The Delights of Puglia - Italy's Best Kept Secret

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"Puglia is a truly, Trulli, wonderful trip."

Carolyn & Jonathan

Mr & Mrs Tannock

"We chose the Delights of Puglia tour because we had been told on a previous Leger holiday that Puglia was a destination not to be missed. Our route took us through France & Switzerland, with amazing views of mountains & lakes, south to Parma & then onto Fiuggi, from where we visited Rome for a day.

We then went onto Puglia, stopping at Trani for lunch by the harbour. We visited many Puglian Towns & Villages; Alberobello is full of Trulli houses and history. The Castellana Grotta which are some of the deepest caves in Europe are amazing! 

In Matera, the Sassi district which are ravines, is where the poorer people dug into the rock faces to create dwellings, and where they lived with their animals. The villages are very colourful with their markets & stalls. Housewives can be seen making pasta outside their front doors. The view from our hotel on the hilltop at Cisternino was over the olive groves to the Adriatic - 7 kms away. Stunning! One we won`t forget!

The itinerary is well planned with excursions along the coast, inland and on the sea. The boat trip to the sea caves and Vieste was great fun. For travellers on this tour, I would recommend a sun hat, sun cream and very comfy shoes, to enable you to really enjoy everything that this holiday has to offer.

It was a good tour with excellent guides; we had a brand new Silver Service coach, {Delilah II} driven by Sandra & Pete, who looked after us all.

The tour was everything promised and more. We have been on Leger holidays before as they are easy to book, with the friendly staff in Rotherham.

Puglia is a truly, Trulli, wonderful trip.


"Endless blue skies, warm temperatures and ice creams all around–We were not disappointed!"

Maureen & Chris

Miss Staples at Alberobello

"Chris and I love Italy. Our first summer tour with Leger was Picturebook Italy and we have been back to Italy several with Leger since. Puglia was the one region we hadn’t visited and therefore we were delighted to discover that Leger now took a tour to the region.

Endless blue skies, warm temperatures and ice creams all around–We were not disappointed!

Early mornings are no big surprise to us but we were pleasantly surprised when we joined our main tour coach to find Peter and Sandra were driving Delilah II. We knew we would be in safe hands as these two are very knowledgeable and helpful. We have travelled with them both before and nothing is too much trouble.

After a day in Rome walking our legs off, it was time to head south to Cisternino and the Lo Smeraldo Hotel in the hills for four nights with stunning views towards the coast. From here we were able to take in the delights of the Castellana Grotte, Alberobello (home of the famous ‘trulli’ houses, the true image of Puglia), Ostuni, Lecce, Otranto and Matera (home to the Sassi district, the famous troglodyte settlement where the last original inhabitants left in 1959). At the end of a tiring day it was good to cool off with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool before relaxing with a beer or two with dinner in the evening.

Moving onto Rodi Garganico for three nights, the following days were spent exploring the surrounding area of Vieste and Peschini, old towns sitting upon the cliff tops. A highlight was a spectacular ‘fast’ boat ride exploring the grotto caves within the sheer white cliffs along the coast with time out on an exclusive beach to enjoy a relaxing swim in the Adriatic Sea. Who could ask for more?

An overnight stop at Hotel Fenix in San Benedetto del Tronto was certainly an eye opener. Pity we couldn’t stay at this delightful hotel for longer as the accommodation was incredible, smart and fresh with such an inviting pool. Delilah II’s swimming club was certainly growing in numbers as each day passed, though this could have been down to the hot weather we were enjoying.
Time to start heading northwards for a two night stay at Peschiera del Garda on the edge of Lake Garda with the blue skies remaining and bottles of water and ice cream still in abundance. What a lovely little town full of character and friendly residents.

Talking of characters, there was never a dull moment during the tour as we had a full mixture of characters on board. Plenty of entertainment was provided especially from the two brothers from Pontypridd.
Thank you Leger, for yet another wonderful holiday. It was a memorable holiday for all the right reasons.
Here’s to the next one.

  • Chris at Alberobello

"How do Leger manage to squeeze so many varied sights into a day without feeling at all rushed?"

Mr & Mrs Baker

Mr & Mrs Baker

"Our first holiday was with Leger in 2000 and after many more journeys across Europe with them, we went to Puglia in 2014. Why have we travelled so much with Leger?

Because journeys are comfortable with caring, enthusiastic drivers and hotels are excellent. This tour was no exception with the South being very different to the Northern/Central areas. Our pick up and changeover went smoothly, the whole journey was full of interest – especially seeing snowcapped mountains in Switzerland. A full day in Rome was one of many highlights with parking near the Vatican making sightseeing on foot easy. So many towns and cities gave us medieval buildings, gorgeous interiors of churches and cathedrals and magical seascapes. The included excursion through caves was exciting followed by plenty of time in Alberobello where brightly coloured flowers had a backdrop of the white cylindrical “trulli” walls. Hotel Lo Smeraldos’ setting near Cisternino amazed us with old olive groves in a carpet of bright red poppies!

The optional excursion showed us Brindisi’s old town, Lecce’s Baroque architecture and papier-mâché figurines – look out for the elephant – and Otranto with the cathedrals’ 12th century mosaic floor. Another amazing journey showed us the troglodyte settlement in Matera and then the beautiful port of Taranto. First views of the capital Bari from the main road was deceptive – industrial – but the coast had a lovely almost French atmosphere. The 3 night stay in laidback Rodi Gargarnico gave us chance for a full days walk along unspoilt beaches to Lago di Verano.

Then Vieste and Peschici set in lovely coastal scenery followed by driving to Bernadetto del Tronto with more sea and harbor walking. Even journeying North didn’t feel as if we were heading home as on the way to Lake Garda we had a few hours in Ferrara with its moat guarding Este Castle. How do Leger manage to squeeze so many varied sights into a day without feeling at all rushed? Lakeside Garda gave us excellent walks, beautiful Lezecee and Sirmione from where an exciting 30 minute “cruise” gave views of Maria Callas’s home. What a wonderful holiday and I’m running out of complimentary adjectives. For anyone thinking of this trip, take with you a sun hat, comfortable footwear and a large appetite! I have just asked Derek for his highlights and his reply “the whole let” says it all!

Drivers – we can’t praise Pete and Sandra enough especially as this was the first trip down to the heel. Which reminds me of Sandra’s very, very high heels in which she managed cobblestones so elegantly!

Food – Typical tasty Italian food throughout Italy – and plenty of it

Group – interesting and enthusiastic fellow travellers with the lounge area enabling people to get to know each other and share their experiences.