The Best of Apulia
- 8 days s
Hotel & Rental Car Package – 7 nights – Daily arrivals
8 days s
- 7 Overnights in a 4 star hotel on BB basis in Lecce area
- Category C car and “GOLD insurance” included
- City taxes (must to be paid on spot)
- Lunches and all the drinks at meals
- Porterages and personal expenses
- Optional excursions
- Anything not expressly indicated in “the rate includes”
Day 1 - LECCE AREA
Arrive at Bari/Brindisi/Lecce Airport. After picking up the rental car and drive to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 - LECCE & PORTO CESAREO
Breakfast in hotel. Full day at leisure or we suggest to spend your day to visit Lecce and a winery cellar.
Suggested itinerary: Walking tour excursion in Lecce (optional with the guide with supplement) known as the Florence of the South, thanks to
its architectural structures such as the Basilica of Santa Croce, whose construction took 150 years, or the Duomo, the center of religious life of
the time, or Porta Napoli, the Zelestinian Palace, and the II century Roman theater brought to light in Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Here still live the
popular traditions of the papier-mâché art and the processing of the typical soft stone which is still honored today by many artisans. Here you
have the opportunity to try the typical dessert, "Pasticciotto Leccese" (optional). Free time for continuing the tour or drive to Leverano and
visit one of the most famous wineries in Salento, visit of the cellar and tasting of 3 types of wine. We will offer 1 bottle of wine per couple.
Continue to Porto Cesareo and free walk in one of the most famous tourist resorts in Puglia. Drive back to the hotel and overnight.
Day 3 - OSTUNI & ALBEROBELLO
Breakfast in hotel. Full day at leisure or we suggest to spend your day to visit Ostuni and Alberobello.
Suggested itinerary: Drive to Ostuni; you will take a walk through the beautiful streets of the old town, called the white town because the
walls and the old town are painted white. Ostuni is famous for its olive trees, which appear as a green carpet in the eyes of the visitor. The old
town is a labyrinth of alleys, courtyards and stairways leading up to the 15th-century cathedral, from where you can enjoy a unique view.
Continue to Alberobello along the Itria Valley with its masserie (typical Apulian cultural buildings) throughout the countryside. If requested
optional guided tour of Alberobello through the Trulli (Unesco heritage). Its buildings are conical in shape, made of limestone. Mixed with the
past, with archaic roots full of superstition, as on every trullo. Stop for a photo on the "Belvedere", drive back to the hotel and overnight.
Day 4 - MATERA
Breakfast at the hotel Full day at leisure or we suggest to spend your day to visit Matera.
Suggested itinerary: Drive to Matera one of the oldest cities in the world. Matera is located in the Basilicata region, the road to the city of
Matera leads through a hilly landscape with many small villages perched on top of the hills. Arrival in Matera (local guide with supplement if
requested) walk through the streets of what is known as the Second Bethlehem. These scenarios have been the setting for numerous films,
including Mel Gibson's "Passion". The city is famous for its "Sassi", (Unesco World Heritage Site). Photo break with a view of the beauties of the
city. Drive back to the hotel and overnight.
Day 5 - SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA & GALLIPOLI
Breakfast in hotel. This day we suggest yo to spend your day to visit Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca .
Suggested itinerary: Drive to Gallipoli, a reality suspended over the Ionian Sea, famous for its crystalline sea. Inside its fortified walls there is
everything it does feel good: beauty, history, food, relaxation. Splendid village full of charming alleys and wonderful churches, dominated by
baroque architecture and the typical Apulian historic center between white houses and wonderful landscape views. Starting from the Greek
fountain, probably the oldest in Italy, built in the third century. A. C. its historic center preserves ancient buildings, beautiful baroque churches
and characteristic alleys. Gallipoli has two areas, the modern village and the historic center located on a small island connected to the
mainland by a brick bridge and still surrounded by the ancient defensive walls of the '500. Possibility of organizing boat or snorkeling
excursions for lovers of the depths of the sea . On to Ugento at I Contadini farm producing capers and typical Apulian products and tasting .
Continue to Santa Maria di Leuca where we suggest you to make a boat ride to visit the caves. The transparency of the water makes this
stretch of the Ionian coast one of the most beautiful in Puglia. A stop for the bathroom is planned. Or you can make a tour of Leuca: the
nineteenth-century villas in Art Nouveau style, the bagnarole, the Sanctuary of S. Maria De Finibus Terrae, the Lighthouse and the terminal
column of the Apulian Aqueduct with its splendid staircase Drive to Lecce and overnight.
Day 6 - OTRANTO
Breakfast in hotel. Full day at leisure or we suggest to spend your day to visit Otranto.
Suggested itinerary: Otranto is a beautiful Adriatic town the eastern most city of the Salento area and a trait-d'union of Mediterranean
cultures. Visit of the characteristic ancient village with its imposing Aragonese Castle, the beautiful Byzantine church of San Pietro and the
ancient Romanesque Cathedral that houses the bones of the martyrs, known for the enigmatic medieval mosaic in which the stories of the old
testament are told and of classical mythology, finally, the Aula crypt whose columns, one different from the other, come from various points of
the ancient world.
Drive to Otranto attracts holidaymakers by its crystal clear waters and natural bays. Free walk in the characteristic, historical centre of the city
on the Adriatic Sea; you can admire the cathedral of the twelfth century with the famous mosaic, or the Aragonese castle Overnight.
Day 7 - CASTELLANA CAVES
Breakfast in hotel. Full day at leisure or we suggest to spend your day to visit Grotte di Castellana.
Suggested itinerary: Drive to Castellana Caves complex of underground caves of karst origin, among the most beautiful and spectacular in Italy
and visit for about 1 KM for a duration of 50 minutes, the caves extend for 3.348 meters total and reach a maximum depth of 122m below
street level. Inside the cave system the temperature stays constantly around 16,5°C Drive back to the hotel, overnight.
Day 8 - DEPARTURE
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out at 10:00. Drive to the airport, release of the car and end of our services. Grazie e arrivederci!
• Each rental day is a fraction of 24 hours, the vehicle must be returned
on time or within the next 59 minutes.
• The pick-up and drop-off of the car at the airport will be during the
opening hours of the company Noleggiare (Everyday from 08:00 to
22:30); after these hours the rental company will charge an extra fee.
Please inquire before booking your flight.
• Possibility to have a pre/post tour on request
• Upgrading for the car rental category on request
Selected hotels or similars:
• Lecce area 4*: Grand Hotel Lecce 4*, Grand hotel Tiziano, 8Più,
Hotel Club Santa Sabina or similar (*)
(*) The hotels indicated may be replaced with others of the same category.
Accommodations are located in the indicated towns or in a different cities
where will be possible to realize the program
• Cancellations up to 15 days before departure with full refund.
• Cancellations from 14 to 8 days before departure, penalty of 30%
• Cancellations from 7 to 4 days before departure, penalty of 50%
• In case of cancellation within 3 days before departure, penalty of
• There will be no refund for no shows or voluntary interruption of
an already started trip
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