Best of Puglia & Basilicata- Escorted Tour
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DAY 1: UK to Puglia
Fly to Bari or Brindisi and transfer to your hotel. Unpack and take some time to relax before meeting your fellow travellers and tour manager. Meals included: Dinner.
DAY 2: Otranto and Lecce
Today’s full-day excursion visits the charming seaside town of Otranto and its Norman cathedral, where the bones of 183 martyrs are displayed. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful city of Lecce, famous for its flamboyant, baroque architecture and known as ‘the Florence of the South’. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 3: Alberobello
Today is dedicated to the nearby towns of the beautiful Valle d’Itria, an area famous for its unique landscape of conical trulli. Martina Franca is the region’s largest town and boasts splendid piazzas and tree-lined lanes, Alberobello has earnt a UNESCO World Heritage status for its concentration of trulli, many of which have been turned into bars and cafés, while Locorotondo has whitewashed cathedrals, narrow streets and superb countryside views. You’ll also enjoy a wine and food tasting while in Alberobello. Meals included: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 4: Day at Leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in your hotel or take the shuttle bus to visit the beautiful walled town of Ostuni. The shuttle can take up to 8 passengers and is subject to availability. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 5: Matera
Today is spent in the region of Basilicata to visit the fascinating town of Matera. Matera is known for is sassi, a cluster of cave dwellings that date back to prehistoric times and, until recently, inhabited by the town’s citizens. This unique town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the European Capital of Culture for 2019. In Italy each region boasts its own traditional bread, and Matera is no different. You’ll have the chance to sample the bread yourself whilst you’re here, with a focaccia tasting in a local bakery Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 6: Ostuni, Wine and Olive Oil Tasting
This is a day to really soak up the atmosphere of Puglia, starting with a visit to the whitewashed town of Ostuni where you’ll be taken through the old town with its warren of pedestrianised streets hiding trattorias and shops selling local olive oil. This is followed by a drive through the countryside to taste some of the fine local wines of the region and see the centuries old tradition of olive oil making, for which Puglia is famous. Meals included: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 7: Day at Leisure
Another day at leisure to relax and unwind and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner.
DAY 8: Puglia – UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Meals included: Breakfast.
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