Puglia Italy's Hidden Gem

Puglia Italy's Hidden Gem

The ‘heel’ 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 and a maze of winding alleys where whitewashed simplicity sits side by side with baroque extravagance

DAY 1: Your Door to Door service will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Italy.A local coach will transfer us to our hotel where you will have time to settle in before dinner


During our stay in Puglia, the following excursions will be included:


  • There will be two free days to explore on your own.

  • 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.

  • Excursion to Lecce, nicknamed ‘Florence of the South’. Built in the 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. Continue to Otranto, one of Puglia’s most charming towns.The imposing castle, thick perimeter walls and robust towers dominate much of the town, giving way to a small port, a series of sea fronted promenades with excellent restaurants and the towns sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

  • Excursion to Castle 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. 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.

  • Scenic coach tour to the city of Altamura, famous throughout Italy for its bread and known as the Citta Del Pane, or ‘city of bread’.We will visit the Piazza Duomo, the central square where the Romanesque cathedral rises to the sky literally because the surrounding buildings are so close it prevents you from seeing it unless you look straight up.We continue the tour to nearby Matera, a town renowned for its cave-dwelling districts. The cavehouses where families once lived are now coming back to life as hotels, museums and restaurants.

  • DAY 8:

    Today we leave Puglia. Our local coach will transfer us to the airport for our return flight back to the UK and your Door to Door service home.


    The excursions on this tour involve walking distances over uneven and cobbled streets.

Park Hotel San Michele Stelle, Martina Franca ****


From 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 en-suite with airconditioning, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, hairdryer and telephone


Price Includes:


  • Door to Door Service

  • Return flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Porterage

  • 7 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Park Hotel San Michele Stelle

  • Coach tours as mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking guide during excursions

  • All entrance fees mentioned during excursions

  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout


Single room supplement: £100

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road West Anchor Road, Outside @ Bristol-We The Curious
Westbound Bus Stop
Bristol Bedminster ASDA Bedminster Bus Shelter - East Street
In front of ASDA Store
Bristol Downend Bristol Downend
Lloyds Bank
Bristol Filton Bristol Filton
The Air balloon Pub
Bristol Fishponds Fishponds - Fishponds Road,
Bus Stop Outside Lodge House, BS16 3HZ
Bristol Kingswood Kingswood - High Street Bus Stop
Opposite the Civic Centre, BS15 9TR
Bristol Knowle Knowle
Broadwalk Shopping Centre
Bristol Redfield Redfield - Bus Stop outside Aldi
Church Road
Bristol Westbury-on-Trym Westbury-on-Trym Library
Bottom Falcondale Rd.
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Stansted Airport. Stansted Airport, London
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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