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Fantasy of Puglia

4.5
(3 Reviews)
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  • 6 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Bari, Trani, Alberobello, Matera, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Lecce, Otranto

    Group Size:
    2 to 15
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Guided Small Group Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Discover one of the most unique & rustic destinations on this small group tour of the ‘heel of Italy’s boot’

  • Stay in a traditional-style Trullo accommodation
  • Amaze at the UNESCEO Heritage Site of ancient Matera
  • Discover the melting pot of ancient cultures in Otranto
  • Enjoy free time to explore in Locorotondo & Ostuni
  • See how pasta is made on a traditional Puglian farmhouse
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Make your own way to the tour hotel in Bari (this hotel should be mentioned on your voucher). Meet our Tour Leader in your hotel in Bari, the main city of Puglia, and from here start our tour to discover this wonderful region. Walking tour in the afternoon to learn about the city’s history and its most relevant monuments. Walk through the charming narrow alleys of the old city centre, admire the Basilica of San Nicola where the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra are preserved and the Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia. Be amazed by the astonishing view that you can enjoy from the fortress (admission fee for the Castle at own expense). After the visit, reach Piazza Mercantile where you will see the ancient Column of Justice. Dinner and overnight in Bari.

Meals Included:
Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before leaving Bari by coach to reach Trani. Known as the ‘Pearl of Puglia’, the medieval town of Trani is one of the most remarkable cities of Southern Italy. Discover its art and monuments, visit the Jewish quarter and the wonderful white stone Cathedral. In the afternoon, reach Castel Del Monte, one of Puglia’s most acclaimed landmarks. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century under Roger the Norman, one of the most enlightened kings in history. The building is a harmonious geometrical complex, shaped as an octagon and surrounded by a still unsolved mystery. Your journey will continue towards Alberobello: a worldknown UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the “Trulli”. These dry stone cone-shaped houses were built in the 14th century from local limestone and this village is unique, with a fairy-tale like atmosphere. The town of Alberobello gets its name from the ancient oak forest of “Arboris Belli” (beautiful trees) that once covered the area. It is possible to see these typical buildings all over the Itria Valley. Overnight stay in a scattered hotel, sleeping in a real “Trullo”.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Matera will be the destination for today. After breakfast, in the “square” of the scattered hotel (about 200m from the Trulli), the coach will take you to this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit and learn the history of the “Sassi di Matera” (Stones of Matera), caves that have been used as houses for over 9.000 years that are part of the historic centre of the city. Admire the Romanesque Cathedral that overlooks the city, its beautiful “Campanile” (Bell Tower) and enjoy the amazing view of the “Sassi”. Transfer back to Alberobello in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the “Trullo”.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast in the “square” of the scattered hotel. Leave Alberobello by coach and reach Locorotondo. Enjoy some free time to visit this small town that is part of the “white towns” of Puglia. Board the coach again and travel to Ostuni: located between the “Trulli” region and Salento, overlooks the coastal plain rich of ancient olive trees. Free time at your disposal to explore another “white town” with free time for lunch, shopping and tasting of several local products like the world’s famous Ostuni olive oil (all at your own expenses). In the late afternoon, board of the coach and reach Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Dinner and overnight in Lecce.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 3 hour guided visit of the city, learn the history of Lecce, visit the old town centre, the 12th century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and Piazza del Duomo. After the visit, board the coach and leave Lecce. You will reach Otranto where you will have some free time at your disposal for lunch. Spend the afternoon visiting the wonderful city of Otranto at your pace. Over the centuries, the city has been invaded by an impressive number of populations, amongst the others we can find traces of Greek, Roman and Turkish cultures. Wander around the old quarters to see how these cultures have blended. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Cathedral where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar. See its marvellous mosaic floor which rivals the well-known mosaics of Ravenna in its richness and significance. In the early evening, reach Supersano where you will have dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe”. Visit this ancient farm, learn about the history and culture of Puglia. See how homemade pasta is made and visit the medieval tombs that are part of the farm. Dinner with typical meals and products from the region. In the night, travel back to Lecce for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy one final breakfast at the hotel. End of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

English speaking tour escort

Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary (Bari, Matera, Lecce)

Tours as per itinerary

5 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Entrance tickets to the Castel del Monte

Porterage service included only on our escorted tours in Puglia

Tips and gratuities to tour directors, drivers and local guides

Porterage service

Passport or visa fees

Any beverages or food not listed in itinerary

Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned

Baggage and personal insurance of any kind

Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)

Any other items of personal nature

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Hotel List (or similar)

Nicolaus Hotel Bari
Via Cardinale Agostino Ciasca, 27, 70124 Bari BA, Italy
Tel: +39 080 568 2111
Rating
4.5
Nicolaus Hotel Bari
Trulli Holiday Resort Alberobello
Piazza XXVII Maggio, 38, 70011 Alberobello BA, Italy
Tel: +39 080 999 6170
Rating
5
Trulli Holiday Resort Alberobello
Delle Palme Hotel Lecce
Via di Leuca, 90, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
Tel: +39 0832 347171
Rating
4
Delle Palme Hotel Lecce

Important things to note

Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m.

Tour can be a combination of regular tours, therefore coach changes may be required. The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

For operational reasons, order of itinerary and/or excursions is subject to change at any time. Optional excursions not specified in our itinerary will be suggested by the tour leader.

A government tourist tax may need to be paid locally upon arrival at your hotels.

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Reviews for Fantasy of Puglia

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Tim
We were lucky to

Review for: Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome

We were lucky to have such an amazing tour director- really the best of the 3 trips we had with Sun Island!
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Annette
Rome to Venice

Review for: Rome to Venice

I had the pleasure of taking this tour over 4 days departing from Rome taking in Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua and ending in Venice. All destinations were beautiful with incredible history. Sabrina was our wonderful tour guide and was very knowledgeable, professional and kind. Alberto our lovely bus driver delivered us safely to our destinations and they were a great team.
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Jodie
We booked a short 5 day tour

Review for: Amalfi & Capri

We booked a short 5 day tour through Sun Island Tours. Rome return (Visiting the Amalfi Coast with a stop in Pompeii. The guide was great, She even helped us with the next leg of our trip (different operator). I forgot the bus driver name but he was very good and helpful. Guide Paula leaded the group through Naples and Pompeii, she was great. The drivers to and from Amalfi were very good. Amalfi Coast & Capri were incredible as imagined.

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Fantasy of Puglia

4.5
(3 Reviews)
From $2,974 AUD
  • 6 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Bari, Trani, Alberobello, Matera, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Lecce, Otranto

    Group Size:
    2 to 15
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Small Group Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

Italy
Speak to our Italy Expert - Dannielle

Dannielle has travelled extensively throughout Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia. Speak to her now.

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