Visitors will be fascinated by the most remarkable architectural, artistic and historic treasures of Apulia and the neighboring Region of Basilicata: churches, Romanesque cathedrals, castles built by the emperor Frederick II of Swabia, Baroque palaces and UNESCO world heritage sites. Guests will discover Apulia also through its traditions and folklore, by participating in impressive Festivals and religious Feasts, such as Holy week rites and processions and patron saints festivals.
Arrival at Bari airport or railway station, meet with the tour host and transfer to the hotel in Altamura. Welcome aperitif to discuss the itinerary for the week. Dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to the High Murgia National Park for a guided tour. The “Murgia” is a chain of low karstic hills, where the characteristic stones alternate with meadows and pasturelands. This harsh natural setting, characterized by the presence of ancient farmhouses and shelters for sheep (“jazzi”), is the natural habitat of wild fauna and protected species. From here, transfer to the “Pulo”, a vast karstic dolina, located outside the urban center of Altamura, which is the result of the collapsing of a vast subterranean cavity. Lunch in a typical farmhouse. In the afternoon, visit of the historic center of Altamura, including: the Cathedral, built in the 13th century by the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, the minor churches and the “Claustri” (that is blinds alleys opening into little squares with only one entrance). Stop to a typical bakery, for a live demonstration of making the famous Altamura bread, cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven. Tasting of bakery products. Dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to Castel Del Monte, the mysterious octagonal shaped castle included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lunch in a typical farmhouse. In the afternoon, transfer to Andria, for a guided visit of the town, including: the Cathedral, Palazzo Ducale and other 13th century churches. Return to Altamura, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to Polignano a Mare, hometown of the famous Italian singer Domenico Modugno, stretching along a jagged coastline 30 km south of Bari. Visit of the old town, including: the historic centre, the mother church dating back to 1295, and “Lama Monachile” (a deep cave to the west of the old town). Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Alberobello, a little town famous all over the world for its traditional house buildings, called “Trulli”, that is whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs, today world heritage site of UNESCO. Return to Altamura, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to Bari for a guided tour of the town including: the “Castello Svevo”, that is the imposing medieval fortress, the massive Romanesque Cathedral and the “Basilica di San Nicola”, whose beautiful 900 year old vaulted crypt is the final resting place of Saint Nicholas. Local women, in the very heart of the old town, will offer you a live demonstration of how to make “orecchiette”. The afternoon is at leisure to walk or to do some shopping. Dinner is at your leisure. Return to Altamura and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to a selected Apulian town, to attend the town’s patron saint festival or the Holy week rites and processions. Lunch and dinner included. Return to Altamura and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to Matera, located in the neighboring region of Basilicata, which was declared European Capital of Culture for 2019. Several movies have been filmed here in recent years, including Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ and Ben –Hur remake. Visit to its cave-dwelling districts, known as “Sassi” (meaning “Stones”), representing an astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a typical restaurant overlooking the “Sassi”. In the afternoon, you can do some shopping and enjoy free time in Matera or to visit some museums or take part in the cultural events organized in the town. Dinner at your leisure. Return to Altamura and overnight stay.
After breakfast, leisure time and then transfer to the railway station or to the Airport in Bari for your return flight home.
We design and operate our tours specifically for small groups (no more than 18 people). On request, we can organize guided tours for larger groups. We can customize and re-price tours and programs. Accomodation is in a 4* hotels or in luxury Bed & Breakfast.