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Uncover labyrinthine ports, white-washed villages and ancient dwellings

8 days From £1,099 per person
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Flexible Booking

Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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No Solo Supplement

No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures. 

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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Itinerary

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Hotel

Pietrablu Resort and Spa, Polignano a Mare

Pietrablu Resort and Spa, Polignano a Mare

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Reviews

4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 61 reviews

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Sansom

5 stars

Submitted 01 Nov 2021

Good holiday. Visits to many interesting places in Puglia over the course of one week. Good leader and well organised holiday.

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Barbara

5 stars

Submitted 31 Oct 2021

I had a wonderful holiday in Puglia with delicious food, interesting trips, comfortable accommodation and an excellent tour guide called Lydia. It was stressful having to complete paperwork and have Covid tests but it was well worth it!

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G Cooper

5 stars

Submitted 31 Oct 2021

Well organised from start to finish, Lydia our guide could not do enough to make sure everything went smoothly, with a pre holiday phone call to make sure you were well prepared and had everything in order and contact when you got home to make sure you got there safely. Puglia is a beautiful region of Italy with plenty to explore, hotel was very nice but a little isolated, but this didn’t cause any real problems.

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Mr Iain MacLeod

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2021

I was surprised not more rail journeys.

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MR W WALLACE

4 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2021

THe Puglia trip was a fantastic way to see this beautiful area of Italy. We managed to visit most of the tourist attractions and our Tour manager made sure everyone had a good time. The accommodation was good, although not 4 star. The food was excellent but it was let down by the barnlike cafeteria which had no atmosphere. There were not enough staff to make the served buffet a pleasant experience.

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Judith

4 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2021

The daily excursions are well chosen and well conducted. This is an excellent way to discover some remarkable historic towns in a part of Italy off the beaten track. The isolated resort hotel accommodation is satisfactory, but its vast size must house several hundred tourists, resulting in crowded restaurant space. The tour includes full board with unlimited wine and beer, and the Italian food is varied and always of a high standard.

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