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Walks in Puglia and Matera

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  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1999per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 11 Jun to 5 Nov 2022 and from 18 Mar to 4 Nov 2023
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners and 1 wine and produce tasting 
  • All accommodation
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 5 nights 3-star hotels and 2 nights converted farmhouse or 4-star hotel depending on departure dates (see accommodation section for more info)
  • 5 days guided gentle walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Travel by private minivan, bus, and train
      from 12 reviews

Mr Falconer says...
This is a less well known area which rewards a visit - UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lots of history, typical Italian hospitality, food and wine, ...
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Italy: Puglia

Walking in Puglia and Matera

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Visit the UNESCO towns of Matera and Alberobello
  • Walk in tranquil countryside past trulli, vineyards and olive groves 
  • Indulge in the succulent and fresh local cuisine

In the heart of the Mediterranean lie Puglia and Basilicata, two unique and still largely undiscovered regions of Italy nestled between the emerald waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. This trip gives us the chance to explore the very best that these Italian gems have to offer, from trulli houses of the lush Itria valley and the white hilltop town of Ostuni to the rock churches and UNESCO Sassi district of the beautiful city of Matera. Aside from the perfect mix of cultural discovery and gentle walking, we will have the chance to sample the legendary local cuisine and delicious wines that make this region a true food lovers’ paradise.



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Typical holiday itinerary



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Day 1: Start in Alberobello.

The trip starts in Alberobello, home to 1500 Trulli (conical roofed houses) that have made its historical centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The origin of these funny-looking stone dwellings is obscure, however, local farmers claim they were originally built in an effort to evade taxes. When the tax inspectors were in the area, the dry stone walls could easily be dismantled by simply removing the key stone above the door and quickly rebuilt after the inspection.  Our hotel is located in proximity of the historic centre. In the afternoon after the group's arrival there is usually time to wander through the narrow alleys of the town’s centre and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this enchanting town at night.

Day 2: Walk over the hills of the Itria Valley, dotted with olive trees, vineyards and trulli; visit Locorotondo, known for its superb wine.

We start the week with a walk to the town of Locorotondo. Sitting on the top of a hill, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is renowned for its white wine and Cantina Sociale, the local winery. Following narrow country lanes, we walk over the rolling hills of the Itria Valley, dotted with olive trees, vineyards and trulli. At the end of the day, we take a short train ride back to Alberobello where we stay overnight.

Day 3: Morning visit to the white city of Ostuni; afternoon walk through olive groves and vineyards; visit Agnano Archaeological Park.

In the morning we take a private transfer to the white city of Ostuni, famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses. After some free time spent discovering this elegant hilltop town at our own pace, we explore the beautiful surrounding countryside on foot, walking through ancient olive groves and vineyards overlooking the Adriatic coast. Along the route we stop for a visit at the archaeological park of Santa Maria di Agnano. This evening we have a delicious dinner and overnight in a beautiful Masseria – a renovated farmhouse typical of the Apulian region 

**Please note that on selected departures the group will stay overnight in a 4-star hotel in the historic centre of Ostuni instead of the masseria. See the Accommodation section in the Trip Notes for more information**.

Day 4: Free day. Optional activities include visiting the Baroque city of Lecce or the picture-perfect coastal village of Polignano a Mare.

Today is free to discover the many jewels of this beautiful region. We recommend a day trip to the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce, known as the 'Florence of the South', and home to over 40 churches and countless palaces, as well as a Roman amphitheatre and theatre. Alternatively, you could travel to the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare on the coast of the Valle d’Itria, perched atop a 20m high limestone cliff rising from the Adriatic. Both of these destinations are reachable by train from Ostuni. In the evening we regroup to enjoy a delicious dinner in Ostuni or at the masseria.

Day 5: Morning walk to the Adriatic coast; free time at the beach (in season) and transfer to the UNESCO town of Matera.

This morning we walk from the masseria to the coast, where we have time to relax on a beach or swim in the mild waters of the Adriatic sea (depending on the season). In the afternoon we make our way to Matera, one of the most unusual and memorable tourist destinations in Italy famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the sassi. Our hotel is located in the heart of Matera Sassi UNESCO site, just a few steps from the town's most famous attractions, and offers a terrace with panoramic views across the town. After checking in we enjoy a first glimpse of Matera's enchanting alleys and unique architecture.

