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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 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, 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 Region 2 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

Lecce 2 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 Valley 2 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)

Sorrento 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 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.

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 $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 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 $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 Region 2 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)

Lecce 2 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 Valley 2 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)

Sorrento 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 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.

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 $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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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.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

Our tour director, Giuliana, was like one of the family. She was very knowledgeable about all the areas we visited and took time to answer any questions. .After only a few days you felt as though you knew her forever and that you and she were close friends. She did whatever it took to satisfy those on the tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dream Come True

This tour was truly a dream come true. Prior to going on this tour, I dreamed of traveling to Italy, a country that I had been obsessed with since the first time I learned about Pompeii in grade school. As an introduction to Italy, this tour did not disappoint; it was amazing. Touring Southern Italy is the best way to get a view of old world Italy. The place that we visited and the lifestyle that the people were living just blew me away. These places that we visited were places that were simply majestic. Waking up every day and knowing that I would get to see another magnificent place or town in Italy made my heart happy. Dionisio was the Tour Director for this trip and Pasquale was our private coach driver. They help to make this trip so fantastic. Dionisio was very knowledgeable about the region and you could really see that he was genuinely interested in each person having a fantastic time while on this tour. Pasquale's driving was pure perfection; some of the turns that we had to make while getting to different places left me in awe. I cannot say enough good things about this tour. If you only go on one tour with Go Ahead, this would be the tour I recommend and I would hope that you would have the opportunity to Tour with Dionisio and Pasquale.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our Ninth Go Ahead Tour

Another great GoAhead tour. Our tour director Rebecca was great. I'm learning Italian and she was always willing to help me with new words. Puglia is packed with many wonderful attractions, Rebecca and the local guides made sure that we got the most out of each of them; Naples, Bari, Lecce, Alberobello and Sorrento / Capri etc. I recommend this tour, especially for people who have previously been to the big cities; Rome, Florence and Venice. Puglia is a somewhat undiscovered treasure. Great job Rebecca grazie tante. Larry, A presto?

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Puglia and Southern Italy

I would highly recommend this particular tour that takes in wonders that are off the beaten path. There were surprises that I never knew existed, such the Grotto of Michael the Archangel located on a very high hill top town and in Alberobello, the Trullo homes; white washed stone with the conical roof tops; many with painted emblems. Walking these neighborhoods takes you back to the past, yet into the future as you will want to return. Also, the tour director and coach driver should be commended for doing an excellent and flawless job. Without them, we go nowhere. Italy, as a whole, is just fascinating and any excursion here will be most remembered!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

Our main guide for this 10-day excursion with GoAhead Tours is Katia. She is absolutely wonderful in every way. She is intelligent, having mastered at least two languages as well as an amazing body of knowledge regarding various interesting facts related to the tour; she is gracious, forgiving our ignorance, complaints and lack of tact: she is supremely efficient, having every last detail expertly taken care of. So many aspects of this trip that might have gone wrong were anticipated and addressed-- giving the group a sense of her reliability and we feel safe; she is flexible, altering details without any indication of difficulties- such as food preferences or when a tour member decides to be added to an optional excursion last-minute; she is artistic, weaving her narratives with poetic phrases and an exquisite vocabulary. She gives no hint that the information and places have waxed boring to her-- instead she sparkles with an enthusiasm that never fails to recognize the magical experience this is for us. Indeed, in many ways, I feel like a little child who need not worry about anything for it has all been taken care of-- what and when to eat, where and how long to stay and what to do in a day. I am also provided a good amount of freedom. It is all very comforting and nice: a most comprehensive vacation from the responsibilities of adult life.

5 / 5

5 / 5

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.

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