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Small Group  |  Off the Beaten Path  | Authentic & Immersive



8 max


June 2 - 5, 2024






In Matera, you’ll swap neat city blocks for a maze of cave homes. These ancient dwellings carved into limestone have been continuously lived in for 9000 years, save a short period in the 1950’s when it was so impoverished that it became known as the “shame of Italy” and its inhabitants were evicted. As you wander Matera's hypnotizing streets, you can feel the ancient history hidden in every stone. You'll unearth those mysteries and celebrate this amazing village which is not only an UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the 2019 European Capital of Culture! 

This semi-independent immersion in an ancient city carved from stone is the perfect way to end a fabulous trip in Southern Italy– and an unforgettable place that you’ll be so glad you didn’t miss!



the unique culinary traditions of the Lucana.



to an abandoned Neolithic cave.



maze-like streets and artisan shops.


with locals and learn about history through their family stories.


the art of bread-making the way it has been done for centuries.

Step into Italy as if you're a Local.

  • Who your small group trips for?
    From solo travelers to groups of friends or couples, our small groups of 7 travelers are made of all ages (above 18) and enjoy becoming a little community as we slurp through plates of pasta and laugh trying to pronounce Italian words. Our guests understand that travel in Italy can hold unexpected surprises and they’re up for going with the flow, trusting that we know the best place to be at any moment. They’re open-minded, love trying new things, and are accustomed to toeing the boundaries of their comfort zone for the rewarding experiences that lay just outside it. Our trips attract those who appreciate creativity and the arts, nature, meeting locals, and seeing things outside the guidebook that might not be luxurious but are authentic and genuine. All ages above 18 are welcome and we encourage the cross-generational exchange that occurs. A strong effort is made to make everyone feel part of the group no matter what age, race, gender, sexual preference, or hair-do! Our off-the-beaten-path, immersive and laid-back travel style isn’t for everyone. If you're not sure let's chat about it!
  • Are flights included?
    International flights are not included in the trip cost. We may be able to help you research the best flights for your needs, just ask! For full details on what's included, head to Upcoming Trips, select the trip you're interested in, then click the button to "Get the Detailed Itinerary". Or simply Get in Touch!
  • I have to cancel the trip. Will I get a refund?
    Our small group trips are carefully budgeted for 7 participants and we're making payments for the trip long before you book your spot. This means we have to adhere to a strict Cancellation Policy in order to maintain cost effectiveness for everyone. However, we require you to purchase travel insurance in an effort to provide some protection from potential losses should you need to cancel*. Please take a look at our Cancellation Policy for more info. *It is up to you to make sure your travel insurance policy includes trip cancellation coverage. Click here for Travel Insurance info.
  • Do I need travel insurance?
    Yep, Travel Insurance is required to join our small group trips. If you're doing custom trip planning, you can opt out of travel insurance, but we highly recommend protecting your investment with insurance. Please click here for our guidance on travel insurance!
  • Do I need a visa to visit Italy?
    Typically, for tourism purposes, many visitors to Italy don't require a visa for short stays (less than 90 days) if they are from countries with visa-exempt agreements, such as the US. This website can help you understand if you need a visa or not. Need help? Simply reach out to our team, we would be happy to help guide you!
  • Do you provide a packing list?
    What to pack for your trip depends on the season and region you'll be visiting. Your trip leader will send you suggestions and a packing list before your trip. You can check out our blog posts about packing: Your Packing Guide for Fall in Tuscany Spring in Italy Packing List How to Pack for a Spring Trip to Tuscany How to Organize Your Suitcase for Stress-Free Travel
  • Can you make one of your group tours private?
    Absolutely! We offer Custom Trip Planning and can use one of our existing trips as the base for your private trip which we'll then customize together.
  • What are the group sizes of your small group tours?
    While most tour companies boast small group sizes of 15-30 people, Creative Edge Travel small group tours have a maximum of just 7 guests. This allows us to have more immersive access into the culture, whether it's visiting our artisan friend in their studio or dining in a tiny "trullo" house. It also gives you more personalized attention and freedom to enjoy the trip the way that suits you best!
  • Is there a single supplement?
    Nope, you can choose between sharing a room with one of our other awesome travelers for a lower cost or having a private room just for yourself.
  • What if I don't want to travel with a group?
    No problem! We also offer Custom Trip Planning for a day-by-day itinerary arranged for you. If you are planning your own trip but looking for a few unique experiences, take a look at our Italy Immersions!


