Welcome to Otranto


Lying deep in Italy’s stiletto, Otranto has back-heeled quite a few invaders over the centuries and been brutally kicked by others – most notably the Turks. Sleuth around its compact old quarter and you can peel the past off in layers – Greek, Roman, Turkish and Napoleonic. These days the town is a generally peaceful place, unless you're fighting for beach space at the height of summer.


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$14.66 Transfers & Ground Transport

Brindisi Airport to Hotel Private Arrival Transfer

When you land at Brindisi-Salento Airport, your private driver will be waiting for you in arrivals hall, holding a sign with your name. Be escorted to a private luxury vehicle, and relax on the comfortable drive straight to your hotel in the nearby city of Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Alberobello, Ostuni or Fasano. You'll ride in a Mercedes E-Class or Opel Vivaro vehicle, depending on your group size.To make a booking for this private arrival transfer from Brindisi-Salento Airport to your accommodation, simply make a note of your flight and hotel details when booking. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Price is per person, based on 8 adults per vehicle.

$14.65 Transfers & Ground Transport

Brindisi Hotel to Brindisi Airport Private Departure Transfer

When it's time to head to Brindisi-Salento Airport, ensure you make your flight with this convenient private departure transfer. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Alberobello, Ostuni and Fasano and driven in the comfort of a private vehicle to the airport. You'll ride in a Mercedes E-Class or Opel Vivaro vehicle, depending on your group size.To make a booking for this private departure transfer from your accommodation to Brindisi-Salento Airport, simply make a note of your flight and hotel details when booking. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Price is per person, based on eight adults per vehicle.

$68.50 Outdoor Activities

Otranto Kayak and Adventure

We will guide you with our kayaks to discover the Adriatic coast along the route of the Turks. We start from Otranto, paddling between hidden coves and sea caves. We will visit inside the Monaca marine cave, in this magical place we will do Speleo-Snorkeling exploring the natural tunnels dug into the rock, the fantastic stalactites and stalagmites white of pure calcite and with the due attention the colony of bats that lives inside. We will explore the coastal caves that open along this coastal path like the Grotta del'Eremita and the Grotta Sfondata and we will disembark in the enchanting bay that guards the Mulino d'Acqua Beach where we will take a swim and snorkel break. We will continue by paddling along the coast until Baia Imperia and Baia Morrone and the cove of Toraiello, where we will explore the Baia dei Turchi natural pool that hides between the canals and the vegetation, the clay dunes guard prehistoric fossil fish, we will explore caves and canals dug by springs that flow into the sea drawing a wonderful and wild coast. In this magical place we will take a bath and guided Snorkeling to admire the incredible marine biodiversity. We will disembark in the enchanting Baia dei Turchi, where we will explore this fantastic bay and the pinewood with its characteristic nature trails. We will paddling along the coast between natural pools and wonderful bays and we will return to Otranto at the meeting point and boarding point where the excursion will end.

$45.67 Outdoor Activities

Otranto Trekking Adventure

With this exciting excursion we will discover Otranto and explore the Idro Valley along the Memory path , in the heart of the Otranto-Leuca Natural Park. The route will start from the ancient village of Otranto, we will do Trekking on the coastal paths, we will visit the legendary costal tower Torre del Serpe, the cave Grotta Palombara and the  fortificated farmMasseria delle Orte that protects the enchanting bay from above. We will take a relaxing break and an educational and environmental laboratory in the Orte grove. We will explore the world-famous Red lake in the Bauxite quarry and walk on the characteristic red earth dunes. Trekking in the Natural Park, exploring the Tumara Wood and visit Masseria Scalelle. We will explore the Selva del Turchese and  Trekking in the Idro Valley, along the mystical Sentiero delle Memorie path, the last stretch of the millenarian Via Francigena that crosses the valley. Explore the system of cave settlements and caves such as the Grotta delle Navi,  Grotta dei Graffiti, Grotta del Turco and the magnificent and hidden rural church Chiesa Rupestre di Sant'Angelo. Discover the Aqueduct of Charlemagne and the wood of ancient olive trees. Visit Otranto with its ancient village, Porta Alfonsina, the Cathedral with the magnificent Tree of Life Mosaic, explore  the Castle with the undergrounds, the castle tower Torre Matta, at the end taste the homemade ice cream or a Salento aperitif. From here we will return to the starting point where our incredible excursion will end.

