Apulia Discovery

New 5-night tour for 2022 of the amazing Apulia region. Spence three nights in Alberobello and two nights in Lecce. This spectacular region forms the heel of Italy's "boot", known for it's whitewashed hill towns and centuries-old farmland and miles of Mediterranean coastline. Come tour with us on this magical small group adventure.

Apulia Discovery

New 5-night tour for 2022 of the amazing Apulia region. Spence three nights in Alberobello and two nights in Lecce. This spectacular region forms the heel of Italy's "boot", known for it's whitewashed hill towns and centuries-old farmland and miles of Mediterranean coastline. Come tour with us on this magical small group adventure.

Tour Highlights

  • NEW TOUR FOR 2022: Maximum group size is 6 passengers traveling together.
  • Ten 10 Meals - Breakfast, dinner, and a wine experience.
  • See Rome, Siena, Florence, and Venice.

Apulia Discovery Tour Includes

  • Arrival transfer from Bari to Alberobello
  • Return transfer from Lecce to Bari
  • Five (5) nights accommodations (city taxes not included and paid locally).
  • Daily Breakfast (except morning of arrival).
  • Welcome briefing
  • Tour Escort service
  • Excursion to Polignano, Bari and Ostuni
  • Excursion to Alberobello & Locorotondo
  • Wine tasting in Locorotondo
  • Olive oil & cheese tasting in Alberobello
  • Transfer from Alberobello to Lecce with an en route stop in Matera
  • Guided visit of Lecce
  • Note: travel documents for this tour are provided no sooner than 10 days prior to departure and may be provided electronically.

Hotel or similar used:

Alberobello: La Corte dell'Astore

Lecce: Risorgimento

Misc. info:

The package requires a minimum of two (2) passengers to operate. The package will operate with no more than six (6) passengers in 2022.  Should you have a lager group, we can provide a private tour of same itinerary for your group. Price will be subject to available hotels at time of booking.  The tour host maybe bilingual and will visit the guests daily and will assist them at check in any single hotel. The tour host will be available 24 hours by phone. Some touring may be more independent with a tour host.

Inventory on this tour is controlled by the Italy operator. Once booked and on deposit, we will request the date. If the tour date selected is sold out, we will work with you to arrange an alternate date and/or the operator may add a second vehicle if possible (if hotels are available) to accommodate. 


Itinerary

Day 01, Friday: Arrival Bari

Welcome to Italy! Tranfer is included from Bari to Alberobello, where you will stay for the next three nights. Enjoy a welcome briefing. Overnight in Alberobello.

Day 02, Saturday: Alberobello, Locorotondo & Cisternino

After breakfast, meet your driver guide and start your exploration of Val d’Itria.You will visit Locorotondo and Cisternino and pass along beautiful small villages, vineyards and olive trees. Locorotondo is very close to Alberobello and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, the town itself is the main sight. It's a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. The historic part of town - the centro storico - is circular and perched on top of a hill. It's a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details. The territory of Cisternino was already inhabited during the Middle Palaeolithic period by humans who reached the area from the north and the south of Puglia. These populations left numerous traces of their presence here, such as tools that they used like spears, spikes, blades, scrapers and chisels to engrave bones. Cisternino is today a small charming old town centre that has remained virtually intact for centuries with its white houses, narrow streets, little churches and elegant central piazza with a series of panoramic viewpoints from which you can appreciate the around countryside, dotted with its rolling hills, dry stone walls and Trulli roofs piercing the green fields. Cisternino is nice to visit at any time of day, though the magical moments are the summer's evening when the sun sets and the locals come out for their evening stroll. We will have a wine and cheese tasting followed by a farmer lunch in a beautiful Masseria, from where you will see the green of olives and the blue of the Adriatic sea. Return to Alberobello where you will have time to explore the city on your own. Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, above all because of the Trulli, the traditional dome-shaped buildings made from the local stone. The town is surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards typical of the Puglia region. Trulli is a word that derives from the Greek "tholos" ("dome"), the typical shape of the buildings. Each whitewashed “trullo” is built without any lime or cement and has a conical roof on the outside, which is dome-shaped inside and consists of a square central compartment that communicates through arcades with the kitchen and other rooms. Overnight in Alberobello. (B)

