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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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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 Flight1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Naples2 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, a beautiful bay-side city.

• 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 $45*pp 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 Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Benevento

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to the Bari region, 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

Day 5: Monte Sant’Angelo & Castel del Monte

Included meals: Breakfast

On today’s full-day excursion in the Bari region, you’ll visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

•  See the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo, where legend says Archangel Michael appeared in the year 490

• Visit the octagonal Castel del Monte, a 13th-century structure whose interior remains largely unaltered since antiquity

Lecce2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Bari

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Lecce, stop to 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

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Lecce

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Lecce, nicknamed “the Florence of the South,” 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 amphitheater 

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Otranto with Dinner & Wine Tasting $79*pp 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 Valley2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Ostuni

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to the Trulli Vally, pay a visit to Ostuni’s picturesque cathedral and whitewashed Old Town homes.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Alberobello

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads a tour of Alberobello and its UNESCO-recognized trulli, traditional dry stone huts with white symbols painted onto the roof to bring luck.

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

Optional Excursion - Grotte di Castellana with Dinner $79*pp Details

People have known about the Grotte di Castellana for centuries, but since local legend held that the entrances to these caves were actually the gates of hell, few explored this subterranean world before the 1930s. Discover some of the most famous portions of these caves, including the sunlit section known as The Grave, the towering Cave of the Monuments, the slender stalactites of the Cave of the Altar and the irridescent White Cave. Afterward, travel to a neighboring village for an included dinner at a private Trullo, or a traditional Apulian dry-stone hut. Under the conical roof, you’ll sample regional specialties. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-March through October.

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

Sorrento2 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 incredible 9,000-year-old Sassi di Matera cave dwellings

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

• Enter the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Chiese Rupestri

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 $105*pp 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 $389 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.

Rome2 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 $99*pp 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, you’ll 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 $79*pp 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!

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.

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 Flight1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Naples2 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 $45*pp 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 Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Benevento

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to the Bari Region, 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

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Castel del Monte

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit the UNESCO-protected Castel del Monte, a 13th-century structure known for its interior that remains largely unaltered since antiquity. Later today, return to the Bari region.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bari or add an excursion.

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

Lecce2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Bari

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Lecce, stop to 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

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Lecce

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Lecce, nicknamed “the Florence of the South,” 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 amphitheater

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Otranto with Dinner & Wine Tasting $79*pp 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 Valley2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Ostuni

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to the Trulli Vally, pay a visit to Ostuni’s picturesque cathedral and whitewashed Old Town homes.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Alberobello

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads a tour of Alberobello and its UNESCO-recognized trulli, traditional dry stone huts with white symbols painted onto the roof to bring luck.

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

Optional Excursion - Grotte di Castellana with Dinner $79*pp Details

People have known about the Grotte di Castellana for centuries, but since local legend held that the entrances to these caves were actually the gates of hell, few explored this subterranean world before the 1930s. Discover some of the most famous portions of these caves, including the sunlit section known as The Grave, the towering Cave of the Monuments, the slender stalactites of the Cave of the Altar and the irridescent White Cave. Afterward, travel to a neighboring village for an included dinner at a private Trullo, or a traditional Apulian dry-stone hut. Under the conical roof, you’ll sample regional specialties. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-March through October.

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

Sorrento2 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 incredible 9,000-year-old Sassi di Matera cave dwellings

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

• Enter the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Chiese Rupestri

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 $105*pp 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 $389 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.

Rome2 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 $99*pp 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, you’ll 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 $79*pp 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!

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
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Italian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are officially not allowed in churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Italy. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. In Puglia, the fertile countryside produces great quantities of olive oil, grain, tomatoes, grapes, artichokes, lettuce, 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). The “calzone” (big sock), stuffed with onions, black olives, capers, tomatoes, pecorino cheese, anchovies and parsley, is a common snack here. Puglia’s primary meat is lamb, served roasted on a spit, stewed or fried, while beef is commonly used in meat sauce or for meatballs. As for seafood, oysters, mussels, cuttlefish, octopus and sea turtle are popular. Cheese made from sheep’s milk, including fresh ricotta and pecorino, is available everywhere. A hearty meal in Puglia is often finished with homegrown yellow or white melons, watermelons or grapes. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. American or English- style bars and pubs are not as common, although they can be found in the major cities and currently gaining in popularity, especially in Rome.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive and depart in Naples. When you first arrive in Naples, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. 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. Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the destination cities on foot or by public transportation.

Electricity

Italy operates on the European standard of 220 volts.

