Discover the best of nature and history in Southern Italy's Apulia region. Immerse yourself in prehistoric archaeology, Baroque architecture, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit one of Italy's most famous wine-producing towns, the famous "White Town", and the marvelous Castellana Caves.
Admire the stunning natural beauty of Apulia and the surrounding regions. Spanning thousands of years of history, this tour includes impressive architecture, delicious food, and unparalleled picturesque scenery!
Visit Italy's most famous caves, the Grottos of Castellana. Tour two UNESCO World Heritage sites, where you can learn about the unique Trulli architecture in Alberobello and see one of Italy's oldest settlements in Matera. Appreciate the Baroque architecture of Lecce and the pristine white houses of Ostuni.
Eat breakfast on your own, then meet at a pre-determined location or arrange for us to pick you up at your centrally located hotel. Depart from Sorrento and head toward the day's first stop, the Castellana Caves in Puglia.
The most famous caves in Italy, the Grottos of Castellana are a stunning natural wonder. Wind along the paths inside the caves for 3 kilometers on a 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the stalactites, stalagmites, fossils, crystals, concretions and more found within this remarkable karst cave.
Arrive in Alberobello. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello is known for its prehistoric "Trulli" buildings. A one-of-a-kind sight, Trulli houses have a cone-shaped stone roofs. After this intriguing visit, proceed to Castellana Caves, where you will dine and stay for the night, resting up for the next day of adventures.
After breakfast at the hotel, head to the historic city of Lecce. This beautiful Baroque town is awash in architectural masterpieces, carved from local sandstone. Nicknamed "The Florence of the South", Lecce has much to offer. Tour the town and admire sites such as the Church of the Holy Cross, a 2nd century Roman amphitheater, the Celestini Palace, and Lecce's cathedral, which is one of the most significant cathedrals in the country.
After Lecce, board the bus and progress to Gallipoli, whose Greek name means "beautiful city." Gallipoli is a stunning peninsula and features an old town constructed on an island of limestone, connected to mainland Italy by a bridge. We'll break for lunch in this fishing town, where you'll be able to find an abundance of fresh and delicious seafood.
Finally, we'll progress to our last destination, the village of Ostuni, also known as "The White Town" due to its walls and houses which are all painted white. Pause to take a look around this village known for its pristine beaches, acclaimed historical architecture and ornate Baroque churches. Finally, return to the hotel in Castellana Caves, where you will dine once more and stay overnight.
After an American-style buffet breakfast at the hotel, depart for Matera. Sometimes called "The Subterranean City", Matera is well known for its historical center, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera's historic center contains prehistoric "Sassi", or houses built into stone, which are thought to be from one of the first settlements in Italy. Because of the Sassi's odd resemblance to ancient sites around Jerusalem, various movies have been filmed here.
Grab a quick snack in Matera, then board the bus for Pompeii. From here, you can board another bus and head back to Rome or Sorrento to end the tour.
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
The price above refers to the price per person in double room.
From 1 April 2017, the rate per person in single room is € 605. The fee per person in triple room is € 467. The supplement for kids (2 to 12 years) is 397 €.
Please note that this is a multilingual tour (English, Spanish and French).
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