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Apulia Train Tour

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Experience a multitude of emotions in a region of overwhelming beauty, surrounded by nature and full of history; enjoy the pleasant countryside and imposing castles, including noble palaces and ancient cathedrals, olive groves, old stone “Trulli” and white baroque buildings, stunning caves and historic Masserie farmhouses.
Italy
Cultural
Rail Packages

Highlights

Centrally located boutique 4-star hotels

Private tours to the most enchanting towns and villages of Central Puglia

Visiting the world-famous Trulli of Alberobello, UNESCO World Heritage Site

In the deep south of Italy, in the heel of the country’s boot, is the region of Puglia. It is a land of flavours and fragrances where bakers, dairymen and farmers turn fruits into products that owe their rich flavours and fragrances to their simplicity, and a place with a world-famous winemaking tradition as well.

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Included

3 nights in Bari at the iH Hotel Bari Oriente - 4*
2 nights in Martina Franca at Park Hotel San Michele - 4*
1 night in Lecce at Suite Hotel Santa Chiara - 4*
Return transfers Bari Airport / hotel
Private transfer Martina Franca / Brindisi Train Station
One Way Regional Train Bari / Martina Franca
One Way Regional or High-Speed Train Brindisi / Lecce
One Way Regional or High-Speed Train Lecce / Bari
Daily Breakfast
Half-day private tour of Bari with tastings
Half-day private tour of Lecce
Half-day private tour of Castellana Grotte
Full-day private tour of Valle d'Itria, Alberobello, Ostuni and Locorotondo
Entrance fees to Grotte di Castellana

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Bari

Arrival at Bari Palese International airport, collect your luggage and private transfer to Bari city to your hotel. Check-in and day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Bari at the iH Hotel Bari Oriente.

Bari
Palazzo Mincuzzi, Bari
Day 2
Bari

After breakfast, meet your private guide for a half day visit of the city.

Bari represents a gateway to the east and is the guardian of the relics of San Nicola, with the enchanting old town full of stately buildings dominated by the Basilica Nicolaiana. It is characterized by narrow alleys, people sitting on the doorsteps, smells of the local focaccia (pizza), orecchiette (homemade pasta) freshly made and left to dry and corners of the squares with the sea urchins, the octopuses just banged on the rocks.

The visit will be followed by a tasting of the typical and excellent food specialities of this vibrant city.

Rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own.

Overnight stay in Bari at the iH Hotel Bari Oriente.

Breakfast
Bari
Bari
Day 3
Bari → Martina Franca

After breakfast, check out and board a regional train to Martina Franca (2 hours approx.).Arrival on your own at the hotel and check-in.

In the afternoon, departure to reach Castellana Grotte. You’ll visit the wonderful Grotte (Grottos) di Castellana, situated at a depth of 70 meters, along more than 1 mile of road.

Rest of the day at your leisure to explore Martina Franca, known above all for its splendid Baroque architecture and the homonymous music festival.

Overnight stay in Martina Franca at Park Hotel San Michele.

Breakfast
Bari → Martina Franca
Castellana Grotte
Day 4
Valle d'Itria

After breakfast, departure to visit (by private car and guide) the enchanting Valle d’Itria, welcoming visitors with unequalled olive trees, born from a red earth that makes the landscape around a succession of wonderful colour effects.

Known as the valley of the trulli, it includes some of the most characteristic towns of Puglia: Ostuni, known as the "White City" due to its small white houses, typical of Mediterranean architecture; Locorotondo, in the ranking of the most beautiful villages in Italy; Alberobello, a unique village famous for the presence of its ‘Trullo’ dwellings, small circular shaped abodes with conical shaped roofs.

Overnight stay in Martina Franca at Park Hotel San Michele.

Breakfast
Valle d'Itria
Ostuni
Day 5
Martina Franca → Lecce

After breakfast, check out for your private transfer to Brindisi train station. Board the regional train to Lecce (40 minutes approx.).

Upon arrival, transfer on your own to the hotel for the check-in.

Afternoon private tour of the city. Known as "the Florence of Baroque", Lecce has a wealth of architectural monuments in Baroque style, with portals and monuments made from Pietra Leccese, a gold coloured stone.

Overnight stay in Lecce at the Suite Hotel Santa Chiara.

Breakfast
Martina Franca → Lecce
Lecce
Day 6
Lecce → Bari

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer on your own to the railway station to take a high-speed or regional
train to Bari ( 1h30/1h50 approx.). Upon arrival, transfer on your own to the hotel and check-in.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Bari at the iH Hotel Bari Oriente.

Breakfast
Lecce → Bari
Bari
Day 7
Bari

After breakfast, check out followed by a private transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
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Apulia Train Tour

7 days
from AUD3,546
per person, twin share
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The date you have selected is less than 60 days. Full payment is required at time of booking*

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Bari
Bari
Cultural
Rail Packages
01 April 2022 - 31 October 2022

Hotel options

iH Hotels Bari Oriente
iH Hotels Bari Oriente

Bari
The iH Hotels Bari Oriente is a 4 star hotel located in the heart of Bari, in the Murat district, a few steps from the historical Petruzzelli Theatre. It is housed in a majestic building of the XVIIIth century. The roof garden on the sixth floor offers, in the warm season from May to September, an enchanting view of the city and the dome of the famous Theater, where it is possible to sip cocktails and enjoy delicious aperitifs.

Park Hotel San Michele
Park Hotel San Michele

Martina Franca
Made out of an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600s and now a modern hotel complex, The Park Hotel San Michele is in an exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in the beautiful town of Martina Franca, in a refined and elegant atmosphere with first class service.

Suite Hotel Santa Chiara
Suite Hotel Santa Chiara

Lecce
Suite Santa Chiara is a 4-star boutique hotel located in Lecce’s historical centre, 100 metres from the cathedral. The roof garden on the 4th floor has a bar, outdoor seating and views of the historic centre. Rooms are very elegant and nicely decorated with soothing tones. 

Important notes

  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means we may need to offer an alternative hotel of equivalent or better quality. Our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit.
  • City taxes to be paid locally.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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