8-day Air Holidays
May - October 2015
Puglia, Matera and Alberobello's Trulli
This marvellous escorted tour takes in the often-overlooked delights of Italy's sun-kissed south. See Matera's UNESCO-listed sassi cave dwellings, the strange conical Trulli houses, Ostuni's whitewashed streets and Lecce's Baroque treasures, as well as the crystal-clear waters of the Gargano peninsula.
What The Price Includes
- Return flights from selected UK airports to Italy
- A full-day visit to Matera
- A tour to Alberobello and Ostuni to see the traditional Trulli houses
- A full-day guided tour to Lecce
- A panoramic tour of the beautiful Gargano peninsula
- A visit to the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari
- Seven nights' half-board accommodation in four-star hotels in Caserta (1), Ostuni Mare (4) and Vieste (2)
- One piece of hold luggage per person
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day guided tour will show you the Baroque treasure-chest Lecce, one of Southern Italy's most appealing cities.
Today you will visit Bari's Basilica di San Nicola - final resting place of the saint also known as 'Santa Claus' - before embarking on a panoramic tour of the spectacular Gargano peninsula and the lively, historic resort of Vieste, with its bustling old town. You will arrive at your hotel in plenty of time for dinner.
Today there is an opportunity to head across the Adriatic to the idyllic Tremiti islands, home to some of the Mediterranean's best beaches and clearest waters.
After breakfast, you will head to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Please note that 2014 departures will call at Castel del Monte on Day Two, Matera on Day Three and Alberobello on Day Four, and will spend four nights at the Hotel La Sorgente, Savelletri, in the middle of the tour.
Since certain attractions visited offer free admission to visitors aged under 18 and over 65, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Meals in Italy
Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from Naples Airport to Caserta is approximately 45 minutes. On your return journey, the transfer time back to Naples Airport is approximately four hours and it is approximately two-and-a-half hours to Bari Airport.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Italian hotel room tax
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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