Tour notes

Treasures of The Amalfi Coast and Puglia

Tour Notes

The sun and the sea, the breath-taking landscapes, delicious fresh food, a glass of limoncello and the warm welcome of the local people will seduce you from the very beginning of this unique experience.
We will stay in the heart of Rome’s dolce vita, walk the ancient ruins of Pompeii with a local leader and enjoy the stunning Amalfi Coast and Capri. From there we’ll travel inland to discover Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where your local leader will share some of the many secrets of this unique town. Finally, we’ll visit the Trulli village of Alberobello and the Baroque city of Lecce.

With an intimate group of just 10 people, an expert local leader who will become your local friend, and a region of unmatched beauty, this Treasures of The Amalfi Coast and Puglia Tour will be the trip of a lifetime!

Start: Rome
End: Bari
Age: Min 15
All our tours are guaranteed to depart (GD)

What makes this tour a unique experience?

  • Explore Rome, The Amalfi Coast, Alberobello, Lecce and Bari. “Like a Local” walks with your local leader will give you a truly authentic view of these beautiful cities
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the ancient Pompeii ruins with a licensed local leader
  • Spend 3 magical nights on The Amalfi Coast
  • Take a full-day boat trip to Capri island and swim in the crystalline sea!
  • Walk the breathtaking “Sentiero degli dei” (The Path of Gods) in The Amalfi Coast mountains
  • Take a private guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Matera village with a licensed local leader
  • Sleep in the Sassi of Matera, ancient dwellings dug into the rocks, now converted into unique and comfortable accommodations
  • Visit to the Trulli village of Alberobello
  • Our accommodations are centrally located, high-quality and comfortable.

All of our LocalWonders Travel tours include a passionate expert local leader who will become your “local friend”, opening up for you the most authentic side of Italy. Our local leaders are professional and knowledgeable and take pride in providing hassle-free experiences for our guests.

Is this the tour I want?

Though no specific training or fitness level is required for this tour, there are a few things we suggest considering when choosing your LocalWonders Travel experience.

On this tour we’ll do part of our travelling by private transfer and part by train. Train is one of the best and fastest means of transport in Italy (up to 300 km per hour!). Travelling by train gets you to where you’re going quickly, but allows you to relax, have fun, and socialize while you take in the beauty of the Italian landscape. Upon arrival in a new destination, a taxi will take us to the next hotel (except in Pompeii, where it is faster to walk).

At LocalWonders Travel we pride ourselves on providing tours that allow our guests to explore cities by foot. Why? Because we believe that exploring by foot is the best way to get an authentic Italian experience. Sometimes we explore for up to three hours at a time. We do this at a relaxed and comfortable pace, stopping to rest once-in-a-while to enjoy an espresso or gelato, and promise that you’ll have a wonderful time but, guests should note that walking is a big part of our trips!

On our tours we stay in carefully-selected high-quality and comfortable accommodations. Accommodation arrangements for single travellers during our trips include an en-suite twin room, shared with a fellow single traveller of the same sex. However, if you’d prefer a single room to enjoy during your trip, you can purchase a “single supplement” (your own room).

If you are in pursuit of an authentic trip, planned and managed by local professionals with an informal and friendly style without foregoing professionalism and supreme quality, then you are in the right place.

Joining point

Hotel Alexandra or similar
Via Vittorio Veneto 18
00187 Roma
Tel. +39 06 488 1943

How to get to your hotel

Rome has two airports, Roma Fiumicino (main) and Roma Ciampino (secondary). Here is how to get to the hotel from the two airports or from the train station.

Public means
If you plan to reach the hotel by public means you have to go to Roma Termini Railway Station (instructions to follow), take subway A (red line), towards Battistini, and get off at the second stop, Barberini. Hotel Alexandra is in via Veneto, 50 metres away from the subway stop.

Here is how to get to Roma Termini Railway Station from the airports.

