The Delights of Puglia - Italy's Best Kept Secret

  • 16 Day Tour
  • 15 Sights Visited
  • 3 to 4 Star Rating

Day 1

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

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2

Travel to the Parma area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

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

Day 4 - 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

Rome

Day 5 - 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

Trani

Day 6 - Castellana Grotte, Alberobello and Ostuni

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

Castellana Grotte

Alberobello

Ostuni

Day 7 - Lecce and Otranto

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

Lecce

Otranto

Day 8 - Matera and Taranto

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

Matera

Taranto

Day 9 - Bari and Castel del Monte

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

Bari

Castel Del Monte

Day 10 - Free Time

Enjoy a day at leisure.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Vieste and Peschici

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

Vieste

Peschici

Day 12

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

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - 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

Ferrara

Day 14 - 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

Lake Garda

Day 15

Travel north to Belgium and our overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 1

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

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2

Travel to the Parma area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

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

Day 4 - 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

Rome

Day 5 - 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

Trani

Day 6 - Castellana Grotte, Alberobello and Ostuni

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

Castellana Grotte

Alberobello

Ostuni

Day 7 - Lecce and Otranto

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

Lecce

Otranto

Day 8 - Matera and Taranto

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

Matera

Taranto

Day 9 - Bari and Castel del Monte

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

Bari

Castel Del Monte

Day 10 - Free Time

Enjoy a day at leisure.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Vieste and Peschici

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

Vieste

Peschici

Day 12

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

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - 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

Ferrara

Day 14 - 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

Lake Garda

Day 15

Travel north to Belgium and our overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; single room supplement £259; travel insurance from £49.95.



FAQ's about our tours

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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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.