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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 $2,895 per person
APR - OCT 2022
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

    Puglia is a paradise for wine-lovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of the region's most robust and structured reds - as rich and complex as anything you’ll find in Tuscany! 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 Site of Sassi — a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases and arches, hewn out of the solid rock. You may recognise Matera as the biblical backdrop for the film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ Continue to the small village of Grottole. Once a thriving community, it has lost most of its activity. Meet Silvio and Michela, two locals who strive to bring back the traditional way of living of the area. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visit their home and explore the historic old town to learn about the fascinating history of the village. Later, enjoy a light lunch and wine tasting, helping to preserve the local culture.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento.
  6. Day 6 Capri, The Isle of Dreams

    Cruise by hydrofoil through the impossibly blue sea to the sun-drenched island of Capri.Travel to Capri Town by open-top taxi and meet your Local Expert for an orientation walk of the narrow alleyways. Explore Capri with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the immaculate Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire the views over Faraglioni Rocks. Alternatively, enjoy a limoncello tasting, Capri's famous lemon liqueur.After exploring the winding cobble 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 Grand Hotel Vesuvio, 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 Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento.
  8. Day 8 On to ill-fated Pompeii and Rome

    Journey north to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Your Local Expert walks you through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Witness the colourful frescoes that were hidden for centuries. Continue beneath the striking hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino and back to Rome where your journey reaches its zenith in the 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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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.

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 hydrofoil 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.

Authentic Dining

  • Rome: Welcome Dinner as you dine at your hotel's restaurant, Unique al Palatino.
  • Alberobello: Learn the history and taste for yourself the amazing structure, flavour and body of Apulian wine.
  • 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.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), and 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)

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.

Insight Experiences

  • Matera: Meet Silvio and Michela for a wine tasting, light lunch and a tour of the village.

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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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