Step away from the crowds and enjoy a taste of the real Italy in beautiful Puglia. This rarely visited region is home to unique conical Trulli houses, fascinating rock-carved Sassi dwellings and grand Baroque architecture.
Discover The Beauty of Puglia
ALL IN PRICE: From $1,749 CAD PER PERSON
(Based on April 20, 2020 departure)
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT & GUARANTEED ROOM OF YOUR OWN
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
- 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners including lunch and dinner at a masseria
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink & farewell get-together
- Overseas transfers on arrival & other transportation
- Audio Guide
- Complimentary wi-fi on board your coach
- Lunch at the five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro
- Discover Matera's Sassis dwellings
- The charming town of Lecce
- Alberobello, Locorotondo & Martina Franca visits
- Ostuni & olive oil tasting
- Explore the pretty coastal town of Monopoli
The above optional excursions can be pre-booked as a package.
HURRY! OFFER CAN BE WITHDRAWN AT ANY TIME
(Photo of the "Discover Beautiful Puglia" Itinerary)
Offer price is correct as of the 23rd July 2019 and is subject to change depending on availability.
Day 1: Bari
Make your own way to Bari, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the hilltop village of Selva di Fasano. Meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening.
Day 2: Masseria Torre Coccaro
After a leisurely morning we will head to the beautiful five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro where you will be served a delicious meal - the philosophy of the masseria means that produce is always sourced locally. The setting for this once fortified manor house is spectacular, as the scenery stretches out across the bourgainvilia-draped terraces to miles of idyllic countryside.
(Photo: Skyview of the Matera, Sassi houses)
Day 3: Matera
Matera is a fascinating city, famous for the Sassi stone houses that decorate the landscape. Carved directly into the calcarenitic rock, these ancient cave dwellings, thought to house some of the earliest human settlements in Italy, were originally home to Turkish monks. To learn more about these fascinating houses we take a walking tour through Matera. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Local Guide who will be able to tell you more about the history of the area and answer any questions you may have.
Day 4: Ostuni & Olive Oil Tasting
Take the chance today to relax and enjoy your resort, Selva di Fasano. You might choose to join an optional excursion which takes you to a local olive oil producer. Here you will be given the opportunity to see how the oil is produced, as well as sample the final product. We also visit the beautiful town of Ostuni, which dates back to the 1st century AD, when it was an important Greco-Roman city. This is a lovely place to visit and a true picture of an Apulian town, with its whitewashed houses, meandering lanes and a colourfully tiled Gothic cathedral at its heart.
(Photo: Alberobello, Trulli houses in the summer)
Day 5: Alberobello, Locorotondo & Martina Franca
The fascinating Valley of Itria presents plenty of opportunities to see the conical beehive-style Trulli houses that epitomise the region. Explore Alberobello, Locorotondo and finally Martina Franca, an evocative town of medieval palaces, churches and balconied houses.
Day 6: Lecce
Lecce is our destination today on an included excursion. A Local Guide will introduce us to this charming town which boasts a wealth of history as well as high-end boutiques and sophisticated cafés. We will visit the Roman amphitheatre and the intricately carved Church of Santa Croce. This is a wonderful example of the town's Baroque architecture, which has given rise to its nickname, the 'Florence of the South'.
(Photo: Church of Santa Croce, Lecce)
Day 7: Monopoli
You can spend today at leisure, enjoying the facilities at your hotel or exploring the hilltop village of Selva di Fasano at your leisure. Alternatively, why not join an optional excursion to the pretty coastal town of Monopoli. With its medieval centre, Baroque cathedral, bustling market square and inviting beach promenade, it's a lovely place to enjoy a stroll. This evening we will gather at the hotel for a farewell get-together.
Day 8: Departure
At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.