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Fantasy of Puglia

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  • 6 Days
  • Cities Visited

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

    Group Size:
    2 to 25
    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 the Tour Leader in your hotel in Bari, the main city of Puglia. In the afternoon, at approximately 3pm, enjoy a walking tour 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. After the visit, reach Piazza Mercantile where you will see the ancient Column of Justice. Overnight Bari.

Meals Included:
Dinner

After breakfast, depart for 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. Continue to Alberobello: a UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the “Trulli”. These dry-stone cone-shaped houses were built in the 14th century from local limestone. It is possible to see these typical buildings all over the Itria Valley. Overnight stay in a scattered hotel, sleeping in a real “Trullo” in Alberobello.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera. 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”. Return to Alberobello in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the “Trullo”.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast in the “square” of the scattered hotel (located about 200m from the Trulli). Depart for Locorotondo with some free time to visit this small town that is part of the “white towns” of Puglia. Continue to Ostuni, located between the “Trulli” region and Salento, and overlooks the coastal plain rich of ancient olive trees. Free time to discover the town. In the late after­noon, travel to Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Overnight Lecce.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a 3 hour guided visit of the city of Lecce. 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 tour, depart for Otranto where you will have some free time. 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 together. In the early evening, reach Supersano where you will have dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe”. Visit this ancient farm, and 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 will be a typical meal with products from the region. Return to Lecce for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, the tour concludes. 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

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

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

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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Maria
17 day tour great weather

Review for: Glorious Italy

We were lucky to have great weather from Rome to Rome taking in the sights of Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano, Rome beautiful destinations and incredible history. Both Nancy our tour guide who was knowledgeable and Luigi our bus driver they  were fantastic and worked great together. We had a different tour guide and driver from Naples to Taormina sights seen were great as well Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri then to Palermo, Monreale, Erica, Marsala, Agrigento, Armenian, Ragusa, Noto, Siracusa, Mt Etna not to forget the beautiful Taormina. We loved Sorrento full of life and Palermo great arancini and Sicilian canoli (was in heaven).
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Elizabeth and Gordon Wood
The standard of hotels and the level of guide expertise was excellent

Review for: Fantasy of Puglia

The standard of hotels and the level of guide expertise was excellent. The fact that breakfast and dinner were included in the pre-tour costs was of benefit to us. Our only concern would be the quality of the dinners presented to us during our 2 night stay in Alberobello. As the "dispersed hotel" did not have catering facilities, we ate at the same restaurant for 2 nights. This restaurant made little effort to give us meals comparable to the standard of the other included meals. On our first night the first course was a pasta with minimal sauce, the second course was 2 small Italian sausages with a small scoop of fried potato and the dessert was a chocolate sauce on ice-cream. Some of our group complained to Angela, our guide, who agreed that it was not satisfactory and rang the restaurant to ask for a higher quality meal the next night. On the second night, for the first course we were given a very similar pasta to the night before, then a small undressed tomato, mozzarella and lettuce salad accompanied by a small dressed tomato and lettuce salad. This was topped off by a slice of watermelon for dessert. We particularly enjoyed the final dinner at the 'Masseria le Stanzie' outside Lecce.
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Tim
We were lucky to

Review for: Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome Winter

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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Fantasy of Puglia

4.5
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From $3,194 AUD $3,549 AUD SAVE $355 AUD
  • 6 Days
  • Cities Visited

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

    Group Size:
    2 to 25
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Small Group Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

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