From Roma Fiumicino Airport
Leonardo Express Train to Roma Termini Railways Station. Approximately 30-minute trip, price €14. For more information see Trenitalia website.
Bus to Roma Termini railways station (via Marsala). Approximately 1-hour trip, price €8. For more information see Aeroporti di Roma website.

From Roma Ciampino (secondary)
Bus to Roma Termini railway station (via Marsala). Approximately 45-minute trip, price €4-6. For more information see Aeroporti di Roma website.

Taxi from Fiumicino Airport to your Hotel
Approximately 1-hour trip, price approximately €50 set price.

Taxi from Ciampino Airport to your Hotel
Approximately 45 minutes trip, price approximately €35 set price.

Private transfer with driver
If you want us to arrange for a private transfer from the airport to your hotel you can choose the Airport Transfer Option while you’re booking and we’ll get back to you, to let you know our best rates and to arrange your airport transfer.
Below are approximate private transfer charges (to be confirmed when booking).
Car: 1 to 3 people approx. €45, 4 to 7 people approx. €65.

Finishing point

Imago Hotel or similar
Via Altamura 26
70122    Bari
+39 080 521 6403

Public means to Bari Airport
Shuttle buses to the airport (30-minute ride) depart from Bari Railway Station. Charges approx. €4-5

Taxi to Bari Airport
Approx. 30-minute trip. Price approximately €25.

Private transfer with driver
If you want us to arrange for a private transfer from your hotel to the airport you can choose the Airport Transfer Option while you’re booking and we’ll get back to you, to let you know our best rates and to arrange your airport transfer.
Below are approximate private transfer charges (to be confirmed when booking).
Car: 1 to 3 people approx. €45, 4 to 7 people approx. €65.

Note on Taxi

Taxis in Italy are generally white cars with the word TAXI written on the top. At airports and train stations, they are parked at Taxi Stations right outside the building. For your own safety, do not take unauthorized “taxis”.

Cancellation Policy

Carefully read the cancellation policy in section 11 of the Terms and Conditions before booking.

Accommodation and Single Supplement

Accommodations on our tours include a double or twin room with en-suite bathroom for our guests. Single travellers are matched with a fellow traveller of the same sex to share a room. If you’d prefer a single room to enjoy during your tour, you can purchase a “single supplement” (your own room) for €690.

We are proud to offer our guests accommodation at some of Italy’s charming hotels. We have painstakingly chosen distinguished locally-run boutique hotels that are quality, comfortable and clean – full of character for an authentic Italy experience – but without the rigid formality that comes with “luxury”.
On this tour, in Matera, since we’ll stay in the wonderful Sassi, in some occasions there may be some stairs to climb in order to reach your room.

Note: We do our best to book your single room in the same hotel as the rest of our group; however, on the rare occasion that space is not available at that hotel, you will be booked into a different hotel of the same or higher class located within walking distance from where we’re staying.

Occasional alternative accommodation: on rare occasions, it might happen that we have to make a change to the hotel reservation or split the group between two different hotels. Please be assured that in all cases we book in replacement rooms at hotels of the same or higher calibre. Those new hotels will adhere to the same strict quality criteria we always use.

Daily City Tax: depending on the hotel and the city, sometimes there’s a city tax added to a room charge (between €1 and €10 per person per night). Our tour costs include this City Tax – no additional charge

Extra Nights: should you wish to add extra nights to your stay here in Italy, either before your LocalWonders tour begins or after your tour has ended, we can help to make those arrangements. Simply select “additional accommodation” when filling in your Booking Form and we’ll be in touch to finalize the details.

Travel Insurance

We want our guests to have a truly care-free experience on our tours, and safety and comfort are our main focus. In that sentiment, travel insurance is compulsory for all our tours and we require our guests to have travel insurance medical and repatriation coverage with a liability limit greater than € 200,000(or corresponding currency in your country of origin).
Further, while not compulsory, we also highly recommend that our guests’ insurance also covers damages against third parties, property and people, as well as damages stemming from any trip-related events (loss of luggage and personal effects, theft, physical harm or delay).

