Puglia & Southern Italy

12 days
Sip cappuccino in a cafe where only Italian can be heard. Wander underground through Neolithic caves. Travel back to simpler times in untouched Alberobello. From the soothing shores of Sorrento to the quaint homes of the Trulli Valley, authenticity presides everywhere you go in Southern Italy.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in hand-picked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with wine or beer

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Naples 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Naples

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner where you may have a chance to taste traditional Neapolitan pizza.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Naples

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning’s guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the highlights of Naples.

• Enjoy a panoramic tour with a scenic drive along the Naples waterfront

• Pass Castel dell’Ovo, the seaside castle on a peninsula in the Bay of Naples

• Visit the National Archaeological Museum and see relics of Roman history

Enjoy a free afternoon in Naples or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Lost City of Herculaneum $45pp* Details

Part of the family of Lost Cities, Herculaneum was also glazed over by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. On this excursion, a guide will take you through the small city and all of its well-preserved wonders. Unlike Pompeii, the conditions in Herculaneum allowed for many buildings and artwork to remain intact. Examine the frescos and mosaics that decorated the homes of the wealthy, and the narrow streets that characterized the area. Before you leave, take some free time to shop.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Bari 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Castel del Monte via Benevento

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop to explore the city of Benevento on a guided walking tour that includes several historical sites.

• View the Arch of Trajan and Church of Sant’Ilario 

• Enter the Church of Santa Sofia and the Museum of Sannio

En route to Bari, take a guided tour of the UNESCO-protected Castel del Monte. This 13th-century structure is known as a masterpiece of medieval military architecture.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Bari

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the town of Bari with a local guide.

• Visit Bari Cathedral, built atop the ruins of an Imperial Byzantine church destroyed in 1156 by William the Wicked

• See the Old Town, the castle, Piazza Mercantile and Piazza Ferrarese

• Visit the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which contains the remains of the bishop whose penchant for anonymous gift-giving inspired the legend of Santa Claus

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bari or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Coastal Trani & Olive Oil Tasting $49pp* Details

Your first stop is Trani, Italy, known as the “Pearl of Puglia” for its sophisticated vibe. Take a guided walking tour of its charming streets, making stops in the historical Jewish neighborhood and at the Romanesque Trani Cathedral. Then, it’s on to the groves of the Galantino Estate, located just outside Trinitapoli, a small community overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Here you’ll visit an ancient oil mill and sample some of the region’s famous olive oils.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Lecce 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Lecce

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Lecce, nicknamed “the Florence of the South,” to get to know the city on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Marvel at the extravagant ornamentation of Lecce’s churches and monuments 

• Visit Lecce Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Roman Amphitheatre

Day 7: Free day in Lecce

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Lecce or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Otranto with Dinner & Wine Tasting $79pp* Details

This excursion brings you to the seaside town of Otranto, a former Greek colony that repeatedly defied Roman authorities by siding with the Romans’ enemies in the Pyrrhic and Punic Wars. Explore Otranto’s old town and the Romanesque church at the center of town. Later, sit down for an included dinner featuring regional specialties and a wine tasting.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Trulli Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Ostuni

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pay a visit to Ostuni’s picturesque cathedral and whitewashed Old Town homes. Then continue on to the Trulli Valley, arriving in time for a dinner of local specialties.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Alberobello

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads a tour of Alberobello, where you’ll explore more of its UNESCO-recognized trulli, the iconic homes with symbols painted onto the roof to bring luck.

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Trulli Valley or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Puglia Cooking Class & Dinner $109pp* Details

Visit the agritourismo of Masseria Montenapoleone in Pezze di Greco for an evening of traditional southern Italian cuisine. Here, local chefs will show you how to make fresh pasta and focaccia bread, which you'll taste alongside local olive oil and wine. After your cooking class, enjoy a three-course meal of local specialties—and more wine.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Sorrento Coast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Matera

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the scenic Apennine Mountains on your way to Sorrento, stopping along the way in Matera for a guided tour of the hilltop town.

• Visit the 9,000-year-old Sassi di Matera cave dwellings, including the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and the chiese rupistri, or “rock churches”

• View Matera Cathedral, Palazzo del Sedile and the Tramontano Castle, which has sat unfinished since the early 16th century

Day 11: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Sorrento or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner tonight.

Optional Excursion - Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island $105pp* Details

Travel by ferry to the fabled Isle of Capri, a beloved resort since the days of the Roman Republic. Weather permitting, you’ll enjoy a mini-cruise around the island. Later, you'll enjoy free time to discover why everyone from Roman emperors to Sophia Loren wants to spend their vacation in Capri. If weather prohibits a mini-cruise, you’ll travel to the village of Anacapri, which offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your adventure in Rome.

