Apulia, the Heel of Italy

  • 8 Days

  • Mediterranean

Take the road less travelled on this authentic Italy adventure that sees you wine tasting at a village winery, sampling locally pressed olive oil and exploring the history behind the region’s beautifully preserved ancient buildings.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
Service charges
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 6th May 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Overview

Take the road less travelled on this authentic Italy adventure that sees you wine tasting at a village winery, sampling locally pressed olive oil and exploring the history behind the region’s beautifully preserved ancient buildings.

At a glance

  • Grottaglie Experience the processing of terracotta in this pottery town.
  • Santa Maria di Leuca Discover Oriental Art Nouveau villas and beach huts from the last century.
  • Manduria Village Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at a local winery.
  • Alberobello Explore the area’s unique ‘trulli’ houses, constructed with a prehistoric building technique.
  • Puglia Visit an olive oil mill and sample the produce.

Day 1

UK - Naples

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Naples - Castel del Monte - Bari

Start this southern Italy discovery with a guided city sightseeing tour of Naples. Find out more about the eventful history of this city and all its traditions and peculiar beliefs. Make your way into Apulia and stop at Castel del Monte, a famous castle 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. On arrival in Bari, enjoy an orientation of this beautiful port city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Bari - Castellana Grottos - Alberobello - Lecce

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 of dry stone walls and 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. Follow the coast to Lecce.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Lecce - Santa Maria di Leuca - Gallipoli - Lecce

If Puglia were a movie, Lecce would be cast in the starring role. Bequeathed with a generous stash of baroque buildings by its 17th-century architects, the city has a very distinct charm. Spend some time visiting the city centre on your own. Later, drive to 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. Carry on to 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. Return to Lecce in the late afternoon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Lecce - Manduria - Grottaglie - Ostuni - Fasano

Depart Lecce this morning and travel to Manduria. This village lies in the wine-growing region of Primitivo, where you’ll visit a winery for a tasting experience. Continue to Grottaglie, an amazing town, aptly named after the ravines and caves dug as refuges, dating back to prehistoric times. An impressive castle from the 14th century dominates the area. Grottaglie is also known for its pottery and you can witness the processing of Terra Cotta. Carry on to Fasano, a lovely resort area set on a hill surrounded by a forested area of oaks, pines, cypresses and chestnut trees.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Fasano

Enjoy a day at leisure at the hotel or sign up for the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. Matera is an impressive ancient “Rock City” in the neighbouring region of Basilicata. Here you will 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Fasano - Naples

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. Later, slowly make your way back to Naples to spend the last night of your tour.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Naples - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Naples: M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo or Ramada
  • Bari: Nicolaus
  • Lecce: Tiziano
  • Fasano: Sierra Silvana

Notes

  • The following entrance fees are to be paid locally. Gallipoli Castle €3 Bari Castle & food tasting €10 Matera cave church & house €5 Castellana Grottos €12 Ostuni Museum & Cathedral €6.
  • Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Latest customer reviews

29th September 2017

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

22nd September 2017

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.

22nd September 2017

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

16th September 2017

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.

15th September 2017

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.

16th June 2017

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.

19th May 2017

Disorganised trip. Tours missed out. Incompetent tour guide

19th May 2017

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

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