Need help? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the LocalWonders team at any time. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about our insurance policy and, while we don’t sell insurance, we can suggest a variety of good travel insurance providers should you need.

Passport and Visa

Non European Union citizens are required to bring along a passport with an at least 6-month validity from the date of entry in Italy and – depending on nationality – travel visas. For  more information on visas, please check on the following link of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you’re not sure about the documentation that you’ll need for your trip, we highly recommend contacting the Italian Embassy or Consular Offices nearest to you for further information. LocalWonders Travel tour participants are responsible for having required travel documentation (see Section 17 of our  Terms&Conditions). LocalWonders Travel cannot assist you in getting the passport or visa required to travel to Italy.

Though in other countries might be different, in Italy for safety reason, at your arrival at the hotel, your passport will be required by the receptionist for the check-in and the registration procedure.

Professional Liability Insurance

LocalWonders Travel carries Professional Liability Insurance as well as Tour Operator’s Insolvency Insurance (required by European law). For more information see our Terms & Conditions.
None of these cover passenger’s medical and repatriation insurance.

Transport Means

We’ll do part of our travelling by train and part by private transfer. Upon arrival in a new destination, a taxi will take us to the next hotel (except in Pompeii, where it is faster to walk). Other means of transport used during this trip also include buses, subways, boats and taxis.

Health Conditions

Please read the itinerary and tour notes carefully to see whether or not this tour is right for you. Though no specific training is required for this tour, all of our guests need to be in good physical health. In order to ensure the safety of all of our guests, those with certain medical conditions or limitations might not be able to join parts of our tour.
As concerns vaccinations, please contact your personal doctor.

Cultural Heritage and Stairs

In a country like Italy of such rich heritage, there are many amazing buildings and structures to explore. To do so, there might be some stair-climbing involved.

Conduct Guidelines

When moving as a group and – especially – when traveling by train, timeliness is extremely important. In order to ensure that all of our guests are able to enjoy each of the activities planned for this tour, we ask that everyone makes sure to be on time. Should one of our group members be late on the day of departure from the hotel and therefore expose the group to risk of missing the train, the local leader and the rest of the group will go ahead without them. (Of course, that group member will be encouraged to join us again later, but will have to cover any associated expenses.)

The following activities and behaviours are strictly forbidden during our tours:

  • Use or possession of illegal substances or drugs (including marijuana)
  • Exploitation of prostitution
  • Any form of discrimination or verbal and physical violence towards anyone, including other group members, the local leader, and hotel personnel

Failure to follow these rules shall lead to direct dismissal from the tour with no right to any refund whatsoever.

Local leader

A professional LocalWonders Travel local leader will accompany you on your trip. The local leader will plan trip details and logistics taking all of the hassle and worry out of organizing travel (from trains, tickets, restaurant recommendations, reservations and tips for how to make the most of your free time). Your local leader will be your trusted point of reference throughout the entire trip, making sure that everything goes smoothly.
The local leader will provide authenticity and fun introducing you to the authentic side of Italy, providing interesting (and entertaining) information about the places you are visiting and showing you the best spots, usually only discovered by the locals (including favourite local restaurants).

During “free time”, the local leader is not compelled to join the group; however he will always be available in case of need.

Note:  In Europe there is a difference between LOCAL LEADER and TOUR GUIDE. If you’re looking for an in-depth introduction to Italy history or art (like a guided museum visit, city tour, or similar), your local leader will be happy to help you to find a skilled and certified tour guide.

Safety

Italy is a very safe country, so long as common sense is used. In busy places like train, bus and metro stations pick-pocketing may be an issue, but following some simple rules will help to ensure you don’t lose your valuables:

  • Never leave your belongings unattended
  • Keep your documents and money in a neck wallet or money belt
  • Keep your purse or daily pack in front of you when traveling by train and bus
  • Do not accept help with your luggage by anyone not wearing a uniform

Luggage Tips

What you bring is up to you however, we recommend that our guests travel light. We don’t have baggage restriction, but on our tours our guests are responsible for carrying their own luggage (including on and off of trains) so we suggest luggage that’s 15-18kg at the most. (That weight is a good compromise between having everything you’ll need and ease of movement.) Our guests comfortably use a variety of luggage types, including backpacks, suitcases, duffle bags and trolleys.

