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Puglia - Italys Hidden Gem

Puglia - Italys Hidden Gem

The hell of Italy is a land of memorable coastal and hilltop towns, picturesque seascapes, olive groves and limestone precipices.

We explore this fascinating area from our base in Martina Franca a small town in the very heart of Puglia, the town has a lovely historic centre, a maze of winding alleys where whitewashed simplicity sits side by side with baroque extravagance.

DAY ONE

Your door to door service will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Italy, a local coach will transfer you to the Park Hotel San Michelle, your base for the next 7 nights.

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DAY TWO

Today we enjoy a scenic coach tour through the southern Italian countryside to visit Ostuni, 'La Citta Blanca', rising high above the vast olive carpeted plateau of the lower Murgia, Ostuni has long been an awe-inspiring sight for those travelling across Puglia. We continue to Alberobello, famous for its collection of Trullo, traditional dry-stone conical roofed dwellings which are only found in the Itria Valley. Although there are many Trullo scattered around this region, Alberobello has the largest collection of original buildings, many of which are still occupied today and have been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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DAY THREE

After breakfst we depart on our excursion to Lecce, nicknamed 'Florence of the South' built in local soft creamy limestone with dazzling architectural surprises around every corner, Lecce is a minor Baroque masterpiece. Its spider web of streets offers a range of vistas. The production of olive oil, wine and ceramics continues to be the mainstay of the local economy. We continue to Otranto, one of Puglia's most charming towns, the imposing castles thick perimeter walls and robust towers dominate much of the town, giving way to a small port, a series of sea fronted promenades witth excellent restaurants and the towns sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

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DAY FOUR

Day at leisure to relax in the hotel, explore your surroundings or visit the local market.

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DAY FIVE

This morning we depart on our excursion to Castel Del Monte, one of the many castles built in the 13th century by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor. It is seen as his greatest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle is a brilliant example of medieval architecture and a walk around the outside of the castle walls is recommended to take in the views of the surrounding countryside. WE continue to Trani, an instantly recognisable landmark for sailors navigating the Adriatic Sea over the centuries. Trani's iconic seafront cathedral is one of the finest in Italy, the old town centre is a charming medieval network of streets with plenty of fine architecture arranged around the picturesque fishing port.

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DAY SIX

Today we enjoy a scenic coach tour to Matera, a town renowned for its cave dwellings cared into the canyon. The cve houses or Sassi where families once lived are now coming back to life as hotels, museums and restaurants, with picturesque lanes and ruins to explore, there is so much to see.

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DAY SEVEN

Another free day for last minute shopping or sightseeing.

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DAY NINE

Today we leave Puglia, our local coach will transfer you to the airport and if time allows enroute we will make a visit to Polignano a Mare. A shining gem on the coast perched atop a 20m high limestone cliff above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Continue to the airport for our return flight back to the UK and your door to door service home.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

PARK HOTEL SAN MICHELE STELLE, Martina Franca 4 star

A traditional farmhouse dating back to 1600 to a magnificent villa in the early 1900's it is now a modern hotel in a superb location.  Close to the centre of Martina Franca and the Old Town, the hotel also offers clients a delightful pool garden area ideal for relaxing and unwinding.  All the rooms are ensuite with air conditioning, mini bar, free WiFi, satellite TV, hairdryer and telephone. 

 

Included:

Door to Door pick-up service,

Airport transfers

Return flights

7 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Porterage

Coach tours ad mentioned in the itinerary (full details available upon request)

English speaking guide during excursions

All entrance fees mentioned during excursions

Services of a professional Tour Manager

 

Supplement:

£120 single supplement

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Abergele Water Street Abergele, Water Street
Opposite Bowling Green
Bangor Station Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Railway Station
Caernarfon Morrissons Caernarfon, Morrissons Bus Stop
Chester Holiday Inn South Chester, Holiday Inn South
Chirk, Moreton Park Chirk, Moreton Park Garden Centre
Colwyn Bay Station Colwyn Bay, Station
Deganwy Station Bus Stop Deganwy Station Bus Stop
Ewloe St Davids Park Ewloe, MainRoad Outside St Davids Park Hotel
Llandegai One Stop Llandegai, One Stop Service Station
Llandudno Jct Station Llandudno Junction Station Car Park
Llandudno Mostyn Broadway Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park, Bus Stop
Llanfair PG Park and Ride Llanfair PG Park and Ride, off Britannia Bridge
Lymn Services Lymn Services
Mold, Chester Street Mold, Chester Street, nr Bus Stn
Northop Red Lion Northop, Red Lion Pub
Penrhyn Bay, PO Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
St Asaph Bod Erw St Asaph, Bod Erw Hotel
Wrexham King Street Wrexham King Street Bus Station
Opposite taxi rank
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