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9 Day Rome To Puglia

9 Day Rome To Puglia

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Pace
Leisurely Pace
These tours allow you to experience the destination at unsurpassed value. You'll travel with between 40-50 other guests depending on your selected tour*. Enjoy features such as a wide range of included sightseeing, comfortable accommodation and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.
*Note: group size may exceed this. Please refer to the important information section of the Fine Print to view maximum group size for your selected tour. 
Group Size
Group Tour - Classic
Small Group Tour
497 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group tour, with no more than 15 travellers
✓ Incredible sightseeing including time to explore Rome and a tour of Southern Italy's charming Puglia region, including Bari's vibrant port and guided visits of many gorgeous towns like Matera, Lecce, Trani and UNESCO-listed Alberobella with its trulli houses
✓ 8 nights in central 4-star accommodation, including a stay in a traditional 'Trullo' house
✓ Breakfast daily & 5 dinners
✓ High-speed train travel from Rome to Bari and Lecce to Rome
✓ Airport transfers included on the first day of tour
✓ Fully escorted by professional English-speaking tour guides
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout by deluxe coach with complimentary WiFi
✓ Complimentary headsets so you don't miss any information provided by tour leader and local guides
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
Hotel St Martin Rome or Similar

Welcome to Rome! On your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private transfer. The rest of the day is free for you to unwind and explore.

Hotel
The Nicolaus Hotel Bari or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before leaving Rome for the morning train service to Bari. You will be transferred to Roma Termini station where you will board your train for your four-hour high-speed train service to Bari. On arrival in Bari, make your own way to your hotel and have time to check-in and freshen up before meet your Tour Leader at your hotel.

This afternoon, discover this wonderful city on a walking tour learning about the city's history and its most iconic monuments. Walk through the charming narrow alleys of the old city centre, admire the Basilica of San Nicola where the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra are preserved and the Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th-century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia. Be amazed by the astonishing view that you can enjoy from the fortress (admission fee for the Castle at own expense). After the visit, reach Piazza Mercantile where you will see the ancient Column of Justice. 

This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. 

Hotel
Trulli Holidays Resort or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before leaving Bari by coach and travelling approximately 40 minutes to reach Trani. Known as the 'Pearl of Puglia', the medieval town of Trani is one of the most remarkable cities of Southern Italy. Discover its art and monuments, visit the Jewish Quarter and the wonderful white stone Cathedral. 

In the afternoon, we travel another 40 minutes to reach Castel Del Monte, one of Puglia’s most acclaimed landmarks. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century under Roger the Norman, one of the most enlightened kings in history. The building is a harmonious geometrical complex, shaped as an octagon and surrounded by a still unsolved mystery. Continue approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes towards Alberobello: a world-known UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the “Trulli”. These dry-stone cone-shaped houses were built in the 14th century from local limestone and this village is really unique, with a fairytale-like atmosphere. 

The town of Alberobello gets its name from the ancient oak forest of “Arboris Belli” (beautiful trees) that once covered the area. It is possible to see these typical buildings all over the Itria Valley. For the next two nights, stay in a real “Trullo”. 

Enjoy an included dinner this evening savouring local dishes typical of the region.

Hotel
Trulli Holidays Resort or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today sees us journey to Matera. After breakfast we travel one hour by coach to this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. A city on a rocky outcrop, Matera includes the Sassi area, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. 

Your local guide will uncover the history of the “Sassi” which was evacuated in 1952 due to poor living conditions, but now houses museums like the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, with period furniture and artisan tools. Admire the  Romanesque Cathedral that overlooks the city, its beautiful campanile (bell tower) and enjoy the amazing view of the “Sassi”. Transfer back to  Alberobello in the late afternoon before enjoying another included dinner this evening.

Hotel
Hotel Delle Palme or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we take a short 20 minute drive to the neighboring town of Locorotondo. Enjoy some free time to visit this small town, one of the famous whitewashed towns of Puglia. 

