The beauty of the less-travelled areas of Italy is what you’ll find more of—more intact ancient architecture, more wide-open views, and more local experiences. A tour gets you closer to these dolce discoveries—with more included features and unique discoveries— plus plenty of free time to explore the cobblestone streets like a local.
Rediscover your love for Italy with
Apulia, the Heel of Italy
$1,501* based on July 1; September 23; October 7, 2018 departure dates
$1,744* based on July 8 & August 12, 2018 departure dates
HURRY OFFER ENDS MAY 31, 2018.
*Book a 2018 Cosmos Italy vacation (Excluding Cosmos Lite) to receive $50 per person off the land price. Booking must be made, under deposit, and discount applied between April 26 and May 31, 2018 for 2018 travel. Offer is not combinable with any other current promo. Applies to new 2018 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Must mention code ITALY50. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.
*Featured price is per person, land only, in Canadian Dollars, based on double occupancy, on the dates indicated and include all taxes and fees.
Day 1: Tour Highlights: APULIA, THE HEEL OF ITALY
ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
DAY 2 NAPLES–CASTEL DEL MONTE–BARI
Guided sightseeing this morning gives you a proper introduction to the eventful history of this city and its traditions. Later, depart Naples and travel into Apulia, the legendary “boot” of Italy. Stop at CASTEL DEL MONTE, built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and renowned for its unique octagonal towers, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Adriatic coastline for an orientation of the beautiful port city of Bari.
DAY 3 BARI–CASTELLANA GROTTE–ALBEROBELLO–LECCE
Head to Castellana Grotte to visit the area’s famous limestone CAVES. This impressive system is a wonderland of captivating stalactites, stalagmites, and crystallized mineral deposits. Next stop is Alberobello, renowned for its distinct conical-roofed TRULLI houses. Follow the coastline to lovely Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and marvel at its opulent baroque buildings from the 1600s.
DAY 4 LECCE. EXCURSION TO SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA & GALLIPOLI
Spend some time on your own this morning to explore Lecce’s baroque city center. Then, travel to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Apulia, where you'll discover oriental art nouveau villas and beach huts from the early 20th century. On to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city built on an island in the Ionian Sea. Enjoy the Old Town with its quaint ambiance, winding streets, and inviting squares, and discover FRANTOIO IPOGEO, an underground olive press buried in the tufa rock. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, workers pressed Gallipoli’s olive oil, which was stored in cisterns beneath the Old Town and used to light the city’s oil lamps. Return to Lecce in the late afternoon.
DAY 5 LECCE–MANDURIA–GROTTAGLIE–OSTUNI–FASANO
Start the day in Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region, where you’ll visit a WINE CELLAR and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Continue to the pottery village of Grottaglie to discover how its renowned terracotta has been produced since the Middle Ages. Overnight in Fasano, a peaceful town surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic Sea.
DAY 6 FASANO
Today is free to do as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. The impressive “rock city” of Matera is home to the prehistoric sassi cave dwellings, while a guided tour reveals the amazing stone-clad city of Altamura, with free time afterward to stroll through the Old Town on your own.
DAY 7 FASANO–NAPLES
Puglia is famous for its olive trees and this morning you’ll visit a traditional OLIVE MILL to taste some genuine olive oil and stroll around the groves. Later, travel back to Naples for a chance to treat yourself to a real espresso coffee shot or the most authentic pizza.
DAY 8 NAPLES
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.