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Undiscovered Italy
Commences Bologna 06 September and ends Apulia 26 September 2022

  • Castel del Monte, Apulia
    Castel del Monte, Apulia
  • Trulli, Alberbello, Apulia
    Trulli, Alberbello, Apulia
  • Urbino, Marche
    Urbino, Marche
  • Plateau of Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso, Abruzzo
    Plateau of Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso, Abruzzo
  • Vieste, Apulia
    Vieste, Apulia
  • Basilica of St- Martino, Martina Franca, Apulia
    Basilica of St- Martino, Martina Franca, Apulia
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD 10,550
  • Program Code GCTUI22
  • Single Supplement AUD 1,250
  • Program Leader Hugh Morgan
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 20 Nights
    • 5 - Bologna
    • 3 - Pesaro
    • 3 - Giulianova
    • 1 - Termoli
    • 2 - Monte San'Angelo
    • 3 - Alberobello
    • 3 - Ostubi

Program commences Bologna 06 September and ends Apulia 26 September 2022

Tour Highlights

  • The historic city of Bologna and the gastronomy of Emilia-Romagna
  • The d'Este castle of Ferrara and the mosaics of Ravenna
  • The mediaeval hill-top cities of San Leo and San Marino
  • The region of Le Marche with Rossini's birthplace at the port of Pesaro and mediaeval Urbino
  • The stunning mountain scenery and charming towns and villages of Abruzzo
  • The bell foundry at Agnone and a cruise to the charming Tremiti islands
  • The pretty fishing villages and sanctuaries of the Gargano Peninsula
  • The quaint Trulli architecture of Alberobello and Apulian villages
  • The Biblical-like cave dwellings of Matera and Gravina di Puglia
  • Imposing Castel del Monte and the historic port of Bari
  • The ancient village of Ruvo di Puglia as well as Trani with its Swabian castle and Norman cathedral

Tour Overview

This 20-night program commences in the rich heartland of fine Italian cuisine to discover the tastes and history of Emilia-Romagna before heading south to explore the awesomely beautiful but lesser known regions along Italian’s Adriatic Coast. Our program, as well as featuring the dramatic, rugged peaks of the Apennines and the glistening Adriatic Sea, also includes learning about the many civilisations that have shaped this land. As we explore the diversity of undiscovered Italy we learn about the influences of Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans, Angevins and Aragonese while we search for evidence of their colonisation.

The tour takes in the diverse regions of undiscovered Italy, from the gastronomy of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna to the tiny principality of San Marino and on to Abruzzo, Italy’s last great wilderness region. Travelling through Apulia - the spur and heel of Italy’s boot - we visit typical Italian fishing villages, Biblical cave dwellings and the traditional Trulli houses of Alberobello. This truly unique and very special tour is not to be missed.

Program ends with transfer to Bari airport.

Tour Inclusions

  • 20 nights in religious houses and hotels in en-suite share twin rooms
  • Typical local breakfast and dinner or lunch daily
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
  • Services of a Program Leader
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed preparatory information
Golden Compass Tour Leader Hugh Morgan
Hugh Morgan

Hugh Morgan holds a BA in European History, German, Italian and Spanish from the University of Sydney and has also studied German at the Goethe-Institut in Lueneburg and Berlin, Italian in Perugia, Spanish in Salamanca and Russian in St Petersburg.

Hugh joined Qantas in 1966 and his twenty-five year career with the airline was primarily spent in sales and marketing. He was posted overseas a number of times, escorted groups and travelled widely. As Product Manager for Qantas Connections for UK, Europe and Africa, Hugh scoured his area to compile directories featuring interesting hotels, tours and attractions. His skills were recognised formally with the presentation of a bronze medal by the British Tourist Authority for exceptional services in the promotion of Britain - the first time an Australian has received this coveted award.

After leaving Qantas Hugh completed his BA whilst running a travel consultancy and has led over fifty small groups to various parts of the world. Recent tours have included Mongolia, Siberia, Russia and the Baltic States; Iberia and Morocco; the islands of the Western Mediterranean; and various journeys through Italy, the Alps and the Adriatic.

A member of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society, the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Trust, Hugh now has more time to pursue his interest in art, architecture, archaeology, genealogy ... and travel.


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.