Time Zones

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is 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 access 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. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Go Ahead Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Naples, Italy
  • Bari, Italy
  • Lecce, Italy
  • Alberobello, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Italian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are officially not allowed in churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Italy. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. In Puglia, the fertile countryside produces great quantities of olive oil, grain, tomatoes, grapes, artichokes, lettuce, 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). The “calzone” (big sock), stuffed with onions, black olives, capers, tomatoes, pecorino cheese, anchovies and parsley, is a common snack here. Puglia’s primary meat is lamb, served roasted on a spit, stewed or fried, while beef is commonly used in meat sauce or for meatballs. As for seafood, oysters, mussels, cuttlefish, octopus and sea turtle are popular. Cheese made from sheep’s milk, including fresh ricotta and pecorino, is available everywhere. A hearty meal in Puglia is often finished with homegrown yellow or white melons, watermelons or grapes. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. American or English- style bars and pubs are not as common, although they can be found in the major cities and currently gaining in popularity, especially in Rome.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive and depart in Naples. When you first arrive in Naples, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. 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. Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the destination cities on foot or by public transportation.

Electricity

Italy operates on the European standard of 220 volts.

Time Zones

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is 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 access 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. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Go Ahead Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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Traveled On: 6/20/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: DC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

If you love small towns anywhere you'll love this tour....

One of the truly most lovely tours we've ever taken, it has it all. If you've always loved the hustle of Naples and the sunlight of Sorrento, you have it. If you've loved the undiscovered beaches of the Italian coast, you have it. And if you love the ways everyday people have accommodated their need for housing you'll go to Matera, a World Heritage site where the caves and underground caverns became the homes of the poor below the streets of the rich, And you'll see delightful smurf houses. This trip goes to the truilli, whole towns with no corners to evade taxes...and traditional olive farms and beach cities. It is one of the most diverse trips Go Ahead offers, and one of the most charming for sure.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a Tour!

I must admit that when I read about the tour and looked at where we would be going I was a bit hesitant. No need! This is one of the best tours I have ever done in my favorite country to visit. The tour director, Linda tops the charts. She had great knowledge of the areas we visited; historical, political, cultural, anecdotal. She put together a tour that was enlightening and entertaining. She always had time to answer questions no matter the subject. The people chosen to give us tours reflected her dedication to her clients. The time in each place was perfect. Transitions were filled with knowledge, humor and time to rest, reflect, get to know each other.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Linda was the Ultimate

First of all, Linda was probably the most gregarious and charming hostess!! She was fun and energetic and really pumped the ambience wherever we went!!! The adventure in Puglia and Southern Italy was near perfect however I could have stayed an extra day or two at Sorrento!!! That was the highlight of the tour!! Naples was exciting, Matera was astounding but Barletta was a bit of a let down. Sorrento and Capri was definitely the best, it was too short lived and felt like a tease. We needed an extra day or two to really soak in the atmosphere!!! My favorite trip from Go Ahead so far!!! Love it!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Tour of Southern Italy..Excellent!

Our discovery of Napoli, Lecce, Bari, Sorrento and Capri was filled with meaning, history and adventure... around every corner. The sites, sounds, and sculpture... of the people of Roman and Greek descent in Southern Italy. Magnificent!!!! And the food and wine.......WOW. And lastly our TOUR DIRECTOR. A+

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was my first GoAhead tour. I cannot say enough about Dionisio or GoAhead's excellent planning. Wonderful itinerary, including some surprises: Polignano a Mare; cooking class and dinner almost spur of the moment extra that was quickly created for us at a wonderful farm. Great local guides. Dionisio, not even yet 30 years old, is a superb Tour Director - just the right combo of warmth, efficiency, humor and a true caring for each member of the group. What a delight! Our bus driver was an excellent driver - something you do not want to be without on some of the high and curvy roads we travelled upon. One suggestion: instead of staying only 2 nights per hotel location, perhaps make a change. For example, instead of Barletta hotel, perhaps 4 nights in Baria from where we can take the same excursions. Definitely include: WIFI on the bus! Gives us time to download photos, check email, etc.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 16

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Tour and Tour Director

This tour was an area of Italy I had yet to visit, Our tour guide Dinisio provided an excellent overview of the area and ran an excellent tour. He made sure the tour ran smoothly and made excellent recommendations for lunches.This was a challenging tour for Diinsio because there was a couple who considered him their individual guide. He handled the situation in a professional way so that it did not impact the group. I enjoyed the archeological sites especially the Norman influence. Overall the food and hotels were excellent. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 30

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Tour Director

Dionisio did an outstanding job presenting his home, Southern Italy, to our group. He handled issues such as lost luggage beautifully. He communicated very well. He is an expert on the history of Italy....particularly this region. Local guides selected were excellent. All were knowledgeable and presented information in an enthusiastic way. They only exception was our guide in Rome. She was well informed and shared the information with us...but, some of us felt that she spoke "down" to us. It was more a personality issue. Early November was a perfect time to visit Puglia and Southern Italy. There were very few tourists. The sites were "ours". Because some excursions are not offered in November, Dionisio found great substitutes. Particularly enjoyed a Cooking Class and Dinner at Masseria Montenapoleone....a wonderful Agriturismo. I felt that our hotels were comfortable and well located. We had city and country stays. Itinerary was good ....for sightseeng......and an overview of the countryside. Again, I want to add that it was Dionisio, our Tour Director who made this a perfect trip. Came away feeling that we had made a new friend.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Sites

