Puglia off the Beaten Track

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • 12 April–19 April 2021 – Just added
  • 31 August–07 September 2021 – Just added
8 days
from £1,695 pp
Tour code: AGT1231/AGT1240

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    Tour Code AGT1231/AGT1240
    Max Group Size 26
    Single Supplement £300
    Start/End Point Bari / Bari
    Tour Manager Sharon Kivity

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    Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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    Immerse yourself in a region of UNESCO World Heritage sites, delicious gastronomy, and hospitable locals on our flagship Puglia tour, now in its fourth year. Experience the authentic Puglian accommodation and southern Italian charm on this tour to one of Italy’s best kept secrets.

    Often known as the ‘heel of Italy’s boot’, Puglia is a region that encapsulates authentic and unpolished Southern Italian life. One of Italy’s ‘off the beaten track’ destinations, Puglia is becoming renowned as a melting pot of excellent culture, history, and gastronomy. The people of the region are known for their warm hospitality and their friendly nature that will welcome you on your tour from beginning to end.

    Not only will you visit Matera, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site known for the famous caves of the Sassi, but you will also stay in the UNESCO town of Alberobello, home of the trulli. Immerse yourself in traditional Puglia life by staying in your own trullo, each with a unique identity and character. From your base in Alberobello, visit the surrounding highlights of Puglia including the Baroque treasure of Lecce, the picturesque seafront town of Monopoli, and the views over the Puglian fields from the hilltop at Locorotondo. You also have the opportunity to sample local focaccia and mozzarella in a private tasting at a quaint masseria during this tour of the unspoilt and authentic Italy.

    Words from Your Tour Manager…

    I am fascinated by Puglia’s history, which is inextricably linked with successive waves of invaders. They came because of Puglia’s strategic position and its remarkably fertile soil; indeed, for the Romans, Puglia was the bread basket of its empire. This well-paced tour is the perfect opportunity to explore Puglia’s rich heritage, its beautiful towns and villages and picturesque countryside.We also eat our way around the region, with some fabulous meals using local produce and washed down with good Puglian vino! Puglia was, until recently, a relatively unknown part of Italy but is fast becoming a fashionable destination, so this is the ideal time to explore it before it gets too well-known. People here are remarkably welcoming and friendly, and for those with long memories and previous good experience of Italy, this region is still a gem of authenticity. Our lovely base is in Alberobello, and you will find within a day that people recognise and greet you as you stroll though the charming town. This tour is one of my all time favourites, and I am confident it will become one of yours too!

    Sharon Kivity

    Highlights

    • Stay in traditional Puglian accommodation, each with a unique identity
    • Mozzarella and focaccia tastings at a local masseria
    • Visit Matera, a stunning UNESCO town famous for its Sassi caves
    • Taste the fresh seafood, olive oil and wine that Puglia has to offer
    • Full day to Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’

    What’s Included

    • Return flights from London to Puglia (April: Gatwick – Bari & September: Heathrow – Brindisi)
    • Seven nights in unique and traditional Puglian accommodation
    • Daily breakfast, three lunches and five evening meals
    • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
    • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
    • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival (L, D)

    Arrival. Stop for an afternoon exploration of the fishing town of Trani on our April departure, or of the city of Brindisi on our September departure. These harbourside settings host a seafood lunch before transferring to Alberobello to check in to our traditional accommodation.

    After check-in and time to freshen up, enjoy a light evening meal at the nearby Trattoria Terra Madre, which prides itself on using organic produce grown on-site.

    Overnight: Alberobello

    Day 2 - Alberobello (B, L, D)

    Morning guided walking tour around the UNESCO town of Alberobello before transferring to the nearby ‘Masseria Aglio-Piccolo’. This countryside location affords an opportunity to witness how local mozzarella and focaccia are produced, followed by a light lunch in the Masseria itself.

    We will then return to Alberobello and enjoy some free time before heading to one of the town’s superb local trattorie for dinner.

    Overnight: Alberobello

    Day 3 - At leisure (B)

    Day at leisure for a chance to explore, discover or just sit and watch the world go by.

    Overnight: Alberobello

    Day 4 - Matera (B, D)

    Today offers a full-day excursion to the stunning UNESCO town of Matera, used for the filming of The Passion of the Christ and Ben-Hur, amongst many other stories of the silver screen. The town boasts some captivating churches; however, the real highlight is the cave dwellings of the Sassi quarter where the local inhabitants lived and worked for their entire lives.

    Overnight: Alberobello

    Day 5 - Locorotondo / Ostuni (B, D)

    Depart to Locorotondo and the hilltop ‘white town’ of Ostuni in the Valle d’Itria. Enjoy a short walk around its charming whitewashed historic centre whilst admiring the far-reaching views across to the sea.

    En route back to Alberobello, stop at a medieval masseria to sample some of the famous Puglian olive oil.

    Overnight: Alberobello

    Day 6 - Polignano a Mare (B, L)

    Short drive to Polignano a Mare, a pretty Puglian village built on a promontory entirely surrounded by sea. Enjoy time exploring before continuing to Monopoli, with its interesting churches, castle and harbourside. Lunch will be taken at an authentic, local seafood trattoria.

    Overnight: Alberobello

    Day 7 - Lecce (B, D)

    Depart to the baroque treasure that is Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’. Guided walk around this beautiful city with its vibrant historic centre teeming with street cafes and shops. The main sights include the Basilica di Santa Croce and the breath-taking Piazza Duomo, as well as the many hidden Roman remains. The afternoon is at leisure

    Overnight: Alberobello

    Day 8 - Departure (B)

    Transfer to the airport for departure.

    Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £300 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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