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Discover APULIA & MATERA

Private tour of PUGLIA (Apulia region) & MATERA (in Basilicata region)

6 nights / 7 days - Available: from March to October 2017    Departures on Your request


APULIA is a treasure trove of art, history, and nature. A land of sun and hospitality, it's located on a strip of land in southeastern Italy, a strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean. Puglia,  is hugged by two incredible seas; the Ionian and the Adriatic, which crafted a variety of different shores with steep cliffs overlooking colorful sea bottoms and golden beaches sloping into crystal clear waters. Inland, the uncontaminated realm of nature comprises great valleys and gentle hills covered with olive trees, vineyards, and luxuriant forests, as well as some surprising Mediterranean gravine (ravines). So you'll find menhirs, cave churches, medieval castles, Baroque and Romanesque churches, noble palaces and historical residences, enchanted hamlets and art cities, charming masserie (manor farms) and casali (rural homes). In addition to this exceptional heritage, there are also three Unesco World Heritage Sites: Castel del Monte, the mysterious fortress of Fredrick II (near Andria); the Trulli houses, characteristic drystone huts unique in the world; and the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo in Monte Sant’Angelo, a masterpiece of medieval art and an international pilgrimage destination.  The food and wine are an explosion of exceptional flavors. The secret is in the ingredients, all genuine and locally grown, which give rise to superb extra virgin olive oil and exquisite wines. MATERA is the city of the Sassi, the native urban nucleus, developed from the natural caves dug in the rock and subsequently and shaped in more complex buildings. The two constructions called Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano made Matera famous all over the world recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. On October 17, 2014 Matera have been designate European Capital of Culture for 2019.


Itinerary:

day 1) BARI
day 2) Bari / TRANI / CASTEL DEL MONTE / Bari
day 3) Bari / CASTELLANA GROTO / POLIGNANO A MARE / ALBEROBELLO
day 4) Alberobello / MATERA / TARANTO / Alberobello
day 5) Alberobello / MARTINA FRANCA / OSTUNI / LOCOROTONDO / Alberobello
day 6) Alberobello / LECCE / OTRANTO / Alberobello
day 7) Alberobello / BARI






 

 

Details:

Day 1 – BARI Arrival to Bari Palese Airport, meet & greet with our multilingual assistant and transfer to the Hotel in Bari. Time at your leisure for a first exploration of this city. Welcome dinner and overnight.


Day 2 – BARI/TRANI /CASTEL DEL MOMTE / Bari After breakfast  departure  to Trani, to start the guided tour. It is a splendid town on the north sea in Bari; visit of the Castle Swabian (external), built by Frederick II of Swabia to defense the pier and the Cathedral, superb example of Romanesque-pugliese art. The tour continues with the visit of Castel del Monte made by emperor Frederick II of Swabia around 1250, on model of the Palatine Chapel of Aquisgrana. The Castle is set in the Apulia landscape and it fascinates for its symbolic meanings; it is enumerated by the Unesco in the World Patrimony of the humanity. Lunch in a farmhouse in Corato, with typical products of Apulia cuisine. Bari will be visited in the early afternoon, a lovely walking tour of Bari Vecchia, visiting St. Nicholas' Basilica, the Swebian Castle, the ancient city walls. After the walking tour, time at your leisure for shopping, relax and independent dinner. Overnight.


Day 3 –  ALBEROBELLO /CASTELLANA GROTO / POLIGNANO A MARE / Alberobello After  breakfast  departure  to Castellana Grotte, to start the guided itinerary of  Caves of Castellana ( 1 kms – takes 50 minutes ). They are one of the most important attractions of Puglia and natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy, located at the entrance of the Itria Valley. The visit to the caves starts from the Grave, the first and most extensive cave, the only one that makes it possible for the visitor to raise his eyes searching for a corner of Puglia’s blue sky. The route continues strolling in the caves of timeless charm. Karst formations from the most bizarre shapes give rise to real legends: the Lupa Romana, the Cammello, the Calza, the Civetta, all these names are the fruit of the imagination of explorers who have discovered them. The tour follows with the visit of the small beautiful village of Polignano a Mare known also as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” he fascinating historical centre, the Arco della Porta (the Door Arch), the high cliffs and jagged coastline between Palazzese Cave and Lama Monachile, make Polignano's shoreline one of Puglia's most beautiful coastal stretches, peppered with hidden inlets and charming sandy bays. After visit, time at your leisure for independent lunch and shopping. In the early afternoon on the way to Alberobello you will stop in a wine-yard in the Itria Valley for wine tasting combined with ‘Taralli’ biscuits. Then visit of the characteristic historic  center of Alberobello with the Rione Monti, a maze of narrow winding streets with over 1,000 trulli, is the oldest part of the town, along with the Rione Aia Piccola. This area is home to the Casa Pezzolla, a complex of 15 interconnected trulli that today houses the Museo del Territorio, and the Trullo Sovrano, the Church of Sant’Antonio  and  Basilica Minore dei Santi Medici. Dinner at the Hotel and overnight.


