Puglia – Discover the Heel of Italy

Resort: Puglia - Discover the Heel of Italy
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Italy
Price From: £1549.00

Overview

With countryside thats blanketed with olive groves, a collection of historic cities and fairytale towns, and a coastline stretching for 800-odd kilometres, Puglia is a rich region filled with simple pleasures. Well spend eight days winding through its quiet landscapes, discovering baroque Lecce (the Florence of the South) and the traditional trulli houses of Alberobello. Well even stretch into the neighbouring region of Basilicata to visit Matera and explore its ancient cave dwellings.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 5 dinners (days 1, 3-5 and 7)

11 excursions and visits

  • Guided tours of Lecce, Otranto and Matera
  • Visits to Ostuni (with olive oil tasting), Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello (with wine tasting), Bari and Ruvo du Puglia
  • Excursions to Castellana Caves and Castel del Monte

Plus

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

 

PUG map

 

Itinerary

Day 1 UK – Bari – Otranto

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Bari. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in Otranto.

 

Day 2 Lecce – Otranto

This morning, well head to Lecce for a guided walking tour. Known as the Florence of the South for its baroque architecture, well view inside the cathedral and the Basilica di Santa Croce. After admiring the citys honey-stone palazzi, well make our way back to Otranto.

Here, well step inside the magnificent Romanesque cathedral. It houses a vast mosaic floor dating back to 1166, which depicts a multi-coloured Tree of Life amongst other scenes of myths and legends.

  • Guided walking tour of Lecce, including entrance to the cathedral and Basilica di Santa Croce (morning)
  • Guided tour of Otranto (afternoon)

 

Day 3 Ostuni – Cisternino – Alberobello

This morning we travel to Ostuni, a city which has been occupied since the Stone Age.

Commonly known as the white city’, Ostunis hilltop citadel is encased in white walls and surrounded by white-painted architecture. The 15th-century cathedral is distinctive for the green, yellow and white slate tiles that encase it and the nearby buildings.

We enjoy an olive oil tasting before travelling on to Alberobello, with a break to stretch our legs in Cisternino, a historic whitewashed town.

  • Visits to Ostuni (with olive oil tasting) and Cisternino (all day)

 

Day 4 Locorotondo – Alberobello

Explore the pretty, whitewashed maze of Locorotondo, before we drive to Alberobello (theres a 15-minute walk to the town from the coach). Dozens of quirky trulli – circular, conical-roofed houses – can be found in and around the town. We visit a winery here for a wine tasting accompanied by some local products.

  • Visits to Locorotondo and Alberobello, with wine tasting (morning)

 

Day 5 Matera – Altamura

Today we travel to the 2019 European Capital of Culture, Matera, famous for its sassi – neighbourhoods of ancient cave dwellings. Monks first created this maze of living spaces and churches as they sought refuge from infidels at the end of the first millennium. Miraculously, they are still largely intact.

After our guided tour of the rock church and caves, we make our way to Altamura – a town famous for it’s delicious style of bread. We’ll enjoy a tasting of local wine and freshly baked focaccia, before returning to our hotel.

  • Guided half-day tour of Matera and bread tasting in Altamura (all day)

 

Day 6 Castellana Caves – Bari – Polignano a Mare

We journey to the Castellana Caves today, a series of limestone caverns accidentally discovered in 1938. A guide will accompany you as you descend to explore the caves.

We then travel to the old port city of Bari. The RomanesqueBasilica di San Nicola is dedicated to St Nicholas, or Father Christmas, and was built to house his remains (which still lie in the crypt). As part of the magical Christmas build up here, the local children write letters to St Nicholas and place them in the crypt, before joining a special church service dedicated to them.

We continue to Polignano a Mare, where well explore this pretty coastal town before arriving at our hotel for the next two nights.

  • Excursion to Castellana Caves (morning)

 

Day 7 Trani – Castel del Monte

This morning we depart for Trani for time at leisure to explore the historic centre, stroll along the yacht-lined marina and perhaps visit the castle of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II.

Well then continue for a guided tour of Castel del Monte, built by Frederick II in the mid-13th century. Most probably intended as a hunting lodge, it crowns a medieval hilltop village.

  • Excursion to Trani and Castel del Monte (all day)

 

Day 8 Polignano a Mare – Bari – UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Sign up to get exclusive deals and the latest news direct to your inbox!

    Read what our customers have to say about us...

    Speak to our Travel Expert
    0161 755 3081
    holidays@aspentravel.co.uk