Secrets of Puglia

The enchanting Italian region of Puglia is famous for its historic cities, quaint fishing villages and (of course) its exquisite cuisine. On this round trip, we’ll delve into the area’s many splendours – from Naples to Martina Franca, Lecce, Gallipoli, Bari and back again – touring historic towns, discovering local traditions and indulging in a wine tasting or two along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Naples – Andria – Martina Franca

After meeting the group in vibrant Naples, we’ll board the mini-coach and hit the road to Andria – where a local expert will reveal how mozzarella and burrata are made. We’ll have the chance to taste both delicious cheeses before we move on to Martina Franca for tonight’s welcome dinner.

Hotel: Relais Villa San Martino or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Martina Franca – Alberobello – Locorotondo – Martina Franca

Our first stop of the day will be Alberobello – a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s famous for its charming cone-topped trulli. After learning more about the limestone buildings on a walking tour, we’ll move on to the beautiful countryside of Locorotondo – where there’s a wine tasting session in store for us at a local vineyard. After raising a glass or two, we’ll return to Martina Franca for the evening.

Day 3: Martina Franca – Altamura – Matera – Martina Franca

This morning we’ll explore the medieval streets of the quaint town of Altamura with a local guide – with an included bread tasting session at a quaint local bakery to round off our visit. Then: it’s back on the road as we travel onwards to the mesmerising city of Matera. We’ll delve into Matera’s fascinating history on a tour of the ancient Sassi before heading back to the hotel for some relaxation time.

Day 4: Martina Franca – Monopoli – Ostuni – Lecce

Today will begin with a visit to the picturesque seaside town of Monopoli – where we’ll explore the old town centre and harbour on a walking tour. After that, we’ll move on to Ostuni, the ‘White City’. While we’re here, we’ll learn the secrets behind some authentic cookery techniques at a cooking demonstration (and lunch!) in a traditional masseria. After a busy day, we’ll rest our heads in Lecce.

Hotel: Hotel Santa Chiara or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Lecce – Gallipoli – Lecce

We’ll embark on a guided tour of magnificent Lecce this morning – where we’ll take some time to explore impressive sandstone buildings, hidden piazzas and winding alleyways. Then: onwards to the historic fishing port of Gallipoli, where we’ve an appointment to keep at an underground olive mill museum – not to mention a walking tour ticking off the likes of the Greek fountain and the cathedral. Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara (or similar)

Day 6: Lecce – Polignano a Mare – Bari

Today we’ll say goodbye to Lecce and set a course for the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’: Polignano a Mare, where we’ll explore the old town centre and beautiful terraces on a walking tour. This afternoon we’ll trade Polignano for Bari, where a local guide will show us the hotspots – and educate us on the local cuisine as we taste some of the city’s excellent street food. What better way to make ourselves at home?

Hotel: Orient Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Bari – Minervino Murge – Bari

Next stop: the pretty hilltop town of Minervino Murge. While here, we’ll have the chance to join a basket making workshop before paying a visit to a private wine cellar museum – where we’ll be lucky enough to taste some of the produce in an underground grotto. After that, it’s back to Bari for the grand finale: a farewell dinner and wine pairing, which will be made all the more special by a traditional folk dance performance.

Day 8: Bari – Magherita di Savoia – Naples

We’ve one final stop to make: the Margherita di Savoia natural saltworks. The largest natural saltworks reserve in Europe, this breathtaking place is the perfect spot from which to spot many bird species. As we come full circle this afternoon, the tour will end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 09$4,499.00$5,849.00
July: 14$4,139.00$5,179.00
September: 08, 22$4,499.00$5,849.00
September: 29$4,139.00$5,179.00
October: 06$4,139.00$5,179.00
October: 27$3,599.00$4,319.00
November: 17$3,599.00$4,319.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 7 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver & Local guides in Matera, Lecce, Bari
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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.

Hotel: Excelsior

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 & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 19$1,879.00$2,340.00
April: 26$1,979.00$2,440.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$2,019.00$2,480.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$2,019.00$2,480.00
August: 30$2,019.00$2,480.00
September: 06, 13, 20$2,019.00$2,480.00
September: 27$1,979.00$2,440.00
October: 04$1,879.00$2,340.00
Inclusions 
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
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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