Apulia, the Heel of Italy

Offer

Price per person
from £1,124

Price based on
London Luton
3rd Jun 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 8 days

  • Italy

  • Classic escorted tour

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.
Apulia, the Heel of Italy map

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Disorganised trip. Tours missed out. Incompetent tour guide...

19th May 2017
Trusted Customer

Disorganised trip. Tours missed out. Incompetent tour guide

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

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.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Lecce area

Day
1

Fly to Bari 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:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuca - Lecce

Day
2

Guided sightseeing this morning gives you a proper 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Brindisi - Manduria - Grottaglie - Fasano

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fasano - Bari - Castel del Monte - Fasano

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fasano - Matera - Altamura - Fasano

Day
5

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. In the evening return to the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fasano - Castellana Grottos - Alberobello - Fasano

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fasano - Ostuni - Fasano

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fasano - UK

Day
8

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

  • 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.

Hotels

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


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

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