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This regional affordable Italy vacation begins and ends in Naples. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples provides visitors a wealth of folklore, history, and a rich culture of the ages. After a guided sightseeing tour of the city, you’ll be on your way to the Apulia region – the “heel of the boot” of Italy and one of the favorite holiday destinations of the Italian people due to its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting coastline with turquoise waters.You’ll visit the 13th-century Castel Del Monte on your way to the beautiful port of Bari. Included in your Italy vacation are a number of surprising stops, including the fascinating Castellana Grotte limestone caves, the conical-roofed houses of Alberobello, and Lecce’s baroque architecture. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca with its art nouveau houses, and Gallipoli’s underground olive presses, and winding streets above. Your budget travel to Italy experience is never short on great food and drink. Learn about regional wines on your visit to a Primitivo wine cellar in Manduria. Before returning to Naples, enjoy a leisurely stay in Fasano – surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your affordable Italy tour of the Apulia region of Italy ends where it began – in Naples – where authentic Napoli pizza and espresso await your return!
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*Book a 2020 Cosmos vacation (excluding Cosmos Lite and 2020 Oberammergau) to receive the $50 per person discount on the land price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between June 5 and October 22, 2019 for travel in 2020. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Combinable with all other applicable promotions. Applies to new 2020 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. PRMX0529
NAPLES Guided sightseeingCASTEL DEL MONTE Visit BARI OrientationCASTELLANA GROTTE Visit the limestone cavesALBEROBELLO See the Trulli housesLECCE VisitSANTA MARIA DI LEUCA Orientation driveGALLIPOLI Visit Frantoio IpogeoMANDURIA Visit a wine cellarOSTUNI VisitOLIVE MILL Visit, olive oil tasting and light lunch
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily; 1 lunch; 4 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI. Guided sightseeing this morning gives you an introduction to the eventful history of this city and its colorful traditions. Depart Naples and travel into Apulia, the legendary “boot” of Italy. Stop at CASTEL DEL MONTE, built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and renowned for its unique octagonal towers, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Adriatic coastline for an orientation of the beautiful port city of Bari.
BARI–CASTELLANA GROTTE–ALBEROBELLO–LECCE. Head to Castellana Grotte to visit the area’s famous limestone CAVES. This impressive system is a wonderland of captivating stalactites, stalagmites, and crystallized mineral deposits. Next stop is Alberobello, renowned for its distinct conical-roofed TRULLI houses. Follow the coastline to lovely Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and marvel at its opulent baroque buildings from the 1600s.
LECCE. EXCURSION TO SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA & GALLIPOLI. Spend some time on your own this morning to explore Lecce’s baroque city center. Then, travel to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Apulia, where you'll discover oriental art nouveau villas and beach huts from the early 20th century. On to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city built on an island in the Ionian Sea. Enjoy the Old Town with its quaint ambiance, winding streets, and inviting squares, and discover FRANTOIO IPOGEO, an underground olive press buried in the tufa rock. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, workers pressed Gallipoli’s olive oil, which was stored in cisterns beneath the Old Town and used to light the city’s oil lamps. Return to Lecce in the late afternoon.
LECCE–MANDURIA–OSTUNI–FASANO. Start the day visting Lecce, the city with a total Baroque look. On to Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region, where you’ll visit a WINE CELLAR and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Next stop is Ostuni, only 42 miles from actual Greece, but characterized by its flat-roofed, white, Greek-looking town centre. Overnight in Fasano, a peaceful town surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic Sea.
FASANO. Today is free to do as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. The impressive “rock city” of Matera is home to the prehistoric sassi cave dwellings, while a guided tour reveals the amazing stone-clad city of Altamura, with free time afterward to stroll through the Old Town on your own.
FASANO–NAPLES. Puglia is famous for its olive trees, and this morning you’ll visit a traditional OLIVE MILL to taste some genuine olive oil, enjoy a light lunch, and stroll around the groves. Later, travel back to Naples for a chance to treat yourself to a real espresso coffee shot or the most authentic pizza. (B,L)
NAPLES. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
BARI Nicolaus Bari (SF) or Excelsior (F)
FASANO Sierra Silvana (F)
LECCE Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi (F)
NAPLES Ramada Naples (F) or Hotel Tiempo (SF) or Holiday Inn Napoli (F)