Puglia - Monday 12th October 2020
8 Days / 7 Nights - From £1849
Although still a largely unknown are of Italy, Puglia is certainly on the up. It is one of the new chic and 'off the beaten track' destinations, and is growing inpopularity fast, so this tour in an ideal way to see this stunning region before it becomes too prevalent on the tourist trail. Puglia has an excellent mixture of culture, history, climate, gastronomy and their people are known for their friendly nature and hospitalilty. Immerse yourself in this captivating region of Southern Italy.
The tour will treat you to a number of UNESCO sites, including Matera and Alberobello, where you will experience staying in a traditional trulli accomodation. We will also visit other surrounding highlights, like the seafront town of Monopoli and the Baroque treasures of Leece, including several hidden gems of Roman remains. You'll get the chance to sample some fantastic culinary delights in local trattorie and see first hand local focaccia and mozzarella making. This tour will show you the real unspoilt and authentic Italy, and reveal one of its best kept secrets.
Day 1 (D) Arrival in Bari and transfer to Alberobello where you’ll check in to traditional Trulli accommodation.
Day 2 (B,L,D) Morning guided walk of the UNESCO town of Alberobello before transferring to the nearby and beautiful ‘Masseria Aglio-Piccolo’. This countryside location aords an opportunity to witness how local mozzeralla and foccachia is produced followed by a light lunch in the masseria itself.
Day 3 (B,D) Today offers a full day excursion to the stunning UNESCO town of Matera, used for the filming of Passion of the Christ and Ben Hur, amongst many other stories of the silver screen. The town boasts some captivating churches however, the real highlight is the cave dwellings of the Sassi quarter where the local inhabitants lived and worked for their entire lives.
Day 4 (B) Day at leisure for a chance to explore, discover or simply sit and watch the world go by.
Day 5 (B,D) Depart to Locorotondo and the hilltop ‘white town’ of Ostuni in the Valle D’Itria. Enjoy a short guided walk around its charming whitewashed historic centre whilst admiring the far reaching views across the sea. En route back to Alberobello, stop at the medieval masseria to sample some of the famous Puglian olive oil.
Day 6 (B,L) Short drive to Polignano, a pretty Puglian village built on a promontory entirely surrounded by sea. Enjoy time exploring before continuing to Monopoli with its interesting churches, castle and harbour side.
Day 7 (B,D) Depart to the baroque treasure that is Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’. Guided walk around this beautiful city with its vibrant historic centre teeming with street cafes and shops. The main sights include the Basilica di Santa Croce and the breathtaking Piazza Duomo, as well as many hidden Roman remains. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 8 (B,L) A morning exploration of the fishing town of Trani, known as a crucial disembarkation port for the crusades to the Holy Land. This harbour side setting hosts a seafood lunch before transferring for your departure.