Apulia and the Heel of Italy


Apulia is home incredible natural wonders from the spectacular underground caves to azure blue seascapes of the Adriatic, as well as unique architecture such as the traditional trulli houses in Alberobello and the impressive octagonal Castle del Monte. Delightful Apulia is a fantastic region in Italy, which is known for being made up of incredibly fertile land. This makes it a foodie’s paradise, as the region is famous for its production of olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes and mushrooms, and there are many popular regional dishes to enjoy as well. Aside from the culinary delights we’ll be able to look forward to, the main draw for this holiday will be the amazing destinations that we’ll head to on our excursions

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK to France

Leaving the UK from our local joining points, we will journey across to France for our first overnight stay, enjoying a meal en route. (Dinner)

Day 2: France to Milan area

We’ll then continue on to reach our overnight hotel in the Milan area in time for dinner, before our overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Milan to Pescara

In the morning, we’ll continue our travel and will reach Pescara later in the day, where we’ll settle in to our hotel for the night. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Pescara to Martina Franca

We’ll travel to Martina Franca, our base for the next six nights. The town, which is known for its stunning Old City, features ancient stone walls and city gates in a baroque style. These lead to the town’s winding streets and bustling piazzas, surrounded by old buildings with ornate architecture. We’ll be based at the Hotel Villa Rosa and will enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Caves of Castellana & Alberobello

This morning we’ll see a real gem of Apulia with a visit to Alberobello, known for its traditional houses. The famous trulli houses are built with conical roofs and were used for storing supplies. Today, they’re incredibly popular tourist attractions and we’ll find them dotted about the town. We then continue to the Caves of Castellana. The caves began to form about 90 million years ago and have awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites: a true wonder of nature! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Trani & Castel del Monte

Today we visit Trani, a historic fishing port on the Adriatic coast. We continue to Castel del Monte, a peculiar octagonal castle which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Serving no defensive purpose and not located in a strategic location, no one is quite sure why this castle was built, but its unusual geometric design is certainly worth seeing! (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Martina Franca

We’ll be able to opt into a lovely trip to Matera today, followed by a visit to a winery and a delicious lunch. Matera is an incredibly historic city and is home to the intriguing Sassi houses, which were carved into the surrounding rock faces and which we’ll be able to tour on our optional visit. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: Lecce, Otranto & Santa Maria di Leuca

We spend today exploring the nearby town of Otranto, which is known for its exquisite sea views, as well as the city of Lecce, where we’ll find beautiful baroque architecture. We then continue to Santa Maria di Leuca, the furthest point of the heel of Italy. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9: Martina Franca

Enjoy the town of Martina Franca and pick up a final souvenir or why not join our optional excursion to the charming towns of Taranto and Grottaglie? Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell gala dinner in a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10: Martina Franca to Tuscany

As we begin to make our way home, we’ll continue north to reach Tuscany for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11: Tuscany to Switzerland

Continuing north we cross into Switzerland for our overnight stay in a comfortable hotel with dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Switzerland to France

We’ll continue our journey home today, arriving in France for our overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13: France to UK

We’ll journey back to the UK by travelling via Calais. (Breakfast)

Hand Picked By

Joanne Greenway

Shearings have drawn on our 100-plus years of experience to bring you exciting itineraries which uncover all corners of the globe. Whether you want to explore fascinating Japan, journey through alpine Lakes and mountains, marvel at the natural majesty of Canada or admire the stunning architecture of Italy, your dream holiday is just around the corner. Our escorted tours include the services of a professional Tour Manager who will help you enjoy enriching cultural experiences and sightseeing tours of iconic attractions so that you bring back memories to last a life time.

Joanne Greenway

Additional Information

  • Date: 16th May 2020, 20th June 2020 and 12th September 2020
  • Board Basis: Mixed meal plan
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Departure Airport: By Coach - Local pick up's available across the UK
  • Guide Price: From £1,379pp
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