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Puglia & Southern Italy

12 days
Sip cappuccino in a café where only Italian can be heard. Wander underground through Neolithic caves. Travel back to simpler times in untouched Alberobello. Everywhere you go in Southern Italy, authenticity presides. From the soothing shores of Sorrento to the quaint homes of the Trulli Valley, discover the soul behind the “boot heel” of Italy.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select paid entrances

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Naples aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Naples2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Naples! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with the city. Tonight enjoy an included traditional pizza dinner made by the experts, as pizza was invented here in Naples, and meet your fellow travelers. Buon appetito!

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Naples National Archaeological Museum

Discover Napoli this morning on an guided tour of this beautiful bayside city in the heart of the Campania region of Italy. You’ll pass by the imposing facade of the Palazza Reale, built by the Bourbon kings of Naples, and travel through the historic city center. Included in your tour is a visit to the Naples National Archaeological Museum, where you’ll find original artifacts from the nearby Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to the ruins of the Lost City of Herculaneum to witness village life in the 1st century.

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.

Bari Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Benvenuti in Puglia! One of Italy’s few remaining hidden travel gems, Puglia is blessed with fine weather, beautiful shorelines, lovely towns, Baroque architecture and delicious cuisine. This morning, transfer to Benevento for a guided tour. You’ll visit the Arch of Trajan and the Church of St. Ilario before continuing on to the Bari region in Puglia this afternoon. Savor an included dinner of local delicacies tonight.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Castel del Monte

Explore the coastal region near Bari with an allday excursion to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A local guide shows off the highlights of Monte Sant’Angelo, especially the 13th-century abbey built on the site where the Archangel Michael made several reported appearances. Next, visit the octagonal Castel del Monte, a 13th-century structure whose interior marbles and furnishings remain largely unaltered since antiquity.

Lecce2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today begins with a visit to the seaside town of Bari, where a guided tour introduces you to the sights of the historic Old Town, including monuments and cathedrals dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries. The tour’s highlight is undoubtedly the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which contains the remains of the bishop whose penchant for anonymous gift-giving inspired the legend of Santa Claus. After some free time to explore Bari, continue to Lecce, arriving in time for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, embark on a guided tour of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” for its rich collection of Baroque architecture. Marvel at the extravagant ornamentation of Lecce’s churches and monuments and imagine the past grandeur of the ruined Roman amphitheater. Perhaps the finest sight is the Church of the Holy Cross, featuring an opulent facade built from the distinctive golden “Lecce stone.” This afternoon, enjoy free time to continue exploring Lecce or consider joining our optional excursion to Otranto. You’ll visit this former Greek city that defied Rome in both the Pyrrhic War and the Punic Wars, and view the town’s Romanesque cathedral. To cap off the excursion, you’ll transfer inland from Otranto to the village of Scorrano for a dinner of Puglian specialties and a tasting of the region’s best wines.

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.

Trulli Valley2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey this morning to Ostuni, where your Tour Director will introduce you to the sights, including the picturesque cathedral and whitewashed homes of the Old Town. This afternoon, continue on to the Trulli Valley, the home of the trulli, the conical dry-stone homes where locals lived for thousands of years. You’ll enjoy an included dinner tonight.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Trulli

Begin today with a visit to the trulli of Alberobello. These carefully preserved dwellings feature white symbols painted onto the roofs to bring good luck or ward off the malocchio or “evil eye.” Unearth the history of these unique dwellings on a guided tour. This afternoon, consider an excursion to Grotte di Castellana, a series of interconnected caves once believed to be the gates of hell.

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 iridescent 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 March 11 through November 1.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Chiesa Rupestro

This morning, travel to Matera in time to enjoy a guided tour of this hilltop town. Matera is home to 9,000-year-old cave dwellings known as sassi, and its Old Town, built on these ancient caverns, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll then enjoy a scenic transfer through the Apennine Mountains en route to Sorrento, where you may choose to attend an optional Tarantella show.

