Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking tour

Start: Otranto Finish: Trani

Visiting: Otranto Città, Otranto, Porto Badisco, Lecce, Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area, Ostuni, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Trulli Valle d'Itria, Matera, Castel del Monte, Trani


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Low, Fairly Easy

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Pescatarian

Tour Operator: Caspin Journeys Ltd

Group size: 6 - 10

Age range: 25-85

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

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!

Highlights

  • icon Walk the Val D'Itria among the famous Trulli before exploring Alberobello a Trulli fascinating Experience
  • icon Enjoy two nights in Otranto a perfectly preserved mediaeval town
  • iconKnown as the 'Pearl of Puglia' Trani's iconic seafront cathedral is one of the finest in Italy
  • iconHike in the Regional Park of the Rupestrian Rock Churches
  • iconBreathtaking sea views and Ancient Olive groves
  • icon See the Stone Age cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera
  • icon Castel del Monte a masterpiece of Frederic II
  • iconGuided tour of Lecce and its ornate Baroque buildings

Places You'll See

Countries:
Otranto
Bauxite Quarry Otranto
Group of ladies friends
Local Shepperdess
Torre del Serpe
Coastal walk to porto Badisco
Porto Badico
Lecce porta Napoli
Santa Croce Lecce
Torre Guaceto marine reserve
Massaria Dining
Massaria Accommodation
Ostuni
Ejoying the view of Locorotondo
The White city of Ostuni
Trulli farm
Alberobello
the Trulli of Alberobello
Matera
Guided tour of the sassi of Matera
Castel del Monte
Trani
Ancient Dolmen
Spectacular setting of the cathedral of Trani

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Pick up Bari Airport travel to Otranro

Location: Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla, Otranto Città

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Otranto

Meals: Dinner

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.

icon Day 2 : Otranto to Porto Badisco. 13 km

Location: Otranto, Porto Badisco

Accommodation Name: Otranto

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. Walk: 4hrs/13km Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

icon Day 3 : Visit to the Baroque city of Lecce

Location: Lecce, Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Locorotondo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Walk: 3hrs/11km

icon Day 4 : Ostuni the white city

Location: Ostuni

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Locorotondo

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. Walk: 2hrs/6km

icon Day 5 : Alberobello a Trulli experience

Location: Alberobello, Locorotondo, Trulli Valle d'Itria

Accommodation: Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Matera

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Walk: 4hrs/13km

icon Day 6 : Matera's Sassi

Location: Matera

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 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. Walk: 3hrs/10km

icon Day 7 : Castel del Monte to Trani

Location: Castel del Monte, Trani

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Trani

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Walk: 3hrs/11km

icon Day 8 : Departure — Bari airport

Location: Trani, Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla

Meals: Breakfast

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.

What's Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

    All gratuities for Hotel porters and Waiters service

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    Local specialist guiding fees

    For local specialist sites

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    Drinks with Meals

    Wine, water & coffee. No spirits

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

    Water is carried in support vehicle for daily refills

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Fully Guided

    2 experienced guides 24/7

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    Local Taxes

    Tourist taxes at Hotels

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    Accommodation

    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! Take a closer look at some properties we have chosen for you... Owner Guided.

What's Not Included

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    Travel Insurance

    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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    Country Entry Visas

    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.

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    Mini Bar & Bar Drinks

    Please do not forget to settle your bill before leaving each Hotel

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

    Not all tours include airport transfers (see Itinerary)

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    Tipping and Gratuities

    Tipping and Gratuities for your Trip Leaders is at your discretion

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    Train Tickets

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Caspin Journeys Ltd requires a deposit of 25% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 75 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

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Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking Tour
Thoughtful planning, attention to details, small group travel. And fun to be with! I really liked not having any hidden fees. Almost everything was included. Thoughtful planning, attention to details, small group travel.

And fun to be with! I really liked not having any hidden fees.

Almost everything was included.

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Lois Mauro

23-Oct-2017

Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking Tour
Not only smooth-as-silk perfect but delightful beyond expectation. An insider's look at Italy and the feeling of being one of the family. Not only smooth-as-silk perfect but delightful beyond expectation.

An insider's look at Italy and the feeling of being one of the family.

