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Puglia, Italy

Best of Puglia

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £970 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Discover the Italy less travelled with the country drives, secret beaches and rich heritage of Puglia

Highlights

  • Be charmed by Puglia’s medieval seaside towns
  • Stay in palaces, historic farmhouses and beachfront villas
  • Explore with quiet, rural roads that map coastlines and fringe vineyards
  • Head off the beaten track with deserted beaches and olive-grove walks
  • Uncover Puglia’s ancient past with Matera’s cave dwellings

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Trani
  • 3 Nights Fasano
  • 3 Nights Lecce

About

Recommended for:
Beach | City | History & culture | Self-drive

Puglia, found at the heel of the Italian boot, is a remote, lesser-known jewel. Its deserted beaches, pretty vineyards and whitewashed, seaside towns are a far cry from the crowds of Rome, brimming with understated charm and blessed with that famous Mediterranean climate. You’ll take it all in on quiet, country roads that trace idyllic coastlines and hinterlands to bookend a private-beach getaway with Trani’s medieval grandeur and Lecce’s Baroque extravagance. Along the way, you’ll spend your nights in traditional villas and boutique palaces as you discover the region’s ancient settlements.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Trani

Start your holiday with complimentary airport lounge access before your flight to Bari where grand boulevards lead to authentic trattorias and great castle fortifications alike. Perhaps explore its historic old town, rejuvenated with student energy, as you collect your hire car and begin your journey through Puglia. Within minutes you'll be driving along country roads as you journey north, along the coast, to the port town of Trani. Here, you'll check into your delightful accommodation, a historic palace found right next to the town's pretty harbour and 12th-century cathedral.

Stay: Maré Resort (Superior) or Hotel Regia (Deluxe)

Days 2-3
Trani

You'll have two full days to explore Trani, with highlights including its 13th-century castle and the Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino, perched dramatically on the edge of the Adriatic. It’s all part of a historic old town where narrow lanes hide a wealth of historic treasures that remember the town’s crusader past, including a church built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. If you fancy making use of your hire car, the labyrinthine streets of Bari offer a treasure trove of neoclassical architecture, while the UNESCO-listed town of Matera excites with its ancient cave complex and captivating hillside setting. Here, thousand-year-old residences tumble down dramatic cliffs.

Stay: Maré Resort (Superior) or Hotel Regia (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 4
Fasano

Returning south, you'll drive back along the coast to Fasano, checking in to your luxury accommodation – a historic farmhouse combined with contemporary charm. The rural landscapes of the Fasano Planes and the golden shores of the Adriatic are also  close at hand, making for idyllic walks, bike rides and lazy afternoons spent on the beach. Alternatively, over the summer months, you'll stay at the luxurious Canne Bianche. It's the region's only hotel to be set right on the beach – the ideal seasonal escape, complete with heartfelt Mediterranean hospitality.

Stay: Masseria Don Liugi (Superior) or Masseria Torre Coccaro (Deluxe) (year round) / Canne Bianche (Deluxe) (March to October)

Meals: B

Days 5-6
Fasano

Spend the next two days exploring central Puglia at your own pace, visiting local cheese and olive farms, lazing on the nearby beach and getting acquainted with the local cuisine – perhaps on an optional cooking course or gourmet cycling tour. You'll also have time to experience some of the region's historic gems such as the unique, dry-stone trulli houses of the Itria Valley, a collection of agricultural dwellings famous for their conical roofs. The spectacularly white Caves of Castellana are also well worth a visit for their stunning rock formations. As is the town of Martina Franca, renowned for its Baroque and Rococo architecture.

Stay: Masseria Don Liugi (Superior) or Masseria Torre Coccaro (Deluxe) (year round) / Canne Bianche (Deluxe) (March to October)

Meals: B

Days 7-9
Lecce

Continue south to Lecce, your final stop. You'll finish in style, with a stay in either our 19th-century Superior option or a 17th-century palazzo; found right in the centre of the city, it overlooks the ornate Baroque façade of the Santa Croce Basilica. It's the perfect springboard to explore Lecce's historic delights, with intricate palaces and churches competing for your attention. There's also an impressive Roman amphitheatre, sculpted from honey-coloured sandstone, that's set alongside an enticing mix of upmarket boutiques, charming antique shops and some of southern Puglia's best bars and restaurants. Nearby attractions include the vibrant seaside town of Otranto, whose historic centre and narrow, car-free lanes make it a favourite for some beach relaxation.

Stay: Risorgimento Resort (Superior) or Patria Palace (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 10
Departure

After a last included breakfast, drive back to Brindisi Airport to return your hire car and board your flight home.

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,325 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £970 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,500 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge
  • Return flights from UK to Bari and back from Brindisi
  • 10 days car hire based on Economy vehicle
  • 3 nights in Mare Resort on a B&B basis in Trani
  • 3 nights at Masseria Don Luigi on a B&B basis in Fasano 
  • 3 nights at Risorgimento Resort on a B&B basis in Lecce

In Fasano it is possible to upgrade to the Canne Bianche Hotel, Puglia's only beachfront property

Please note: this tour is also available as a privately guided tour with transfers. Please contact us for prices.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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