Apulia and Amalfi Highlights Small Group Journey

  • Amalfi Arts
  • Amalfi City View
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Amalfi Garden View
  • Sorrento City View
  • Sorrento Coast
  • Alberobello Arts
  • Alberobello House
  • Bari City View
  • Bari Port
  • Bari Sea View
  • Bari Square
  • Amalfi Arts
  • Amalfi City View
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Amalfi Garden View
  • Sorrento City View
  • Sorrento Coast
  • Alberobello Arts
  • Alberobello House
  • Bari City View
  • Bari Port
  • Bari Sea View
  • Bari Square

Journey through Puglia, the heel of Italy, to experience a land that time forgot. Ancient cities, pre-historic relics, and cultural influences left by numerous invaders; this region has a story to tell. You will visit the small villages and towns surrounding Bari and Sorrento, experiencing the various traditions left behind by intruding nations, as you sample the dilectible cuisine and bask in the warm hospitality of Puglia’s people.

8 day/7 night package featuring Aleberobello, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. This program includes accommodation in Boutique and First Class hotels and daily breakfast.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Emergency assistance

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Drinks during meals
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Bari – Arrival - Alberobello

Upon arrival in Bari, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, you will have a welcome briefing followed by a welcome dinner. (D)

Boutique and First Class: Palazzo Scotto or similar hotels

Day

2

Alberobello, Locorotondo & Cisternino

After breakfast, meet your guide and start your exploration of Val d’Itria. You will visit Locorotondo and Cisternino, passing beautiful villages, vineyards, and olive trees. In Locorotondo, the town itself is the main sight, a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. The historic part of town - the centro storico - is a whitewashed maze of narrow streets lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining grand baroque archways and architectural details. The territory of Cisternino was already inhabited during the Middle Palaeolithic period by early humans who left numerous traces of their presence here, such as tools. Today, Cisternino is a small, charming town that has remained virtually intact for centuries with its white houses, narrow streets, and elegant central piazza. You will have a wine and cheese tasting followed by a farm lunch in a beautiful masseria, a restored historical farmhouse, from where you will see the green olives and the blue of the Adriatic Sea. Return to Alberobello where you will have time to explore the city on your own. Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, particularly due to the trulli, the traditional dome shaped buildings. (B)

Boutique and First Class: Palazzo Scotto or similar hotels

Day

3

Ostuni, Polignano & Monopoli

Ostuni, perched on top of three hills 218 meters above sea level, is better known as the “White Town,” thanks to the characteristic whitewashed houses of its historic center. The town is dominated by the 15th century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral. A series of churches and elegant houses embellish the old town, surrounded by Aragonese walls, where you’ll find two ancient town gates, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio. The small town of Polignano enjoys a spectacular position, approximately 50 miles south of Bari, on the edge of a rocky gorge. The town is considered one of the most ancient establishments in Puglia and was once populated by serial invaders ranging from the Huns to the Normans. People come here to view the crashing waves, visit the caves and crowd into the panifici, or bakery, in the atmospheric historical center. In Monopoli, you will experience the heart of the town where you will find an unusual concentration of cultural heritage and churches, positioned literally one next to the other. (B)

Boutique and First Class: Palazzo Scotto or similar hotels

Day

4

Alberobello – Matera - Sorrento

Meet your driver and transfer to Sorrento with a stop en route in Matera where you will have free time to explore the city. Matera is an ancient city, the third oldest city in the world after Aleppo and Jericho, with over 10,000 years of history.From natural cavities carved by winds and rains of the past to the first man-made caves, you will discover real underground dwellings, a woven structure that has intrigued experts. You can visit the most beautiful churches, starting from the Duomo on the Civita, walk through the beautiful streets and traffic-free squares, and enjoy picturesque alleys. Continue your visit in with free time for lunch (not included) before continuing to Sorrento. (B)

Boutique and First Class: Majestic Palace or similar hotels

Day

5

Amalfi Drive

The beauty of the Amalfi Coast is legendary and has inspired artists, writers, and musicians over the centuries. Widely considered Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, UNESCO deemed the coast "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape.” These delicate fishing villages embrace the hillsides or stretch into the green valleys, challenging the laws of physics. Your driver guide will lead you to the town of Amalfi where you will have free time to explore the medieval part of the city. Witness the imposing Dome of St. Andrew and ancient buildings, dating from the times when Amalfi was one of the maritime powers in the Mediterranean Sea. Later, stop in Minori for a sweets tasting at Sal de Riso, one of the most celebrated pastry shops in Italy. Next, ascend to Ravello, considered the most romantic and beautiful small town in southern Italy. Perched on severe, terraced slopes, and covered with luxuriant gardens, you will find corners providing unforgettable views over the sky-blue coast below. (B)

Boutique and First Class: Majestic Palace or similar hotels

Day

6

Visit Pompeii

Today you will visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii, the closest thing to a time machine you will find, where you can learn about everyday life in an ancient Roman city. Once a vibrant town,Pompeii’s fate was sealed with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 7.9 A.D. Today, Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited archaeological sites in all the world. As a classic port city, Pompeii was filled with sailor’s lodging, bars, bath houses, taverns, and brothels. The archeological site and continuous excavations give visitors the best insight to ancient Roman life. Visit the Roman Forum, the theatre, and the bath houses. Return to Sorrento for lunch (not included) and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation or continue your exploration of the city. Tonight, enjoy a candle light dinner in Sorrento with spectacular views of the sea. (B,D)

Boutique and First Class: Majestic Palace or similar hotels

Day

7

Explore Sorrento

Today is a perfect day to relax or take the opportunity to continue your exploration of this magnificent region. We suggest a day tour to Capri or a boat tour to explore Capri or the Amalfi Coast from the sea. (B)

Boutique and First Class: Majestic Palace or similar hotels

Day

8

Sorrento - Return

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport or railway station in Naples to continue on to your next destination. (B)