Splendors of Southern Italy

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Set off on an elegant journey through Southern Italy’s most splendid cultural treasures and breathtaking locales. From the dazzling Bay of Naples and the dramatic mountainscapes of undiscovered Basilicata, to the scenic seaside towns of Puglia’s Adriatic, fall in love with Italy’s enchanting south during this sunny sojourn through the land of the Mezzogiorno.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to Naples Capodichino Airport where you will be greeted by your private chauffeur and transported to your grand five-star hotel perched above the sea in Sorrento. Following check-in, enjoy free time to get acquainted with your splendid surroundings before delighting in an elegant Michelin-starred dinner accentuated by panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples.

Day 2

In the morning depart by chauffeur for the archaeological ruins of Herculaneum where you’ll be welcomed by your local expert and embark on an intriguing exploration of this prominent Roman town destroyed in the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Next, depart for the heart of Naples for a privately guided tour of its vibrant historic center, including a visit to the bustling Piazza Dante and the Baroque Cappella Sansevero to admire its magnificent sculpture “Il Cristo Velato” by Giuseppe Sanmartino. Along the way, glimpse into the gastronomic soul of Napoli with a lunch of authentic Neapolitan fare.

Day 3

Today you will celebrate the flavors of the Costiera Amalfitana with an in-depth examination of the dishes and vintages that make this gorgeous stretch of coastline an epicurean’s dream. Begin the day with an immersive, hands-on cooking class led by a local culinary expert before savoring your delicious creations for lunch. In the afternoon depart by chauffeur for a scenic winery perched high in the hills above the sea, for a tasting of the producer’s small-batch vintages showcasing the local Biancolella and Falanghina grapes.

Day 4

Bid farewell to the Costiera and depart by chauffeur for the rugged landscapes and timeless hilltop towns of the region of Basilicata. Along the way, stop to discover the mysterious medieval town of Craco with your expert local guide before visiting the archaeological ruins of Metaponto, an ancient Greek settlement located along the Ionian Coast. After delighting in a lunch of rustic local specialties, continue on to the town of Bernalda for check-in to your 18th century palazzo exquisitely transformed by Director Francis Ford Coppola into the luxury five-star retreat that it is today. In the evening enjoy a special dinner dedicated to the regional flavors of Basilicata and Southern Italy.

Day 5

Set off by private chauffeur for the ancient city of Matera where you’ll enjoy a privately guided walking tour of the town. With its fascinating roots dating back to the Paleolithic age, your local expert will bring to life Matera’s fascinating beginnings and the history of its iconic Sassi, considered to be the first human settlements in Italy. Savor a lunch of traditional cuisine from the Matera province at a historic eatery, then depart for the wine producing zone of the Potenza province for an afternoon tasting of Aglianico di Vulture DOC wines at a noted winery.

Day 6

From Basilicata you'll whisk away to the sun drenched coastal landscapes of Puglia. Arrive in the lovely town of Martina Franca for a privately guided walking tour of the city’s Baroque heart with the help of your local guide. Stop for a lunch of regional dishes from the Taranto province before traveling by chauffeur to the lush Valle d’Itria where you’ll experience one of Puglia’s most beautiful towns, Locorotondo. Explore the town’s famously circular center with its unique series of cummerse, white-washed angular homes with pointed roofs, and admire scenic views of the many trulli structures that pepper the encircling countryside. Enjoy an afternoon wine tasting of the local Locorotondo DOC white wine before traveling to the glorious coastal hamlet of Savelletri di Fasano for check-in to your chic five-star seaside hideaway.

Day 7

Spend the day exploring two of northern Puglia’s most picturesque Adriatic towns. Arrive in the lovely sea port of Trani where your local expert will introduce you to the town’s rich Roman and medieval history during a private walking tour. Savor a lunch featuring local seafood specialties before traveling by chauffeur to the coastal town of Barletta. During your private walking tour, you’ll delve deep into the town’s diverse cultural history, first as a Phoenician settlement, then a stronghold for both the Greeks and Romans, before becoming an important port during the Crusades. In the afternoon, appreciate the area’s exceptional extra virgin olive oil with a special tasting at a rustic countryside frantoio.

Day 8

Luxuriate with a full free day to enjoy the sun and sand at your hotel’s renowned beach club, with its private shore and crystal waters, or relax with a treatment at the hotel’s world class Spa.

Day 9

Say farewell to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic as you depart by private chauffeur for Bari or Brindisi Airport for departure.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Private archaeological tour of Herculaneum
  • Private chef-cooking class of Campania cuisine at local retaurant
  • Exclusive wine tasting of native Biancolella and Falanghina wines
  • Private guided walking tour of ancient Sassi of Matera
  • Boutique winery visit and tasting of Aglianico di Vulture DOC wine
  • Artisan olive oil mill visit in Puglia
  • Guided private tour of Locorotondo's famous trulli


The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights

Pricing for our Italy Encounters begins at:

  • $850-$1,000/per person, per day* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
Small group pricing available for travel parties of four or more

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.

Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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  • CountryBred Encounters begin at $750-$1,000/per person, per day
  • The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights
  • All CountryBred Encounters are land touring experiences only and do not include airfare
  • Groups of four or more are eligible for small group pricing


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