Apulia, the Heel of Italy


  • 8 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

Tour : 6270

Save £150 on 2019 tours

From

£1,001 pp

Tour only

Based on 22nd Sep 2019

From

£1,223 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Stansted

Overview

Operated by ?

Customer rating:

  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star
  • star

This regional affordable Italy holiday begins and ends in Naples. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples provides visitors a wealth of folklore, history, and a rich culture of the ages. After a guided sightseeing tour of the city, you’ll be on your way to the Apulia region – the “heel of the boot” of Italy and one of the favourite holiday destinations of the Italian people due to its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting coastline with turquoise waters.

You’ll visit the 13th-century Castel Del Monte on your way to the beautiful port of Bari. Included in your Italy vacation are a number of surprising stops, including the fascinating Castellana Grotte limestone caves, the conical-roofed houses of Alberobello, and Lecce’s baroque architecture. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca with its art nouveau houses, and Gallipoli’s underground olive presses, and winding streets above.

Your budget travel to Italy experience is never short on great food and drink. Learn about regional wines on your visit to a Primitivo wine cellar in Manduria. Before returning to Naples, enjoy a leisurely stay in Fasano – surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your affordable Italy tour of the Apulia region of Italy ends where it began – in Naples – where authentic Napoli pizza and espresso await your return!

Highlights

Naples Guided sightseeing

Castel Del Monte Visit

Bari Orientation

Castellana Grotte Visit the limestone caves

Alberobello See the Trulli houses

Lecce Visit

Santa Maria Di Leuca Orientation drive

Gallipoli Visit Frantoio Ipogeo

Manduria Visit a wine cellar

Ostuni Visit

Olive Mill Visit, olive oil tasting and light lunch

Save £150 per couple

Save £150 per couple on 2019 dates for this tour: quote COSMOS150 when you book.

Find out more
Save £150 on 2019 tours

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Naples, Italy

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Naples – Castel Del Monte – Bari

Day
2

Guided sightseeing this morning gives you an introduction to the eventful history of this city and its traditions. Later, depart Naples and travel into Apulia, the legendary “boot” of Italy. Stop at CASTEL DEL MONTE, built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and renowned for its unique octagonal towers, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Adriatic coastline for an orientation of the beautiful port city of Bari.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bari – Castellana Grotte – Alberobello – Lecce

Day
3

Head to Castellana Grotte to visit the area’s famous limestone CAVES. This impressive system is a wonderland of captivating stalactites, stalagmites, and crystallized mineral deposits. Next stop is Alberobello, renowned for its distinct conical-roofed TRULLI houses. Follow the coastline to lovely Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and marvel at its opulent baroque buildings from the 1600s.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lecce. Excursion to Santa Maria Di Leuca & Gallipoli

Day
4

Spend some time on your own this morning to explore Lecce’s baroque city centre. Then, travel to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Apulia, where you'll discover oriental art nouveau villas and beach huts from the early 20th century. On to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city built on an island in the Ionian Sea. Enjoy the Old Town with its quaint ambiance, winding streets, and inviting squares. Discover FRANTOIO IPOGEO, an underground olive press buried in the tufa rock. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, workers pressed Gallipoli’s olive oil, which was stored in cisterns beneath the Old Town and used to light the city’s oil lamps. Return to Lecce in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lecce – Manduria – Ostuni – Fasano

Day
5

Start the day visting Lecce, the city with a total Baroque look. On to Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region, where you’ll visit a WINE CELLAR and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Next stop is Ostuni, only 42 miles from actual Greece, but characterised by its flat-roofed, white, Greek-looking town centre. Overnight in Fasano, a peaceful town surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic Sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Fasano

Day
6

Today is free to do as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. The impressive “rock city” of Matera is home to the prehistoric sassi cave dwellings, while a guided tour reveals the amazing stone-clad city of Altamura, with free time afterward to stroll through the Old Town on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Fasano - Naples

Day
7

Puglia is famous for its olive trees, and this morning you’ll visit a traditional OLIVE MILL to taste some genuine olive oil, enjoy a light lunch, and stroll around the groves. Later, travel back to Naples for a chance to treat yourself to a real espresso coffee shot or the most authentic pizza.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Naples

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,001 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£1,223 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

Why book with us?

Other Holidays in this location