Do not forget:
– Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, tour notes
– Photocopy of main passport pages, visa and travel insurance
– Money belt
– Personal medications/prescriptions and a small travel first aid kit
– Comfortable and good walking shoes (better if with non-slip soles)
– Small day-pack for daily excursions
– Electrical adapter plug (see below for electrical outlets information)
– Sunscreen (summers can be very hot, even more than 30 °C)
– Swimsuit
– Sunhat and Sunglasses
– A shawl (in churches exposed shoulders and arms are not permitted)
– Clothes and personal effects as you prefer (evening attire not required on our evenings out)
– Attire in case of rain and wind (i.e. a folded and lightweight poncho with a hood)
– A lightweight sweater in case of chilly evenings
– A warm sweather and a jacket if travelling from late October to April

General Useful Information

Electrical Outlets: in Italy electrical current is 220-230 volts at 50 hertz. Italy uses a round, 2-prong plug, type C or F.
Italy Country Code for international calls: the country code for Italy is 39. When calling Italy from abroad dial +39 followed by the area code and the phone number you desire to call. Alternatively you can replace the + with the National Exit Code of the country from where you are calling.

Weather

Italy’s climate varies based on season and location. Italy has got hot summers and cold winters, with the southern areas of the country experiencing milder winters and hotter summers. Italy has got four seasons, winter (21 December – 20 March), spring (21 March – 20 June), summer (21 June-20 September) and autumn (21 September – 20 December). Winter is generally cold and rainy (average temperature in the northern areas 0-6°C and 10-14 °C in the southern areas), spring and autumn are mild and dry (average temperature in the northern areas 13-20°C and  15-20°C in the southern areas) and summer is hot and generally without rain (average temperature in the northern areas 20-23°C and  22-27°C in the southern areas). For more informaion check The Climate in Italy.

Currency and Budget

The Euro is the official currency in Italy. There will be ATMs in almost all the places we visit.
Your tour with LocalWonders Travel includes transportation and activities as per itinerary, several meals, and accommodation. It does not include tips/gratuities, additional meals, attractions, or personal expenses. For the meals not included on this tour, we suggest budgeting a daily amount, and while that will vary for everyone, €30-40 per day is considered a reasonable amount.

Tipping Guideline

Should you wish to tip for excellent and professional service, you should feel welcome (though not required).Tips are not compulsory in Italy (as they are in other parts of the world) though they are becoming more common and they can be significant for the people who have taken care of you during the tour. Here are a few guidelines:

Local leader: €4-6 per person per day

Local guides: €1-3 per person

Restaurant €1-2 per person (or 10% of the service in case of high class restaurant)

Hotel porters (if present) €1-2 per person

Please feel free to tip higher, lower or not tip at all depending on your judgement on the service and what you deem right.

Free Time and Optional Activities

We’ve incorporated free time throughout all of our tours so that our guests can relax or explore at their own pace, indulging in their own special interests – museums, shopping, dining, concerts, wandering and more. Your local leader will be able to provide lots of suggestions.
We’ve included some of the most popular activities in the list below:

ROMA

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel – €16 + reservation fee
  • St Peter’s Basilica – free access
  • Peter’s Dome Climb/lift – €8
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine hill – €12 + reservation fee
  • Borghese Gallery – €15
  • Capitolini Museums – €15
  • Pantheon – free access
  • The Catacombs of St. Callixtus – €8
  • Villa d’Este – €9
  • Cooking class – €100

THE AMALFI COAST

  • Emerald Grotto – €5
  • Blue Grotto – €13
  • Limoncello class and tour – €25
  • Andrew’s Cathedral, Amalfi – €3
  • Amalfi Paper Museum

