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Discover Puglia

Discover Puglia

6 Days/5 Nights From
AU$2,782 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Small groupSmall group
  • Tour Code
    CAR-19-5986
  • Travel From
    17 May 2019
  • Travel Until
    25 Oct 2019
6 Days/5 Nights From
AU$2,782 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Small groupSmall group
  • Tour Code
    CAR-19-5986
  • Travel From
    17 May 2019
  • Travel Until
    25 Oct 2019
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 5-night accommodation InclusionInclusion Entrance fees to Grotte of CastellanaInclusionInclusion English-speaking tour guideMealsMeals All meals as per itineraryTourTour Visit cities and towns including Bari, Trani, Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce, Otranto & Castel del MonteTransportationTransportation Transportation by coach

Summary

Experience the delights of the Puglia region on this enthralling, 6-day small group tour. Puglia, known as the heel of Italy’s boot, is replete idyllic coastal towns, whitewashed houses, historic villages, gorgeous beaches, Baroque architecture and delicious cuisine. This jampacked itinerary takes you to the famous cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera to the trulli houses in Alberobello and gorgeous beaches of Otranto. Your journey starts in Bari, a charming port city and the capital of Puglia. Explore its old town including the Basilica of San Nicola. From Bari, travel to another seaport town, Trani. Visit its historic landmarks including the Jewish quarter and white stone cathedral. Continue to Castel del Monte, a thirteenth century citadel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to Alberobello, a town known for its unique whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the intriguing town of Matera, a city in the Basilicata region known for its historical centre, Sassi di Matera, which contains ancient cave dwellings for the Paleolithic period. Explore the “white towns” of the region including Locorotondo and Ostuni. Discover the gorgeous Baroque buildings and cathedrals in Lecce, known as the Florence of the South. Continue to the picturesque seaside town of Otranto. Explore the town’s magnificent cathedral and the Aragonese Castle.

Departure Dates

  • May 17 & 31
  • June 14 & 28
  • July 12 & 26
  • August 30
  • September 13 & 27
  • October 11 & 25

Highlights

  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Castel Del Monte, Alberobello and Matera
  • Sleep in one of the world-famous trulli
  • Explore the charming cities and towns of Bari, Trani, Ostuni, Lecce, Otranto & Locorotondo
  • Dinner at Masseria le Stanzìe.

Itinerary

Day, 1 Bari
Arrival in Bari on your own. Meet your Tour Leader in your hotel in Bari, the main city of Puglia, and from here start your tour to discover this wonderful region. Walking tour in the afternoon to learn about the city’s history and its most relevant monuments. Walk through the charming narrow alleys of the old city center, admire the Basilica of San Nicola where the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra are preserved and the Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia. Be amazed by the astonishing view that you can enjoy from the fortress (admission fee for the castle at own expense). After the visit, reach Piazza Mercantile where you will see the ancient Column of Justice. Dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 2, Bari – Trani – Castel del Monte – Alberobello
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before leaving Bari by coach to reach Trani. Known as the ‘Pearl of Puglia’, the medieval town of Trani is one of the most remarkable cities of Southern Italy. Discover its art and monuments, visit the Jewish quarter and the wonderful white stone Cathedral. In the afternoon, reach Castel Del Monte, one of Puglia’s most acclaimed landmarks. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century under Roger the Norman, one of the most enlightened kings in history. The building is a harmonious geometrical complex, shaped as an octagon and surrounded by a still unsolved mystery. Your journey will continue towards Alberobello: a world known UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the trulli. These drystone cone-shaped houses were built in the 14th century from local limestone and this village is really unique, with a fairytale-like atmosphere. The town of Alberobello gets its name from the ancient oak forest of “Arboris Belli” (beautiful trees) that once covered the area. It is possible to see these typical buildings all over the Itria Valley. Overnight stay in a scattered hotel, sleeping in a real trullo. Dinner included. (B, D)

Day 3, Alberobello – Matera – Alberobello
Matera will be the destination for today. After breakfast, in the “square” of the scattered hotel (consider 200 mts from the Trulli), the coach will take you to this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit and learn the history of the “Sassi di Matera” (Stones of Matera), caves that have been used as houses for over 9,000 years that are part of the historic center of the city. Admire the Romanesque Cathedral that overlooks the city, its beautiful campanile (bell tower) and enjoy the amazing view of the “Sassi”. Transfer back to Alberobello in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the trullo. (B, D)

Day 4, Alberobello – Locorotondo – Ostuni – Lecce
Breakfast in the “square” of the scattered hotel (consider 200 mts from the Trulli. Leave Alberobello by coach and reach Locorotondo. Enjoy some free time to visit this small town that is part of the “white towns” of Puglia. Board on the coach again and travel to Ostuni: located between the “Trulli” region and Salento, overlooks the coastal plain rich of ancient olive trees. Free time at your disposal to explore another “white town” with free time for lunch, shopping and tasting of several local products like the world’s famous olive oil (all at your own expenses). In the late afternoon, get again on board of the coach and reach Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 5, Lecce – Otranto – Lecce
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 3-hour guided vis¬it of the city, learn the history of Lecce, visit the old town centre, the 12th century cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza del Duomo. After the visit, board on the coach and leave Lecce. You will reach Otranto where you will have some free time at your disposal for lunch.

Spend the afternoon visiting the wonderful city of Otranto at your pace. Over the centuries, the city has been invaded by an impressive number of populations, amongst the others we can find traces of Greek, Roman and Turkish cultures. Wan¬der around the old quarters to see how these cultures have blended together. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Cathedral where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar. See its marvellous mosaic floor which ri¬vals the well-known mosaics of Ravenna in its richness and significance.

In the early evening, reach Supersano where you will have dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe”. Visit this ancient farm, learn about the history and culture of Puglia. See how homemade pasta is made and visit the medieval tombs that are part of the farm. Dinner with typical meals and products from the region. In the night, travel back to Lecce. Overnight. (B, D)

Day 6, Lecce
Your tour will end after breakfast and checking out of your hotel. (B)

Inclusions

  • 5-night accommodation in Bari, Alberobello & Lecce
  • Daily breakfast & meals as per itinerary
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Visits with local guide as per itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to the Castel del Monte

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