18 Day Classic Italy with Puglia & Campania

3 Bari, 2 Lecce, 1 Matera, 3 Sorrento, 3 Rome, 2 Florence & 2 Venice
Airfare from NYC, 16 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights New York-Bari, Venice-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 16 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Bari
    • 2 nights Lecce
    • 1 night Matera
    • 3 nights Sorrento Coast
    • 3 nights Rome
    • 2 nights Florence
    • 2 nights Venice
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 25 meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Historical walking tour of the revitalized narrow lanes of Bari’s Old City (Bari Vecchia)
  • Tour Castel del Monte, an extraordinary medieval fortress celebrated for its octagonal design
  • Walk the seaside town of Trani with its picturesque harbor and 12th century Cathedral
  • Lunch at a beautiful Masseria (local farmhouse) featuring regional specialties and wine
  • Stroll along 300 year old cobblestone streets in Lecce named the "Florence of the South"
  • In Alberobello, view the traditional dry stone huts known as trulli
  • Tour Matera’s mysterious Sassi (ancient stone dwellings), a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the archaeological site of Pompeii, a 2,000 year old city that was frozen in time
  • Spend time in idyllic Sorrento, strikingly beautiful with its coastal setting and soaring cliffs
  • Drive along the Amalfi coast, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular drives in the world
  • Historic tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum
  • Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel
  • Visit the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi
  • Stand before Michelangelo's David in Florence
  • See Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli with its famous Leaning Tower
  • Stop at a typical farm in the Tuscan countryside for wine tasting and local specialties
  • Visit the pink marble Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Wine & mineral water with all dinners
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Italy
Welcome to Puglia, a spectacular expanse of land that juts out into the turquoise Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Arrive in the energetic port city of Bari and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this fascinating city on your own. Tonight a briefing by your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey that awaits you, followed by a Drink and Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Bari's Old City
The exploration of Bari starts in the revitalized narrow streets of the Old City (Bari Vecchia). View Bari Cathedral and the stunning Romanesque Basilica of San Nicola, housing the relics of St. Nicholas, known as Father Christmas. Next, your historical walking tour reveals 12th century Castello Normanno-Svevo built by the Normans. Perhaps stroll the harbor's bustling open-air fish market where locals buy their fish right out of the sea. Eating raw fish here is a regional tradition! Linger on your own, or explore Bari's pretty squares, admire the architecture or, just sip an espresso at an outdoor café and "people-watch". Perhaps participate in the optional visit to Ostuni, followed by a tasting of the area's famous Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Tonight, join the throngs gathering in the piazzas buzzing with trendy restaurants and cafes and try traditional Pugliese food
Optional: Ostuni Tour & Olive Oil Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Castel del Monte, Seaside Trani
Today travel to gorgeous Castel del Monte, an extraordinary medieval fortress celebrated for its unique octagonal design. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 13th-century castle, built by Frederick II, is considered one of the best preserved medieval castles in Southern Italy, used as a site of the famous movie "The Name of the Rose" with Sean Connery. A tour of this fortress highlights the ingenious architecture, magnificent structure and its over massive public halls. On to the historic seaside town of Trani on the Adriatic coast with its picturesque harbor and 12th-century Cathedral di San Nicola Pellegrino, spectacularly positioned at the water's edge. Time to walk through the charming and quaint town. Return to Bari for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Bari
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Masseria Lunch, Lecce
Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful farmhouse in Masseria to enjoy lunch with regional specialties including local wine. Afterwards, in Lecce stroll along 300 year old cobblestone streets past exquisite Baroque architecture. You'll understand why Lecce is fondly named the "Florence of the South". After viewing Piazza del Duomo and the Roman amphitheater dating back to the 2nd century, admire the masterpiece of Southern Baroque in the Basilica of Santa Croce. Time to wander on your own and perhaps dine at one of the quaint trattorias in the city center
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Lecce
Today enjoy a day at leisure to explore Lecce on your own, or choose to participate in the optional tour through the Salento Peninsula. A picturesque drive will take you all the way to Santa Maria di Leuca, the end of the tip of the Italian heel, where the Adriatic Sea meets the Ionian Sea. Rocky coastline, beaches, fishing villages, watchtowers are waiting to be experienced in the most remote area of Puglia region. As you stop on the way to the beautiful coastline, indulge in the Mediterranean atmosphere of these beautiful shores and waters. Enjoy lunch with local products and dishes, before continuing on the coast to reach Otranto, the Easternmost Italian town. Walk the historical center surrounded by its ancient walls at your own pace, take your time to check the tiny small shops and why not savor a gelato, while sitting in an outdoor café, before returning to Lecce for time and dinner on your own
Optional: Full Day Salento & Otranto with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Lecce
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Alberobello, Matera
