Southern Italy small group vacation, Amalfi to Bari

“10 days skipping between southern Italy’s most romantic spots by train – from the 1950s glamour of Bari to the tranquility of Amalfi’s lemon and olive groves.”

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Amalfi Coast | Trani | Polignano a Mare | Lecce | Alberobello | Bari

Description of Southern Italy small group vacation, Amalfi to Bari

Taking in the more popular tourist haunts of the Amalfi Coast as well as the rarely visited “heel”, this 10-day small group tour is a comprehensive exploration of southern Italy, complete with whitewashed villages, offshore islands, medieval churches and Roman ruins. Hang out with the sophisticates of Puglia and cruise to cool Capri, then go rustic and pick lemons straight from Amalfi’s trees, and stay in the whitewashed trulli limestone dwellings in Alberobello, to really experience local life.

No tour of Italy would be complete without sampling its incredible food and drink – and the labyrinthine streets of Bari are just perfect for sitting in the shade and sipping a limoncello. Steep walks take you the source of the Italian bounty – through the vineyards and olive groves that line the appropriately names Walk of the Gods. The eccentric port town of Trani will transport you back into a 1950s film set, while Polignano a Mare and Lecce boast medieval drawbridges, baroque architecture, a Roman amphitheatre and an extravagant basilica.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your inquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, this is our commitment as a global tour operator.

As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
house formed from natural grottoes.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation & meals: Our small group size allows us to stay in family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited size. By booking this tour, you are supporting local tourism in the area. Protecting the local economy is one small way we can keep the town alive in a responsible manner. You will path the way for future travelers 20, 30 or 40 years from now for them to experience a traditional restored dry-stone trulli dwelling built with local limestone in the 14th century.

An overnight stay here will make you (and our future passengers) feel like a true Alberobello resident.

We also support small restaurants and cafes, such a restaurant inside a 9,000 year old sassi dwelling – a stone house formed from natural grottoes.

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