This is our fourth trip with GoAhead and repeat bookings speaks for itself. The Southern Italy tour was well paced while allowing ample time to tour the many outstanding historic sites, some of them UNESCO World Heritage sites. We especially enjoyed the fact that travel times between hotel stopovers was short allowing us free time to enjoy the towns. Our tour director and local guides were all extremely knowledgeable and helpful which made this trip a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Would we book a fifth trip with GoAhead? You bet !!!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Had a wonderful time but could have been so much better with a few changes. Good group of people - only 17 on this trip which made it very comfortable traveling in the bus. Didn't expect to like Naples but I did. Tour of museum was good but we stayed there way too long and were give too may details. Would have been better to cut that a little short and go to one of the wonderful churches. Castle del Monte was a total waste of time. No furniture in the castle and nobody knows if anybody ever lived there! Why go? Local guides were good and very knowledgeable but some gave way too may dates and details and you lost interest while they were speaking. Food the first night was wonderful. All of the food gotten on my own was wonderful. Food the last night was horrible. Not only was the food bad but the place was so noisy I could only hear the person sitting next to me. The rest of the conversation was lost to me. Coffee was not served at two of the included dinners!!! As a single traveler, I found the rooms in the hotels to be larger than I have had in the past, Generally hotels were fine and I think those complaining need to remember we are "off the beaten path" and probably can't find the same quality as in larger cities. The bus driver performed his main duty - to keep us safe - but was really lacking after that. He never once got up from his seat and offered to help us on or off the bus (this has been done on every other tour I have taken) and he never once cleaned out the inside of the bus or the windshield. He did not have water to provide to us until halfway thru the tour and then I only found out by accident. The Tour Director definitely needs to be retrained in customer service before she leads another tour. She waited until the last minute to ask if anyone was interested in the optional tours and did not offer any help when there were not enough to go but several still were interested in going on their own. A talk with the hotel staff gave us the information but she should have offered to do this. We were dropped off in some cities to roam around by ourselves with no direction. It would have been nice to have a least a sheet of paper giving us the highlights and some places we might not want to miss. She also waited until the last night at dinner to send around the list to get names and email address - as a result, I never did get a copy of this and would like to have it. She also handed out the evaluations and wanted us to hand them directly to her! I have never had this happen. You either send it in to the tour company or do it on line when you get home. As a result, I don't think anyone turned them in to her. She also went out on the town at least two nights and one morning could hardly keep her eyes open. All in all, very unprofessional. Please call me if you wish to discuss further.

 

Mary, Thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your recent tour experience. We valued hearing your feedback as it will allow us to continue to improve the Go Ahead experience. As we talked about, as part of the EF Education First family, Go Ahead values the educational aspects of travel and we take pride in our local guides that are able to offer knowledgeable context about the places visited. Your feedback regarding certain meals, the bus driver and the tour director was especially appreciated. Feedback from past travelers about your tour director has been very good and our tour directors in general are often the highlight of our customers’ tour experiences. However, as we discussed we have passed along your comments about all of these issues to the proper teams for further review. Please be assured that these issues will be addressed to improve future tour experiences. Also, the evaluations that are filled out on tour are placed in a sealed envelope on tour and are sent directly to our offices abroad. These evaluations provide critical feedback that we constantly monitor. We did receive almost all of the evaluations from your tour and were glad to be able to review the tour in a comprehensive fashion. Hopefully you have received the email list that we were able to track down and have been able to connect with some fellow travelers. Thank you again for your thoughtful commentary and for traveling the world with Go Ahead. We hope to be able to welcome you back on another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 04, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Overall a great tour!

My husband and I were on the Puglia & Southern Italy tour on October 16th. I am writing a review as I found it helpful when deciding on what we should do. Overall a great experience, our tour director Alfredo was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He had a few challenges throughout the tour with a few "strong" personalities and handled them with charisma and grace. The tour was well designed and planned. A few of the hotels however, were disappointing. Some were quite a distance from the area we were touring making it difficult during our own time to tour. Particularly in Sorrento, we were very disappointed that goaheadtours would choose a hotel out of the immediate Sorrento area . We were not within walking distance to Sorrento and many of our group were disappointed in the rooms. It was also disappointing that many of the included meals were in the hotels, it would have been nice to go out and experience more of the local cuisine with our tour director.

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