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Italy: Best of Puglia & Basilicata Escorted Tour

  • Puglia, Italy, Central Puglia

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Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's boot, is an unspoilt region of olive groves and whitewashed villages that has been overlooked by mass tourism for some time, but is now starting to attract wholly deserved attention. Most famous for its trulli, strange conical roofed houses, Puglia also has magnificent baroque architecture and a beautiful coastline.


2020 Departures on sale now!


Day 1: Fly to Bari and transfer to your hotel. Unpack and take some time to relax before meeting your fellow travellers and tour manager.

Day 2: This is a day to really soak up the atmosphere of Puglia, starting with a visit to the whitewashed town of Ostuni where you’ll be taken through the old town with its warren of pedestrianised streets hiding trattorias and shops selling local olive oil. This is followed by a drive through the countryside to taste some of the fine local wines of the region and see the centuries old tradition of olive oil making, for which Puglia is famous. 

Day 3: Today is dedicated to the nearby towns of the beautiful Valle d'Itria, an area famous for its unique landscape of conical trulli. Martina Franca is the region’s largest town and boasts splendid piazzas and tree-lined lanes, Alberobello has earnt a UNESCO World Heritage status for its concentration of trulli, many of which have been turned into bars and cafés, while Locorotondo has whitewashed cathedrals, narrow streets and superb countryside views. You’ll also enjoy a wine and food tasting while in Alberobello.

Day 4: Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in your hotel. Guests departing in June 2019 and all 2020 departures will also have the option to explore the nearby towns via the shuttle bus from the hotel. 

Day 5: Today is spent in the region of Basilicata to visit the fascinating town of Matera. Matera is known for is sassi, a cluster of cave dwellings that date back to prehistoric times and, until recently, inhabited by the town’s citizens. This unique town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the European Capital of Culture for 2019. In Italy each region boasts its own traditional bread, and Matera is no different. You'll have the chance to sample the bread yourself whilst you're here, with a focaccia tasting in a local bakery. 

Day 6: Today’s full-day excursion visits the charming seaside town of Otranto and its Norman cathedral, where the bones of 183 martyrs are displayed. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful city of Lecce, famous for its flamboyant, baroque architecture and known as ‘the Florence of the South’. 

Day 7: Another day at leisure to relax and unwind and enjoy the hotel's facilities.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis and includes continental breakfast and dinner. 
  • Guided visits to Otranto, Lecce, Martina Franca, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Ostuni
  • Full day visit to Matera 
  • Local bread, wine and olive oil tastings

Tour Excludes:

  • Entrance fees (approx. €5 per person)
  • Hotel city tax (approx. €2 per person per night)
  • Extras, drinks and personal expenses


Your Hotels

June 2019 and all 2020 Departures – Masseria Santa Lucia

Masseria Santa Lucia is located on the coast, close to the walled town of Ostuni. This established property has a lovely restaurant where you can enjoy typical Apulian dishes amongst the beautiful gardens. An olympian-size swimming pool is located in the grounds and there is also a children's swimming pool, with a path leads down to the hotel’s bathing platform and sandy beach where you’ll find loungers and umbrellas. There is also tennis courts, a five-a-side football pitch, wellness centre, bar, lounge area, reading room, bicycle rental. There is also a shuttle bus to both beaches.

September 2019 Departures – San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel & Spa

This is a brand new property in Puglia’s verdant countryside. It’s around a ten-minute drive from the lively seaside town of Polignano a Mare and the hotel offers a shuttle service there. The rooms are carefully finished in a modern style and a roof terrace allows for wonderful views over the olive groves towards the sea. There is a pool in the hotel’s gardens and a lovely restaurant offering local cuisine, with 2 bars & Wi-Fi.


Departure dates for 2019

  • 10 June – SOLD OUT
  • 17 June - SOLD OUT
  • 9 September – SOLD OUT
  • 16 September - SOLD OUT
  • 23 September
  • 30 September

Departure dates for 2020

  • 04 May
  • 11 May
  • 18 May
  • 01 June
  • 08 June
  • 15 June
  • 22 June
  • 29 June
  • 07 September
  • 14 September
  • 21 September
  • 28 September

Maximum Group Size: 26

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Best of Puglia & Basilicata Escorted Tour
Central Puglia, Puglia,Meals according to program
04/05/2020 - 7 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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