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Overview

Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy

Although Italy is full of wondrous gems across “the boot,” some of its greatest treasures are hidden closer to its heel. In the Apulia region, known for its centuries-old farmland, whitewashed towns, and miles of scenic coastline, the water is bluer, the produce is fresher, and the pace is delightfully slower. This Undiscovered tour of Southern Italy invites you to kick back and live la dolce vita as you travel from heel to ankle, vineyard to grove, and clifftop to cave. From colorful Naples to the stunning 90-million-year-old caves of Castellana, you will experience Southern Italy’s hottest sights—and coolest. At a special wine tasting at the Manduria wine museum, you’ll raise your glass to the many highlights of “the heel,” including its castles and conical houses, ancient ruins and fresh ricotta, and its eternal sunshine and sunny disposition.

Highlights of Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy

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Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

UNESCO Sites

Historic Centre of Naples|The Sassi of Matera (See only)|The Trulli of Alberobello

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY Welcome to Naples! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

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Day 2

NAPLES A Slice of Life in Napoli NAPLES Guided sightseeing includes Palazzo Reale. Enjoy free time this afternoon. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Naples delivers Old World charm in spades as one of Italy’s oldest cities. From its regal Palazzo Reale to the 13th-century Duomo di San Gennaro’s frescoed masterpieces to nearby Mount Vesuvius to the most famous pizza in the world served throughout the city in Neapolitan style. A stroll along the promenade beside the Bay of Naples reveals why locals and visitors choose this spot to soak in the sunset on the Mediterranean Sea.


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Day 3

NAPLES–MATERA Hidden Gem MATERA Guided walking tour. (B,D)
155 mi / 250km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Matera is a city like no other, entirely carved out of the rocky slopes of a mountain in the Basilicata region and has been extended over millennia. Explore with a Local Guide to reveal the secrets of this unique city that also served as the setting for many famous films, including Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” and the James Bond 007 film, “No Time to Die.”


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Day 4

MATERA–MANDURIA–LECCE Cultivating Culture MANDURIA [LF] Visit the Primitivo wine museum followed by a tasting. (B) 105 mi / 168km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Wine holds a significant cultural and historical importance in Italy, making it one of the world's leading wine-producing countries. The Italian wine culture is deeply intertwined with the country's regional diversity. The Primitivo grape is the primary grape variety cultivated in the Manduria region. This grape is known for producing robust and full-bodied red wines with rich fruit flavors and holds its name as this type of grape matures early.


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Day 5

LECCE Sweet Strolls in Apulia LECCE Guided walking tour includes Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. Free time. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM Stroll through Apulia, the “Florence of the South,” to take in the vibrant and bustling atmosphere. Wander the narrow streets of golden sandstone looking for hidden Piazzas or indulge in a wine bar with a glass of local rose and views of the carved baroque churches the city has to offer around each corner.


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Day 6

LECCE–OSTUNI–ALBEROBELLO AREA Stone Houses OSTUNI Guided visit. Olive oil tasting and light lunch en route to Alberobello
ALBEROBELLO A guided walking tour includes a visit to a Trullo (traditional stone conical-roof hut). (B,L) 67 mi / 108km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE The iconic round houses (Trulli) date back hundreds of years. These Trulli, constructed of dry stone and cone-shaped roofs include the oldest structures built in the 16th century and were used as grain storage or residences. Made without cement in the masonry techniques of the day, these whitewashed homes were easily disassembled to avoid property taxes when the collectors came calling! Today, you can stroll the streets lined with Trulli houses to see their conical rooftops decorated with symbols such as a cross, heart, astronomical symbol, or the evil eye.


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Day 7

ALBEROBELLO AREA: EXCURSION TO CASTELLANA GROTTE Grottos and Grapes CASTELLANA GROTTE [LF] Take a guided visit to the underground caves. Enjoy a wine-and-olive-oil tasting followed by dinner at a local masseria (local farmhouse). (B)
81 mi / 130 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
HISTORIC SPOT The Grotte di Castellana is one of the largest cave systems in Italy, stretching for over two miles. The underground tunnels are a natural marvel with stunning geological formations illuminated in a rainbow of hues as the sun moves through the sky.


