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Italy's Adriatic Coast

Enjoy rest and relaxation on the shores of the Adriatic, and take in the often-overlooked delights of Italy’s sun-kissed southern 'high heel'.

Full of included highlights, this hugely enjoyable holiday is based on the shores of the Adriatic and lifts the veil on a fascinating region of Italy. Discover the stunning, ancient, whitewashed hill-town of Ostuni, Alberobello and its conical trulli houses, and visit the extraordinary caves at Matera, as well as Monopoli and Polignano a Mare on an optional excursion. A visit to Baroque gem Lecce – the Florence of the South – and the opportunity to discover Castellana's famous cave network, wine-producing Locorotondo and elegant Martina Franca, on an optional excursion, complete a wonderful stay.

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Tour Highlights

  • Spend seven nights beside the brilliant blue Adriatic Sea
  • Join an optional excursion to enchanting Monopoli and Polignano a Mare
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Matera's Sassi cave-dwellings
  • Witness hilltop Ostuni’s white walls gleaming in the Italian sun
  • Take in Alberobello’s traditional, conical trulli houses
  • Explore Lecce's Baroque buildings and Roman ruins
  • Visit the medieval village of Cisternino
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Matera’s sassi cave dwellings, inhabited from the Paleolithic Period right the way up to the 1950s
  • Have the chance to visit the Castellana Caves and Locorotondo on an optional excursion

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel del Levante, Torre Canne
  • A tour of Apulia, Cisternino, Ostuni and Alberobello
  • Tours of Lecce and the cave network at Matera
  • Return flights to Bari
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager, with specialist local guides where applicable

Your Itinerary

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  • Day One – Fly to Italy

    Fly to Bari, meet your tour manager and board the coach to transfer to your comfortable beachside hotel in Torre Canne. Settle in, and depending on your flight time, perhaps enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace before dinner.

  • Day Two – Day at leisure or optional excursion to Monopoli and Polignano a Mare*

    Today, you're free to rest, relax in the hotel and make the most of your waterside location. Take a dip in the pool, pay a visit to the hotel’s fitness centre or simply curl up with a book on a terrace or in a lounge. If you feel like exploring further afield, you can rent bicycles from the hotel, or stroll into the nearby fishing port and the small resort of Torre Canne to see its tiny harbour and lighthouse.

    Alternatively, you can join the optional excursion to visit the white-washed houses and the imposing Bell Tower of Monopoli.After which, it is on to breathtaking Polignano a Mare, perched on a cliff edge overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, it offers some of the best beaches in Italy.

    *This excursion is only available for 2024 departures.

  • Day Three – Included Apulia tour

    The first of our included excursions is a perfect introduction to the unique region of Apulia, or Puglia. It begins with a visit to the stunning hill-town of Ostuni, one of Southern Italy’s most spectacular locations, its whitewashed houses and cobbled streets set on three hills. The town’s maze of alleyways is perfect for wandering and opens out to reveal some spectacular views, while the old town's beautiful squares offer several bars and cafés from which to watch the world go by.

    Leaving Ostuni, we'll travel back, across the vine- and olive-covered landscape dotted with conical trulli houses, to Alberobello. Here, hundreds of the whitewashed buildings with their tapered roofs cluster together to create one of Italy’s most arresting sights.

    Return to Torre Canne for dinner, at the end of a fascinating day.

  • Day Four – Included Lecce city tour

    The Baroque treasure-chest of Lecce is one of Southern Italy’s most appealing cities. Today’s included tour will include the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this historic trading centre, where elegant buildings, ornate churches and marbled courtyards reflect the town’s past importance. Explore the old town, which surrounds the ruins of a great Roman amphitheatre, one of several Roman remnants in the city, before we return to Torre Canne in time for dinner.

  • Day Five – Day at leisure

    Spend another day relaxing at your hotel, perhaps enjoying a dip in the pool or the sea, or catching some sun in the hotel’s gardens.

