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Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

From £1199 for 8 days
Trip Overview
Puglia, known for its whitewashed hill towns, traditional farmland, fine cuisine and sweeping Mediterranean coastline, is Italy’s southern heel and, until recently, its best kept secret. With a focus on art, architecture, traditions and local cuisine, this trip explores the region’s highlights. From Matera, a UNESCO listed town carved into bare limestone rock, where centuries-old caves are still inhabited, we travel to the elegant white city of Ostuni and on to the mediaeval coastal town of Otranto and Baroque Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’. 
Essential Info
Starts: Start Matera.
Ends: End Lecce.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: EADE
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Italy
What's Included


All breakfasts, 1 lunch/cookery class and 1 wine tasting  In Puglia you will find genuine regional cooking that has strong links to the land and the sea


7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels with en suite facilities 8 days land only / 8 days flight inclusive


Trip Highlights

•    Baroque Lecce and cristal-clear sea in Salento

•    'Trulli' houses in Alberobello

•    Visit the unique UNESCO town of Matera

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Departing: 5th Sep 2020
Returning: 12th Sep 2020
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Departing: 17th Oct 2020
Returning: 24th Oct 2020
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Departing: 7th Nov 2020
Returning: 14th Nov 2020
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Departing: 3rd Apr 2021
Returning: 10th Apr 2021
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Departing: 17th Apr 2021
Returning: 24th Apr 2021
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Departing: 1st May 2021
Returning: 8th May 2021
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Departing: 8th May 2021
Returning: 15th May 2021
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Departing: 22nd May 2021
Returning: 29th May 2021
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Departing: 5th Jun 2021
Returning: 12th Jun 2021
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Itinerary & Notes
Our tour starts in Matera, one of the most unusual and memorable tourist destinations in Italy famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the /sassi/. Our hotel is located in the heart of Matera Sassi UNESCO site, just a few steps from the town's most famous attractions, and offers a terrace with panoramic views across the town. After checking in we enjoy a first glimpse of Matera's enchanting alleys and unique architecture.
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This trip gave a flavour of the region of Puglia in more ways than one... Staying in four different locations across the week, we learned about the importance of olives and wine in the region with visits to a an olive grove for olive oil tasting and a factory for wine tasting, and were encouraged to try local specialities by our leader who at group meals ordered a range of typical dishes so that we could try a variety. Although not specifically a food tour, food has to be a major part of any trip to Italy...
The region was rewarding and not very touristy. Towns were full of atmosphere. Some enjoyable walks. Hotels were close to centres. Not too much coach travel and enough free time. Warm and friendly guide. But quite a bit of walking so Might be difficult for those even with some mobility problems and not all accommodation great. Free day a bit problematic as limited public transport and a day in arivabello not all that interesting. But guide helped and we went to two nice towns so not insuperable. Local food and wine was good. Recommended but be prepared to walk
I loved every minute of this very diverse tour. Every day was different and very interesting, our group leader Fabrizio was awesome and the individual group participants were lovely and lots of fun. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Great combination of sightseeing, excursions, walking and activities in Puglia.
Like many people we meet we did not know Puglia existed until we saw this trip. A gem of a region, very different and so suited to a short leisurely summer trip when time is a constraint to a full-on distant adventure tour for which Exodus is otherwise renowned. Distances travelled are comparatively short so it easy to fit in many of the historic, architectural and geological sights with ease.
Excellent trip
A great week of cycling in a mix of road, old tracks, villages and town. An opportunity to swim in the Ionian Sea and Adriatic. Great real local food. Usual high standard of the guide and his knowledge of the area
A fascinating holiday very interesting area of Italy."Full on" busy busy busy
excellent itinerary in covering Puglia in terms of scenery, landscapes, seascapes, distinctive landmarks in towns as covered, participating in or sharing local experience e.g. visit to olive tree groves; olive oil and wine tasting. accommodation in Trulli and formerly cave dwellings in Matera....
Really well organised with an excellent guide and fascinating excursions.
Relaxing trip, access to lesser known area of Italy. Friendly and helpful Fabrizio who looked after us all. Great food and wine and beautiful scenery
Leisurely was the description....a fairly lively leisurely .... great trips, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful leader. Some amazing places to visit and accommodation to stay at - all comfortable and most very different.
A little, quiet corner of Italy, where you can enjoy delightful scenery, food, and local life, combined with learning about traditional culture and fascinating tales of days gone by. Of course the Italians are such welcoming and friendly hosts too.
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