Marvel at UNESCO wonders of Puglia and Matera: Castel del Monte, Alberobello and Matera. Discover three Apulian treasures thanks to our Puglia package tour
During 3 days in Puglia, you will visit the 3 most beautiful UNESCO sites of Apulia and Basilicata in Italy. In one single Puglia package holiday combined with the wonder of Matera, and thanks to our expert tour guides, you will marvel at the wonders of Apulia in Italy, at any given season. You will depart from and return to Bari.
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Our first-hand knowledge of the region enables us to carefully craft itineraries and Puglia package holidays.
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⇒ THIS TOUR IS FOR: those who prefer a customized Puglia & Matera package tour of great quality with an in-depth look at historical and authentic sites. Those who want to have an unforgettable Puglia vacation but don't want to worry about organizing or even driving. It is the perfect fit for those who want to know, discover, get excited and recharge in the open air while seeking unique wonders.
⇒ YOU WILL BE THRILLED: to stay in the heart of the Sassi district in Matera. You'll be enchanted by the beauty of Matera at sunset and at dawn if you are an early bird. You will be fascinated by the fairytale city of Alberobello. You will be charmed by the soothing atmosphere of Trani by the sea and you will enjoy a relaxing stroll at Castel del Monte. And last but not least, you will love the delicious lunch offered at a typical Apulian farmhouse.
⇒ DIFFICULTY: Easy
⇒ TIME: 3 days
⇒ WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK: Bare essentials like comfortable clothing, suitable for the season. During your Puglia trip, always carry a bottle of water with you and bring your knack for adventure. Our highly-skilled local guides can not wait to introduce you to these enchanting places. Just enjoy, take the most of every second of your Puglia vacation, we’ll take care of the rest!
⇒ WE PROMISE that you will spend a holiday filled with emotions, for our Puglia trip is designed to help you find your way through a more immersive and authentic experience.
You will be pleasantly surprised by what you will discover and it will be love at first.....visit.
SPECIAL OFFER HOLIDAY IN PUGLIA + EXPERIENCES 2021-2022
PRICES PER ROOM "HOTEL + GUIDED TOURS"
This option includes a two-night stay with breakfast and guided tours as per the program. You will then have to reach the locations mentioned in the program with your car.
Price per room
€450 single room
€700 double room
PRICES PER ROOM "HOTEL + GUIDED TOURS + TRANSFER"
This option includes a two-night stay with breakfast, guided tours and transfers by car with driver as mentionned in the program. The tour starts and ends in Bari.
Price per room
€1300 double room
€1000 single room
What does your 3 days in the Apulia italian region package holiday iclude?
2 nights with breakfast in selected hotel in the heart of Matera,
transfers as per program (if you select this option)
local guides in Matera, Alberobello, Castel del Monte, Trani, entrances to Matera
1 light lunch in a typical farmhouse.
METHOD OF BOOKING:
You can book online by selecting the date on the cart or you have the option of paying a deposit of 100€ when you book the tour. The remaining amount will have to be paid 15 days before departure. For this type of booking contact us by sending an e-mail or on Whatsapp
The tour can be cancelled free of charge 15 days before departure. After this time there will be a 50% cancellation fee.
Discount of 50% for kids from 6 to 17 years old. Free for children under 6 years old.
⇒ HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the 3 UNESCO sites: Matera, Alberobello and Castel del Monte. Spend a day in the beautiful seaside town of Trani. Stay in a typical Sassi district hotel in the heart of the historic center.
3 days in the Apulia italian region package holiday, marvel at UNESCO wonders of Puglia and Matera: why it's worth it
These 3 very important UNESCO sites in southern Italy are not very well connected by public transportation so if you don't have a car, it's hard to visit them in a few short days.
Furthermore, being one of the most popular locations, it is necessary to organize your Puglia holiday in advance, in order to sort out all details such as where to park your car, which roads to take, what to see in Matera, what to see in Alberobello, etc. We aim to be your best Puglia travel guide: Our priority : organizing everything to facilitate your trip - from booking your hotel, to the transfer service from Bari to selecting passionate local tour guides.
