Puglia and Basilicata walking vacation in Italy

“A week of leisurely walking the heel of Italy, fully guided, traveling in a small group and being knocked over by one beauteous site after another. ”

Highlights

Matera | Sassi district UNESCO World Heritage Site | Park of the Rupestrian Churches | Ostuni | Agnano Archaeological Park | Alberobello | Istria Valley | Locorotondo

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Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

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Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, and use shops to purchase traditional gifts and crafts.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend the week in 3 small hotels with renovated traditional buildings that give a real taste of typical Apullian architecture. In Ostuni we stay in a Masseria (traditional farmhouse) and in Matera we are based in cave-like rooms in the heart of the historic Sassi district. All of the accommodation we have selected is run by local people, which is good for the community. Where meals are provided, local and organic ingredients are used wherever possible. There will be a range of delicious Italian food on offer over the trip and guides encourage clients to use the large range of local restaurants and cafes at dinner. Regional specialties include Orecchiette served with a sauce of turnip-tops or fresh tomato and sheep's ricotta-cheese, aubergine and parmesan bake, roasted peppers, fresh seafood, burrata (soft mozzarella and cream cheese), mozzarella and Caciocavallo sheep's cheese.

Local Craft and Culture:
There are many opportunities for culture integrated into this trip and clients are encouraged to engage with locals as much as possible in order to get a true impression of their customs and history. In Alberobello and Matera we organise a regional wine and cheese tasting- which is exceptional in this area and goes towards supporting local production. We also visit a number of religious and historical sites along our route like the archaeological park of S. M. Agnano, Matera’s Rock Churches Park and the optional excursion to the Baroque city of Lecce, which is home to over 40 churches, palaces and a Roman amphitheatre. By making donations and using businesses which surround these sites, we are ensuring that the community benefits from our tourism.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 01 Apr 2019 by

Very enjoyable - interesting places and nice walks. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by

It was made special by a very good guide who new answers to any question you fired at her whether flora and fauna , archaeology or history and she was great fun, we also had a great bunch of fellow travelers. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2018 by

It was truly wonderful seeing the countryside of Puglia with a local guide. The town's and villages in between were delightful and so far relatively low on tourists. It was really fantastic. I think it's a wonderful way to discover Puglia. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by

It was excellent. Varied, lovely countryside, interesting towns and villages, excellent food, friendly group and truly outstanding guide!!! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2017 by

Extremely enjoyable. Most memorable was the small township of trullis in Alberobella; and the ancient olive trees in the groves we walked through. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2017 by

The walks were all fantastic - great pace with loads to see and learn along the way. Great fun, really enjoyed it. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2016 by

The choice of small, locally run hotels and restaurants and our improvised picnics meant that our money was spent locally. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2014 by

I really enjoyed it - nice way to get to absorb the vibe of a country and quite nicely low key....It was great having a leader to look after us as we couldn't speak a word of the local language and knew nothing. We went to one beautiful, wild beach where a pine forest fringed the sand - it went on for miles and no one else was there - and the swimming was glorious! And the gorge was awe-inspiring ..... Read full review

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