This guided walking holiday takes in the heart of the Mediterranean where Puglia and Basilicata, two unique regions sandwiched between the emerald waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. A remote area dotted by thousands of ancient olive trees, rolling hills, sparkling seas and remote villages, it is a fascinating region with a turbulent history and intriguing architecture including its famous Trulli and Sassi houses. Our itinerary explores the very best walks and towns in these captivating and still relatively unknown regions.
We start the week in the UNESCO-listed Matera*, a fascinating town famous for its Sassi houses carved out of the rock and inhabited since Prehistoric times. We then move on to the stunning 'white city' of Ostuni, perched high on a hill overlooking the Adriatic and make our way towards the idyllic coastline. We spend the remainder of our week in the heart of the lush Itria Valley in UNESCO-listed Alberobello, home to 1500 trulli (conical-roofed houses), still standing after 500 years.
Aside from the perfect mix of cultural discovery and gentle walking, we'll have the chance to sample the excellent local cuisine and wines. On your free day you have the option to head to the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare perched above the clear waters of the Adriatic, or visit the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce, known as the 'Florence of the South'.
During the week we stay in three comfortable hotels, carefully hand-picked for their character and great locations. We'll sleep in a stylishly converted cave-like hotel dating back to the Palaeolithic Age, a typical masseria surrounded by olive groves overlooking the sea and, in Alberobello, the Hotel Ramapendula, close to the town centre and offering an outdoor pool.
If you choose to book your own flights please check with us first that your chosen departure date is definitely operating as our guided holidays are subject to minimum group sizes.
* Itinerary will be reversed on Mar 31, Apr 21 and Oct 6 2018.
|Meals||Buffet breakfast, 1 wine tasting and 2 evening meal|
|Tour Starts||Bari airport, pick up at 12:10* (transfer to hotel, 1 hr, included). Pick up/drop off time varies by date, please inquire for details.|
|Tour Ends||Bari airport, drop off by 11:50* (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Not applicable|
|Rail Supplement||Not applicable|
|Singles||Add $54 per night (2018 dates): $58 per night (2019 dates)|
|Other details||This tour is unsuitable for children under 16. Extra nights: We recommend Alberobello, Ostuni, Matera or Lecce. Please inquire for prices.|
|Hotels||*** (5 nights), AAA (2 nights) *On May 12, 26, Sep 22, 29 and Oct 13 you will be staying in a superior room at the Hotel Sassi. In Ostuni, you will stay in a *** hotel in the city center (rather than the masseria) on Sep 22 & Oct 13 departures.|