7 nights from

£1995

Trulli & Sassi

From Bari’s historic Adriatic port to a sublimely different enclave of Italy, this enchanting tour takes you to Lecce’s lavishly adorned baroque buildings, to mystical Matera’s ancient ‘sassi’ cave dwellings, and to the unique cone-topped ‘trulli’ houses of Alberobello

Once a part of Magna Graecia, followed by a spell of Roman rule, and later conquered by the Normans, the heel of Italy absorbed the influences of each era to develop its own richly varied cultural heritage. Happily, in the Puglia and Basilicata regions, much of this ancient world is still visible and vibrant today.

Your journey back in time begins in Bari, the regional capital for the Saracens and Byzantines, and transformed into a thriving port by the Normans – who built its castle and cathedral on the headland between the harbours. We follow the Adriatic coast south from here to Brindisi, where palm-lined boulevards back a seafront promenade and little churches huddle in narrow streets; then head inland for Lecce’s slow tempo and showy architecture. Known as the ‘city of two seas’, and famed for its 15th century Aragonese Castle, Taranto is an intriguing stop enroute to Matera; where a rockface rises from the ravine, hollowed-out to form its ‘sassi’ cave dwellings, a haunting relic of thousands of years of human habitation. Finally, unique, UNESCO listed, amazing Alberobello is one of a kind. With its hillside cloaked in a thousand ‘trulli’ bee-hive houses, it is an inimitable honeypot for international visitors.

Overview

  • Bari  - 2 nights
  • Lecce  - 2 nights
  • Matera  - 1 night
  • Alberobello  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural Tour
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Local Expert Guide
  • Historic/Central Hotels

 

From Bari’s historic Adriatic port to a sublimely different enclave of Italy, this enchanting tour takes you to Lecce’s lavishly adorned baroque buildings, to mystical Matera’s ancient ‘sassi’ cave dwellings, and to the unique cone-topped ‘trulli’ houses of Alberobello

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.

Accommodation

Oriente Hotel - Bari

A 4-star liberty-style hotel located in the heart of Bari overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and close to the old town and many restaurants. Restaurant, bar, rooftop garden and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €2-€5 per person per night.

Patria Palace Hotel - Lecce

A 5-star hotel, formerly an 18th century mansion centrally located in the historic centre of Lecce with many restaurants close by. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 67 air-conditioned rooms with safe, hairdryer, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €2-€5 per person per night.

MH Matera Hotel (Formerly Hilton Garden Inn)

This 4-star hotel is located 5 minutes’ drive from the Sassi area. Surrounded by green hills and landscaped gardens this hotel has a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 125 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, minifridge, tea/coffee making facilities and TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €2-€5 per person per night.

Grand Hotel Olimpo - Alberobello

A 4-star hotel based near the historic centre of Alberobello with restaurants, bar, roof garden and WiFi (free). 31 air-conditioned rooms with safe, hairdryer, mini-fridge and TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €2-€5 per person per night.

Extra Nights

Stay in Bari before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Oriente Hotel
(per night) £125
Single supplement £85
Arrival transfer £55

Oriente Hotel - Bari

A 4-star liberty-style hotel located in the heart of Bari overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and close to the old town and many restaurants. Restaurant, bar, rooftop garden and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €2-€5 per person per night.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

May
May 8 (Wednesday)
  • On Request: Please Call
September
September 4 (Wednesday)
September 18 (Wednesday)
October
October 2 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, entrance fees, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes:

An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €2-€5 per person per night.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £625
Flight Options
  • British Airways Club Europe
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Arrival transfer
  • £65
  • Departure transfer
  • £87

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