  • Day Six – Included Matera cave tour

    Saving the best of our included excursions till last, today you'll head into the neighbouring province of Basilicata, to Matera. This enthralling labyrinth of a town is a cultured oasis in and otherwise sparsely populated landscape, and is famed for the extraordinary Sassi. This maze of ancient cave-dwellings was inhabited as recently as 40 years ago, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arriving in Matera in time for lunch (payable locally), you’ll have the opportunity to discover the history of this fascinating place, with its chiese rupestri (churches hewn from the rocks), and to wander through its ancient streets and colourful piazzas.

    After a fascinating day you’ll head back into Puglia and return to the shores of the blue Adriatic.

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  • Day Seven – Optional tour of Castellana, Locorotondo and Martina Franca

    The final day of your holiday offers a last chance to rest and relax at the hotel or in Torre Canne, or to join a last optional excursion – this time into the Apulian countryside. First stop on the tour will be the extraordinary caves at Castellana, an underground network of towering stalagmites and stalactites and vast, cool caverns formed over the centuries. Wrap up warm in the cool temperatures then emerge to and head to your second stop – the majestic, whitewashed, circular hill-town of Locorotondo. Here, the surrounding vineyards are famed for their crisp white wines, and you'll visit a local cellar for the opportunity to taste the local vintages, as well as some other regional specialities, before you round off an enjoyable day with a short call in the historic town of Martina Franca, where an enthralling Baroque heart is hidden behind the modern buildings of the new town.

  • Day Eight – Fly back to the UK

    Say goodbye to your Apulian hosts, and board the coach to begin your journey back to Bari airport where you'll check in for your flight home at the end of a fascinating, relaxing tour of Puglia.

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Hotel Del Levante, Torre Canne

Just steps from the blue Adriatic, and boasting its own beach in addition to its swimming pools and ample sun terraces, this hotel is the perfect place to relax.

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Rosa Marina Resort, Ostuni

A beachfront resort fringed by tropical, Mediterranean gardens and housed within a white stucco building.

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Further Information

  • Monopoli and Polignano a Mare optional excursion

    This excursion is only available for 2024 departures.

  • Hotel transfer times

    The transfer time from Bari Airport to the hotel is approximately one hour.

  • Entrance Fees

    Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

  • Meals in Italy

    Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.

  • Combining hotel transfers

    We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • Disabled access

    The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Italian hotel room tax

    Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1€ and 3€ per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.

  • Itinerary changes

    Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Foreign Office Travel Advice

    Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • Airport development fees

    An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

  • Travelling to Europe

    Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel.

    Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

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    Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date").

    Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com.


Is Puglia good for holiday? ›

Yes, Puglia can deliver a superb, stylish beach break, but don't stick to the coast. Explore its ancient towns, home to Baroque architecture, hilltop cathedrals and kooky trulli houses and walk or cycle in its landscapes of olive trees and wildflowers.

Can you visit Puglia without a car? ›

If you're entering and leaving Puglia from Italy, it's easy to do so via train, as there's a major station in Bari. If you're coming from a different country, you'll likely fly in and out of Bari or Brindisi, which is about a 1.5-hour train from Bari and a half-hour train from Lecce.

Why should I go to Puglia? ›

Puglia has the longest coastline if you compare it to any other region of the mainland Italy. There's the Adriatic sea, the Ionian Sea, gulf of Taranto and the Strait of Otranto on all the sides, so it means plenty of beach time.

What is Puglia next to? ›

It is bordered by the Adriatic sea on the east, by the Ionian sea on the southeast and by the Gulf of Taranto in the south. In land, you can find the region of Molise to the north, Campania to the west and Basilicata to the southwest. Where is Puglia for sea lovers?

What month is best to visit Puglia? ›

Puglia has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. If you enjoy hot perfect sunny days the best time to visit Puglia is between July and August. The hottest month of the year is July with an average daily maximum of 30 C and an average low of 24 C.

How many days are enough in Puglia? ›

You need at least 4 or 5 days to travel around Puglia, since towns and beaches are spread out. Don't even try to see Puglia in 3 days, because you'll be rushed and barely able to see anything. A week is ideal, and more time will allow you time to relax and soak up the sun.

