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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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.

Countries Visited

Italy

  1. 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. (D)

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    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    NAPLES
    A Slice of Life in Napoli NAPLES Guided sightseeing includes Palazzo Reale. Enjoy free time this afternoon. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. 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. (B)
    174 mi / 280 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    BARI–OSTUNI–LECCE
    Breaking Bread BARI A guided walking tour includes the Old Town, San Nicola’s Church, and [LF] local focaccia tasting.
    OSTUNI Free time to browse and for lunch.
    LECCE Free time late afternoon and evening. (B)
    112 mi / 180 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    LECCE. EXCURSION TO OTRANTO
    Sweet Strolls in Apulia LECCE A Guided walking tour includes the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. Taste a [LF] local pasticciotto (filled pastry) and almond coffee.
    OTRANTO Orientation and free time to browse before returning to Lecce. (B,D)
    62 mi / 100 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. 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 [LF] Take a guided visit to the underground caves. Enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting followed by dinner at local masseria (local farmhouse). (B,D)
    81 mi / 130 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    CASTELLANA GROTTE–PAESTUM–SORRENTO AREA
    Grecian Treasures PAESTUM Take a guided visit to the archaeological site en route to Sorrento. (B)
    224 mi / 360 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    SORRENTO AREA
    Amore, Sorrento SORRENTO AREA Orientation walk in the old town.
    Free time late morning and afternoon.
    Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    SORRENTO AREA
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Naples. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners

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Accommodations

Naples: Starhotel Terminus
The Terminus hotel offers a 4 star retreat from everyday life in the midst of lively Naples. It is located in a strategic location just steps from the metro L1 stop Garibaldi, which offers easy transport to reach the main attractions of the city.
Address:
Piazza Garibaldi 91
Napoli , Italy
Bari: Excelsior
Hotel Excelsior is just 100 meters from Bari's shopping area and a 3-minute walk from the rear entrance of the train station. All rooms are equipped with elegant furniture, parquet floors, comfortable beds, and free Wi-Fi. The Excelsior's rooms are spread throughout eight floors, all offering windows overlooking the courtyard and a private road. Each guestroom features a marble bathroom with bath or shower and hairdryer.
Address:
Via Giulio Petroni, 15
Bari , Italy
Lecce: Hilton Garden Inn Lecce
Set in a quiet residential area in the heart of the Salentine Peninsula, just a short distance away from the stunning attractions of Lecce's historic city center also known as 'The Florence of the South'. This contemporary hotel boasts a complimentary 24-hour fitness center, Beauty & Spa facility and a seasonal rooftop outdoor swimming pool with views of the city skyline. All 143 rooms are designed for extra comfort with self-adjusting Garden Sleep System® beds, air-conditioning, coffee/tea making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi access. A full-service restaurant offers inspired Italian cuisine in a contemporary and refined atmosphere, a variety of snacks and refreshments can be found at the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry and the trendy looking bar offers drinks and light bites in stylish surroundings.
Address:
Via Cosimo De Giorgi 62
Lecce , Italy
Castellana Grotte: Semiramide Palace
Immersed in a a lushious green garden a few steps away from charming and out-of-the-beaten-tracks town of Castellana Grotte, hotel Semiramide Palace offers a unique rooftop terrace where you will enjoy scenic views of the Puglia countryside. Relax outdoors in the swimming pool or on the surrounding sun deck, fully equipped with sun loungers. Indoors you can take advantage of a modern spa with emotional showers, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a massage area. Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access thoughout the hotel is available.
Address:
Via Conversano 157
Castellana Grotte , Italy
Sorrento Area: Grand Hotel Vesuvio
This elegant 250-room hotel is nestled among lemon and olive groves just outside Sorrento and overlooks the enchanting Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It features a large seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a snack bar and a lovely garden with a wisteria covered pergola. There is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar with terrace seating offering panoramic views and the town centre of Sorrento is easily accessible via the hotel¿s convenient shuttle. The air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated in soft colours with traditional majolica glazed tile floors, minibars, flat screen satellite Tvs and Free Wi-Fi internet access.
Address:
Via Nastro Verde,7
Sorrento , Italy

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.4
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 18 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

The tour cities were great, the guides were interesting and the food was fabulous. Will never forget the friendships we made along the way.

The trip was a wonderful experience.

Unfortunately, we experienced rainy weather for 4 days, which made it difficult to enjoy the beautiful towns we visited. Our Tour Director, Lino, was simply outstanding. His in-depth knowledge, obvious love for his country, compassion for everyone and attention to detail made the trip exceptional. He was able to resolve a myriad of issues including retrieving cameras and bags forgotten by guests, making special accommodations for guests incapable of physical exertion required, and tending to everyone's needs no matter how diverse those needs were. He is truly exceptional and an absolute asset for Globus. Alas, some of the meals provided by the hotels were lacking and not up to the standards we usually encounter in Italy.

Sorrento and Amalfi are the highlights of this tour I would prefer more time there

We had an issue finding our transfer agent in the Naples Airport and we still can't understand why as we waited from 11:30am to almost 2pm to connect with them. Think there should be an email that we can use to contact the transfer agent when there is an issue or a more specific location to meet at like the information booth. Naples hotel was very pleasant and in a great location; the hotel in Bari was very modern but in a lovely location; the Tenute Al Bano Carrisi was a nice experience and the food was good; the hotel in Castellana was fine; the included meals in Grand Hotel Vesuvio were not up to expectations and their room was very poor. The tours were excellent and it was great to be off the beaten path of tourists for most of the trip. We also enjoyed the optional excursions to Polignano a Mare and the Neapolitan farm dinner in Sorrento. Our tour guide was very good.

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