Italy: Best of Puglia & Basilicata - Escorted Tour

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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.

Maximum Group Size: 30

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Tour highlights

• Spend 8 days discovering the highlights of Puglia and Basilicata
• An excellent, knowledgable tour manager throughout
• Visit the whitewashed town of Ostuni
• Enjoy a wine tasting and local olive oil tasting near Ostuni
• Tour of Alberobello with wine and local food tasting in an enoteca 
• Full day visit to Matera in Basilicata where you can see the sassi, unique cave dwellings
• Spend time in the southern resort of Otranto
• Visit the baroque city of Lecce

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Day 1: UK to Puglia

Fly to Bari or Brindisi and transfer to your hotel. Unpack and take some time to relax before meeting your fellow travellers and tour manager.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Otranto and Lecce

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’.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Alberobello

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Day at leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing on the beach or by the pool at the hotel. The small town of Torre Canne is nearby, if you fancy venturing out for a walk. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Matera

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Ostuni, wine and olive oil tasting

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Day at leisure

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Puglia - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note that there is approximately four to five hours walking each day on this tour.

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Your holiday includes

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

Your holiday excludes:

  • Entrance fees (approx. €10 per person)
  • Hotel city tax (approx. €3.50 per person per night)
  • Extras, drinks and personal expenses

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★★★★ Hotel del Levante, near Torre Canne

At Hotel del Levante you'll be in the perfect place to relax after days spent exploring Puglia. Located right on the coast with its own private sandy beach, equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas, you'll find the beautifully clear waters of Puglia's Adriatic coast just a short stroll from your room. If you prefer to cool off in the pool, you won't be disappointed. The large swimming pool is just a few steps from the shore, making for lovely sea views as you swim or relax on a sunbed beside it. We loved heading to the hotels beach side Cabaña snack bar, for a crisp cold glass of wine, and reflecting on the day's activities. When it comes to your evening meal, you’ll have a choice of Mediterranean and locally inspired dishes at the hotel's restaurant. The rooms are simple, but very comfortable and all you need to rest after days of touring the region. Its an easy 25-minute walk, along the road or beach, to the small laid back coastal town of Torre Canne. Here you'll find a few small shops, cafe's and restaurants, as well as a lighthouse. 

Your Meals: Table service or buffet breakfast. On your first night enjoy a tasty set menu of Mediterranean cuisine. From your second night onward its a bit more flexible and you'll have two options of first and second course to choose between (drinks are not included).

Departure dates

  • 13 September 2021

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Our tours are subject to minimum numbers and with that in mind the tours and their itineraries may be subject to change. Where this becomes necessary, and where practicable, we will take the steps as outlined in clause 5 of our terms and conditions.

This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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