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Puglia - A Land of Conquest

Puglia 6 nights Price from £1,992 per person
Departs: 17 May 2020, 11 Oct 2020
Departs: 17 May 2020

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Puglia, the ‘heel’ of Italy, is an ancient land that is highly fertile despite its harsh limestone landscape typical of the Mezzogiorno. It was this remote corner of the peninsula that the Normans conquered in the 11th century, dominating the entire south of Italy and the island of Sicily by the mid-12th century. As they established themselves and their influence grew, great churches appeared on the horizons, built in a hybrid style combining architectural influences from France, Ancient Rome and Lombardy. For the first half of the tour we are based in the pretty town of Martina Franca in the rolling hills of the Valle d’Itria, a region of vineyards, olive groves and trulli, the distinctive bee-hive shaped houses unique to central Puglia. We then relocate to the magnificent Baroque town of Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Four Dinners
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Bari

    We fly from London to Bari and transfer to the Baroque town of Martina Franca where we stay for three nights. Our hotel is the privately owned 4 star Villa San Martino which sits amongst mature gardens and is a short drive from the town centre.
  • Day 2 - Alberobello

    This morning we drive to Alberobello, a UNESCO Site famous for its countless examples of trulli – the conical − roofed stone houses unique to this region. We will also visit the spectacular limestone Castellana Caves, Italy's longest natural subterranean network that forms a series of interlinked galleries.
  • Day 3 - Matera

    We visit Matera, an extraordinary town built on the edge of a steep ravine whose side is pockmarked with caves. People were still living in them as late as the 1950s, when the last residents were moved out. In 1993 Matera became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a number of the caves have been restored and are now open to the public.
  • Day 4 - Ostuni

    We leave Martina Franca and drive to Lecce where we stay for the remainder of the tour stopping en-route at the whitewashed hilltop town of Ostuni with beautiful views out to the sea. This afternoon we will check into the centrally located 4 star Risorgimento hotel for 3 nights.
  • Day 5 - Lecce

    This morning we will have a guided walking tour of Lecce, one of the best preserved Baroque towns in Italy with rich honey coloured buildings. We will also see the Basilica Santa Croce and the Roman theatre.
  • Day 6 - Otranto

    We visit the beautiful coastal town of Otranto, situated on the most eastern peninsula of Italy. We will have a guided walking tour of the city and see the 15th century Castello Aragonese and also the beautiful Norman Cathedral home to spectacular 12th century mosaics.
  • Day 7 - Flight back

    We will leave for the airport for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Gatwick at 07.25 arrive Bari at 11.15

Depart Brindisi at 10.10 arrive London Gatwick at 12.05

Departure Dates and Prices

17 May 2020

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Price from£1992

Single Supp.£364

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11 Oct 2020

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Price from£1992

Single Supp.£364

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Included Hotels

Hotel

Villa San Martino
Deluxe
Puglia, Italy, Europe

This small, privately-owned hotel is located a few minutes’ by taxi from the old town and sits amongst mature gardens.

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

Tour Leader

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