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29*pp Details

Tarantella dancing is a centuries-old folk tradition in Southern Italy. Tarantella is the Italian word for tarantula, and the frenzied steps of the dance are said to be designed for sweating out the poison of a tarantula bite. At tonight’s live performance, watch the intricate footwork of a troupe of authentic folk dancers. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from March 1 through November 1.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free for you to explore Sorrento at your own pace. You could wander through Sorrento’s lovely gardens and churches, browse the quaint shops along its cobblestoned alleyways or sit at a cafe and people-watch. Alternatively, consider joining an optional excursion to the glamorous island of Capri, a playground for the rich since the Roman times. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

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.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not joining our Rome tour extension, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Rome City Stay $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

Included meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel on to Rome. Upon arrival, you’ll set out to discover ancient Rome on a panoramic bus tour, including stops at Piazza Venezia, the Imperial Forums, Trajan’s Column and the Colosseum.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome. You might choose to join our optional excursion to Vatican City. This evening, join our optional Dinner with Tenors excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*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 Sunday.

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!

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select paid entrances

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Naples aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Naples2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Naples! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with the city. Tonight enjoy an included traditional pizza dinner made by the experts, as pizza was invented here in Naples, and meet your fellow travelers. Buon appetito!

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Naples National Archaeological Museum

Discover Napoli this morning on an guided tour of this beautiful bayside city in the heart of the Campania region of Italy. You’ll pass by the imposing facade of the Palazza Reale, built by the Bourbon kings of Naples, and travel through the historic city center. Included in your tour is a visit to the Naples National Archaeological Museum, where you’ll find original artifacts from the nearby Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to the ruins of the Lost City of Herculaneum to witness village life in the 1st century.

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.

Bari Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Benvenuti in Puglia! One of Italy’s few remaining hidden travel gems, Puglia is blessed with fine weather, beautiful shorelines, lovely towns, Baroque architecture and delicious cuisine. This morning, transfer to Benevento for a guided tour. You’ll visit the Arch of Trajan and the Church of St. Ilario before continuing on to the Bari region in Puglia this afternoon. Savor an included dinner of local delicacies tonight.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Castel del Monte

Explore the coastal region near Bari with an allday excursion to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A local guide shows off the highlights of Monte Sant’Angelo, especially the 13th-century abbey built on the site where the Archangel Michael made several reported appearances. Next, visit the octagonal Castel del Monte, a 13th-century structure whose interior marbles and furnishings remain largely unaltered since antiquity.

Lecce2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today begins with a visit to the seaside town of Bari, where a guided tour introduces you to the sights of the historic Old Town, including monuments and cathedrals dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries. The tour’s highlight is undoubtedly the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which contains the remains of the bishop whose penchant for anonymous gift-giving inspired the legend of Santa Claus. After some free time to explore Bari, continue to Lecce, arriving in time for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, embark on a guided tour of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” for its rich collection of Baroque architecture. Marvel at the extravagant ornamentation of Lecce’s churches and monuments and imagine the past grandeur of the ruined Roman amphitheater. Perhaps the finest sight is the Church of the Holy Cross, featuring an opulent facade built from the distinctive golden “Lecce stone.” This afternoon, enjoy free time to continue exploring Lecce or consider joining our optional excursion to Otranto. You’ll visit this former Greek city that defied Rome in both the Pyrrhic War and the Punic Wars, and view the town’s Romanesque cathedral. To cap off the excursion, you’ll transfer inland from Otranto to the village of Scorrano for a dinner of Puglian specialties and a tasting of the region’s best wines.

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.

