Tiny houses with pointed roofs, long coasts and a fresh breeze coming straight from the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. That is one way to describe the untouched beauty of Apulia and the Salento Coast, both regions with vast history and long tradition. Although the coasts are high and rocky, the nature in Apulia and Salento is beautiful.
The tour walks you through Apulia and Salento, the heel of the Italian boot, where you get to see cities like Bari, Castel del Monte, Matera, Altamura, Alberobello, Castellaneta, Poligano, Gallipolli and Lecce. Each of them famous for its small roads and alleys but also the numerous archaeological ruins, these cities will treat you to green countryside, fresh sea breeze and amazing architecture.
Day 01: Bari Arrival | Welcome to Apulia! Upon arrival at Bari airport meet your driver and transfer to Polignano. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Polignano.
Day 02: Castel del Monte & Bari | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. You will start with a morning private guided tour of Castel del Monte. The Castle octagonal shape is a complex architectural design, with many symbolic aspects. In the afternoon after lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, enjoy a private guided walking tour of Old Bari: the marvelous Old City is made of little and narrow "Vicoli" streets. On your tour, you will visit important medieval sites: the Swabian Castle, the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. Late afternoon return to Polignano. for overnight. Overnight in Polignano.
Day 03: Matera & Altamura | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. Today enjoy a Full day visit of Matera and Altamura. Matera, listed in the UNESCO site it’s the city of the Caverns, of the Entrenched Villages, of the houses carved in the rock, of the frescoed Ancient Churches and noble Palaces. The town resembles ancient Jerusalem and Cappadocia. After lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, continue to Altamura, inhabited for thousands of year. Here we will discover the history of region and taste one of the most famous bread in Italy: the famous Altamura’s bread. Late afternoon return to Polignano. for overnight. Overnight in Polignano.
Day 04: Alberobello & Castellaneta | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. Full day visit of Alberobello. The town was founded in the 15th century on land that was originally an oak forest. A typical series of structures of Alberobello are the trulli, made by white dry-stone houses with conical lapidary stones roofs. The Trulli have a central square room which communicates with the other rooms via arches. Continue to Castellaneta and enjoy a unique Food and Wine tasting. Return to Polignano for overnight.
Day 05: Poligano - Ostuni & Otranto - Lecce | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver at the lobby. Today you will transfer to Lecce via Ostuni, the “white city” and Otranto, the closest town to Greek coast. Ostuni is one most characteristic cities in southern Italy famous for its whitewashed houses. The town is a genuine example of Mediterranean architecture with a lot of Greek influence. Walk down the tiny staircases, small roads and alleys. Here from every arch and from any corner it’s possible to enjoy either the view of blue sea or the green countryside. You will continue to Otranto where Greek, Roman, Norman, Swabian and Spanish over the centuries engaged in economical and cultural exchanges. Late afternoon continue to your Lecce hotel. where you will spend the night. Overnight in Lecce.
Day 06: Lecce | Breakfast at the Hotel. Wake up in this charming town. This morning meet your guide at your hotel lobby to enjoy a private walking tour of the beautiful town of Lecce, definitely one of the most beautiful art cities in southern Italy. Referred also as the “Florence of the South,” Lecce can astonish and intrigue visitors and locals alike with its ancient Messapian origins, Roman archaeological ruins, Baroque churches and 16 century Palazzos. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Lecce.
Day 07: Gallipoli | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and Guide at the hotel lobby. Today you will visit Gallipoli. The old town center sits on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a 17th century bridge. It is almost completely surrounded by defensive walls, built mainly in the 14th century. The east side is dominated by a robust fortress dating back to the 13th century, but largely rebuilt in the 1500s when the town fell under Angiovini control. These fortifications tell us a lot about Gallipoli’s history: thanks to its strategic position, it was frequently under siege. Founded, so legend tells us, by Idomeneo from ancient Crete, the town soon became part of Magna Graecia and remained so until Pyrrhus, presumably following one too many disastrous victories, was defeated by the Romans! The island heart of Gallipoli is home to numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi, testament to the town's former wealth as a trading port. A labyrinthine weave of narrow streets all eventually lead to the broader sea-front promenade with its wonderful views. Late afternoon return to your hotel in Lecce. Overnight in Lecce.
Day 08: Bari Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Unfortunately it is time to say Arrivederci. At your convenience we will transfer you to Bari airport. Ciao!
- 4 nights Polignano
- 3 nights Lecce
- Assistance & Porterage at Airports and Hotels
- Private excursions by Mercedes E Class and English speaking driver as per program
- Professional Local Guides: Door to Door service
- All Breakfast and most Lunches included
- 24/7 Assistance & Support
- Details up on request
Prices in Euro
March to October 2017 Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy
4* Boutique Hotels
€4,785 per person
5* Luxury Hotels
€6,385 per person