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Apulia, the Heel of Italy

Offer

Price per person
from £1,248

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

There's no better time to book your next adventure, with low deposits of just £49pp for European holidays.

More details
  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

This regional affordable Italy holiday begins and ends in Naples. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples provides visitors a wealth of folklore, history, and a rich culture of the ages. After a guided sightseeing tour of the city, you’ll be on your way to the Apulia region – the “heel of the boot” of Italy and one of the favourite holiday destinations of the Italian people due to its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting coastline with turquoise waters.

You’ll visit the 13th-century Castel Del Monte on your way to the beautiful port of Bari. Included in your Italy vacation are a number of surprising stops, including the fascinating Castellana Grotte limestone caves, the conical-roofed houses of Alberobello, and Lecce’s baroque architecture. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca with its art nouveau houses, and Gallipoli’s underground olive presses, and winding streets above.

Your budget travel to Italy experience is never short on great food and drink. Learn about regional wines on your visit to a Primitivo wine cellar in Manduria. Before returning to Naples, enjoy a leisurely stay in Fasano – surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your affordable Italy tour of the Apulia region of Italy ends where it began – in Naples – where authentic Napoli pizza and espresso await your return!

At a glance

Naples Guided sightseeing

Castel Del Monte Visit

Bari Orientation

Castellana Grotte Visit the limestone caves

Alberobello See the Trulli houses

Lecce Visit

Santa Maria Di Leuca Orientation drive

Gallipoli Visit Frantoio Ipogeo

Manduria Visit a wine cellar

Ostuni Visit

Olive Mill Visit, olive oil tasting and light lunch

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

The first two and last three days were fantastic. Days...

29th September 2017
Mr John Di Paola

The first two and last three days were fantastic. Days three and four were long days in the coach and everything seem shut

Conscientious rep but he did not know the area and...

22nd September 2017
Mr Michael Dickens

Conscientious rep but he did not know the area and we had few local guides. First hotel average, second hotel good. Visits OK but a tour of Lecce with a guide shold have been included. Slightly too long in some towns. Could have spent longer in Matera, which was a highlight. Scenery very samey.

Much was very good and enjoyable, but there were reservations...

22nd September 2017
Mr Christopher Stuart Clark

Much was very good and enjoyable, but there were reservations about the guide.

I loved the Trulli houses and the Matera trip especially....

16th September 2017
Trusted Customer

I loved the Trulli houses and the Matera trip especially. Would have liked to have spent more time in Lecce but the programme was too full. The trip to Santa Maria di Leuca was a disappointment: time spent only at a piazza with a church looking down but you couldn't see the art nouveau villas or beach huts that were too far away. I don't think the coach would have been able to drive past them and we were not offered the opportunity to go and see them.

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15th September 2017
Mr Richard Putnam

The tour director needed to go the extra mile we...

15th September 2017
Mr Rodney Wilson

The tour director needed to go the extra mile we crossed over several times with the Saga group and their rep always went with them ours just took you there and then disappeared and re-appeared when it was time to go.

Very much a trail tour as we soon found out,...

16th June 2017
Mr Nicholas Leslie Jacobs

Very much a trail tour as we soon found out, but really enjoyed it in the end because the group all got on well, and if it wasn't for our tour director Christain it would have failed, he was superb, a great guy, he worked tirelessly to make sure we were all good.

apparently a first tour so a bit experimental , a...

19th May 2017
Mrs Susan Banks

apparently a first tour so a bit experimental , a bit long on the bus sometimes but we were kept interested but we all appreciated that this tour with our helpful comments might be of some use. We all enjoyed the holiday, we were 35 in total which worked very well. Hotels very good

Overview

This regional affordable Italy holiday begins and ends in Naples. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples provides visitors a wealth of folklore, history, and a rich culture of the ages. After a guided sightseeing tour of the city, you’ll be on your way to the Apulia region – the “heel of the boot” of Italy and one of the favourite holiday destinations of the Italian people due to its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting coastline with turquoise waters.

You’ll visit the 13th-century Castel Del Monte on your way to the beautiful port of Bari. Included in your Italy vacation are a number of surprising stops, including the fascinating Castellana Grotte limestone caves, the conical-roofed houses of Alberobello, and Lecce’s baroque architecture. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca with its art nouveau houses, and Gallipoli’s underground olive presses, and winding streets above.

Your budget travel to Italy experience is never short on great food and drink. Learn about regional wines on your visit to a Primitivo wine cellar in Manduria. Before returning to Naples, enjoy a leisurely stay in Fasano – surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your affordable Italy tour of the Apulia region of Italy ends where it began – in Naples – where authentic Napoli pizza and espresso await your return!

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

UK - Naples, Italy

Day
1

Fly to Naples where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Naples – Castel Del Monte – Bari

Day
2

Guided sightseeing this morning gives you an introduction to the eventful history of this city and its traditions. Later, depart Naples and travel into Apulia, the legendary “boot” of Italy. Stop at CASTEL DEL MONTE, built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and renowned for its unique octagonal towers, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Adriatic coastline for an orientation of the beautiful port city of Bari.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bari – Castellana Grotte – Alberobello – Lecce

Day
3

Head to Castellana Grotte to visit the area’s famous limestone CAVES. This impressive system is a wonderland of captivating stalactites, stalagmites, and crystallized mineral deposits. Next stop is Alberobello, renowned for its distinct conical-roofed TRULLI houses. Follow the coastline to lovely Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and marvel at its opulent baroque buildings from the 1600s.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lecce. Excursion to Santa Maria Di Leuca & Gallipoli

Day
4

Spend some time on your own this morning to explore Lecce’s baroque city centre. Then, travel to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Apulia, where you'll discover oriental art nouveau villas and beach huts from the early 20th century. On to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city built on an island in the Ionian Sea. Enjoy the Old Town with its quaint ambiance, winding streets, and inviting squares. Discover FRANTOIO IPOGEO, an underground olive press buried in the tufa rock. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, workers pressed Gallipoli’s olive oil, which was stored in cisterns beneath the Old Town and used to light the city’s oil lamps. Return to Lecce in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lecce – Manduria – Ostuni – Fasano

Day
5

Start the day visting Lecce, the city with a total Baroque look. On to Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region, where you’ll visit a WINE CELLAR and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Next stop is Ostuni, only 42 miles from actual Greece, but characterised by its flat-roofed, white, Greek-looking town centre. Overnight in Fasano, a peaceful town surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic Sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Fasano

Day
6

Today is free to do as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. The impressive “rock city” of Matera is home to the prehistoric sassi cave dwellings, while a guided tour reveals the amazing stone-clad city of Altamura, with free time afterward to stroll through the Old Town on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Fasano - Naples

Day
7

Puglia is famous for its olive trees, and this morning you’ll visit a traditional OLIVE MILL to taste some genuine olive oil, enjoy a light lunch, and stroll around the groves. Later, travel back to Naples for a chance to treat yourself to a real espresso coffee shot or the most authentic pizza.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Naples - UK

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Naples Ramada or Tiempo

Bari The Nicolaus

Lecce Grand Hotel Tizizno e dei Congressi

Fasano Sierra Silvana

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