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Southern Italy's Best

Get to know Southern Italy on this private 11 day tour. Start out in Rome, Italy's magnificent capital. Whether it's your first time in the city or your fifth, we can always show you something special. Next you'll head by high-speed train to Naples where you'll meet your private driver who'll take you to Sorrento with an optional stop in Pompeii or (our favorite) Herculaneum. With three nights in Sorrento you'll have time to visit the area's famous Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri. The final stop on this tour is Monopoli on the opposite coast. The cross country journey will take you through Matera, 2019's European Capital Culture and a bona fide movie star with the release of the James Bond movie, No Time to Die. Monopoli is one of Puglia's loveliest coastal towns but its small size belies the centuries of history of the place. All our itineraries are customized to your needs and the below is a starting point for us to craft together to your exact tastes.

One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Matera, Monopoli, Bari tour

3 Nights in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

4 days in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Rome

After you land at Rome's Fiumicino airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a sign with your name on. The journey to your accommodation in the center of Rome should take around an hour.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Rome

Rome Twilight Walk with Gelato Small Group Tour

First Time in Rome

Included in your vacation package price.

This is an intimate Rome walking tour helping you to get your bearings at the start of your trip to the Eternal City. You’ll visit the top sights and enjoy a gelato tasting. You’ll visit the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and even see some Ancient Roman ruins along the way. Traveling in small groups of 15 people or fewer with an expert local tour guide you can ask questions, get recommendations and really get a feel for the city on this short, relaxed tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2.5 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Rome

Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour

Focus on Ancient Rome with a Group or Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Rome's origin story unfolds when you visit the Colosseum and the adjacent Roman Forum. Hear about life in ancient Rome and soak in the grandeur of these testaments to a lost civilisation. We will arrange for a private guide to take you on a three hour tour to explain how the Colosseum was built and what happened to it in the years since. Afterwards the tour proceeds to the Roman Forum, the center of political life of the city and ultimately the Empire, finding out the different purposes of the buildings whose columns and porticos still stand today.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 Hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Sorrento by Train & Private Transfer, via Naples

Today you're headed south, to the melting-pot city of Naples. We've included a standard class tickets on one of the many high-speed train services linking Naples and Rome in an hour; an upgrade to a higher class is possible for an extra fee.

We will arrange for a driver will take you to Roma Termini station in plenty of time for your train.

You can upgrade your transfer

Naples by Private Transfer with a stop in Caserta

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Rome

(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Full Day Rome Colosseum and Walking Tour
Light8 Hours
(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Rome Lunch / Dinner
Easy1.5 - 2 Hours
(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Vatican and Sistine Chapel Private Tour
Light4 Hours
2 Hours Private Photo Session
Easy2 hours

Day Stop in Naples

Day Stop in Naples

1 days in Naples

Day Stop in Naples

To call Naples rough around the edges would be quite the understatement. Yet amidst the chaos and beneath the grime is one of Italy's true gems. It's the third-largest city in the country, home to over three million people. An important port city for all the civilizations that have existed there, Naples is the original melting pot. Founded as Neapolis (literally "new city") by the Greeks in the 7th century B.C., Naples has many layers of history for you to discover.

To call Naples rough around the edges would be quite the understatement. Yet amidst the chaos and beneath the grime is one of Italy's true gems. It's the third-largest city in the country, home to over three million people. An important port city for all the civilizations that have existed there, Naples is the original melting pot. Founded as Neapolis (literally "new city") by the Greeks in the 7th century B.C., Naples has many layers of history for you to discover.

Day 4 - Day Stop in Naples

Day 4 - Day Stop in Naples

You'll arrive at Naples' main train station, Napoli Centrale.

You're heading off around the Bay of Naples today, to Sorrento, on the western tip of the peninsula of the same name. We will arrange for a private driver to take you there. The journey time is around an hour. Along the way, for an extra fee, we can arrange for a stop in Pompeii, or our recommendation, the much less crowded yet at least as interesting Herculaneum, part of the same UNESCO listing as Pompeii. A visit to the rim of the crater of Vesuvius is another option en route. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

3 Nights in Sorrento

3 Nights in Sorrento

4 days in Sorrento

3 Nights in Sorrento

The genteel resort town of Sorrento on the southern end of the Bay of Naples is clearly designed for comfort. Complete with a solid portfolio of three to five star hotels, plenty of restaurants and gelaterias it's a typical slice of the Italian riviera. It makes for an easily accessible and affordable base for boat trips to Capri, a visit to Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius or a jaunt to the other side of the Sorrentine peninsula to the Amalfi Coast. In Sorrento itself you'll enjoy all the advantages of a small town with a sizeable year-round population and a cosy Centro Storico packed with bars, antique shops, churches and grand old palazzos.