Today, a visit to the delightful town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, introduces you to the Apulian traditional dry stone huts known as Trulli. In existence since the 14th century, these unusual structures featuring pyramidal, domed or conical roofs are remarkable examples of mortarless, drywall construction, a prehistoric building technique used in this region. After time on your own, journey to fascinating Matera. Here, learn about Matera's roots connecting to the Paleolithic Age as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mysterious Sassi, (ancient stone dwellings carved into rock), are believed to be the first human settlements in Italy. Over the centuries, the Sassi were adapted into family homes. Tonight, dinner is together at the hotel in Matera
Overnight: Matera
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Sorrento
A morning drive takes you to the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii at the base of Mount Vesuvius, a city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic vestiges of people attempting to escape with their children and pets is still visible, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo, Jupiter and the Forum. A huge contrast in scenery as you arrive in Sorrento, welcomed by spectacular panoramic views and by the sapphire blue waters of the Gulf of Naples
Overnight: Sorrento Coast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - The Gorgeous Amalfi Drive
A fantastic day as you drive along the rugged Amalfi coast, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular drives in the world, with its dramatic landscapes and amazing panoramas. Nestled into mountains which rise thousands of feet above the sea, you’ll see enchanting villages, cliffs terraced with lemon groves, whitewashed villas and sparkling turquoise seas. Drive by Positano and stop in Amalfi, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to enjoy time at leisure in town. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon
Overnight: Sorrento Coast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Full Day in Sorrento
A leisure day in idyllic Sorrento, strikingly beautiful with its coastal setting and soaring cliffs plunging into the sea. As you stroll along the sea road and through the picturesque town, you'll know why this town has long been loved by poets and artists. Don't miss the optional full day tour to the enchanting Isle of Capri by boat. Once there, walk through the narrow lanes of Anacapri, with its chic boutiques and shops offering tastings of the island's famous Limoncello. Then, to La Piazzetta where everyone gathers to socialize and to the Gardens of Augustus, towards the top of the island, a natural paradise, from where you can see splendid views of the sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations, one of the island's natural wonders. After a lovely day in Capri, return to Sorrento. Tonight, dinner with your fellow travelers
Optional: Full Day Capri (AM)
Overnight: Sorrento Coast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Arrive in Rome
Travel from Sorrento to Rome. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a dinner with the group
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiator contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café for lunch and just people-watch, or savor a cappuccino, indulge in a delectable gelato or try a perfect Italian pizza
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Vatican Museum and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving at the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica,* built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo’s Pieta. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that includes the Spanish Steps, the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight, dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music, then enjoy an illuminated tour of the city
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - Medieval Assisi to Florence
Depart Rome to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Tour of Florence
Today's tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its impressive dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge". Florence is indeed the center of the world’s finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery. Tonight, a delightful evening that begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment
(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $56): **available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. **
Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues. ** Important: Please note that the museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Thursday - Pisa Sightseeing en route to Venice
Depart Florence, traveling through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig trees, to Pisa where you view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, visit a traditional Tuscan farm in the countryside for wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties before continuing to magical Venice for overnight
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Friday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. While here enjoy a visit to one of the factories to witness the art of glass blowing. Afterward, on to St. Mark's Square where you begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. See the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between the prisons and the inquisition rooms of Doge’s Palace. Then, continue to visit the pink marble Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently, or participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride with music - it's definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Saturday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica.

Dates & Prices Call to book (877) 636-6660
Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.
  • Oct 19 departure will be accommodated at the Grande Albergo delle Nazioni in Bari.
  • Mar 30 and Apr 6 departures will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Royal in Sorrento.
  • May 4 departure will be accommodated at the Hilton Garden Inn Lecce in Lecce and Grand Hotel Royal in Sorrento.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • For visa information, check our Visas page.
Not Included
Optional tours and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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