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From an olive oil tasting experience in lush countryside to guided tours in the iconic towns of Alberobello, Lecce and Otranto, you will discover why Puglia is one of the most visited and loved destinations in Italy.
You will be met at the airport by Topflight’s tour manager and transferred by coach to your 4 star hotel in Martina Franca, located an hour away.
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel by coach and brought to a traditional farmhouse, known locally as a masseria. Here, you will get to sample some authentic Puglia olive oil, known and loved for its robust flavour. Afterwards, we will visit the medieval town of Ostuni, where delightful white washed alleys lead you to the majestic cathedral. You will have free time for lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will visit the lovely little town of Locorotondo, famous for its white wines, before hopping back on the coach and returning to your hotel.
Today you can explore the lovely historic centre of Martina Franca, a memorable maze of winding alleys where whitewashed simplicity sits side by side with baroque extravagance. This stunning town was founded in the 10th century before flourishing in the 14th century when it was granted tax-free status. The town became so wealthy that a castle and defensive walls – complete with stunning baroque gates – were built and still stand to this day. Pay a visit to the old quarter and enjoy the truly picture-perfect combination of maze-like alleys, dazzling white houses and blood-red geraniums.
No trip to Puglia would be complete without a visit to the fairytale town of Alberobello. Puglia's picture-postcard town is famous for its conical-roofed dry stone huts, also known as trulli and in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find more than your 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, before enjoying a traditional lunch at a local masseria. You will be brought back to your hotel later today by coach.
Enjoy a well earned rest at your hotel, the four star Park Hotel San Michele, which is situated in a large park in the centre of Martina Franca. Take some time out to soak up the Puglia sun by the large outdoor swimming pool, or indeed, explore the beauty of its lush surrounds.
This morning, after breakfast, we will set out, by coach, to discover the 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, where you’ll take in sights, including the ancient Roman amphitheatre and the Basilica di Santa Croce. We will then pay a visit to Otranto, Lecce’s historic seaside town and port. Here we will also enjoy a guided tour, taking in sights, such as the majestic castle and the Romanesque cathedral, which dates all the way back to 1088. You will also discover the sea-front promenades, which look out onto white sandy beach and turquoise waters, and boast a healthy selection of succulent seafood restaurants.
Still thirsty for activities? No problem! Your local Topflight representative will be more than happy to arrange great extra excursions of activities for you or even recommend fantastic local restaurants and bars so you can sample the local lifestyle.
After breakfast, check out from your hotel, and transfer to Bari, where you'll have an opportunity to explore the capital of Puglia. You can admire the St Nicholas's Basillica or the cathederal of Saint Sabino, not to mention free time for shopping and lunch. In the afternoon we depart for the airport for your return flight to Dublin.
Stay at the four star Park Hotel San Michele, which is situated in a large park in the centre of Martina Franca.
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