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Sv Puglia 7 Day Large Group Guided Trekking Tour V1 0


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Sv Puglia 7 Day Large Group Guided Trekking Tour V1 0

  1. 1. Southern Visions 7 Day Casual Trekking Tour (for groups of 20+) This is a beautiful Southern Visions’ seven (7) day guided trekking trip through the region of Puglia, Italy, which lies in the heel of the boot, along the sun drenched Adriatic Sea. Puglia offers access to the freshest seafood, crowd-free open spaces, irresistible desserts and pastries, distinct wines, and the 50 million olive trees that make Puglia the world’s leading producer of Olive Oil. Come to Puglia and hear the voices of the past call out over the trulli houses…..we promise, once you discover it, Puglia will leave a lasting impression Trip Highlights  Matera and Lecce Walking Tours  Guided Tour of the Countryside of Montescaglioso  Alberobello and Otranto Walking Tours  Castle to Castle Tour  Monopoli Market Visit WHAT YOU GET!!!  Guest Shuttles  An outstanding adventure travel  Professional Mozzarella Making Demo experience and Tasting  Peace of mind you are with the most  Daily professional walking and shuttle professional travel and tour company tours in Puglia  Guided tour of Monopoli Market  Local, native guides with knowledge of the secrets and mysteries of the region  6 nights lodging at lovely Bed and €899.00 per person based on double Breakfast Style lodgings occupancy  6 breakfasts €349.00 Single Supplement  4 Dinners  All luggage transfers
  2. 2. We will meet at Bari Airport at 10:00 a.m. You will find your Guide in a red and orange Southern Visions t-shirt. We suggest you arrive at least the night before – please check for flights or night trains from Milan, Rome, and Venice, arriving in Bari between 6 and 8 p.m. the night prior to our first day. (See the end of itinerary for recommendations on arriving and departing from the area). Day 1 Matera Walking Tour Dinner: TBD Lodging: TBD Your adventure begins at 10:00 am when our local SV guide meets you at Bari Airport, and then off you go for a gorgeous walking tour of Matera, where, immediately you will be swept from the world you know to a land given over for gone which has emerged triumphant and beautiful in its pure connection with the past and how time is once again brought round to reveal there is always a new way of looking at things. We will stop so you can lunch on your own, and then walk you to your lovely hotel for an afternoon to enjoy yourself on your own time. You will have time for a look around the area and for an all important afternoon Italian coffee drink, the Espressino. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30 before heading to dinner for some traditional Italian fare. Welcome to Italy! Day 2 Morning and Afternoon Activities: Tour the Countryside of Montescaglioso Lodging: TBD Today’s events start with a drive out of town for a lovely walking tour through the Italian countryside. We will take a breathtaking walk in the protected area of Natural Park of Rupestrian (dug into caves) Churches, characterized by cliffs, ravines, caves and gorges where we can find pre-historical settlements as well as medieval monastic communities. Birdwatchers can enjoy the widest variety of species in Italy. We will walk up to the St. Michael Abbey in Montescaglioso stopping so you can lunch on your own. Our day of beautiful walks will culminate at the St. Michael Abbey, before heading back to the hotel by shuttle. There will be a nice period in the afternoon to relax, have a nap, or visit local shops. Dinner is scheduled to be an on your own event to enjoy the evening life at your own leisure. If you are in the mood for a real feast, try Ristorante Rivelli; or if pizza is what your heart desires, visit Oi Mari’or Da Mario. Be sure to get plenty of rest before another packed day of activities begins tomorrow! Day 3 Shuttle Ride to Puglia Afternoon Walking Tour of Alberobello Lodging: Masseria San Martino Dining: TBD We begin our day by shuttling to our next hotel in Puglia, Masseria San Martino, where along the way we will experience the beautiful hilltop towns of Puglia whose Greek influence is apparent in their
