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Walking Holiday in Italy's Far South

Discover Puglia and Basilicata's beautiful countryside and laid-back charm on this twin-centre walking holiday to the 'heel' of boot-shaped Italy. Enjoy walks in ancient pine forests on the Gargano Peninsula and along the rugged coast. In Matera we explore the ancient Sassi, a UNESCO-listed troglodyte quarter, and hike gorge-rim trails. On rambles around Alberobello and Locorotondo, we discover the beehive-shaped trulli houses of the Itria Valley. We also enjoy sampling locally-produced wine, cheese and olive oil and other regional specialties.

Tour Highlights

  • Gargano Peninsula - Enjoy hikes in the ancient and protected Foresta d'Umbra
  • Vieste - Pretty seaside resort with whitewashed buildings
  • Matera's 'Sassi' - Stay in a cave hotel in the UNESCO-listed ancient troglodyte quarter
  • Alberobello and Locorotondo - Walk amongst the beehive-shaped trulli houses
  • Food and Wine - Sample delicious local produce and regional specialities

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join trip Bari airport; drive to Vieste on Adriatic coast

  • 2
    Walking in the ancient forests of the Gargano Peninsula

  • 3
    Coastal walking; sample local produce at a farmhouse picnic lunch

  • 4
    Free day for optional walking or boat trip

  • 5
    Drive to Matera; walk through Matera's Sassi and Gorge

  • 6
    Day out to Alberobello and Locorotondo with olive oil tasting

  • 7
    Walk along the Matera Gorge

  • 8
    Drive to Bari airport where trip ends

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On Foot in Puglia and Basilicata
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Why Book this trip
Popular as a holiday destination with Italians, Puglia has only recently been become more popular with overseas visitors. It's delightfully authentic and unspoilt with an amazing regional cuisine. This walking trip is a great opportunity to experience a true slice of 'la Dolce Vita'. Based in the pretty seaside town of Vieste and the unique and fascinating, troglodyte old town of Matera in neighbouring Basilicata, discover the beautiful countryside on a variety of easy and moderate walks. In Vieste you can enjoy the relaxed ambience, pool and piano lounge at Hotel Degli Aranaci and in Matera experience what it's like to sleep in a cave room, (still comfortably furnished with private bathroom facilities!) at Le Dodici Lune, where the bedrooms are literally carved out of the rock on which the town stands.
Included meals 7 2 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Taxi, Minibus
Accommodation
7 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide
Maximum Altitude on Trek (m)
800
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16