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Puglia & Basilicata

Resort:Puglia & Basilicata
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Europe, Italy
Price From: £1995.00

Overview

Known as the heel of Italy, the region of Puglia offers some of the country’s most remote coastline and countryside, dotted with ancient sites and whitewashed towns. The neighbouring Basilicata region is a rustic area with both historic centres and fine beaches. Over the centuries, both regions have been influenced by ancient Greek, Roman and Norman rule, which is noticeable in the varied architecture and historic remains that you will see on this tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Bari Fasano

Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Bari with easyJet and transfer to Fasano. Stay at the Casale Del
Murgese for 5 nights. (D)

Day 2: Altamura Matera

Morning drive to Altamura to visit the
celebrated Romanesque cathedral. Continue
to the Unesco world heritage site of Matera.
The Sassi district is divided into two parts,
the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano,
each with countless churches and their own
distinctive features. The tour includes a
visit to Casa Grotta, a typical Sassi dwelling,
the Rupestrian churches and the Crypt of
the Original Sin and its magnificent frescoes.
(B, D)

Day 3: Castel del Monte Tran

Full-day excursion with a visit to Castel del
Monte. This octagonal fortress built in the
13th century and isolated on a hill 540 metres
above sea level is a masterpiece of medieval
architecture. Continue to Trani, a whitewashed
port of Jewish origin, famous for its exquisite
cathedral as well as its sweet Moscato wine. (B)

Day 4: Alberobello Martina Franca Locorotondo

Drive through the Itria valley to Alberobello.
Morning city tour of the Unesco-listed
town, famous for its traditional conical trulli
dwellings. Afternoon excursion to visit Martina
Franca, a small town with elegant palaces and
monumental churches, typical of baroque
architecture. Visit the hamlet of Locorotondo and enjoy tastings of typical products among
the trulli houses. (B)

Day 5: Bari Polignano a Mare

Morning visit to the capital of Apulia, Bari.
Explore the old town quarter including St Sabin
Cathedral and St Nicholas Basilica. Afternoon
excursion to the charming sea town of
Polignano a Mare. (B)

Day 6: Ostuni Lecce

In the morning travel south to Lecce via Ostuni
for a tour of the cathedral and a visit to a
masseria (fortified farmhouse) for olive oil
tastings. Continue to Lecce for a short city tour,
including entrance to the cathedral. Stay at the
Patria Palace for 2 nights. (B)

Day 7: Galatina Otranto Lecce

Morning visit to Galatina, renowned for
its exquisite church of Santa Caterina
dAlessandria with its medieval frescoes.
Continue to Otranto, a town of Greek origin
situated on the site of ancient Hydrus. Return
to Lecce to visit the 14th-century Palazzo
Morisco. Enjoy an aperitif in the gardens
overlooking the Roman theatre. Remainder of
the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)