  3. 3. whitewashed exteriors. The landscape is highlighted by seemingly deserted paths through ancient olive groves covered with blankets of poppies and surrounded by meticulously built little walls of stone. We will stop so you can lunch on your own or with your companions. Next, we will stop to take a walking tour of Alberobello, where if you pay special attention, you will hear voices of the past echoing off the 1400+ Trulli (conical roofed homes and businesses), and come to understand why Alberobello is the postcard capital of Puglia. Finally, we will arrive at the Masseria San Martino where you will be able to relax before dinner. Day 4 Transfer to Monopoli Market, lunch in Monopoli Walking Tour: Castle to Castle Walk Aperitivo at Crovace House with Mozzarella Class Walking Tour in Cisternino Dinner: TBD Lodging: Masseria San Martino This morning we will transfer to Monopoli to visit the open air market and do some sightseeing, followed by a castle to castle walk of 2 to 3 hours. We are sure you have worked up an appetite, so we encourage you to lunch heartily on your own in Monopoli. We will then move to Polignano where you are free to explore and have a gelato on your own or with your fellow travel mates. Then, we will stretch our legs a bit with a walk along the north seaside to San Vito – those guests needing a pick me up are invited to stop for a local coffee at their leisure – take time to enjoy the special seaside air. Our next stop takes us to the Crovace House for a mozzarella show and aperitivo with local dairy runner, Dina. We finish our day with a journey to the town of Cisternino for a walk of the town and dinner at Il Cucco. We are sure this activity filled day will provide you a restful night’s sleep. Day 5 Walking Tour: Ostuni to Lamacornala 3 to 4 hour Trek Lodging: TBD Make sure to take a good stretch in the morning, because today we will embark for a 3 to 4 hour trek to the sea. First, we transfer to Ostuni, La Città Bianca (the white city) which is a stunning temple on the hill and gateway to the sea, for a walk through the town before heading on to the Sea. We invite you to lunch on your own at one of the fabulous establishments in the city. Finally, we will head toward our hotel, for a little rest. We will spend our evening in the city of Otranto, where you are having dinner on your own in Otranto, which boasts a beautiful azure blue coastline, well-priced restaurants, and cultural activities. We have a feeling you will return how saying “I left my heart in Otranto”. Day 6 Walking Tour: Otranto and Capo d’Otranto Dinner: TBD
  4. 4. Lodging: TBD We will start our day with a walking tour of Otranto to see the old town and fish market. This walk will allow us to fully experience the diversity of this region, which is one part beach resort, on part middle- eastern, many parts Italian and every part enjoyable. We encourage you to lunch at a seaside restaurant and enjoy the breeze from the Sea and postcard style views. After lunch, you can return to the hotel to relax, or join us in a transfer to Porto Badisco and tour the Capo d’Otranto. However you choose to spend your afternoon, be sure to prepare for an amazing farewell dinner Pugliese style. Day 7 Morning Guided walk of Lecce Farewell from the Southern Visions Team We will shuttle you to Lecce, known as the Florence of the south, for our last stop at Caffé Alvino, the oldest coffee bar in the region where you must purchase a cappuccino and local dessert, pasticciotto leccese. We will continue with a guided walking tour of this amazing architectural gem of a city and the opportunity to continue your journey on your own. Of course, if you would like to stay longer, Southern Visions will help you extend your stay or guide you in the right direction home. Always keeping in mind you will be changed for the better after Puglia, for it is a place that has changed us all. All tours finish in Lecce where the shuttle will take our guests to the station or to Brindisi airport. ARRIVING AND DEPARTING - LOGISTICS After reviewing the following information, please inform us of your arrival and departure plans on the Personal Information Form. Arrival We suggest you arrive at least the night before – please check for flights or night trains from Milan, Rome, and Venice, arriving in Bari between 6 and 8 p.m. the night prior to our first day. Conclusion of the trip On the last day of the trip, an SV shuttle is available to the Lecce train station and to Brindisi airport. The shuttle stops at the rail station, where you can catch an afternoon train for Rome or Milan (if you catch the train to Milan you can change in Bologna to Florence). To Rome there is one train at noon and one after 5.00 pm; to Milan there is one train at around 2.00 pm and then one in the evening arriving the next morning. Flight arrangements
