Puglia, Matera & Trulli House Experience 2019

10 Days

Jun - Oct 2019 - From £1499 pp


Stay in a Trulli House

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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.








Day 1: UK to Turin or Milan
Check-in at St Pancras or Ebbsfleet 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: Turin to Alberobello
Morning transfer to the station where we join the fast train to Bari. On arrival we transfer by coach to Alberobello where we check into our traditional Trulli houses, our 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 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 into Puglia’s Salento region and our 4-star hotel in 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. Dinner in 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: Alberobello to Turin or Milan
This morning we depart the hotel after breakfast and travel by coach to Brindisi or Bari to join the train home. The train will arrive in Turin or Milan early evening. Here we check into our hotel. Evening at leisure

Day 10: Turin 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 or Ebbsfleet.

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


Turin/Milan hotels: 2/3-star

Inside a Trulli
Trulli Houses - 3-star - Alberobello
In the heart of Alberobello the ‘Trulli Holiday’ houses allow you to experience these historic buildings in complete comfort as they have been carefully refurbished and furnished with a combination of contemporary and traditional styles, modern shower room, kitchenette air-conditioning, heating, TV and fridge. Continental style buffet breakfasts are included at the Trulli Holiday restaurant in the town’s main square, just a short stroll from your Trulli.

Hotel Vittoria - 4-star -Otranto
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 buffet breakfasts and 4-course dinners. All rooms are en-suite with air-conditioning, telephone, TV , hairdryer, Safe and minibar.


  • Escorted throughout

  • Return rail travel from London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request)

  • 1 night hotel B&B sharing a twin/double room in Turin or Milan outbound & return

  • 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

Accommodation Options
  • Single room supp’t £20 per person per night

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - call for availability and prices

By rail £150pp

Rail Travel

Eurostar - London to Paris
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
Paris to Turin
Taking the train is a civilised and stress-free way to travel through Europe. We leave Paris around lunchtime and arrive in Milan/Turin with time to check-in to our hotel before dinner
Turin to Bari
Sit back and relax as the fast train from Milan/Turin speeds through some of central Italy‘s most scenic regions en-route to Bari, near the heel of Italy.
Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag/holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager/Escort will not be able to provide you and/or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and/or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).