 * TEV 4th December only - This morning we walk from the masseria to the coast, where we have time to relax on the white beaches. At the end of the walk, private transfer to Matera, one of the most unusual and memorable tourist destinations in Italy famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the Sassi, and stop for lunch along the way. Our hotel is located in the heart of Matera Sassi UNESCO site, just a few steps from the town's most famous attractions, and offers a terrace with panoramic views across the town. After checking in we enjoy a first glimpse of Matera's enchanting alleys and unique architecture.

Day 6: Short walk in Matera’s Rock Churches Park and guided sightseeing in the town's marvellous UNESCO 'Sassi' district.

Today we enjoy a short hike to the Murgia plateau, a vast protected area home to over 150 rupestrian churches dating back to the 8th century, once inhabited by hermits and adorned with Byzantine frescoes. We descend down the Matera's canyon until we reach a suspension bridge* which allows us to cross to the other side of the valley. We then hike to the top of the ravine following a pathway which ends with a spectacular viewpoint of Matera's Sassi district. In the afternoon we walk back to Matera for a guided tour: accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, we wander through the narrow alleys of the town’s famous UNESCO cave-dwelling district and learn of the history of this fascinating place. Back in Matera we enjoy a delicious produce and wine tasting in the historic centre and the rest of the day is free to discover the city at our own pace. Overnight in Matera.

*Customers with vertigo or have difficulty with heights may wish to not participate in this part of the itinerary; if this is the case please speak to your tour leader at the start of the trip and they will be happy to explain the suspension bridge in more detail, and what options may be open to you if you choose not to take part.

Day 7: Walk in the outskirts of Matera exploring prehistoric caves and rugged landscape; overnight in Matera.

Today we will transfer by train and bus to the outskirts of Matera, where our walk starts. The trail will take us through dramatic rugged landscape of limestone once home to prehistoric settlements of cave dwellings. Today we navigate the gravel paths, fields, and groves of almonds and of olives as we pass through. Here, spring is particularly impressive with many species of butterfly, orchid and cyclamen.

Day 8: The trip ends in Matera this morning.

The trip ends in Matera this morning.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

3 and 4-star hotels and converted farmhouse

All hotels on this trip have been specially selected for their location, character and comfort. We stay in renovated traditional buildings which give a real taste of the typical Apullian architecture.

In Alberobello we normally stay at Hotel Ramapendula offering outdoor swimming pool and located within reach of the town centre.

In Ostuni we usually spend two nights at Masseria Morrone, a traditional farmhouse surrounded by olive groves and overlooking the sea. On selected departures (10th Apr 2021, 22nd May 2021, 4th Sep 2021 and 16th Oct 2021) the group will stay at the 4-star Hotel La Terra in Ostuni and not at Masseria Morrone.

In Matera we usually stay at the 3-star Hotel Sassi which offers tastefully renovated cavelike rooms in the heart of the historic UNESCO district. 


Meals

All breakfasts, 2 dinners and 1 wine and local produce tasting are included.

In Puglia you will find genuine regional cooking that has strong links to the land and the sea. To give you just a small list of the types of food on offer in Puglia: Bread from the Murge, durum wheat pasta, olives, the pasta delicacy Orecchiette served with a sauce of turnip-tops or fresh tomato and sheep's ricotta-cheese, Cavatelli with pulses, aubergine and parmesan bake, grilled fish and seafood, burrata (soft mozzarella and cream cheese), plus excellent wines. This region is a food lover's paradise and the abundance of delicious vegetables also makes it a perfect destination for vegetarians. On this trip, there will be many opportunities to taste the best local specialities, in particular during the produce and wine tasting and the traditional dinner included in the itinerary.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

It is possible to make your own way to Alberobello from Bari airport although the journey by public transport requires a few changes. First you will need to travel from Bari airport to Bari central station by train. (transfer 20 min. - ticket:€6 http://www.ferrovienordbarese.it/).

From Bari central station there are regular trains to Alberobello although most require a change in Putignano or Fasano, and often the second leg of the journey is operated by a bus rather than train. Info and timetables at https://www.fseonline.it/ (approx. journey time 2hrs, €10-15).

Alternatively, if you prefer to travel in more comfort, Headwater can arrange a private arrival transfer prior departure for a price of approx. £100-120 for the vehicle. Please contact us if you wish to book this service.

Transportation

A private minibus will be used for the airport transfers. We use a mix of private and public transport (train and bus) during the week.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways or Alitalia (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Alberobello and ending in Matera

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Alberobello in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Falconer, 16/10/2019

This is a less well known area which rewards a visit - UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lots of history, typical Italian hospitality, food and wine, interesting walking but generally not too demanding except around Matera which takes more care. Temperatures in autumn are better than many a British summer day but the excessive heat has gone which makes the walking enjoyable. Our French / Sicilian guide was excellent. Both interesting and interested and went the extra mile. Masseria Morrone was the best accommodation due to attentive owners and excellent regional cuisine. Hotel Sassi in Matera has an unrivalled location in the old town with unique bedrooms formed from the limestone caves.


