Country Roads of Puglia & the Neapolitan Riviera

Trulli Houses, Alberobella
10 Days from $2,156 per person

Fall head over heels for Puglia - an unspoilt, food lover's paradise. See the curious trulli and sparkling white towns, the unique beauty of the Bay of Naples, and the sun-drenched Isle of Capri.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Transfers to your hotel depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Later, join your Tour Director for orientation of the 'Eternal City'. Afterwards, enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.
    hotel:Kolbe Hotel, Rome.
  3. Head southeast, through sun-baked landscapes to the region of Puglia and its most spectacular trulli town, Alberobello.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Grand Hotel La Chiusa Di Chietri, Alberobello (3 nights).
  4. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - its narrow streets crowded with conical, white-washed trulli, clustered together like mushrooms, constructed entirely without mortar. This region is a paradise for wine-lovers so join an expert vintner with a tasting of Puglia's most robust and structured reds - as rich and complex as anything you'll find in Tuscany! The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace. In the evening, there is an opportunity to break bread with your friends over a delicious dinner, typical of the region.
    hotel:Grand Hotel La Chiusa Di Chietri, Alberobello.
  5. The day is free for you to enjoy this extraordinary town further. Why not enjoy an optional experience to the stunning city of Ostuni? With its dazzling white-washed houses and fascinating history, it is a true delight.
    hotel:Grand Hotel La Chiusa Di Chietri, Alberobello.
  6. Visit Matera with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, ‘Sassi' - a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases and arches, hewn out of the solid rock. Mel Gibson chose Matera as the biblical backdrop for his film ‘The Passion of the Christ'. Rolling green hills and wide mountain views pave the way, as you head towards the Tyrrhenian Sea. Take the dramatic coast road to the lively clifftop resort of Sorrento. In the evening, choose your own menu, style and ambience from a handpicked selection of local restaurants.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento (3 nights).
  7. Board the ferry to the sun-drenched island of Capri. Arrive at Marina Grande and take a funicular ride up to Capri town. A Local Expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks and a crunchy, refreshing lemon granita - a specialty of the island. Savour the cosmopolitan mood of the Piazzetta before descending to the port by open-top taxi and returning to Sorrento. On arrival, you can investigate the art of ‘intarsio' or marquetry wood inlaying.
    hotel:Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento.
  8. 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. Enjoy this beautiful resort with its stunning views down to the clear sparkling waters of the Gulf of Naples. Sorrento's main square, Piazza Tasso, is a hub of activity; 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 beside your hotel's pool and enjoy the warm southern sunshine.
    hotel:Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento.
  9. Drive to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Witness colourful frescoes hidden for centuries. Continue beneath the brooding hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino back to Rome where your journey reaches its zenith in the evening. In the heart of the Eternal City, you are treated to the quintessential Italian experience – fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta!
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Kolbe Hotel, Rome.
  10. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (D). and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • Visit the famous ‘Sassi' or cave dwellings, which were home to approximately 20,000 people until 1950.

Isle of Capri:

  • Cruise to this famous isle and in the style of the jet-set, descend to the port by open-top taxi.


  • Drive along the Amalfi Coast and visit this colourful town.


  • Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
Definite Departure
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31 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
14 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
28 Apr 17 7 May 17 checkmark $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
12 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
26 May 17 4 Jun 17 $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
9 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 checkmark $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
23 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
7 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
21 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 checkmark $2,395$2,156pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,395 $2,156 pp
4 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $2,395$2,156pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,395 $2,156 pp
18 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $2,395$2,156pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,395 $2,156 pp
1 Sep 17 10 Sep 17 checkmark $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
15 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 checkmark $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
29 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp
13 Oct 17 22 Oct 17 $2,450$2,205pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,450 $2,205 pp

These departures will stay in alternate accommodation of similar style in Rome.

There is a 90% reduction to the Single Supplement charge for March 31st, July 21st and October 13th departures, subject to availability

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $40 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink. 

    Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined.  Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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