1st Day: Arrival in Italy
Arrival in the afternoon in the region of Orte, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo, a town in the Garganic hills and a famous religious centre devoted to Padre Pio of Pietralcina, beatified in 1999 and site of thousands of annual pilgrimages. Accommodation in a hotel in San Giovanni or immediate locality. Dinner and overnight stay.
2nd Day: Vieste
After breakfast, meeting with your tour escort who will assist you for the entire stay in this beautiful region. Departure for the Woods of Umbria (brief stop). We will then continue on to Vieste, a famous beach situated on the tip of the Gargano Peninsula. Here we will visit the Roman Cathedral and the majestic Castle dating from the 14th century and explore the historical centre (outside view only). Lunch in a typical local restaurant. In the afternoon there is an optional boat trip to explore the impressive grottoes along the coastline. We continue on to S. Angelo hill, where we will visit the grotto of the apparition of Archangel Michael, (which occurred in the year 490) and finally we will tour the historic town centre. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
3rd Day: Trani / Bari
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Trani, where we will visit the Romanic Church of San Giacomo with its engraved portal and the Cathedral, an impressive example of Roman architecture. Following this we will travel on to Castel del Monte and enjoy a tour of this impressive castle. Lunch on a farm and departure for Bari to explore its historical centre, with its Basilica of San Nicola – a wonderful example of Romanic-Pugliese architecture, its Cathedral and its sumptuous Castle dating from the 11th and 12th centuries (outside view only). We continue on to Alberobello. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: Trani / Bari
After breakfast, departure for Castellana to visit the famous Karstic Grotto, a large and impressive complex of underground caves and grottoes. Following this we will carry on to Alberobello for a sightseeing tour of the city. This characteristic rural town in the Murge area is celebrated for its many examples of Trulli (ancient stone structures). Lunch in a typical local restaurant. In the afternoon we have a choice of visiting Locorotondo, the excavation of Egnazia, or the landscape of the Fasano region. Stop at a local winery for wine tasting. In the evening return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
5th Day: Lecce / Ostuni
After breakfast depart hotel for Lecce, the main town of the Salento region. We will visit the baroque church of S. Croce, the historical centre, the Dom and finally the Roman Amphitheatre. Lunch in a restaurant followed by a visit to Ostuni, renowned for its production of high quality white olives. Tour of the characteristic historical centre with its “Rifugi aragonesi” and return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
6th Day: Matera
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Matera in Basilicata. Matera maintains its natural beauty with assistance from UNESCO, the environmental association and is famous for its stone (sassi). These two old districts are partly dug into slabs of ‘tufo rock’. Visit to the Cathedral with its baroque interior, beside which stands the historical Museum of Sacral Arts. After lunch in a restaurant, we will continue on to Taranto, a beautiful town positioned between two seas. We will tour the National Museum with its many artefacts from the Magna Grecia period, The Pantaleo Palace, the Swing-Bridge and the marvellous Cathedral. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
7th Day: Departure
After breakfast departure from the hotel. Lunch along the way. End of our services.
- full board starting with the lunch on the 1st day to the lunch on the 7th day
- 3 star hotel accommodations, rooms with private services (classification of hotel according to Italian standard)
- tour escort for the stay in Puglia, from the 2nd to the 6th day included
- visit to a winery and wine tasting on day 04
- half day guided tour of Matera (3 hours) on day 06
- a personalized booklet with all relevant information necessary for your stay
- our assistance throughout the whole stay
- all services specified in the above program
- entrances fees to the sites
- city tax to be paid directly on spot
- all services not specified in the above program
This tour is also available to groups arriving by flight or train, including a local bus service. Possibility to require an extra overnight stay to the starting point or end of the tour.