Puglia - ‘Trulli’ the Caribbean of Europe 2018

10 Days

20th Sep 2018 - From £1499pp

PG9-4

Stay in a Trulli House

All Info

Overview




Puglia, situated in the heel of Italy, has been described as the Caribbean of Europe due to its relaxed atmosphere, crystal clear blue sea and white sandy beaches. What separates this holiday from others is that we stay in traditional Trulli houses in Alberobello. With their distinctive conical roofs, white exterior and, of course, modern hotel comforts, this is a unique way to enjoy a true flavour of Puglia. From here we discover breath-taking scenery on included excursions taking-in Lecce, Matera, Martina France, Grotto di Castellano, Ostuni, Castel del Monte and Trani.

Itinerary



Matera
Matera

Trani
Trani

Grotto di Castellano
Grotto di Castellano


Day 1: UK to Turin
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 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 seven-nights.

Day 3: Alberobello
Free day in Alberobello, so unique it has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The famous peasant houses constructed from the local limestone in a dry stone fashion with conical roofs, attract visitors eager to stroll around the narrow streets, visiting the myriad of shops, bars and restaurants looking for those wonderful photo opportunities.

Day 4: Matera & Martina Franca
We join our coach and travel to Matera, a UNESCO protected town. Originally a slum, sat on a ridge with deep canyons on either side, the town is made up of caves which have been beautifully constructed into homes and hotels. This afternoon we visit the historic centre of Martina Franca, a maze of tiny streets and white buildings. Martina Franca is a must see stop for all visitors to the region. Dinner in Alberobello.

Day 5: Lecce
Today we visit Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’. Originally a baroque town sculpted out of the local sandstone, it is now a mixture of designer shops, quaint little bars and cafés and historic squares. Dinner in Alberobello.

Day 6: Grotto di Castellano & Ostuni
This morning we visit Grotto di Castellano the largest network of underground caves in Italy. We see impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations formed in the limestone. This afternoon we visit the historic town of Ostuni, seen as the crown of Puglia, based high on a hill top overlooking the region. Dinner in Alberobello.

Day 7: Castel del Monte and Trani
We join our coach and travel to the medieval Castel del Monte (Castle of the Mountain). Known for being an amazing piece of architecture for the period and stands out due to its octagonal towers and shape. This afternoon we visit the fishing town of Trani. Dinner in Alberobello.

Day 8: Alberobello
Today is free in Alberobello, your tour manager will be on hand with ideas for further exploration.

Day 9: Rail – Alberobello to Turin
This morning we join the coach and travel to Bari to take the train to Turin arriving early evening. Here we check into our hotel and will have free time to obtain dinner.

Day 10: Rail – 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.

Included


Lecce



  • Escorted throughout

  • Return rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Bari

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

  • 7 nights B&B sharing a twin/double room in a Trulli House in Alberobello

  • 4 dinners in local restaurants in Alberobello

  • Excursions as stated

  • All transfers abroad



ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

  • Single room supplement at £20 per person per night

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices



DEPOSIT: £200pp

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).