$143.86 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Trip to Galatina and Otranto with lunch and wine tasting in a winery

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Centro storico di Galatina, Galatina, Province of Lecce, PugliaDiscover Galatina and its artistic jewels including old residences with rich portals and balconies, the Chapel of Saint Paul in which the ritual hypnotic dancing of the tarantate was held and eventually the main monument of the town, the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, one of the most significant works of architecture in the whole Salento with cycles of unequaled frescoes on the walls, arches and vaults similar to the Franciscan church of Assisi.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: L'Astore Masseria, Cutrofiano, Province of Lecce, PugliaVisit a typical "masseria" , a local farm dated back to 1800, still in operation with the production of oil and autoctone wine. You will feel the warm hospitality of the family that owns this farm since 1935. Here you will visit the hypogeum crusher and the vinery, take a wine tasting in the "bottaia", the place where the barrels are stored, inebriated by scents of aging wines and have lunch surrounded by the peace and sounds of the surrounding countryside. Each course will be accompanied by the wine produced in the farmhouse. You will sip samples of autoctone grapes like "Primitivo", "Negramaro", "Susumaniello" and will learn about viticulture in the region.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro Storico Otranto, Otranto, Province of Lecce, PugliaAfter lunch, the tour will proceed to Otranto, the Italy’s easternmost town. You will visit the Norman cathedral with its mosaic pavement rather like a large praying rug, the tiny church of Saint Peter, one of the the most important Byzantine monument of Apulia, the Aragonese Castle surrounded by a deep broad moat extending toward the sea, the walls still enclosing the largest part of the old town.Duration: 1 hour

$456.69 Cultural & Theme Tours

Southern Legends and more...

