Fantasia Rome & Puglia
9 Days

ITINERARY

9 Days/ 8 Nights: Rome – Bari – Trani – Castel del Monte – Alberobello – Matera – Locorotondo -Ostuni – Lecce – Rome

Tour Overview: In 9 Days, visit the Eternal City of Rome and the “Heel of Italy”, Puglia. This region is known for its coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, its picturesque villages, history, traditions, vineyards, and olive trees. In Alberobello, a world known UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will stay in a traditional Trullo, an Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof.

Day 1: Rome
Welcome to Rome! Arrival in Rome, meet with our driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free at your leisure. Overnight stay.


Day 2: Rome – Bari
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before leaving Rome. Transfer to the station for the train departure to Bari. Arrival at the hotel in Bari on your own. Meet our Tour Leader in your hotel in Bari, the main city of Puglia, and from here start our tour to discover this wonderful region. Walking tour in the afternoon to learn about the city’s history and its most relevant monuments. Walk through the charming narrow alleys of the old city center, admire the Basilica of San Nicola where the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra are preserved and the Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia. Be amazed by the astonishing view that you can enjoy from the fortress (admission fee for the Castle at own expense). After the visit, reach Piazza Mercantile where you will see the ancient Column of Justice. Dinner and overnight stay. (D)


Day 3: Bari – Trani – Castel del Monte – Alberobello
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before leaving Bari by coach to reach Trani. Known as the ‘Pearl of Puglia’, the medieval town of Trani is one of the most remarkable cities of Southern Italy. Discover its art and monuments, visit the Jewish quarter and the wonderful white stone Cathedral. In the afternoon, reach Castel Del Monte, one of Puglia’s most acclaimed landmarks. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century under Roger the Norman, one of the most enlightened kings in history. The building is a harmonious geometrical complex, shaped as an octagon and surrounded by a still unsolved mystery. Your journey will continue towards Alberobello: a world-known UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the “Trulli”. These drystone cone-shaped houses were built in the 14th century from local limestone and this village is really unique, with a fairytale-like atmosphere. The town of Alberobello gets its name from the ancient oak forest of “Arboris Belli” (beautiful trees) that once covered the area. It is possible to see these typical buildings all over the Itria Valley. Overnight stay in a scattered hotel, sleeping in a real “Trullo”. Dinner included. (B, D)


Day 4: Alberobello – Matera – Alberobello
Matera will be the destination for today. After breakfast, in the “square” of the scattered hotel (consider 200 m from the Trulli), the coach will take you to this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit and learn the history of the “Sassi di Matera” (Stones of Matera), caves that have been used as houses for over 9.000 years! that are part of the historic center of the city. Admire the Romanesque Cathedral that overlooks the city, its beautiful “Campanile” (Bell Tower) and enjoy the amazing view of the “Sassi”. Transfer back to Alberobello in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the “Trullo”. (B, D)


Day 5: Alberobello – Locorotondo – Ostuni – Lecce
Breakfast in the “square” of the scattered hotel (consider 200 mts from the Trulli. Leave Alberobello by coach and reach Locorotondo. Enjoy some free time to visit this small town that is part of the “white towns” of Puglia. Board on the coach again and travel to Ostuni: located between the “Trulli” region and Salento, overlooks the coastal plain rich of ancient olive trees. Free time at your disposal to explore another “white town” with free time for lunch, shopping and tasting of several local products like the world’s famous ostuni olive oil (all at your own expenses). In the late afternoon, get again on board of the coach and reach Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Dinner and overnight stay. (B, D)


Day 6: Lecce – Otranto – Dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe – Lecce
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 3 hour guided visit of the city, learn the history of Lecce, visit the old town center, the 12th century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza del Duomo. After the visit, board on the coach and leave Lecce. You will reach Otranto where you will have some free time at your disposal for lunch. Spend the afternoon visiting the wonderful city of Otranto at your pace. Over the centuries, the city has been invaded by an impressive number of populations, amongst the others we can find traces of Greek, Roman and Turkish cultures. Wander around the old quarters to see how these cultures have blended together. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Cathedral where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar. See its marvelous mosaic floor which rivals the well-known mosaics of Ravenna in its richness and significance. In the early evening, reach Supersano where you will have dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe”. Visit this ancient farm, learn about the history and culture of Puglia. See how homemade pasta is made and visit the medieval tombs that are part of the farm. Dinner with typical meals and products from the region. In the night, travel back to Lecce. Overnight stay. (B, D)


