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Food & Wine: Campania, Puglia & the Amalfi Coast

12 days |  14 days with Amalfi Coast extension
Group size1022 travelers
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Discover a region where the only thing better than the focaccia is the Falanghina wine.

Similar to the boot it’s shaped like, Italy keeps its “soul” on the bottom. Just think of the corner cafes, where you only hear conversations in Italian. When you feast on sfogliatella pastries with a side Primitivo wine, you'll get a taste for recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Everywhere you look on this small group Food & Wine Tour, you’ll find that even though times change, some things stay the same.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches with wine
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 wine tasting
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Included highlights

  • Food of Naples walking tour
  • Basilica of Santa Chiara
  • Benevento's Roman Theatre
  • Campanian wine tasting
  • Castel del Monte wine tasting
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Naples today.

Naples2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Naples
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Food of Naples walking tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

This morning’s food-themed guided tour introduces you to the flavors of Naples, home to some famous Italian cuisine.

  • Walk through Piazza del Gesù to view the Church of Gesù Nuovo
  • Stop at a local cafe to try Espresso Napoletano
  • Enter the Basilica of Santa Chiara to see the unique and ornate cloister
  • Step inside a shop to taste the famous Vesuvius chocolate
  • Walk along Via dei Tribunali and enjoy a cuoppo, or cone, filled with fried street foods such as arancini, polenta, croquettes, and vegetables
  • Head to a famous pastry shop near the Church of San Domenico Maggiore to sample sfogliatella, a flaky, ricotta-stuffed pastry that puffs up while it bakes

Enjoy a free afternoon in Naples or add an excursion.

A Naples Tradition: Neapolitan Pizza

From $85 per person

Gargano Region2 nights
Day 4: Gargano via Benevento & Ceppaloni
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

The Gargano region is home to quaint coastal town’s and secluded forests. Travel to this area today, making stops in Benevento and Ceppaloni en route.

  • Join a local guide for a short walk through Benevento
  • Enter the city’s 2nd-century Roman Theatre, which was built by emperor Hadrian
  • Visit an agriturismo in Ceppaloni and enjoy sweeping views of the countryside
  • Sit down for a lunch of fresh, seasonal Campanian cuisine
  • Sample white Falanghina wines from Sannio and red Taurasi wines from Irpinia, as an agriturismo family member leads you through a tasting
Day 5: Free day in Gargano Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the Gargano region or add an excursion.

Iconic Sites & Towns of the Gargano Peninsula

From $155 per person

Lecce2 nights
Day 6: Lecce via Castel del Monte
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting, Tasting

Head south to Lecce, stopping along the way for a guided tour of the UNESCO-protected Castel del Monte.

  • Step inside the 13th-century structure, known as a masterpiece of medieval military architecture
  • Tour a local vineyard and production area with one of the winemakers
  • Learn how they craft DOCG wine, the highest quality level in Italy
  • Sit down for an included lunch and sip three types of wine during a tasting

This afternoon, get to know Lecce, nicknamed the Florence of the South.

  • Wind through Old Town Lecce and view the Baroque facade of the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Make your way to the Piazza del Duomo to enter the once buried ancient Roman amphitheater and Lecce Cathedral
  • End the day by enjoying an aperitivo at sunset
Day 7: Free day in Lecce
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Lecce or add an excursion.

Salento Peninsula Towns: Wine Tasting & Lunch

From $139 per person

Itria Valley Countryside3 nights
Day 8: Itria Valley Countryside via Ostuni
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting, Tasting

Head back north and stop in the small town of Salice Salentino.

  • Visit the Castello Monaci winery and take a short tour of the gardens
  • Sit down for an included lunch and try Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Salice Salentino wines, while a winery expert guides your tasting

Then, continue on to Ostuni, also known as The White City. Whitewashed buildings line the streets in an impressive array of architectural styles.

  • Walk through the winding, narrow streets in the Old Town to view the picturesque cathedral and historic homes
  • Stop at a viewpoint that overlooks the Itria Valley and Adriatic Sea
  • Visit a local shop and learn about the production of olive oil before tasting a few high-quality olive oils

Settle in to your agriturismo hotel in the Itria Valley countryside this evening.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Alberobello & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

A local guide leads a tour of Alberobello. This town is famous for its UNESCO-recognized trulli, the iconic homes with symbols painted onto the roof to bring luck.

  • Enter a trulli to learn about the history and heritage of the region
  • Stop at a local shop to taste a puccia sandwich, a specialty you can only find in Alberobello
  • Enjoy free time to explore the town

Return to your agriturismo for a Pugliese cooking class this evening.

  • Learn how to make fresh pasta and focaccia bread, which you’ll taste alongside local olive oil and wine
  • Sit down for a farm-to-table dinner featuring specialties from the region
Day 10: Food of Bari walking tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Dive into the history and culinary delights of Bari on a walking tour with a local guide.