Add Rome Starting from $449 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a guided tour of the Eternal City.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire 

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum and take time to explore on your own

Day 13: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Naples, Italy
  • Bari, Italy
  • Lecce, Italy
  • Alberobello, Italy
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.  
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive and depart from Naples (or Rome on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region. 
  • In Puglia, the fertile countryside produces great quantities of olive oil, tomatoes, artichokes, fennel, peppers and onions. The region’s simple cuisine exalts these natural ingredients alongside the abundant fresh seafood and local lamb and beef. Puglia is renowned for its homemade pasta, made from local durum wheat and often formed in unusual shapes such as the orecchiette (little ears). A hearty meal in Puglia is often finished with homegrown yellow or white melons, watermelons or grapes.  * For more authentic meals, try trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: VT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Super Pulia & the South

I expected the "heel" to be different from Northern Italy, but I had no real idea. It turned out really great and with things to see that I couldn't have imagined! It is a whole other side of Italy with different influences because of its Adriatic coast and the people who live there. Dionosio was a truly excellent Tour Director. Doing Sicily, then Capri and finally Southern Italy was one of the best trips we have taken! Highly recommended to take both tours (Sicily & Puglia) when in Italy. Helps minimize jet trips, too.

 

Hi Herschell! From the numerous dialects to the varying cuisines, the diversity of Italy's different regions is astounding. We're delighted that you had the opportunity to experience these contrasts firsthand. We're also glad to learn that your Tour Director's efforts were nothing short of excellent. We will be sure to let him know. It's great to know that you recommend visiting these beautiful destinations. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to your next trip!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 23, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 10/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

An average tour.

Moving from hotels every 2 days was inconvenient.

 

Dear Rosemarie, We regret that the pace of this itinerary did not meet your expectations. A member of our Quality Control team has reached out to learn more about your experience. If you would like to discuss it, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. This tour covers a number of destinations in under two weeks, and therefore, does require staying in a handful of hotels. The goal of this itinerary is to maximize our travelers’ time and to offer a well-rounded ‘sampling’ of the region. We offer many tours to Italy, all at varying paces. When you’re ready to travel again, our Sales Consultants would love to help you choose the right itinerary for your desired pace. Again, we regret that you found the pace of this itinerary inconvenient. We do hope to hear back from you so that we may learn more about your experience, and we sincerely hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 05, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Puglia & Southern Italy

Looking back on this trip, overall I had a very good experience, but some things could have been better. The hotel in Lecce was 25-30 minutes outside of town near the autostrada, which was a bad location and had mold in the bathrooms. Many of the 20 travelers coughed constantly. I had to open my window at night to be able to breathe properly. the breakfast was bad. The hotel in Alberobello was 15 to 20 mins. outside of town and we had to pay for a shuttle to town which should have been included. The extra extension to Otranto with dinner and wine tasting was not worth the price. The dinner at L'Astore Massaria was paltry and niggerdly. The waitress made a denigratety remark about the group eating too much. which was insulting. They also were cheap on the wine tasting. The best hotel was in Sorrento. A much appreciated surprise. Located high on a hill overlooking the Bay of Naples and a very nice accommodating staff. The food overall in the restaurants and hotels was disappointing and very average, geared too much to American tourists. The group of 20 people from different states was very compatible sa was the guide Maria, who tried her best to please all of us. I would think twice before taking another GoAhead Tour.

 

Dear Marie, Thank you for speaking with one of our Quality Control team members about your experience. We’re glad that overall you had a very good experience, but we regret that there were some aspects of the tour which did not meet your expectations. In terms of your hotels, we have communicated your feedback to our Operations team so that they can investigate some of the quality concerns you raise. We take the quality and cleanliness of our hotel accommodations very seriously, and we closely monitor their ratings from both our travelers, as well as the evaluations from our team on the ground in Italy. Regarding hotel locations, we strive to choose hotels as centrally located as possible. However, we also take into account other criteria that can affect the location, such as reputation and availability. In the smaller, historical towns that have limited hotel availability and high numbers of tourists, it can be challenging to find accommodations directly in the center that are capable of hosting groups. In terms of your experience in Otranto, we regret that the dinner and wine tasting did not meet your expectations. We also regret to learn that you felt the wait staff was unfriendly at times. We will be sure to share this information with our Operations team for further evaluation. Despite these concerns, we’re glad that overall you had a good time on tour, and that you enjoyed your group as well as your Tour Director. We thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience, and we do hope that you will travel with us again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Long-Awaited Trip to Puglia - worth waiting for

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Puglia, as well as our first two nights in Napoli. Great accommodations throughout the stay, the optional tours were all very enjoyable. And the local restaurant meals were super. For optional tours, we especially enjoyed our pasta making night at a farmhouse in the countryside and the olive oil tasting. What fun for everyone! The area is lovely, and different from other areas of Italy we have visited in the past. The 'sassi' caves in Matera and the 'trulli' houses in Alberobello were places I had looked forward to seeing for years. But there are many more nice surprises in Puglia too! This was my sixth tour with Go Ahead, my husband's fourth. I'm already thinking ahead to our next trip.

