Italian Holidays

Undiscovered Italy

8-day Air Holidays
Departing May - October 2014
From £649.00*

* Price shown: 25 Oct 2014 from London Gatwick - LGW

UNDISCOVERED ITALY

Puglia, Matera and Alberobello's Trulli

This marvellous new 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 visit to Castel del Monte
  • 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 three- and four-star hotels in Caserta (1), Savelletri (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

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 Castel del Monte, with its extraordinary geometric design, set on the limestone plateau of Le Murge, and then continue to Savelletri to spend your next four nights in a four-star hotel overlooking the blue Adriatic.

Day Three

See the unforgettable sights of Matera on an included tour to discover ancient troglodyte cave-dwellings and churches hewn from the rocks. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

Day Four

Journey to the stunning, white-washed hill-town of Ostuni, with its labyrinthine maze of narrow streets, and to 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 Five

A full-day guided tour will show you the Baroque treasure-chest Lecce, one of Southern Italy's most appealing cities.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

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.

Day Eight

After breakfast, you will head to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Further Information

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.

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.

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.

Entrance Fees

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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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