Elifant Archaeo-Culinary Tours: unique, intimate week-long trips to Italy.
Explore the ancient remains. Enjoy the best of local food and wine.  

In 2017 and 2018 we’ll go to the Bay of Naples, Basilicata and Puglia, and Sardinia. Our 2019 offerings include Emilia-Romagna.

Even if you’re on your umpteenth trip to Rome or Naples, we are absolutely sure you’ll see it in a new way with us. Elifant’s trips are exceptional experiences for the exceptional traveler. We promise in-depth, challenging cultural exploration. And tons of delicious fun. 

Elizabeth Bartman and Maureen Fant, Elifant’s founders, plan, organize, and lead every single trip themselves. Read our FAQs for our approach.

‟I wish Elifant Tours went everywhere. I would never travel any other way again.” 


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Paestum to Pozzuoli: the Bay of Naples and Beyond

October 9–16, 2017

Naples, Italy’s second city and gateway to the South, may have the most beautiful natural setting in Europe—and the biggest heart. Our week-long trip will cover the territory from Pozzuoli, at the western extremity of the Bay of Naples, down to the temples of Paestum some sixty miles to the south, on the ...


 Basilicata and Puglia: the Heel and the Hinterland

April 16–23, 2018

From Greeks to Romans to Byzantines, Saracens, and Normans, the waves of diverse peoples who settled southeastern Italy left their mark on its food and culture. Our trip spans parts of two Italian regions, Basilicata and Puglia, and highlights the various legacies of its colonists and conquerors. ...


Sardinia: Italy’s Other Island                             

October 8–15, 2018

The second-largest island in the Mediterranean (after Sicily), Sardinia and its many off-shore islands form the region of Sardegna, one of Italy’s most exotic.  Sardinia has all the requisites of paradise: ancient mysteries, a spectacular coastline, rugged mountains, sparkling beaches with pristine water, birds and animals, ...