Temple of Hera
Primitivo di Manduria
Martina Franca
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Ancient Puglia Coach Tour​​

7 days – 6 nights
Available from 15 September through 3O June

Puglia has been home to human settlements for at least 250,000 years. The rough beauty of the region is enhanced by invaluable mementos of the many cultures that have shaped its spirit.

The ancient Puglia coach tour lets you explore the heritage, traditions, and wonders of Puglia with maximum comfort and the expert commentary of an English-speaking tour guide.

Follow the footsteps of the Mycenaeans as they expanded beyond the Aegean Sea to conquer the rocky coastline of southern Italy. Learn about traditional crafts that have stood the test of time. Explore natural wonders and artistic treasures, genuine Mediterranean Llavours, and exquisite wines – your Italian holiday wish come true.

Ancient Puglia Coach Tour


Shuttle transfer and hotel check-in. Visit to the archaeological site and temple of the Tavole Palatine Greek Temple of Hera (Metaponto), an important Greek colony founded by the Achaeans around 700 BC. Free time in Taranto, followed by dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Breakfast in the hotel followed by a guided tour of Taranto, including a visit to the Romanesque cathedral and the National Archaeological Museum MArTA, whose impressive collections testify to the history of Puglia from Palaeolithic settlements to the Early Middle Ages. Lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon, a visit to a ceramics workshop and sightseeing in Grottaglie. Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Massafra to visit Puglia’s largest complex of crypts, excavated by Basilian monks in the volcanic tuff walls of a ravine. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a guided tour of the underground village of Petrù scio (in Mottola), a complex of crypts dating back to the 11th through 13th centuries in the secluded wilderness of the ravine. Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Martina Franca, renowned for its white wine as well as for its farms breeding indigenous species of donkeys and horses. Visit to a heritage oil mill with a sampling of locally produced extra virgin olive oil. Lunch at a traditional farmhouse restaurant and then transfer to Manduria, a stronghold of the Messapians during the classical age and the production site of the superb Primitivo di Manduria. Visit to a winery and a tasting of Primitivo di Manduria, then transfer to Oria, a small town towered by the Swabian Castle and a splendid 18th-century cathedral, followed by a tour of the village of Erchie and the famous sanctuary dedicated to Saint Lucia. Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out and shuttle transfer to Bari or Brindisi airport.

  • Shuttle transfer to and from Bari or Brindisi airport
  • Hotel accommodation in Taranto (half board, 4 days – dinners include water plus a glass of wine)
  • Lunch on days 2 and 3 (including water plus a glass of wine)
  • All daily transfers with luxury coaches and vans
  • Daily tours and visits with a certificate tour guide (in English)
  • Entrance ticket to the National Archaeological Museum MArTA
  • Entrance tickets to the ceramic workshop and oil mill
  • Wine tasting in Manduria
  • Agency fees and assistance 
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Eventual tourist tax
  • Tips
  • Any tickets / activities / extras not listed above.

For extra peace of mind, ask us about options for travel, medical, and trip cancellation insurance.
Want to add a few extras, bring more friends, or rearrange the schedule for your travel plans? Get in touch and tell us your desires.
For inquiries and reservations, contact Puglia Exploration at  info@pugliaexploration.com

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This tour is organised and managed by  tour operator specialising in Apulian holidays and luxury accommodation for alone travellers, families, and groups.
Puglia Exploration is your expert guide to the best places to see in Puglia, one of Italy’s most fascinating regions. We’re proud to showcase the rich heritage and unique beauty of our homeland. To do that, we partner with local tour operators to create made-for-you package holidays that will transform your Italian experience into the best memories of your life. 

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