Due Coste is back for 2024! Our popular summer tour, traveling from coast to coast!
Starting on the Sorrentine Peninsula neighboring the Amalfi Coast, passing through the ancient cave town of Matera in Basilicata, and ending on the coast again in Puglia, this tour truly takes you off the beaten path!
These areas are home to mozzarella di bufala, some of the best olive oil in the country (the region of Puglia has over 60 million olive trees!), limoncello, burrata, incredible wines, and the cucina povera of this area!
There will also be plenty of time to enjoy all that these coastal locations have to offer, with beach and boat excursions, and maybe even some pool time! Keep scrolling to see Trip Highlights and specifics on pricing, how to book, and what's included!
Our 10 days and 9 nights will take you from the Western coast of Italy to the East, and give you the opportunity to dip a toe in the Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Adriatic Seas!
NERANO – a small beach town and fishing village that is popular with Italians (and a secret stop for celebrities as well, as it's the closest land point to Capri!);
MATERA – the "City of Caves," Matera is one of Italy's most interesting destinations, well deserving of the "European Capital of Culture" designation in 2019. It just has to be seen to be believed;
FASANO – we will finish the trip in a masseria in the small town of Pezze di Greco in Fasano. Cooking classes, pool time, and visits to nearby Alberobello and Polignano a Mare will round out our final leg of the trip!
Explore the ancient cave town of Matera - a city that makes Rome (at 3,000 years old) look 'new' (Matera is 5,000 years older!!).
Enjoy a boat excursion to the famous island of Capri for a day of shopping and relaxing (and maybe celebrity spotting!)!
A tasting of authentic mozzarella di bufala right from the source as we visit and tour a water buffalo farm!
Learn the techniques of a professional olive oil tasting, and experience a sampling amongst the centuries-old olive trees.
Double occupancy: $5,999/ person
Single supplement: $550
Deposit of $2,000/person is due upon booking to reserve your spot, along with a signed & completed registration form. Booking is not considered confirmed until deposit has been received.
Payments can be made by check (made out to Curata Travel) and mailed to: Curata Travel, 245 N. Main Street, Spring Grove, PA 17362.
Credit cards are accepted with a 3.6% fee.
Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
- All hotel accommodations (3 nights in Nerano, 3 nights in Matera, 3 nights in Pezze di Greco)
- All planned group excursions & classes
- Experienced tour directors and local guides
- All meals (with the exception of 1 lunch), accompanied by local wines
- Private motorcoach transportation throughout the tour
- Airport transfers on specified arrival/departure days/times. We include one group transfer for your arrival and departure at specified times.
- Gratuity for driver and guides, at your discretion
- Any spending during free time, personal purchases, extraneous hotel charges (minibar, laundry service, etc.) and any alcoholic beverages not included with meals.
Each member of the tour will be responsible for booking their own flight into Naples (NAP) & out of Bari (BRI). Flights are not included in the tour cost, so we recommend looking into flight costs and trip insurance before booking your spot! These are important factors to consider as you budget for the trip.
You will be picked up at the Naples airport on June 26 at 12:00p.m., then dropped off at the Bari airport on July 5 by 9:00a.m.
A few items of note for some of the destinations and the trip as a whole to help set expectations and better prepare you for the trip. Some of the expectations are outlined in the Terms & Conditions form that you will use to register (see specifically the Traveler Code and Traveler Expectations sections), but to reiterate some as they specifically relate to the Due Coste itinerary.
Cusine - As hopefully most of you know, our tours focus heavily on the culinary specialities of each region and town we visit. So when we arrange a lunch/dinner or culinary experience, we are working with those restaurants to plan menus in advance that highlight the seasonal produce, dishes that reflect the region we’re in (as this is the ’Due Coste’ (“Two Coasts”) tour, you can expect seafood to be highlighted), and so on. We will be collecting some of this information at a later date from you, but if there are food allergies we need to be aware of, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them. If there are entire categories of food that you just don’t eat (and are not willing to try), this might not be the tour for you!
Matera - Matera in particular may be challenging for those with mobility issues. The town itself is difficult to describe unless you’ve been there, but this fly-through video gives you a glimpse into the Sassi (the old town, where we will be staying). It is an ancient cave town where dwellings/shops/hotels are all built one on top of each other, and not necessarily in a linear way. Therefore everything is connected via flights of stairs, winding alleys, etc. all built out of stone. This results in some uneven surfaces w/ few hand rails to be found. The tufa stone can also be somewhat slick, especially during the dry summer months when there is a lot of dust. Good walking shoes, being sure on your feet, and staying alert are all key!
Positano - we have a day trip to Positano on the itinerary, and if you’ve seen pictures of this famous town, you know that it is a gorgeous mountainside town that spills down to the water. What this means (besides beautiful photo ops) is a lot of stairs to get from the top of town to the bottom (and vice versa!), which weave between the buildings. There is a road that goes through town that you can certainly wander up & down at a more leisurely pace, and there is a public bus that you can ride on this circuit. But the most direct route around town is the stairs. Again, something worth mentioning from a mobility standpoint.
Excursions: as we’ll be visiting several coastal locations, we do try to take advantage of being on the water! There is at least one boat trip and beach day included in your itinerary. With all of our excursions, you are not forced to participate if something like this is not your ’thing.’ If you get seasick or hate being on the water (or as mentioned in the Terrain section above, have issues with stairs), you always have the option to stay behind and enjoy some free time on your own (please note, as mentioned in the Terms & Conditions, there is no compensation or refund for any portion of the tour or excursion you do not participate in).
Once you complete the Booking Request Form (click the button at the top of the page), a member of our team will contact you.
You'll receive our Terms & Conditions/Registration form to complete, along with instructions for making your deposit.