Day 1 - LEAVE USA
Edventures will arrange overnight air transportation via Swiss Air to Italy via Zurich to arrive the next morning.
DAY 2 - ARRIVE IN NAPLES, ITALY
Our tour leader, Liz Mitchell, will meet us, transfer us to our hotel in Sorrento and provide an orientation overview along the way. Situated on a dramatic cliff overlooking Naples Bay, Sorrento is the gateway to the stunning Amalfi Coast, known as the land of colors, mermaids, and orange and lemon groves.
DAY 3 - TOur of Amalfi Coast, Amalfi and Ravello
This area of Italy is described as the most beautiful coastline in the world. On our drive we will see mountains that rise to 300 feet, olive and lemon groves, pines and cypress tress clinging to the mountainside. Amalfi, with its distinctive cluster of tightly packed white houses dramatically stacked up the mountain, is dominated by the beautiful cathedral which superbly stands atop a great stretch of stairs leading up from the town square. Ravello is nestled eleven hundred feet above sea level and dates from pagan times.
DAY 4 - Half-Day Excursion to Paestum
Paestum has long been shrouded in mystery. Founded possibly around 650 BC, the founding Dorians (a major ethnic group of ancient Greeks) named the city Poseidonia, after their most important god. The city flourished and became the greatest city on the Gulf of Salerno. Today it is famous for having the oldest, best preserved and most beautiful Doric temples anywhere and thus have the assignation of a UNESCO World Heritage Center.
DAY 5 - Visit Pompeii and Begin Tour of the Heel of Italy
On our way to Puglia, we will stop for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Center of Pompeii, a treasury for providing a look at life in the ancient Roman Empire. After leaving Pompeii, we will head into the mountains as we travel east to the area of Puglia, stopping along the way at the town of Avellino where we will follow its narrow streets to find the symbols of the city, including a renowned clock tower.
DAY 6 - Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019
We will be off the beaten path of most tourists with a visit to the region of Basilicata, a region of forests and mountains, which can be thought of as the “instep” of Italy, with Puglia as its “heel.” Our destination is the city of Matera, designated first as a UNESCO World Heritage Center and then as the EU’s European Capital of Culture 2019. The main features of the city are its famed cave dwelling districts called sassi districts, which date back over 7000 years and perhaps into the Stone Age, the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean.
DAY 7 - Tour of Puglia Region
A peninsula on the eastern shore of Italy, the area of Puglia is bordered by the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian to the south, creating a perfect landing spot for successive seafaring civilizations to rule the land and leave their mark, among them Greeks, Romans, Normans, Spanish and Muslims. It is mostly comprised of plains so agriculture is an important economic driver, and we will enjoy the benefits of this enterprise with both an olive oil tasting in the countryside and a vineyard tour at a traditional farmhouse, or masseria, where we will taste the white wine of the region known as falanghina.
DAY 8 - Polignano a Mare
The beauty of Polignano a Mare cannot be overstated. In the morning we will have an opportunity to slowly explore this city located along the cliffs above the Adriatic coastline and enjoy a stroll through the twisting stone streets in this quaint old town. The balance of the day is yours to enjoy the scenery, visit the shops, sip a glass of wine, or imbibe the sound and feel of the water.
DAY 9 - Visit the Trulli District
On our final day we will be visiting another UNESCO World Heritage Center, the towns of beehive-shaped dwellings with conical roofs called trullis, a prehistoric building technique still in use in the region. The buildings we will see date from as early as the 14th century and are built without the use of mortar with dry stone collected from the abundance of calcareous sedimentary material nearby.
DAY 10 - RETURN TO USA
We will be traveling home on Air Dolomiti via Munich and Lufthansa to arrive in Newark airport around 7pm.