Discovery Tours - Charms of Puglia

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Discovery Tours - Charms of Puglia

Italy • 7 nights • Solos Board

Oozing with Italian charm, Puglia, the delightful ‘heel’ of Italy boasts a glorious long coastline, stunning ancient cities, and a relaxed pace of life.

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About this holiday

There’s Italy, and then there’s the ‘true’ Italy! Sun-drenched Puglia (or Apulia) is one of its best-kept secrets. Our new discovery tour will give us a flavour of this glorious undiscovered region in Southern Italy.

Cities, cathedrals & churches

We begin our tour with 2 nights in the beautiful city of Lecce. Our guided tour here will show us its wonderful Renaissance and Baroque style churches and charming sandstone buildings with their stunning pink and yellow hues – so typical of the region. We will also visit the pretty seaside port of Otranto, formerly the region’s main town, which still retains characteristics of its colourful and mixed past.

Our tour then moves on to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobelllo. Here the landscapes are dominated by the region’s iconic trulli houses. There are over 1,500 of them in Puglia, and we will have time to admire them on our guided tour of Alberobello. We also visit the ancient town of Ostuni, with its stunning citadel enclosed within white walls, and gorgeous Martina Franca with its maze of narrow bustling streets and lovely lanes.

UNESCO & Ancient Times

We also visit the ancient towns of Ostuni and Matera, as well as the charming town of Polignano a Mare, thought to be the site of the ancient Greek city of Neapolis.

Bari & Bari

Our final 2 nights are based in the charming seaside village of Torre Mare. Here you can take a stroll through its whitewashed medieval centre sprinkled with bars, souvenir shops and focaccoarias. We will visit Mola di Bari, with its beautiful main piazza, as well as the naval town of Trani, and the dramatic castle at Castel del Monte.

We spend our final day in the capital city of Apulia, Bari, where our walking tour will take in the highlights, as well as time to sit back in one of its beautiful piazzas, sip a coffee and watch the world go by – Italian style!

Why go?

Visit a unique & ‘hidden’ part of Italy

Wonderful Mediterranean climate

Rich architecture, warm people & traditions

Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one tour

Beautiful sites & inspiring scenery

Your trip at a glance

Day 1 London – Lecce

Day 2 Lecce & Otranto

Day 3 Ostuni & Martina Franca

Day 4 Matera

Day 5 Alberobello – Castellana Caves – Polignano a Mare

Day 6 Mola, Trani & Castel del Monte.

Day 7 Bari

Day 8 Bari – London

Our accommodation

Charms of Puglia Tour


We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar).

Hotel Eos *** (Lecce)

Hotel Astoria **** (Alberobello)

Hotel Regina **** (Torre a Mare)


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