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
Due to the terrain the means of transportation on this trip is a mix of local trains, private vehicles and public buses. 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 trains, and up and down stairs at train stations and at hotels, 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. You may want to consider taking a backpack rather than a wheelie bag, however this is up to your personal preference and what you feel more comfortable with.
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. Additionally, please be aware that July, August and the first half of September is high season along the Southern Italian coast, which means that the local infrastructure is under a lot of pressure with a lot of people in the towns we visit. 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 2018 to 14 October 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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Our Explore Southern Italy trips score an average of 4.71 out of 5 based on 24 reviews in the last year.
I would recommend doing this tour as I did as part of the Rome to Southern Italy 17 day trip. It offers a fantastic range of different places to visit and things to do. There are a lot of included activities and also ample time to do your own thing. I found this trip to be so relaxing.
Review submitted 05 Jul 2018
A fascinating and insightful journey through a relatively tourist free area of Italy full of history, beauty and ever changing environment.
Review submitted 03 Jul 2018