LECCE

  • Beach day
  • Roman amphitheater – €6
  • Castel of Carlo V – €3
  • Cooking class – €00
  • Basilica Santa Croce – free
  • Archeological Museum Faggiano – €3

BARI

  • San Sabino Cathedral – free
  • Saint Nicholas Basilica – free
  • Svevo Castle – €3

Booking Museum Visits

We recommend booking ahead of time. Below is the list of some of the most popular museums related booking information:

Rome Museums

Visits to the museums in Rome should be booked before Day 1 of the tour so as not to coincide with other scheduled tour activities (you might want to add extra nights before your tour begins). If you are unsure about when best to book your museum visit, contact LocalWonders Travel.

 Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (closed on Sundays)
Entry into the Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo’s masterpiece) is included in the Vatican museums visit ticket.

Cost/Entry Fee: approx. €16
Reservation fee: approx. €4
Recommended time required to visit: 3 hours
To reserve check the Vatican Museums official website.

You can buy different types of tickets for the Vatican Museums visit. Read instructions before buying.
The “Open tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel” is the most commonly used entry option (this is not a guided tour).

Galleria Borghese
Visiting Galleria Borghese requires booking. We recommend early booking online if you would like to visit this museum.
To reserve: www.galleriaborghese.it/en/home_en

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Cost/Entry Fee: approx. €12
Reservation fee: approx. €2
Recommended time required to visit: 1 hour Colosseum + 2-3 hours Roman Forum an Palatine Hill

To reserve: http://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm
This ticket also includes entry to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

Itinerary

Day 1: Rome
Benvenuto in Italia! Your adventure starts in Rome, the heart of the ancient Roman Empire, the cradle of a rich history and the birthplace of the Italian dolce vita.
Your tour starts at 6:00pm with a Welcome Meeting where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers. (Upon arrival at the hotel you’ll find a note telling you where this welcome meeting will take place). Then you will enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll get a taste of Rome’s dolce (sweet) life!
What’s included?
– Accommodation: Hotel Alexandra or similar (3 Stars Boutique Hotel
– Meal: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Pompeii
Day 2 on our Treasures of The Amalfi Coast and Puglia tour starts with a “Like a Local” walk of Rome, where we’ll see the famous Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum, as well as some hidden and less-famous but equally amazing Roman wonders – like a 250-year-old café, small artisan gelato shops and fascinating squares that hosted chariot races thousands of years ago.  You will have some free time for lunch and then we will hop on a high-speed train, travelling up to 300km/h to Naples. A quick train change will then take us to Pompeii, a fascinating place risen from the ruins of an ancient and glorious Roman town, destroyed 2000 years ago by a volcanic eruption.
The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. You might choose to enjoy a real Neapolitan style pizza for dinner, or visit a local trattoria where the father and the son still produce their own homemade limoncello.
What’s included?
– Accommodation: Hotel Diana or similar (3 stars)
– Meal: Breakfast
– “Like a local” walk of Rome
How long is the trip today?
1 hour on a high-speed train from Rome to Naples
30 minutes on a regional train from Naples to Pompeii.

Day 3: Pompeii Ruins and The Amalfi Coast
This morning a private local leader by a licensed Pompeii guide will take us through the ruins of ancient Pompeii, where so many years ago, the Romans lived. You will walk inside an amphitheatre older than the Colosseum and see what ancient houses and shops looked like. After enjoying some free time for lunch, a private car will drive us to The Amalfi Coast. Here, you’ll see some of the world’s most stunning scenery, small colourful villages suspended between the mountain and the sea under the warm Mediterranean sun. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Feel free to ask your local leader for suggestions about how to spend this time – he knows the best spots! Ravello village, an emerald grotto, limoncello tasting – there are so many wonderful things to do here.
What’s included?
– Accommodation: 3 Stars Superior Boutique Hotel in Amalfi
– Meal: Breakfast
– Private tour lead by a licensed Pompeii guide
How long is the trip today?
1.5 hour on a private car from Pompeii to The Amalfi Coast.

