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.
Day 2: Putignano Carnival – Giovedi Dei Piazza
Free morning 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. Concerts and masked dances take place every Thursday counting down the passage towards Lent, this afternoon we travel the short distance to Putignano to join in the celebrations of “Giovedi die Pazzi” (Thursday of the Mad).
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.
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. This afternoon we visit the historic town of Ostuni, seen as the crown of Puglia, based high on a hill top overlooking the region.
Day 5: Grotto di Castellano & Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare
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 have free time at Polignano a Mare known at the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ with its idyllic seaside situation and stunning views.
Day 6: Alberobello
Today is free in Alberobello, your tour manager will be on hand with ideas for further exploration. Dinner in the Trulli Village.
Day 7: Putignano Carnival
Today we travel to Putignano for the Carnival Parade known for its impressive and elaborate floats and atmosphere. Return to Alberobello in the early evening.
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.