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Puglia All Inclusive

4.4 stars(110 reviews)

Uncover labyrinthine ports, white-washed villages and ancient dwellings in Italy's sun-soaked southern heel

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8 days From £1,099 per person
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2022 Tour code: 22PUF

About the tour

Sat in the 'heel' of Italy, Puglia is a glorious region made up of labyrinthine ports, white-washed villages and ancient dwellings. On this holiday, take in striking Baroque cities and soak up the captivating culture of this unique destination.


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Day 1 - London & Bari

Meet at London Gatwick or travel to your local airport for your flight to Bari. On arrival, transfer to your hotel close to Polignano a Mare. Puglia is known as the 'wine cellar of Italy', and offers picture-perfect landscapes of lush vineyards and olive groves. The region's rugged coastline is home to charming secluded beaches that have served as landing points for around 2,000 years. Alongside this rich historical intrigue, you'll find an unhurried and relaxed way of life here.

  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 - Locorotondo & Polignano a Mare

Discover the beautiful village of Locorotondo, which offers mesmerising views across the surrounding valley, before continuing to Martina Franca. With its stunning Old Town, where each twist and turn brings you face to face with extravagant Baroque architecture, enjoy free time to look around. After lunch, return to Polignano a Mare. The beautiful town is perched on top of a limestone cliff overlooking the sparkling blue ocean.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Lecce

Visit Lecce, a city known for its Baroque architecture, attractive squares and leafy lanes. Take the train from Polignano a Mare, a scenic journey that whisks you along the coast, passing white-washed villages and dense olive groves. In Lecce, a walking tour introduces you to the Piazza del Duomo, the impressive main square dominated by the bell tower of the cathedral, and the quaint Old Town. To round off your tour, you're treated to a taste of the region with a Leccese coffee and pastry. With a free afternoon, you could visit the Roman amphitheatre, an archaeological treasure where mighty gladiator tournaments were once held.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Alberobello

Travel to Alberobello, a charming town famous for its UNESCO-listed trulli; curious cone-shaped houses. These unusual historic homes are a must-see in Puglia. Originally built without any mortar so they could be quickly dismantled and easily rebuilt, allowing occupants to evade tax collectors, they're now emblematic of the region. Time to explore here allows you to step back in time to an almost forgotten era of Italy, admiring the white-washed stone houses that spread out towards the surrounding hillsides - a wonderful sight. Later, return to Polignano a Mare for some free time.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Bari

Head to Bari, Puglia's capital and a city overflowing with cultural charms. Discover the gorgeous Old Town, tucked on a headland edging into the Adriatic Sea, on a guided tour. Home to the city's 11th-century church, the Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, and a Swabian Castle, as well some stunning grand piazzas, find yourself transported back in time as you hear the stories of this old port city. Afterwards, you have time to explore at your own pace. Perhaps get acquainted with the city's thriving street food scene, or settle down in a stylish restaurant or bar for a glass of local wine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Matera

Uncover remote Matera, a fascinating town set in a small canyon. Much less visited than other destinations in the area, Matera is best known for its 'sassi' - a complex of ancient caves used as dwellings since the Palaeolithic era. Still inhabited until as recently as the 1950s, they're UNESCO-listed and many have been adapted into houses, hotels and restaurants. Enjoy a guided tour of the sassi before a free afternoon. Perhaps stop off at one of the cave churches, carved out by monks and decorated with Byzantine rock murals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Polignano a Mare

Enjoy a day free to relax at the hotel. You could head to the hotel's private beach and spend a tranquil day soaking up the Italian sunshine. Or, head into Polignano a Mare itself where you could lose yourself in the winding streets, admire the views from a pavement café while trying some local cuisine, or perhaps visit the prehistoric caves that dot the coastline.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Bari & home

After breakfast, you check out and transfer to Bari airport for your flight to London Gatwick or your local airport.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Pietrablu Resort and Spa, Polignano a Mare

Pietrablu Resort and Spa, Polignano a Mare

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 110 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 4/Jul

Great tour of beautiful Puglia with a fabulous tour manager (Ricardo) and wonderful group.

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Ray Newby

5 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

This holiday was absolutely superb in all respects. We had a great tour manager in Conny who joined us at Bari airport as our original guide couldn't make the trip. The hotel was very good with an excellent choice of food and very good facilities including three swimming pools and it's own private beach where you could swim in the sea. We had a small group of 25 people who all got along very well. The hotel was all inclusive so no need to pay for beers, wines or spirits. There were a lot of dispensers for soft drinks as well. The daily excursions were very well organised and the local guides very knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed the visit to Matera. We did two excursions by train, one to Lecce and one to Bari. This is most definitely a trip I can highly recommend.

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Mr Gray

5 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Brilliant break

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John Moriarty

4 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Fantastic hotel and location, but excursions to three sites on first day was punitive. One rail journey cancelled because of strike (local people said that they hadn't heard of one)and the one to Bari was unreserved seating and standing all the way. Railway Experience.

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Heather Willis

5 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

Lovely holiday, beautiful area and hotel far exceeded my expectations. Food was excellent.

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Jennifer Zasikowska-French

4 stars

Submitted 26/Jun

The tour met our expectations, the resort very inclusive with everything for everybody - all ages. Local guides were very knowledgeable. Our Tour Manager, Connie, deserves promotion and lots of extra pay for stepping in at the last minute. Good weather was a real bonus and I was able to speak my limited Italian with the very patient resort staff.

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