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Best of Puglia Escorted Tour

  • Puglia, Italy, Central Puglia

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.

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 for a welcome drink.

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. A light lunch is included.

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 France 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 or explore the nearby towns.

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 citizen. This unique town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the European Capital of Culture for 2019. You’ll enjoy a full day here with lunch at a local restaurant included.

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.

Tour Includes:

7 nights accommodation on a half board basis
Guided visits to Otranto, Lecce, Martina France, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Ostuni
Full day visit to Matera including lunch
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

2019 Departure Dates:

06 May - only two double rooms left
13 May - SOLD OUT
10 June – only one double room left
17 June - only three double rooms left
09 September – SOLD OUT
16 September - only one double room and one single room left
23 September
30 September

Rooms

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  • No. of buildings: 0
  • No. of floors: 0
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 0
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  • Official rating: 4

May Departures – Relais Masseria Villa Cenci

Relais Masseria Villa Cenci is a hidden gem in Puglia’s countryside. It’s recently renovated guest rooms are finished in a crisp, clean style in keeping with the hotel’s surroundings. The extensive grounds are made up of established gardens with plenty of paths and a lovely pool while the restaurant offers traditional cuisine. With just 20 rooms, this former farmhouse has a relaxing ambiance. A shuttle bus is offered to nearby Cisterno, considered one of the most beautiful towns in Puglia.

June 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. A large pool is located in the grounds and a path leads down to the hotel’s bathing platform and sandy beach where you’ll find loungers and umbrellas.

September 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.

Accessibility

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Meals

Your accommodation is based on half board and includes continental breakfast and dinner. Lunch is included on day 5.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

Central Puglia

The centre of this large region is characterised by the fertile Murgia plateau which forms a gently rolling landscape dotted with olive groves. Many of our hotels are located in or near the Itria Valley which is famous for the strange trulli houses and picturesque whitewashed villages. This area is also a great destination for those in search of a relaxing beach holiday, as the superb coastlines of both the Adriatic and the Ionian seas with fine sandy beaches are only a short drive away. Make sure you take the time to visit a masseria where you can taste the extra virgin olive oil and locally made wines.

Things to do in resort

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For more information on travel and transport visit our Central Puglia page

Facilities

San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel and Spa

  • Wi-Fi
  • 2 Bars 
  • La Terrazza with panoramic sea views
  • Spa 
  • Swimming pool

Grand Hotel Masseria Santa Lucia 

  • Wellness Centre
  • Lush gardens
  • Bar
  • Lounge area 
  • Reading room
  • Bicycle rental 
  • Tennis courts and five-a-side football pitch 
  • Olympian-size swimming pool
  • Children's swimming pool
  • 2 private sections of the beach - a rocky beach and a sandy beach, which are both equipped with umbrellas and sun loungers
  • Shuttle bus to both beach

Your holiday

Accommodation
Best of Puglia Escorted Tour, Central Puglia, Puglia
Half Board

Holiday details
30/09/2019,
7 nights,
from London Gatwick,
2 adults, 0 children
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Total party from:
£2280

Per person from:
£1140

Online saving:
£25pp

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