Puglia & Matera


Explore Puglia on foot with us on our exciting walking tour and enjoy breathtaking sea views along a rugged coastline dotted with Trulli vast expanses of ancient olive groves seemingly untouched by time. Our journey in Puglia is one of our well-loved walking tours in Italy 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.

Tour Dates:
26 April – 3 May 2023
29 Sept – 6 Oct 2023

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Walking & Hiking
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Puglia & Matera.

Puglia, Matera & Basilicata

DURATION: 8 days

PICK UP & DROP OFF: Bari Airport

Discover Puglia with Caspin Journeys

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!

If you would like to speak with us to know more about our Puglia & Matera Walking Tour and to get help planning your trip, please write us an email. We would be happy to hear from you and help you planning your next adventure!


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.
  • 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
What is 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. Bari Airport - Otranto Arrival, transfer, walk 3 km

    Rendezvous at 14.00 at Bari airport. Transfer by minibus to the old town of Otranto, the most eastern town in Italy. We walk from a colourful bauxite lake along the coast to the Tower of the Serpent, symbol of Otranto and enter the city gates to explore the delightful historic city centre. Once upon a time, it was the most prosperous trading port in the Mediterranean!

    Meals: Dinner

    Walk: walk 1 hr/3 km

  2. Porto Badisco - Otranto walk 13 km

    Stunning walk from Otranto along a dramatic coastline of cliffs, fortified farms and watchtowers to reach the beautiful cove of Porto Badisco where the bay displays aqua marine reflections among fishing boats bobbing up and down in the water. According to Homer, Aeneas landed here on his escape from Troy!

    Picnic lunch and free time in the afternoon to explore Otranto.

    Note: 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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: 4hrs/13km

  3. Lecce walk 11 km

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: 3hrs/11km

  4. Ostuni walk 6 km

    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 (lunch not included). 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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
    Walk: 2hrs/6km

  5. Alberobello - Locorotondo - Cisternino - Matera walk 13 km

    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 to Matera.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: 4hrs/13km

  6. Matera walk 10 km

    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’.

    Enjoy a free evening to have dinner (dinner not included) in the old city of Matera.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Walk: 3hrs/10km

  7. Castel del Monte - Trani walk 11 km

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: 3hrs/11km

  8. Bari Airport Departure

    Scheduled drop off at Bari airport at 10.00am (or earlier as long as this accommodates everyone in the group). Trani station is only a short walk.

    Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy Puglia and its heritage

Accommodation Standard

A nice hotel and a good night’s sleep are an important part of your overall travel experience!

When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms. We look for hotels or bed and breakfasts which are committed to ensuring their guests are well looked after and pay attention to detail, for example offering locally sourced breakfast produce, or a special selection of toiletries, or tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Wherever possible your hotel* will be perfectly positioned for exploring and will have a historical charm or maybe a new and innovative design. We choose the best possible places to stay ensuring that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm. We are on a mission to find the ingredients you need to wake up feeling rested and looking forward to each day of your Caspin Journeys tour!

Take a closer look at some of the places we have chosen for you…

  • Otranto 2 nights
  • Locorotondo 2 nights
  • Matera 2 nights
  • Trani 1 night

*H0tels may vary

PugliaSome of the dream hotels you will find on this tour
Hotel bedroom
Delightful atmospheric gardens
Staying in a cave, in Matera

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Pick up and drop off for this tour are at Bari International Airport  (private groups may choose Brindisi airport). You can easily find connecting flights to Bari from Rome, Milan and many other airports you may be flying in to.

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