"Puglia, Matera & Basilicata"
This coastline boasts an ancient strategic importance and a rich historical heritage dating back to the Greeks, Roman civilization and others seeking passage to the East across the Mediterranean Sea. Among the highlights of our tour are the famous Trulli houses of Alberobello (UNESCO heritage site). Trulli are limestone rock buildings curiously cone-shaped to insulate against extreme summer heat, harsh winters and allow for the collection of rainwater. Our journey in Puglia is one of the best hiking tours in Europe with Trani & Otranto, Frederic II’s imperial Castel del Monte (UNESCO heritage site), the decorative baroque town of Lecce known affectionately as the Florence of the South, the spectacular Castellana Caves and two National Parks. We cross the fertile plain of the Tavoliere and the plateau of the Murge, exciting ecological diversity punctuated by Bronze Age, Greek and Roman archaeological sites, medieval castles and cathedrals. Before ending our beautiful journey we stop to explore the ‘Sassi’ cave dwellings of Matera.
Hospitality in Puglia is a Trulli memorable experience! Our accommodations are in the region’s traditional Masserie – agricultural estates where, during the 19th century, extended families lived and worked protected from pirates and brigands. We are welcomed with open arms by the locals and fed an abundance of delicious Pugliese specialties favoring ingredients like beans, figs, melons, grapes, olives and a whole variety of particularly delicious cheeses – leaving us satisfied and sometimes a little over-full! No problem, our walks are just vigorous enough to work up an appetite for each feast!
Price on Aplication
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ 3 dinner – 5 lunches
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
Pick up from Bari Airport.
Drive to Trani for sunset shots of the Marina.
Enjoy welcome dinner with Group.
Sunrise shots of Trani. Drive to UNESCO world heritage Castel del Monte for Photo location and visit to the Castle.
Lunch at Restaurant before driving to Matera and check in to B&B with down time.
Sunset shots of Matera. Enjoy free evening for dinner in Matera.
Sunrise Photos of Matera
Explore UNESCO city of Matera and the Sassi. Lunch on promontory.
Free afternoon for shopping and relax. Evening meal with group.
Head to Alberobello to discover the Trulli and capture these unique buildings.
Lunch in Locorotondo followed by photo locations of the white city.
Head to Ostuni, free evening for dinner on own in the city.
Photo opportunities of Centenary Olive groves. Evening photo shoot in Polignano sul Mare.
Free dinner in Ostuni.
Morning visit of the city of Lecce. Capture the remains of the Roman Amphitheatre in the main square.
Drive to Torre Guaceto for Pic-nic lunch. Photo location of the coastline and dunes.
Dinner with group in Ostuni.
After Breakfast depart for Bari Airport.
About The Photography Tutors
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
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