Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of
Puglia offers some of the country's most
remote coastline and countryside, dotted
with ancient sites and whitewashed
towns. The neighbouring Basilicata
region is a rustic area with both historic
centres and fine beaches. Over the
centuries, both regions have been
influenced by ancient Greek, Roman and
Norman rule, which is noticeable in the
varied architecture and historic remains
that you will see on this tour.
Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Brindisi via Rome with Alitalia
Airlines. Transfer to the Hotel Palace in Matera
for 3 nights. (D)
Full-day tour of this Unesco world heritage
site. The Sassi district is divided into two parts,
the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano,
each with countless churches and their own
distinctive features. The tour includes a visit
to Casa Grotta, a typical Sassi dwelling, the
Rupestrian churches and the Crypt of the
Original Sin and its magnificent frescoes. (B)
Full-day excursion with a visit to Castel del
Monte, an octagonal fortress built in the
13th century and isolated on a hill 540 metres
above sea level, which is a unique masterpiece
of medieval military architecture. Continue
to Trani, a whitewashed port of Jewish origin,
famous for its exquisite cathedral as well as its
sweet Moscato wine. Stop in Altamura to visit
the Romanesque cathedral. (B)
Drive to Alberobello through the Itria valley,
stopping en route at Massafra to view its
magnificent castle, and Martina Franca, a small
town with elegant palaces and monumental
churches, typical of baroque architecture. Visit
the hamlet of Locorotondo and enjoy tasting
of typical products among the trulli houses.
Continue to the Hotel Ramapendula (or similar)
for 2 nights. (B, D)
Morning city tour of the Unesco world heritagelisted
town, famous for its traditional conical
trulli dwellings. Afternoon excursion to visit the
Castellana Caves. (B)
Drive to Lecce this morning where you will
take a short city tour, including entrance to
the cathedral. This afternoon, you will have
the option to visit a masseria (fortified
farmhouse) for wine and cheese tasting.
Stay at the Hotel delle Palme (or similar) for 2
Morning visit to Galatina, rewowned for its
exquisite church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria
with its medieval frescoes. Continue to Otranto,
a town of Greek origin situated on the site of
ancient Hydrus. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the
airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Based in 3- and 4-star
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 7808 6785 or
Located approximately 20 minutes' walk away from the historic centre of Lecce, the Hotel delle Palme is within easy reach of the railway station and other access points to the city.
Facilities: 96 rooms, large restaurant.Room amenities: Free Wi-Fi, air...
The Palace Hotel is conveniently located approximately 15 minutes' walk from the ancient Unesco site of the Sassi.
Features: 60 rooms, gym, restaurant with panoramic terraceRoom amenities: Air conditioning, free...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
PUU2017: 7 Nights