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Puglia All Inclusive

4.4 stars(52 reviews)

The coastal gems of undiscovered Italy

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8 days From £999 per person
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No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures. 

2021 Tour code: 21PUF

About the tour

Sat in the 'heel' of Italy, Puglia is a glorious region of labyrinthine ports, white-washed villages and ancient dwellings. Take in its Baroque cities and soak up the culture of this unique destination.


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Day 1 - London & Bari

Meet at London Gatwick and board your flight to Bari. On arrival, transfer by coach to the 4* Pietrablu Resort & Spa, boasting a splendid coastal setting close to Polignano a Mare. Puglia is nicknamed the 'wine cellar of Italy', and you might notice that railway lines run through the middle of vineyards and olive groves. The region's rugged, bright coastline is home to secluded, deserted beaches - landing points for 2,000 years - and there is an unhurried and relaxed way of life here.

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

Visit the beautiful village of Locorotondo this morning, 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. Your next stop is Polignano a Mare, historically one of the most important settlements in the area. Admire this beautiful little town perched on top of a cliff from a charming pavement café, or perhaps visit some of the prehistoric caves that litter the coastline.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Lecce

Today's excursion is to Lecce, a beautiful city known for its Baroque streets, attractive squares, and leafy lanes. The rail journey from Polignano a Mare is impressively scenic; travelling along the coast, the train passes villages of white-washed houses and olive groves. In Lecce, discover the Piazza del Duomo, the main square dominated by the bell tower of Lecce's cathedral, and the quaint Old Town on a guided walking tour. This is followed by a traditional Leccese coffee and pastry. With a free afternoon, why not visit the Roman amphitheatre - an archaeological treasure where gladiator tournaments entertained the stationed troops?

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Alberobello

Transfer to Alberobello by coach, 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 mortar so they could be quickly dismantled and easily rebuilt, allowing occupants to evade tax collectors. After exploring, return to Polignano a Mare for some free time.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Bari

Travel to Bari, Puglia's capital, for a tour of the Old Town, tucked on a headland edging into the Adriatic Sea. Home to the city's 11th-century church, the Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, and Swabian Castle, as well as a couple of grand piazzas, you'll be transported back in time as you hear the stories of this old port city. Afterwards, you have time to explore at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 - Matera

Today takes you to remote Matera, a town set in a small canyon. Much less visited than other destinations in the area, Matera is best known for its 'sassi' - ancient troglodyte 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.

Day 7 is free to relax at the hotel. Perhaps head to the hotel's private beach before your journey tomorrow and soak up the last of the Italian sunshine.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Bari & London

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

  • Breakfast
Flight back to the UK

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, Contrada Fontanelle

Pietrablu Resort and Spa, Contrada Fontanelle

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 52 reviews

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Mr John Evans

3 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2020

The resort was fairly basic and more suited to families. The main problem was the dining area. It was more like a canteen than a restaurant. The buffet was a good distance from where we were seated although the food was reasonable.

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Mr Brian Edmunds

5 stars

Submitted 30 Oct 2020

Having researched the holiday completly before travel it deliverd as of stated. The skills of the tour manager where first class.

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Mr John Haynes

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2020

It was an excellent tour to a wonderful part of the world. The accommodation was very spacious and comfortable, the food was generally very good also although the weekend had an Italian family Invasion. Our Tour manager couldn't have been bettered. The downsides were BA flights in and out 100% full and our shock of travelling on the London tube also near to capacity. Great weathered added to our enjoyment.

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Mr Peter Davies

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2020

A difficult holiday to organise in COVID times but Rail Discoveries turned up trumps

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Mr M English

5 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2019

Excellent value. Superb tour manager.

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Mr D Baker

4 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2019

All arrangements went smoothly, the accommodation at the Pietrablu resort was comfortable and well appointed, the food was outstanding. The facilities were excellent including outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi as well as sauna, steam room and showers for free. Massage and other treatments were available at a price. Drinks were also included all day. Pietrablu is situated on a rocky beach, so sea swimming was also available. The location of the accommodation was rather remote but there was a free bus service to the local port. The tours were interesting and well planned, with time for exploring as well as conducted visits. It is a most interesting part of Italy and well worth visiting. I would have given it 5 stars but for the inconvenience of the very early start.

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