The genteel resort town of Sorrento on the southern end of the Bay of Naples is clearly designed for comfort. Complete with a solid portfolio of three to five star hotels, plenty of restaurants and gelaterias it's a typical slice of the Italian riviera. It makes for an easily accessible and affordable base for boat trips to Capri, a visit to Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius or a jaunt to the other side of the Sorrentine peninsula to the Amalfi Coast. In Sorrento itself you'll enjoy all the advantages of a small town with a sizeable year-round population and a cosy Centro Storico packed with bars, antique shops, churches and grand old palazzos.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Sorrento

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation in Sorrento.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Sorrento

Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip from Sorrento

Amazing Amalfi

Included in your vacation package price.

The Amalfi Coast is your oyster today. We'll arrange for an English-speaking driver to pick you up in the morning and remain at your disposal for the whole day, so you can explore at your own pace and really make the most of your time in one of the prettiest parts of Italy.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 Hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Sorrento

Soak up the Capri Sun

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

There are several ferries a day to and from the island of Capri, making this an easy self-guided day trip. Once you arrive at Marina Grande you could hop in an open-top taxi or take the funicular to visit the town of Capri for some shopping. The quieter town of Anacapri is more suitable if you're looking for a laid-back kind of place. From both spots you'll be able to admire the views over the island and over the Bay of Naples. Another popular option is to take a boat to the island's most famous sight, the Blue Grotto. Just be sure to get back to the port in time for your ferry back to the Amalfi Coast.


One great way to enjoy both the island and the water is a boat trip. This is available as a group tour on the ferry, a small group tour with a small boat, or as a private tour.

Capri & Anacapri Group Tour

Capri & Anacapri Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Don't miss the opportunity to explore the best of the Italian Riviera. Meet your guide and group in Marina Piccola in Sorrento and depart for a pleasant boat ride to Capri. During the crossing, the breathtaking sight of the Sorrento Coast will unfold before your eyes. When you land in Capri you'll hop aboard a minibus for a guided tour of the island. You'll stop at Anacapri to visit the Villa St. Michele, built by the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe on the remains of Roman ruins. The area offers a wonderful view of the island from its beautiful shady garden. Next you'll go from Anacapri to Capri by private minibus. After lunch you can visit the Garden of Augustus, which has a wonderful view of the famous “Faraglioni.” The main square here, Piazza Umberto I, has a pretty white church and several open-air cafes where you can sit and watch the world drift by. You'll have plenty of free time for shopping in the elegant and exclusive island boutiques before heading back to your accommodation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Private Day Trip to Capri

Private Day Trip to Capri

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Don't miss opportunity to embark on an eight-hour excursion from Sorrento to Capri. You'll see amazing coastlines and natural beauties and you'll also get plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling. Your guide will pick you up at the agreed-upon time and take you to the boat. Be sure to bring a bathing suit and don't forget your camera! At the end of the day you'll be driven back to your accommodation.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Monopoli by Private Transfer, via Matera

The road journey to Matera takes about 4 hours. The driving time depends on the traffic in the area of Amalfi coast which can be intense according to the day of the week and timing. Our driver will bring you directly to your accommodation. Along the way, for an extra fee you might consider a detour to visit the splendid Greek temples of Paestum and sample the world-famous buffalo mozzarella by a local producer. Our local staff in the region will provide more information if you are interested.

We also offer the following excursions in Sorrento

Farm Experience with Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello Group Tour
Moderate5 hours
Kayak Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Path of the Gods Group Hiking Tour
Moderate6 hours
Path of the Gods Private Hiking Tour
Strenuous5 hours

Day Stop in Matera

Day Stop in Matera

1 days in Matera

Day Stop in Matera

A striking, unique sight, legend has it that Matera was once known as “Meteoron,” since its slopes pockmarked with caves resembled a meteor shower. While Matera has a more modern section, its draw is the Sassi, likely one of the oldest continually inhabited places on earth. Sassi is a must-see, honeycombed with homes carved directly into the rock, widening ancient caves over the millennia. This rock-hewn district has barely a tree in sight, though it does have a cathedral looming above everything. The caves are thought to have been constantly used as homes for 3-9,000 years. As the locals say, "man came here and never left." Once seen as the poorest part of Italy, the caves were emptied out and modernized, so that all cave accommodations are completely modern. The caves aren’t the only reason Matera is the 2019 European Capital of Culture alongside Plovdiv in Bulgaria. The town is known for its unique dishes, which still use fresh local ingredients, such as flowers that grow in the valley below, or a unique slow-baked bread that stays fresh for a week. The university and conservatory mean there are ample events to attend, as does the nearly year-long jazz festival, and the festival devoted to women’s fiction. The town’s famed ceramic rooster whistles make for great souvenirs. Many caves were used for churches since the earliest days of Christianity, and now serve as ancient Jerusalem in films such as "The Passion of the Christ" or the recent "Ben-Hur" remake, although you can also spot the town in "Wonder Woman," "No Time to Die," and many Italian classics.

