Italian Holidays

Undiscovered Italy

Undiscovered Italy
8-day Holiday, departs October 2014 - October 2015 from £839.00P

Puglia, Matera and Alberobello's Trulli

Take in the often-overlooked delights of Italy's sun-kissed southern 'high heel' on this unique and delightful escorted tour. After a night in Caserta, head east to the blue Adriatic and discover the caves at Matera, stunning hill-town Ostuni, Alberobello and Lecce, before heading up the coast, via historic Bari, to spend two nights on the very tip of the spectacular Gargano peninsula, in Vieste.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Matera's sassi cave dwellings
  • The white walls of hilltop Ostuni gleaming in the Italian sun
  • See Alberobello's traditional, conical Trulli houses
  • Spend a day at leisure on the beautiful Adriatic coast
  • Discover and explore Baroque treasure-chest, Lecce
  • The elegant Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola in Bari
  • Exploring the beautiful Gargano peninsula on a panoramic tour
  • The chance to visit the idyllic beaches and villages of the Tremiti islands on an optional excursion
  • Seven night's dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at four-star hotels in Caserta (1 night), Ostuni Mare (4) and Vieste (2)
  • Return flights from your local airport to Naples
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Naples, and then make the short journey to Caserta, site of the 'Versailles of Naples' - the vast Royal Palace - to spend your first night in an elegant four-star hotel.

Day Two

Today you'll head south from Caserta. See the unforgettable sights of Matera on an included tour to discover ancient troglodyte cave-dwellings and churches hewn from the rocks, and then continue to Ostuni to spend your next four nights in a four-star hotel overlooking the blue Adriatic.

Day Three

Explore the stunning, white-washed hill-town of Ostuni, with its labyrinthine maze of narrow streets, and see famous Alberobello's amazing conical trulli houses, today. There will also be time for some wine-tasting, and to sample local delicacies, during a visit to a vineyard.

Day Four

Today brings the opportunity to rest and relax at your hotel, perhaps enjoying a dip in the pool or the sea, enjoying sun in the hotel's gardens, or curling up with a book.

Day Five

A full-day guided tour will show you the Baroque treasure-chest Lecce, one of Southern Italy's most appealing cities. Soak up the atmosphere of this historic trading centre with its elegant buildings, ornate churches and marbled courtyards. Explore the old town, which surrounds the ruins of a great Roman amphitheatre, before we return to Ostuni.

Day Six

Today you will visit Bari - the vibrant Adriatic port and Southern Italy's second city. The jumble of narrow streets in Bari's exquisite Old City is a delight with the stunning Basilica di San Nicola - final resting place of the saint known as 'Santa Claus' the world over - at its heart.

From Bari, you'll continue to the spectacular Gargano peninsula, which towers island-like above the surrounding coastal plains. After a scenic drive along the southern coast road you'll arrive at our final hotel, in the popular resort of Vieste, at the tip of the once isolated promontory. Check in, then perhaps head out to explore the bustling old town, before dinner overlooking the Adriatic in the hotel.

Day Seven

Today there's an opportunity to head across the Adriatic to the idyllic Tremiti islands, home to some of the Mediterranean's best beaches and clearest waters. A ferry ride will take you north of the Gargano peninsula to the main island, San Nicola, with its fortified monastery and tiny church, and from there you can catch a further ferry across to San Domino, before returning to enjoy a last dinner in the hotel.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Vieste, today, and transfer back to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

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P Price shown: 18 Oct 2014 from Inverness - INV

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