Apulia, the Heel of Italy

  • 8 Days

  • Mediterranean

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.

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Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
Service charges
Porterage
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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 03rd October 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

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.

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.

Day 1

UK - Bari - Lecce area

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuca - Lecce

Today explore the peninsula that forms the heel of the Italian boot, visiting first of all, Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city which was built on an island in the Ionian Sea. The old town has a beautiful quaint setting with winding streets that suddenly open into small squares, inviting you to discover the Frantoio Ipogeo, an underground rock-cut oil mill, formerly used to light the city's oil lamps. Continuing to the Cap Santa Maria di Leuca, the southern-most tip of this outstretched piece of land, you'll discover Oriental Art Nouveau villas and beach huts from the last century that lend a special flair and unique flavour to the area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Brindisi - Manduria - Grottaglie - Fasano

Drive to Brindisi for the first visit of today's tour, travelling through some of the amazing highlights of the area including the port, the famous column which marks the end of the Via Appia, the Palazzo Nervegna and the churches of San Giovanni al Sepolcro and San Benedetto. On reaching Manduria in the wine-growing region of Primitivo, visit a winery for a tasting experience. Continue to Grottaglie, an amazing place, aptly named after the ravines and caves dating back to prehistoric times, which were dug as refuges. An impressive castle from the 14th century dominates the city. Grottaglie is also known for its pottery and you can witness the processing of Terra Cotta. In the evening you reach your Hotel in the Fasano area for the next five nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Fasano - Bari - Castel del Monte - Fasano

Today starts by visiting Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, whose centre consists of two contrasting sections; an atmospheric old town with winding streets is found next to the new town with elegant landscaped checkerboard commercial districts and fine boutiques. The port of Bari, nicknamed the Gateway to the Orient, is an important transit point for goods from the Mediterranean. In the afternoon drive to the famous Castel del Monte, built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century. It is a striking octagonal fortress, with eight octagonal towers and which has been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Fasano - Matera - Altamura - Fasano

Today journey to the neighbouring region of Basilicata and the picturesque Rock City, Matera, for a walk on the Panoramic Road dei Sassi with its beautiful views of the houses and cave mazes lying on the rocky slopes of the Gravina River valley. This is an ancient site with wells and irrigation systems dating back to the Bronze Age as well as several rock-hewn churches and a monastery - part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Altamura, a partially walled city that was once called Lioness of Puglia. After a guided tour of the amazing stone clad city, you have time for a stroll through the old town with its claustri, a connection from a farm to a narrow alley that led to a forecourt. In the evening return to the hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Fasano - Castellana Grottos - Alberobello - Fasano

After breakfast, depart for Castellana to visit the famous network of caves created by the underground rivers which filter down through the limestone soil of the Murge hills. Next stop is a visit to the exceptional city of Alberobello, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Famed for its "trulli" houses, Alberobello is one of a kind with its unique white-washed limestone dwellings made with dry stone walls, with black conical roofs. The origins of the trulli are not clear but the prehistoric building techniques are remarkably still used today. Take time to wander around these unique buildings and admire their construction.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Fasano - Ostuni - Fasano

In the morning take a leisurely walk through the typical Apulian olive groves and enjoy the beautiful views. Puglia is known for its olive trees and therefore a visit with tasting, to an olive oil mill must not be missed. In the afternoon drive to the White City of Ostuni, which hovers like an eagle's nest above the coast. The white-washed houses can be seen from afar and they blend perfectly with the soft and colourful hills giving Ostuni its own special charm. Take a walk through the beautifully preserved old town with its quaint winding streets and enjoy the great panoramic views across this stunning landscape.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Fasano - Bari - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

2017 

Lecce area: Grand Hotel Tiziano 

Fasano: Hotel Sierra Silvana

2018

Naples: M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo or Ramada

Bari: Nicolaus

Lecce: Tiziano

Fasano: Sierra Silvana

Notes

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

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