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8 days from £1,549 per person

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Watching mammas making orecchiette pasta in the colourful streets of Bari's Old Town. The pasta’s name translates as ‘little ears’ - take a closer look and you’ll see that’s exactly what they resemble.

Summary

With countryside that’s blanketed with olive groves, a collection of historic cities and fairytale towns, and a coastline stretching for 800-odd kilometres, Puglia is a rich region filled with simple pleasures. On our Puglia tours, we’ll spend eight days winding through quiet landscapes, discovering baroque Lecce (the ‘Florence of the South’) and the traditional trulli houses of Alberobello. We’ll even stretch into the neighbouring region of Basilicata to visit Matera and explore its ancient cave dwellings.

Your holiday includes:

12 excursions and visits

  • Guided tours of Lecce (including entrance to the cathedral and Basilica di Santa Croce), Otranto and Matera
  • Visits to Ostuni (with olive oil tasting), Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello (with wine tasting), Bari, and Polignano a Mare
  • Excursions to Castellana Caves, Trani and Castel del Monte

Plus:

  • 7 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 5 dinners (days 1, 3-6)

Plus

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound2

    UK - Bari - Otranto

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Bari. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in Otranto.

    Vittoria Resort, Otranto (4-star)


  • PUG Day 2 Otranto Italy

    Lecce - Otranto

    This morning, we’ll head to Lecce for a guided walking tour. Known as the ‘Florence of the South’ for its baroque architecture, we’ll view inside the cathedral and the Basilica di Santa Croce. After admiring the city’s honey-stone palazzi, we’ll make our way back to Otranto.

    Here, we’ll step inside the magnificent Romanesque cathedral. It houses a vast mosaic floor dating back to 1166, which depicts a multi-coloured ‘Tree of Life’ amongst other scenes of myths and legends.

    • Guided walking tour of Lecce, including entrance to the cathedral and Basilica di Santa Croce (morning)
    • Guided tour of Otranto (afternoon)

    Vittoria Resort, Otranto (4-star)


  • PUG Day 3 Ostuni Italy

    Ostuni - Cisternino - Alberobello

    This morning we travel to Ostuni, a city which has been occupied since the Stone Age.

    Commonly known as ‘the white city', Ostuni’s hilltop citadel is encased in white walls and surrounded by white-painted architecture. The 15th-century cathedral is distinctive for the green, yellow and white slate tiles that encase it and the nearby buildings.

    We enjoy an olive oil tasting before travelling on to Alberobello, with a break to stretch our legs in Cisternino, a historic whitewashed town.

    • Visits to Ostuni (with olive oil tasting) and Cisternino (all day)

    Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello (4-star)


  • PUG Day 4 Matera Italty

    Locorotondo - Alberobello

    Explore the pretty, whitewashed maze of Locorotondo, before we drive to Alberobello (there’s a 15-minute walk to the town from the coach). Dozens of quirky trulli - circular, conical-roofed houses - can be found in and around the town. We visit a winery here for a wine tasting accompanied by some local products.

    • Visits to Locorotondo and Alberobello, with wine tasting (morning)

    Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello (4-star)


  • PUG Day 5 Locorotondo Puglia Italy

    Matera

    Today we travel to the 2019 European Capital of Culture, Matera, famous for its ‘sassi’ - neighbourhoods of ancient cave dwellings. Monks first created this maze of living spaces and churches as they sought refuge from infidels at the end of the first millennium. Miraculously, they are still largely intact.

    After our guided tour of the rock church and caves, we enjoy a tasting of local wine and freshly baked focaccia, before returning to our hotel.

    • Guided tour of Matera (all day)

    Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello (4-star)


  • PUG Day 6 Castellana Caves

    Castellana Caves - Bari - Polignano a Mare

    We journey to the Castellana Caves today, a series of limestone caverns accidentally discovered in 1938. A guide will accompany you as you descend to explore the caves.

    We then travel to the old port city of Bari. The Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola is dedicated to St Nicholas, or Father Christmas, and was built to house his remains (which still lie in the crypt). As part of the magical Christmas build up here, the local children write letters to St Nicholas and place them in the crypt, before joining a special church service dedicated to them.

    We continue to Polignano a Mare, where we’ll explore this pretty coastal town before arriving at our hotel for the next two nights.

    • Excursion to Castellana Caves (morning)

    Hotel Cala Ponte, Polignano a Mare (4-star)


  • PUG Day 7 Castel Del Monte

    Trani - Castel del Monte

    This morning we depart for Trani for time at leisure to explore the historic centre, stroll along the yacht-lined marina and perhaps visit the castle of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II.

    We’ll then continue for a guided tour of Castel del Monte, built by Frederick II in the mid-13th century. Most probably intended as a hunting lodge, it crowns a medieval hilltop village.

    • Excursion to Trani and Castel del Monte (morning)

    Hotel Cala Ponte, Polignano a Mare (4-star)


  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 8 Polignano a Mare - Bari - UK

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Please note: • In many cities in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out. • 2021 departures stay in Lecce instead of Otranto and Polignano a Mare instead of Trani - you’ll visit Ruvo du Puglia instead of Polignano a Mare. Please call for details.

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