Walking in Puglia

Walking in Puglia information and booking

from
$1320
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 2 nights B&B, 5 nights 3-star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, good walking boots / shoes and sun hat - walking poles optional but recommended. (A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • View the red earth of Salento and olive groves by the sea
  • Discover Lecce and its historic centre, and the seaside town of Otranto
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage trulli of Alberobello and the Sassi of Matera
  • Stay in atmospheric hand picked hotels and guesthouses

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Puglia is a land forged in history by a mixture of civilisations and cultures. This enriching walking trip combines archeological and architectural treasures with hiking through valleys and along coastal paths surrounded by landscapes of red earth, olive groves and vineyards. See the unique dry stone cottages known as trulli in intriguing Alberobello and the cave houses known as Sassi in Matera. Explore the enchanting maze of narrow streets in the 'white city' Ostuni, the seaside village of Otranto facing the Adriatic and visit the elegant Baroque city of Lecce.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 5 nights in 3-star hotels and charming b&bs and 2 nights in a 'trullo' on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes may apply - payable locally)
  • Private transfers as noted and luggage transfer (max 15kgs pp)
  • Wine and typical product tasting at alberobello, sassi matera guided visit & typical products tasting on day 5
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and roadbook
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Lecce for sightseeing in Salento's baroque style regional capital
Make your own way to Lecce. From the train station you can walk to your accommodation (800m) or take a taxi (allow EUR15). A charming B&B in a 17th century building, located in the historical centre of the city, will be your home for 2 days. This afternoon you are free to discover the main monuments of the capital of the Salento region, which are Baroque style. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in Lecce.
Day 2 Visit Otranto and hike along the Adriatic coastline, overnight in Lecce (4hrs)
The focus today is Otranto, a little seaside village facing the Adriatic sea. Visit its Norman Cathedral to see the unique 'Tree of Life' mosaic floor. Hike along the coastline, discovering flowers and Mediterranean vegetation and the Saracen watchtowers. Train back to Lecce to your B&B. 11km, ascent +100m, descent -100m
Day 3 Transfer to the charming hilltop village of Ostuni, overnight in Ostuni (2hrs)
Private transfer to the station, then take a train to Ostuni. This striking hilltop village, within touching distance of the seashore, is known as the "white city" due to its fortress of whitewashed building clustered together on the hillside. Private transfer from the station into town, with free time to discover this fairytale-like town with its enchanting maze of Greek-style narrow streets and fine Mediterranean architecture. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in hotel in Ostuni.
Day 4 Explore the countryside of Ostuni, transfer to Alberobello, renowned for its 'trulli' (3hrs)
Hike to discover the unique countryside of Ostuni. Enjoy a nice walk through millenary olive groves on red clay-like soil with wonderful views of the Adriatic. At 4pm, private transfer to UNESCO World Heritage listed Alberobello, with its intriguing dry-stone dwellings known as trulli, in the beautifully exotic Itria valley. Your accommodation is in a typical trullo in the historical centre. Wine and typical product tasting, overnight in Alberobello. 9km, ascent +100m, descent -100m
Day 5 Discover Itria Valley and Locorotondo (4hrs)
Today you discover the Itria Valley, walking along an old aqueduct to Locorotondo. Pass between olive trees, vineyards and trulli through this enchanting landscape. Return by train to Alberobello. 13km, ascent +100m, descent -100m
Day 6 Transfer to Matera, guided visit of the 'Sassi' area and tasting
After breakfast, transfer to World Heritage listed Matera. Its fascinating 'Sassi', ancient cave dwellings that have been inhabited since Paleolithic times, have been excavated in the rocks facing a deep canyon. Stay in a charming hotel in the old city centre. At 4pm, meet the guide at your hotel and enjoy a guided visit of the 'Sassi' area and afterwards, taste some typical products of the region. Overnight in Matera.
Day 7 Hike to discover the Murgia plateau and its 8th century rock churches (3hrs)
A wonderful hike to discover the Murgia plateau facing Matera, admiring rock churches painted with Byzantine frescoes. The landscape here is of pastures and stone farmhouses, and there is the chance to watch the flight of different types of falcons. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in Matera. 7km, ascent +150m, descent -150m
Day 8 Private transfer to Matera station where the trip concludes
The trip concludes after breakfast with your transfer to the station.