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A Journey through Puglia

Treasures of Italy's ‘Deep South’
 
Experience the charm of laid-back Puglia on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). Discover a land of olive groves, picturesque coastal scenery, splendid Baroque architecture, ancient conical houses and delicious local cuisine, and stay in traditional masserie.
A Journey through Puglia. 8 nights
A Journey through Puglia. 8 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Puglia

Puglia – the heel of Italy – has a special character which goes beyond the warming influence of the solleone (‘lion sun’) that ripens the olives and lends intensity to the full-bodied Negroamaro wines. This unique appeal is perhaps best summed up by the simple, uncomplicated attitude of its people, and a sense of slowing down.
Here, traditions run deep and family ties are strong. Flavours are fresh and bold, with a lusty cuisine unafraid to draw on the abundant riches of the land. The towns and villages, too, have a laid-back, unpretentious charm; and the landscapes, while little-known and even less frequently visited, have a colourful allure, from olive groves stretching out to a red-earthed horizon to the honey-coloured coastline – peppered with caves and lapped by the waters of an emerald sea.
Our discovery of this inviting region features three masserie of character, from which you can explore at leisure. We provide suggestions on cultural visits that take in the most beautiful architectural treasures, and recommend some excellent restaurants where you can pause for a leisurely lunch of pasta and seafood accompanied by a crisp dry or slightly sparkling white Locorotondo wine, or a full-bodied Primitivo red.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Otranto
    Night 1: at Masseria Panareo (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Otranto
    Spend your time here relaxing by the hotel’s panoramic pool, visiting the splendid botanical gardens of La Cutura, walking along the coast (we suggest a route to Porto Badisco; 8.5km, 2.5hrs) and exploring Otranto itself. This historic port sits on a rocky spur close to the stiletto ‘heel’ of Italy. Meander through the streets and alleyways of the Old Town (literally ship-shape, within its imposing fortifications), pay a visit to the Norman cathedral with its remarkable 12th-century ‘tree of life’ mosaic, then stroll along the walls, where you might find a strategically placed café for a refreshing drink and a view of the bay.
  • Otranto to Sternatia: 1hr by car
    Today, take a detour west, to visit Galatina’s ornately frescoed church en route to the fortified island town of Gallipoli. Wander its maze of streets, admiring Baroque churches and picking a fish restaurant for lunch, before heading north-east. Your next two nights are spent at the Masseria Chicco Rizzo, located in peaceful countryside near Sternatia, just south of Lecce. If you wish, you can choose to stay in Lecce itself – the charming Palazzo Rollo occupies an ideal position near the city’s magnificent cathedral.
  • Explore Lecce
    Spend today in Lecce (just a short drive or train journey from Sternatia), whose Baroque splendours have earned it the soubriquet ‘Florence of the South’. Following our self-guided walking tour, admire the sumptuous architecture, enhanced by the easily carved, honey-coloured local stone (pietra Leccese), and featuring elaborately sculpted gargoyles and animals. Not everyone is a fan, of course: the Marchese Grimaldi famously claimed the façade of the Basilica di Santa Croce was like ‘a lunatic having a nightmare’; but for most people, it works. So immerse yourself in this harmonious beauty – with its astonishing number of churches – and prepare to be stupito (amazed).
  • Sternatia to Ostuni: 2hrs by car
    Continuing north today, enter the Valle d’Itria where the rolling countryside is criss-crossed by dry-stone walls (much like our own Yorkshire) and dotted with the distinctive, cone-shaped roofs of trulli  houses. You stay in the wonderfully traditional, oil-producing Masseria Il Frantoio.
  • Explore from Ostuni
    Take an early morning trip to (the trulli famous!) Alberobello to beat the crowds. Then explore the fabulous ‘white towns’ of Ostuni and Locorotondo, perhaps sampling the latter’s renowned red wines on a tasting tour at the Cantina Sociale; or head to the nearby coast or the beach. For a walk, we recommend the archaeological park of Santa Maria d'Agnono (6km, 2hrs); or you could walk or cycle in the Parco delle Dune Costiere (16km), or at Torre Guaceto (7km, 2hrs). Further afield, you can explore the Pianelle Forest, or continue as far as spellbinding Matera.
 

Accommodation

You stay at three beautifully converted traditional masserie.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Wherever you stay, we recommend extra nights at any base (or all three!) to give you more time to explore the local area.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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  • 8 nights: 01 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 24 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 11 Apr 2019 £1095 £385
    12 - 30 Apr 2019 £1135 £390
    1 - 30 May 2019 £1175 £395
    31 May - 22 Jun 2019 £1235 £415
    24 Aug - 2 Sep 2019 £1295 £735
    3 - 13 Sep 2019 £1235 £415
    14 - 22 Sep 2019 £1175 £395
    23 - 27 Sep 2019 £1135 £390
    28 Sep - 23 Oct 2019 £1095 £385
    3rd & 4th person discount -£80 to -£100
    Single traveller supplement £80 to £100

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: 8 days' category B car hire (Lancia Ypsilon or similar with manual transmission)
    Please note: a 'one-way' supplement is payable locally if the hire car is returned to a different location from the pick-up point

    Driving time to the first hotel: Bari 2h30, Brindisi 1h30
    Driving time from the final hotel: Bari 1h, Brindisi 0050

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Masseria il Frantoio, near Ostuni
    'Privilege': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £32
    'Privilege': 24 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £32
    Superior: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £12
    Superior: 24 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £12

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's hire car.
    Masseria Panareo, near Otranto (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 May 2019 £112 £142
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £125 £162
    25 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £138 £183
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £125 £162
    15 Sep - 17 Oct 2019 £110 £140
    18 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £110 £140
    Masseria Chicco Rizzo, Sternatia (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 14 Apr 2019 £120 £153
    15 Apr - 17 Apr 2019 £132 £165
    18 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £120 £153
    01 May - 30 Jun 2019 £132 £165
    25 Aug - 27 Aug 2019 £150 £192
    28 Aug - 29 Sep 2019 £130 £163
    30 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £115 £148
    Masseria il Frantoio, near Ostuni (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 18 Apr 2019 £125 £190
    19 Apr - 04 May 2019 £138 £203
    05 May - 30 May 2019 £125 £190
    31 May - 30 Jun 2019 £138 £203
    25 Aug - 07 Sep 2019 £148 £288
    08 Sep - 28 Sep 2019 £135 £200
    29 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £125 £190
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bari, Brindisi

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Bari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Bari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Bari Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bari British Airways,  easyJet 
    Gatwick - Brindisi easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Brindisi British Airways 
    Heathrow - Brindisi (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Bari Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bari Ryanair 
    Stansted - Brindisi Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bari easyJet 
    Manchester - Brindisi Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 5 dinners
    8 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • category B car hire
 
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FAQs

  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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