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.
Morning flight from London to Brindisi via Rome
with Alitalia Airlines. Transfer to the Hotel Palace
in Matera for 3 nights. (D)
Tour of the 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 with
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 Martina Franca, a small town with elegant palaces and monumental
churches, typical of baroque architecture. Visit
the hamlet of Locorotondo and enjoy a wine
tasting nearby. Continue to Alberobello for
an afternoon tour of this Unesco-listed town,
famous for its traditional conical trulli dwellings.
Stay at the Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri in
Alberobello for 1 night. (B, D)
This morning, learn to cook traditional Italian
food in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with
the help of a head chef, then sit back and enjoy
your lunch. Afternoon drive to Lecce, once an
important centre of the Roman empire and now
known as ‘the Florence of the south’ due to its
baroque architecture. Stay 3 nights at the Hotel
delle Palme. (B, L)
Morning tour of Lecce, including entrance to the
Duomo. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning visit to Galatina, renowned 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
Morning at leisure or optional tour to visit
Gallipoli and its old town. Afternoon transfer to
the airport and fly to London with Alitalia. (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
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The Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is located just 5km from the city of Alberobello. The onsite restaurant offers both local specialities as well as traditional Italian cuisine. Cocktails are also available at the hotel's poolside terrace and in the summer months there is a shuttle service that runs to a nearby beach.
Features: 150 rooms, some in the traditional stone 'trulli' style buildings of the region; outdoor pool; wellness centre, including an indoor hydrorelax swimming pool (additional charge).Room amenities: Satellite television; minibar; some rooms feature a balcony and hydromassage...
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.
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PUU2016: 7 Nights