  5. 5. We recommend flying into Milan or Rome. You can then catch a flight to Bari (airport code: BRI) from either city. Or, if you don’t mind the longer travel time and the possibility of delays, you can take the train to Bari. You can see below. Getting from the Bari airport to the Bari train station A taxi ride from the airport to the train station takes 25-30 minutes and costs around €20. An Autolinee Tempesta bus ride to the Bari train station takes approximately 30 minutes and costs €4,15. Taking the train to Bari from Rome, Milan or Florence The trip from Rome takes about 5 hours; from Milan it’s about 8 ½ hours; from Florence, expect approximately 7 ½ hours of travel. Train travel in Italy We suggest purchasing rail tickets and making reservations through your own travel agent. For more information on rail travel in Italy, visit the web There you can purchase tickets and book your seat by using your credit card. You can purchase Italian rail tickets from any train station in Italy, but some very small stations. Many stations are equipped with automatic ticket machines, from which you can purchase tickets and reservation coupons for travel in Italy and for principal cross-border routes. The machines accept cash, credit card and ATM card with your PIN. If you travel on one of Italy’s faster trains, including Eurocity, Intercity and Eurostar, you’ll be charged a supplemental fare in addition to the regular ticket price. If you travel on these trains without your supplemental ticket, you’ll be fined. Eurostar and Intercity trains require a seat reservation for travel at all times. For travel on intercity trains, reservations are not mandatory; however, you may want to pay the extra reservation charge for a guaranteed seat, simply for peace of mind. If you know you’ll be taking the train during a peak local travel period, such as a holiday, you’ll definitely want to make reservations or you risk standing for your entire trip. Italy’s slower train (Rapido, Espresso, Regionale, Inter regionale and Locale) don’t require a reservation or a supplement ticket. Boarding the train To find your platform, which will be listed at least 10 minutes prior to departure, check the small TV screens or the larger schedule boards in the main station area. If you are travelling without reservations, you’ll need to validate your “open” ticket by stamping it at one of the small yellow machines located on each train platform (the machine stamps the date and the time on the open ticket to prevent multiple uses). If you forget to stamp your ticket before boarding, tell the on-board ticket inspector immediately to avoid a supplementary fee. WHERE TO STAY BEFORE & AFTER YOUR TRIP
  6. 6. BARI Tel. +39 0835 312798 PALACE HOTEL Via Lombardi 13 HOTEL SANT’ANGELO 70122 Bari Rione Pianelle - Piazza San Pietro Caveoso tel. +39 080 5216551 75100 Matera tel. +39 (0)835 314010 GRAND HOTEL LEON D’ORO Piazza Aldo Moro 4 LOCANDA DI SAN MARTINO 70122 Bari Via Fiorentini, 71 tel. +39 080 5235040 75100 Matera tel +39 0835 256600 HOTEL VILLA ROMANAZZI Via Giuseppe Capruzzi 326 70124 Bari HOTEL RIDOLA - Albergo in dimora storica tel. +39 080 5427400 Via Morelli 13 75100 Matera tel. +39-0835-318811 HOTEL ADRIA Via Zuppetta 10 70121 Bari ALBERGO DEL SEDILE tel. +39 080 5246699 Recinto Sedile n. 4 - Piazza del Sedile Matera tel +39.0835.333436 HOTEL BOSTON Via Piccinni 155 70122 Bari HOTEL IN PIETRA tel. +39 080 5216633 Via San Giovanni Vecchio, 22 75100 Matera tel +39 0835 344040 HOTEL VICTOR Via Nicolai 71 70122 Bari ALBERGO ITALIA tel. +39 080 5216600 Via Ridola 5 75100 Matera tel: 0835 333561, 0835 337689 MATERA LA CASA DI LUCIO LECCE Via S. Pietro Caveoso, 66 75100 Matera
  7. 7. Hotel Patria Palace Grand Hotel Tiziano Piazzetta Riccardi Viale Porto d'Europa, s/n 73100 Lecce (Lecce), Italy 73100 Lecce +39 0832 245111 tel. +390832 272111 Hotel delle Palme B&B Palazzo Rollo Via Di Leuca, 90 Via Vittorio Emanuele II, n°14 73100 Lecce (LE), Italy Lecce +39 0832 347171 Tel. +39.328.9540585 - +39.0832.307152 FINAL THOUGHTS Please be sure to note these important contact numbers, should you need assistance before, during, or after your trip: Puglia: +39.340.264.4128 or +39.080.416.0030 U.S.A: +1.713-540-0989 All tours operated by Active Cultures LLC