  • Enter Bari Cathedral, built atop the ruins of an Imperial Byzantine church destroyed in 1156 by William the Wicked
  • Step inside the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which contains the remains of the bishop whose penchant for anonymous gift-giving inspired the legend of Santa Claus
  • See the Old Town, castle, medieval court, and Piazza Ferrarese
  • Enter three shops in Piazza Mercantile to sample focaccia, panzerotti, burrata, and capocollo di Martina Franca

This evening, sit down for an included dinner at your agriturismo.

Amalfi Coast1 night
Day 11: Amalfi Coast via Matera
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell lunch

En route to the Amalfi Coast, stop to take a guided tour of the subterranean city of Matera.

  • Visit Sassi di Matera, the two districts that make up Matera, which are known for their 9,000-year-old cave dwellings
  • Stroll through the Old Town, passing Matera Cathedral and the ruins of Castello Tramontano
  • Admire the architecture in Palazzo del Sedile
  • Step inside the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and the chiese rupestri, or rock churches
  • Sip Basilicata wine as you celebrate your trip during a light farewell lunch at a local restaurant

Continue on to the Amalfi Coast and enjoy a farewell drink with your group this evening.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Naples airport for your flight home or continue exploring the Amalfi Coast.

Extension to Amalfi Coast
From the mountain-ringed setting to the picture-perfect labyrinthine streets and world famous limoncello, the Amalfi Coast will leave you mesmerized. Discover all the flavors and views this world-famous destination has to offer as you explore wineries and gardens with local guides and your expert Tour Director.
Amalfi Coast2 nights
Day 12: Amalfi Coast wine tasting & Ravello
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Travel to the town of Furore to visit the Marisa Cuomo Winery.

  • Tour the estate’s cellars and vineyards with a local guide
  • Learn about how the grapes grow in extreme conditions along the Amalfi Coast's famous towering cliffs
  • Sit down for an included four-course lunch at the winery and enjoy a tasting of three of their most unique wines

This afternoon, head to the hilltop town of Ravello. You’ll walk through the stunning Villa Rufolo, famous for its beautiful gardens, and admire sweeping views of the Amalfi Coast.

Day 13: Free day on the Amalfi Coast
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day on the Amalfi Coast or add an excursion.

Then, gather with your group for a farewell drink this evening.

Amalfi Coast Boat Ride: Amalfi, Positano & Minori

From $105 per person

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Naples airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Grand Hotel Oriente
Grand Hotel Oriente

This modern hotel is located in the historical center of Naples. Guests enjoy a restaurant, a lounge bar, and meeting space. Nearby you’ll find Castel...

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Hotel Residence Il Porto
Hotel Residence Il Porto

This sea-side hotel overlooks Mattinata Bay in the Gargano region. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, bar, and included beach service. Nearby you’ll find ...

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Grand Hotel di Lecce
Grand Hotel di Lecce

This Art Nouveau hotel is located steps away from the center of Lecce. Guests enjoy elegantly designed rooms, outdoor pool, and central location. Near...

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Masseria Montenapoleone
Masseria Montenapoleone

This family run agriturismo sits atop an ancient cave settlement in the heart of Puglia. Guests enjoy the uniquely decorated rooms, homemade wines and...

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Minori Palace Hotel
Minori Palace Hotel

This traditional hotel is located in Minori. Guests enjoy a bar, lounge, and boutique shop. Nearby, you’ll find Minori Beach, local restaurants, and V...

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Flights

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  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Alberobello, Italy
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Benevento, Italy
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Lecce, Italy
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Ostuni, Italy
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Naples, Italy
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Matera, Italy
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Bari, Italy
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FAQ

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What travel documents do I need for Italy?
  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
What’s the tour pace?
  • You will walk for at least 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
What do I need to know about transportation for this tour?
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive and depart from Naples. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
What’s the baggage allowance? 
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
What should I pack for Southern Italy?
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Are there health concerns with traveling to Southern Italy?
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
What’s the cuisine like in Southern Italy?
  • The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal, and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region.
  • In Puglia, the fertile countryside produces great quantities of olive oil, tomatoes, artichokes, fennel, peppers, and onions. The region’s simple cuisine exalts these natural ingredients alongside the abundant fresh seafood and local lamb and beef. Puglia is renowned for its homemade pasta, made from local durum wheat and often formed in unusual shapes such as the orecchiette (little ears). A hearty meal in Puglia is often finished with homegrown yellow or white melons, watermelons, or grapes.
  • The incredible wine regions in Campania and Puglia grow grapes used to make flavorful white and red wines. Try varietals or blends made with Falanghina and Taurasi grapes while in Campania, and sip on some Negroamaro and Primitivo wines while in Puglia.
  • For more authentic meals, try trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like_grappa_ or limoncello.
What should I expect for air conditioning & electricity in Southern Italy?
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
What should I expect for Wi-Fi?
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Which time zone is Italy on?
  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
What’s the currency for Italy?
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Who should I tip on this tour?
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Can I purchase excursions on tour?
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.