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Overview

Come with us to Puglia, in the ‘heel’ of Italy, for a super 2-centre holiday staying in traditional Trulli houses in Alberobello, and a super 4 star hotel in Otranto on the sun-bleached south coast. Included excursions take-in the beautiful cities of Ostuni and Lecce – known as the Florence of the south, and breath-taking Matera in neighbouring Basilicata. The coast is blessed with Caribbean like beaches, crystal clear blue waters and lovely towns including Trani and Gallipoli, and lesser known Santa Ceasarea Terme taken in on a panoramic coast road drive to Santa Maria di Leuca on the southern most tip of Italy’s heel.

Highlights

  • Stay in a Trulli House
  • Visit the 2019 Capital of Culture, Matera
  • Mozarella making Experience
  • Experience the ‘Caribbean of Europe’ stunning coastline

Included

  • Escorted throughout
  • Return rail travel from London St Pancras OR flight with luggage to Bari/Brindisi – supp’t may apply – see flight options below
  • 1 night hotel B&B sharing a twin/double room in Turin or Milan outbound & return if travelling by rail
  • 4 nights B&B sharing a twin/double Trulli House in Alberobello
  • 1 dinner in a local restaurant in Alberobello
  • 3 nights half board sharing a twin/double room at the 4-star Hotel Vittoria, Otranto
  • Excursions as stated
  • All transfers abroad

Departures

By RAIL
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
21/09/21 – £1799pp – PGR9-5
14/06/22 – £1849pp – PGR6-4
13/09/22 – £1849pp –  PGR9-6

By AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
22/09/21 – £1299pp – PGA9-5

15/06/22 – £1349pp – PGA9-4
14/09/22 – £1349pp –  PGA9-6

Deposit:
£75pp if travelling by rail
£200pp if travelling by air
Balance payment 12 weeks before departure.

Travel

By Rail – Need to Know read more
By Air – See ‘Flights’ section
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Flights

• Flights are currently possible from Stansted Airport, subject to availability at time of booking the flights, and a supplement may apply. Alternative UK departure airports may become available, we will look at all options when you book.
• Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight/size subject to airline rules.
• Flight duration around 2 hours.
• Transfer time to the hotel in Alberobello around 60 mins.

Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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        Puglia, Matera & Trulli House Experience

        8 days by Air, 22nd Sept 2021, 15th June & 14 Sept 2022 from £1299pp
        10 days by Rail, 21st Sept 2021, 14th June & 13th Sept 2022 from £1799pp

        Itinerary

        Day 1: Rail – UK to Turin or Milan
        Check-in at St Pancras for an early morning departure to Paris. In Paris we transfer to the Gare de Lyon station and join our TGV train to Turin or Milan where we spend our first night.

        Day 2: Rail – Turin or Milan to Alberobello
        Air – UK to Alberobello (Day 1)
        Morning transfer to the station where we join the fast train to Bari. Alternatively check in at Stansted Airport for the direct flight to Bari. On arrival transfer by coach to Alberobello and check in to your private, traditional Trulli house, your holiday home for the next four-nights.

        Day 3: Alberobello
        After breakfast in the Trulli Holiday restaurant enjoy a guided walk through Alberobello, famed for its traditional Trulli houses with distinctive conical roofs and white exterior. Originally built using dry wall construction methods, they could be quickly dismantled to avoid feudal property taxes. Today, the Trulli are seen throughout the region, with the highest concentration in Alberobello, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1996, where many are now treasured and comfortable homes, holiday lets, shops and restaurants. This afternoon there will be an optional excursion to the nearby seaside town of Polignano a Mare (excursion payable locally cost dependant on participants). Dinner included in a local restaurant in Alberobello.

        Day 4: Matera
        After breakfast we visit Matera. A Unesco site, this remarkable cities’ Sassi (cave-town), built overlooking a spectacular ravine, is one of the oldest living cities in the world and one of Italy’s most interesting and unusual destinations. Often used as backdrop in films, Matera featured in Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. This afternoon we return to Alberobello for time at leisure.

        Day 5: Trani
        After breakfast we visit the fishing town of Trani on Puglia’s north east coast. The historic centre with its glossy limestone streets, medieval churches and charming Palace area are a joy to explore, and the pristine harbour side with a wide traffic free promenade, cafes, bars and restaurants is perfect for lunch. We return to Alberobello stopping en route at a local farm to experience the making of the regions famous burrata mozzarella. Evening at leisure in Alberobello.

        Day 6: Alberobello – Ostuni – Lecce – Otranto
        After breakfast we depart Alberobello and drive south to Otranto. En route we visit pearly white Ostuni. Built over three hills, it has the feel of a town on a Greek Island. We continue to Lecce, known as the Florence of the South, its distinctive baroque architecture is a joy to explore, along with countless museums, designer shops, quaint little bars and cafés and historic squares. From here we continue south to Puglia’s Salento region and Otranto, a pretty seaside town with beaches, azure blue sea and a charming old quarter influenced by periods of Greek, Roman, Turkish and Napoleonic occupation. Check in to our 4-star hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

        Day 7: Coastal Highlights of the Heel of Italy
        This morning we join our coach for a stunning journey down the lower eastern coast of Puglia through Santa Cesarea Terme stopping at the picturesque little town of Tricase Porto before reaching the southern most point of the Puglia and the heel of Italy, Santa Maria di Leuca. From here we head north west to Gallipoli, a modern city with a historic centre located on a citadelle-like island that juts out into the Ionian sea. Return to Otranto for dinner at the hotel.

        Day 8: Otranto
        Today is free in Otranto, your Tour Manager will be on hand with ideas for further exploration. Dinner at the hotel.

        Day 9: Rail – Alberobello to Turin or Milan
        Air – Alberobello to UK (Day 8)
        This morning we depart the hotel after breakfast and travel by coach to Brindisi or Bari to join the flight or train home. The train will arrive in Turin or Milan early evening. Here we check into our hotel. Evening at leisure

        Day 10: Rail – Turin or Milan to UK
        Morning train from Turin to Paris Gare de Lyon Station and transfer to Gare du Nord station to take the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

        Note: Order of excursions subject to change depending on local conditions.

        Accommodation

        Turin/Milan hotels:/

        Trulli Houses, Alberobello

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        In the heart of Alberobello, enjoy and experience your own, private and historic Trulli House in complete comfort, carefully refurbished and furnished with a combination of contemporary and traditional styles, modern shower room, kitchenette air conditioning, heating, TV and fridge. Continental style breakfasts are included at the Trulli Holiday restaurant in the town’s main square, just a short stroll from your Trulli.

        Hotel Vittoria, Otranto

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        Situated in the heart of Otranto, just a short walk from the beach and old quarter, the hotel has a spa, a luxury wellness centre, gym, a summer outdoor swimming pool, a bar and restaurant for breakfasts and 4-course dinners. All rooms are ensuite with air-conditioning, telephone, TV , hairdryer, safe and minibar.

        What Our Customers Say

        Loved the Trulli Houses, so unique, also Matera the cave houses were so different, the whole thing was so interesting.   Mrs S Madley 2018 Read more “Puglia”

        The itinerary was good, the tour manager was very informative and knowledgeable about the destinations, the coach drivers where excellent. One of the best holidays we have ever been on. Mrs J Austin 2018 Read more “Puglia Trulli House Experience”

        Mrs J Austin

        The Trulli Houses were lovely. This was a big part of why we booked the holiday and did not dissapoint. Read more “Puglia by Rail”

        Mr C Cross