Day 1: Naples, Italy
Arrive into Naples, an iconic Italian city full of history and extraordinary castles.
Day 2: Naples / Sorrento
Explore the history and culture of Naples including visits to the Castle of Ovo, Maschio Angioino, Plebiscito Square, and Church of San Francesco di Paola. Board the hydrofoil for a scenic boat ride to Sorrento with stunning views of Italy from the sea.
Day 3: Pompeii / Oplontis
Drive along the panoramic Sorrentine coast to Pompeii, the incredibly well-preserved ruins of an ancient Roman town where all life was tragically stopped in a moment by the sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79. Continue to the ancient Roman town of Oplontis. Visit the Villa Popaea, famous for its striking, colorful, and well preserved frescoes.
Day 4: Amalfi Coast
Explore the enchanting towns of the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Explore Ravello, whose beauty has been praised by Italian authors, Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the charming town of Positano. Enjoy an Italian sunset on the sea.
Day 5: Paestum / Matera
Visit the ancient Greek archaeological site of Paestum, a prime example of Greek architecture. The main features of the site are the standing remains of three major temples in Doric style dedicated to Hera and Athena, and dating from the first half of the 6th century BC.
Day 6: Matera
Explore The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Sassi originate from a prehistoric settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy.
Day 7: Valle D’Itria
Tour the mountainous Valle D’Itria. Explore the Trulli of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its stone dwellings, trulli, lined up in an urban style. Visit the historic towns of Martina Franca, known for its beautiful Baroque churches, and Ostuni or “White Town” is regarded an architectural jewel for its stunning white buildings.
Day 8: Lecce
Explore the roman and medieval architecture of the capital city of Lecce. Visit some of Lecce’s main attractions, including the Roman Amphitheater in Sant’Oronzo square, the church of the Rocco Saints and Cataldo, the Cathedral, and the Palace of the government, and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Continue to the town of Otranto whose lighthouse marks the most easterly point of the Italian mainland.
Day 9: Puglia
Visit Puglia including the Castel del Monte, known as a prime example of Federician architecture, and the Village of Trani to visit Cathedral to St. Nicholas the Pilgrim, a Greek who died in Trani in 1094 while on his way on pilgrimage to Rome.
Day 10: Bari / Depart for Home
Explore this charming port town of Bari including the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and Bari Cathedral before departing for home.