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What to expect

Unique Architecture

Explore the iconic Trulli houses

Trails with Spectacular Views

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Immersive Food Experiences

Sample traditional dishes in a typical Apulian farmhouse

About the trip

This fantastic tour combines the very best of what Italy has to offer. Relaxed walking trails along the ‘heel of Italy’ take us through a rich and varied landscapes from the country’s longest coastline, to olive groves, the white washed trulli houses of Alberobello, and to Lecce, which has the well earned nickname of being the ‘Florence of South’ with its wealth of Baroque monuments.  We’ll even venture into the neighbouring Basilicata region to visit Matera and explore its ancient cave dwellings. Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities to taste the abundant range of locally produced fine foods and the wines of the Puglia region.


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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Solos Board: Breakfast & dinner daily plus 1 lunch
  • Traditional lunch in a masseria
  • 4 x guided tours including 2 walking tours and 2 city tours
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected


  • Arrive in Puglia
  • Bari - Polignano a Mare
  • Alberobello
  • Day at Leisure
  • Matera
  • Lecce - Brindisi
  • Day At Leisure
  • Departure Day


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  • Tourist City Tax – EUR 1.00 for initial night, EUR 1.50 per night afterwards payable to the hotel locally (amount subject to change)

What you'll be doing


Arrive in Puglia

Welcome to Puglia! Upon arrival at Bari Airport we will transfer to D’Aragona Conversano.

After check-in, we will meet for our welcome drink followed by dinner in the hotel where we can get to know our fellow travellers.

  • Dinner Included

From Lecce to Brindisi

We start by visiting Lecce, commonly nicknamed the ‘Florence of South Italy’ due to its rich architecture and monuments. Lecce is the main city on Puglia’s Salento Peninsula and because of the soft limestone that’s easy to work, it became the centre for the ornate architecture called the ‘Barocco Leccese’. The city is filled with Baroque monuments. The historic centre is compact making it a great place for walking and its restaurants offer an abundance of fine food typical of Puglia.

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Hiking the Apulian Aqueduct Trail & visiting Alberobello

A completely different landscape awaits us today. Along the Apulian Aqueduct Trail, we walk through fields, vineyards and olive groves. We will see many of the iconic trulli houses, a true symbol of Puglia, and learn about how and when they were built. At the end of the hiking tour, we will enjoy lunch in a masseria – a typical Apulian farmhouse, and taste the local traditional food.

In the afternoon, we visit Alberobello (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996), a town built almost entirely of trulli houses.

Hiking: about 2,5 hours, 7 km

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day at Leisure

Today we have a free day to explore the historic town of Conversano.

The historic centre of Conversano is in three distinct parts, which were all previously walled with guarded gateways, some of which still exist. The oldest district contains the three main historic buildings – the Castello with the famous cylindrical Renaissance Tower, the Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the San Benedetto convent. The town centre is located 850m (15 min walk) from the hotel.

Today’s optional excursion: Castel del Monte (walking tour + visit inside) and Trani in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included

Hiking the nature reserve of Murgia Timone

One of the most spectacular towns in Southern Italy waits for us today: Matera (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993), built on one side of a deep canyon. In the morning we take our hiking tour along the canyon and through the nature reserve of Murgia Timone. Spectacular views on the old town of Matera across the canyon will enrich this experience.

In the afternoon we explore the old town itself, with its cave churches and historical cave dwellings.

Hiking: about 3 hours, 6 km, ↑↓ 100 m

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included

Exploring Bari & Polignano a Mare

Today we explore coastal towns – Bari and Polignano a Mare. Bari is a port city facing the Adriatic Sea, as well as the capital of the Puglia region in Southern Italy. Its labyrinthine historic centre – Barivecchia – occupies a promontory between two ports. Surrounded by typical narrow streets, the basilica of San Nicola, dating back to the 11th Century, is a favourite destination for pilgrims who come here to pay homage to the remains of the Saint.

Next stop is Polignano a Mare, the city of Domenico Modugno, to whom a statue on the sea front has been dedicated. With its various terraces overlooking the ‘blue painted blue’, it is a highly coveted destination for Italians and visitors. The old town contains evidence of the people who lived and fought on the land, leaving traces of the knowledge of the time both in the buildings and in the culture itself. The first thing to do in Polignano a Mare is walk the stone path towards Lama Monachile, to discover an incredible white pebble beach protected by rocky walls. It is the most famous beach in the city and one of the most photographed of Puglia.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day At Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure, where we have the option to book additional tours or relax and enjoy the pool and hotel facilities.

Today’s optional excursion: Grotte di Castellana – Ostuni – Locorotondo

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included

Departure Day

We say goodbye to Puglia and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

  • Breakfast Included


The D’Aragona Hotel & Spa Four-star

This newly renovated, modern hotel boasts a strategic position for its proximity to the sea (only 8 km), the Airport of Bari-Palese (just 45 km away) in peaceful town Conversano. Hotel is located 850m (15 min walk) from the town historical centre.

Facilities Include

The Hotel offers a wide range of services and has a seasonal, semi-olympic-size pool, stylish American bar, the elegant restaurant serving Apulian and national specialties, the Wellness Centre and large gardens for those in search of a pleasant moment of relax.  There is also Free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Room Includes

Refined and equipped with every comfort the rooms have flat-screen/satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, minibar, telephone, air conditioning, heating, work desk, bathroom with shower or bath tub/Jacuzzi, complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. Most of the rooms have balconies of which some overlook the pool.

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Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
March 16 °C 13 °C
April 17 °C 15 °C
June 26 °C 21 °C
July 28 °C 24 °C
October 22 °C 18 °C

Our Reviews

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