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Activities
  • guided walk
Accommodation
  • 2 nights in a typical trullo
  • 5 nights in 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 6 Breakfasts

8 Days$2199USD

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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: PGW

Trip highlights


  • View the red earth of Salento and olive groves by the sea
  • Discover Lecce and its historic centre, and the seaside town of Otranto
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage trulli of Alberobello and the Sassi of Matera
  • Stay in atmospheric hand picked hotels and guesthouses

Puglia's position as Italy's gateway to the Orient meant that it was easily occupied by many marauding invaders during its history: including the Normans, the Turks, Greeks, Romans and Goths. This rich mixture of civilisations and cultures has left an intriguing legacy to explore, which makes travelling here feel genuine and unlike anywhere else in Italy. This guided walking trip combines time discovering archeological and architectural treasures with hiking through valleys and along coastal paths surrounded by landscapes of red earth, olive groves and vineyards. See the unique dry stone cottages known as trulli in intriguing Alberobello and the cave houses known as Sassi in Matera. Explore the enchanting maze of narrow streets in the 'white city' Ostuni, the seaside village of Otranto facing the Adriatic and visit the elegant Baroque city of Lecce.


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Make your own way to Lecce, capital of the Salento region. From the train station you can take a taxi (allow EUR15-20) to the hotel, which is located in the historical centre of the city. Inside a 17th century building, this charming hotel will be your home for 2 days. Lecce has the charm of Prague, the stonework of Florence and is about the size of Siena. Within its walls are numerous churches and convents, cultural sites, ancient monuments, museums, libraries and cafes. It is a city to to meander through, not knowing what will greet you at your next turn. We recommend arriving in the afternoon and taking time to wander its old streets and relax in the piazza overlooking the amphitheatre, enjoying the ambience. Meet your guide and group at 6pm at the hotel before heading out for a welcome dinner brimming with atmosphere.

Meals:  D

The focus today is Otranto, a small seaside village facing the Adriatic Sea, which you'll reach by private transfer. Otranto's Cathedral is famous for its unique 12th-century floor mosaic, which covers the floor of the nave, the sanctuary and the apse. We'll then set off on foot along the coastline, discovering flowers and Mediterranean vegetation, as well as the Saracen watchtowers. Private transfer back to Lecce where you can enjoy a free evening discovering its main monuments. Distance: 10km/6.2mi, ascent: +100m/328ft, descent: -100m/328ft

Meals:  B

In the morning we'll have a guided walk through Lecce's charming streets and past its Baroque style churches and palaces. In the afternoon we will transfer to Ostuni (approx 1 hr), a striking hilltop village known as the "white city", due to its fortress of whitewashed buildings clustered on the hillside. Its charm lies within the enchanting maze of Greek-style narrow streets and fine Mediterranean architecture. Free time to discover this fairy tale-like town before dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in our hotel.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we will set out on foot to discover the unique countryside of Ostuni: through millenary olive groves on red clay-like soil with wonderful views of the Adriatic. We'll have lunch at a 'masseria'/farm, tasting typical local products, before walking back into town. A 4pm private transfer will take us to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alberobello, with its intriguing dry-stone dwellings known as trulli, in the beautiful Itria valley. We'll stay in a typical trullo in the historical centre, and in the evening enjoy a wine and typical product tasting. Overnight in Alberobello. Distance: 7.5km/4.6mi, ascent: +100m/328ft, descent: -150m/492ft

Meals:  B,L

Today we will explore the Itria Valley, walking along an old aqueduct which is still the largest water pipeline in Europe, to Locorotondo. We'll pass between olive trees, vineyards and trulli on our way through this enchanting landscape. There's free time to explore pretty Locorotondo before a short train or bus rides takes us back to Alberobello. Dinner at leisure. Distance: 13km/8mi, ascent: +150m/492ft, descent: -150m/492ft

Meals:  B

In the morning a private transfer takes us to Grotte di Castellana, the most important cave system in Italy. We enjoy a guided visit of the site before reaching the "White cave", known as the "Wonder One". In the afternoon we'll transfer to Matera and check in to our hotel, in the heart of the historical centre. You're then free to discover this amazing city, one of the oldest in Italy. UNESCO Heritage listed since 1993, The Passion of the Christ was filmed here. Dinner is at leisure. Caves visit walking: 3km/1.8mi

Meals:  B,L

A wonderful walk this morning to discover the Murgia plateau. Facing Matera, the plateau has rock churches dating from the 8th century, painted with Byzantine frescoes. The landscape here is of pastures and stone farmhouses, and with luck we'll see the flight of different types of falcons. In the early afternoon we'll have a guided visit of the ‘Sassi’ area and afterwards, dinner in a typical restaurant. Overnight in Matera. Distance: 6.5km/4mi, ascent: +350m/1148ft, descent: -350m/1148ft

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast, your luggage will be dropped off at Matera station where the trip concludes. We can assist with a private transfer to Bari if required (a supplement applies).

