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Bella Puglia by Rail

  • Route:
  • UK
  • Savelletri
  • Trani
  • Savelletri
  • Polignano a Mare
  • Locorotondo
  • Savelletri
  • Matera
  • Lecce
  • Savelletri
  • UK
8 DAYS from £1034pp

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Sassi, Matera's UNESCO-listed historic centre
  • Scenic walks along the seaside paths of Polignano a Mare
  • Walking tour of Lecce, the 'Florence of the South'
  • Visit the cathedral & monastery in the port town of Trani
  • Locorotondo's unique Trulli houses, famed for their conical roofs
  • Explore the idyllic seaside resort of Savelletri
  • Enjoy picturesque train journeys through the Italian countryside
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Bella Puglia by Rail

Journey past whitewashed cathedrals, secluded coastal coves and olive-studded groves as you travel through Puglia, the jewel of Italy's Adriatic coast. With the seaside resort of Savelletri as your base, take in the Baroque splendour of Lecce, ancient cave dwellings of Matera and charming historic centres of Trani and Polignano a Mare as you explore Italy's sunny south.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Savelletri

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Bari. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in nearby Savelletri, which will serve as the base for your exploration of Puglia and the glittering Adriatic coast. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this lively seaside resort before re-joining your group for tonight's welcome dinner.

  • Dinner

Day 2: Savelletri to Trani

After breakfast, board your train bound for Trani, a port town that charms visitors with its apricot-coloured buildings and atmospheric fishing harbour. This morning's half-day walking tour takes you along cobbled streets to the Trani Cathedral, nestled on the water's edge and commanding spectacular sea views. Stroll onward to the Monastery of Santa Maria di Colonna, admire its attractive, whitewashed interior then enjoy time at leisure to explore the town before a picturesque train journey carries you back to Savelletri.

  • Breakfast

Day 3: Savelletri

Today is at leisure, giving you time to explore Savelletri and its surrounds at your own pace. Why not wander through the town centre, past women preparing fresh pasta, or take in the ruins of nearby Egnazia and its archaeological museum.

  • Breakfast

Day 4: Savelletri to Polignano a Mare/Locorotondo

Today's full-day tour starts with a visit to the town of Polignano a Mare where elegant, old buildings are perched on limestone cliffs overlooking the emerald waters of the Adriatic. Walk along seaside paths to the port, taking in the historic landmarks of the old town and the dramatic Benedictine church of Abbazia di San Vito. In the afternoon, travel inland to Locorotondo and Alberobello to visit the unique 'Trulli' houses of the region, famed for their conical roofs. Return to Savelletri in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast

Day 5: Savelletri to Matera

Explore one of Puglia's most fascinating sites as you journey to Matera and its UNESCO-listed historical centre, 'Sassi'. Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and today's walking tour takes you past ancient dwellings which are little more than caverns dug into the rocky slopes. Walk amongst ancient ruins, visiting the 14th century Matera Cathedral and the fresco-covered cave church of Cripta del Peccato Originale before returning to your hotel.

  • Breakfast

Day 6: Savelletri to Lecce

A scenic train ride through the Italian countryside takes you to the city of Lecce, nicknamed the 'Florence of the South' for its wealth of grand Baroque architecture. Embark on a half-day walking tour through the delightful historic centre, stopping to visit its most notable structures - Basilica di Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo and Duomo di Lecce. A leisurely train ride carries you back to Savelletri for the afternoon.

  • Breakfast

Day 7: Savelletri

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or take in the last sights of the area before tonight's farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Savelletri to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to Bari Airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
Your Meals
  • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
  • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.
  • Included Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner where applicable will be taken in local Italian restaurants or your hotel.

Important Information


A visa is not required for your trip to Italy. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Bari Airport with British Airways (BA), departing from London Gatwick South Terminal
Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health & vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,, www.hpa., your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 15 and the maximum will be 40. In the unlikely event, there are fewer than 15 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning you will have the services of an English-speaking guide during each excursion and transfer ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned in your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is completely at your discretion. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
20 Oct 201827 Oct 2018£1264
2019 Dates
13 Apr 201920 Apr 2019£1034
27 Apr 201904 May 2019£1091
25 May 201901 Jun 2019£1149
15 Jun 201922 Jun 2019£1206
06 Jul 201913 Jul 2019£1379
20 Jul 201927 Jul 2019£1436
31 Aug 201907 Sep 2019£1379
19 Oct 201926 Oct 2019£1264

Itinerary changes:

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times.

Tour Map

Bella Puglia by Rail Route Map

Tour Dossiers

2018 Dossier

2019 Dossier


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  • Trani
  • Savelletri
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  • Locorotondo
  • Savelletri
  • Matera
  • Lecce
  • Savelletri
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