Pearls of Puglia

Once home to Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Swabians, and the Spanish, Puglia is a region within the larger Italian peninsula, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides. This 6-day small group trip of no more than 15 passengers will give an evocative overview of this Southern region of Italy between Bari and Lecce. Puglia is incredibly rich in historical culture, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking sceneries like the Trulli in Alberobello!

DEPARTURES

Various Friday departures until October 31, 2019 and from May 2020 to October 2020 | Small Group Tour of no more than 15 passengers!

Included:
• 4-star accommodation with daily breakfast
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• Entrance tickets to the Castel del Monte
• Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions)
• Monolingual tour-escort in English
• Visits with an expert local guide as per itinerary
• Porterage service
• Small Group Tour of no more than 15 passengers
• Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Castel Del Monte, Alberobello and Matera
• Visits to Locorotondo and Otranto
• Sleep in one of the world famous "Trulli"
• Complimentary Wi-Fi on board to be in touch with family and friends
• Headsets to follow the information provided by the tour leader and local guides
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Not Included:
• Tips
• Drinks
• Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
• City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
• Everything that is not mentioned in included
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Optional Extras:
• Airport Transfers
• Pre and Post Accommodation

PRICING DETAILS

Click Book Online for 2019 & 2020 pricing!
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• All prices are per person
• Children allowed from 12 years old (adult rate)
• City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
• Drinks are not included with meals
• Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one piece of hand luggage

Pearls of Puglia
Bari > Trani > Castel del Monte > Alberobello > Matera > Locorotondo > Ostuni > Lecce

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. Meals: 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 like 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. Meals: 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 is part of the historic center of the city. Admire the Romanesque Cathedral that overlooks the city, its beautiful “Campanile” (Belltower) and enjoys the amazing view of the “Sassi”. Transfer back to Alberobello in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the “Trullo”. Meals: 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 the coach and reach Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

DAY 5: LECCE > OTRANTO > DINNER AT THE “MASSERIA LE STANZÌE > LECCE

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 3 hour guided visit 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. Wander 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 rivals 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. Meals: B, D

DAY 6: LECCE

Enjoy one final breakfast at the hotel. End of our services. Meals: B