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Secret Puglia

8 Days from £939

Uncover the history and traditions of this charming region whose landscape is dotted with unique Trulli houses and medieval castles.

Departure from: Sep 2018 - Oct 2018

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​​Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
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Included holiday highlights

 

  • A tour of Alberobello and its trulli houses
  • Make your own Mozzarella
  • Bread-making, lunch and Otranto visit 
  • Wine-tasting and light lunch
  • Exclusive theatre show at Trani Castle
  • Gallipoli and ceramics workshop
  • Lunch at a masseria and traditional dance show
  • Enjoy Land's End panoramic views
  • Discover the history behind the Tarantella folk dance
  • See ancient frescoes at St Cristina Byzantine crypt

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Selva di Fasano

Today you'll depart on your flight to Puglia. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel in the village of Selva di Fasano, which is set amongst wooded hills. Your three-night stay here is on a half-board basis, so after time to settle in, head to the restaurant for dinner this evening.

DAY 2 Trani & Castel Del Monte

We're going to step back in time on a day of sightseeing, which begins with a walking tour of the picturesque fishing port of Trani. Exclusively for us Trani castle will be brought back to life by a local theatre company who will perform a medieval show about Emperor Frederick II. This is the fascinating figure who commissioned this octagonal masterpiece in the 13th century.
The UNESCO-listed medieval Castel del Monte is our next stop this afternoon. This gleaming medieval hilltop castle with Arabic, classical and Gothic influences can be seen for miles around.

DAY 3 Cisternino & Alberobello

This morning you're heading to the enchanting town of Cisternino, in the Valle d'Itria. Stretch your legs as you take in the sight of whitewashed houses, historic churches and elegant piazzas.
Later, the pretty town of Alberobello beckons, and here you'll take a tour of its UNESCO-listed Trulli houses. These traditional whitewashed buildings are topped with conical-shaped roofs and are unique to the area. A special highlight is the chance to step inside one to see how mozzarella is made before you get the chance to make some yourself.

DAY 4 Otranto

Your new base is the seaside resort of Otranto, where a four-night stay gives you ample time to explore. On the way we're going to visit a masseria. At this fortified farmhouse you'll learn all about traditional country living and also get a lesson on making delicious olive bread. You'll get to try what you've made during an included lunch of local delicacies.
On arrival in Otranto, if there's time, you might like to visit its cathedral. Inside you'll see an impressive 12th century mosaic floor, and you can visit the chapel, which houses the remains of 800 martyrs who resisted Turkish occupation.

DAY 5 Ceramics & wine tasting

A day of discovery begins as you head to a ceramics workshop to watch artisans at work. This is followed by a visit to a winery for a wine-tasting and light lunch.

DAY 6 Carpignano, Galatina & Gallipoli

You're going to explore a little further afield today in the company of a Local Guide. Firstly you'll view the ancient frescoes in Carpignano Salentino's St Cristina Crypt. Consisting of two underground rooms which have undergone several changes, this important Byzantine crypt retains the oldest frescoes of Puglia, which date from the 10th century.
We'll then move on to the basilica and little chapel in the Baroque town of Galatina. This was linked to 'tarantism' in the 15th to 17th centuries when women bitten by poisonous spiders believed the only cure was frenzied dancing accompanied by beating tambourines. It's from this that the Tarantella folk dance evolved.
Finally we will head to the coast, where we'll call at the fishing village of Gallipoli. This jewel in the heel of Italy is built on a limestone island and is linked to the mainland by a bridge.

DAY 7 Land’s End

Today we're going to head to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost point in Puglia. From here we'll be treated to spectacular views. At lunchtime we'll once again find ourselves at a masseria, where as well as local specialities, we'll enjoy live entertainment. This is in the form of the local 'pizzica pizzica' dance, based on the Galatina folk dancing we learned about yesterday. 
We'll make our way back to the hotel through a beautiful coastal nature park.

DAY 8 Otranto/UK

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 3 :

Sierra Silvana Hotel, Selva di Fasano

The beautiful 4-star Hotel Sierra Silvana is located in the heart of Selva di Fasano, on the outskirts on Salento. Le Selva di Fasano is a beautiful location encompassed in natural flora, woodland, and oak trees. The Sierra Silvana hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful town and set within a beautiful garden, in the perfect location for exploring the local area.

The hotel is perfect for both relaxing and exploring, set amidst fragrant pine trees. Perhaps relax amongst the greenery and the Mediterranean pool or get active with a game of tennis. In the central building there are cosy lounges and an American bar that overlooks a sunny large terrace, where tasty snacks are served. There are also other various locations onsite to relax and enjoy the unique flavour of Apulian cuisine with carefully selected ingredients.

The bedrooms are surrounded by Mediterranean gardens with included facilities such as bathtub/shower, telephone, minibar, air conditioning, satellite TV and Sky channels, hairdryer, WIFI area and a small balcony. Hotel facilities include a café, restaurant, bar, large swimming pool and a health club to enhance your relaxation.

Day 4 - 7 :

Vittoria Resort

The elegant 4- star Hotel Vittoria is located in Otranto, in a picturesque location just a few metres from the historic centre and seaside town perfect for exploring the local area.

The modern bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, heating, telephone, TV safe and minibar. In addition private facilities include a rejuvenating and spacious bathroom with tub or large shower.

There is an onsite spa for guest use compromising of saunas, showers and swimming pool. Hotel Vittoria has a hotel bar and pool bar, from morning to late evening offering a warm atmosphere and inviting space to relax with a drink.



Dates and Prices

 
DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
WAS
NOW
STATUS
 

TUE 11 SEP 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,269

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Departs

14:10 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

18:05 Brindisi (Papola Casale)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Departs

18:55 Brindisi (Papola Casale)

Arrives

20:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

MON 01 OCT 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,139

£939

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 01 October 2018

Departs

07:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:10 Bari (Palese)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Monday 08 October 2018

Departs

12:05 Bari (Palese)

Arrives

14:05 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

TUE 04 SEP 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,269

£1,219

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
British Airways

Tuesday 04 September 2018

Departs

14:10 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

18:05 Brindisi (Papola Casale)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Departs

18:55 Brindisi (Papola Casale)

Arrives

20:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

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.


Local Knowledge

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

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Gallipoli is one of my favourite spots, I love the lively atmosphere of the working harbour and fish market.

MARSHA KARGIL - TOUR MANAGER

Secret Puglia