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Elise Maclay

25-May-2017

Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking Tour
“The tour of Puglia and Basilicata exceeded our expectations. We knew from prior tours with Caspin Journeys that it would be another great adventure. However, this one was extraordinaire from ....more “The tour of Puglia and Basilicata exceeded our expectations.

We knew from prior tours with Caspin Journeys that it would be another great adventure.

However, this one was extraordinaire from the villages and towns we visited to the unique and posh hotel accommodations and incredible meals we enjoyed.

The walks were gorgeous and vistas spectacular.

It was yet another trip of a lifetime with two amazing tour professionals who excel at every aspect of what they do.

We're already planning our next adventure with them!” ; ....less
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Kathy Jensen

05-Oct-2016

Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking tour
Thank you for a wonderful experience in Puglia region. Travel broadens your perspectives. Thank you, Italy, for allowing us to challenge our assumptions and share your beautiful culture. Thank you for a wonderful experience in Puglia region.

Travel broadens your perspectives.

Thank you, Italy, for allowing us to challenge our assumptions and share your beautiful culture.

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Rosemery Fox

30-Sep-2019

Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking Tour
We had a wonderful time with Caspin Journeys. The choices of places to visit and hotels were varied and interesting. If you like hiking this is a wonderful way to ....more We had a wonderful time with Caspin Journeys.

The choices of places to visit and hotels were varied and interesting.

If you like hiking this is a wonderful way to see Italy.

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Kathy & Norm Esibil

27-Oct-2017

Puglia & Matera Walking & HIKING Tour
“The Puglia and Matera walking tour was a wonderfully different experience. This area of Italy does not have the hundreds of tourists buzzing around that one will find in Rome. ....more “The Puglia and Matera walking tour was a wonderfully different experience.

This area of Italy does not have the hundreds of tourists buzzing around that one will find in Rome.

Our walking tour took us through beautiful countrysides to see Trulli homes, along beaches by the aquamarine Adriatic Sea and through ancient, giant olive tree groves.

Our favourite, however, was the magical area of Matera.

The night view takes your breath away and the history of this area is fascinating.

Hiking in Matera is an emotional experience and one that we will never forget! Our guides, Pino and Caroline, not only took us to areas we would never have found on our own, but they picked beautiful and unique b&bs and farmhouses for us to stay.

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not to mention the delectable meals! They really think of everything!!!” “The Puglia and Matera walking tour was an experience we will never forget.

It takes place in a part of Italy that tourists are just finding out about.

So one will not come across the huge crowds of people like there are in cities like Rome.

Pino and Caroline, from Caspin Journeys, pick the most unusual places to explore and the unique places to stay.

We can't wait to plan our next trip with this group!!” ; ....less
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Elaine Johnston & Neal Kentor

24-Oct-2017

Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking Tour
“They were totally professional and well-prepared for any eventuality. I loved all the walks. This was my second trip with Caspin and I must comment on the term ....more “They were totally professional and well-prepared for any eventuality.

I loved all the walks.

This was my second trip with Caspin and I must comment on the term walk.

These walks are not a stroll down Rodeo Drive.

Having said that I'm 76 years old and great.

Active.

The walks were perfect.

The prior trip was Sicily and was great If you like great food and great companions go with Caspin.

” I enjoyed every minute of the trip.

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Vince Mauro

26-Oct-2017

Puglia & Matera Walking & Hiking Tour
“Caspin Journeys is truly a unique travel experience. Caroline and Pino's attention to detail and personal touches showed in every aspect of our journey. Being a small group allowed us ....more “Caspin Journeys is truly a unique travel experience.

Caroline and Pino's attention to detail and personal touches showed in every aspect of our journey.

Being a small group allowed us to travel in their comfortable, roomy touring van.

They chose beautiful unique boutique hotels.

The food was delicious local classic cuisine accompanied by great wines.

Their knowledge of the area and the balance of activity and sightseeing was great.

We were also lucky to be accompanied by their newest addition to their company their son, Antonio.

We had a terrific time and can see why everyone in our group had either travelled with them before or were referred by friends that had.

I look forward to choosing another trip with them!” ; ....less
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Kathy Fitzgerald

29-May-1917

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