Cruises to Bari Italy

Hop on board on of MSC's Mediterranean Cruises to Bari Italy. Bari is considered the second most important city in Southern Italy, and on your day away from the luxury MSC cruise liner, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to discover why! Find the best cruises to Bari with MSC Cruises.

Bari: Beautiful beaches, glorious architecture, and fabulous food

Situated in the ‘heel’ of the boot-shaped country that is Italy, Bari is famous for its beaches, old town and fabulous food.

An increasingly popular holiday destination, Bari is the commercial and administrative capital of Puglia as well as being a bustling university town. Bari offers much for the visitor to do and a fun day away from the ship with something for everyone, from families to couples looking for a magical romantic setting.

We recommend you start by browsing our selection of great excursion ideas from our itineraries as we can help you get the best deals on excursions in and around the city. You’ll enjoy a true taste of Italy as you partake in the Bari city tour and witness the glorious architecture of this wonderful town.

Of particular note is the remarkable 12th-century Basilica dedicated to the city's patron, Saint Nicholas. You could even venture out of town to the city of Sassi which boasts Neolithic caves that, incredibly, were inhabited until 1952 (Movie buffs will be interested to learn that Sassi’s surreal surroundings provided the location for many films, too).

Whether you choose to stay in town or go further afield, we believe that Bari is one of Italy’s secret gems and a not-to-be missed stopover during your Mediterranean cruise vacation.

Find the best cruises to Bari Italy with MSC cruises!

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The port is in front of the Old Town, about 1 Km from the city centre. Turn left, following the Lungomare Imperatore Augusto and the old wall, you can reach the Basilica of San Nicola and, more ahead, Piazza del Ferrarese, Corso Cavour and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a wide boulevard that skirts the Old Town; if you turn right you can reach the Castle, the Cathedral and, more ahead,Piazza Libertà (called Piazza Prefettura, seat of the Piccinni theatre, the town hall and the Prefecture palace) and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.

Port average temperature

Bari enjoys a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot, dry summers. Snowfall in winter is possible. During the summer of 2008 temperatures reached as high as 42°C.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

Average high °C121214172125282825211613
Average low °C556812161919161386
 BAR01 - CITY TOUR (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  This interesting tour of Bari gives you a chance to take a leisurely walk around the historical quarter of “Bari Vecchia” and its medieval architecture. A visit to the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which was built in honour of Bari’s patron saint, is included. Founded towards the end of the 11th century A.D., the basilica has now been an important religious pilgrimage site for nearly a millennium. An exterior viewing of Bari’s old Norman castle is also on the tour itinerary. You will have some free time to spend as you wish before the tour is rounded out with a quick trip around the city’s modern district. The tour ends with your return to the ship. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children


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 BAR02 - ALBEROBELLO (4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  Leave the port of Bari for a scenic 1-hour coach ride through the Italian countryside to Alberobello, a town in the Apulia region that forms the top of the “heel” of the boot of Italy. Thanks to its distinctive mortarless round stone houses with conical roofs, known as “trulli”, the town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1996. Your tour includes a guided walk through the delightful streets of this most unusual village – plus a visit to St. Antonio, the only “trullo” church in the world. Many of these “trullo” houses are topped by a so-called “pinnacolo” – a sort of white cap or sphere – and all of them have curious symbols, possibly good-luck charms, painted on the roofs. Time permitting, you will also be taken on a short sightseeing tour of Bari by coach before you return to the port and your ship. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children


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 BAR04 - THE “SASSI” IN MATERA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Enjoy a 1-hour drive to Matera, the city of the weird and wonderful “Sassi”, caves and the first town in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. These caves were inhabited from the Neolithic times right up until 1952. Perhaps because of its unique and tangible history, the atmosphere here is extraordinary and the place exudes a mystic air. We will either visit a furnished Sassi cave museum house and one rocky church that are symbol of the local culture. Many film directors have chosen to set films in Matera as it is such an evocative place and Mel Gibson’s controversial film, “The Passion of the Christ”, was shot here. Please note: guests will be met by guides in Matera; the bus drive is not guided. This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair; long periods of walking. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children


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Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Leave the port for an hour’s drive to the Caves of Castellana where we will meet our guide for a fantastic subterranean journey through the cave complex. The caves were first explored in 1938, although their existence had been known since the XVIII century. At 60 metres deep, marvel at the cave chambers and the myriad of alabaster stalagmites and stalactites encrusted with calcite crystals. Back above ground we will travel on to Polignano a Mare, a lovely town perched high on a rock with wonderful views over the sea. Choose a guided tour of the village or to explore the pretty whitewashed streets on your own, meandering under the flowered arches and enjoying the hillside terrace that overlook the sea. Please note: excursion not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic or with walking difficulties. The itinerary inside the caves is on uneven, slippery path. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.