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Puglia & Basilicata

(Tour code: PBS17)Experience the culture of the unspoilt 'heel' of Italy

Immerse yourself in culture on the unspoilt 'heel' of Italy, a rugged, rural and breathtakingly beautiful area. We tour the ancient city of Rome before travelling through the olive groves, vineyards and almond trees of a region referred to as 'the breadbasket of Italy' on a wonderful adventure exploring Puglia & Basilicata.


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Tour Highlights
  • Rome
  • Lecce
  • Otranto
  • Matera and the ‘Sassi’
  • Alberobello and the ‘Trulli’
  • Vieste
  • Gargano Peninsula cruise
  • Excursion to an olive mill
  • 2 local restaurant dinners
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Rome's Colosseum
Days 1-3

Eurostar and First Class rail to Rome

We board the Eurostar to Paris from our St Pancras Departure Office, continuing to Strasbourg, where we overnight. On Day 2 we travel via Basel and Milan to Rome, which we tour on Day 3.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Days 4-6

Puglia, Lecce

Leaving Rome, we travel across Italy by rail - a fantastic journey which takes us through Foggia and along to Lecce in southern Puglia. The next morning we tour Lecce and on Day 6, we travel to Otranto, the most easterly point on the Italian mainland. After our guided tour, we enjoy a tasting of local produce.

  • Days 4-6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8

Alberobello and Matera

Our full-day coach tour takes us to explore some of the region's most fascinating heritage destinations. We travel first to Matera, located in Basilicata. The town sits in a small canyon and is most famous for its 'Sassi', a collection of ancient cave dwellings that have UNESCO World Heritage status. We continue to Alberobello, a charming town packed with as many as 1,400 'trulli' - peculiar cone-shaped houses built from stone. Day 8 is free.

  • Days 7-8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 9-10


We leave Lecce this morning, travelling along the picturesque Adriatic coastline to Foggia. From here we transfer by coach to the old town of Vieste, located on the Gargano Peninsula. On Day 10 we visit the fascinating Gargano Peninsula by boat - a fantastic opportunity to see this incredible stretch of coastline and national park from a different perspective. Our boat trip passes the many caves cut into the cliffs and the idyllic, secluded coves that feature regularly on the shoreline. We also see many of the picturesque villages that are perched on the cliff tops.

  • Days 9-10 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11

At leisure

Today you have the chance to relax at the hotel or explore Vieste and its ancient city centre.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Days 12-13

Return to London

We transfer to Turin, where we overnight. On Day 13 we travel to Paris and connect with the Eurostar to London.

  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

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