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Puglia & Basilicata

Group Tour | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in a 5-star boutique hotel in Lecce
  • Wine, cheese & olive oil tasting
  • View the exquisite frescoes of the Crypt of the Original Sin in Matera
  • Explore the renowned trulli houses of Alberobello
  • Enjoy an aperitif at a private Palazzo in Lecce
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation throughout
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bari • Fasano

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bari with easyJet and transfer to Fasano. Stay at the Casale Del Murgese for 5 nights. (D)

Day 2: Altamura • Matera

Morning drive to Altamura to visit the celebrated Romanesque cathedral. Continue to the Unesco world heritage site of Matera. 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, D)

Day 3: Castel del Monte • Tran

Full-day excursion with a visit to Castel del Monte. This octagonal fortress built in the 13th century and isolated on a hill 540 metres above sea level is a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Continue to Trani, a whitewashed port of Jewish origin, famous for its exquisite cathedral as well as its sweet Moscato wine. (B)

Day 4: Alberobello • Martina Franca • Locorotondo

Drive through the Itria valley to Alberobello. Morning city tour of the Unesco-listed town, famous for its traditional conical trulli dwellings. Afternoon excursion to visit Martina Franca, a small town with elegant palaces and monumental churches, typical of baroque architecture. Visit the hamlet of Locorotondo and enjoy tastings of typical products among the trulli houses. (B)

Day 5: Bari • Polignano a Mare

Morning visit to the capital of Apulia, Bari. Explore the old town quarter including St Sabin Cathedral and St Nicholas Basilica. Afternoon excursion to the charming sea town of Polignano a Mare. (B)

Day 6: Ostuni • Lecce

In the morning travel south to Lecce via Ostuni for a tour of the cathedral and a visit to a masseria (fortified farmhouse) for olive oil tastings. Continue to Lecce for a short city tour, including entrance to the cathedral. Stay at the Risorgimento Resort for 2 nights. (B)

Day 7: Galatina • Otranto • Lecce

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. Return to Lecce to visit the 14th-century Palazzo Morisco. Enjoy an aperitif in the gardens overlooking the Roman theatre. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Extensions

Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Fasano and Lecce, and include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or departure transfers.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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Dates & prices

PUB2021

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
12 May 2021 - 19 May 2021 £2,295 £0 £0 Tour Cancelled
9 Jun 2021 - 16 Jun 2021 £2,295 £150 £395 Reserve
8 Sep 2021 - 15 Sep 2021 £2,345 £100 £0 Reserve
22 Sep 2021 - 29 Sep 2021 £2,295 £0 £395 Tour Cancelled
6 Oct 2021 - 13 Oct 2021 £1,995 £0 £395 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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