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The Delights of Puglia – Italy's Best Kept Secret

Uncover the delights of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, boasting the country’s longest coastline, a superb

climate, endless olive groves and fairy tale towns of whitewashed ‘trulli’ houses.

Day 1

Local departure by coach

or Door-to-Door service, then to

northern France for an overnight

stay.

Day 2

We travel to the Parma area

for an overnight stay.

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Day 3

We continue to the outskirts

of Rome or the spa town of Fiuggi,

south-east of Rome, for a two-night

stay.

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Day 4

Rome

Today you have the

full day to discover the Italian

capital city of Rome on our included

excursion. There will be ample

free time for you to explore this

wonderful city at your leisure.

To make the most of your visit,

why not join our optional guided

sightseeing tour by coach and on

foot which will introduce you to

the city’s wonderful sights.

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Day 5

Trani

We travel south into

the Puglia region, visiting the city of

Trani. The marina is the perfect

place to relax and watch the white

yachts and fishing boats in the

harbour, while the historic centre is

an enchanting area to explore. We

continue to our hotel in southern

Puglia for a four-night stay.

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Day 6

Castellana Grotte,

Alberobello & Ostuni

Today’s

included excursion begins at

Castellana Grotte where we visit the

famous network of caves created

by underground rivers. 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 – the true image of Puglia.

We then visit the charming town

of Ostuni. The bright, whitewashed

houses create a perfect contrast to

the green of the surrounding

countryside and its maze of

winding streets provides hidden

delights around every corner.

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Day 7

Lecce & Otranto

Enjoy a day

at leisure or why not join our full-

day, optional excursion? We start by

visiting Lecce, the main city on

Puglia’s Salento Peninsula. The

historic centre is compact, making

it a great place for walking, and its

restaurants offer and abundance of

fine food typical of Puglia. We then

continue to Otranto, home to a

small port with a series of sea-front

promenades and excellent fish

restaurants. Explore the town at

your leisure before returning to our

hotel.

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Day 8

Matera

Today, our included

excursion takes us to Matera. See

the fascinating Sassi district, the

most outstanding, intact example

of a troglodyte settlement in the

Mediterranean region (entrance

included). Now part of the UNESCO

World Heritage Site, the Sassi

district is one of Southern Italy’s

most important attractions.

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Day 9

Bari & 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 we visit the most

splendid of all Puglia’s castles and

Alberobello's ‘trulli’ houses

GRAND EXPLORER

Ostuni