Puglia & the Heel of Italy

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Puglia

Scheduled flight to Italy from your preferred airport – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri on the outskirts of Alberobello.

Day 2 – Alberobello & Locorotondo

Guided tour of the UNESCO listed historical centre of Alberobello with its white washed conical shaped trulli houses for which the Puglia region is famous – Locorotondo is perched on a hill overlooking Valle d’Itria and a visit to the beautiful church of Santa Maria della Greco is followed by wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Day 3 – Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino in Trani & Castel del Monte

The magnificent Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino in Trani occupies a prominent position next to the clear waters of the Adriatic and has one of the largest crypts in the world – guided tour of the World Heritage site of Castel del Monte with its unusual octagonal layout and eight equally octagonal towers, built in the 13th century as a monument for Emperor Frederick II.

Day 4 – Matera & Altamura

Matera’s Sassi dwellings are carved out of the rock and are believed to be the best example of cave dwelling in the Mediterranean – Altamura was founded by Frederick II and is home to a magnificent cathedral dating from the 1300’s and the Museo Archeologico housing finds from Neolithic times.

Day 5 – Ostuni, olive oil tasting & Martina Franca

Guided tour of delightful Ostuni, stretched over three hilltops and providing extraordinary views with its white washed houses standing out against the pink tinged brown of its principal buildings – tour an underground oil mill surrounded by century old olive groves for an extra olive oil tasting – Martina Franca’s jewel is its picturesque historic centre with a memorable maze of winding alleys, where whitewashed simplicity sits side by side with Baroque extravagance.

Day 6 – Lecce (with included lunch)

Guided tour of Baroque architecture in the ‘pink city’ of Lecce – included light buffet lunch in Lecce in an historic palazzo – time to wander at your leisure through the piazzas, market and winding streets or to enjoy the serenity of the 16th century Basilica della Santa Croce.

Day 7 – Grotto di Castellana, Polignano a Mare & farewell dinner

Guided tour of the Grotto di Castellana, a complex of underground limestone caves and caverns estimated to be 50 million years old – Polignano a Mare is dramatically located on top of cliffs overlooking the clear waters of the Adriatic – return to the hotel before an included farewell dinner of typical Puglian cuisine at the Masseria Torricella farmhouse.

Day 8 – Puglia

Transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight back home.

Tour Features

4* hotel

All excursions & guided tours included

Half board accommodation

Included lunch in palazzo at Lecce

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Italy

Executive coach in Italy

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Trulli houses of Alberobello

Locorotondo & the church of Santa Maria della Greco

Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino in Trani

Castel del Monte - guided tour

Sassi dwellings at Matera

Altamura

Ostuni - guided tour & olive oil tasting

Pink city’ of Lecce - guided tour & included lunch

Limestone caves of Grotto di Castellana - guided tour

Coastal village of Polignano a Mare

Hotel

Seven nights at the 4* Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri. Located 2km from the UNESCO listed historical centre of Alberobello, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Dinner is served in our hotel on the first six evenings and there is a farewell dinner at a Masseria farmhouse on our last night.




Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Gravina - Frederick II’s hunting lodge and the Monastery of San Sebastiano, famous for its cloisters
  • Pinacoteca de Nittis, Barlettaa - delightful palazzo housing a wonderful collection of works by the impressionist artist Giuseppe de Nittis who took part in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874
  • Bari -guided tour takes in the 12th century Cathedral of San Sabino, the Castello Normanno-Svevo built for the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II and the Basilica di San Nicola, housing the remains of St Nicholas stolen from southern
  • Trani - the magnificent Cattedrale di San Nicola is home to one of the largest crypts in the world and the Church of Ognissanti was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century
  • Gioia del Colle - 12th century castle destroyed by William the Wicked of Sicily and then rebuilt in 1230 by Frederick II after his return from the Crusades
  • Bitonto - home to one of Puglia’s most beautiful cathedrals (dated between 1175 and 1200) with a façade that features a richly decorated prothyrum and rose window, while the rest of the old medieval town centre features impressive Renaissance and Baroque buildings

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Puglia & the Heel of Italy

Date of tour: June 2014

As a group we have tried other tour companies but TT came over as more efficient, far more professional and makes the life of the organiser very easy. The trip to Puglia was nicely varied, daily contrasts (not too many churches!), well paced and everyone was more than pleased with the accommodation, the guide and the driver, giving me the confidence to know that next time when using you I need not fret about how it's all going to work out. Indeed we are off to Vienna next with you! Thank you TT for making the choice of my next tour company so simple.

JG, Stansfield

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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • with more (or less) dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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