5 days in Apulia Italy: Puglia package holidays in Salento and Valle d'Itria

The best of Apulia thanks to our Puglia package tour

The best of Apulia thanks to our Puglia package tour

Let yourself be guided by our itinerary in the Apulia Italian region and explore lesser-known sites and marvel at hidden gems. Discover history, legends and curiosities with our expert tour guides in this all inclusive Puglia package tour.

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⇒ THIS TOUR IS FOR those who want to visit the most famous resorts of the Itria Valley and Salento without the hassle of trip planning. We have got everything covered. Thanks to our all-inclusive 5 days in Puglia package tour you will visit Bari, Alberobello, Polignano a mare, Castellana caves, Monopoli, Ostuni, Locorotondo, Lecce and Otranto.
⇒ YOU WILL GET EXCITED admiring the stalactites and stalagmites inside the fascinating caves of Castellana. You will be struck by the charm and beauty of the Itria Valley villages. You will discover historic centers overlooking the Adriatic sea, with its intense shades of blue.
 ⇒ WE PROMISE you will not have anything to worry about during your Puglia trip, we will take care of every aspect of your holiday. You can focus on enjoying your Puglia vacation. Besides, our Puglia travel guides will always be at your side and will help you get the best immersive travel experience. It will be a journey of continuous discovery of land, flavors, nature and art. We will make sure that your travel to Puglia Italy is memorable.
⇒ WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK: for this 5-day Puglia vacation in Salento and Valle d'Itria bring with you comfortable clothes suitable for the season and most definitely a great camera or mobile phone to capture all the surrounding beauties. And of course a knack for adventure so you can enjoy every moment of your trip to Puglia Italy.


This option includes a two-night stay with breakfast, private guided tours and transfers by car with driver as mentioned in the program. 
LOW SEASON PRICES (October to March)
€ 2300 per person in a double room
€ 2800 per person in a single room
HIGH SEASON PRICES (from April to September)
€ 2950 per person in a double room
€ 3400 per person in a single room
Discounted rates for groups on request from info@turistinpuglia.it
- 4 nights in a 3-4 stars (hotel in Monopoli) 
- Transportation with chauffeur for the entire duration of your Puglia trip
- Tourist guides
- Entrances fees to monuments
Dinners are not included
You can book online by selecting the date on the cart and paying a deposit of 250€ when you book the tour. The remaining amount will have to be paid 15 days before departure.
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.
⇒ TOUR IN BRIEF: This 5-day Puglia package holiday in Salento and Valle d'Itria starts and ends in Bari, the region’s Capital where most air and rail connections are concentrated. You will stay 4 nights in a lovely hotel in the Itria Valley, which is the most popular area of Apulia in Italy, among trulli, masserie, olive trees and dry-stone walls. You will visit beautiful places in the company of a highly-skilled local Puglia guide. From your hotel, you can easily and comfortably visit the Apulia Italian region.

5 days in Apulia Italy: Puglia package holidays in Salento and Valle d'Itria:  PROGRAM

1 day BARI
Independent arrival in Bari. The driver will pick you up from your arrival point in Bari (station, airport or other point indicated by you in the city) to transfer you to Valle d'Itria. 4 nights accommodation with breakfast in Monopoli or surroundings.
2 days Polignano a mare / Castellana Grotte / Monopoli
Breakfast and departure for Polignano a mare. Meeting with the guide on the Domenico Modugno seafront near the statue of the same name. From here our tour will begin to discover the Roman and Renaissance traces of the city with the Roman bridge in Lama Monachile and the Marchesale Arch that will allow us to enter the old city. Purgatory Church (external) and first terrace overlooking the sea, followed by the Mother Church of Santa Maria Assunta (external) and the Chapel of Santo Stefano. We will continue to the Castellana caves, a complex of karst caves among the most important in Italy. Finally we will finish the day with a sunset tour of Monopoli.
In this small seaside town admiring the rock church of Santa Maria del Soccorso (morning only) and the baroque churches such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Madia and the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio (called del Purgatorio). Then we will move to the seafront and the outside of the sixteenth-century Castle of Charles V. You will be able to admire numerous facades of ancient buildings, churches and the picturesque marina when you find yourself in Piazza Garibaldi.
3 days Alberobello / Locorotondo / Ostuni
Breakfast and departure for a tour of the most beautiful villages in the Itria Valley. We will start from the visit of Alberobello and from the panoramic point where you will have the opportunity to admire the two districts or districts and the enchanting landscape of the trulli. Starting from Aia Piccola, the most authentic area of ??Alberobello, we will go to Rione Monti and visit a trullo.
The inhabitants will welcome their guests by opening the doors of these typical round stone buildings. At the end of the guided tour you will taste typical local products.
In Locorotondo we will meet with the tour guide in front of Porta Napoli in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, to start the visit with the Palazzo Morelli and the Clock Tower (outside), we will continue to discover different churches that testify to local devotion and folklore, all of equal charm, such as the 17th century church of San Nicola di Myra (inside), the Baroque-style Mother Church of San Giorgio (inside) and the Romanesque Church of the Madonna della Greca (inside). There will be a walk along the belvedere to admire the silent land that thins out and merges to the sea.
We will finish in Ostuni. The visit will start from Piazza S.Oronzo with the homonymous spire, with an exuberant Baroque decoration. We will continue in the historic center where we will be kidnapped by the numerous local craft shops, we will also meet numerous panoramic points from which to admire expanses of olive trees typical of the Itria Valley up to the sea. Last but not least we will arrive at the wonderful cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the mid-15th century but with a Romanesque layout.
4 days Lecce / Otranto
Breakfast and departure for Lecce. From here we will start our journey through the beauties of the Baroque of Lecce and the testimonies of the Roman era, admiring the Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the amphitheater and the Roman Theater, the exterior of the Castle of Charles V and numerous facades of ancient buildings.
Continue to Otranto to admire the splendid Cathedral, a jewel of Romanesque architecture (inside and outside) with wonderful mosaics. We will move towards the Aragonese Castle (external) to continue our tour towards the city walls, on a panoramic view. We will pass along the seafront with a short stop at the Byzantine church of S. Pietro (outside).
5 days end of tour in Bari
Breakfast and check out. Before saying goodbye, we will spend two hours in the authentic Bari Vecchia.
We will meet with the tour guide in Piazza Federico II di Svevia to start the visit from the Swabian Castle (external), we will continue towards the orecchiette road and we will arrive at the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Basilica of San Nicola and we will continue to arrive at the port with other sixteenth and nineteenth-century monuments and palaces.

5 days in Apulia Italy: Puglia package holidays in Salento and Valle d'Itria  Where is the Valle d'Itria ?

It’s a part of Apulia in Italy between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. Rurality is the predominant feature of this territory, surrounded by olive trees, dry-stone walls, trulli and masserie.
The Itria Valley is the ideal place to stay to visit both the southeastern coast of Bari, and the gorgeous Salento province.

5 days in Apulia Italy: Puglia package holidays in Salento and Valle d'Itria   In Puglia where to visit and what to do?

The strategic position of the Apulia Italian region allows you to reach beautiful villages such as Alberobello, Locorotondo and Ostuni but also to explore picturesque seaside villages such as Polignano a mare and Monopoli. Going further south, you can visit Lecce and admire its famous Lecce Baroque. Close by, you will also be able to admire the beautiful cathedral of Otranto and its stunning 12th century mosaics. 


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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