Day 1 ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY.
Welcome to Naples! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel
Day 2 NAPLES.
Discover the major sites of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing this morning. See the remarkable Triumphal Arch of the New Castle, St. Charles Theater, Galleria Umberto, and the semicircular Piazza Plebiscito. The highlight is a visit to the magnificent PALAZZO REALE, royal residence of the Bourbons from 1734-1860. Since 1925, it also has housed the National Library. Afternoon and evening at leisure; join an optional excursion to make the most of your stay
Day 3 NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI.
Enter the region of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s “boot.” Enjoy a guided visit of the 13th-century, octagonal citadel CASTEL DEL MONTE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered by some as the most fascinating castle built by Emperor Frederick II. Arrive in the capital of Apulia, Bari, a port on the Adriatic Sea. An optional dinner outing is available
Day 4 BARI–OSTUNI–CELLINO SAN MARCO.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a walk through the OLD TOWN, and a [LF] taste of the local focaccia. Next is attractive Ostuni, often called the “White Town,” a charming example of Mediterranean architecture. Its Old Town is located on top of a hill and fortified by ancient walls. Stay overnight on the beautiful and peaceful Tenute Al Bano Carrisi estate, situated in the Salento countryside. Savor local produce and wine from the estate’s vineyards, as well as olive oil and homemade pasta. Soak up the local atmosphere as you relax around the pool area
Day 5 CELLINO SAN MARCO. EXCURSION TO LECCE & OTRANTO.
Arrive in Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” to discover the lacy stone buildings and baroque squares during your guided walking tour. [LF] Taste local pasticciotto and almond coffee. Enjoy time to explore the streets of the lovely center, before continuing to picturesque Otranto, an historic seaside town and port, surrounded by its imposing defensive walls and dominated by its romanesque cathedral. Return to Cellino San Marco
Day 6 CELLINO SAN MARCO–ALBEROBELLO–CASTELLANA GROTTE.
In Alberobello, follow your Local Guide for a visit to a TRULLO, one of the conical houses famous for their unique characteristics. The structure assures excellent indoor climate control—cool in summer and warm in winter. Continue to Castellana Grotte, where a [LF] visit to the underground CAVES, one of the most important attractions of the region, is included before heading to your hotel
Day 7 CASTELLANA GROTTE–PAESTUM–SORRENTO.
Paestum, or Poseidonia, named in honor of the Greek god of the sea, was founded in the 6th century. During your visit of the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE with a Local Guide, see the ancient Greek temples dating back to 600-400 BC. Arrive in the charming, seaside resort of Sorrento
Day 8 SORRENTO.
On an orientation walk with your Tour Director, see the old town's characteristic lava-stone streets, the 14th-century Sedil Dominova building, the ancient bell tower, and St. Antonio Church, dedicated to Sorrento's patron Saint. There is the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate your vacation
Day 9 SORRENTO.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Naples).