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Walking in Puglia Short Break

5 Days & 4 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • Puglia, the heel of Italy, a perfect place for relaxed walking & ancient culture
  • The fairytale trulli houses of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy the view from the terrace of Locorotondo, a Salento wine in hand
  • Ostuni, the “white city” rising dramatically from the Valle d’Itria plateau
  • Enjoy the delicious Puglian traditional cuisine such as Orecchiete pasta
Take a relaxing short break in Puglia, located in the heel of Italy’s boot. See the highlights of this region discovering landscapes of olive groves, stone walls and ancient towns bursting with architectural gems. Walk through classic and tranquil Puglian countryside, staying in remarkable towns, such as Ostuni, known as the “white city” and experience the quality of the Puglian wine and cuisine. Evenings may be spent dining al fresco in a town piazza. The Valle d’Itria is famous for its distinctive “trulli” houses, and in the town of Alberobello you‘ll even get the opportunity to stay in one!

What To Expect

You should book this tour if you want to take a short break in this appealing Italian region and you like walking in peaceful landscapes with olive groves and vineyards, but also if you like staying in interesting towns with an intriguing past. The daily walks on this tour are all rated easy to moderate as Puglia is predominantly flat. .

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wine, Whisky & More...

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded easy to moderate. Puglia is relatively flat and the elevation gains and losses will be minimal. You will mostly be walking on small country roads, lanes and tracks, plus some trails. Please be aware that when on country roads and lanes that you will likely be walking on tarmac, so it is important to be prepared for this.

Navigation

The route is at times waymarked but outside of this there will be little way-marking. Detailed routes note and GPS data will be provided for you via the Macs Adventure App. Further information will be provided upon receipt of your booking.

Accommodation Information

Your accommodation constists of good quality B&B’s, and 3* and 4* hotels. 

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers, although there is a supplement due to the fact that some of the costs (such as transfers) are not shared. Single rooms are available on request and a supplement is payable.

Meals

A breakfast will be provided by your accommodation every morning. Usually they are buffet-style or continental breakfasts. Dinners are not included, however there are options to dine out either at your accommodation (if they have a restaurant) and in the village and towns in which your accommodation is situated. Lunch is also not included, but you can find small stores in which to purchase items for a picnic lunch. In your route notes we give advice on where you can eat/pick up lunch.

Included
  • Overnights in good quality B&B's, 3* & 4* hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfers as per your itinerary
  • Information Pack, maps, route notes, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone app
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to starting point/from finish point
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Public transport (e.g train fares)
  • Tourist taxes (approx €1.50 per day)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

You can start this walking tour anytime between April and October. Please bear in mind that July can be very hot for walking,  During these months please take plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. This trip is not available in August due to the high season and the difficulties of confirming accommodation during this time.

Getting to the Start

By Air: You can fly into Bari Airport which is the closest one to Alberobello. There are daily flights from the UK to Bari and from other major European hubs.

To get to Alberobello you can take a train direct to Bari Centrale Stazione. It is a 10 minute walk to the platform, the journey takes 20 minutes and they run approximately every  20mins to 1H depending on the time of day. More information on the train times may be found here www.ferrovienordbarese.it/times. To reach Alberobello from Bari Centrale Stazione you can board a local direct train. The journey takes approximately 1H45 and the trains leave about every hour.

We can also arrange a private taxi transfer from Bari Airport to Alberobello. Please ask your Destination and Adventure Specialist for details.

Getting from the End

You can fly out of Bari Airport. From Ostuni Centre you can take either a taxi or a bus to Ostuni Train Station which is located a few kilometres outside the town. You can get the bus information from the hotel reception and they can also book a taxi for you if you choose to do take that mode of transportation. From Ostuni Train Station you can take a train to Bari Centre (1H) and then change for a train to the airport (15mins). See the Trenitalia website for information on timetables.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. On this itinerary (Days 2, 4 & 6) you will have private transfers to the beginning of your walks, but you need to take your luggage with you as the driver will take it onwards to your next destination. Also please note when taking the train from Ostuni to Lecce you will be carrying your own luggage, so please pack accordingly. In other words pack light!

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Alberobello and overnight Day 2 Walk to Locorotondo along Valle d’Itria Greenway 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Loop Walk via Martina Franca 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Walk to Ostuni 9 miles / 14 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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