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.
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
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 three double rooms left
13 May - only one double room left
10 June – only one double room and one single room left
17 June - only three double rooms left
09 September – only one double room and one single room left