Self guided Discovery

Discover Matera and Puglia

Puglia & BasilicataDifficulty path:
Easy
Self guided · DiscoveryDuration: 8 daysCode: cs002
from 590 €per person

Highlights

A great journey to discover Matera and Puglia, starting from the lively and hectic Bari and reaching the ancient and magical Matera with its Sassi, passing through small villages full of history and hidden corners.
In the middle it stands Castel del Monte, solitary and imposing, in the countryside of the National Park Alta Murgia.
Public transport will make the journey more sustainable and it will be interesting getting in touch with the joyful locals, taking your time to wait and think, to talk and smile, to enjoy and taste the local cuisine: a slow tour to discover and be surprised.

 

  • Bari and the Basilica of San Nicola

  • Take the Train with the Locals

  • The old Towns of Conversano, Ruvo and Altamura

  • The Octagonal Castel del Monte in the Alta Murgia National Park

  • Gravina and the Rocky Churches

  • Matera and its Stone Houses

Program

Day1

Welcome to Bari

Your discovery of Matera and Puglia region has begun.
Individual arrival in Bari and accommodation in a central hotel. Recommended an early evening stroll through the streets of the Bari old town: head between Piazza Ferrarese and Piazza Mercantile if you fancy some nightlife.

Day2

Discover Bari guided tour

In the morning, with a guide, you will discover the wonderful medieval architecture, both sacred and civil, of the old part of Bari, called “Bari Vecchia”.
Among the many things to admire, there will be the Basilica of San Nicola, great example of Apulian Romanesque style. After a raid in a typical bakery or trattoria for an accurate gastronomic research with a tasting, in the afternoon you can choose how to spend the rest of the day. Deepening your visit to Bari, to discover other details and take the last souvenir photos or catching the train to Conversano, ancient town of Norman origin and best known for the domination of the fearsome Counts Acquaviva, whose the most famous and cruel count was Guercio of Puglia. This powerful and noble family was in control of the largest county of southern Italy from the 11th to the 17th century.
Back to Bari in the afternoon for overnight.

Day3

Discover Ruvo di Puglia

After breakfast you will leave the Apulian capital to reach Ruvo di Puglia, at the edge of the National Park Alta Murgia.
A short train ride will take you away from the hustle and bustle, to enjoy the peace of a small village that lives almost purely of rural activities; the green countryside will replace the blue sea, small shops instead of modern stores, and a Romanesque synthesis of the great Basilica of San Nicola will be the Cathedral of Ruvo di Puglia. Immersing yourself in the calm atmosphere of this village, you can idly wander through the narrow alleys of the old town, or visit the Jatta National Museum, which houses a famous collection of painted peuceta clay pots very well preserved.
In the afternoon, a short train journey to Andria: find time to visit the old town. In addition to the cultural beauties we suggest you to visit the sweet Museo del Confetto.

Day4

Discover Castel del Monte

After breakfast you will reach Castel del Monte and the National Park Alta Murgia with a short bus transfer.
You will spend the first part of the day discovering one of the most mysterious building commissioned by Frederick II of Swabia: this medieval fortress, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is one of the main tourist destinations in Puglia.
After the visit and lunch in one of the restaurants close to the castle, a short private transfer will take you to Gravina, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Day5

Discover Gravina in Puglia

Day dedicated to Gravina, a historic town on the border between Puglia and Basilicata.
It is an area marked by the presence of ravines, puli and caves: different results of erosion caused by the waters on these karst terrain, which also abound in the area of Matera .
Gravina, the Roman Silvium, most likely founded by the peucetian people, comes to us through the influences of Magna Grecia and then of the Roman culture. Its fortune was given by the ancient Via Appia, which was crossing the city and enriching its economy. The historic centre preserves and conceals significant signs of its past: like the visible and dominant Cathedral or the underground tunnels leading to the visit of cellars, rocky churches, barns and towers buried by newer buildings. There is no doubt that the day will pass quickly among the many attractions, also culinary and craft, that the town offers.
Overnight in Gravina.

Day6

Gravina, Altamura and Matera

Even today you will move using local public transport, with short transfers.
The first part of the day will be dedicated to discover Altamura. Inside the small and well-ordered old town is the imposing cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, a masterpiece in full Romanesque style of Puglia wanted by Frederick II. For archaeology enthusiasts, a visit to the National Museum of Altamura is recommended, where you can admire a perfect reconstruction of the "Altamura Man", one of the most surprising Italian paleontological discoveries.
In the afternoon you will reach Matera for a first walk through its unique historic centre: the Sassi. To get a first knowledge of Matera, we recommend a visit to Casa Noha, a site preserved by the italian FAI, where, in the rooms, short videos illustrate the evolution of the Sassi over time in a suggestive way..

