Sorrento Castel del Monte Castellana Lecce Ostuni Alberobello Matera
Apulia and Basilicata, the regions in the south less visited but very intriguing with white washed cities, underground cave dwellings and medieval fortresses. Start your trip from Sorrento and end in Sorrento or Rome .
3days/2nights # 17
Departure Dates: May 3, 17, June 7, 21, July 5, 19, Aug 9, 23, Sep 6, 20, Oct 4, 18 2017 Check out the same tour from Rome
Day 1 Wednesday: SORRENTO – CASTELLANA CAVES – ALBERROBELLO
Early morning departure for Apulia, pick up at the hotel at 7:30 a.m. Arrive at the Castellana Caves. Discovered in 1938, the entrance is represented by an enormous vertical tunnel 60 metres long with incredible shapes of stalactites, fossils, canyons and caves of amazing colors. After the visit free time for lunch. Continue to ALBEROBELLO, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the town of the “TRULLI”, houses made of flint drive walls that can be de and reassambled when needed. They have typical cone roof, used as homes and to store farming equipment. Walk through the unique streets of Trullies, then drive for wine tasting at a local wine cellar. Continue to Castella Grotto for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Thursday: LECCE – GALLIPOLI – OSTUNI
After breakfast we depart to the city of Lecce famous for its white Baroque buildings form the end of the XVI century and the first half of the XVII century. We’ll visit the church of S.Oronzo, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Celestini Palace. In the square of S.Oronzo we can admire the roman amphitheatre from the II century ac and the column of S.Oronzo, 29m high with a copper statue of the saint on the top. Continue to the Greek fishing village of Gallipoli (Kallipolis) on the shores of the Ionian sea at the “heel of the Italian Boot”. The old town built on an island is connected to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Free time to visit the old town or have lunch at one of the fresh seafood restaurants at the harbor and its the center of fishing. Departure to Ostuni, an architectural jewel commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Return to the hotel at Castellana Grotte for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Friday: MATERA – SORRENTO OR ROME
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Matera that has gained international fame for its “Sassi”. The Sassi originated from a prehistoric settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first settlements in Italy. Ancient Byzantine monks from Byzantine Cappadocia in today’s Turkey were some of the first inhabitants of the sassi carving their cells, houses and little churches into soft Tufa. Many of these cave “houses” are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. One of the peculiarity of this ancient city, is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around Jerusalem. This has caught the eye of film directors and movie studios. Sassi were the set of many film, as for example “The Gospel According to St Matthew” , “King David” , “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Nativity Story”. Matera is also a UNESCO World Heritage town. Free time for a snack and return to Rome or Sorrento via Pompeii. Late arrival in Rome around 9 p.m. Overnight in Rome.
*Accommodation at 4 star Hotel
*Buffet breakfast daily
*2 dinners (no drinks included)
*Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach with AC
*Service charges and taxes included
*Assistant during the tour
*Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
*English French Spanish guides
Semiramide Palace 4 star at Castellano Grotte
Price per person in Euro ($ rate varies depending on the exchange rate at the time of payment):
|All prices in Euros||Per person in double||Per person in single||Per person in triple||Child (2-11) sharing with two adults|
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Extra nights in Sorrento before or after the tour
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Hotel GH Vesuvio
3 Apr – 31 Aug/1 Oct-31 Oct