Day 4: Capri Island
This morning we’ll head to the Island of Capri, traveling the section of sea where the mythological hero Ulysses heard the mermaids singing. Circling the island to explore some secret caves, we’ll have the opportunity to swim in the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea.
After the island tour, we will dock at Marina Grande and you will have some free time to explore the exclusive Capri Island on foot. You might walk the colourful alleyways to the heart of the island and the spectacular Natural Arch, or take a cab (a convertible, no less!) to Anacapri, higher up on the island. Our boat we will pick us up in the afternoon and we’ll head back to The Amalfi Coast where we’ll have time to enjoy a final swim in the sea. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.
What’s included?
– Accommodation: 3 Stars Superior Boutique Hotel in Amalf
– Meal: Breakfast
– Full day boat trip to Capri island, including the boat tour around the island.
Important notes for Day 4: The boat tour will be aboard a small, comfortable semi-private motor boat that accommodates up to 15 people. Depending on seasonality and on our group size, the boat may be private (just for us) or shared with another small group like ours. In case of bad weather, this activity will be traded with an indoor one of the equal value and fun.

Day 5: The Amalfi Coast
Wake up ready to “meet the Gods”! Today we’ll walk the famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (The Path of Gods), so called because the myth says that the Gods walked this way to reach the stretch of the sea where the mermaids lived.  No words are powerful enough to describe the beauty of this hike. We’ll walk through the local forest, amid lemon trees and along the astonishingly beautiful Amalfi Coast – a path that, in the ancient times, was the only access to this paradise from the villages.
After the hike, which will take us to the little village of Nocelle, we’ll head to Positano – one of the most stunning places on The Amalfi Coast. Here we’ll spend the afternoon swimming in the clear blue water of the Mediterranean sea, sipping freshly-squeezed lemon juice, or losing ourselves in the meandering streets of Positano. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure (free time).
What’s included?
– Accommodation: 3 Stars Superior Boutique Hotel in Amalfi
– Meals: Breakfast
– Path of Gods hike
– Amalfi bus daily ticket (which allows you to reach each villages on The Amalfi Coast)
Important notes for Day 5: The “Path of Gods” is a hike lasting approximately 3-and-a-half hours on a narrow rocky path with some steep sections, and a good part of it will be in direct sun (comfortable shoes with non-slip soles or hiking boots are required for this walk). If you don’t feel comfortable participating in the hike, you will still have a wonderful time exploring The Amalfi Coast by foot, bus or ferry. Your local leader will provide suggestions, explanations and timetables.
(This activity is “weather permitting” which means that the trail may not always be accessible. Alternative activities will be planned should we be forced to skip the hike.)

Day 6: Matera
Matera is a secret gem that only few travellers to Italy have the chance to see. During the centuries, churches, dwellings, gardens and terraces were built one on the top of the other, digging into the rock of the local canyon walls and seeming to challenge gravity! Due in part to this, and its incredible beauty, this area – the Sassi of Matera – was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. Our local leader Francesco will lead us on a private guided journey to discover this magical place, revealing some of its many secrets and showing us where famous directors filmed their famous movies.
At night we’ll sleep in one of the Sassi’s hotels. These hotels are a real wonder! From the windows, it feels like being inside a nativity scene, and – inside – a high-quality and comfortable hotel room right in the town’s historical center.
What’s included?
– Accommodation: “Albergo diffuso” in the Sassi of Matera – Welcome Matera Association
– Meal:Breakfast
– Private tour of Matera lead by a licensed Matera guide
How long is the trip today?
Approx. 2.5 hours by private vehicle from The Amalfi Coast to Matera

