Puglia’s Gargano Peninsula

Coastline, forests and pilgrim trails – Puglia reimagined
 
A varied self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday with luggage transported. Exploring the many faces of the Gargano National Park, this holiday features constantly evolving landscapes of ancient forests, pilgrim trails and stunning coastline. Staying at a varied selection of hotels, you discover the Gargano's unexpected variety and mystery.
Puglia’s Gargano Peninsula. 7 nights
Puglia’s Gargano Peninsula. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the Gargano Peninsula

Discover a different side to Puglia in the wonderfully contrasted Gargano Peninsula, the spur of the heel of Italy. This invigorating walking holiday features incredible variety, from the coast to the forest, onto pilgrim trails and historic towns. The Gargano truly evokes the senses, characterised by white limestone cliffs, ancient forests, crystal-clear emerald seas and one of the highest concentrations of wild orchid species in Europe.
Off the beaten track, but well worth the effort to discover, your Puglia adventure includes the Gargano’s highest town, the age-old pilgrim centre of Monte Sant’Angelo, as well as the UNESCO-listed Foresta Umbra, home to monumental oaks, pines and beeches – the last remnants of Puglia’s ancient forests. The magical town of Vieste marks the beginning of your journey, whilst the superb Hotel Residence il Porto, overlooking the bay of Mattinata, provides a fitting finale to a week of rich walking experiences in a unique corner of Italy.
 
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Itinerary

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  • Arrival in Vieste
    Night 1: at Palace Hotel Vieste (where you spend two nights).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Around Vieste: 10.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 200m
    From the charming town of Vieste, enjoy an easy warm-up walk via a series of coastal headlands to discover the ‘Trabucchi’ – ancient fishing traps.
    Discover the 'Trabucchi'
    Around Vieste: 10.5km
  • Vieste to Foresta Umbra: 14.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent 800m/descent 265m
    Following a short transfer, leave the coast behind and enter another world, the luxuriant Foresta Umbra, offering a completely different feel to most parts of Puglia.
    Enter the Foresta Umbra
    Vieste to Foresta Umbra: 14.5km
  • Around Foresta Umbra: 14km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 285m
    A web of trails supporting wildlife including the indigenous Gargano roe deer, boar, wild birds and foxes. This walk immerses you in everything the forest has to offer.
    Explore all the forest has to offer
    Around Foresta Umbra: 14km
  • Foresta Umbra to Monte Sant’Angelo: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent 545m/descent 375m
    After a transfer, take the San Michele Pilgrim Trail to the Gargano's highest village, Monte Sant'Angelo, famous for its cave church, which is visited by pilgrims from all over the world.
    En route to Monte Sant'Angelo
    Foresta Umbra to Monte Sant’Angelo: 9km
  • Monte Sant’Angelo to Mattinata: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent 165m/descent 950m
    Heading back towards the coast and the small town of Mattinata, set off down a pilgrim path across open and panoramic slopes. Enjoy the many picture-perfect vistas throughout the day.
    Monte Sant'Angelo
    Monte Sant’Angelo to Mattinata: 14km
  • Around Mattinata: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 480m
    Follow the beach towards a wooded ridge, then ascend to Monte Saraceno and its necropolis with 500 tombs dating back to the Daunia civilisation.
    Your holiday ends by the sea
    Around Mattinata: 11.5km
 

Accommodation

A varied selection of hotels, all ideally located to make the most of their surroundings.
 
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  • 7 nights: 09 April 2024 - 30 June 2024 & 01 September 2024 - 31 October 2024

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

    Starting Price Single room
    9 Apr - 20 May 2024 £1025 £265
    21 May - 25 Jun 2024 £1155 £300
    1 - 14 Sep 2024 £1195 £325
    15 - 25 Sep 2024 £1175 £325
    26 Sep - 24 Oct 2024 £1115 £300
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    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)

    Palace Hotel Vieste, Vieste
    Junior suite: 09 Apr - 31 Oct 2024 £22
    Elda Hotel, Foresta Umbra
    Balcony: 09 Apr - 31 Oct 2024 £8
    Palace Hotel San Michele, Monte Sant'Angelo
    Junior suite: 09 Apr - 31 Oct 2024 £18

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

    Hotel Residence Il Porto, Mattinata (with dinner) Double room Single room
    09 Apr - 31 May 2024 £103 £143
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2024 £118 £173
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £130 £197
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bari

    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
    Edinburgh - Bari Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Bari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edingburgh - Bari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Glasgow - Bari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Bari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Liverpool - Bari Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Bari British Airways,  easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bari (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bari Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bari (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    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 stated in the connecting travel section, 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 for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bari

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Bari airport to hotel (2h30) £113 flexible
    rail Bari Centrale to Foggia (1h), taxi Foggia to hotel (1h30) £94 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Bari airport (1h40) £82 flexible
    taxi hotel to Foggia (0h45), rail Foggia to Bari Centrale (1h) £69 1700
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). 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 us to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to 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 >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • 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 incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • 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.
  • 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 (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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