May - October 2015
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
Bid farewell to Vieste, today, and transfer back to the airport for the 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. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.
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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