Day 7: Alberobello e Lecce
Today you will discover another Italian wonder: the Trulli of Alberobello. We’ll enter an ancient village with narrow alleyways and the most picturesque buildings – white huts with conical roofs: the Trulli. As we explore – visit some Trullo – we’ll discover the curious story that links an ancient tax matter to these unique constructions.
Then we’ll travel by private vehicle to Lecce, the main town of Salento. Here your local leader will take you for a “Like a Local” walk, showing you the Lecce way of life and seeing the stunning historical centre, where Roman ruins meet elegant Baroque churches and buildings. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure (free time). In the evening, we suggest you enjoy the lively Lecce nightlife!
What’s included
– Accommodation: Le Club Boutique Hotel or similar (4 Stars Boutique Hotel)
– Meal: Breakfast
– Visit to Alberobello
– “Like a Local” walk of Lecce
How long is the trip today?
Approx. 1 hour by private vehicle from Matera to Alberobello
Approx. 1.5 hour by private vehicle from Alberobello to Lecce

Day 8: Lecce
Today you’ll enjoy a free day for immersing yourself in the beauty of life in Lecce and Salento. You might visit the Santa Croce Basilica, one of the most impressive Baroque churches of Lecce, or get your hands dirty in an optional cooking class where you can make and eat the exquisite food of Puglia. Some of our guests choose to hop on a local bus and head to the beaches of Salento for sunbathing and swimming in the turquoise sea. However you choose to spend your day, you mustn’t miss the chance to taste a pasticciotto, a delicious little pastry, or eat a puccia, some of the best street food in the world! Your local leader will provide plenty of suggestions for how you might spend your free time today. Just ask!
What’s included?
Accommodation: Le Club Boutique Hotel or similar (4 Stars Boutique Hotel)
Meal: Breakfast

 Day 9: Bari
In the morning we’ll hop on a train to travel along the Puglia coast and reach the city of Bari. After checking-in at our centrally-located hotel, you’ll enjoy some free time for lunch before joining your local leader for a “Like a Local” walk of Bari. We’ll stroll the white alleys of the Bari historical centre, spot the old nonna’s preparing orecchiette (the typical local pasta), and discover the old link between Bari and Santa Claus. (Gifts for the good ones only!)
After our walk we’ll get ready for a special farewell dinner at a hand-picked local restaurant where you’ll taste an exquisite culinary tradition not found anywhere else in Italy.
What’s included?
– Accommodation: Imago Boutique Hotel or similar
– Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
– “Like a local” walk of Bari
How long is the trip today?
1.5-hours on a high-speed train from Lecce to Bari

Day 10: Bari
Our tour has come to an end and, though we’ll be sad to see you go, we trust you’ve had the trip of a lifetime. Arrivederci!
What’s included?
Meal: Breakfast
Important notes for Day 10
Our tour ends with breakfast. There are no activities planned for today. If you need help in organizing your airport transfer or purchasing train tickets, just ask. Your local leader will be happy to help you to in making these arrangements. If possible, plan for and purchase transportation to the airport a few days in advance – organizing same-day travel can be difficult.

What is included?

  • The assistance of a professional local leader for the entire trip
  • Accommodation: comfortable and high-quality boutique hotels (3 stars superior and 4 stars)
  • A stay at the Matera Sassi
  • “Like a Local” walk of Rome, Alberobello, Lecce and Bari
  • Private guided tour of the Pompeii ruins
  • Full day boat trip to Capri Island
  • A walk at “The Path of Gods” in The Amalfi Coast with your local leader
  • Private guided tour of Matera
  • Stop-over in Alberobello to see the Trulli
  • Several meals:
    – 9 breakfasts,
    – 2 dinners
  • All trains and busses between cities
  • Private transfer to The Amalfi Coast, Matera, Alberobello and Lecce
  • Taxi from hotel to train station in Rome on day 2
  • Taxi from train station to hotel in Bari on day 9
  • All hotel daily city taxes

What’s extra?

The following items are not included in the tour cost:

  • Flights
  • Single Supplement” (but you can add this!)
  • Anything that is not specified to be included