Day 7: Lecce – Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. At the time indicated, transfer to the station for the train departure to Rome. Arrival at the train station and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay. (B)


Day 8: Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a leisurely day exploring the wonders of Rome at your own pace. Opportunity to choose one of our I Love Rome experiences. Overnight stay. (B)


Day 9: Rome
Breakfast at the hotel and end of our services. (B)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2023
Dates DBL Occ SGL Occ
May 04 - May 12 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
May 25 - Jun 02 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Jun 15 - Jun 23 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Jun 22 - Jun 30 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Jul 13 - Jul 21 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Jul 20 - Jul 28 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Aug 24 - Sep 01 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Sep 07 - Sep 15 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Sep 21 - Sep 29 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Oct 05 - Oct 13 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Oct 19 - Oct 27 CAD 4635 CAD 5545
Hotel:
Rome - Diana 4*
- St. Martin 4*
Bari - The Nicolaus 4*
- Hi Hotel Bari 4*
Alberobello - Trulli Holidays Resort 4*
Lecce - Delle Palme 4*
Highlights:
- Private arrival transfer from Rome airport to the hotel
- High-Speed train tickets Rome/Bari in 2nd class
- High-Speed train tickets Lecce/Rome in 2nd class
- Private arrival and departure transfers from & to Rome Termini train station
- Private departure transfer from the hotel to Lecce train station
The Tour includes:
- Arrival and departure Transfer
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Monolingual tour-escort in English
- Accommodation in 4 stars or 3 stars hotels
- Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or alimentary restriction)
- Entrance tickets to the archaeological site in Pompeii with “Skip the Line” (when included in the itinerary)
- Entrance tickets to Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica with “Skip the Line” (when included in the itinerary)
- Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary (Rome, Florence, Venice,Milan, Pompeii, Capri, Palermo, Agrigento, Siracusa, Bari, Matera, Lecce)
- Entrance tickets to the archaeological sites in Sicily on our Fantasia Siciliana, Fantasia Mediterranea and Fantasia All Italy
- Spritz Experience in Venice and Milan
- Visit of a historic Cellar, wine tasting and ligh lunch in Marsala
- Entrance tickets to the Castel del Monte (Fantasia of Puglia)
- Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri (when included in the itinerary)
- Porterage service included only on our escorted tours in Sicily & Apulia
The Tour does not include:
- Tips
- Porterage service
- Drinks
- Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
- City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
- Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour includes”
2024
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Apr 25 - May 03 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
May 16 - May 24 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
May 23 - May 31 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
June 06 - June 14 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
June 20 - June 28 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
July 11 - July 19 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
July 18 - July 26 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Aug 22 - Aug 30 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Sep 05 - Sep 13 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Sep 19 - Sep 27 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Sep 26 - Oct 04 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Oct 03 - Oct 11 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Oct 17 - Oct 25 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Oct 24 - Nov 01 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Nov 07 - Nov 15 CAD 4,645 CAD 5,590
Rome
Hotel Diana Roof Garden 4* OR ST. Martin 4*
Bari
The Nicolaus 4* OR Hi Hotel Bari 4*
Alberobello
Trulli Holidays Resort 4*
Lecce
Delle Palme 4* OR 8PIUHotel 4*
Inclusions:
Visit the best of Puglia with us!
Dinner in a special location!
Local guides in Bari, Matera and Lecce
Private arrival transfer from Rome airport to the hotel
High-speed train tickets Rome/Bari in 2nd class
High-speed train tickets Lecce/Rome in 2nd class
Private arrival and departure transfers from & to Rome Termini train station
Private departure transfer from the hotel to Lecce train station
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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions : 
Local guides in Bari, Matera and Lecce
Private arrival transfer from Rome airport to the hotel
High-Speed train tickets Rome/Bari in 2nd class
High-Speed train tickets Lecce/Rome in 2nd class
Private arrival and departure transfers from & to Rome Termini train station
Private departure transfer from the hotel to Lecce train station
Accommodation in 4 stars hotels
Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or alimentary restriction)

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