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Cultural trip exploring Basilicata and Puglia on the heel of Italy

On this full on trip you'll experience the fascinating Trullis and Sassis found in the Heel of Italy, enjoy an excursion to Otranto by train with the chance to take a coastal walk or relax on the lovely sandy beaches and visit the beautiful Castellana Caves. Our holiday is designed to give you a great introduction to all of the highlights of Puglia and Basilicata and more besides including the picturesque town of Martina Franca, the cave church of Saint Michael's Sanctuary and the Baroque city of Lecce. You'll also get the chance to sample traditional bread, locally produced olive oil and Basilicata wines along the way.

Tour Highlights

  • Matera - Discover the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient troglodyte 'Sassi' quarter
  • Alberobello and Locorotondo - Explore the beehive-shaped Trulli houses
  • Lecce - Guided walking tour of the 'Florence of the South'
  • Otranto - Excursion by train with the chance to relax on the sandy beaches or enjoy a coastal walk
  • Food and Wine - Sample delicious local wines and regional specialities


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  • 1
    Join trip at Bari airport, drive to Vieste on the Adriatic coast

  • 2
    Walking tour of Vieste, visit to a cave church and arrive in Trani

  • 3
    Local food and wine tastings; stay in Sassi cave dwellings in Matera

  • 4
    Visit Castellana Caves; stay in Trulli houses in Alberobello

  • 5
    Visit Baroque Martina Franca, olive oil tasting and drive to Lecce

  • 6
    Walking tour of Lecce; local train excursion to Otranto

  • 7
    Visit Ostuni Citadel; walking tour of Bari

  • 8
    Trip ends in Bari

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Discover Puglia
Why Book this trip
This trip offers the perfect balance of culture, food and drink and beautiful coastline. You'll get to stay in the remarkable Trulli and Sassis buildings, which are unique to the Heel of Italy.
Included meals 7 0 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
5 nights Standard Hotel
2 nights Premium Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18