Puglia & Matera

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Explore Puglia on foot with us and enjoy breathtaking sea views along a rugged coastline dotted with Trulli, visit cave dwellings in Matera and see vast expanses of ancient olive groves seemingly untouched by time.

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Discover Puglia with Caspin Journeys

PICK UP & DROP OFF: Bari Airport


Our small group walking tour in Puglia, Matera and Basilicata is located in the heel of the Italian peninsula surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and blessed with sun, sea and dramatically changing landscapes.

This coastline boasts an ancient strategic importance and a rich historical heritage dating back to the Greeks and  Roman civilisation 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 favouring 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!

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Your wallet? You won’t need it! Except for postcards and souvenirs we’ll take care of everything

  • 2 experienced guides 24/7
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • Wine, water & coffee with meals
  • All accommodations
  • All gratuities for hotel porters and waiters
  • Minibus transport from start to finish
  • Entrance fees to museums, events and parks as listed on itinerary
  • Local specialist guiding fees
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Air transport
  • Transfer to the meeting point
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Single room accommodations
  • 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Minibar
  1. Day 1 Bari Airport - Otranto

    Rendezvous at 14.00 at Bari airport. Transfer by our private minibus to the old town of Otranto, the most eastern town in Italy and a prosperous trading port on the narrowest straight between Mediterranean Europe and Asia Minor.

  2. Day 2 Porto Badisco - Otranto

    Stunning walk from the beautiful cove of Porto Badisco with aqua marine reflections along a dramatic coastline of cliffs with watch towers. According to Homer Aeneas landed here.
    Picnic lunch and free time in the afternoon to explore Otranto.

    In 1481 the Turks attacked and slaughtered the population. The bones are kept in the Duomo and a visit to see its amazing Byzantine mosaic floor portraying the tree of life is a must. (walk 4hrs/13km)

  3. Day 3 Lecce

    We visit the baroque city of Lecce, sometimes called the Florence of the South. The historic center is a great place for strolling to admire handcrafts  and spotting Roman remains.
    We then head to the coast for a beautiful walk in a protected marine nature reserve known as Torre Guaceto. Along this short piece of coastland with exceptional sandy and rocky backdrops, we walk through maquis and olive groves and fresh water lagoons where migrant birds stop to feed.

    At the end of the walk is a 16th-century Aragonese defensive look-out tower. (walk 3hrs/11km)

  4. Day 4 Ostuni

    Free morning to explore the narrow alleyways of the beautiful little town Ostuni known as La Citta Bianca ( White town)  with lots of places to enjoy a bite to eat*.A 24k year old skeleton of a prehistoric pregnant woman was recently found here.

    In the afternoon we stop to admire the ancient olive groves where prehistoric stone Dolmen and crypts dating from the Neolithic Age (4000-3000 BC) can be found. (walk 2hrs/6km)   *lunch not included.

  5. Day 5 Alberobello - Locorotondo - Cisternino - Matera

    A day spent in the Murge dei Trulli a landscape of olive groves, orchards, vines and trulli houses. A short drive brings us to Alberobello where the highest concentration of these dry stone huts with conical roofs is to be found – even a Trulli church!!
    A visit to Locorotondo is the start of our
    walk through Trullo country to reach the beautiful whitewashed old town of Cisternino. Transfer by minicoach to Matera.
    (walk 4hrs/13km)

  6. Day 6 Matera

    A fascinating walk among Matera’s Sassi, the best surviving and most complete examples of rock-cut settlements in the Mediterranean basin. Developed in close harmony with the natural environments the caves here have been used since prehistoric times. At first bare cave dwellings, they were used as early Christian churches or to house flocks of sheep and later they were developed into house-like structures. This setting has inspired film directors for decades and was used for the film ‘The Passion’. (walk 3hrs/10km)
    Enjoy a free evening to have dinner* in the old city of Matera.
    *dinner not included.

  7. Day 7 Castel del Monte - Trani

    A half days’ walk in the National Park of the ‘Alta Murgia’ Mediterranean Prairie with a picnic lunch and then a visit to the mystical and interesting Castel del Monte (UNESCO). This 13th century castle built by Frederick II which stands out against the natural backdrop of the surrounding Apulian hills and one of the most sophisticated secular buildings of the middle ages.

    We end the day in the coastal town of Trani with its stunningly located 12th century Norman cathedral. Time to enjoy this unique seaside setting and explore this historic port town before dinner. (walk 3-4hrs/11km)

  8. Day 8 Departure

    Scheduled drop off at Bari airport at 9.00am (or earlier as long as this accommodates everyone in the group). Trani station is only a short walk.
    If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to the airport.

Enjoy Puglia and its heritage

Accommodation Standard

Accommodations are an important point of your overall holiday experience. One of our first thought is to find and choose the best hotel and b&b solutions, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you comfortably settled in a space that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.

When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms and wherever possible, we arrange for stays close to the places you most dream of seeing like historically iconic, coveted high-design or supremely located at the edge of a wilderness.

Take a closer look at some of the properties we have chosen for your next Caspin Journeys holiday!

PugliaSome of the dream hotels you will find on this tour
Hotel Palazzo Papaleo
Masseria Cimino
Dimore dell’Idris

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  • Account: Caspin Journeys Limited, 65 Randall Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1JX, United Kingdom
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  • HSBC Bank Plc, 46 the Square Kenilworth, CV8 1EA

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Pick up and drop off for this tour are from Bari International Airport or Brindisi Airport. You can easily find connecting flights to Bari & Brindisi from Rome, Milan and any other airport you may be flying in to.

If you plan on arriving a few days early and will not be flying in on pick up day, contact us and we can work together to arrange a more convenient pick up location for you.

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Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Shared Occupancy Price (PP) Single Occupancy 
9th May 2019 - 16th May 2019
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 3,300
 4,085
28th September 2019 - 5th October 2019
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 3,300
 4,085
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