6 nights / 7 days.
Puglia has some of the brightest seas, most diverse architecture, most mouthwatering cuisine in all of Italy. The characteristic trullo, rural homes resembling a whitewashed beehive made of small limestone slabs stacked without mortar, with a cone surmounted by pagan or religious symbols, are scattered among olive groves and huge prickly pear cacti in a huddle in and around Alberobello.
Locorotondo is a round nest of a village where everything is white except for the bright splashes of red flowers that overtake its wrought-iron balconies. Ostuni is even more blinding, though a sea breeze caresses you as you hike up and down its steep inclines and marvel at the sculpted baroque portals on its whitewashed houses. But you haven't seen Baroque in all its theatrical, indulgent, luxuriant excess until you've spent a day among the wreaths of fruit and the women sculpted on the golden limestone churches and palaces of Lecce.
Polignano a Mare in the ancient town centre
Locorotondo in luxury Trulli , characteristic of the Val'D'Itria
Castel del Monte
Matera in Basilicata
Private transfer from Bari Airport or station on arrival
Breakfast every day
4 days half board
All transport as per the itinerary
Accompaniment throughout by a local tour leader
Group transfer from the accommodation to Bari Airport
SUN 21 - SAT 27 APRIL
SUN 19 - SAT 25 MAY
SUN 23 - SAT 29 JUN
SUN 15 - SAT 21 SEP
SUN 06 - 12 OCT
SUN 17 - SAT 23 NOV
Arrival & private transfers
Day 1 Sunday Aperitivi and Dinner are included in the day o'night Polignano a Mare
A private transfer will be arranged from Bari Airport or station to nearby Monopoli, a delightful port just south of Bari.
You stay in a 5 star seaside resort in a 16th century fortress, walking distance to the historical centre.
Meet in the hotel courtyard at 5pm for an introductory talk and aperativi in the town's delightful piazza followed by a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
Trani & Castel Del Monte
Day 2 Monday Breakfast and Lunch is included in the day o'night Polignano a Mare
Drive to Trani by the sea with its beautiful port and impressive Norman cathedral. After lunch by Trani's port, we drive to Castel del Monte, the Emperor Frederick II's mysterious octagonal castle and hunting lodge which inspired the library in Umberto Eco’s novel “The Name of the Rose”. Your evening in Monopoli is at leisure.
Polignano a Mare, Bari & Giovinazzo
Day 3 Tuesday Breakfast and Lunch are included in the day o'night Polignano a Mare
We spend the day visiting Polignano al Mare, Bari’s historical centre and Giovinazzo, some of Puglia's most evocative seaside towns clinging to the cliff faces of the Adriatic sea.
Alberobello, Locorotondo & Martina Franca
Day 4 Wednesday Breakfast and Dinner are included in the day o'night in Trulli at Locorotondo
This morning we will transfer to new accommodation staying in Trulli in the countryside of the Val d’Itria. On the way we will drive through some of Puglia’s most evocative landscape, the area of the famous Trulli, conical stone structures originally built in dry stone which dot the landscape. We visit Alberobello to see a whole town of trulli, after which we settle into our own trulli accommodation just outside the town of Locorotondo. You stay in private rooms and apartments which spread throughout the resort, where there is a large pool. All rooms have completely separate entrances and private bathrooms, and are furnished in a simple, elegant style.
We visit Locorotondo & Martina Franca in the afternoon. Dinner is at the accommodation
Day 5 Thursday Breakfast and dinner are included in the day o'night in Trulli at Locorotondo
Known for it's historic centre called the Sassi, City of Stone that is made up of a complex of houses, churches, monasteries and hermitages built into natural caves, and has been used as the backdrop for several films including the Passion of Christ. With the help of the Italian government, UNESCO, and Hollywood the city has emerged from recent desperate poverty to be listed as World Heritage the European Culture Capitol in 2019. Located in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, the first inhabitants date from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history. Dinner at the accommodation.
Lecce & Ostuni
Day 6 Friday Breakfast and dinner are included in the day o'night in Trulli at Locorotondo
Lecce is an historic Baroque city in the heart of the Salento Region of Puglia and is often nicknamed The Florence of the South because of its abundant art and culture, apparent in its extraordinarily elaborate Spanish Baroque cathedral and ambitious public buildings. Guided visit in the town and free time for lunch
In the afternoon visit the town of Ostuni, known as the “white fortress”. The afternoon is free to enjoy the delights of the town. Farewell cocktails & dinner at the accommodation
Day 7 Saturday Breakfast
Transfer to Bari airport or station where the tour officially ends at around 10am.
Alternative transfers can be arranged however additional charges will apply.
The program may be altered to accommodate seasonal variations and activities, including local festivals. However the essential content of the itinerary will remain the same. B L D means that breakfast, lunch and/or dinner will be included that day.
6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS
Staying in Polignano a Mare & Locorotondo
STARTING FROM: Bari Airport
PRICE: EUR 2350 per person in double
Single rooms are available for EUR 2850
10% additional supplement for July/ August, and for private tours.
Dates on request for min 4 pax
The Accommodation in Monopoli
The Accommodation in Trulli in Locorotondo
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with Puglia, Basilicata, Abruzzo