Campania to Apulia
1st day: Naples or Rome
On arrival at airport transfer to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
2nd day: Naples – Pompei
After breakfast, drive to Naples. Guided city tour: Castel Nuovo, the San Carlo Theatre, the Piazza Plebiscito, the Royal Palace and the Church of San Francesco di Paolo, that is a copy of the Pantheon in Rome. Afterwards guided visit of the ruins of Pompei. You see the Forum, the Temple of Jupiter, the via dell’Abbondanza, etc.. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
3rd day: Matera – Taranto
After breakfast, drive to Matera in the Basilicata. This old city overlooks a deep glen. The houses are carved in the limestone (Sassi). You will see the Romanesque-Apulian Cathedral, the Church San Domenico, San Francesco, San Giovanni Battista and Sant’Agostino with a magnificent view of the Tramontano Castle, the “Strada dei Sassi” and the rockhouses. Continuing on to Taranto. This old city is situated between the gulf and the great port . Guided city tour: the Romanesque Cathedral, the Church San Domenico, the Castle and the National Museum. Then on to Taranto, accommodation in your hotel, dinner and overnight.
4th day: Lecce – Brindisi – Bari
After breakfast, drive to Lecce. The prevaling style is, known as the baroque, has such graceful forms and such particular features as nowhere else. Because of this characteristic it has been called “the Florence of the Baroque”, as Gregorovius defined it. Guided tour : Piazza del Duomo with the Seminary, the Bishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Bell Tower, the Basilica del Rosario, the Church Santa Chiara, San Matteo, delle Grazie and the Basilica of the Holy Cross, which is the most important monument of this period, the Abbey of Santa Mara a Cerrate, etc..In the afternoon continue on to Brindisi. This city is in a particularly strategic position both from a military and commercial viewpoint. You visit : the Roman column, the Cathedral, the Temple of San Giovanni al Sepolcro, the Church of San Benedetto with its cross-ribbed. On to Bari. Accommodation in your hotel, dinner and overnight.
5th day: Bari – Conversano
After breakfast, in the morning you visit Bari. Guided tour : the Romanesque Cathedral, dedicated to St.Sabin, the Bascilica of San Nicola, dedicated to patron saint the city, the Byzantine Castle, etc. In the afternoon continue on to Conversano, there we visit the Cathedral, the Church of San Cosma and Damiano, etc.. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
6th day: Castel del Monte – Barletta – Trani
After breakfast, drive to Castel del Monte. The Castle is on a hill 540 m. high and has a breathtaking view is famous for its octagonal structure. It was very probably built as a hunting residence by Frederick II (keen on hunting with falcons) between 1229 and ’49. Carry on to Barletta. In the afternoon visit of the historical centre and discover the “Koloss”, a 5 m high Byzantine statue, the Cathedral of St. Maria Maggiore, etc.. On to Trani, an elegant provincial town and administrative centre until 1808. Here visit of the splendid Cathedral. Its construction began in 1099, when the Archbishop of Byzantium built a church in honour of Nicola Pellegrinowhom he had made a saint. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
7th day: Grotte di Castellanna – Alberobello – Locorotondo – Ostuni
After breakfast, drive to Castellana Grotte. Guided tour to the Caves, with marvellous and different shaped stalacite and stalagmite concretions. Afterwards continue on to Alberobello, home of the “Trulli” (cylinderform buildings with their tips on the rooves). In the afternoon continue on to Locorotondo and Ostuni, visit of the historical center and its Gothic Cathedral. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
8th day: Caserta
After breakfast, departure to Caserta. Visit of the Royal Palace and its gardens. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
9th day: Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport, according with the flight departure time.
-Accommodation in double room with private facilities in selected 3-4Star Hotels
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Continental or Buffet breakfast
- Evening meals
- Transportation by motorlaunch and deluxe motorcoach
- Sightseeing tours and visits as indicated in the itinerary
- Local licensed guides
- Professional escort (on request)
- Entrance fees
- Service charges and taxes included
- Porterage of 2 bags per person.