Apulia, the Heel of Italy

Price per person
from £1,331

Price based on
London Stansted
26th Aug 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Take the road less travelled on this authentic Italy adventure that sees you wine tasting at a village winery, sampling locally pressed olive oil and exploring the history behind the region’s beautifully preserved ancient buildings.

At a glance


  • Grottaglie Experience the processing of terracotta in this pottery town.
  • Santa Maria di Leuca Discover Oriental Art Nouveau villas and beach huts from the last century.
  • Manduria Village Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at a local winery.
  • Alberobello Explore the area’s unique ‘trulli’ houses, constructed with a prehistoric building technique.
  • Puglia Visit an olive oil mill and sample the produce.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Service charges
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Overview

Take the road less travelled on this authentic Italy adventure that sees you wine tasting at a village winery, sampling locally pressed olive oil and exploring the history behind the region’s beautifully preserved ancient buildings.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Naples

Day
1

Fly to Naples where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

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 a proper 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 center. 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, and 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 - Grottaglie - Ostuni - Fasano

Day
5

Start the day in Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region, where you’ll visit a wine cellar and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Continue to the pottery village of Grottaglie to discover how its renowned terracotta has been produced since the Middle Ages. 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 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

Naples - UK

Day
8

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

The following entrance fees are to be paid locally: Gallipoli Castle €3, Bari Castle & food tasting €10, Matera cave church & house €5, Castellana Grottos €12, Ostuni Museum & Cathedral €6.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Naples: M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo or Ramada
  • Bari: Nicolaus
  • Lecce: Tiziano
  • Fasano: Sierra Silvana

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