Trulli Valley2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey this morning to Ostuni, where your Tour Director will introduce you to the sights, including the picturesque cathedral and whitewashed homes of the Old Town. This afternoon, continue on to the Trulli Valley, the home of the trulli, the conical dry-stone homes where locals lived for thousands of years. You’ll enjoy an included dinner tonight.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Trulli

Begin today with a visit to the trulli of Alberobello. These carefully preserved dwellings feature white symbols painted onto the roofs to bring good luck or ward off the malocchio or “evil eye.” Unearth the history of these unique dwellings on a guided tour. This afternoon, consider an excursion to Grotte di Castellana, a series of interconnected caves once believed to be the gates of hell.

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 iridescent 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 March 11 through November 1.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Chiesa Rupestro

This morning, travel to Matera in time to enjoy a guided tour of this hilltop town. Matera is home to 9,000-year-old cave dwellings known as sassi, and its Old Town, built on these ancient caverns, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll then enjoy a scenic transfer through the Apennine Mountains en route to Sorrento, where you may choose to attend an optional Tarantella show.

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29*pp Details

Tarantella dancing is a centuries-old folk tradition in Southern Italy. Tarantella is the Italian word for tarantula, and the frenzied steps of the dance are said to be designed for sweating out the poison of a tarantula bite. At tonight’s live performance, watch the intricate footwork of a troupe of authentic folk dancers. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from March 1 through November 1.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free for you to explore Sorrento at your own pace. You could wander through Sorrento’s lovely gardens and churches, browse the quaint shops along its cobblestoned alleyways or sit at a cafe and people-watch. Alternatively, consider joining an optional excursion to the glamorous island of Capri, a playground for the rich since the Roman times. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

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.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not joining our Rome tour extension, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Rome City Stay $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

Included meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel on to Rome. Upon arrival, you’ll set out to discover ancient Rome on a panoramic bus tour, including stops at Piazza Venezia, the Imperial Forums, Trajan’s Column and the Colosseum.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome. You might choose to join our optional excursion to Vatican City. This evening, join our optional Dinner with Tenors excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*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 Sunday.

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!

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select paid entrances

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Naples aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Naples2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Naples! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with the city. Tonight enjoy an included traditional pizza dinner made by the experts, as pizza was invented here in Naples, and meet your fellow travelers. Buon appetito!

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Naples National Archaeological Museum

Discover Napoli this morning on an guided tour of this beautiful bayside city in the heart of the Campania region of Italy. You’ll pass by the imposing facade of the Palazza Reale, built by the Bourbon kings of Naples, and travel through the historic city center. Included in your tour is a visit to the Naples National Archaeological Museum, where you’ll find original artifacts from the nearby Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to the ruins of the Lost City of Herculaneum to witness village life in the 1st century.

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.

Bari Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Benvenuti in Puglia! One of Italy’s few remaining hidden travel gems, Puglia is blessed with fine weather, beautiful shorelines, lovely towns, Baroque architecture and delicious cuisine. This morning, transfer to Benevento for a guided tour. You’ll visit the Arch of Trajan and the Church of St. Ilario before continuing on to the Bari region in Puglia this afternoon. Savor an included dinner of local delicacies tonight.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Castel del Monte

Explore the coastal region near Bari with an allday excursion to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A local guide shows off the highlights of Monte Sant’Angelo, especially the 13th-century abbey built on the site where the Archangel Michael made several reported appearances. Next, visit the octagonal Castel del Monte, a 13th-century structure whose interior marbles and furnishings remain largely unaltered since antiquity.

Lecce2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today begins with a visit to the seaside town of Bari, where a guided tour introduces you to the sights of the historic Old Town, including monuments and cathedrals dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries. The tour’s highlight is undoubtedly the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which contains the remains of the bishop whose penchant for anonymous gift-giving inspired the legend of Santa Claus. After some free time to explore Bari, continue to Lecce, arriving in time for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, embark on a guided tour of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” for its rich collection of Baroque architecture. Marvel at the extravagant ornamentation of Lecce’s churches and monuments and imagine the past grandeur of the ruined Roman amphitheater. Perhaps the finest sight is the Church of the Holy Cross, featuring an opulent facade built from the distinctive golden “Lecce stone.” This afternoon, enjoy free time to continue exploring Lecce or consider joining our optional excursion to Otranto. You’ll visit this former Greek city that defied Rome in both the Pyrrhic War and the Punic Wars, and view the town’s Romanesque cathedral. To cap off the excursion, you’ll transfer inland from Otranto to the village of Scorrano for a dinner of Puglian specialties and a tasting of the region’s best wines.

