Discover Puglia

From $1,899
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Apr 2020 - Oct 2020
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From $1,899
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Apr 2020 - Oct 2020
Tour Overview

Step away from the crowds and enjoy the real Italy in Puglia, where you’ll discover unique Trulli houses, rock-carved Sassi dwellings and grand Baroque architecture.

  • Leisurely Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host 
  • 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel 
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch at a masseria and 3 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guides 
  • Welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure from Bari Airport
  • Porterage 
  • Audio Guide

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Ostuni, Olive oil & Cisternino
  • Locorotondo & lunch at the five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro 
  • Discover Matera's Sassis dwellings 
  • Alberobello & Martina Franca visits
  • Dinner under the stars at Masseria Madonna dell’Arco


Itinerary

Day 1 Bari

Make your own way to Bari where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Get to know your travelling companions over a drink before dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Ostuni - Cisternino

We start today with a visit to the beautiful town of Ostuni, which dates back to the 1st century AD, when it was an important Greco-Roman city. This is a lovely place to visit and a true picture of an Apulian town, with its whitewashed houses, meandering lanes and a colourfully tiled Gothic cathedral at its heart. Visit a local olive oil producer and see how the oil is made, as well as getting a chance to sample the final product. Then we’ll head to the town of Cisternino, which boasts a wellpreserved charming Old Town.

Explore narrow, shady streets lined by whitewashed houses, historic churches and the elegant central piazza, which opens out onto a series of panoramic viewpoints from which you can take in exceptional  views of rolling hills, dry stone walls and whitetipped conical trulli roofs dotting the landscape.

Meals included: B

Day 3 Locorotondo & Masseria Lunch

After a morning visit to the town of Locorotondo, we will head to the beautiful five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro, where you will be served a delicious meal - the philosophy of the masseria means that produce is always sourced locally. The setting for this fortified manor house is spectacular, as the scenery stretches out across the bourgainvilia-adorned terraces to miles of idyllic countryside.

Meals included: B,L

Day 4 Matera

Matera is a fascinating city, famous for the Sassi stone houses that decorate the landscape. Carved directly into the calcarenitic rock, these ancient cave dwellings, thought to house some of the earliest human settlements in Italy, were originally home to Turkish monks. To learn more about these houses we take a walking tour. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Local Guide, who will be able to tell you more about the history of the area and answer any questions you may have.

Meals included: B

Day 5 Alberobello & Martina Franca

​The Valley of Itria presents plenty of opportunities to see the attractive Trulli houses that epitomize the region. Cylindrical in shape and topped by a conical roof, these ancient buildings line the streets of Alberobello, one of the towns we visit today. We will also discover the narrow lanes and whitewashed buildings of hilltop Locorotondo and Martina Franca, an evocative town filled with medieval palaces, ch urches and balconied houses.

This evening, enjoy an al fresco dinner under the stars in the rustic setting of local farm and restaurant Masseria Madonna dell’Arco, nestled within 23 hectares of fields, vineyards, olive groves andwoodland. The majority of produce served at the restaurant comes directly from the farm, including a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables. You will be treated to a mozzarella-making demonstration before dinner, and there is a farm shop where you can purchase produce.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Ostuni - at Leisure

The pretty coastal town of Monopoli is just a short distance from our base in Selva di Fasano, so why not join an optional excursion here. With its medieval centre, pretty Baroque cathedral, bustling market square and inviting beach promenade, it’s sure to be a truly memorable visit.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Ostuni - at Leisure

Today you are free to explore at leisure, or maybe you’ll choose to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and the glorious Italian sunshine. Alternatively, you can join an optional tour to Lecce with a Local Guide. It is a charming town with a wealth of history, fine architecture, high-end boutiques and sophisticated cafés. The Roman amphitheatre is particularly notable - it was excavated in the 1930s and has seating for up to 15,000 spectators. We will also see the intricately carved facade of the Church of Santa Croce, which features gargoyles, dragons and a large rose window adorned with sculptures of flowers and cherubs. It is a fine example of the town’s impressive Baroque architecture, which has given rise to its nickname ‘the Florence of the south’.

This evening we will meet at the hotel for a farewell get-together.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Bari - Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfers

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Pools are typically open from May-October, at the discretion of the hotel.​