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Experience Puglia's highlights with guided tours to the iconic towns of Alberobello, Lecce and Otranto and discover why Puglia is one of the most well-loved destinations in Italy.
You will be met at the airport by Topflight's resort managerand transferred by caoch to the 4 star Hotel Corte Altavilla, Conversano which is about an hour away.You will enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival and spend 7 nights here on a bed and breakfast basis. This is a gorgeous and unique hotel with bags of charm. It is a medieval building which has been very carefully restored to maintain its original look and feel with its authentic stone walls, but it has also been updated enough to ensure that guests are more than comfortable during their stay here.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast in your hotel, you are invited to a welcome meeting with your Resort Manager at 10am, who will introduce you to Puglia, talk you through your programme for the week and also recommend things to do and see during your time at leisure. You are then free to discover the area as you wish for the day.
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel by coach and brought to Alberobello. This picture perfect town is famous for its conical-roofed, dry-stone huts also known as trulli and in this UNESCO World Heritage site, you will find more than you fair share of sights at which to marvel. On your guided tour, you will get to explore its narrow pedestrianised streets, little shops selling local produce and quaint cafés boasting the perfect espresso. You'll then enjoy a traditional lunch at a local masseria.
Afterwards, you'll move on and make a short stop in Cisternino, which boasts a small and utterly charming old town centre, that has remained intact for centuries. Cisternino features whitewashed houses, narrow streets, historic churches and a stunning central piazza. Afterwards, you will visit the medieval town of Ostuni, where delightful white washed alleys lead you to the majestic cathedral. After exploring this beautiful town you will be returned back to the hotel by coach.
Today, you might wish to explore the lovely town of Conversano. It is a beautiful rustic town with charming cobbled streets and an abundance of Italian character. In the historic centre, right outside the hotel is the stunning Conversano Cathedral. If you fancy exploring further afield, there is a bus that departs 4 times a day that will take you to Polignano a Mare where you can spend the day relaxing on the beach, drinking in the atmosphere and enjoying the sunshine. Alternatively, Bari can be reached by bus in around 40 minutes if you feel like exploring Puglia's capital.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before taking your coach transfer to the utterly fascinating town of Matera. Renowned for its cinematic landscape and ancient cave dwellings, also known as 'sassi', this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most awe-inspiring in Italy. For years and years these 'sassi' were used as housing the poor and the squallored conditions were renowned.
Since then, however, the area has gained something of a revival with the sassi hosting artists and hipsters as well as some major film productions. What's more is that Matera was named as 2019's European Capital of Culture indicating how things have entirely flipped for the area.
The third longest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world, when you visit the sassi, it seems that you have been transported back to the ancient Holy Land which is why, perhaps, the area has often been used to depict biblical scenes for TV and film, including 'Passion of the Christ'. This is a truly unique and remarkable place, just begging to be discovered. You will return to your hotel in the evening after a truly fascinating day.
Spend another day at your leisure today. It may be the perfect oppurtunity to make use of your lovely hotel's facilities. Hidden within this beautiful medieval building you can find a wonderful spa are complete with a Turkish bath, chromotherapy treatments and a relaxation area. Alternatively, why not take it easy on the hotel's gorgeous roof garden that offers some really beautiful views of the surrounding area.
This morning, after breakfast, you will set out by coach, to discover the stunningly beautiful baroque city of Lecce, often called the Florence of the South, thanks to its rich cultural and historical features. Here, you will enjoy a guided tour and take in the sights, including the ancient Roman amphitheatre and the Basilica di Santa Croce. You will have free time to explore the area as you wish and perhaps enjoy some lunch.
Afterwards, you will pay a guided visit to Otranto, Lecce’s historic seaside town and port. Take in the sights, such as the majestic castle and the incredible Romanesque cathedral, which dates all the way back to 1088. You will also discover the sea-front promenades, which look out onto a white sandy beach with jewel-coloured waters. In the late afternoon, you will be brought back to your hotel in time to freshen up for a farewell dinner in your hotel.
After breakfast you will check out of your hotel before being transferred back to the airport for your evening flight.
This property is offered on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Guests can enjoy a complimentary dinner on their final evening at the hotel.
This gorgeous and unique medieval hotel is very well located in Conversano's historic centre with the Conversano Cathedral just opposite.
There is a bus that leaves 4 times a day that will take you to Polignano a Mare within just 15 mins.
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