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Puglia All Inclusive

8 Days from £1,195per
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(Tour code: 19PUF)

The coastal gems of undiscovered Italy

Situated in the 'heel' of Italy, lesser-known Puglia is a glorious region of labyrinthine ports, whitewashed villages and ancient historical dwellings. Take in its fabulous attractions during an all-inclusive stay on the coast.

Highlights
  • Polignano a Mare
  • Locorotondo
  • Guided tour of Lecce
  • Guided tour of Bari
  • Alberobello & Matera
  • Martina Franca
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    All Inclusive Board Basis
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Regional Departures Available

Puglia All Inclusive 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 To Bari
To Bari

To Bari

Depart on your flight to Bari then transfer to the 4* Pietrablu Resort & Spa, which enjoys a splendid coastal setting close to Polignano a Mare. Puglia is nicknamed the 'wine cellar of Italy', and you may notice that the railway lines run through the middle of vineyards and among the olive groves. The region's rugged, bright coastline is home to secluded, deserted beaches - landing points for 2,000 years of invasion - and there is an unhurried and relaxed way of life here, as you will see in the day-to-day activities of friendly locals. Your stay is on an all inclusive basis, and after checking in you are free to unwind ahead of dinner.

Includes:
  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare

Locorotondo & Polignano a Mare

This morning you visit the beautiful village of Locorotondo, considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in the whole of Italy, offering mesmerising views across the surrounding valley.

Continue to Martina Franca, with its stunning Old Town, a warren of narrow lanes where each twist and turn brings you face to face with extravagant baroque architecture.

Later enjoy a visit to Polignano a Mare, historically one of the most important ancient settlements in the area, and admire this beautiful little town perched on top of a cliff. Here you are at leisure to explore the centre with its charming pavement cafés or perhaps make a visit to some of the prehistoric caves that litter the coastline.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Lecce Cathedral
Lecce Cathedral

Lecce

Today's excursion is to Lecce, a beautiful city known for its baroque streets, attractive squares and leafy lanes. The rail journey down from Polignano a Mare is impressively scenic; travelling along the coast, the train passes villages of whitewashed houses and olive groves. In Lecce you have a guided tour, with sights including the Piazza del Duomo, the main square dominated by the bell tower of Lecce's cathedral, and the quaint Old Town, before time at leisure to get lost amidst the stone gargoyles and gremlins adorning the unique 17th century buildings.

You could also perhaps visit Lecce's Roman amphitheatre - an archaeological treasure part excavated in 1938 which tells the story of the spectacles on show here to entertain the soldiers stationed in the town.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Alberobello
Alberobello

Alberobello

Enjoy an excursion to Alberobello, a charming town packed with as many as 1,400 'trulli' - peculiar cone-shaped stone houses. These unusual homes line the surrounding hillsides, and have UNESCO World Heritage status. Resembling large stone beehives, they were originally built without any kind of mortar so they could be quickly dismantled and easily rebuilt. This allowed the occupiers to evade tax collectors when word spread of their approach and the countryside here is covered in thousands of trulli. After a half-day tour, your afternoon is at leisure.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Margherita Theatre, Bari
Margherita Theatre, Bari

Bari

Travel to Bari, Puglia's capital where you enjoy a tour of the Old Town, tucked onto a headland edging out into the Adriatic Sea. Home to the city's 11th century church, the Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, Castello Svevo, or 'Swabian Castle', as well as a couple of grand piazzas, you'll be transported back in time as you hear about the stories that rose this old port city to economic prominence.

After your guided tour you have some time at leisure to explore the delightful port town of Bari, before you travel back to Polignano a Mare by train.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Matera
Matera

Matera

Your tour today visits remote Matera, a town in Basilicata set in a small canyon. Much less visited than other destinations in Puglia, Matera best known for its 'Sassi' - ancient troglodyte caves used as dwellings since the Palaeolithic era. Over the last decade many of the Sassi have been adapted into fantastic houses, hotels and restaurants and you enjoy a guided tour before an afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Now deserted, these dwellings were inhabited as recently as the 1980s and are a wonderfully-well preserved reminder of the past, so much so that in 1993 they were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Polignano A Mare
Polignano A Mare

At Leisure

You are free to relax at the hotel today, why not head to the private beach and relax before your journey tomorrow, soaking up the last of the Italian atmosphere. This evening enjoy a final group meal together.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Flight back to the UK
Flight back to the UK

Homeward Bound

After breakfast this morning, check out and transfer to Bari airport for the flight back to the UK, where your tour comes to an end.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a professional UK Tour Manager
  • Return flights from London to Bari
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast, lunch (packed lunches on excursion days) and dinner every day
  • Selected all inclusive drinks (including soft drinks, beer, national liqueurs and spirits) throughout the day
  • Snacks available at the hotel from 11.30am- 12.30pm and from 7-7.30pm
  • Guided tour of Bari with time at leisure to explore
  • Sightseeing tour of Lecce
  • Tour of Matera with a local guide
  • Excursion to Polignano a Mare
  • Free time in Martina Franca
  • Visit to Locorotondo Excursion to ancient Alberobello
  • Time at leisure to enjoy Polignano a Mare

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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