Day 1 - Lecce
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
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.
Day 3 - Alberobello & Matera
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.
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.
Day 5 - Sorrento
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!
Day 6 - 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.
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.
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."
Due to it's unique shape, Sri Lanka is known as the "Teardrop of India."
Sri Lanka is home to the world's oldest, human planted tree that's over 2,300 years old!
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.