Start: Otranto Finish: Trani
Physical rating: Low, Fairly Easy
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Pescatarian
Tour code: Pug
Group size: 6 - 10
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Our small group walking tour in Puglia &Matera located in the heel of the Italian peninsula surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and blessed with sun, sea and dramatically changing landscapes.
This coastline boasts an ancient strategic importance and a rich historical heritage dating back to the Greeks and Roman civilisation and others seeking passage to the East across the Mediterranean Sea.
Among the highlights of our tour are the famous Trulli houses of Alberobello (UNESCO heritage site). Trulli are limestone rock buildings curiously cone-shaped to insulate against extreme summer heat, harsh winters and allow for the collection of rainwater.
Our journey in Puglia is one of the best hiking tours in Europe with Trani & Otranto, Frederic II’s imperial Castel del Monte (UNESCO heritage site), the decorative baroque town of Lecce known affectionately as the Florence of the South, the spectacular Castellana Caves and two National Parks. We cross the fertile plain of the Tavoliere and the plateau of the Murge, exciting ecological diversity punctuated by Bronze Age, Greek and Roman archaeological sites, mediaeval castles and cathedrals. Before ending our beautiful journey we stop to explore the ‘Sassi’ cave dwellings of Matera.
Hospitality in Puglia is a Trulli memorable experience!
Location: Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla, Otranto Città
Accommodation Name: Otranto
Rendezvous at 14.00 at Bari airport. Transfer by our private minibus to the old town of Otranto, the most eastern town in Italy and a prosperous trading port on the narrowest straight between Mediterranean Europe and Asia Minor.
Location: Otranto, Porto Badisco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stunning walk from Otranto along a dramatic coastline of cliffs, fortified farms and watchtowers to reach the beautiful cove of Porto Badisco where the bay displays aqua marine reflections among fishing boats bobbing up and down in the water. According to Homer, Aeneas landed here on his escape from Troy!
Picnic lunch and free time in the afternoon to explore Otranto.
Note: In 1481 the Turks attacked and slaughtered the population. The bones are kept in the Duomo and a visit to see its amazing Byzantine mosaic floor portraying the tree of life is a must.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Location: Lecce, Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area
Accommodation Name: Locorotondo
We visit the baroque city of Lecce, sometimes called the Florence of the South. The historic centre is a great place for strolling to admire handcrafts and spotting Roman remains.
We then head to the coast for a beautiful walk in a protected marine nature reserve known as Torre Guaceto. Along this short piece of coastland with exceptional sandy and rocky backdrops, we walk through maquis and olive groves and fresh water lagoons where migrant birds stop to feed.
At the end of the walk is a 16th-century Aragonese defensive look-out tower.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Free morning to explore the narrow alleyways of the beautiful little town Ostuni known as La Citta Bianca (White town) with lots of places to enjoy a bite to eat (lunch not included). A 24k year old skeleton of a prehistoric pregnant woman was recently found here.
In the afternoon we stop to admire the ancient olive groves where prehistoric stone Dolmen and crypts dating from the Neolithic Age (4000-3000 BC) can be found.
Location: Alberobello, Locorotondo, Trulli Valle d'Itria
Accommodation Name: Matera
A day spent in the Murge dei Trulli a landscape of olive groves, orchards, vines and Trulli houses. A short drive brings us to Alberobello where the highest concentration of these dry stone huts with conical roofs is to be found — even a Trulli church!!
A visit to Locorotondo is the start of our walk through Trullo country to reach the beautiful whitewashed old town of Cisternino. Transfer to Matera.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
A fascinating walk among Matera’s Sassi, the best surviving and most complete examples of rock-cut settlements in the Mediterranean basin. Developed in close harmony with the natural environments the caves here have been used since prehistoric times. At first bare cave dwellings, they were used as early Christian churches or to house flocks of sheep and later they were developed into house-like structures. This setting has inspired film directors for decades and was used for the film ‘The Passion’.