Which is the best town to stay in Puglia? ›

Some of the best towns to stay in Puglia in my opinion include:
  • Locorotondo: a beautiful whitewashed town in the Valle d'Itria with cheese farms and trulli houses.
  • Martina Franca: the Baroque 'capital' of the Itria Valley.
  • Monopoli: a fishing village on the Adriatic Sea.
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Which is better Sicily or Puglia? ›

Puglia has a more laid-back nightlife vibe, with charming wine bars and beachside clubs in towns like Gallipoli and Monopoli. Winner: Sicily – For those seeking a more energetic and diverse nightlife, Sicily is the better choice.

Do they speak English in Puglia Italy? ›

English is not that widely spoken

The larger hotels will be fine, as are hostels, and fancier restaurants should have at least one member of staff who can speak English, but in small eateries, tiny towns, petrol stations - even our car rental depot - we had to rely on our limited Italian.

What is the main food in Puglia? ›

Hearty baked dishes, simple plates of pasta and wilted wild greens such as chicory or cimi de rape are among the region's most famous foods, while the rich string cheese burrata and bread from Altamura are enough to justify a direct trip to the area.

Is Puglia Italy near the Amalfi Coast? ›

If you haven't heard of Puglia, it's the stunning region of Italy in the "heel" of the boot. Puglia is often overlooked by tourists planning their Italian travels — most people head to the Amalfi Coast in search of those dramatic sea views! But I'm here to tell you that just across the peninsula...

Is Puglia close to Florence? ›

The distance between Tuscany's renaissance capital of Florence and the rugged southern region of Puglia is approximately 350 miles (563 km).

How expensive is Puglia? ›

Is Puglia expensive? Puglia isn't anymore expensive than the rest of Italy, but it's definitely not cheap. You can expect to spend at least €100 (and probably more than that) per person, per night for accommodation, transportation, meals and activities while in Puglia.

Can you swim in Puglia in October? ›

With warm days and a lot of sunshine, especially in the first half of the month, Puglia weather October will be warm enough to go for a swim in the sea at the gorgeous Puglia beaches.

What area to stay in Puglia? ›

What are the best areas to stay in Puglia? Bari, Polignano, Monopoli, Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce, and Vieste are the best towns to stay in Puglia for tourists because they are the most popular towns with plenty of things to do and see.

How long is the train from Puglia to Rome? ›

The train is the easiest way to reach Puglia from Rome, with Trenitalia's direct, high-speed Frecce line connecting the region's larger cities. Trains leave from Rome's central Termini station and reach Foggia in 3 hours, Bari in 4, Brindisi in 5, and Lecce in 5.5.

Is Puglia walkable? ›

Puglia Walk

Mostly the path was through ancient vineyards or open country. The occasional walk on the minor roads were acceptable but not as relaxing.

Is Bari in Puglia worth visiting? ›

Bari is known for its most stunning beaches, churches with marvelous architecture and beautiful forts. Bari is also the second major economic center of Southern Italy.

Why is Puglia so popular? ›

Puglia is famous for its olive oil production.

The region provides around 40% of the country's olive oil, which amounts to around 300,000 tonnes every single year!

Are there sandy beaches in Puglia? ›

In fact, Puglia is home to 15 of the country's 195 Blue Flag beaches. Spending the day on one of Puglia's stunning beaches is one of the best and most relaxing things to do there. You will find plenty of beaches varying between pebbly and sandy beaches.

What is the most beautiful region in Italy? ›

1. Florence or Firenze in Tuscany. Always at the top of the most beautiful places in Italy list, Florence has it all, from world famous museums to glorious architecture. It's the city for the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio and also home to celebrated museums, historic markets and magnificent gardens.

Is the food in Puglia good? ›

Puglia Street food is similar to what you might find in the US or New York City — scrumptious and doughy hand-held foods like the famous calzone-like Panzerotto or the typical Focaccia Barese for which Puglia is so well known.

Are people in Puglia friendly? ›

Vivacious, outgoing, and laidback, there are endless facets to love about Puglia. The people here know how to live; it must be the sunshine, the food, and the wine that make them so friendly.

What to wear in Puglia? ›

What to pack
  • Light, waterproof jacket with hood.
  • Long trousers, sweaters and short-sleeved t-shirts to dress in layers.
  • Comfortable, waterproof shoes.
  • Scarf and sunglasses if it gets windy.
  • Swimsuit, sarong and flip-flops for the beach, just in case.