Meals:  Nil

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Make your own way to Lecce, capital of the Salento region. From the train station you can take a taxi (allow EUR15-20) to your accommodation located in the historical centre of the city. Inside a 17th century building, this charming B&B will be your home for 2 days. Lecce is a city with the charm of Prague, the stonework of Florence and about the size of Siena. Within the old town walls there are numerous churches and convents, cultural sites, ancient monuments, museums, libraries and cafes. It is a city to get lost in, to meander through not knowing what will greet you at the next turn. We recommend you take some time to wander through the old streets, relax in the piazza overlooking the amphitheatre and enjoy the ambiance of the city before you meet your guide and group at 6pm at the hotel. This evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner brimming with atmosphere.

Meals:  D

The focus today is Otranto, a little seaside village facing the Adriatic Sea, which you'll reach by a private transfer. Visit the Norman Cathedral to see the unique 'Tree of Life' mosaic floor before hiking along the coastline, discovering flowers and Mediterranean vegetation and the Saracen watchtowers. Return transfer to Lecce and enjoy a free evening discovering its main monuments. Distance: 10km/6.2mi, ascent: +100m/328ft, descent: -100m/328ft

Meals:  B

This morning we have a guided walking tour around Lecce's charming streets with its Baroque style churches and palaces. In the early afternoon we transfer to Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town is made up of the cone shaped dry stone dwellings known as 'trulli' and its streets are a pleasure to explore, particularly in the evening when the lights are out. The town is surrounded by the Itria Valley. This evening you’ll be accommodated in a typical “Trullo” in the historical centre of Alberobello and we'll have a wine and typical product tasting. Overnight stay in Alberobello.

Meals:  B

Today you discover the Itria Valley, walking along an old aqueduct which is still the largest water pipeline in Europe, to Locorotondo. Pass between olive trees, vineyards and trulli through this enchanting landscape. Free time to explore pretty Locorotondo before returning by train/bus to Alberobello. Dinner at leisure. Distance: 13km/8mi, ascent: +150m/492ft, descent: -150m/492ft

Meals:  B

In the morning we take a private transfer to Grotte di Castellana, the most important cave system in Italy. We enjoy a guided visit of the site before reaching the "White cave", known as the "Wonder One". In the afternoon take a private transfer to Ostuni (approx 1 hr). This striking hilltop village is known as the "white city", due to its fortress of whitewashed building clustered together on the hillside. Its charm lies within the enchanting maze of Greek-style narrow streets and fine Mediterranean architecture. Free time to discover this fairy tale-like town before dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in your hotel. Distance: 3km/1.8mi

Meals:  B,L

A morning hike to discover the unique countryside of Ostuni: enjoy a nice walk through millenary olive groves on red clay-like soil with wonderful views of the Adriatic. Lunch with typical country products at a 'masseria'/farm before walking back into town. At 4pm, a private transfer will take you to Matera where you check in to the hotel, in the heart of the historical centre. You're then free to discover this amazing city, one of the oldest in Italy and Unesco Heritage since 1993 and dinner is at leisure. Distance: 7.5km/4.6mi, ascent: +100m/328ft, descent: -150m/492ft

Meals:  B,L

A wonderful hike to discover the Murgia plateau facing Matera, admiring rock churches dating from the 8th century painted with Byzantine frescoes. The landscape here is of pastures and stone farmhouses, and there is the chance to watch the flight of different types of falcons. In the early afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of the ‘Sassi’ area. Followed by dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in Matera. Distance: 6.5km/4mi, ascent: +350m/1148ft, descent: -350m/1148ft

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast, your luggage will be dropped off at Matera station where the trip concludes. We can assist with a private transfer to Bari if required (a supplement applies).

Meals:  Nil


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - usually buffet style with breads, spreads, coffee, tea and juice, sometimes with cold meats and cheeses, eggs and yoghurt, 2 lunches - lunch with local products in Masseria on day 4 and a picnic lunch on day 6, 3 dinners - generally 3 courses with local products
  • 5 nights in 3/4 star hotels and charming B&Bs and 2 nights in a 'trullo' on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • All private and public transfers as noted and luggage transfers
  • Guided visit of Lecce
  • Wine and typical product tasting at Alberobello
  • Entrance fee and guided visit of Grotte di Castellana
  • Engish speaking guide
  • Sassi District guided visit (day 7) and entrance fees at Park of the Rupestrian Churches and Sassi District in Matera
  • luggage transfer from/to accommodation in Matera and to Matera train station on day 8

  • Travel to Lecce and from Matera
  • Beverages
  • Dinners on days 2,4,5 and 6 and lunches except on day 4 and 6
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • tips
  • tourist taxes

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