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Puglia All Inclusive

(Tour code: 17PUF)The coastal gems of undiscovered Italy

Situated in the 'heel' of Italy, lesser-known Puglia is a glorious region of labyrinthine ports, whitewashed villages and ancient historical dwellings. Take in its fabulous attractions during an all-inclusive stay on the coast.


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Tour Highlights
  • Polignano a Mare
  • Locorotondo
  • Martina Franca
  • Guided tour of Lecce
  • Guided tour of Bari
  • Trani, Alberobello & Matera
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    All Inclusive Board Basis
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1

To Bari

Depart on your flight to Bari then transfer to the 4* Pietrablu Resort & Spa, which enjoys a splendid coastal setting close to Polignano a Mare. Your stay is on an all inclusive basis, and after checking in you are free to unwind ahead of dinner.

  • Lunch, Dinner
Polignano a Mare
Day 2

Locorotondo & Polignano a Mare

This morning you visit the beautiful village of Locorotondo, considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in the whole of Italy, offering mesmerising views across the surrounding valley. Continue to Martina Franca, with its stunning Old Town, a warren of narrow lanes where each twist and turn brings you face to face with extravagant baroque architecture. Later enjoy a visit to Polignano a Mare, historically one of the most important ancient settlements in the area, and admire this beautiful little town perched on top of a cliff. Here you are at leisure to explore the centre with its charming pavement cafés or perhaps make a visit to some of the prehistoric caves that litter the coastline here.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Excursions
Basilica di Santa Croce, Lecce
Day 3


Today's excursion is to Lecce, a beautiful city known for its baroque streets, attractive squares and leafy lanes. The rail journey down from Polignano a Mare is impressively scenic; travelling along the coast, the train passes villages of whitewashed houses and olive groves. In Lecce you have a guided tour, with sights including the Piazza del Duomo, the main square dominated by the bell tower of Lecce's cathedral, and the quaint Old Town, before time at leisure to get lost amidst the stone gargoyles and gremlins adorning the unique 17th century buildings.

You could also perhaps visit Lecce's Roman amphitheatre - an archaeological treasure part excavated in 1938 which tells the story of the spectacles on show here to entertain the soldiers stationed in the town.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
Day 4


Enjoy an excursion to Alberobello, a charming town packed with as many as 1,400 'trulli' - peculiar cone-shaped stone houses. These unusual homes line the surrounding hillsides, and have UNESCO World Heritage status. Resembling large stone beehives, they were originally built without any kind of mortar so they could be quickly dismantled and easily rebuilt. This allowed the occupiers to evade tax collectors when word spread of their approach and the countryside here is covered in thousands of trulli. After a half-day tour, your afternoon is at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Excursion
Margherita Theatre, Bari
Day 5

Trani & Bari

Travel to Trani, 'the pearl of Puglia' on your excursion today. You are free to explore this historic fishing town and its harbour, revelling in its casual atmosphere that evokes the nostalgia of 1950s seaside glamour.

Later, you travel to Bari, Puglia's capital where you enjoy a tour of the Old Town, tucked onto a headland edging out into the Adriatic Sea. Home to the city's 11th century church, the Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, Castello Svevo, or 'Swabian Castle', as well as a couple of grand piazzas, you'll be transported back in time as you hear about the stories that rose this old port city to economic prominence.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 6


Your tour today visits remote Matera, a town in Basilicata set in a small canyon. Much less visited than other destinations in Puglia, Matera best known for its 'Sassi' - ancient troglodyte caves used as dwellings since the Palaeolithic era. Over the last decade many of the Sassi have been adapted into fantastic houses, hotels and restaurants and you enjoy a guided tour before an afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Now deserted, these dwellings were inhabited as recently as the 1980s and are a wonderfully-well preserved reminder of the past, so much so that in 1993 they were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Excursions
Polignano A Mare
Days 7-8

At Leisure

You are free to relax at the hotel today, why not head to the private beach and relax before your journey tomorrow, soaking up the last of the Italian atmosphere. This evening enjoy a final group meal together.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
Flight back to the UK
Day 8

Homeward Bound

After breakfast this morning, check out and transfer to Bari airport for the flight back to the UK, where your tour comes to an end.

  • Breakfast
  • Scheduled Flight

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