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Puglia & Basilicata

Group Tour | General Interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £1995

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 and transfer to Fasano. Stay at the Casale Del Murgese for 5 nights. (D)

Day 2: Altamura - Matera

This 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. Your 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, D)

Day 3: Castel del Monte - Trani

Embark on a full-day excursion with a visit to Castel del Monte. Built in the 13th century, this octagonal fortress is isolated on a hill 540 metres above sea level and 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. You arrive for a morning city tour of this UNESCO-listed town, famous for its traditional conical trulli dwellings. In the afternoon, 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 local produce 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 Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. 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 and a tour of the olive grove – some of the trees here date back 2000 and are protected as a site of historic interest. 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

Spend the morning exploring 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. The remainder of your afternoon is 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.


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


Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Casale del Murgese
    Casale del Murgese

    Casale del Murgese is located in the heart of Apulia in a historical farmhouse. The hotel offers de luxe accommodation in a beautiful setting, and is just minutes from the sea. There is a large pool onsite, set in beautifully kept gardens. The newly built rooms are equipped with every comfort to make your stay unique and enjoyable. The restaurant specialises in traditional recipes from the Puglia region with homemade cakes and biscuits served at breakfast.

  • Risorgimento Resort
    Risorgimento Resort

    The Risorgimento Resort is located a few minutes walk from the bell tower in Piazza Duomo and the Roman Amphitheatre in Piazza Sant'Oronzo in the heart of Lecce. The building, dating back to 1880, has been transformed into a modern concept property with 47 guest rooms and 12 suites. Public facilities include a gourmet restaurant, a bistro, a roof garden bar with panoramic views over the city, an American bar and a spa.

Superior group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
7 Sep 2022 - 14 Sep 2022 £2,195 £0 £395 Yes Reserve
21 Sep 2022 - 28 Sep 2022 £1,895 £0 £395 Reserve
5 Oct 2022 - 12 Oct 2022 £1,995 £0 £0 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, 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.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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.

  • * No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • * Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • * 4- & 5-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 & 2 dinners
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Welcome drink

Destinations on this tour

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