Day 4 –  Alberobello /MATERA /TARANTO/Alberobello After breakfast  departure  to Matera ( Basilicata region ) to admire the famous Sassi. Those constructions made Matera famous all over the world, and are believed to represent the first Italian settlements. They have also been recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. After visit, lunch in a restaurant where you have the possibility to taste the typical dishes. In the afternoon, departure by bus to Taranto, once there, visit of  handcraft gold museum and city center. After the visit transfer back to the hotel. Time at Your leisure for dinner and relaxing. Overnight.



Day 5 - Alberobello /MARTINA FRANCA /OSTUNI /LOCOROTONDO /Alberobello (villages of Itria Valley ) After breakfast  departure  to Martina Franca to start the guided  walking tour of the historic centre with its baroque architecture of the Ducal Palace, Palazzo Martucci, Palazzo dell’Università, Palazzo Motolese, Palazzo Maggi and Palazzo Ancona, the important Basilica of San Martino.The tour continues with the visit of Ostuni ’the White Town’. It is really magic, with its characteristic whitewashed houses of its historic centre, the fifteenth-century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral and a series of churches and elegant houses. After the  visit, time free to explore the city, have independent lunch and relax.  In the early afternoon departure to Locorotondo to start the walking guided tour of the city center, the Bell towers of the town's many churches. On the way to the hotel stop in a ‘Frantoio’  for olive oil tasting. Time at Your leisure for dinner and relax. Overnight.


Day 6 –  Alberobello / LECCE / OTRANTO /Alberobello After breakfast  departure to Lecce to start a pleasant guided walking tour where the guide will show you the magnificent center characterized by its baroque style. The architecture and ornate art that was honed here during the 1600s has earned the city the title "Florence of the South". The tour showcases some of the most ornate and beautiful buildings, including the Celestini Palace, with its fantastic Baroque façade, three ancient gates to the city, the statue of St. Oronzo, the 2nd century Roman amphitheater, and the Basilica of Santa Croce. After visit lunch in a restaurant where you have the possibility to taste the local cuisine.In the afternoon the tour proceed with the visit of Otranto, its ancient city centre (“Borgo Antico di Otranto”) has been recognized by UNESCO as a “Culture of Peace Messenger Site.” You will walking along the Lungomare degli Eroi (Heroes' Promenade), at the slope of the ancient city centre.  Take time to visit the Casello Aragonese (Aragon Castle) and the Cathedral with its precious mosaic floor and the relics of 800 martyrs killed by the Turks in 1480. Then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight


Day 7 –  Alberobello / BARI Breakfast at the hotel and transfer according  to Your flight schedule.



Our rates are NET to us and include:

• Accommodation and daily breakfast at central hotel in Bari ( 2 nights )  and Alberobello ( 4 nights )

• Air conditioned private coach with professional driver for all transfers and tours

• Multilingual Assistance for meet & greet on arrival to Bari Airport.

• Local Guide for private full day tours from 02nd day to 06th day

• Meals: 3 Lunches ( in Corato, in Matera and Lecce ) with minimum 3 courses and package of drinks included + 3 dinners ( 1 in Bari and 2 in Alberobello ) with minimum 3 courses and package of drinks included.

• Wine tasting in Alberobello and Olive oil tasting in a ‘Frantoio’ in Itria Valley

• Entrances fees to Swebian Castle, Castel del Monte, ‘Trulli’ house, Casa Grotta e Chiesa Lupestre in Matera, Taranto Museum, Caves of Castellana

• City bus permits and parking all over the itinerary

 

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