FOR THE LOVE OF....

 

STUNNING VIEWS

AUTHENTIC ITALIAN LIFE

ROCK JUMPING

SEAFOOD PASTA

300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE

LATE NIGHT GELATOS

ANIMATED PIAZZAS

LABYRINTHS

LIMONCELLO

 

SOUTHERN ITALY

Please reload

the

SRI LANKa 

Trip

What to Expect

UPDATE COPY HERE

 

We’ll spend the first half of our time exploring the Puglia one of Italy's most authentic and undiscovered regions. We'll learn to cook Pugliese style, check out white-washed towns, and savor the region's famous beaches. From there, we will head inland towards the other coastline — stopping in the fairytale town of Alberobello and then onward to the ancient city of Matera which is famous for its cave-dwelling homes and fascinating history. For the second half of the trip, we'll base ourselves in Sorrento, allowing us easy access to explore the best of the Amalfi Coast. The incredible views will dazzle you as you sip limoncello, boat around Capri, and explore the stunning seaside towns of Amalfi and Positano. On the second to last day, we'll leave for Rome, making it easy to catch a morning flight out on the last day.

Please reload

THE SRI LANKA TRIP

2019 DATES

DECEMBER 7-15, 2019

DECEMBER 28- JANUARY 5, 2020

8 days/7 nights

from $2,899 

P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

Please reload

INCLUDED

  • Accommodations in a shared room with someone of the same gender (hotels, not hostels)

  • In-country transportation for included activities and transfers between towns

  • 3 nights Amalfi coast, 1 night Matera, 3 nights Lecce

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Day trip to Amalfi and Positano

  • Day trip to Capri via private boat

  • Matera walking tour

  • Visit to Matera and Alberobello

  • Day trip to Otranto

  • Countryside lunch

  • Cooking experience with local chef

  • Walking tour of Lecce

  • FTLO Trip Leader

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to and from Sri Lanka 

  • Airport transfers

  • Mandatory trip insurance (budget approx. $75)

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $175)

  • Incidental Expenses

  • Optional activities

Please reload

 
Day 1 - Lecce
Arrive

Arrive to Lecce by 3pm and head to our centrally located hotel to check in. 

 

Drop your bags, meet your roomie (and maybe new best friend?) and explore this stunning southern Italian city on your own for a bit before meeting up with the group. 

At 5pm we'll stroll through town to meet up with our favorite Pugliese chef who will take us to the market to pick up some local products before teaching us how to make traditional dishes with the help of lots of garlic, basil, and wine.

Devour a family style meal cooked by yourselves before strolling the piazza with a well-earned gelato.

Welcome to Italy!

day by day*

Itinerary is indicative for 2019 and is subject to change*

Day 2 - Lecce/Otranto
OH Otranto

At 8am, we'll drive to Otranto, a town famous for its white washed walls and fabulous seaside views. Explore the waterfront and browse through the many chic shops in the downtown area, as well as the unique church with an altar made of skulls! 

 

At 12pm, we'll reconvene for a seafood lunch - enjoy the local flavors before we head to the beach to soak up the sun.

Spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach, complete with perfect temperature water, beach bars nearby, and rocks to jump off of if you dare!

The evening is free to wander through Lecce's vibrant piazzas. Be sure to stop by Quanto Basta, awarded one of the top 25 craft cocktail bars in the world. 

 

EXPLORE

Day 3 - Alberobello & Matera
Cave Dwelling

This morning, we'll head to Alberobello, a small town in Italy known for its distinct trullo style buildings. Take a few hours to roam the tiny streets, meet local shopkeepers, and have a mid-morning espresso.

Around noon, we'll start to make our way to Matera, but not before stopping in the countryside for a typical Pugliese lunch among the olive groves.

We'll get to Matera (one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world) around 4pm. After we check into our unique accommodations, enjoy some free time to explore the labrynith-like streets. 

That evening we'll have a family-style pasta dinner in an open air courtyard in the middle of the old town.

indulge

Day 4 - Matera & Ravello
that view though

This morning, you can join an optional walking tour to learn about Matera's fascinating history. 

At noon, we'll depart for the Amalfi Coast! On our way to Sorrento, we'll spend the afternoon in Ravello, a stunning town known for it's jaw-dropping views, gorgeous gardens, and fantastic food. You have about 6 hours of free time to soak up this charming town before finishing the day arriving to our hotel in Sorrento. 

MARVEL

Day 5 - Sorrento
AMO Amalfi

This morning, wake up to the sounds of the Amalfi Coast! We'll have a free morning in Sorrento before taking the ferry to the small town of Amalfi and then to Positano. 

Hit the beach, do some shopping, and have some wine - it's time to relax on the coast! 

That evening, you can either head back to Sorrento, or catch the late bus back after going dancing in a cave club!

WANDER

Day 6 - Capri
CaPrI

After breakfast, we'll hop aboard a couple of boats and head to Capri, a gorgeous island in Italy's Bay of Naples.

 

Capri signifies natural Mediterranean beauty — it's a mix of glittering coves, historic ruins and lavish cocktails in the main Piazzeta.

The morning is yours to explore the Island's many sights and shops before meeting up for lunch at our favorite restaurant on the island. 

 

After lunch, we'll spend the afternoon zooming around the island to check out the famous grottos and secret beaches. 

CRUISE

Day 7 - 
SEA and SUN

Spend the morning with free time to pick up some souvenirs for all of your friends and family who didn't get to spend a week in Southern Italy.

At 3pm, we'll depart for Rome where we'll have our farewell dinner and spend the last night to make it easy to catch your flight the next day.

Day 8 
ciao for now

After breakfast, the hotel will store your bags. 

 

Your trip leader can help you figure out the best way to get to the airport whether it's via taxi or train. 

Take all you've learned from your authentic Italian experience back with you. 

"You may have the world, if I may have Italy."

-Giuseppe Verdi

FAST FACTS

JUST FOR FUN

Please reload

cf4e25b09d.png

Due to it's unique shape, Sri Lanka is known as the "Teardrop of India."

black-tree-vector-1319285.jpg

Sri Lanka is home to the world's oldest, human planted tree that's over 2,300 years old!

icon_32088.png

Sri Lanka's beautiful waterfalls are a chief source of electricity for the country.

  • Sri Lanka is absolutely beautiful but is a developing nation and will push most people out of their comfort zone. We think this is a good thing but you should be mentally prepared for a very different experience than going to Europe. 

  • There are a few vaccines recommended (but not required) for traveling to Sri Lanka. We recommend chatting with your doctor and reading the CDC's vaccine recommendations prior to the trip.

  • Sri Lanka is known as a 'religious melting pot.' It's important to be respectful and to avoid taking touristy pictures with a Buddha (kissing, back to back etc.) as these are seen as offensive and disrespectful.

  •  Though it will be warm during the trip, it is important to respect the cultural customs of dressing modestly. 

TRIP NOTES

Please reload

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Expect to hear two languages while traveling: Sinhala and Tamil.

  • The national currency is Sri Lankan rupee.

  • Bottled water is your best bet for staying healthy.

  • Sri Lanka his a large tipping culture as wages are often low. Expect to tip most service workers. 

  • The closest arrival airport is xxx. 

  • The closest departure airport is xxxx. 

  • You will need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka. Most travelers are able to obtain a vista upon arrival, but be sure to look up the visa requirements for your country. 

  • Double check your passport is valid for 3-months after your return date.

Please reload

 

LEARN MORE