You can choose between: Long Tour (8 days) or Short Tour (3 days)
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. During their stay, guest will take part at “Federicus”, a three day medieval festival dedicated to the Swabian emperor , which takes place in May in the old town of Altamura.
Itinerary - Long Tour (8 days)
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.
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 Trani, an important port during medieval times. Visit of the Romanesque Cathedral, dominating the seashore from a spectacular position at the water's edge, the historic palaces and the “Castello Svevo”, one of the most beautiful examples of defensive fortress built by Frederick II of Swabia. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Barletta, the native town of the Italian painter Giuseppe de Nittis (1846-1884), to visit its famous Castle, one of the largest medieval castles in Italy, built in the Norman period. Return to Altamura, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer to the region capital Bari, for a guided tour of the old town including: the orecchiette street (where local women sell handmade orecchiette), 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. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon you can do some shopping and enjoy free time in Bari, or return to Altamura to attend “Federicus”, the medieval festival dedicated to the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. Dinner at leisure and overnight stay.
After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure or to attend “Federicus”, the medieval festival dedicated to the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. Dinner at leisure 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, then return to Altamura and overnight stay.
Breakfast and leisure time. 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.