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Hi Irene! We’re so glad you enjoyed your time in Puglia and Southern Italy. We appreciate the positive feedback regarding your accommodations and optionals, as well as the meals provided on tour. Pasta making and olive oil tasting sounds like a fabulous experience, and we’re delighted to learn that you enjoyed it. Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and let us know when you’re ready to plan your seventh tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Puglia

My trip to the Puglia was fantastic. A dream come true to see the Trulli in Alberobello and the ancient cave city of Matera. The other stops along the way were wonderful as well: Benevento, Castel del Monte, Bari, Polignano a Mare, Lecce, Ostuni, Sorrento, and of course Capri ( a worthwhile excursion). The olive groves, the beautiful water, the variety of foods, the climate, the people, all were exceptional. Certainly a trip to consider for anyone who loves Italy and the Italian culture like I do. Bellissima!

 

Hi Rosemary! We're so glad you enjoyed bella Italia! Thank you for your wonderful review, and we hope you'll travel with Go Ahead again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

It's Italy

Southern Italy was beautiful. This tour was amazing but what really sold me was the Rome excursion. Definitely an experience that changed my life. Loved the group size and our tour director was so patient and gracious with us. So much fun!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best tour director!!

My husband and I have taken plenty of trips with Go Ahead.....and this one was very good! We love Italy anyway but this tour covers areas we wouldn't normally have gone to by ourselves. It involved more hotels than normal but it was necessary to move around a lot to see everything. If you don't like packing and unpacking a lot, this may not be the right tour for you. Also we were slightly disappointed in one or two of the hotels, but nothing worth mentioning. The best optional was the island of Capri! It was amazing.....and not to be missed! But the best part of the tour (for me) was Paz, our tour guide. She is simply amazing at her job and treated us with the care of a mother hen and her chicks! She knows what you need and when you need it ..... and so we gave her the nickname of " telepath"! Love her!! Thanks Paz!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

The tour was great value for your money!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our Trip To Puglia

We took this trip not knowing exactly what to expect but we were not disappointed! The sites we saw and cities we visited were wonderful. Our Tour Director was terrific, she had a great feel for the local areas and customs and told great stories while on the bus between cities. No ride was to long and the stops in between were interesting. We extended our trip to go to Rome and while it was the second time we had been there it seemed all new. I recommend this trip to someone who wants to get a great look at a lot of cites and towns in a relative short time.

1 / 4

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

More needed for Southern Italy

After returning from this tour recently, I feel that there was not enough planned for the tour - we had a lot of free time; however, it was dark and cold and often rainy which discouraged any "free time" investigating of the city we were in. I would recommend that Go Ahead add more items to this tour - a winery tour, an olive grove tour (we saw thousands of olive trees), a cooking lesson, a hike on the lovely coast of Amalfi etc. There was too much "history" and not enough of participation in the Italy that is now. Italy was, as ever, the loveliest place, with wonderful people.

 

Hi Kathleen! We are happy that you enjoyed lovely Italy and the warm, wonderful people! We regret to hear, though, that you had poor weather. That can be very frustrating, as it can impact your overall experience. Regarding free time on tour, we carefully design our itineraries with the goal of striking a balance between structured time and down time. This gives travelers a chance to explore as they wish or simply relax and soak in their surroundings. That said, we regret the weather hindered this opportunity for you. In the future, you can always consult with your expert Tour Director for free time suggestions on good indoor activities in the event that the weather prohibits outdoor options. We appreciate your recommendation and want to thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour in the future! Happy Travels!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 28, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Puglia ,South Italy

EXCELENT TOURS AND TOURS DIRECTOR.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"La Dolce Vida"

When we meet our Tour Director Dionisio at the welcome reception and he introduced himself, I knew then that this was going to be the tour to remember. This was followed by a traditional Neapolitan dinner, which included pizza that was honestly the best pizza I had ever eaten. To set the record straight, I have been on four previous GoAhead trips to Europe. This is the first review that I have ever done for Go Ahead. During past travels, I have been to Italia on four separate vacations. Dionisio set the bar very high for our trip by talking about the beautiful and special places that we would be venturing in Southern Italia and Puglia. He certainly delivered on what he said at welcome dinner. Dionisio shared a vast amount of knowledge regarding the history of Southern Italia, the culture, the wine, olive oil and olive trees, and of course, the food. Some of the many highlights of this trip are: The lost City of Herculaneum, the Island of Capri, Monte Saint Angelo, Lecce, Ostuni, Madera and Alberobello, . . . just to name a few! If you are hesitating about traveling in Southern Italia don’t! I never imagined this trip to Southern Italy would be one of the best trips in over 20 years of traveling in Europe. We had an incredible driver Pascuale, and all the local guides, especially Antonio which made this vacation so memorable. I would recommend this trip to everyone that wants to travel in beautiful Italia.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dionisio is the absolute tour director ever!

