Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

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4.5 Based on 11 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Food tour
  • City sightseeing
  • Local culture
  • Museum and gallery visits
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Matera, Italy
  • Ends Lecce, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Baroque Lecce and crystalclear sea in Salento
  • 'Trulli' houses in Alberobello
  • Visit the unique UNESCO town of Matera
Start in Matera and end in Lecce, the tour Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy is a guided food trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Ostuni, Matera, Trulli and 3 other destinations in Italy. Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy is a small group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Puglia, known for its whitewashed hill towns, traditional farmland, fine cuisine, and the sweeping Mediterranean coastline is the southern heel of Italy [1], and until recently, its best kept secret. With a focus on art, architecture, traditions, and local cuisine, this trip explores the region’s highlights. From Matera, a UNESCO listed town carved into bare limestone rock, where centuries-old caves are still inhabited, we travel to the elegant white city of Ostuni and on to the medieval coastal town of Otranto and Baroque Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’.  *Temporary changes due to COVID-security measures. **Last updated: 16th October 2020*At Exodus, we acknowledge our responsibility to have the most up to date information on anything that will affect our customers on holiday and to communicate this to our customers as effectively as possible.Our general global COVID security measures are described in ourTravel">https://www.exodus.co.uk/travel-safety-charter">TravelSafety Charter, and changes will be made to these measures as required by the global pandemic situation.However, we also expect there to be requirements, measures and sometimes itinerary changes that apply to certain trips only, and may well be temporary measures. We have highlighted all known changes in the section below.*Entry requirements. *For all trips, having the correct documentation and visa, if required, remains the customer’s responsibility based on their own nationality. We, therefore, encourage all travellers to check entry requirements using the travel advice of their home nation for the relevant destination. For UK passport holders that ishttps://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceThe">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-tra... Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) currently advises against all non-essential travel to Italy. Information on local restrictions will be provided and updated in 2021, closer to the time when trips are operational again.[1] taxonomy/term/310
4.5 - Very Good
Based on 11 reviews
Very Good
4 - Very Good
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 18 2019
“Very Good”
Average tour with lots of walking
3 - Average
  • Kristin Sallai
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 18 2019
“The included items of the tour did NOT include some of the most beautiful highlights in Puglia such as Polignano a Mare nor Monopoli nor Castel del Monte. So quite a limited introduction to Puglia. The required walking was extensive compared to similiar tours - I had to pay for transfers myself. So with food and transfers NOT being included, this is an expensive tour.”
4 - Very Good
“An interesting and vey varied trip. Sara our group leader was delightful and efficient. It was a busy itinerary, very enjoyable, maybe not quite as leisurely as one may have thought it would be.!”
I fell in love with Italy
5 - Excellent
“An excellent trip. The pace of the trip is perfect. A week flew by and we felt we had been all over the Puglia region. So much to do and see in such a short space of time and yet we managed to relax and get some free time in too. The food was outstanding, the wine was delightful, the people were a pleasure to be around. Every stage of the trip was enjoyable and slightly different.”
  • Day 1: Start Matera.
  • Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Matera, including a tour of the UNESCO "Sassi" district; overnight in Matera.
  • Day 3: Drive to Alberobello via the charming fishing town of Polignano a Mare; sightseeing and overnight in traditional 'trullo'.
  • Day 4: Free day. Visit the Castellana Caves or Monopoli by the Adriatic Sea.
  • Day 5: Explore the charming hilltop town of Ostuni; olive oil tasting and pasta-making class in traditional masseria.
  • Day 6: Transfer to Otranto; visit the historic centre; afternoon optional coastal walk or relax at the beach (seasonal); transfer to Lecce.
  • Day 7: Morning guided tour of baroque Lecce; afternoon free time.
  • Day 8: End Lecce.
  • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch/cookery class, 1 wine tasting 
  • 8 days land only / 8 days flight inclusive
  • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus 
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group normally 6-18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Any international flights to Matera and from Lecce are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 18 June 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 June 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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