We believe our Puglia package holiday is the best way to spend three days of vacation between Puglia and Basilicata worry-free.
How long does it take to visit Matera, Alberobello and Castel del Monte?
3 days will be enough for an organized trip with a complete tour, which will allow you to really get to know the Città dei Sassi, the capital of the trulli and the splendid octagonal manor or castle built by Frederick II of Swabia.
Besides, you will also visit a splendid seaside resort, the city of Trani, also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic for its magnificent location overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Organized tour of the UNESCO sites of Puglia and Matera: online booking
This tour is available all year-round by booking at least 15 days prior to your departure. If you need to book last minute, contact us immediately and we will do everything we can to guarantee your spot on the tour.
What else could you see around?
If you want to extend your stay in Puglia for more than three days, you could see many other sites and have plenty of memorable experiences. How about another mini-tour in the Itria Valley or in the Gargano? Or take a detour into the magical and now "mythical" Salento? The choices are infinite. Have a look at our available tours and contact us now for more information. We are more than happy to tailor-made your next Puglia vacation.
3 days in the Apulia italian region package holiday FULL PROGRAM:
Day 1 - Bari and Matera at sunset
Travel to Puglia, Italy. Arrival in Bari. The driver will pick you up at your arrival point in Bari (train station, airport or another point you wish to meet in the city) to transfer you to Matera, the city of Sassi. Hotel check-in and tour of Matera.
You will visit the city of stones at sunset in the company of an expert Puglia guide. Matera is considered one of the most evocative places in Southern Italy. It was declared a UNESCO site in 1993 and the European Capital of Culture in 2019. The visit with an authorized local guide will take you to discover the history of a city carved into the rock, where residents still lived until the mid-20th century.
The itinerary includes a visit to a cave house and an ancient church. A truly unique and picturesque experience.
Day 2 - Trani and Castel del Monte with light lunch at the farmhouse
After breakfast, you will reach Trani, the Pearl of the Adriatic, where you will visit the majestic cathedral on the sea and stroll through the alleys of the Jewish quarter while admiring the blue of the sea that seems to merge with the blue sky.
For lunch, you will head to a typical farmhouse located in the heart of the Alta Murgia Park for a light meal and have a relaxed afternoon surrounded by nature.
Then you will head towards Castel del Monte, one of the most mysterious and fascinating castles in Southern Italy designed by Frederick II of Swabia.
A professional tour guide will recount the history of the monument, a UNESCO site since 1996, following the various interpretations regarding its role and function. The stories will be filled with anecdotes about the Emperor’s life, defined as "Stupor Mundi". You will return to Matera in the afternoon to spend the evening at leisure.
Day 3 - Alberobello
Breakfast. Then meet up with your driver and your Puglia travel guide who will take you by minivan to Alberobello, a must-visit destination on your journey between Puglia and Basilicata. In fact, Alberobello, a UNESCO site since 1996, has a fairytale charm like no other place, thanks to its concentration of trulli, an important example of rural architecture that still endures to this day.
Your local guide will also show you the panoramic view of Rione Aia Piccola with its endless expanse of conical roofs. Transfer to Bari for departure.
Visit Puglia Italy: things to know before traveling
Is Apulia and Puglia the same?
These two terms refer to the same region in the South of Italy, Puglia.
Apulia is the former latin name given to the region, still used by English speakers. Nowadays, Italians use the term Puglia to refer to this Southern region.
Where is Apulia situated?
Apulia is located in the South East of Italy, on the Adriatic sea, in the heel of the boot. Its capital is Bari. Puglia has an area of 19 223 sq km (7422 sq miles) and it is subdivided in 6 administrative districts ; the metropolitan area of the city of Bari (capital city), the provinces of Foggia, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce.
What is Apulia known for?
