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Valid for travel on 2nd October 2024. Book by 30 June 2024

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Lead Price
From £1995pp
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Puglia & Basilicata

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.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Bari - Fasano
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Fly to Bari - Fasano

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bari and transfer to Otranto. Stay at the Tenuta Centoporte (or similar) for 3 nights. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

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

Accommodation: Tenuta Centoporte
DAY 2: Otranto • Gallipoli
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Otranto • Gallipoli

This morning, explore Otranto, a port town situated on the ancient Greek site of Hydrus. In the afternoon, sample Puglian wine before proceeding to visit the picturesque coastal town of Gallipoli, which according to legend was founded by an ancient ruler of Crete. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Centoporte
DAY 3: Lecce
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Lecce

Travel north and tour Lecce, one of Italy’s best preserved Baroque cities. Visit the Duomo and admire the ornate 17th-century interior before enjoying an aperitif at one of the city’s historic palazzos. After returning to your hotel, the remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Centoporte
DAY 4: Ostuni • Alberobello
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Ostuni • Alberobello

Begin the day in Ostuni with a tour of the cathedral before visiting a typical oil mill and dairy to sample local cheeses, olive oil and antipasti. In the afternoon, drive to Alberobello and enjoy a tour of this UNESCO-listed town, famous for its trulli – traditional conical dwellings. Continue to trullo-styled Tenuta Monacelle (or similar) where you stay for 4 nights. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 5: Altamura • Matera
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Altamura • Matera

Drive to Altamura to visit the celebrated Romanesque cathedral. While there, visit a local bakery and taste freshly baked focaccia. 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 distinctive features. Your tour includes a visit to the typical Sassi dwelling of Casa Grotta, a Rupestrian church, and the Crypt of the Original Sin with its magnificent frescoes. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 6: Trani • Castel del Monte
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Trani • Castel del Monte

Begin the day with a visit to Trani, a whitewashed port city of Jewish origin. Enjoy light lunch in a typical agriturismo eatery overlooking Castel del Monte, then continue to the renowned fortress itself. Built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, who ruled much of southern Italy in the 13th century, this octagonal fortress is a masterpiece of medieval architecture set high on an isolated hill. (B, L)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 7: Bari • Polignano a Mare
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Bari • Polignano a Mare

This morning, visit Bari, the capital of Puglia. Explore the old town quarter including St Sabin Cathedral and St Nicholas Basilica. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the charming seaside town of Polignano a Mare. Return to your hotel for a farewell drink. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 8: Fly to London
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Fly to London

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

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

DAY 1: Fly from London to Bari
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Fly from London to Bari

Fly from London to Bari and transfer to Otranto, in the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Accommodation: Tenuta Centoporte
DAY 2: Otranto & Gallipoli
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Otranto & Gallipoli

Spend the day exploring two picturesque cities of Greek origin, Otranto and Gallipoli, with a tasting of Puglian wine included in the afternoon. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Centoporte
DAY 3: Lecce
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Lecce

Explore the city of Lecce which boasts one of the best-preserved Baroque centres in Puglia, tour the city's highlights before proceeding to a historic palazzo to enjoy an Aperitif. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Centoporte
DAY 4: Ostuni & Alberobello
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Ostuni & Alberobello

Begin the day in Ostuni with a tour of the cathedral before continuing to visit a typical olive oil mill and dairy to sample local cheeses, olive oil and antipasti. In the afternoon, drive to Alberobello and enjoy a tour of this UNESCO listed town, famous for its traditional conical trulli dwellings. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 5: Altamura & Matera
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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, a Rupestrian church and the Crypt of the Original Sin and its magnificent frescoes. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 6: Trani & Castel del Monte
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Trani & Castel del Monte

Full-day excursion with a visit to Trani, a whitewashed port of Jewish origin, famous for its exquisite cathedral and Norman fortress. Enjoy lunch at a typical agritourismo before continuing 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. (B, L)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 7: Bari & Polignano a Mare
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Bari & Polignano a Mare

Morning visit to the capital of Puglia, Bari. Explore the old town quarter including Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. Afternoon excursion to the charming sea town of Polignano a Mare. (B)

Accommodation: Tenuta Monacelle
DAY 8: Bari to London
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Bari to London

Transfer to Bari for your return flight. (B)

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

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Sample freshly prepared foccacia at a bakery in Altamura
  • Admire the exquisite frescoes of the Crypt of the Original Sin in Matera
  • Explore the renowned trulli houses of Alberobello
  • Enjoy an aperitif at a Bourbon era Palazzo in Lecce

Important information

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Direct international flights with British Airways
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Welcome dinner to meet your group & tour manager

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £5,795 | Guide price month: October

High season from £5,995 | Guide price month: June

Single supplement from £355

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