Discover Puglia

Price:From *$2574

6 Days/5 Night

Tour Description

Once home to Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Swabians, and the Spanish, Puglia is a peninsula within the larger Italian peninsula, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides. Its prime position has made it a colorful melting pot of traditions, as well as a favorite destination for those who love heavenly golden beaches and bright turquoise water. Among the cities we love most is Lecce, often called “the Florence of Southern Italy,” with its unique Baroque palaces and decorated churches sculpted from local sandstone. The characteristic towns of Polignano a Mare, Trani, Monopoli, Putignano, Ostuni, and Gallipoli all deserve a visit as well. Then there’s Alberobello and its surprising conical white houses called “trulli,” Grottaglie and its world-famous ceramic artists and workshops, and the natural wonders of Gargano, Valle d'Itria, and Alta Murgia. Finally, honorable mention goes to fresh burrata cheese, seafood, and slow food trattorias—perfect for tasting local products.

DEPARTURE 2019: 17, 31 May | 14, 28 Jun | 12, 26 Jul | 30 Aug | 13, 27 Sept | 11, 25 Oct
INCLUSIONS
nights 4 star accommodation
Breakfast and meals as per the itinerary
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
Monolingual tour-escort in English
Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary in Bari, Matera, Lecce
Entrance tickets to the Castel del Monte

HIGHLIGHTS
Small group no more than 15 passengers
See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Castel Del Monte, Alberobello and Matera!
Sleep in one of the world famous“Trulli”
Dinner in special locations

Pick-up:Independent arrival at your Hotel in Bari | Drop-off: your Hotel in Lecce

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Day 1:

Bari Arrival in Bari on your own. Meet our Tour Leader in your hotel in Bari, then join a walking tour in the afternoon to learn about the city’s history and its monuments. Dinner and overnight in Bari (D)

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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. Your journey will continue towards Alberobello a world-known UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the “Trulli”. Overnight stay in a scattered hotel, sleeping in a real “Trullo”. Dinner included (B,D)

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Day 3:

Alberobello - Matera - Alberobello Matera will be the destination for today, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit and learn the history of the “Sassi di Matera” (Stones of Matera), caves that are part of the historic centre 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)

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Day 4:

Alberobello - Locorotondo - Ostuni - Lecce Today we 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 the coach again and travel to Ostuni: located between the “Trulli” region and Salento. Enjoy some free time to explore. In the late afternoon, we’ll travel to Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Dinner and overnight (B,D)

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Day 5:

Lecce - Otranto - Lecce After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 3 hour guided visit of Lecce, visit the old town centre, the 12th century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza del Duomo. After the tour we travel to Otranto where you will have some time at your leisure for lunch and to discover the city of Otranto at your pace. In the early evening we will 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. Following dinner we will travel back to Lecce (B,D)

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Day 6:

Lecce Our tour will end after breakfast and checking out of your hotel (B)

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