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.

Trulli Valley2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey this morning to Ostuni, where your Tour Director will introduce you to the sights, including the picturesque cathedral and whitewashed homes of the Old Town. This afternoon, continue on to the Trulli Valley, the home of the trulli, the conical dry-stone homes where locals lived for thousands of years. You’ll enjoy an included dinner tonight.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Trulli

Begin today with a visit to the trulli of Alberobello. These carefully preserved dwellings feature white symbols painted onto the roofs to bring good luck or ward off the malocchio or “evil eye.” Unearth the history of these unique dwellings on a guided tour. This afternoon, consider an excursion to Grotte di Castellana, a series of interconnected caves once believed to be the gates of hell.

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 iridescent 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 March 11 through November 1.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Chiesa Rupestro

This morning, travel to Matera in time to enjoy a guided tour of this hilltop town. Matera is home to 9,000-year-old cave dwellings known as sassi, and its Old Town, built on these ancient caverns, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll then enjoy a scenic transfer through the Apennine Mountains en route to Sorrento, where you may choose to attend an optional Tarantella show.

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29*pp Details

Tarantella dancing is a centuries-old folk tradition in Southern Italy. Tarantella is the Italian word for tarantula, and the frenzied steps of the dance are said to be designed for sweating out the poison of a tarantula bite. At tonight’s live performance, watch the intricate footwork of a troupe of authentic folk dancers. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from March 1 through November 1.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free for you to explore Sorrento at your own pace. You could wander through Sorrento’s lovely gardens and churches, browse the quaint shops along its cobblestoned alleyways or sit at a cafe and people-watch. Alternatively, consider joining an optional excursion to the glamorous island of Capri, a playground for the rich since the Roman times. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

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.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not joining our Rome tour extension, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Rome City Stay $389 pp

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

Included meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel on to Rome. Upon arrival, you’ll set out to discover ancient Rome on a panoramic bus tour, including stops at Piazza Venezia, the Imperial Forums, Trajan’s Column and the Colosseum.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome. You might choose to join our optional excursion to Vatican City. This evening, join our optional Dinner with Tenors excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*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 Sunday.

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!

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you 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.

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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Rose

Great trip with a great group and Excellent tour director!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Exceptional Tour Director

My husband and I were on the September 18th tour of Puglia & Southern Italy. Linda was our tour guide and you could not have found anyone more capable than she. Perfect English, and always caring about her group, and keeping track of everyone all the time, were just some of her good qualities. Since there were only 7 of us travelling on to Rome, it was like being with a friend, with Linda around. The tour itself was simply amazing. A part of Italy that most do not know about and it was so nice not having to deal with hords of tourists, as is the case in northern Italy and the large cities. We enjoyed blending in with the "locals" and, for the most part, the food was spectacular everywhere we went My husband and I had gone to Rome and Sorrento ahead of the tour as we wanted to explore that area more thoroughly on our own. Loved Sorrento and the Amalfi coast that we had 2 1/2 days to trek. Alberobello and Matera were awesome, and I myself have just finished reading the book suggested by our tour guide in Matera, "Christ Stopped at Eboli". All in all it was a super trip and to be quite honest we would love to do it all over again.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible!

