Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Highlights of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia tour
Alberobello Amalfi Coast Highlights of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia Trip
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Highlights of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Walk of the Gods - Take one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the world with magnificent views over the Bay of Salerno
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum - Discover the ancient cities that have taught us more about Roman life than any other sites
  • Amalfi Coast - Admire the views over sandy bays, blue waters and rocky cliffs dotted with colourful towns like Positano
  • Matera - Experience the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Listed ancient troglodyte sassi quarter
  • Alberobello - Explore the unique beehive-shaped trulli houses and enjoy dinner in a winery

Short Description

This trip is the perfect introduction to the highlights of southern Italy; combining the fascinating trullis of Alberobello and Matera's cave dwellings with Amalfi's colourful coastline and the world-famous archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Walk of the Gods - Experience one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the world
Amalfi Coast - Admire the views over sandy bays and rocky cliffs dotted with colourful towns like Positano
Alberobello - Explore the unique beehive-shaped trulli houses and enjoy a wine tasting dinner

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Naples
End City Alberobello

Destinations

Italy

Activities

Cycling Hiking Trekking

Age Requirement

14

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Itinerary

Day 1 Join trip in Naples

On this trip we will experience the highlights of three famous Southern Italian regions - we start in Campania, travel into Basilicata and end up in Puglia. We begin in Naples, a city of diverse contrasts and one that evokes enormous pride among the locals. Its rich history, staunch Catholicism and endless charm make it one of the most engaging cities in Italy. At about 3pm this afternoon our Explore Leader will take us on a brief walking tour of old Naples. We'll wander through the old city streets and narrow alleyways that give us a captivating insight into the city's heart, which has gone unchanged in essence for generations. Along the way we will see the round stone turrets of Maschio Angioino Castle, the square seafront Castle Dell'ovo, the main square of Piazza del Plebiscito, the ornate glass covered shopping arcade of Galleria Umberto and the Baroque and Neo-Classical facade of the Royal Palace. If you wish to attend this then your flight needs to have arrived by 1.30pm to give you time to get from the airport to the hotel. If you aren't able to arrive in time for this walk then your Explore Leader will meet you in the hotel reception at around 6pm this evening. Tonight you might like to try the most famous Neapolitan cuisine, pizza. The traditional pizzas served here aren't as crispy as in most parts of Italy. They tend to be thinner in the centre so that the fresh tomato sauce collects and soaks into the base. It's normally then topped with a drizzling of olive oil, mozzarella and fresh basil. Our time in Naples is limited, so if you'd like to visit the prestigious National Museum or go underground into the Napoli Sotterranea then we'd recommend extending your stay by a night.

Meals Provided : None

Day 2 Guided visit to ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii

This morning we will take the train to the nearby ruins of Herculaneum at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Buried by the volcanic eruption of AD 79, the city was hermetically sealed under a thick layer of volcanic mud, which preserved a staggering amount of wooden furniture and other organic materials - even fruit. After our guided tour we'll take the train on to neighbouring Pompeii. At Pompeii we will also have a guided walking tour to introduce us to this remarkably well-preserved example of a provincial Roman city. The town once housed 15,000 people and was an important commercial centre, as well as a favourite residence of wealthy Roman patricians. Of course, on one fateful day the same eruption that hermetically sealed Herculaneum also buried Pompeii, preserving the buildings and its citizens in layers of ash and pumice. We will see the extensive colonnaded forum with its Temple of Jupiter and the magnificently-decorated villas, such as that of the Vetii. Human casts of some of the victims trapped by the eruption give an emotive snapshot of this catastrophic event. We drive to the Amalfi Coast region where we spend the next two nights. The Amalfi Coast is a picturesque 50 kilometre long stretch of coastline which runs along the southern edge of the Sorrento Peninsula. It's dotted with colourful terraced towns, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. For the next two nights we will be staying in the Amalfi Coast region. Due to high demand in this area, the exact location of your accommodation will vary depending on the departure date and will be confirmed to you on your final documentation.

