Puglia & The South - Undiscovered Italy 2018
7 nights. May - October 2018. From £909.00.
Enjoy rest and relaxation on the Adriatic
Full of included highlights, this hugely enjoyable holiday, based on the shores of the Adriatic, lifts the veil on a fascinating region of Italy. Discover ancient, whitewashed Cisternino, stunning hill-town Ostuni, Alberobello and its conical trulli houses, and visit the extraordinary caves at Matera. A visit to Baroque gem Lecce and opportunities, on an optional excursion, to discover Castellana's famous cave network, wine-producing Locorotondo and elegant Martina Franca, complete a wonderful stay.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Spend seven nights above the blue Adriatic Sea
Enjoy some relaxed days at leisure at the comfortable hotel
Visit white-washed, medieval Cisternino
Witness hilltop Ostuni's white walls gleaming in the Italian sun
See Alberobello's traditional, conical Trulli houses
Discover and explore Baroque treasure-chest Lecce
Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Matera's sassi cave-dwellings
The chance to visit the fascinating Castellana Caves and historic, circular Locorontodo on an optional excursion
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel del Levante, Torre Canne
Return flights to Bari
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supllement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Bari, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the beach-side hotel in Torre Canne, settling in to your comfortable surroundings and perhaps enjoying a refreshing drink on the terrace before dinner this evening.
Today is free to rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings. Make the most of the water's edge location, perhaps take a dip in the pool, pay a visit to the hotel's fitness centre or simply curl up with a book on a terrace or in a lounge. The energetic might rent a bicycle from the hotel, or stroll into the nearby fishing port and small resort of Torre Canne, with its tiny harbour and working lighthouse.
The first of the included excursions is a perfect introduction to the unique region of Puglia, or Apulia, beginning with a visit to the whitewashed village of Cisternino, at the gateway to the beautiful, wine-producing Itrian Valley.
Boasting a time-weathered medieval quarter of narrow streets and ancient stone palaces, this typically Apulian settlement is a delightful curtain raiser to the stunning hill-town of Ostuni, one of southern Italy's most sparkling jewels, with its whitewashed houses and cobbled streets set on three hills. Perfect for wandering, the town's maze of alleyways opens out over some spectacular views, while the old town's beautiful squares offer several bars and cafes from which to watch the world go by.
Leaving Ostuni, travel back across a vine and olive-covered landscape, dotted with conical trulli houses, to Alberobello. Here, hundreds of these whitewashed, tapered, grey-roofed buildings cluster together to create one of Italy's most arresting sites. Return to Torre Canne for dinner, at the end of a fascinating day.
The Baroque treasure-chest of Lecce, with its Roman remains, is one of Southern Italy's most appealing cities. Today's included tour will include the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this historic trading centre, where elegant buildings, ornate churches and marbled courtyards reflect the town's past importance. Explore the old town, which surrounds the ruins of a great Roman amphitheatre, before returning to Torre Canne in time for dinner.
Today is another, in which to rest and relax at the hotel, perhaps enjoying a dip in the pool or the sea, catching some sun in the hotel's gardens, or curling up with a book in one of the hotel's many cool lounges.
Perhaps saving the best of the included excursions till last, today sees you head into the neighbouring province of Basilicata, to the enthralling town of Matera, a cultured oasis in the sparsely populated landscape, and famed for its extraordinary sassi. This maze of ancient troglodyte cave-dwellings was inhabited as recently as 40 years ago
and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arriving in time for lunch (payable locally), you'll have the opportunity to discover the history of this fascinating place, with its chiese rupestri - churches hewn from the rocks - and wander through Matera's ancient streets and colourful piazza. After a fascinating day you'll head back into Puglia and return to the shores of the blue Adriatic.
A final day brings the opportunity to rest and relax at the hotel or in Torre Canne, or to join an optional excursion, which will head back into the Apulian countryside, to first pay a visit to the extraordinary caves at Castellana, an underground network of towering stalagmites and stalactites and vast, cool caverns formed over the centuries. Wrap up warm in the cool temperatures before emerging to enjoy a visit to the majestic, whitewashed, circular hill-town of Locorotondo, with its surrounding vineyards famed for their crisp white wines. A visit is made to a local cellar for the opportunity to taste the local production, as well as some regional specialities, before an enjoyable day is completed with a short call in the historic town of Martina Franca,
where an enthralling Baroque heart is hidden behind the modern buildings of the new town. Return to Torre Canne for a last evening at the hotel.
Bid Arrivederci to your Apulian hosts, and re-board the coach for the transfer back to Bari Airport and the return flight to the UK, at the end of a holiday in a truly magical corner of Italy.Back to top
AccommodationHotel Del Levante
Just steps from the blue Adriatic, and boasting its own beach in addition to its swimming pools and ample sun terraces, this hotel is the perfect place to relax.
In addition to its outdoor facilities, the hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a comfortable lounge.
The rooms are comfortable and air-conditioned, and each has free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, a telephone and a hairdryer. Rooms with balconies, or with balconies and sea views, are available for a supplement.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from Bari Airport to the hotel is approximately one hour.
Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Meals in Italy
Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Italian hotel room tax
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.Back to top