6D/5N - 2019 Apulia and Matera prestige tour

6D/5N - 2019 Apulia and Matera prestige tour

    Apulia and Matera  prestige tour

    Bari-Alberobello-Polignano Mare-Ostuni-Lecce-Otranto-Leuca-Manduria-Matera-Bari

    6days/5nights, Bari/Bari

    2019 depart daily: May 19, 26. Jun 09, 30. Sep 08, 15, 22. Oct 13     

    Cost from: $2993 pp in twin share (s/sup $485) 

     

day 1 Bari
Arrival in your hotel in Bari where tour leader will waiting for you. Do the check in, according with your time arrival and in the evening (around 14.00) star your Apulia discovering with a fascinating old town walking tour that includes Basilica of St Nicholas and the beautiful Cathedral of St Sabino, which are among the greatest examples of Apulian Romanesque architecture. You will also be able to visit the famous Norman-Swabian Castle (exterior) - Fortress of the twelfth century, which was built by Roger the Norman and after its partial destruction was rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia. This castle is among Bari's symbols and it's an imposing fortress overlooking the sea from a stunning point of view. Proceed to Piazza Mercantile´s column of justice, a white marble column with a stone lion, to which they used to tie insolvent debtors. At the end of the visit learn about one of the most important product of this region: oil of olive. Visit an old crusher and have a taste. Return in Hotel and enjoy a welcome buffet dinner with typical Apulian products. Overnight in Bari. D

day 2 Bari-Alberobello-Pollignano a Mare-Bari
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Alberobello the fairy-tale Trulli capital. Have a walking tour to see this pintoresque village. The tour will start with a beautiful view from the Belvedere terrace, introducing the interesting history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your visit of the two districts Aia Piccola and Rione Monti, where you can admire the typical houses with their unique architecture. Walking among "trulli" and little alleys, you'll reach the trullo-shaped Church of San Antonio. At the end of the tour have a delicious tasting of Valle D'Itria local products. Tour proceed with visit of Polignano a Mare, a small town cast on high cliffs, sporting a breathtaking panorama over the Apulian coast: the many balconies perching over the seas offer a spectacular view over natural grottos and small coves surrounded by crystal clear water. Enjoy the "special coffee" prepared by a renowned pastry chef or you can not say to have been in Polignano! Return in Bari. Overnight at the hotel. B

day 3 Bari-Ostuni-Lecce
Buffet breakfast at the hotel, check out e transfer to Ostuni, the Medieval “White Town”, whose narrow whitewashed alleys guide the visitors to the majestic Cathedral in late Romanic and Gothic style, admire Palazzo Vescovile and the elegant Loggia and the baroque column of Saint Orazio. After the visit move to Masseria Grieco for a special tasting of extra virgin oil of olive, wine, local bakery products like "taralli" and "focacce" and home made local cakes. In the evening arrival in Lecce. Check in at the hotel and overnight. B

day 4 Lecce-Otranto-Leuca-Lecce
Buffet breakfast at the Hotel and departure to Otranto well known as the “Gateway to the East” , it is the most Oriental of all Italy’s cities, founded by Greeks from Crete thousands of years ago . Have a walk with tour leader and see the Norman cathedral that is the largest Romanesque building in Apulia. Admire the mosaic floor, formed of thousands of pieces of stone that depict scenes from the Old Testament and figures from Breton legends.Continue to the Church of St Peter and the Aragonese Castle.Enjoy the panoramic views out to sea. If the weather is good you can see all the way across the Adriatic to Greece and Albania. Proceed to Santa Maria di Leuca which sits on the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula on a stunningly beautiful bay. Legend as it was in this area that Aeneas, the founding father of the Roman people, set foot on land. And Saint Peter is said to have started on his missionary work in Italy from here. According with weather condition, have a boat tour, which is the only way to see the truly fascinating underwater caves and other geological formations off the coast and have a great swim! Return to Lecce and guided tour of this jewel of Aplulia. The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo (Cathedral, Bell Tower, Bishops Seminar). Continue walking to the Church of St Irene, Sant'Oronzo square, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, we will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent. Overnight in Lecce. B

day 5 Lecce-Manduria-Matera-Bari
Buffet breakfast and departure to Manduria. Herew we visit a special museum created by individuals: Museo della Civilta` del vino di Manduria, a Demo-Ethno-Anthropologic, groups and associations to preserve collections, objects and testimonials of a local culture. The museum is located inside the Winery ‘Produttori Vini Manduria’ and represents the essence of wine and other local products that will be showed and explained thorough a tasting of wine and local food. A sommelier will guide you in a 5 wines tasting accompanied by cheese, "orecchiette" home made pasta, almond cakes. After this delicious light lunch proceed to Matera to visit the Sassi of Matera, ancient cave dwellings that are still in use today and have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover an outstanding example of a rock-cut settlement perfectly adapted to the terrain and eco system. Located in historic Matera, former capital of Basilicata, the Sassi provide a glimpse into the ancient people of a region that has been inhabited since Palaeolithic times. From the top of Civita, the medieval part of town that is surrounded by tall bastions and aristocratic buildings, the tour takes you down to the Sasso Caveoso, another rock church dedicated to the Apostle Peter. Stop at Casa Grotta, where a small museum is dedicated to the farming population of the Matera region. At the end of the visit proceed to Bari. Check in at the hotel and overnight. B, L (light lunch in Manduria)

day 6 Bari-Departure
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast at the hotel.

Inclusions: twin share in 4* hotels, 5 buffet breakfast, 1 dinner (with a glass of wine & mineral water), 1 lunch in Manduria with wine tasting, 1 tasting in Ostuni and 1 tasting in Bari, entrance fee to the Wine Museum, boat trip (30 minutes), local tour guides in Bari, Lecce, Matera, ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning, transfer from Sorrento to Maiori (Amalfi Coast), transfer from Maiori (Amalfi Coast) to Pompeii, return to Rome by coach, multilingual tour English - Spanish - French, entrance fees, services and taxes.

Hotels: Bari-Hotel Oriente, Lecce-Le Club Boutique (or similar)

Optional: extra nights in before & after the tour, departure transfer and optional suggested tours.

Note: only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage. Request transfers and pre/post tour hotel.

Bilingual tour (English/Spanish).

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