Uncover the many attractions of Italy’s Puglia region on a small group adventure
Take off on an unforgettable journey down Italy’s rarely visited heel, getting to know another side of this entrancing country. Believe the beauty of Amalfi, unwind in style among the sophisticates of Trani and tour the Roman ruins, baroque churches and whitewashed alleyways of Lecce. Wander among the peculiarly shaped houses of Alberobello, wander the hillside dwellings of Matera and discover the old town’s life surrounding Bari's Basilica di San Nicola. Head down and say ciao to Italy’s southernmost slice of the Adriatic.
Stroll through the flourishing countryside of the Amalfi Coast and pick lemons straight from the tree
Join the sophisticates of Puglia with a glass of Moscato di Trani and drink to Trani’s oceanic beauty at a harbour-side bar
Stay in a bit of local history and feel like a true Alberobello resident with a night in Alberobello’s unique trulli
Explore the otherworldly Sassi of Matera – stone houses formed from natural grottoes and tufo cliffs overlooking a dramatic gorge
End this Italian adventure sipping limoncello in the tangled streets of Bari’s Old Town
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and all have toilets, however can often be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
As there are cobblestones in many Italian cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. A large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings.
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can. Please also note that many accommodations offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 10 October 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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A single supplement is available on this trip.
Our Explore Southern Italy trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
Explore Southern Italy is a great way to get a feel for Puglia. There is something appealing and unique about each town we visited. Experience the food, culture, the people and even the houses first had and discover how different Southern Italy is from the north.
Review submitted 25 Jul 2017
Puglia is well worth visiting
Review submitted 28 Jun 2017