Mrs Bartlett, 09/10/2019

The farm house accommodation was very poor, extremely cold


Mr Sewell, 09/10/2019

Had a great time. Excellent local guide.


Dr Peck, 02/10/2019

Anon - great group, locations, walking with excellent local guide, good local cuisine and wine - well organised all went smoothly


Mr Monzani, 25/09/2019

We had an excellent holiday with a great group of likeminded people. However we felt that the holiday was poorly structured. The second hotel Masseria Morrone, was in the middle of nowhere and it was here that we had our “free day” whereby we had to leave early and return late just in time for a 6.30 meal. The Masseria Morrone appeared to have been selected for economic reasons rather than customer satisfaction especially the 2 included meals which were rather indifferent

The rooms in the Sassi Hotel in Matera varied enormously. We had a “cave room” with only one small window above the door and very little natural light however the hotel staff responded well and provided a much better room for the last 2 nights


Mr Larner, 24/07/2019

This was an outstanding trip; the guide was thoughtful, considerate, generous and enthusiastic. The locations were beautiful and the accommodation characterful and uniformly excellent, as was the food (and drink 🙂) throughout. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a holiday more.

Headwater response:
Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your holiday. We put our customer experience and satisfaction as our priority so thank you for your kind words and hopefully we look forward to welcoming you again on a Headwater holiday.

Kind regards
Customer Services


Mr Neal, 30/05/2019

Very enjoyable small group holiday. Interesting and varied itinerary, with ample time for fun and to experience local colour.


Mr Jones, 29/05/2019

Good trip, well organised. Vanessa was an excellent guide, very caring, very keen we take our time when any walking got tricky, so very safety conscious.


Mr Hanbury, 22/05/2019

All holiday arrangements were good. The only negative points were because the weather (in southern Italy - 11 to 18 May 2019) was very disappointing. Colder and wetter than south-east England - not what we were expecting. However, our Exodus guide - Fabrizio - was superb, and kept us all in good spirits - and we did see the sun sometimes between the showers! Our second hotel (the Masseria Morrone near Ostuni) was not as warm as we would have liked, but simply because the weather was so cool and damp. In "normal" weather conditions, it would have been lovely.


Mrs Turnbull, 05/11/2018

Excellent holiday and our guide , Guiseppe , was attentive, helpful and informative at all times.


Mr Shore, 12/10/2018

Two of the hotels were quirky and memorable. Guide was fantastic. Breakfast lovely in Matera - uninspiring at the other two hotels; but group dinners (4) were all truly fantastic, and there were plenty of very good restaurant options for the other 3 evenings all serving genuinely local cuisine at reasonable prices. All locations were superb for vegetarians and vegans. Easy walking - more a holiday for exploring historic towns and experiencing food and culture. Matera is extraordinary - maybe the last chance to get there before it's discovered (European City of Culture in 2019).


Miss Adams, 25/04/2018

A relaxing combination of leisurely walks and culture in a beautiful and unspoiled part of Italy.



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You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts, 2 dinners and 1 wine and produce tasting 

All accommodation

Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Transfers for group flights


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

5 nights 3-star hotels and 2 nights converted farmhouse or 4-star hotel depending on departure dates (see accommodation section for more info)

5 days guided gentle walking; 1 free day

Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs

Low altitude throughout

Travel by private minivan, bus, and train

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

It is possible to make your own way to Alberobello from Bari airport although the journey by public transport requires a few changes. First you will need to travel from Bari airport to Bari central station by train. (transfer 20 min. - ticket:€6 http://www.ferrovienordbarese.it/).

From Bari central station there are regular trains to Alberobello although most require a change in Putignano or Fasano, and often the second leg of the journey is operated by a bus rather than train. Info and timetables at https://www.fseonline.it/ (approx. journey time 2hrs, €10-15).

Alternatively, if you prefer to travel in more comfort, Headwater can arrange a private arrival transfer prior departure for a price of approx. £100-120 for the vehicle. Please contact us if you wish to book this service.

Transportation

A private minibus will be used for the airport transfers. We use a mix of private and public transport (train and bus) during the week.

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways or Alitalia (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Alberobello and ending in Matera

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Alberobello in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

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