Add this trip to the end of our Secrets of Southern Italy trip!

everything you get!

Who is this trip for?

Active travelers who want to access authentic

Italy without the logistics.



Slower-paced & stress-free travel

Unique activities sourced from locals from the region and our extensive research in the area

Exclusive group of like-minded travelers

Plenty of free time to do your own thing

Explore a unique & lesser-known place 

Thoughtfully crafted for genuine connection with locals


3 nights' accommodation in a private room in Matera


All Activities

Guided Walking Tour of Matera

Behind-the-Scenes Bakery Visit

Visit to Parco della Murgia

Sunset Aperitivo

Local Artisan Walking Tour

Farewell Dinner

...and more!

All Breakfasts and 1 Farewell Dinner including wine

Ground Transportation

Carbon Footprint Offset: Trees will be planted to offset the environmental impact of your trip!

Flight Expert to assist with research and booking

Arrival/Departure Transfers from Bari

Trip Leader fluent in English and Italian

Tips for Drivers and Guides

From $1780 USD per person

Active travelers who want to access authentic

Italy without the logistics.

Who is this trip for?

Our travelers want to leave the crowded tourist paths behind, without spending weeks researching. They want to connect with locals, but don't have years to perfect a new language. And while they love back roads and hidden villages, they're not up for the hassle and risk of driving a rental.


Our travelers are warm. They’re curious. And they want to see Italy with open hearts, open minds, and without the growl of a giant tour bus announcing their arrival. They are immersion seekers who want to step into the everyday life of authentic Italy!


Sound like you?

Our travelers are generally 35 - 55 years old but we get adventurers of all ages!

The Important Details

  • This trip is intended as an extension to our Secrets of Southern Italy trip but can also be booked separately. This extension is designed as semi-independent to give you more autonomy than our small group trips, but with unique activities arranged for you with guides. Experiences will be shared with other trip guests who choose to add this extension (max 8 guests). 

  • This trip involves walking on uneven ground for multiple hours and lots of stairs as Matera is a multi-level city.

  • Please note that you'll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone.

  • Wifi is available but connection may be weak.

  • Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated if you let us know well in advance.

This semi-independent immersion in an ancient city carved from stone is the perfect way to end a fabulous trip in Southern Italy– and an unforgettable place that you’ll be so glad you didn’t miss!


June 2 - 5, 2024

Starting from $1780 USD per person


My Creative Edge trip was like no other. Small group travel is the way to go! No huge buses! Just unique experiences that you would never get in a large travel group. It felt like a friend was showing me around to her local friends places. Was the best trip I have ever done!!

-Robin Paulus, Secrets of Southern Italy + Mysteries of Matera


We experienced the most amazing time and trip through Italy with our tour guide, Sierra. Talking to the Italians and hearing their life stories as they shared their strong love for their city and their country. Matera is the third oldest city in the world and to hear the history of their beginning to now as the generations of the families share their knowledge and their personal experience. I can go on and on. It was an exceptional trip to Italy where we became immersed with the local people who shared so much of their heritage with us besides seeing the cities' historical landmarks. If you want to see Italy in a deeper and personal way, along with the landmarks, I highly recommend you booking Creative Edge Travel with Sierra as your guide.


-Marty Darling, Secrets of Southern Italy + Mysteries of Matera



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Experiences based on authentic connection with locals and their home.  

At Creative Edge Travel, we believe every journey should be meaningful. It should teach you about the authentic local culture and a bit about yourself, too. That's why we push the boundaries of the typical Italian tour and add our own creative edge. We design our experiences with individual locals in off-the-beaten-path places to give you a culturally-immersive adventure. Each activity is an opportunity to learn about both the beauty and the challenges of everyday life in Italy. Whether it's exploring a village with a local grandpa as he shares his stories growing up there, or learning traditional music and dance at a historic masseria, expect a deeper travel experience.


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