Enjoy a free evening to have dinner (dinner not included) in the old city of Matera.
Location: Castel del Monte, Trani
Accommodation Name: Trani
A half days’ walk in the National Park of the ‘ALTA Murgia’ Mediterranean Prairie with a picnic lunch and then a visit to the mystical and interesting Castel del Monte (UNESCO). This 13th century castle built by Frederick II which stands out against the natural backdrop of the surrounding Apulian hills and one of the most sophisticated secular buildings of the Middle Ages.
We end the day in the coastal town of Trani with its stunningly located 12th century Norman cathedral. Time to enjoy this unique seaside setting and explore this historic port town before dinner.
Location: Trani, Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla
Scheduled drop off at Bari airport at 9.00am (or earlier than long as this accommodates everyone in the group). Trani station is only a short walk.
If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to the airport.
Tourist taxes at Hotels
Wine, water & coffee. No spirits
Water is carried in support vehicle for daily refills
All gratuities for Hotel porters and Waiters service
For local specialist sites
2 experienced guides 24/7
Otranto: 2 Nights
Locorotondo: 2 Nights
Matera: 2 Nights
Trani: 1 Night
A nice hotel and a good night's sleep are an important part of your overall travel experience!
When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms. We look for hotels or bed and breakfasts which are committed to ensuring their guests are well looked after and pay attention to detail, for example offering locally sourced breakfast produce, or a special selection of toiletries, or tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Wherever possible your hotel will be perfectly positioned for exploring and will have a historical charm or maybe a new and innovative design. We choose the best possible places to stay ensuring that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm. We are on a mission to find the ingredients you need to wake feeling rested and looking forward to each day of your Caspin Journeys tour!
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Please do not forget to settle your bill before leaving each Hotel
International travel always requires a valid passport(minimum six months). Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your Holiday- vacation.
Tipping and Gratuities for your Trip Leaders is at your discretion
Not all tours include airport transfers (see Itinerary)
N.B. It is a requirement of booking with Caspin Journeys Ltd that you have adequate personal travel insurance to cover the eventualities of your trip.
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Strenuous: Full day hikes, 5-8 hours, requiring good stamina and some trekking through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents of as much as 1500m, altitudes that can exceed 2000m and some rugged uneven footpaths. For full enjoyment of these tours good fitness is required.
Covid-19 Important: Please check for any vaccine requirements with the health authority of your country of origin
Yes! On the booking form or on a separate email you can provide us information on any special requests or requirements you may have.
If you are vegetarian, let us know if that means you do/ do not eat poultry and/or fish. We pass the information along so that you do not have to worry about it during the trip.
We can accommodate most dietary requests, so please do not hesitate to let us know.
Pick-up and drop off at Naples International Airport.
If you plan on staying in Naples for a few days early just make your way there and back on the airport shuttle bus which goes directly into town every 20 minutes.
Because our hotel prices are based on double/twin bedrooms, we must charge a single supplement to an individual traveller using a private room on a trip. The single supplement reflects those costs — we don’t make money on it. To keep down these costs we book economical double rooms and they are sometimes smaller, even though they cost more per person.
Yes. Prior to departure Caspin Journeys will provide you with useful information which will include: Names of the Participant. Details of Accommodation. Background reading. Packing list. Travel support.
Transfers to another trip are allowed subject to availability. After your final payment due date we are unable to allow transfers. Any cancellation will follow the Cancellation Policy in our terms and conditions. When transferring to a different date or trip, if the trip costs more than your original trip, you must pay the difference. Exceptions to the Transfer Policy include our Private Trips.
If you are the first to Book, You tour booking will be taken on a provisional basis, we will keep you updated and confirm the tour as soon as we reach six. We aim to confirm a tour at least 75 days before departure.
International travel always requires a valid passport. Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your vacation.
