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Country Roads of Puglia & the Neapolitan Riviera

Duration 9 days

Destinations visited :
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Food and fun abound in this 9-day guided tour through Italy. Puglia is a paradise for wine lovers. Here, you will indulge in the region’s most robust reds with an expert vintner before you are welcomed to a local family’s home in Alberobello for an intimate orecchiette pasta dinner. Board a hydrofoil to zip across the Gulf of Naples to the rocky, sun-drenched island of Capri. Here you can join Local Expert for a tour of Augustus Gardens or take a rousing walk along its narrow, cobblestone alleyways with your Travel Director and sample local specialties like limoncello. In Pompeii, join a Local Expert for a walk through the ruins left behind by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. And in Rome, celebrate a fantastic trip with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a private operetta performed during a feast of Italian specialties and wine.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Welcome to Rome.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Transfers to your hotel depart from Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 to explore the Eternal City, passing the Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city. Arrive at a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant Welcome Dinner with wine.
Hotel: Kolbe Hotel Rome.
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Across the Apennines to the Trulli Town of Alberobello.
Head southeast, through the sun-baked landscapes to the region of Puglia and its most spectacular town, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your Local Expert, explore the small, white-washed stone houses – known as Trulli – which are clustered together throughout the city and built entirely without mortar.
Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 3

Exploring Alberobello.
Puglia is a paradise for wine-lovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of the region’s most robust and structured reds – as rich and complex as anything you’ll find in Tuscany! For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are welcomed into a local family’s home. See Nonna making orecchiette pasta and join her for a traditional freshly prepared southern Italian meal.
Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 4

Free Time in Alberobello.
The day is free for you to enjoy this extraordinary town as you wish. Why not join an Optional Experience to the stunning city of Ostuni? With its dazzling white-washed houses and fascinating history, it is a true delight.
Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5

The Sassi di Matera and Sorrento.
Visit Matera with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sassi – a labyrinth of cave dwellings, churches, staircases and arches, hewn out of the solid rock. You may recognise Matera as the biblical backdrop for the film ‘The Passion of the Christ. ’ Your journey continues with rolling green hills and wide mountain views paving the way, as you head towards the Tyrrhenian Sea. Take the dramatic coastal road to the lively clifftop town of Sorrento. Perched upon the cliffs, look out to see the mighty Mount Vesuvius across the Bay of Naples.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 6

Capri, The Isle of Dreams.
In the morning, join your Travel Director for an orientation. Cruise by jetfoil through the impossibly blue sea to the sun-drenched island of Capri. On arrival, ride an open-top taxi up to Capri town where your Local Expert escorts you to Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks and a refreshing lemon granita. After exploring the winding cobble streets, descend to the port by funicular before returning to Sorrento where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 7

The Amalfi coast and Positano.
Travel along Italy’s finest coastline, the Amalfi Coast. Stop for a bird’s-eye view of the terraced houses of Positano before venturing in to the heart of the town. There’s time to be tempted by the boutiques before returning to Sorrento to enjoy stunning views down to the clear waters of the Bay of Naples. Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Tasso, is a hub of activity; maybe relax over coffee and contemplate your options. You could stroll down to the harbour, visit the Church of St. Francis, take a swim from the foot of the cliffs or just relax and enjoy the warm, southern sunshine.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

On to ill-fated Pompeii and Rome.
Journey north to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in A. D. 79. Your Local Expert walks you through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Witness the colourful frescoes that were hidden for centuries. Continue beneath the brooding hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino and back to Rome where your journey reaches its zenith in the evening. In the heart of the Eternal City, you are treated to a quintessential Italian experience – fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta for your Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: Kolbe Hotel Rome.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 9

Arrivederci Roma.
Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • Alberobello: Learn the history and taste for yourself the amazing structure, flavour and body of Apulian wine.
  • Alberobello: After embracing the town as its natives do, you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family and learn more about their life.
  • Rome: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best loved songs.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Stay in Style

  • Rome: The magnificent Kolbe Hotel traces its origins to a 15th century convent. After a skillful restoration, today it is a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city.
  • Alberobello: The Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Rome: During you orientation with you Travel Director see the medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Alberobello Led by a Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
  • Alberobello: Experience the social ritual of la passeggiata.
  • Matera: With your Local Expert, visit the famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to approximately 20,000 people until 1950 and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise by hydrofoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
  • Isle of Capri: Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios. Take a moment to enjoy a refreshing granita, a local specialty.
  • Isle of Capri: In the style of the jet-set, descend to the port by open-top taxi.
  • Positano: Drive along the Amalfi Coast to visit this seaside town. See the pastel rainbow of colourful houses precariously stacked upon one another as if cascading from the hilltop to the water.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and take in the views as you travel past the Apennine Mountains, along the Sorrento cliff top road, Capri corniche and Amalfi Coast.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
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Country Roads of Puglia & the Neapolitan Riviera

Food and fun abound in this 9-day guided tour through Italy. Puglia is a paradise for wine lovers. Here, you will indulge in the region’s most robust reds with an expert vintner before you are welcomed to a local family’s home in Alberobello for an intimate orecchiette pasta dinner. Board a hydrofoil to zip across the Gulf of Naples to the rocky, sun-drenched island of Capri. Here you can join Local Expert for a tour of Augustus Gardens or take a rousing walk along its narrow, cobblestone alleyways with your Travel Director and sample local specialties like limoncello. In Pompeii, join a Local Expert for a walk through the ruins left behind by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. And in Rome, celebrate a fantastic trip with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a private operetta performed during a feast of Italian specialties and wine.