Everyday was amazing. Loved this tour of Southern Italy. Amazing sites!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Southern Italy

I was disappointed with the quality of some of the hotels with the one in Sorrento being the worst. It seems that every time we left the room, the hotel clerk shut off the air conditioning. We would come back to a very stuffy room and would have to go back down to tell him to turn it on. Wifi in most of the hotels was iffy with none in Sorrento (only place where they charged for it). When it was free, it didn't work well so we saw no point in paying for it. Some of the tours were a waste of time. Listening to the detailed description of the Arch of Trajan and the overly detailed description of the cloisters from the tour guide was very boring. It would have been more appropriate to students from an art history course. We then went to see the Castel Del Monte. No furniture, no art work or mosaics. Every empty room was the same as the other. The only good thing that day was lunch on our own. The tour guide needs better training on how to relate and care for the people on the tour. We had older people who could have used more help. She would proceed and leave them way behind. Some of us would then have to wait for the rest of the group to catch up. She neglected to let us know the weather until we all got caught in a rainstorm without umbrellas and coats. After that incident, she started letting us know the weather. We did have many lovely experiences throughout the trip and the food is always good in Italy regardless of where you eat. We had great people on our tour and everyone we met was friendly. If one thing could be improved on this trip, I would say that the quality of the hotels should be better and forget going to Sorrento.

 

Thank you for your feedback on the tour. We will be passing your feedback regarding your Sorrento hotel to our operations team to review the matters with the hotel directly. We hope that you enjoyed your tour overall!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2014

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

"Great sites, worst hotels!!!"

The tour director Juliana was organized, helpful and informative. The trip had a lot of optional tours which were good but I would rather pay upfront and have it included in our trip. The sites were great enough time sightseeing, on your own and with the group. The hotels were really bad!! THe hotel in Naples the renasance was owned by the Marriott that one was nice but nothing special. The hotel in Barletta the nicoletta was old dirty, bathroom had last clients hair in shower and floor. Stained walls, torn carpet, stains on lampshades too. The hotel in lecce the presidente was also dirty and has seen better days. The hotel in arabello was la chiusa di chietri again was past its prime. Torn carpets very basic old furniture. The dinner in this hotel was inedible. Noone at our table ate the eggplant dinner.It was real tourist food for the Americans!! The hotel in Sorrento was a good location but old worn out. Every one on the tour when they turned on their shower you felt the hotel vibrate and a noise come out of the pipes that you thought they would come out of the walls! Even though you saw a lot I could not tell my friends to stay in these hotels if I was grossed out by them.The food experience could have been better when we all ate as a group. It was great in naples but was hit or miss at other restaurants. Then not to include a cappuccino at the end of the meal was wrong!! If you like wifi it is very hit or miss in each hotel. Very frustrating!

 

Dear Bruce, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent tour of Puglia & Southern Italy. We are very disappointed to hear about your experiences in some of the hotels. I have passed this feedback along to our operations team so they are aware of these issues and to be sure that our hotel selections continue to reflect the standards of quality at Go Ahead.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 05, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sea Kissed Heel of the Italian Boot!

