We Love —
- Enjoy this enchanting Italian region, offering amazing landscapes, great culinary traditions and unique architecture - this is Italy as it should be, rustic & real.
- You will visit the greatest landmarks of the region such as ancient Greek city Gallipoli, the famous trulli houses of Alberobello, and beautiful Lecce.
- Stay in two comfortable 4* hotels along the way, with Half Board dining included, as well as experiences like wine and olive oil tasting.
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Your Destination —
Your Itinerary —
Fly to Bari where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights. Enjoy some time at leisure and dinner at your hotel this evening.
DAY 2 : Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuca - Lecce.
Today explore the peninsula that forms the heel of the Italian boot, visiting first of all, Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city which was built on an island in the Ionian Sea. The old town has a beautiful quaint setting with winding streets that suddenly open into small squares, inviting you to discover the Frantoio Ipogeo, an underground rock-cut oil mill, formerly used to light the city's oil lamps. Continuing to the Cap Santa Maria di Leuca, the southern-most tip of this outstretched piece of land, you'll discover Oriental Art Nouveau villas and beach huts from the last century that lend a special flair and unique flavour to the area. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
Drive to Brindisi for the first visit of today's tour, travelling through some of the amazing highlights of the area including the port, the famous column which marks the end of the Via Appia, the Palazzo Nervegna and the churches of San Giovanni al Sepolcro and San Benedetto. On reaching Manduria in the wine-growing region of Primitivo, visit a winery for a tasting experience. Continue to Grottaglie, an amazing place, aptly named after the ravines and caves dating back to prehistoric times, which were dug as refuges. An impressive castle from the 14th century dominates the city. Grottaglie is also known for its pottery and you can witness the processing of Terra Cotta. In the evening you reach your Hotel in the Fasano area for the next five nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
Today starts by visiting Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, whose centre consists of two contrasting sections; an atmospheric old town with winding streets is found next to the new town with elegant landscaped checkerboard commercial districts and fine boutiques. The port of Bari, nicknamed the Gateway to the Orient, is an important transit point for goods from the Mediterranean. In the afternoon drive to the famous Castel del Monte, built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century. It is a striking octagonal fortress, with eight octagonal towers and which has been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
Today journey to the neighbouring region of Basilicata and the picturesque Rock City, Matera, for a walk on the Panoramic Road dei Sassi with its beautiful views of the houses and cave mazes lying on the rocky slopes of the Gravina River valley. This is an ancient site with wells and irrigation systems dating back to the Bronze Age as well as several rock-hewn churches and a monastery - part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue to Altamura, a partially walled city that was once called Lioness of Puglia. After a guided tour of the amazing stone clad city, you have time for a stroll through the old town with its claustri, a connection from a farm to a narrow alley that led to a forecourt. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
After breakfast, depart for Castellana to visit the famous network of caves created by the underground rivers which filter down through the limestone soil of the Murge hills. Next stop is a visit to the exceptional city of Alberobello, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Famed for its "trulli" houses, Alberobello is one of a kind with its unique white-washed limestone dwellings made with dry stone walls, with black conical roofs. The origins of the trulli are not clear but the prehistoric building techniques are remarkably still used today. Take time to wander around these unique buildings and admire their construction. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
In the morning take a leisurely walk through the typical Apulian olive groves and enjoy the beautiful views. Puglia is known for its olive trees and therefore a visit with tasting, to an olive oil mill must not be missed. In the afternoon drive to the White City of Ostuni, which hovers like an eagle's nest above the coast. The white-washed houses can be seen from afar and they blend perfectly with the soft and colourful hills giving Ostuni its own special charm. Take a walk through the beautifully preserved old town with its quaint winding streets and enjoy the great panoramic views across this stunning landscape. Includes Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 8 : Fasano - Bari - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast.
Please note: Local entrance fees apply on days 4 & 6. These are not included in our price.
The following entrance fees are to be paid locally: Gallipoli Castle €3 / Bari Castle and food tasting €10 / Matera cave church & house €5 / Castellana Grottos €12 / Ostuni Museum & Cathedral
Your Hotels —
You will stay in the below hotels or similar. This offer is based on a Half Board basis as per the itinerary.
This modern hotel is situated 20 minutes walk from the centre of Lecce, and offers comfortable, fuss-free accommodation for a relaxing stay. There are 273 modern guest rooms, each equipped with flat screen TV, wifi and air conditioning. Facilities include a lovely spa complete with numerous steam rooms, saunas, treatment rooms and an indoor pool. A lovely treat after a day out sightseeing. There is also an outdoor pool, a pool bar which offers refreshing cocktails in the summer months, and an elegant restaurant serving regional specialties.
This charming 4* hotel is situated in the natural park of Selva di Fasano, on the Adriatic coast of Puglia. It is surrounded by the stunning landscapes, incredible food and beautiful coastline of this sunny region. The 120 guest rooms are spread across five buidlungs, and feature traditional homely decor with all the mod cons such as minibar, air conditioning, satellite TV, hairdryer and a small balcony. Relax by the swimming pool or take the shuttle bus to the stretch of private beach, just 15 minutes away.
Your Journey —
Flights: Included with Easy Jet, with 23kg luggage per person.
Just for you: Free VIP Chauffeur Service if you live within 50 miles of your departure airport.
(If you live further than this you can still take advantage of this service, which will be charged at £1.70 per mile.)
Depart London Gatwick 12:15
Arrive Bari 16:05
Depart Bari 16:35
arrive London Gatwick 18:30
All flight times are local
Transfers: Shared coach transfers are included as per itinerary.
Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.