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Oct 18-26, 2024

PUGLIA,POMPEII AND PIZZA

$4000/person or $3800/person if you bring another couple
Does not include airfare. Pairs and couples only.
Itinerary is subject to minor changes.

Mixed Group of max 7 couples (friend pairs welcome)
Fitness level- 5-7 miles walking per day
 

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Naples/Pompeii

OCT 18-20

Not too long ago Naples was a kingdom that rivaled some of the great cities of the world. 

Today, it's most famous for being the birthplace of pizza and for being adjacent to the ancient ruins of Pompeii. 

 

Visit the gritty Historic City Center

National Archeological Museum

Pompeii

Famous Pizza

Visit the Palace of Caserta en route to

Puglia. 

Cisternino/Puglia

OCT 20-24

Our stay is a Charming Villa of traditional Trulli houses in Cisternino owned by a local chef. 

Day visits to these beautiful hilltop cities:

Alberobello

Polignano a Mare

Ostuni

Mozzarella making class.

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Lecce/Matera

OCT 24-26

Considered the Florence of the South, Lecce

is a charming city with beautiful cathedrals and ancient origins. We will explore this charming city, its food, history and cathedrals.

Cathedral Tour

Traditional Cuisine

Newly discovered Mason dwelling

Roman Amphitheater 

Visit Matera en route back to Naples

Organized and Led by

Casey, Melanie and Samantha McFarland

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Each group we take is unique. It's our greatest desire that our guests make connections to the best of food, culture, history, and people of Italy. We take pride in orchestrating an experience that will be unforgettable. Casey is fluent in the Italian language and has spent nearly three years living in various parts of this beautiful country. 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:

- All lodging begins Oct 18 in Naples. Tour ends when we arrive in Naples Oct 26

-Italian/English Speaking guide (Casey)

- One big meal every day at hand picked restaurants. Breakfast
-Day trips at handful of small towns

- Entrance fees to all tours named on itinerary. There will be some free Time to explore extracurricular tours if desired..

- Ground transportation from city to city beginning Oct 20 and ending Oct 26..


WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

- Flights 

- Passport (make sure it doesn't expire within 6 months of travel)

- Travel insurance (optional but recommended)

-Gelato and other snacks, etc. (we only stop at the best gelato places)
- Extra taxi costs during free time in addition to daily transportation provided

- Personal expenses/incidentals

All package prices are based on double occupancy (tickets for the tour are sold as a package for two guests).

Price for entire trip per person is $4000 or $3800 if you invite another couple. Must book as a couple or bring a friend to share a room. Deposit of $1000/person required to book. Deposits are non-refundable after April 18, 2024.  Balance is due September 7.  If you drop out between September 7-Oct 18 you will be refunded 50% of your trip balance. Again, I highly recommend trip insurance. 

* We recommend arriving at least a day early to acclimate to the time change and in case of flight delays.. Flying into Naples-Capodichino International Airport is the best option for this trip. However, some people come early and explore other parts of Italy or Europe and then meet up with us. 


This trip is designed to be nimble so we can bop in and out of small towns. Once we leave Naples everything we bring will be placed in two 9-passenger vans. That being said we follow the Rick Steves rule of ONE carry-on. Pack for five days and we will have laundry abilities at the villa. 

 

Because we will be walking a considerable amount this trip requires participants be able to walk up to five miles a day and keep up with a group. Many cities in Italy are built on hills and we will be walking a considerable amount. It's typical to walk 5-7 miles a day without thinking about it but its broken up and not all at once. 

 

Lodging is chosen first and foremost for location and proximity to action and experience.

Rooms are clean and comfortable. The villa in Puglia is somewhat remote. It has a swimming pool but often pools in October are not heated. Each couple has its own room and several have kitchens. 

Expectations: Each guest is expected to come with an attitude of curiosity, learning and open mindedness. Come to get along and make friends! Italian culture differs from ours in a number of ways. Embrace it! Be flexible and ready to adapt to unforeseen circumstances. Italian government often shuts museums and venues down for no apparent reason. 

 

 

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