Throughout the region of Apulia in Italy, there are so many beautiful sites and picturesque locations to choose from, so the must-see list can be quite long. Nevertheless, here is a non-exhaustive overview of what Puglia is known for and what your next visit in Puglia Italy holidays could entail; its mesmerizing architecture (the sassi of Matera, the trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte, the myriads of historic centres), its delicious gastronomy (orecchiette, burrata, primitivo wine…), its beautiful landscapes (the Salento coast with its crystal clear water, lush hills filled with centuries-old olive trees, untouched and preserved forests).
Is Apulia safe for tourists? Is it worth going to Puglia?
Puglia is definitely a safe destination. However, we wish to give you some common sense suggestions that can be valid for any destination. If you visit a city, park your car near the historic center.
Also look out for parking spaces with blue stripes, these spots have a parking fee. In order to avoid fines, make sure you pay the parking meter.
At night, it is preferable to leave your car in a monitored-parking. Usually, the personnel of your accommodation or hotel will advise you where to park.
If you go to unsupervised beaches, make sure not to leave any personal belongings in sight.
Is Puglia a good family holiday destination?
Yes, Puglia is a destination for families. There are many activities to do with children, from boat tours to city tours, bike tours, apecar or rickshaw tours. Your whole family will enjoy visiting the zoo of Fasano, but also farms with animals and taking part in cooking lessons.
In addition, Puglia has beautiful beaches and also nature and wildlife reserves where you can do trekking and bird watching.
What is the best time to visit Puglia?
The best time to visit Puglia is undoubtedly spring and autumn, when temperatures are mild and there are fewer people. In the summertime, the months of June and September are preferable, because July and August are the most crowded since Italians themselves are on vacation.
If you have no choice and you can only travel in the months of July and August, here are some suggestions: if you want to stay on the beach, we recommend that you go early (maybe at dawn, why not?), as after 11 am the beaches start to be very busy. In the hottest hours of the day from 1pm to 4pm, a good idea would be to visit a monument, a park, a winery, an oil mill or a farm. In the early afternoon, a nap is also a good idea, that is what the Apulians do!
In the warmer months, the best time to visit a city is at sunset. Another option would be to go to the beach and maybe have an aperitivo while the sun goes down.
In reality, Puglia can be visited all year round.
Winter is mild and sunny. The Christmas period is cheerful and festive - living nativity scenes, Christmas markets, and artist lights that brighten historical centres.
How is the weather in Puglia?
Puglia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The rains are scarce and are concentrated mostly in Autumn and Winter, hence the name of A-pluvia (without rain).
The coldest months are January and February but temperatures rarely drop below 32°F (0°C).
Occasionally, it snows in the hilly and mountainous areas (Gargano area and north of Bari). With the onset of spring, temperatures get warmer, even reaching 77 °F (25 °C) at times. June, July and August are the hottest months.
On some days, peaks of 104°F (40°C) are reached. September and October are very pleasant months, with temperatures ranging between 64°F (18°C) and 81°F (27°C). Autumn is one of those seasons when, at certain times you can go to the beach, and at others you need a jacket for the evenings are cooler. During the Christmas period it is colder but still pretty mild.
How many days do you need in Puglia?
To visit Puglia in Italy, we recommend at least two weeks of vacation, as it is one of the longest regions in Italy with 800 km of coastline. Puglia has landscapes and places that are also very different from one another. A local historian defined it as a small continent, where you can find mountains, hills, villages, cities of art, sea, lakes, nature reserves, caves, castles and cathedrals.
In case you can not afford to spend two weeks, a 6 or 7 day duration is still a decent amount of time that will allow you to visit the main must-see locations. Puglia is a destination that can be easily combined with other Italian regions. On a tighter schedule, you can opt for mini tours which will narrow down specific areas of Puglia, such as Unesco sites.
How far is Puglia from Rome?
Puglia is located 358 km from Rome. From there, you can reach the capital of Puglia, Bari by train, bus, plane, or by car. By train, there is a high speed line connecting Rome to Bari and other Apulian cities. Taking a Frecce from Rome to Bari, the journey will take you about 4 hours.
By bus, it is the cheapest option but also the longest, approximately 6/7 hours of travel.
By plane, you can take a direct flight that usually lasts an hour.
If you have a car, it will take you approximately 5 hours, depending on traffic.
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