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In Apulia and Basilicata see the famous Trulli and Sassi houses, visit historic Lecce and enjoy lunch at a masseria & more

Alberobello - Matera - Lecce - Locorotondo - Martina Franca

Italy’s heel overflows with highlights. Discover the fascinating Trulli houses and Sassi cave dwellings which nestle amidst ornate Baroque architecture and, when it’s time to relax, the wonderful local olive oils, wines and cheeses offer yet another delight.

Touring

8 Days from £939

Was from £999

Jun 2017 - Oct 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch 
7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
  • Wi-fi on board your coach

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 Delicious lunch at a masseria, or fortified farmhouse
  • Tour of Matera, famous for its ‘Sassi’ houses
  • Visit historic Lecce, known as ‘the Florence of the South’
  • See the Trulli houses in three picturesque towns

Itinerary

Depart on your scheduled flight to Bari. On arrival, transfer to the 4-star Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri near Alberobello. Your hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the regions of Apulia and Basilicata. The hotel’s spa offers the ultimate in relaxation, so in between our excursion programme why not make the most of this superb facility as well as its beautiful gardens and swimming pool.

The Apulian diet is rich in olive oil, full-bodied wines, creamy cheeses and freshly baked bread. Join us on our included excursion to a masseria, or fortified farm villa today, where you’ll be treated to a light lunch. Many of the ingredients in the dishes you will sample are grown right there, giving you a real flavour of the area. This afternoon is free for you to relax back at your hotel.

After breakfast this morning we include a full-day tour of the fascinating town of Matera whose ‘Sassi’ houses are carved into the hillside. Hundreds of families lived in these cave dwellings up until the 1950s when they were moved by law to modern buildings on the plateau above. Now a fascinating reminder of the past, they are Basilicata’s most famous site and the town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It was also one of the locations for Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion. Explore in the company of your Tour Manager and a Local Guide - they will be able to recommend an ideal spot to take lunch.

Today gives you an opportunity to take in the calming surroundings of your hotel, or you may choose to join your Tour Manager as they visit the pretty town of Ostuni. Take a stroll along its maze of tiny, narrow streets which are lined with whitewashed houses sitting beneath an imposing Gothic cathedral. Its distinctive domes are decorated with green, yellow and white tiles which glitter as the sun hits them. You will also have the opportunity to sample the olive oil that is produced in this region. Throughout your holiday you will have seen an abundance of beautiful olive groves, some trees are hundreds of years old. It will be a fitting addition to your holiday to learn a little about the product of the trees and taste the oils produced in this region.

Today’s included excursion takes you to Lecce, which with a new treasure to discover around every corner and extravagant Baroque architecture to admire, has truly earned its moniker ‘the Florence of the South’. View highlights such as the ancient Roman amphitheatre in the company of a Local Guide, who will also introduce you to the Church of Santa Croce, whose façade is adorned with intricately carved statues.

You may choose to spend today at leisure exploring at your own pace or relaxing and enjoying your hotel’s facilities. Alternatively, why not join our optional full-day excursion to the coastal town of Trani, in the north of Apulia. Watch fishermen at work in the busy harbour and admire the simplicity of the 11th century cathedral. In complete contrast is the grand Castel del Monte, a gleaming castle made from pale stone which can be seen from miles around. As you stand at its base cast your eyes upwards at this octagonal masterpiece which was built in the mid-13th century by Emperor Frederick II.

You’ll see more of Apulia’s quirky-looking Trulli houses on your included, three-quarter-day excursion. These whitewashed cylindrical buildings with conical grey roofs will be seen in abundance as you travel into the Valley of Itria. In Alberobello, you will see that many Trulli are decorated with painted symbols on their roofs. Continuing to the town of Locorotondo you will see Trulli here are built in a circular pattern. At the heart of the valley, and your final destination today, lies Martina Franca, where Moorish influences have created a town of medieval palaces and churches and whose houses decorated with wrought-iron balconies could lead you to believe you are in Andalucia as you explore. Enjoy a relaxing evening at your hotel.

Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Ostuni and Olive Oil

Ostuni and Olive Oil

from £40

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Join our excursion to Ostuni, a pretty town peppered with gleaming centuries-old whitewashed buildings. It is spread over three hills and surrounded by olive groves, boasting a magnificent Gothic cathedral, a lovely place for a leisurely stroll. Make your way through narrow streets spanned by elegant archways or maybe take a seat in a café and just enjoy the views. The local museum houses some interesting artefacts and there are plenty of tempting shops if you want to pick up a souvenir.

A visit will also be made to a local olive oil producer where you’ll see first-hand how the oil is produced and then get to sample the final product.

Three Quarter Day - Moderate Walking - Local Culture & Scenery

Trani and Castel del Monte

Trani and Castel del Monte

from £45

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You’re sure to be charmed by the picturesque coastal town of Trani, a lovely place to explore, wander or just relax. Watch fishermen at work in the busy harbour or take a stroll through the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter to the cathedral, which occupies a spectacular spot at the water’s edge. Later, visit the 13th century Castel del Monte, one of Italy’s finest castles, built by Emperor Frederick II. In contrast to Trani’s simple cathedral, this masterpiece of architecture which resembles a crown – probably a symbol of Frederick’s power – is visible from afar thanks to its isolated hilltop position.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Must See

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £81

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You can save money and enhance your holiday with this Prebookable excursion package...

Trani and Castel del Monte / Ostuni and Olive Oil

Accommodation

The 4-star Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri is ideally located within reach of Alberobello.

Hotel facilities include a outdoor pool and beautiful gardens. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and a TV.

Grand Hotel La Chiusa Di Chietri - Alberobello

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 28 June 2017

8 Days

£999

£949

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 05 July 2017

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 30 August 2017

8 Days

£999

£949

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 06 September 2017

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 06 September 2017

8 Days

£999

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Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 06 September 2017

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 20 September 2017

8 Days

£999

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 11 October 2017

8 Days

£939

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 09 May 2018

8 Days

£999

£949

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 13 June 2018

8 Days

£1,059

£1,009

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 27 June 2018

8 Days

£999

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 04 July 2018

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 05 September 2018

8 Days

£999

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 05 September 2018

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 19 September 2018

8 Days

£999

£949

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 10 October 2018

8 Days

£939

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Departs

07:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:20 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Departs

12:10 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

Customer Quotes

Every Travelsphere customer is asked to fill out a questionnaire when they return from their holiday so we can see how we have done and to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Below are a selection of customer quotes taken directly from the customer questionnaires:

I was very happy with the Itinerary and optional trips, our tour manager Alan was excellent. He treated everyone alike and went out of his way to satisfy everyone's requirements nothing was too much trouble. the hotel was very comfortable the food was varied in the same local dishes and it was good to have a choice of menu. many thanks for a very enjoyable holiday
Miss Milner
 
Apulia & Basilicata
Loved the holiday and couldn't have asked for more. Roberto our tour guide was wonderful, caring and knowledgeable. Weather was perfect during the trip everyday was sunny. First time to this part of Italy and it was Fasinating and I don't think i've ever eaten so many cherries! enjoyed making pasta. many thanks for finding such a perfect spot & perfect hotel too!
Mrs Robinson
 
Apulia & Basilicata

What our Tour Managers say

We asked our Tour Manager to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because of the great charm and character of the old towns, the changing colours of the gently rolling rural landscape dotted with ancient olive trees, fruit trees and almonds. And the flavours of the regional cuisine, inspired by the abundance of delicious local produce.
Alan Dyer - Tour Manager
 
Apulia & Basilicata - August 2016