Apulia, the Heel of Italy
This regional affordable Italy holiday begins and ends in Naples. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples provides visitors a wealth of folklore, history, and a rich culture of the ages. After a guided sightseeing tour of the city, you’ll be on your way to the Apulia region – the “heel of the boot” of Italy and one of the favorite holiday destinations of the Italian people due to its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting coastline with turquoise waters.
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Day 1: Arrive In Naples, Italy
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Naples, one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Hotel: Holiday Inn
Day 2: Naples – Castel Del Monte – Bari
Guided sightseeing this morning gives you an introduction to the eventful history of this city and its colourful traditions. Depart Naples and travel into Apulia, the legendary “boot” of italy. Stop at Castel Del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick ii, and renowned for its unique octagonal shape. Continue to the Adriatic coastline for an orientation of the beautiful port city of Bari.
Day 3: Bari – Castellana Grotte – Alberobello – Lecce
Head to Castellana Grotte to visit the famous limestone Caves. This impressive system is a wonderland of captivating stalactites, stalagmites, and crystallized mineral deposits. Next stop is Alberobello, renowned for its distinct conical-roofed Trulli houses. Follow the coastline to lovely Lecce, the “Florence of the South”.
Hotel: Tiziano e dei Congressi, 2 nights
Day 4: Lecce – Excursion To Santa Maria Di Leuca & Gallipoli
On your included excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Apulia, discover oriental art nouveau villas and beach huts from the early 20th century. On to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city built on an island in the ionian Sea. Enjoy the Old Town with its quaint ambiance, winding streets, and inviting squares. Discover Frantoio Ipogeo, an underground olive press buried in the tufa rock. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, workers pressed Gallipoli’s olive oil, and used it to light the city’s oil lamps. Return to Lecce. Time to marvel at its opulent Baroque buildings.
Day 5: Lecce – Manduria – Ostuni – Fasano
On to Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region. Visit a Wine Cellar and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Next stop is Ostuni, only 42 miles from Greece, but characterised by its flat-roofed, white, Greek-looking town centre. Overnight in Fasano, a peaceful town surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic Sea.
Hotel: Sierra Silvana, 2 nights
Day 6: Fasano
Today is free to do as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. The impressive “rock city” of Matera is home to the prehistoric sassi cave dwellings, while a guided tour of Altamura reveals the amazing stone-clad city, with free time afterwards to stroll through the Old Town on your own.
Day 7: Fasano – Naples
Puglia is famous for its olive trees and, this morning, you’ll visit a traditional Olive Mill to taste some genuine olive oil, enjoy a light lunch, and stroll around the groves. Later, travel back to Naples for a chance to treat yourself to a real espresso coffee shot or the most authentic pizza.
Hotel: Holiday Inn
Day 8: Naples
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31||$2,019.00||$2,480.00|
|June: 07, 14, 21, 28||$2,019.00||$2,480.00|
|September: 06, 13, 20||$2,019.00||$2,480.00|
|Meals:||7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners|
|Transport:||First Class air-conditioned coach|
|Accommodation:||7 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Professional Tour Director|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.