A striking, unique sight, legend has it that Matera was once known as “Meteoron,” since its slopes pockmarked with caves resembled a meteor shower. While Matera has a more modern section, its draw is the Sassi, likely one of the oldest continually inhabited places on earth. Sassi is a must-see, honeycombed with homes carved directly into the rock, widening ancient caves over the millennia. This rock-hewn district has barely a tree in sight, though it does have a cathedral looming above everything. The caves are thought to have been constantly used as homes for 3-9,000 years. As the locals say, "man came here and never left." Once seen as the poorest part of Italy, the caves were emptied out and modernized, so that all cave accommodations are completely modern. The caves aren’t the only reason Matera is the 2019 European Capital of Culture alongside Plovdiv in Bulgaria. The town is known for its unique dishes, which still use fresh local ingredients, such as flowers that grow in the valley below, or a unique slow-baked bread that stays fresh for a week. The university and conservatory mean there are ample events to attend, as does the nearly year-long jazz festival, and the festival devoted to women’s fiction. The town’s famed ceramic rooster whistles make for great souvenirs. Many caves were used for churches since the earliest days of Christianity, and now serve as ancient Jerusalem in films such as "The Passion of the Christ" or the recent "Ben-Hur" remake, although you can also spot the town in "Wonder Woman," "No Time to Die," and many Italian classics.

Day 7 - Day Stop in Matera

Day 7 - Day Stop in Matera

Your driver will bring you to the city center where you will meet you guide for a walking tour. At the end of the tour, your driver will meet you again to continue towards your final destination.

Matera Private Walking Tour

Matera Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Matera's beauty, and hidden spots only known to locals, like your licensed guide. On this tour, you'll explore both famous sights, like the Rock Church and the Museum-Workshop of Peasant Culture, but also some more hidden places, which are no less stunning.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

The journey to Monopoli takes around one and a half hours. Along the way, for an extra fee, we can arrange a stop to visit Altamura, a historic town famous for its centuries-old bakeries. Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation.

4 Nights in Monopoli

4 Nights in Monopoli

5 days in Monopoli

4 Nights in Monopoli

The heel of the Italy's boot, Puglia has long been off most foreign travelers' radar, but not so for the Italians. This is where they love to go on their own vacations, particularly in summer, because the food down here is just that good. In Puglia you'll find a distinctly Mediterranean approach to life, the clear blue waters of the Adriatic and some fantastic food and wine with cuisine changing almost every few miles. One of our favorite spots on the coast is the small town of Monopoli. The whitewashed and white stone buildings of the old town and the marble-smooth limestone paving have a relaxing effect. Monopoli is popular with Italian vacationers too, but the fact that almost everyone's speaking Italian adds to that "for-locals" feeling. All the bounty of the sea is on menus around the old town, but we'll share the best places with you. You're ideally placed here for day trips either along the coast or inland to some of Puglia's small hilltop towns, the trulli of Alberobello, or the caves of Castellana Grotte.

The heel of the Italy's boot, Puglia has long been off most foreign travelers' radar, but not so for the Italians. This is where they love to go on their own vacations, particularly in summer, because the food down here is just that good. In Puglia you'll find a distinctly Mediterranean approach to life, the clear blue waters of the Adriatic and some fantastic food and wine with cuisine changing almost every few miles. One of our favorite spots on the coast is the small town of Monopoli. The whitewashed and white stone buildings of the old town and the marble-smooth limestone paving have a relaxing effect. Monopoli is popular with Italian vacationers too, but the fact that almost everyone's speaking Italian adds to that "for-locals" feeling. All the bounty of the sea is on menus around the old town, but we'll share the best places with you. You're ideally placed here for day trips either along the coast or inland to some of Puglia's small hilltop towns, the trulli of Alberobello, or the caves of Castellana Grotte.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Monopoli

Monopoli's Old Town is mostly pedestrian and access for cars is restricted. Your driver will bring you as close as technically possible to the accommodation. The hotel will arrange a pick-up by their courtesy vehicle directly at your parking spot, and will help you with luggage.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Monopoli

Monopoli Private Walking Tour

Small Town, Long Story

Included in your vacation package price.

