The Delights of Puglia - Italy's Best Kept Secret by Air

8 days from £1239pp.


Alberobello

Visit: Alberobello, Italy

Ostuni

Visit: Ostuni, Italy

Taranto

Visit: Taranto, Italy

Castel Del Monte

Visit: Castel Del Monte, Italy

Peschici

Visit: Peschici, 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.

    Fly to Bari where you will be transferred to your hotel in southern Puglia for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Transfer to Bari airport for your return flight to the U.K.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 7 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 7 evening meals
    • Return flights to/from Bari
    • Airport transfers in Italy

    Included Excursions

    • Castellana Grotte, Alberobello and Ostuni - A real taste of Puglia and the trulli houses
    • Matera and Taranto - See the Sassi Houses and pretty town
    • Bari - Capital of Puglia
    • Castel Del Monte - Splendid fortress
    • Vieste and Peschici - Fabulous coastal scenery

    Optional Excursions

    • Lecce and Otranto - Florence of South Italy and pretty harbour towns

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £139.00 (8 days).

    Flight Information

    Return flights to Bari are available from Gatwick & Stansted. All airports are subject to availability. Call for more details. Flight supplements where applicable. This tour is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    If your chosen airport indicates a supplement may apply, we will contact you shortly to discuss.
     

    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. 
     

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    Lo Smeraldo Hotel

    Lo Smeraldo Hotel

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    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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      Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

      Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

      Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

      We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
      Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
      We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long hall flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

      Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

      For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

      The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
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