Puglia - ‘Trulli’ the Caribbean of Europe by Air

8 Days

21st Sep 2018 - £1249pp

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Stay in a Trulli House

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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: Air - UK to Alberobello
check in at Stansted Airport for the direct flight 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. Dinner in the Trulli Village.

Day 2: 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. Dinner in the Trulli Village.

Day 3: 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 the Trulli Village.

Day 4: 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 the Trulli Village.

Day 5: 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 the Trulli Village.

Day 6: 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 the Trulli Village.

Day 7: Alberobello
Today is free in Alberobello, your tour manager will be on hand with ideas for further exploration. Dinner in the Trulli Village.

Day 8: Air – Alberobello to UK
This morning we join the coach and travel to Bari to check in for our return flight to Stansted

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

Accommodation


Trulli Houses - 3-star - Alberobello
In the heart of the UNESCO protected town of Alberobello The Trulli Houses give the chance to stay in these unique historic buildings, carefully refurbished and furnished according to the tradition of the small and unique town, lying on the Valle d’Itria hills. With attention to comfort and refinement, all the en-suite rooms are nicely furnished and equipped with air-conditioning, TV and mini bar. The restaurant serves quality cuisine with flavours of the region.

Included


Lecce



  • Escorted throughout

  • Return flights with luggage from Stansted to Bari - supplement may apply at time of booking

  • 7 nights half-board sharing a twin/double room in a Trulli House in Alberobello

  • Excursions as stated

  • All transfers abroad



ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

  • Single room supplement at £20 per person per night



DEPOSIT: £200pp

Air Travel

Return flights are possible from Stansted Airport direct to Bari Airport. On arrival transfer to Alberobello. Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. Transfer time from Bari Airport to the hotel is approximately 1 hour.
Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.