Texas Exes Undiscovered Italy 2019
October 13-23, 2019
$5,495 per person, land only
+$#,### single room supplement
OPTIONAL Sicily EXTENSION
October 23 - 27, 2019
Limited to 26 travelers. Space is expected to fill quickly!
a note from your tour leaders
The greatest joy in traveling is the spirit of exploration. Everyone craves to go off the beaten path, to delve into a people, culture, and history untainted by mass tourism and the consumerism that inevitably accompanies it. The road less traveled is the ultimate dream, but how do you find it?
Over the past many years, my wife Blake and I have had the matchless pleasure of exploring rustic Southern Italy. Using the knowledge and experience gained from years of tours led to Rome, Venice, and Florence, we began exploring the less touristic side of Italy. Places like Matera, Puglia, and Naples quickly revealed a beauty equal to Northern Italy but with a unique vibrance, vitality, and independence that left us wanting more. The further we explored, the more we realized that the dream of visiting an "undiscovered" Italy before the advent of group tours wasn't a fantasy; it was waiting for us in Southern Italy.
This tour is a labor of love, a desire to share with you the unforgettable experiences, places, and people we have met during our travels in Southern Italy. On this one-of-a-kind journey, you'll stay in Stone Age cave dwellings, sail to hidden thermal islands, taste fresh buffalo mozzarella at a 300 year old farm, marvel at ancient Greek temples, make authentic Neapolitan pizza with a local pizzaiolo, and enjoy our acclaimed Sofia Travel lectures and insights into a proud, ancient culture with a history as distinct as the people themselves.
Our goal for this trip is to smooth out the bumps on the road less traveled, allowing you an engaging and inspiring journey that is both comfortable and luxurious. Come join us as we explore Undiscovered Italy together!
Adam & Blake Sparks
11 DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 & 2 – Depart USA, Arrive Naples
Arrive Naples and transfer to our hotel located in a former Franciscan monastery with stunning views of Naples and Vesuvius from every room. Enjoy a grand dinner on the expansive roof garden.
Day 3 – Naples: Historic Center, Pizza Making Class, Archaeological Musem
Enjoy colorful Naples as we see streetside markets, enjoy Neapolitan coffee and baba, marvel at the Veiled Christ statue in the Cappella Sansevero, and tour marvelous Baroque churches. Take a traditional pizza making class for lunch and an optional visit to the Naples Archaeological Museum (that houses the amazing finds from Pompeii) before enjoying a grand seafood dinner at the waterside Castel dell’Ovo.
Day 4 – Lazio Countryside, Buffalo Mozzarella Factory, Olive Harvest & Mill
Go off the beaten path to a family run buffalo mozzarella factory and taste the unforgettable fresh cheese. Then, participate in a countryside olive harvest and take your olives to a local mill for the best oil and a festive lunch.
Day 5 – Islands of Procida & Ischia
Board our private boat to explore the stunning island of Procida. Then continue to the famous island of Ischia and relax in the natural thermal springs with spa package options.
Day 6 – Matera
Travel into the heart of Basilicata for two nights in the unforgettably beautiful city of Matera. Check in to your spectacular cave accommodations in this ancient, beautiful city.
Day 7 – Matera
Take a walking tour of Matera as we visit the cave chapels with their Byzantine style frescoes, enjoy modern sculpture at the Musma Museum, and tour an underground city carved into the hillside.
Day 8 – Alberobello, Ostuni, Countryside Masseria
Leaving Matera, visit the picturesque town of Alberobello world famous for its conical trulli houses. After a wine tasting lunch, visit the white city of Ostuni with its opulent Duomo. Then, check in to our 16th century countryside masseria for three nights in this charming, relaxing location.
Day 9 – Bari, Polignano al Mare, Cooking Class
Stroll the centro storico and lungomare of colorful Bari before a visit to the Basilica of St. Nicholas with its haunting crypt. Then continue to the beautiful, seaside town of Polignano al Mare before returning to our maseria for a festive cooking class and dinner.
Day 10 – Lecce
Known as the Florence of the South, beautiful Lecce offers a visit to its oppulent Duomo and Roman Amphitheater. Return to our masseria for a final wine tasting and dinner.
Day 11 – Depart/Sicily Extension
Transfer to Bari for a return flight or continue with four luxury nights on the island of Sicily.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON THIS TOUR FOR 2019
We look forward to traveling with you!
If you have any questions about this trip, please contact us or give us a call at (214) 493-3027. We'd love to hear from you!