A 5 days tour through the most beautiful destinations of Puglia and Basilicata, an itinerary designed for those who like to share the experience with other travelers in a small group for a great tour.
IMPORTANT INFORMATIONS OF THE TOUR
- Guaranteed departures on minimum 2 participants
- The tour starts always on Tuesday and Saturday (from 4th January to 26th December 2020)
- Group size max 15 people
- Standard cost per person in double room
- Booking with 30 days of advance
- 4 nights/5 days in 4 star hotels in the city center
- (1 night Bari, 1 night Trani, 1 night Alberobello,1 night Lecce)
- 4 breakfast
- Minivan with driver from 2nd to 4th day
- Local guides in Bari - Trani- Castel del Monte- Matera - Alberobello - Ostuni - Lecce
- Olive oil tasting
Day 1 BARI
Indipendent arrival to Bari. At 6.00 pm street food tour with a licensed local guide. Capital of Puglia, Bari boasts the presence of the Basilica of San Nicola, an important example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. This church is included amongst the most important places of worship in the world, where Catholic and Orthodox worships blend together. Our street food tour will bring you in the old Bari, where time seems to have stopped: ladies who everyday, seated outside their houses, prepare the “orecchiette” pasta. We’ll have the chance to taste the local “focaccia” and “sgagliozze”, typical specialities of Bari.
Check-in hotel 4 star in the city center Palace Hotel Bari or similar (1 night).
Day 2 CASTEL DEL MONTE/TRANI
Breakfast and departure for Castel del Monte, one of the most mysterious and fascinating castles in the Southern Italy designed by Frederick II of Swabia. The guided itinerary with a professional tour guide will trace the monument history following the various interpretations about its probable function and enriched with anecdotes on the life of Emperor defined as “Stupor Mundi”.
Free time for lunch.
Departure for Trani “Slow city” and “The Pearl of the Adriatic”, Trani is known especially for the presence of the beautiful Cathedral by the sea in Apulian Romanesque style. The Mother Chruch, dressed in white, has four different sections.A beautiful walk with a local tour guide through the ancient Jewish quarter will reveal the multicultural component of the city that still conserves an antique synagogue of the XII century. A perfect place to talk about important themes such as tolerance and respect for different cultures and religions. And then it will be pleasant get lost amongst ancient arcades and freshly caught seafood stalls.
Check in boutique hotel near the beautiful harbor Palazzo Paciotti Trani or similar (1 night)
Day 3 MATERA/ALBEROBELLO
Breakfast and departure for Matera, considered one of the most suggestive places in southern Italy. It was declared Unesco Site on 1993 and Italian host for the European Capital of Culture 2019. The visit with a licensed local guide will take us to discover the history of a town carved into rock, where inhabitants still lived until the XX century. The itinerary includes a visit to a cave-like house recently opened to the public, and to ancient rupestric churches and cisterns. A really unique and suggestive experience.
Free time for lunch.
Departure for The “not to be missed” stop-over for every new visitor to Puglia, Alberobello has a fairy-tale charm like no other place. The trulli are an important example of rural architecture that still survives today. The local guide will show you also the panoramic view on Rione Aia Piccola with its infinite expanse of conical roofs.
Check in 4 star hotel in the city center Trulli Holiday Resort Alberobello or similar (1 night)
Day 4 OSTUNI/OLIVE OIL TASTING/LECCE
Breakfast and transfer to Ostuni. Also called “The White City”, Ostuni stands out for its characteristic old town with totally white painted houses that the Apulian sun makes stand out even brighter. You’ll be guided by a local tour guide in this strategic place from where it’s possible to admire the amazing expanse of olive trees bounded by the deep blue sea. The Cathedral, furthermore, represents the most important monument of the city in its Romanesque-flowery style. Stop for an extra virgin olive oil tasting.
Free time for lunch.
Transfer to Lecce for a walking tour with a licensed tour guide. Elegant and refined, Lecce is one of the most appreciated cities of art in Southern Italy. Here the Baroque style predominates and takes on a local connotation, the “Leccese Baroque”. This style is characterised by the fine stonework in Lecce stone and not by lavish gold decorations. The facades of churches and historic buildings seem modeled by skillful hands… strolling through the old town you will admire showcases of craft shops: from papier-mache to the local pastry-making.
Check in hotel 4 star in the city center Hotel President Lecce or Hotel Santa Chiara or similar (1 night)
Day 5 END
Breakfast and end of services
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a car and would like to purchase the tour with the rate that includes all services except transfers, you can do so by selecting "Hotels & guides" in the cart, in this way you can take advantage of overnight stays, guided tours and all other services by going there with your vehicle.
- Arrival / departure transfers
- lunches and dinners
- travel cancellation insurance
- traveler fees
- Extra daily excursions
- admissions: Castel del Monte € 10 per person and rupestrian churches of Matera € 6 per person