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival in Tirana (Night in Tirana)Stop At: Blloku, Tirana, Tirana County-Airport pick-upMeeting with the group and introducing with our local guide at Mother Teresa International Airport. During the day we will serve the tour of Tirana, in which the highlights of the capital will be discovered and traditional delicious food will be tasted. Yummy!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 2: Tirane-Ardenice-Apolloni-Vlore (Night inVlora)Stop At: Apollonia, Fier, Fier CountyWe will start the trip in Tirana. Meeting with the group and introducing with our local guide at Mother Teresa International Airport. During the day we will serve the tour of Tirana, in which the highlights of the capital will be discovered and traditional delicious food will be tasted. Yummy!Tirana is a colorful city filled with café shops and stoned pedestrian streets and all travelers love it. Since we are locals we know where to take you to have the max amount of fun ;).The second stop will be the monastery of Ardenica. The monastery is on top of a hill and it used to be an orthodox church. It was built in the ruins of an old pagan temple which was constructed to honor the Goddess Artemisa. But the monastery itself was named after the Goddess which was thought to protect the agricultural activity of the land, known as Maria Hyjlindi. The place is fantastic and you should give it a look.After a short tour in the monastery we will have a coffee in a local bar and then we will go to the next destination which is one of the biggest archeological in Albania: Apolonia. The archaeological site of Apolonia includes the associated group of structures with original remains from various civilizations, such as Illyrian, Greek, Roman and Medieval. Apolonia used to be one of the most important gateways of the trans-balkanic road ‘Via Egnatia’, while in it’s famous Academy has studied and underwent military training Octavianus. This in not our last stop for our first day of travel.Our last stop for today will be Vlora. The oldest traces of civilization in the area of Vlora date back to the 6th century B.C. In ancient times the city started as a port, and was known under the name of Aulona, famous for its olive groves and vineyards. During the 4th century AD was frequently mentioned as a landing port for ships of goods from the ports of Otranto and Brindisi, as well as an important stop over between the prosperous ancient cities of Apolonia and Butrint. Nowadays the city is one of the most important for the southern part of the country since is the second-biggest port after Durres and also a pinpoint in beach tourism. The city is also known as the city in which Ismail Qemal proclaimed the independence of Albania on November 28, 1912, the most famous date in Albanian history. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 3: Karaburun-Llogara-Sarande (Night in Saranda)Stop At: Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, Orikum, Vlore CountyAfter the breakfast we will start our journey with Karaburun peninsula. Karaburun-Sazan is the only "Marine National Park" in Albania. Besides the beautiful coves hidden in the rugged coast of the peninsula, Karaburun is home to 20 caves. The biggest and at the same time the most famous is Haxhi Alia cave. According to a local legend, the cave was used by famous pirate Haxhi Ali during the 17th century. After Karaburuni we will go in Llogara where we will eat the lunch. The Llogara National Park is situated in the Llogara mt. and has been proclaimed as a protected zone in 1966. It is known for the famous Llogara Pass. In Albania we have an urban saying that goes like this: only after you manage to drive the Llogara Pass will you be called a real car driver. The Pass offers views of most of the south coast, including the Dhermi and Drymades beaches and the horizon that accompanies the road that lasts for more than 40 minutes is uncomparable with anything else in the world. The Llogara National Park starts at 470 meters above sea level and climbs to 2018 meters and it offers great possibilities of eco-tourism, air sports, hiking and picnics. Ceasar’s Pass (Qafa e Cezarit) named after the Roman Emperor Julius Ceasar who set foot in the area in pursuit of Pompey is also located near the Llogara Pass. In antiquity, Saranda was known as Onchesmus. The present name Saranda derives from an early Christian Monastery, nowadays in ruins dedicated to Agioi Saranda, Forty Saints, Saranda means “40” in Greek. Saranda is the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera and the capital of the Albanian shore for a reason. It will seem to you like a still no-so-developed Maresille. Saranda is known for the deck filled with yachts and boat and a lively summertime.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 4: Butrint-Ksamil-Lekuresi Castle (Night in Saranda)Stop At: Butrint National Park, Butrint, Vlore CountyIn the morning we will go in Butrint. Butrint is one of Albania's major archaeological centers and is protected under UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, with more than 180.000 visitors in the last year (Albanians and tourists). Butrint was established as a commercial center but it quickly became an important stop along the merchant trade routes, turning it into an inhabited area during the ancient history of the Balkans welcoming traders and travelers from ancient Greece, Rome, Byzantines and Venetia. A lunch with the sea view is perfect. We will spend the other part of the day in the city of Saranda where we will see Lekurasi castle and during the night we can drink a glass of wine or rakija on the sea side.Ksamil is a village and a former municipality in the riviera of Southern Albania, and part of Butrint National Park. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Sarande. Still it hasn’t lost it’s charm. Ksamil has been said many times to be a travelers heaven. With beaches looking alike Maldives and full of life in Ksamil you will find beauty manifested.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 5: Blue Eye-Mesopotam-Gjirokaster (Night in Gjirokastra)Stop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyThe first stop of the day is in Blue eye. The region’s mountainous territory gives for surprising and dramatic landscapes – to be enjoyed. A spot of natural beauty of the former kind is the Blue Eye, known in Albanian as Syri Kalter. Syri i Kalter (Blue Eye) is a karst spring located on the western slopes of Mount Mali Gjerë in Albania. The water flows at a temperature of 12.75 °C, the depth of the source has not yet been established. After the refresh and a coffee in the Blue Eye, it is time to go in Mesopotam. There we can find St. Nicholas Monastery Church. With Its double apse makes it unique in its genre, and some researcher have advanced the hypothesis that this was due to the monastery being used by two religious rites (Catholic and Orthodox). One of the most famous cities in Albania is Gjirokastra, which is part of UNESCO. That's our next stop. The city’s name has either legendary or more mundane origins. Legend claims that during the final siege of the city by the Turks, Princess Argyro, the sister of the feudal lord of the town, despairing for her people, threw herself from the battlements together with her young son rather than be taken alive by the enemy. The name ‘the fortress of Argyro’ comes from this. The modern city of Gjirokastra comprises the old town, a fortress (the original focus of the settlement), the Ottoman districts situated on the ridges leading away from the fortress and the new town on the valley.We will spend the other part of the day in Gjirokastra and we will see many interesting thing.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 6: Gjirokaster-TiranePass By: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyFrom Gjirokastra we will head back to Tirane and end our journey.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.