The Delights of Puglia - Italy's Best Kept Secret

16 days from £1399pp.


Alberobello

Visit: Alberobello, Italy

Ostuni

Visit: Ostuni, Italy

Taranto

Visit: Taranto, Italy

Castel Del Monte

Visit: Castel Del Monte, Italy

Peschic

Visit: Peschic, Italy

Vieste

Visit: Vieste, Italy

Uncover the delights of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, boasting the country’s longest coastline, a superb climate, endless olive groves, fairytale towns of whitewashed ‘trulli’ houses, ancient Baroque cities and charming castles.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    Travel to the Parma area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We continue onward to the outskirts of Rome or the spa town of Fiuggi, south-east of Rome, for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Rome

    Rome

    Included visit to Rome the ‘eternal city’, where you can join our optional, guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot to see the sights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Trani

    Trani

    We travel south in to the Puglia region of Italy’s ‘boot’ visiting Trani, with its pretty medieval quarter and cathedral, literally perched on the water’s edge. We continue to our hotel in southern Puglia for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Castellana Grotte

    Castellana Grotte

    Today’s included excursion begins at Castellana Grotte where we visit the famous network of caves created by underground rivers. ­­­­­­These caves are amongst the deepest caverns in Europe. We continue through the countryside, seeing a landscape dominated by the ‘trulli’, whitewashed cones made of stones held together, traditionally without mortar. Alberobello is the best place to see and visit the famous trulli houses – there are over 1300 of them here. These cylindrical whitewashed buildings with grey conical roofs tapering out to a point or sphere are often adorned with painted symbols and are the true image of Puglia – one of the most unique towns in Europe. We then visit Ostuni, a charming town, perhaps one of the most stunning in southern Italy. The bright, whitewashed houses create a perfect contrast to the green of the surrounding countryside and its maze of well-preserved, winding streets provide hidden delights around every corner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lecce

    Lecce

    Join our full-day, optional excursion to Lecce, commonly nicknamed the ‘Florence of south Italy’ due to its rich architecture and monuments. Continue to Otranto, which lies at the most easterly point of mainland Italy. Spend time exploring the small fishing harbour and the historic heart of the town.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Matera

    Matera

    Included excursion to Matera and Taranto. In Matera, see the unique ‘sassi houses’, ancient troglodyte cave dwellings built in the rocks and now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Taranto, one of Italy’s oldest and most beautiful port cities, founded around the 8th century B.C.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bari

    Bari

    En route to our hotel in the Vieste area of northern Puglia, we call at Bari, the capital of Puglia. Its labyrinth of seemingly endless passages weave through courtyards and under arches where you are likely to see local artisans making their wares or people making pasta. Continue to Castel del Monte, where you’ll visit the most splendid of all Puglia’s castles and one of the finest surviving examples of Swabian architecture. We stay for three nights in the Vieste/Rodi Garganico area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Enjoy a day at leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Vieste

    Vieste

    Today join our included scenic coastal tour. Enjoy the fabulous coastal city of Vieste, with its ancient centre, set above towering, sheer white cliffs. Later, we visit the small town of Peschici, where whitewashed houses cling to the rocky headland.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Puglia and travel up to the eastern Marche region for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Ferrara

    Ferrara

    We visit Ferrara, a city rich in history and regarded as one of Italy’s hidden treasures, then onward to the Lake Garda area for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lake Garda

    Lake Garda

    Enjoy a relaxing day in resort or join our optional, full-day excursion around the shores of Lake Garda, visiting picturesque villages.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Travel north to Belgium and our overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 15 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 13 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

    Included Excursions

    • Rome - Wonderful ancient sights
    • Trani - Perched on the water's edge
    • Castellana Grotte, Alberobello & Ostuni - A real taste of Puglia and the trulli houses
    • Matera & Taranto - See the Sassi Houses and pretty town
    • Bari - Capital of Puglia
    • Castel Del Monte - Splendid fortress
    • Vieste & Peschici - Fabulous coastal scenery
    • Ferrara - Rich in history

    Optional Excursions

    • Lecce & Otranto - Florence of South Italy and pretty harbour towns
    • Lake Garda - Pretty lakeside resorts
    • Rome Sightseeing - See the famous sights

    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £49.95 (16 days). Single Room Supplement from £259.00 (16 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four nights in southern Puglia in a minimum 3-star hotel, such as the Hotel Lo Smeraldo in the Cisternino area, followed by three nights in northern Puglia in a minimum 3-star hotel, such as the Villa Americana Park in Rodi Garganico. You will also stay for two nights in the Lake Garda area. Overnight stays in Italy, northern France and Belgium will be in minimum 3-star hotels.

    All hotels will have a restaurant and bar.

    Italy

    Lo Smeraldo Hotel

    Lo Smeraldo Hotel

    Italy

    Villa Americana Park Hotel

    Villa Americana Park Hotel

    Lo Smeraldo Hotel


    Situated in the Cisternino Hills surrounded by pine forests, the hotel lies in the heart of Puglia and is less than half hour drive from the coast. Enjoy typical Italian cuisine in the restaurant, and the hotel also has its own excellent pizzeria and bar. Stroll around the hotel gardens or relax by the outdoor swimming pool.The hotel offers a shuttle bus (at small additional cost) which takes you to the charming medieval town of Cisternino, with its ancient walls and pretty narrow streets. The town is the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun set after a day of sightseeing.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Villa Americana Park Hotel


    The Park Hotel Villa Americana is situated in the centre of the Puglian resort of Rodi Garganico. A walk down the flight of steps takes you to the beach of the resort. The hotel has shops, bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. Enjoy the food served in the spacious restaurant. Relax in the lounge or by the outside pool. All bedrooms have satellite T.V., air-conditioning and some have balcony.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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