Day 03, Sunday: Ostuni, Polignano & Monopoli

Today, visit Ostuni, Polignano & Monopoli. Ostuni, perched on three hills 218 meters above sea level, is better known as the “White Town”, thanks to the characteristic whitewashed houses of its historic center, a tradition the inhabitants still keep on. The Fifteenth-century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral dominates the town, with a façade sporting a 24-rays rose window of rare beauty. A series of churches and elegant houses embellish the old town, surrounded by Aragonese walls, where there are the two ancient town gates, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio. The small town of Polignano enjoys a spectacular position. Placed approximately 50 miles south of Bari is erected on the edge of a rocky gorge. The town is considered one of the most ancient establishments in Puglia and was populated by serial invaders ranging from the Huns to the Normans. People come here to view the crashing waves, visit the caves and crowd out the panifici (bakery) in the atmospheric historical center. In Monopoli, you will experience the “Paese vecchio” as the locals usually call the heart of the town, where you will find an unusual concentration of cultural heritage and churches, positioned literally one next to another. You will find small and charming homes, once inhabited by heroic fishermen and expert farmers, whose children are still dedicated to producing great wines and unpassed wines. Walking among the narrow streets, between arches and alleys, you will feel sea air and fragrances of freshly hanging laundry or tomato sauce cooked for hours. Overnight in Alberobello. (B)

Day 04, Monday: Matera

Meet your driver and transfer to Lecce with an en-route stop in Matera where you will have free time to explore the city. Matera is an ancient city that seems to have existed forever. It is the third oldest city in the world, after Aleppo and Jericho, with over 10,000 years of history. From natural cavities carved by wind and rain of the past to the first man-made caves, we can discover how easy it was to shape the limestone material of the Sassi rock. Hence real underground dwellings, in the belly of Mother Earth, will leave you speechless. A woven structure that has intrigued experts has also discovered how it had been possible to live with the absence of running water. There is still a lot to tell about the water systems created to collect water, one of the elements that have helped to give in Matera the title of a World Heritage Site. You can visit the most beautiful churches, starting from the Duomo on the Civita; walk through the beautiful streets and traffic-free squares, populated with people; you can enjoy the most picturesque alleys, and you will continue your visit in the heart of the two Sassi’s. Overnight in Lecce. (B)

Day 05, Tuesday: Lecce

In the afternoon, meet your guide and have a guided visit to the town. Called “the Florence of the South,” Lecce has strong Messapian roots, an ancient and mysterious people living in this area before the Romans. Today, it welcomes visitors with its magnificent baroque architecture, which blazes on the portals of its palaces and on the facades of the many churches that line the streets inside the city's three ancient gates: Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta Napoli. Overnight in Lecce. (B)

Day 06, Wednesday: Lecce-Bari

After breakfast, transer arranged to take you from Lecce to Bari for your return flight home.

If needed, transfer from Lecce to Naples can also be arranged (at time of booking) for a supplement. Ask your travel agent for further details if needed.

Rates & Hotels

2022 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
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Featured Hotels

Apulia Discovery - Small Group Escorted Tour
Alberobello Hotel Alberobello
Lecce Hotel Lecce

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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Alberobello Hotel

Alberobello -

Hotels used in conjunction with this tour are the La Corte dell' Astore or similar. Please note that the hotel will be advised approx. 21 days prior to departure. [more]

Lecce Hotel

Lecce -

Hotels used in conjunction with this tour are the Risogimento, Patria, or similar. Please note that the hotel will be advised approx. 21 days prior to departure. [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals

Airfare

Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date tour begins in Italy. One would depart from the US one day prior to accommodate for overnight flights.