At first glance Monopoli's just a cute seaside town on Italy's Adriatic coast. It's possible to visit and enjoy the atmosphere and remain none the wiser about its history. But this town, originally founded by the ancient Greeks, does have a story to tell and the best way to find out about it is on a short walking tour with a local guide. We will arrange just that for you, and you can enjoy being one of the few who knows this idyllic town's secrets.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1.5 Hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Monopoli

Alberobello and Polignano a Mare Private Excursion

Alberobello and Polignano a Mare Private Excursion

Included in your vacation package price.

Don't miss the highlights and gems of northern Puglia, explore them with a private driving tour! Your English-speaking driver will bring you to the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello with its gorgeous, world-famous Trulli, together with the countryside, and the seaside wonders of Polignano a Mare, one of Puglia's most famous spots for swimming. This is an eight hour tour, so you will have plenty of time to not just discover the two towns, but also relax and swim!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Your Third Full Day in Monopoli

Lecce and Ostuni Private Excursion

Lecce and Ostuni Private Excursion

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy this private driving tour as you discover Lecce, Puglia's second biggest city, with over 2,000 years of history. The past here is on full display, from the ancient Greeks to Baroque churches, and Ostuni, the white city, named for the color of its houses and buildings, all built in a maze of streets and alleys that you're sure to enjoy. The tour will allow you to learn more about the history of the heel of Italy and to discover some of the beauties that attract fellow visitors.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Traveling to Bari by Private Transfer & Private Car

The journey to Bari airport or city center and harbour takes about one hour.

We also offer the following excursions in Monopoli

Bike Tour Among Olive Trees, Farms and Grotto Churches
Strenuous4-5 hours
Castel del Monte and Altamura Private Excursion
Light8 hours
Full Day Private Boat Trip from Monopoli to Polignano a Mare (with possible Gourmet on-Board Meal)
Light8 hours
Half-day on-Board Culinary and Fishing Experience
Moderate4 hours

Day Stop in Bari

Day Stop in Bari

1 days in Bari

Day Stop in Bari

At first glance, stepping off a ferry or a train, Bari might seem anything between unexceptional and ugly. But hidden away is a beautiful historic city center that rewards the curious traveler with a number of gems. The final resting place of the bones of St Nicholas, the saint who inspired the Father Christmas legend is in the Basilica that bears his name. Wander through the centro storico and most afternoons you'll find the local ladies sitting outside their homes making orecchiette, the 'small ear' shaped pasta that Puglia is famous for. If you have time a visit to the Norman castle, approaching its thousandth birthday now and still in rude health is worth an exploration to see whatever the current exhibit is.

At first glance, stepping off a ferry or a train, Bari might seem anything between unexceptional and ugly. But hidden away is a beautiful historic city center that rewards the curious traveler with a number of gems. The final resting place of the bones of St Nicholas, the saint who inspired the Father Christmas legend is in the Basilica that bears his name. Wander through the centro storico and most afternoons you'll find the local ladies sitting outside their homes making orecchiette, the 'small ear' shaped pasta that Puglia is famous for. If you have time a visit to the Norman castle, approaching its thousandth birthday now and still in rude health is worth an exploration to see whatever the current exhibit is.

Day 11 - Day Stop in Bari

Day 11 - Day Stop in Bari

Your driver will bring you directly to your hotel in Bari or to the location from where you will continue your journey (airport, harbour, railway station)

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Rome

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer
Rome Twilight Walk with Gelato Group Tour
Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Rome Train Station Transfer
Rome - Naples Standard Class Train Ticket

Naples

Naples - Sorrento Private Transfer

Sorrento

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip from Sorrento
Sorrento - Matera Private Transfer

Matera

Matera Private Walking Tour
Matera - Monopoli Private Transfer

Monopoli

4 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Monopoli Private Walking Tour
Alberobello and Polignano a Mare Private Excursion
Lecce and Ostuni Private Excursion
Monopoli - Bari Private Transfer

Bari

The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

5 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Megan & Roby

Megan & Roby

Florida

From the beginning we always felt like a priority with quick and informative responses. We had the most memorable honeymoon thanks to the JayWay Travel team.

From the beginning we always felt like a priority with quick and informative responses. We had the most memorable honeymoon thanks to the JayWay Travel team.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Bari, Monopoli, Bari, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Bari, Monopoli, Bari, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5

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