Yes. As listed in the itinerary
Yes. 2 experienced Caspin Journeys guides 24/7
Moderate:Activity that involves walks and hikes mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 350-600m. Occasional steep and uneven sections of trails and steps.
Challenging:Full day hikes, approximately 4-6 hours through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (600-900m). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths.
Yes. 2 experienced guides 24/7, Local specialist guiding, All English speaking
As listed in the itinerary. (Not all tours include airport transfers)
Yes. You will mostly travel in our own air-conditioned Minibus from start to finish
In the Service industry in Europe, tipping is customary but not obligatory and at one’s discretion. We at Caspin Journeys have a policy of tipping 10% for the great service we get from our hotels, restaurants and specialist guides. These gratuities are included in the price of your trip (Except for your Trip Leaders).
Yes We do. However, we strongly advice you to contact us to verify availability and check whether tour departure is guaranteed before you make any payments
NO. (Unless on a private bespoke tour or by special arrangement)
Travel insurance helps you relax about the holiday/vacation you are planning ahead. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment.
Some insurance companies offer protection called “cancel for any work-related reason”. Make sure you take out insurance within the stipulated no. of days of making your reservation with us.
We do not sell insurance.
Leisurely: Walking and hiking trails and paths through rolling countryside with occasional steep trails with up to 350m elevation gain/loss.
Fairly easy: Walks and hikes through gentle terrain, across fields, along coastal trails with little elevation gain/loss; altitude is not a factor. Occasionally slightly uneven paths and trails.
No. International travel always requires a valid passport. Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your vacation.
Our guides will make suggestions and you can choose what appeals to you. You may want to linger longer in a museum, sketch, watch the world go by in a café or shop while others are out walking.
Many of our walks can be abbreviated with the option to jump in the minivan and catch a lift. This is your vacation not a marathon and it is important to us that you go home relaxed and invigorated.
Yes. We can assist with advice with pre or post tour accommodation but require you to book direct.
International travel always requires a valid passport. Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your holiday/vacation.
Yes. We transport your luggage between hotels and bring it to your room. You may bring only 1 case and 1 daypack . 1 MEDIUM CASE (60 cm/24″ x 40 cm/16″ x 25 cm/10″) + 1 DAY PACK (43 cm/17″ x 33 cm/13″ x 15 cm/6″).
We have limited space in the minibus and will ask you to pay transfer costs.
During the day you only carry snacks, water, rainproof and personal items in your daypack
Yes, we do have guests who travel on their own and you’ll feel welcomed as we travel in small groups — max 10 — made up of couples, friends, solo travellers or family members travelling together.
In the FAQ we have included Activity Levels Explained. (please check them out)
Of course! We can put you in touch with a reference who has done that trip. Just contact us!
You need to be healthy and have good general fitness. Our trips are not marathons.
If you walk, swim, play golf or do another aerobic activity to stay fit, you shouldn’t have any trouble on our trips.
Our trips have different levels of activity and you can choose the level that fits you best. And even then, you will have options. The Caspin support vehicle.
Read about our Activity Levels
Yes. Entrance fees to museums, events and parks as listed in the itinerary
Joining instruction icluding backgroud reading
Travelling opens our minds and broadens our horizons and it is better still if we do it responsibly and sustainably, and continuously improve our understanding and appreciation for the world around us.
Transfers to another trip are allowed subject to availability. After your final payment due date we are unable to allow transfers. Any cancellation will follow the Cancellation Policy in our terms and conditions. When transferring to a different date or trip, if the trip costs more than your original trip, you must pay the difference. Exceptions to the Transfer Policy include our Private and Custo
Face masks will be required on all transportation. We will have a supply as a backup.
The spacious minibus will be sanitized and aired throughout the day.
Dining at larger or separate tables and al fresco if possible!
Sanitation measures –We are constantly reviewing the cleaning protocols with accommodation providers to ensure they comply with the most current safety guidelines.
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