We are only back from the "Puglia & Southern Italy Tour" a week and my head and heart are still there. From the moment we arrived and met by our fabulous tour guide Linda, until our unfortunately early departure, when she arose with us to see us off...we had the best trip ever. Having traveled many times to Italy on our own we decided on a tour this time to learn more about the region before returning to this wonderful area. Linda's knowledge of the history & architecture whether it was Romanesque, Gothic or Baroque was fascinating. The first night's dinner at Trattoria Medina was a great intro to tastes ahead. The unusual Pasta Patate e Provola, roasted peppers, eggplant parmesan and on and on. Our tour of Naples & the National Archaeological Museum and tour of Herculaneum was very informative. Benevento was a pleasant surprise as was our local guide there Antonio! The Church of St. Ilario and Arch of Trajan highlights as well as a delicious lunch of insalata di mare. The Nicotel Hotel in Barletta was nicely located at the seaside and the dinner at Il Brigatino provided by the tour, wonderful. An unusual folio di olivo pasta with mussels & clams stood out for me. As you have probably guessed one of the reasons for the trip was to sample the foods of Puglia and again Linda's knowledge and suggestions did not disappoint us. Another interesting stop was Castel del Monte, although void of furniture, the history of the castle and Frederick II was intriguing. The ride way up to Monte Sant' Angelo and our amazement that anyone would live there was an eye opener for sure. Bari was especially interesting, as I finally saw the orechiette ladies making the pasta and was able to taste the local dish with cime di rape, delizioso! A surprise stop at Polignano a mare for gelato was another highlight and a place we to which we will return. Lecce with all the "putti" and the Roman amphitheater, so impressive. The tour of the Duca Carlo Guarini Winery and the dinner that followed was like eating in some one's home. Outstanding! The next stop of Alberobello, the charming town of ancient cylindrical limestone houses capped by conical stone roofs... the trulli, were beautiful. We stayed at la Chiusa di Chietri a relaxing property, only wish we could have slept in one of the trullo. The dinner that evening at Masseria Papaperta was again over the top. Fabulous foods of the region especially the local cheeses and the setting at sunset hard to beat. Matera was incredible and the views and information brought to life the words of the famous Carlo Levi book " Christ Stopped at Eboli". Walking through the town later to where the locals were setting up for a concert that night, what a contrast! We finished our trip with a few days in Sorrento a repeat visit for us, but still lovely. The unusual Hotel Conca Park with it's long tunnel entrance ( but a golf cart provide if needed) provided a great view of the bay of Sorrento, the " 007" view". Over all it was a great trip and Linda is definitely an asset to Go Ahead Tours. Go Ahead Tours was great value and we look forward to traveling with them in the future. Our bus driver Pasquale was super also. And by the way our group this time was terrific, fun, well traveled group... hope to meet them again someday!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Roads Less Traveled

What a wonderful surprise - Puglia and southern Italy are not places I have read a lot about. But the scenery and UNESCO sites were fabulous, and Sorrento an unexpedted delight! Our fellow travelers had seen much of the more well-known parts of Italy and were relaxed and friendly. Tour guide Linda was extremely competent and made sure everyone was taken care of and informed. Most of the hotels were new, modern, and comfortable. I definitely would recommend this trip.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Puglia Pleases!

This was a beautiful, interesting tour of Puglia and Campania, made more so by our tour director, Dionysio.. I had always wanted to visit Alberobello's trulli and Matera's caves. The hotels were wonderful. Local guides were excellent. Thank you.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Land Of Beauty with the Ultimate Tour Director

South Italy carries a mistaken image of being a poor and neglected region, so I did not expect much. To my surprise we discovered Puglia has a most beautifully green and undulating countryside covered with millions of well groomed olive trees dotted with Almond and Cherry groves that were in full blooms and interspersed with wide expanses wheat. Every town and castle we visited is unique in its architecture and treasures, Alberobelo and Matera displaying the most unusual ancient dwelling still in use today. The Adriatic sea has deep purplish hue to its water like a gem stone. The food was the most fresh and tasty one can imagine with inordinate amount of grilled vegetables and excellent wines. The tour director Dionisio is very knowledgable about every aspect of the whole area and its history, excellent organizer, very attentive to travelers needs, very friendly and good looking too - the ultimate tour director. This was a highly enjoyable trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour and Tour Director!

This was my first trip out of the United States. It was very special to me because I visited the place my mother was born and lived and where my father's family was born and lived. It was an amazing trip! Besides having a local guide in the towns I visited, I really enjoyed being able to have 2-3 hours to explore on my own. I came home with over 400 pictures of the most beautiful scenes and countryside I have ever seen. When I look at them, I still feel as though I'm still there. Dionisio, the Tour Director was great and very knowledgeable of all the places we visited. He spoke Italian and English. The driver, Pasquale, was the most amazing driver of such a huge vehicle, especially driving up a mountain. We all felt very safe and secure in his hands. I hope to someday take another trip, and it will definitely be with Go Ahead Tours. I would recommend them very highly. Thank you Dionisio and Pasquale for making my trip an amazing one! Angelanna

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