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Alberbello’s ‘trulli’ houses The Delights of Puglia, Italy’s Best-Kept Secret GRAND EXPLORER Uncover the delights of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, boasting the country’s longest coastline, a superb climate, endless olive groves and fairytale towns of whitewashed ‘trulli’ houses. New for 2017, we offer the option to travel by air. Day 1 Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay. Day 2 Travel to the Parma area for an overnight stay. B,D Day 3 We continue onward to the outskirts of Rome or the spa town of Fiuggi, south-east of Rome, for a two-night stay. B,D Day 4 Rome Enjoy a visit to Rome the ‘eternal city’, where you can join a guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot to see the sights. B,D Day 5 Trani We travel south in to the Puglia region of Italy’s ‘boot’ visiting Trani, with its pretty medieval quarter and cathedral, literally perched on the water’s edge. We continue to our hotel in Cisternino, in southern Puglia for a four-night stay. B,D Day 6 Castellana Grotte, Alberobello & Ostuni Today’s excursion begins at Castellana Grotte where we visit the famous network of caves created by underground rivers. These caves are amongst the deepest caverns in Europe. We continue through the countryside, seeing a landscape dominated by the ‘trulli’, whitewashed cones made of stones COASTAL & ISLANDS held together, traditionally without mortar. Alberobello is the best place to see and visit the famous trulli houses – there are over 1300 of them here. These cylindrical whitewashed buildings with grey conical roofs tapering out to a point or sphere are often adorned with painted symbols and are the true image of Puglia – one of the most unique towns in Europe. We then visit Ostuni, a charming town, perhaps one of the most stunning in southern Italy. The bright, whitewashed houses create a perfect contrast to the green of the surrounding countryside and its maze of well-preserved, winding streets provide hidden delights around every corner. B,D Day 7 Lecce & Otranto Today we offer a full-day excursion to Lecce, commonly nicknamed the ‘Florence of south Italy’ due to its rich architecture and monuments. Continue to Otranto, which lies at the most easterly point of mainland Italy. Spend time exploring the small fishing harbour and the historic heart of the town. B,D Day 8 Matera & Taranto In Matera, see the unique ‘sassi houses’, ancient troglodyte cave dwellings built in the rocks and now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Taranto, one of Italy’s oldest and most beautiful port cities, founded around the 8th century B.C. B,D Day 9 Bari & Castel del Monte En route to our hotel in the Vieste area of northern Puglia, we call at Bari, the capital of Puglia. Its labyrinth of seemingly endless passages weave through courtyards and under arches where you are likely to see local artisans making their wares or people making pasta. Continue to Castel del Monte, where you’ll visit the most splendid of all Puglia’s castles and one of the finest surviving examples of Swabian architecture. We stay for three nights in the Vieste/Rodi Garganico area. B,D Day 10 Free Time Enjoy a day at leisure. B,D Day 11 Vieste & Peschici Join today’s scenic coastal tour, first to the fabulous city of Vieste, with its ancient centre set above towering, sheer white cliffs. Later, we visit the small town of Peschici, where whitewashed houses cling to the rocky headland. B,D TOUR & EXPLORE Air Option x Number of nights 4 Rodi Garganico 3 Vieste Trani Bari Ostuni Castel del Monte Matera Cisternino Lecce Otranto Fiuggi Rome Parma Lake Garda Marche Region Taranto Alberobello 1 2 4 1 3 3 ITALY ITALY Bari International Airport By Coach Vieste ITALy 22 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 673


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