTA CROCE BASILICA, and LF taste the local pasticciotto with almond coffee. Time to explore the streets of the lovely center. Later, head to picturesque Otranto, a historic seaside town and port, surrounded by its imposing defensive walls and dominated by its romanesque cathedral. Return to Lecce.
Today’s Distance: 62 mi / 100 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LECCE–ALBEROBELLO–CASTELLANA GROTTE

Day
6

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, a stunning natural wonder is included before arriving at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CASTELLANA GROTTE–PAESTUM–SORRENTO

Day
7

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.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi / 360 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SORRENTO

Day
8

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. Antonino 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 stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SORRENTO

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

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£1,368 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Headset

Tour with flights

From

£1,525 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Headset
  • All airport taxes

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