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Country Roads of Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera

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Country Roads of Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $2,426 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Trulli houses in Puglia, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Alberobello, Matera, Grottole, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Cassino ...more Rome, Alberobello, Matera, Grottole, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Cassino
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Rome

    Transfers to your hotel depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 to explore the Eternal City, passing the renaissance palaces and baroque churches scattered throughout the city. Get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant Welcome Dinner as you dine at your hotel's restaurant, Unique al Palatino.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Kolbe Hotel Rome.
  2. Day 2 Across the Apennines to the Trulli Town of Alberobello Relaxed Start

    Head southeast, through the sun-baked landscapes to the region of Puglia and its most spectacular town, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.With your Local Expert, explore the small, white-washed stone houses - known as Trulli - which are clustered together throughout the city and built entirely without mortar.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
  3. Day 3 Exploring Alberobello Relaxed Start

    This morning is yours to enjoy at leisure. For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are welcomed into a local family's home. See Nonna making orecchiette pasta and join her for a traditional freshly prepared southern Italian meal.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
  4. Day 4 Free Time in Alberobello Relaxed Start

    The day is free for you to enjoy this extraordinary town as you wish. Why not join an Optional Experience to the stunning city of Ostuni? With its dazzling white-washed houses and fascinating history, it is a true delight.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
  5. Day 5 The Sassi di Matera and Sorrento

    Visit Matera with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sassi — a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases and arches, hewn out of solid rock. You may recognise Matera as the biblical backdrop from the film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ Continue on to the small village of Grottole, a once-thriving community which has lost much of its activity and population. Meet Andrea, a local striving to bring back the traditional way of living here. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, explore the historic old town to learn about the fascinating history of the village, then enjoy a light lunch with wine, helping to preserve the local culture. Later, journey onward to clifftop Sorrento.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento.
  6. Day 6 Capri, The Isle of Dreams

    Cruise by jetfoil across the impossibly blue sea to the sun-drenched island of Capri. On arrival, journey in style to Capri Town by open-top taxi and meet your Local Expert for an orientation walk of the narrow streets. Explore Capri with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the immaculate Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire the views over Faraglioni Rocks, or alternatively, enjoy a tasting of Capri's famous lemon liqueur - limoncello. After exploring the winding cobbled streets, descend to the port by funicular before returning to Sorrento where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento.
  7. Day 7 The Amalfi coast and Positano Relaxed Start

    Travel along Italy’s finest coastline, the Amalfi Coast. Stop for a bird’s-eye view of the terraced houses of Positano before venturing in to the heart of the town. There’s time to be tempted by the boutiques before returning to Sorrento to enjoy stunning views down to the clear waters of the Bay of Naples. Maybe relax over coffee and contemplate your options. You could stroll down to the harbour, visit the Church of St. Francis, take a swim from the foot of the cliffs or just relax and enjoy the warm, southern sunshine.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento.
  8. Day 8 On to ill-fated Pompeii and Rome

    Journey north to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Your Local Expert will walk you along the ancient streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples of this once-bustling city, and you will have the chance to see colourful frescoes that have been hidden for centuries. Later you will continue on your journey north, passing beneath the striking hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino on your way back to Rome. This evening, in the heart of the Eternal City, you are treated to a quintessential Italian experience – fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta for your Celebration Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Kolbe Hotel Rome.
  9. Day 9 Arrivederci Roma

    Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Capri: Discover the luxuriant Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.
  • Capri: Enjoy a tasting of limoncello, Capri's traditional lemon liqueur.

Authentic Dining

  • Rome: Welcome Dinner as you dine at your hotel's restaurant, Unique al Palatino.
  • Alberobello: After embracing the town as its natives do, you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family and learn more about their life.
  • Capri: Enjoy a tasting of limoncello, Capri's traditional lemon liqueur.
  • Rome: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved songs.

Insight Experiences

  • Grottole: Meet Andrea for a light lunch with wine and a tour of the village.