Meals Provided : Breakfast

Day 3 Admire the magnificent views along the Walk of the Gods to Positano

Drive to Bomerano where we begin the Walk of the Gods to Positano, which is regarded as one of the best coastal walks in the world. The high cliff path contours west, with magnificent views over the Bay of Salerno and Capri. The trail passes under huge limestone cliffs and above picturesque stone farmhouses until it reaches the attractive village of Nocelle. From here, we descend down an ancient stairway, passing pretty flower gardens, into Positano. A poor fishing village until the 1950s, Positano has grown into a chic town that is still a favourite with Hollywood stars. Positano's colourful buildings are stacked up the green cliff side above its sandy beach. The walk today is Moderately graded, will take approximately five hours and will cover a distance of eight kilometres with a 650 metre descent. The walk can be shortened and end in Montepertuso for anyone who doesn't want to do the steep final descent with a significant number of steps into Positano. From Montepertuso it's easy to take the public bus to Positano to catch up with those finishing the walk. After free time in Positano to relax on the beach or to have a cold beer to reward ourselves on finishing our walk, we take a ferry to Amalfi and on to Minori where we spend the next two nights. Our main luggage will have been brought to the hotel ready for our arrival. For anyone who doesn't wish to hike today you can be dropped off in front of Hotel Eden Roc (on Via Marconi), just outside Positano. From here it's 10 minutes' walk along the shopping street of Via Cristoforo Colombo to town centre. You can spend time on the beach, browsing the quaint shops or unwinding with a glass of wine while admiring the beautiful coastal views before meeting up with the rest of the group at the end of the walk. Please note that if you are travelling on the 25 August 2019 then you will be staying in Maiori for the final two nights of the trip, which is only a short distance away from Minori and your trip itinerary is unchanged. During 2018 there has been a partial closure of the Walk of the Gods path due to a landslide. The full path has now reopened, however if it isn't possible to do the entire walk on your departure then you will do a loop walk along the first section of the Walk of the Gods before then following a different path back to Bomerano and from here you will travel by road to Positano to continue the rest of the days itinerary as planned.

Meals Provided : Breakfast

Day 4 Discover the cave dwellings and rock carved churches of Matera

This morning we leave the Campania region and drive to Matera, which is in Basilicata and where we will spend the next two nights. Our drive today will take us around four hours and along the way we'll see some great views of the Amalfi Coast before heading into the countryside. Matera is impressively located on the side of a gorge eroded by the Gravina River and is famous for its ancient sassis, a UNESCO -Listed troglodyte quarter, which originates from prehistoric times. Stepping into the city is like stepping back in time, and it feels as though the cobbled narrow streets and meandering buildings have changed little over the past 7,000 years. It's a place that has to be seen to be believed and we have the wonderful experience of staying in a hotel within these ancient sassi cave dwellings. On arrival in Matera a local guide will take us on a walking tour of the sassi quarter which is split into two halves - Sassi Caveoso and Sassi Barisano with the cathedral sitting between them. The city is so unchanged over the centuries that it has frequently been used as a film set for biblical scenes. It's hard to believe it now, but in the 1950s Matera was an embarrassment to the Italian authorities, as many families were living in one room caves, in poor conditions and poverty was rife. The families were helped and re-housed and the city cleaned up and it's now a treasured historic city that will become the European Capital of Culture in 2019. After exploring the cobbled lanes, rock carved churches and caves we have the rest of the afternoon free to discover more.

Meals Provided : Breakfast

Day 5 Free day in Matera; chance to visit Gravina Sotterranea

Today is free for you to explore Matera - it's a great city for strolling through the lanes and it's very photogenic with every street revealing yet another amazing view. Alternatively you might choose to take a train to neighbouring Gravina (the journey is around 45 minutes each way). Gravina is a historic town that has retained much of its character. The buildings here line the sides of a deep river gorge with a Roman bridge connecting them. The highlight of the town however is the Gravina Sotterranea, which is an underground network of meandering passageways that run beneath the city through caves and cellars where you can find rock carved churches under the houses above. This remarkable underground labyrinth has only recently discovered.

Meals Provided : Breakfast

Day 6 Cheese and wine tasting; walk through the trullis of Alberobello

This morning we drive across the regional border into Puglia to an agriturismo in Putignano or in the surrounding area for cheese tasting. Agriturismos are traditional country farms that have opened up their doors to visitors, so everything here is homemade. After seeing how the cheese is produced and exploring the farm and gardens we'll sample their delicious food, which usually includes freshly braided mozzarella. After our cheese tasting we drive to one of the most ancient wineries of Alberobello - the Cantina Albea Winery and Museum. The winery building itself is made entirely of stone, with even the tanks designed to hold the wine having been carved out of the rock too. At the winery we'll learn about the history of the vineyard and their wine production and of course get to sample some their award-winning wines. After our visit we have the afternoon free to further explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed small town of Alberobello, which is best known for its unique trullis or trullos as they're also known. Our Explore Leader can take us on a short walk to help us get our bearings and explain about the history. The town is divided into two districts - Rione Aia Piccola and Rione Monti. On our walk we'll see Trullo Sovrano, built by a wealth priest in the 18th century it is the only two floored trulli house and it's now a museum, and the Trullo Church with its domed towers and curved windows it looks like a stretched trulli and was built far later in 1927. We will spend the night in these unusual round houses with their white washed dry stone walls and pointed 'witches hat' tiled roofs. They were either built singly or in groups of up to five, which would have originally been occupied by a single family. This evening we have our last dinner at the La Cantina Restaurant. Our meal will be a tasting menu of different savoury specialities accompanied by wine. In Puglia the food revolves around local produce, so the dishes on offer will vary depending on what's in season. A lot of the cuisine is vegetable or cheese based and of course they make good use of all the olive oil produced from the 60 million olive trees in the region.

Meals Provided : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 Trip ends in Alberobello

Our trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Alberobello.

Meals Provided : Breakfast

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