Included Holiday Highlights

  • Lunch at Masseria Centrone, a fortified farmhouse 
  • Tour of Matera and its Sassi houses 
  • Visit historic Lecce 
  • See the Trulli houses in three towns

Holiday Itinerary Puglia and Basilicata

Day 1 UK/Bari

Travelsphere’s Private Chauffeur Service collects you from home for your flight to Bari. On arrival, we will transfer you to the 4-star Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri near Alberobello. This is the ideal base from which to explore the regions of Puglia and Basilicata. It also boasts wonderful features including a lovely spa, beautiful gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. Between your sightseeing you can use these facilities at your leisure. (D)

Day 2 Farmhouse Experience

Today we'll visit Masseria Centrone, a fortified farm that has been in the Centrone family for over 150 years. Here we'll get a chance to experience a real flavour of the food grown and produced in the Apulian region, which includes cheeses, olive oil and bread. The visit will include a chance to watch a demonstration by one of the owners making orecchiette pasta whose shape is typical of the area.  You will also get the chance to get hands on if you wish, making bread rolls, which will be baked in an open wood oven. The highlight of the visit will be a lunch of typical regional food accompanied by wine and Limoncello. After lunch there will be a chance to explore the gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Matera

You've a full day of exploration to look forward to today on a trip to the UNESCO-listed town of Matera. Here, your Local Guide will tell you all about the 'Sassi' houses you'll see – incredible cave dwellings carved into the hillsides. They were inhabited right up until the 1950s and as one of Basilicata's most famous sites, they offer a fascinating window on the past. During a break in sightseeing your Tour Manager and Local Guide will be able to point you in the right direction if you fancy a spot of lunch. (B, D)

Day 4 Alberobello - at Leisure

How you spend today is entirely up to you. If relaxation is on your agenda, why not laze by your hotel's pool, or book yourself into the spa for a treatment or two. If you want to explore at your own pace, there's a shuttle service into Alberobello. Another alternative is an optional excursion to the pretty town of Ostuni. With your Tour Manager take a stroll along its maze of narrow streets, lined with whitewashed houses which sit beneath an imposing Gothic cathedral. There's also the chance today to sample the olive oil that is produced in this region in an abundance of olive groves. Some of the trees here are hundreds of years old. (B, D)

Day 5 Alberobello - at Leisure

You have a choice to make today. You can spend more time enjoying the facilities at your hotel or maybe head into Alberobello for more sightseeing. 

If you would like to see more of the region, an alternative is an optional day of exploration in the coastal town of Trani in the north of Puglia. Here you'll see fishermen at work in the busy harbour and have the chance to admire the simplicity of its 11th century cathedral. In complete contrast is the grand Castel del Monte, which you'll also visit. This gleaming castle is made from pale stone and can be seen from miles around. As you stand at its base, cast your eyes upwards and take in this octagonal masterpiece which was built in the 13th century by Emperor Frederick II. ​(B, D)

Day 6 Lecce

After breakfast we'll head off to explore the attractive city of Lecce. Together with your knowledgeable Local Guide you'll uncover a new treasure around every corner as you stroll along streets lined with extravagant Baroque architecture. A couple of real highlights to keep an eye out for are the ancient Roman amphitheatre and the Church of Santa Croce. Spend some time looking closely at its ornate façade, which is adorned with intricately carved statues.​ (B, D)

Day 7 Alberobello, Locorotondo and Martina Franca

You're going to see Puglia's unique and quirky-looking Trulli houses on an included day out. As we drive into the Valley of Itria, these whitewashed cylindrical buildings with conical grey roofs can be seen in large numbers. Our first stop is Alberobello, where you'll see the Trulli are decorated with painted symbols on their roofs. Then, in Locorotondo you'll see the buildings are arranged in a circular pattern.

Finally, we reach Martina Franca, in the heart of the valley, where Moorish influences have created a town of medieval palaces and churches. The houses here are adorned with wrought-iron balconies which might put you more in mind of Andalucia in Spain than Italy. (B, D)

Day 8 Bari/UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home. (B)

Meals included B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner

Departure dates and prices 2022 Puglia and Basilicata

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Departure Dates & Airport
Prices from Departure Dates & Airport Prices from
13 May - Gatwick
£1349 2, 9 Sep - Gatwick £1429
13 May - Manchester
£1448 2, 9 Sep - Manchester £1528
3 June - Gatwick £1399 23 Sep - Gatwick £1349
3 June - Manchester £1498 23 Sep - Manchester
£1448
17 June - Gatwick £1419 7 October - Gatwick £1299
17 June - Manchester
£1518 7 October - Manchester £1398

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

 

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Puglia and Basilicata

Holidays by Air 8 Days 2022

Prices from £1299

These two spectacular regions abound with unique sights on this fantastic Italian holiday. Visit Masseria Centrone, a fortified farm where you can experience a real flavour of the food grown and produced in the Apulian region, including cheeses, olive oil and bread.

Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Matera and its 'Sassi' houses, incredible cave dwellings carved into the hillsides. Your holiday continues with a visit to the city of Lecce to uncover treasures such as extravagant Baroque architecture, the ancient Roman amphitheatre and the Church of Santa Croce, before discovering Puglia's unique Trulli houses, whitewashed cylindrical buildings with conical grey roofs that can be seen in large numbers into the Valley of Itria.

Optional excursions include visits to the pretty town of Ostuni for a stroll along its maze of narrow streets, and the coastal town of Trani in the north, with its busy harbour and 11th century cathedral. 

Puglia & Basilicata

What's Included

  • Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service
  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways or easyJet
  • 7 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide 
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage 
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Wi-fi on board your coach

More flight choices are available, see price panel for details. Supplements may apply

Accommodation as specified or similar

Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello

The 4-star Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri is ideally located within reach of Alberobello. 

Hotel facilities include a outdoor pool and beautiful gardens. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and a TV.

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Trani and Castel del Monte from £49

You’re sure to be charmed by the picturesque coastal town of Trani, a lovely place to explore, wander or just relax. Watch fishermen at work in the busy harbour or take a stroll through the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter to the cathedral, which occupies a spectacular spot at the water’s edge. Later, visit the 13th century Castel del Monte, one of Italy’s finest castles, built by Emperor Frederick II. In contrast to Trani’s simple cathedral, this masterpiece of architecture which resembles a crown – probably a symbol of Frederick’s power – is visible from afar thanks to its isolated hilltop position.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Must See

Ostuni and Olive Oil from £45

Join our excursion to Ostuni, a pretty town peppered with gleaming centuries-old whitewashed buildings. It is spread over three hills and surrounded by olive groves, boasting a magnificent Gothic cathedral, a lovely place for a leisurely stroll. Make your way through narrow streets spanned by elegant archways or maybe take a seat in a café and just enjoy the views. The local museum houses some interesting artefacts and there are plenty of tempting shops if you want to pick up a souvenir.

A visit will also be made to a local olive oil producer where you’ll see first-hand how the oil is produced and then get to sample the final product.

Three Quarter Day - Moderate Walking - Local Culture & Scenery

Prebookable Package - Trani and Castel del Monte / Ostuni and Olive Oil from £86


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