Day7

Discover Matera and its Sassi town

Full day visit of a unique city, a World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture 2019.
Matera will undergo a profound transformation in the next years, that will give vitality to a clear and striking land, because, as they say in Matera with a traditional and folk expression: “Nothing left for anybody!”. And it is true, Matera, after the recent title, could become the new highlight of the South, attractive for a cultural, slow and green tourism, that will bring a new development not only in Basilicata, but also in the most famous Puglia and even in Calabria. Part of the day an expert guide will be with you; in the afternoon we suggest you to get on and down the ravine to admire the stones from Murgia Timone, an area that offers the best panoramic view of the Sassi.

Day8

Good-bye Matera!

End of services after breakfast. For who still has some free time, it is recommended one last visit to the small shops of the historic centre, and maybe the buying of a symbol of the pastoral art of the area of Matera: the bread stamp.
From Matera you can also start a walking tour trough the Heel of Italy, read the program.

 

Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Scheduled public transports day 3 and 6
  • Private transfer day 4
  • Information package
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel day 3, 4 and 6
  • Guided walking tour in Bari (2h) and Matera (2h)
  • Phone assistance 08:00-21:00

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Bus ticket to Castel del Monte day 4 (about € 1,10)
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about € 10,00)
  • Insurance and what's not listed as Included

Departures and prices

Mid Season02/05/2020 => 23/06/2020
Standard690 € /p
High Season24/06/2020 => 31/08/2020
Standard760 € /p
Mid Season01/09/2020 => 25/10/2020
Standard690 € /p
Low Season26/10/2020 => 16/12/2020
Standard590 € /p
High Season17/12/2020 => 04/01/2021
Standard760 € /p
Low Season05/01/2021 => 26/03/2021
Standard590 € /p
High Season27/03/2021 => 05/04/2021
Standard760 € /p
Mid Season06/04/2021 => 24/06/2021
Standard690 € /p
High Season25/06/2021 => 31/08/2021
Standard760 € /p
Mid Season01/09/2021 => 25/10/2021
Standard690 € /p
Low Season26/10/2021 => 16/12/2021
Standard590 € /p
High Season17/12/2021 => 04/01/2022
Standard760 € /p

Supplements per person

Transfer Bari apt-Bari (min 2 pax)
Standard30 € /p
Transfer Bari apt-Matera (min 2 pax)
Standard55 € /p
Solo traveller
Standard110 € /p
Single room - Low Season
Standard160 € /p
Single room - Mid Season
Standard180 € /p
Single room - High Season
Standard210 € /p
Extra night in double room - Low Season
Standard50 € /p
Extra night in double room - Mid Season
Standard60 € /p
Extra night in double room - High Season
Standard70 € /p
Extra night in single room - Low Season
Standard80 € /p
Extra night in single room - Mid Season
Standard85 € /p
Extra night in single room - High Season
Standard95 € /p

Other Information

Grade

The proposed itinerary has a cultural value: history, art, architecture and daily life of the local population will be the bread and butter of every day.
You will have information material enriched with maps and cultural, historical and culinary insights, so you can easily organize your days in complete freedom.
Brief public transfers will be the means to move sustainably and an additional way to get in direct contact with the locals, discover their way of life, making the trip more authentic and enjoyable.
The visit of the historic centres will be on foot, so we recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes, hat, water, sun cream and waterproof jacket in case of rain.

Accomodations & Meals

The tour offers accommodation in pretty B&B and selected 3* hotels.

2 nights in Bari
1 night in Ruvo di Puglia
2 nights in Gravina
2 nights in Matera

7 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.

Price reduction for third person in the room

90% 0-8 years
50% 9-11 years 
30% 12-15 years 
15% Adult

Support

A welcome briefing will be held on the second day, after breakfast.
You will be provided with an assistance number that you can call from 08:00 to 21:00 during your stay. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.

Information package

During the welcome briefing you will receive your Information Package. The Package contains the following Travel Documents:

  • Updated Service List;
  • Vouchers to be delivered to the partners;
  • Luggage Labels;
  • Route notes: a summary of daily information.
Getting There

Reaching Bari is very easy. It is inserted in all the best circuits and roads between North and South of Italy.

BY TRAIN. Trenitalia connects the main Italian cities with Bari. On www.viaggiatreno.it you can find update informations about train routes.

BY AIR. Bari Palese airport is connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities by the main airlines and the low cost ones.
It is well connected with many flights, to the city centre by Metro and train approximately every 20 minutes. More info on the website Aeroporti di Puglia.

If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer with us.

BY BUS. Bari is also accessible by bus. Here some links to the major operating companies: Marinobus, Baltour & Flixbus, Busmiccolis, Buscenter.

BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.

 

 

Back to Bari

From Matera you can reach Bari by trains or buses of Ferrovie Appulo Lucane.

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