Undiscovered Italy - Highlights of Puglia
- Explore Italy on this authentic 7-night holiday to the famous, coastal Puglia region.
- Stay in the charming, historic towns of Ostuni or Martina Franca.
- Sample the flavours & history of Puglia with a full day trip to Locorotondo, Alberobello & Martina Franca.
- Enjoy an optional trip to the city of Matera, whose architecture is carved into the surrounding mountain.
- Explore baroque facades & an ancient Roman amphitheatre in the city of Lecce on a full day trip.
- Take in the stunning Adriatic coastline on a visit to Puglia’s most beautiful seaside towns, Bari & Trani.
- Relax with plenty of leisure time to enjoy the Italian “Dolce far Niente” or “sweetness of doing nothing”.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Puglia
Travel with us to discover the enchanting region of Puglia, on the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’. On this Italy tour, we’ll have plenty of time to explore both the culture and the heritage of this area including landmark cities like Lecce - the ‘Florence of the South’, Bari with its atmospheric seaport, and the unspoiled heritage towns of Trani and Ostuni. We’ll discover sandy beaches, rolling green hilltops with panoramic views and incredible art and architecture. Known for its superb olive oils and wines, Puglia has its own unique cuisine, including the famous ‘orecchiette’ pasta. We’ll have the opportunity to sample some of these local flavours on a full day excursion to Locorotondo for regional wines, Alberobello for homegrown produce, and Martina Franca for fresh olive oil. With a convenient direct flight from Dublin to Bari, there’s never been a better time to discover this unique part of Italy!
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Italy
Transfer to Hotel
Depart for Bari today where we will be met on arrival by our expert guide, who will accompany us on the transfer to our hotel.
Locorotondo, Alberobello & Martina Franca
Full Day Guided Excursion
Join us for a full day excursion exploring this unique region of Italy!
We set off from our hotel this morning for an excursion to Locorotondo, a village renowned for its wine production and characterful streets. We will savour a tasting at one of the local wine cellars before moving on to Alberobello, known for its UNESCO protected conical-shaped Trulli constructions. We’ll sample some more local flavours with olive oil tasting in Martina Franca, before returning to our hotel.
At Leisure or Optional Excursion to Matera
Free Time at Leisure
Today is a free day, to relax and discover the charms of Ostuni. Explore the historic town centre and enjoy a coffee or a refreshing gelato while admiring the panoramic views. Our expert local guide will be happy to suggest activities and advise on must-see highlights.
Optional Excursion to Matera
Optional full day excursion to the European Capital of Culture 2019 and UNESCO listed town of Matera. Home to the Sassi di Matera cave-like dwellings your excursion will include a guided walking tour through the labyrinth of alleys and streets followed by free time at leisure for sightseeing and shopping before returning to your hotel. This excursion is subject to minimum numbers.
Guided Excursion to Lecce
Let’s join our guide this morning and travel to the baroque city of Lecce, also known as the Florence of the South. Our guided walking tour takes us through the historic centre, which is characterised by the white and gold colour of the famous Lecce stone.
There will be free time for lunch in Lecce (not included) and our guide can suggest places which offer delicacies unique to the region.
Free Time in Puglia
Enjoy a day at leisure to see more of Ostuni and perhaps take a trip to the coast, just 6km away. Our guide will be pleased to provide information on getting around in the area.
Bari & Trani
Excursion to Bari
Join us for a full day guided excursion starting with a visit to Bari, capital of the Puglia region. Today we will uncover more on a guided walking tour of the old town centre, including visits to the churches of San Nicola and San Gregorio.
Guided Visit to Trani
After some free time for lunch (own arrangements), we continue our journey with a short visit to the beautiful town of Trani, where traces of Arab, Byzantine and Norman civilisations can be found.
Explore Puglia at Your Own Pace
On this full free day, take the opportunity to relax at the hotel and catch up on some local sightseeing and souvenir shopping.
Time to say 'arrivederci' to lovely Puglia, and transfer to the airport for our flight home. If our flight is departing late in the evening, a stop at Castel del Monte will be included en route. Castel del Monte is a unique piece of military architecture built in the 13th century by Emperor Frederick II.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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