What language is spoken in Puglia? ›

As with the other regions of Italy, the national language (since 1861) is Italian.

Can you drink tap water in Puglia? ›

The short answer is yes. Drinking water from the tap in Italy is considered safe. Tap water in the major cities and towns around Italy is safe for consumption, and there are thousands of old-style water fountains dotted around cities, like Rome, where you can fill up water bottles.

What do people eat for breakfast in Puglia? ›

Breakfast in Puglia is important. It's always had with coffee, tasty, but most of all always very sweet. Most people enjoy a cornetto vuoto (empty), con cioccolato or con crema with their espresso, but you can also order the highly loved pasticciotto. Pasticciotto is a small cake made of pastry and dates from 1745.

What is the famous bread from Puglia? ›

Altamura bread is one of the most famous gastronomic products in Puglia. Its fame has very ancient origins. It was even famous in roman times and today the city's ovens make bread following the traditional recipe.

Do I need cash in Puglia? ›

The official guidance from the Region of Puglia to business is “Encourage payment by debit cards, prepaid cards and credit cards“. As a matter of practice there is little difference. All bars, restaurants and shops are taking payment as before, whether cash or card.

Is driving in Puglia difficult? ›

Driving in Puglia is probably different from what you're used to at home. But, I can assure you, if you're assertive and do a little prep work (learn the Italian road signs, read about parking, etc), you'll be fine on Puglia's roads. The driving is 'active,' but not difficult.

What is the difference between Puglia and Puglia? ›

The difference is that Puglia is the Italian name and Apulia is the English name. You can use either one as both of them are correct. This is the simple answer to Puglia or Apulia.

What pasta is Puglia known for? ›

Orecchiette pasta is the gastronomic symbol of the southern region of Puglia. Strictly made by hand, orecchiette are round and concave, with the center thinner than the edges and a rough surface; they measure about 3/4 of an inch finger.

What celebs are in Puglia? ›

Celebrities spotted in Puglia

Some of these names include “Queen of Pop” Madonna, the Beckham family, and legendary actor George Clooney. Again, guess where American singer and record producer Justin Timberlake and actress and model Jessica Biel chose for their grand destination wedding? Puglia, of course!

What time do people eat dinner in Puglia? ›

Most Italians eat dinner around 8pm or 9pm. They may eat later in the summer, especially in the south of the country when dinner could be at 10pm or even later.

Should I visit Calabria or Puglia? ›

Puglia is better attuned to tourism and has more facilities in place than Calabria. Calabria has very beautiful landscapes but it is also has more poverty and can be more difficult for a tourist to manage. Puglia has certainly the cleanest and best beaches in Italy.

What is the nicest part of Puglia? ›

The most beautiful places to visit in Puglia
  • Locorotondo. ...
  • Martina Franca, a hidden gem to visit in Puglia. ...
  • Cisternino. ...
  • Ostuni, one of the best places to visit in Puglia. ...
  • Alberobello, the most touristy place to visit in Puglia. ...
  • Gravina in Puglia. ...
  • Matera, the most spectacular place to visit in Puglia. ...
  • Bari.
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Why is Calabria so popular? ›

Calabria is famous for its crystal clear sea waters and it's dotted with ancient villages, castles and archaeological parks. Three national parks are found in the region: the Pollino National Park (which is the largest in Italy), the Sila National Park and the Aspromonte National Park.

Where do most expats live in Puglia? ›

Ostuni is the Puglia city that has drawn the most expats.

Is Puglia Italy expensive? ›

The cost of living in Apulia is $1110, which is 1.13 times less expensive than the average in Italy. Apulia ranked 18th most expensive and 14th best state to live in Italy.

How to spend 5 days in Puglia? ›

5 Days in Puglia Itinerary Breakdown
  1. Day 1 – Arrive in Bari, drive to Ostuni, overnight in Ostuni.
  2. Day 2 – Visit Ostuni, drive to, visit and overnight in Alberobello.
  3. Day 3 – Drive to Porto Cesareo, visit beaches, overnight in Porto Cesareo.
  4. Day 4 – Visit Maldive di Salento, visit and overnight in Leuca.
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