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At a glance
Prices based on 2 adults sharing a room departing 6th October 2018 from London Gatwick.
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Central Apulia
End Destination
Central Apulia
What's included
  • Accommodation at 4* hotels
  • Full board, with fixed menus from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8 at the hotel or at nearby restaurants
  • Beverages included with meal: wine (1/4 litre) and mineral water (1/2 litre) per person per meal
  • Welcome cocktail reception
  • Coach transfers and guide/local guide from dinner on the day of your arrival to your departure day.
  • Return flights from the UK
What's not included
  • Monuments, museums, galleries and archaeological and private sites entrance fees, where required – approximately €28.00.
  • Local/tourist taxes if applicable
  • Overseas airport to hotel return transfers – Available on request
Day 1
Depart UK – Central Apulia

Arrival at your hotel in Bari/Barletta. Meet with your guide before dinner and enjoy a welcome cocktail and presentation of the tour.

Day 2
Trani, Monte Sant'Angelo, S. Giovanni Rotondo

After breakfast at the hotel we leave for Trani to visit its most famous monument: the majestic Romanesque Cathedral on the beach, then S. Giovanni Rotondo, a destination for pilgrims from all over the world. After lunch tour the places so dear to Padre Pio, then on to Monte Sant'Angelo to visit the ancient shrine with the Cave of San Michele Arcangelo, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3
Foresta Umbra, Vieste

After breakfast, cross the Foresta Umbra, the largest hardwood forest in Italy as well as the heart of Gargano National Park, to Vieste, the most popular seaside resort of the Gargano promontory. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town set on a cliff. After lunch. Enjoy free time in Vieste before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4
Castel del Monte, Bari

After breakfast, leave Gargano and return to the plains in Puglia, where we will travel along the majestic Margherita di Savoia salt flats, which are the largest in Europe,

Later enjoy a Tour of Castel del Monte, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, the most charming of all the many famous castles wanted by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. After lunch we leave for Bari to visit the old town with the superb Basilica of St. Nicholas, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture in Puglia. Transfer to Valle d'Itria and to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5
"Grotte di Castellana", Ostuni, Alberobello

After breakfast we start with a tour of the "Grotte di Castellana", the most popular cave complex in Italy. Travel to Alberobello, the fabulous “Capital of the Trulli”, to walk in the area included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. After lunch we tour the picturesque old town of Ostuni, the “White Town”, with its original Romanesque-Gothic cathedral.

Day 6
Lecce, Otranto

After breakfast we leave for Lecce, also known as the “Florence of the South”, the Baroque capital of Puglia. Visit and tour the old town with the magnificent basilica of Santa Croce and the spectacular Piazza Duomo and Piazza Sant'Oronzo. After lunch enjoy a tour of Otranto, the “Gateway to the East”; the Romanesque cathedral, with its huge mosaic, the tomb-chapel of the Holy Martyrs and the crypt.

Day 7
Locorotondo, Matera

After breakfast we take a short tour of Locorotondo, included in the list of the most beautiful towns in Italy and awarded the Bandiera Arancione. After lunch enjoy a tour of Matera, with the famous “Sassi”, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list: thousands of homes, shops and churches carved into the rock. Transfer to Bisceglie/Bari or surroundings and to the hotel for dinner.

Day 8
Central Apulia – Arrive UK

After breakfast, depart the hotel at your leisure for your return flight to the UK.

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