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Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of Puglia offers some of the country's most remote coastline and countryside, dotted with ancient sites and whitewashed towns. The neighbouring Basilicata region is a rustic area with both historic centres and fine beaches. Over the centuries, both regions have been influenced by ancient Greek, Roman and Norman rule, which is noticeable in the varied architecture and historic remains that you will see on this tour.
- Stay in a 5-star boutique hotel in Lecce
- Wine, cheese & olive oil tasting
- View the exquisite frescoes of the Crypt of the Original Sin in Matera
- Explore the renowned trulli houses of Alberobello
- Enjoy an aperitif at a private Palazzo in Lecce
- 4- & 5-star accommodation throughout
- Small group size - average 10 people
- 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Small group size - 10 people (max 18)
- Direct International flights with British Airways
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- 7 breakfasts & 2 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Welcome drink
Day 1: Fly to Bari • Fasano
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bari with British Airways and transfer to Fasano. Stay at the Casale Del Murgese for 5 nights.
Day 2: Altamura • Matera
Morning drive to Altamura to visit the celebrated Romanesque cathedral. Continue to the Unesco world heritage site of Matera. The Sassi district is divided into two parts, the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano, each with countless churches and their own distinctive features. The tour includes a visit to Casa Grotta, a typical Sassi dwelling, the Rupestrian churches and the Crypt of the Original Sin and its magnificent frescoes.
Day 3: Castel del Monte • Tran
Full-day excursion with a visit to Castel del Monte. This octagonal fortress built in the 13th century and isolated on a hill 540 metres above sea level is a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Continue to Trani, a whitewashed port of Jewish origin, famous for its exquisite cathedral as well as its sweet Moscato wine.
Day 4: Alberobello • Martina Franca • Locorotondo
Drive through the Itria valley to Alberobello. Morning city tour of the Unesco-listed town, famous for its traditional conical trulli dwellings. Afternoon excursion to visit Martina Franca, a small town with elegant palaces and monumental churches, typical of baroque architecture. Visit the hamlet of Locorotondo and enjoy tastings of typical products among the trulli houses.
Day 5: Bari • Polignano a Mare
Morning visit to the capital of Apulia, Bari. Explore the old town quarter including St Sabin Cathedral and St Nicholas Basilica. Afternoon excursion to the charming sea town of Polignano a Mare.
Day 6: Ostuni • Lecce
In the morning travel south to Lecce via Ostuni for a tour of the cathedral and a visit to a masseria (fortified farmhouse) for olive oil tastings. Continue to Lecce for a short city tour, including entrance to the cathedral. Stay at the Patria Palace for 2 nights.
Day 7: Galatina • Otranto • Lecce
Morning visit to Galatina, renowned for its exquisite church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria with its medieval frescoes. Continue to Otranto, a town of Greek origin situated on the site of ancient Hydrus. Return to Lecce to visit the 14th-century Palazzo Morisco. Enjoy an aperitif in the gardens overlooking the Roman theatre. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 8: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London.
Casale del Murgese, Selva di Fasano
Casale del Murgese is located in the heart of Apulia in a historical farmhouse. The hotel offers de luxe accommodation in a beautiful setting, and is just minutes from the sea. There is a large pool onsite, set in beautifully kept gardens. The newly built rooms are equipped with every comfort to make your stay unique and enjoyable. The restaurant specialises in traditional recipes from the Puglia region with homemade cakes and biscuits served at breakfast.
Patria Palace, Lecce
The Patria Palace is a 5 star hotel housed in a converted 17th century palazzo in the heart of Lecce, the 'Florence of the South'. This historical building, overlooking the fabulous ornate Baroque façade of the Basilica of Santa Croce, is located in a small square close to all the important monuments of the city. The hotel retains some of its original features including vaulted ceilings and carved balconies. The 67 air-conditioned bedrooms, each with original decorative paintings, offer comfortable accommodation with modern facilities.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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