Make Travel Matter

  • Grottole: Participate in the fascinating Wonder Grottole project. This regeneration initiative works to rehabilitate the abandoned historic centre and preserves traditional village life.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Rome: During your orientation with you Travel Director see the medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Alberobello: Led by a Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
  • Matera: With your Local Expert, visit the famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to approximately 20,000 people until 1950 and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
  • Capri: Discover the luxuriant Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.
  • Capri: Cruise by jetfoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
  • Capri: Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.
  • Positano: Drive along the Amalfi Coast to visit this seaside town. See the pastel rainbow of colourful houses precariously stacked upon one another as if cascading from the hilltop to the water.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Available on Day 3

Visit Polignano a Mare

This afternoon we'll visit the picture-perfect 'Pearl of the Adriatic' Polignano a Mare with our Local Expert. A quaint and delightful town built upon cliffs with breath-taking views of the turquoise Adriatic Sea below, it's also the hometown of Domenico Modugno, who sang and co-wrote Volare. We'll take a stroll in the historical centre, where traces of the town’s Arab, Byzantine, Spanish, and Norman past still coexist.
Adult Price: € 35

Available on Day 4

Masseria Dinner

Puglia is a food lovers paradise, famous for its local dishes using the freshest of ingredients! Tonight it's off to the countryside to a local 'Masseria', a typical ancient fortified 'Farmhouse' of Puglia. We enjoy an incredible, authentic Puglian style dinner in a beautiful setting! A wonderful 'country roads' experience all served up with great wines form this region!
Adult Price: € 60

Available on Day 4

The White Town of Ostuni and Olive Mill

In the company of our Local Expert experience the town of Ostuni which is reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina. Admire the stark white-washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways. Set against three hills and perched high above the beautiful sea; 'The White Town' is a photographer's delight. Afterwards, we'll visit a Mill to taste the renowned olive oil produced in this area that incorporates olives from the ancient groves of Puglia!
Adult Price: € 34


Available on Day 5

Sorrento Evening

A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialities. We arrive at one of the area's unique local restaurants for an incredible dining experience featuring some of the famous dishes of this region!
Adult Price: € 63

Available on Day 6

Delights Of The Bay Of Naples

Among the lemon and olive groves of Sorrento is a small farm owned by the third generation of the Marciano family. Meet Rosa and Maria and see how fresh mozzarella is made by hand. Walk through lemon groves, past the old olive mill before indulging your taste buds in a delicious meal of Italian specialities all fresh from the farm. Finish with a taste of the famous Limoncello.
Adult Price: € 51

Available on Day 6

Island Tour of Capri

Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise to the most beautiful part of the island, the southern side. View the beautiful grottoes and unique coastline before ascending to Capri town. This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.
Adult Price: € 47


Available on Day 7

Ravello – Crown Jewel of the Amalfi Coast

Ravello, perched high above Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast, is home to some of the most breathtaking cliffside gardens in the world. A haven for celebrities for centuries, join us to discover the stunning streets and squares of this charming village, including entry to the iconic gardens of the 13th century Villa Rufolo.
Adult Price: € 48

Available on Day 7

Discovering Naples

Join us on a fascinating visit to the city of Naples and feel like you've entered a Sophia Loren movie! With our Local Expert we'll visit some of the most famous and unique streets and areas of Naples, to truly discover and enjoy this incredible city. You'll savour some of the genuine street food for which Naples is famous and be amazed by some of the city's incredible artistic treasures! It's a unique opportunity to see, taste and discover this vibrant city!
Adult Price: € 58

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Excellent trip. Beautiful sights, travel director and driver were amazing. Nothing to complain about. First class service all the eay.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Perfect, amazing, beautiful, food incredible, first class service, attentive, on schedule, accommodating, no complaints, loved every minute of it.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Easy and efficient
We travelled to some wonderful places. It was educational, as well as fun. Everything was planned ahead, no waiting. The tour director was very knowledgeable and helpful. The coach was comfortable -- perfect.
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