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

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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, fairy tale 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

    A day at leisure or why not join our full-day, optional excursion? We start by visiting Lecce, commonly nicknamed the ‘Florence of South Italy’ due to its rich architecture and monuments. Lecce is the main city on Puglia’s Salento Peninsula and because of the soft limestone that’s easy to work, it became the centre for the ornate architecture called the Barocco Leccese and the city is filled with Baroque monuments. 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, which lies at the most easterly point of mainland Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. The imposing castle with its thick perimeter walls and robust towers, dominate much of the town. Otranto is home to a small port with a series of sea-front promenades and excellent fish restaurants. Spend time exploring the town at your leisure before returning to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today our included excursion takes us to the cities of Matera and Taranto. We start in Matera where you can 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. We then continue to Taranto, one of Italy’s oldest and most beautiful port cities. Taranto is also called ‘The City of Two Seas’ due to its location on a spit of land that separates the open sea into what is known as the Mar Grande and Mar Piccolo. The artificial channel that connects them is surmounted by the famous swing bridge. Beyond the bridge, lies the heart of Old Taranto, an ancient medieval town comprised of the Cathedral of San Cataldo and the Castel Sant’Angelo.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    En route to our hotel in the Vieste area of northern Puglia we call at Bari, the capital of Puglia. It’s 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. We then 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 (entrance included). Commissioned by the eclectic and cultured Frederick II, Duke of Swabia, the Castle is a brilliant example of medieval architecture. After our visit we continue to our hotel in the Veste or Rodi Garganico area for a three-night stay.

    • 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. The old town sits on the easternmost of the two promontories, at the tip of which stands the Chiesa di San Francesco, once a thriving monastery. There will be free time in Vieste before we continue to the small town of Peschici, perched on top of an impressive cliff overlooking the bay and filled with whitewashed houses which cling to the rocky headland. The old town of Peschici climbs from the harbor to the fortifications of the Swabian Castles. Here there will be time for you to explore the narrow ally’s and hidden squares.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

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

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • 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 & Visits

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

    Notes


    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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    Travel Information

    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 haul 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.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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