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Day 8

ALBEROBELLO AREA: EXCURSION TO BARI Old Town and Old Saint Nicholas BARI A guided walking tour includes the Old Town and San Nicola’s Church. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of local specialties, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 31 mi / 50km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Bari combines historical charm with modern amenities, culinary tradition, and cultural attractions. The city's markets, such as the Mercato Coperto, offer a vibrant showcase of fresh local produce and culinary delights. A major point of interest is the Basilica di San Nicola that holds the relics of Saint Nicholas who was the inspiration for the modern Santa Claus.


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Day 9

ALBEROBELLO AREA Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

(Nearest airport is Bari)

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Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2025-04-20 2025-04-21 2025-04-29 $3399 $0 $3399 LA50421K Available
2 2025-04-27 2025-04-28 2025-05-06 $2829 $0 $2829 LA50428 Available
3 2025-05-04 2025-05-05 2025-05-13 $3469 $0 $3469 LA50505K Available
4 2025-05-11 2025-05-12 2025-05-20 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50512 Available
5 2025-05-18 2025-05-19 2025-05-27 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50519 Available
6 2025-05-25 2025-05-26 2025-06-03 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50526 Available
7 2025-06-01 2025-06-02 2025-06-10 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50602 Available
8 2025-06-08 2025-06-09 2025-06-17 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50609 Available
9 2025-06-15 2025-06-16 2025-06-24 $3469 $0 $3469 LA50616K Available
10 2025-08-24 2025-08-25 2025-09-02 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50825 Available
11 2025-08-31 2025-09-01 2025-09-09 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50901 Available
12 2025-09-07 2025-09-08 2025-09-16 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50908 Available
13 2025-09-14 2025-09-15 2025-09-23 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50915 Available
14 2025-09-21 2025-09-22 2025-09-30 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50922 Available
15 2025-09-28 2025-09-29 2025-10-07 $2899 $0 $2899 LA50929 Available
16 2025-10-05 2025-10-06 2025-10-14 $2899 $0 $2899 LA51006 Available
17 2025-10-12 2025-10-13 2025-10-21 $2829 $0 $2829 LA51013 Available
18 2025-10-19 2025-10-20 2025-10-28 $2699 $0 $2699 LA51020 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Starhotel Terminus The Terminus hotel offers a 4 star retreat from everyday life in the midst of lively Naples. It is located in a strategic location just steps from the metro L1 stop Garibaldi, which offers easy transport to reach the main attractions of the city. Napoli Piazza Garibaldi 91 First-Class
2 Hotel Del Campo Set in a former 18th century aristocratic residence with beautiful ancient gardens, this charming property is located just outside the centre of Matera within easy reach of the Sassi UNESCO site. It offers large rooms, all of which are located in a new wing and feature parquet floors, air conditioning, and Free Wi-Fi. The hotel Restaurant serves delicious local specialities in the historic dining room together with an extensive choice of traditional wines from Basilicata. Matera Anngolo Via Lucrezio and Via Gravina Superior First-Class
3 Hilton Garden Inn Lecce Set in a quiet residential area in the heart of the Salentine Peninsula, just a short distance away from the stunning attractions of Lecce's historic city center also known as 'The Florence of the South'. This contemporary hotel boasts a complimentary 24-hour fitness center, Beauty & Spa facility and a seasonal rooftop outdoor swimming pool with views of the city skyline. All 143 rooms are designed for extra comfort with self-adjusting Garden Sleep System® beds, air-conditioning, coffee/tea making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi access. A full-service restaurant offers inspired Italian cuisine in a contemporary and refined atmosphere, a variety of snacks and refreshments can be found at the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry and the trendy looking bar offers drinks and light bites in stylish surroundings. Lecce Via Cosimo De Giorgi 62 Superior First-Class
4 Grand Hotel D'Aragona Located in a very peaceful position close to some of Apulia's most important attractions like Alberobello, Polignano a Mare and Ostuni, this hotel is a great choice for those who want to explore the region. All its air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen/satellite TV and minibar. Most of the rooms also have balconies. Other amenities include an elegant restaurant serving local dishes and two swimming pools. Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas. Conversano Via San Donato, 5 Superior First-Class
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