The tour was amazing! We read the reviews of this tour from people who were on it before and everyone had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. They were right! The whole trip was one of the best ever. I would not mind taking the same trip again because there is so much to see and learn. The most beautiful places and so much history everywhere. And, on top of that, we had the best tour director: Dionisio. He is amazing! He is not only knowledgeable, but he is passionate about what he does. He goes above the duties of a tour director. I know everyone that was on the tour was so grateful to have him and will be looking for his name on future trips to have him again as the tour director. And, we also had the best driver to have in Italy, and maybe Europe, Pasquale. Anyone that is thinking of taking this tour, you will not regret it. I guarantee it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour Director

Dionisio was a wonderful guide. We've done many tours and consider him to be the best of the best. He's very knowledgeable about the history, culture, food and the wine of the region. He was extremely well organized, thoughtful and always patient. The tour itself was interesting, comprehensive and well-paced. Highlights of the trip were Alberobello with its amazing trulli, an impromptu wine tasting and dinner that Dionisio arranged for us at the last minute and the amazing view from our hotel in Sorrento. We would definitely recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Interesting & Fun

This tour ticked all the boxes for me in regards to where I wanted to visit. This was my fifth trip to Italy, but first time visiting Puglia & Basilica. I was so happy that there were 2 nights at each accommodation and I think the hotels exceeded my expectations. I thought Giorgio was informative, had a great sense of humour and really cared about each individuals needs and wants. It must be hard to cater to everyones wishes, but he went out of his way to try to make everyone happy when he could. The bus rides were very comfortable considering the temperature and the optional excursions were well worth attending. The highlight for me was Alberobello. I loved the town visit during the day, the free time, the excursion to the Grotto in the afternoon and especially the dinner at the Trulli restaurant. I did not want this tour to end, I had a fantastic time and now I have wonderful memories that I'll never forget.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Mama Mia what a tour!

Our tour director Giorgio and our bus driver Pasqual were fabulous. All of the guides gave us more than just information. The food and atmosphere were impeccable. Hotels were outstanding. Getting around on our own on the free time was very rewarding. Our group was very personable and at all times entertaining. I would travel with all of them again anytime. Think that I could do that trip again easily. Thanks for a wonderful adventure. Ciao

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The unknown Italy

My wife and I had a wonderful time on this trip to an area of Italy that many tourists have not yet discovered. We had 27 in our group from all parts of the US and Canada, and everyone got along well. Our tour director, Anna Maria, was superb - very knowledgeable, very helpful, and spoke perfect English. The remainder of our guides were on par with Anna Maria. The hotels were very nice with rooms as big as US hotels. The only negative was the meals at the hotels included in the tour were fair at best. The meals on our own and included in the extra excursions were excellent. The wines were very good to excellent. The scenery was breathtaking. The history was awesome. The castles, cathedrals, basilicas, and churches were magnificent We are very glad we went. Drs. Eli & Janet Marley Rose

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour director!

This was a wonderful tour that gave me a lifetime of memories. The tour director was great and she kept us organized and she always made sure we were having a good time. All the hotels were beautiful. The only down fall was that we were there during the offseason for some places, so some locations were too slow and not enough to do. Even ALL of the ovation tour guides were great! They were so informative and interesting. Overall, I had a great time and I would recommend this to a friend.

1 / 3

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The heel of the boot

Excellent tour. I highly recommend this tour. Having two nights in Napoli instead of one is ideal. There is plenty to do and see in Napoli. The tour pace was fine. It is not a "walking, hiking tour" but it is not a "sit,eat, and drink all day" tour. The tour involves walking the streets of towns and walking through castles, but all very doable. Fantastic stops and sites in southern Italy on your way from Napoli east to the Adriatic. Unimaginable groves of olive trees and vineyards. An opportunity to visit the towns of the heel of Italy is a must. Don't miss the optional wine tasting and dinner, and the tour of Europe's second largest cave. The tour even includes time in Sorrento and an optional to Capri. Special thanks to our top notch tour director Giuliana and driver Pasquale.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Hotels

All of the hotels were great EXCEPT the location of the one in Barletto. Since it was off-season the restaurants in the area were closed, except one, which didn't open until 8PM. Considering that all the people on this tour were American and were not used to having dinner at 9PM, this was a poor choice of hotels. One other thing about dinners, vegetables were a rarity. It seems pasta, potatoes and rice were in abundance. I think we could still enjoy the local cuisines and eat healthier. Maybe a salad before dinner and some green or yellow vegetable with dinner. These objections would not preclude me from recommending this tour to friends but I would also mention my observations.

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