Board the coach again and travel approximately 40 minutes to Ostuni: located between the “Trulli” region and Salento. This charming town overlooks the coastal plain, rich in ancient olive trees and here you will have ample free time to explore another whitewashed town with free time for lunch, shopping and tasting several local products like world-famous Ostuni olive oil (all at your own expense). 

In the late afternoon, we travel approximately one hour to reach Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Enjoy dinner this evening and time to explore this beautiful city on your own.

Hotel
Hotel Delle Palme or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a three-hour guided visit of the city, to learn the history of Lecce. Visit the old town centre, the 12th-century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza del Duomo. 

After your tour, we travel 40 mins by coach to the coastal town of Otranto where you will have some free time l for lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful city of Otranto at your own pace. Over the centuries, the city has been invaded by an impressive number of populations, amongst others we can find traces of Greek, Roman and Turkish cultures. 

Wander around the old quarters to see how these cultures have blended together. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Cathedral, where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar. See its marvellous mosaic floor which rivals the well-known mosaics of Ravenna in richness and significance. 

In the early evening, we travel 30 minutes by coach to Supersano, a charming rural town where you will have dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe”. The Stanzie is a typical Apulian farmhouse which dates back to the fifth century and now houses a farm where you will enjoy a dinner of homemade pasta and other regional cuisine. 

Following dinner, you will be transferred back to Lecce for the evening.

Hotel
Hotel St Martin Rome or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Lecce train station for your six-hour train ride back to Rome. On arrival at Roma Termini, you will be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the evening is at your disposal.

Hotel
Hotel St Martin Rome or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the Eternal City on your own

Meals
Breakfast

Your Italian adventure ends after breakfast at the hotel.

We hope you’ve been inspired.

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing including time to explore Rome and a tour of Southern Italy's charming Puglia region, including Bari's vibrant port and guided visits of many gorgeous towns like Matera, Lecce, Trani and UNESCO-listed Alberobella with its trulli houses
  • 8 nights in central 4-star accommodation, including a stay in a traditional 'Trullo' house
  • Breakfast daily & 5 dinners
  • High-speed train travel in second-class from Rome to Bari and Lecce to Rome
  • Airport transfers included on the first day of tour
  • Fully escorted by professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout by deluxe coach with complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary headsets so you don't miss any information provided by tour leader and local guides
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Bari – Guided walking tour through the charming narrow alleys of the old city centre where you will see such sites as the Basilica of San Nicola, the Norman-Swabian Castle, and Piazza Mercantile
  • Trani – Known as the 'Pearl of Puglia’, visit the Jewish Quarter and the wonderful white stone Cathedral
  • Castel Del Monte – One of Puglia’s most acclaimed landmarks, visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century under Roger the Norman
  • Alberobello – Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the 14th century white-washed cone-shaped houses, “Trulli”. Enjoy a two-night stay in a real Trullo
  • Locorotondo & Ostuni – Enjoy time to wander the “white towns” on your own. Why not enjoy some shopping and tasting of several local products like the world’s famous ostuni olive oil (at own expense) 
  • Lecce – Guided visit of the old town centre, the 12th-century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza del Duomo
  • Otranto – Enjoy free time to wander this ancient city which has been invaded by an impressive number of populations with traces of Greek, Roman and Turkish cultures

Inspiring Sights

  • Discover the hidden gem of Trani, wander around its architectural treasures 
  • Visit the beautiful coastal town of Otranto, stroll through its fascinating historic center and enjoy splendid views of the turquoise sea

Inspiring Taste

  • Enjoy homemade pasta and regional delicacies in a typical farmhouse at Supersano

Inspiring Stay

  • Experience a unique stay in a historical "Trullo" in the town of Alberobello classified a UNESCO World Heritage 

 

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirement
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”1”

Leisurely Paced Tour: A general level of fitness and mobility is required for this tour. The itinerary includes ample free time and you will not be impacted by stairs and uneven terrain. Where coach transportation is included, you will be required to get on and off the coach with ease.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

You may also consider tipping your tour leader and driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $510.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size
Minimum: 2

Maximum: 50 

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $334.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $304.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $334.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $304.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Departure airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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