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Discover Puglia

From £1,799
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Oct 2024
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From £1,799
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Oct 2024
Tour Overview
Step away from the crowds and enjoy a taste of the real Italy in beautiful Puglia. From your base in Fasano, your exploration of this rarely visited region begins with a trip to a beautiful five-star masseria, where you will enjoy a delicious meal. Discover ancient Sassi dwellings carved into rock in Matera and see Trulli houses in Alberobello. There’s also plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, or if you prefer, you can continue the sightseeing with our range of optional excursions.
  • relaxing tour Relax & Discover
  • flight choices Flight Choices
  • meals included tour Half Board

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel 
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 6 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell get-together 
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Dinner at a traditional Pugliese restaurant
  • Ostuni, olive oil tasting & Cisternino
  • Locorotondo & lunch at the five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro 
  • Discover Matera's Sassi dwellings 
  • Alberobello & Martina Franca visits

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Fasano

Today you will fly to Puglia, and on arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel near the historical town of Fasano. Get to know your travelling companions over a drink before dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Fasano - Cisternino

Our day begins with a visit to the beautiful town of Ostuni, which dates back to the 1st century AD, when it was an important Greco-Roman city. It's a lovely place to visit and is a picture-perfect Apulian town, with its whitewashed houses, meandering lanes and a colourfully tiled Gothic cathedral at its heart. We'll visit an olive-oil producer and see how the oil is made before sampling the final product. Then we'll head to the town of Cisternino, which boasts a well-preserved charming Old Town.
Explore narrow, shady streets lined by whitewashed houses, historic churches and the elegant central piazza, which opens out onto a series of panoramic viewpoints from which you can take in exceptional views of rolling hills, dry stone walls and white-tipped conical trulli roofs dotting the landscape.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Locorotondo & Masseria lunch

After a morning visit to the town of Locorotondo, we will head to the beautiful five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro, where you will be served a delicious meal - the philosophy of the masseria means that produce is always sourced locally. The setting for this fortified manor house is spectacular, as the scenery stretches out across the bougainvillea-adorned terraces to miles of idyllic countryside.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Matera

Matera is a fascinating city, famous for the Sassi stone houses that decorate the landscape. Carved directly into the calcarenitic rock, these ancient cave dwellings, thought to house some of the earliest human settlements in Italy, were originally home to Turkish monks. To learn more about these fascinating houses we take a walking tour through. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Local Guide, who will be able to tell you more about the history of the area and answer any questions you may have.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Martina Franca & Alberobello

The fascinating Valley of Itria presents plenty of opportunities to see the attractive Trulli houses that epitomise the region. Cylindrical in shape and topped by a conical roof, these ancient buildings line the streets of Alberobello, one of the towns we visit today. We will also discover the narrow lanes and whitewashed buildings of Martina Franca, an evocative town filled with medieval palaces, churches and balconied houses.
This evening enjoys an al fresco dinner in a traditional Pugliese restaurant.. The majority of the food served comes directly from local produce, including a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Fasano - at Leisure

You've a free day today to relax at the hotel. This evening, if you'd like to experience the Italian way of life, be sure to join our optional excursion to Monopoli. Departing late afternoon, we'll drive to Monopoli, a pretty coastal town with a delightful medieval centre and seafront promenade. It's the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif and well known for the Baroque Monopoli Cathedral featuring a tall bell tower. You'll have free time here to explore and enjoy dinner in one of the inviting little restaurants. You could even treat yourself to some delicious ice cream for dessert!

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Fasano - at Leisure

Today you are free to explore at leisure, or maybe you'll choose to enjoy the hotel's facilities and the glorious Italian sunshine. Alternatively, you can join an optional tour to Lecce with a Local Guide. It is a charming town with a wealth of history, fine architecture, high-end boutiques and sophisticated cafés. The Roman amphitheatre is particularly notable - it was excavated in the 1930s and has seating for up to 15,000 spectators. We will also see the intricately carved facade of the Church of Santa Croce, which features gargoyles, dragons and a large rose window adorned with sculptures of flowers and cherubs. It is a fine example of the town's impressive Baroque architecture, which has given rise to its nickname 'The Florence of the south'. This evening we will meet at the hotel for a farewell get-together.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Fasano - UK

We'll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Sierra Silvana

Hotel Sierra Silvana is set in the green hills of Selva di Fasano, close to the town of Fasano. Hotel rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Other hotel facilities include a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Italy - Monopoli and its beautiful coastline and stunning beaches

Italy - Monopoli and its beautiful coastline and stunning beaches

Enjoy a leisurely visit to the lovely nearby coastal town of Monopoli, with its historic mediaeval centre, pretty Baroque cathedral, bustling market square, a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as an inviting beach promenade.

Three Quarter Day - Minimal Walking - Highly Recommended
Enjoy a leisurely visit to the lovely nearby coastal town of Monopoli, with its historic mediaeval centre, pretty Baroque cathedral, bustling market square, a good selection of bar...

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Italy - The charming town of Lecce

Italy - The charming town of Lecce

Today a local guide will introduce you to the charming town of Lecce which has a wealth of history, fine architecture, high end boutiques and sophisticated cafes. During the tour you will see the Roman amphitheatre and the carved facade of the Church of Santa Croce which is just one of the examples of the town' fantastic Baroque architecture.
Today a local guide will introduce you to the charming town of Lecce which has a wealth of history, fine architecture, high end boutiques and sophisticated cafes. During the tour y...

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