9 days

From £3,475

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Summary

Basilicata and Puglia offer rich histories, both with outstanding monuments that date from the Neolithic period right up to the modern age. Greeks planted wealthy colonies, which were subsumed in the Roman Empire and later incorporated into the Byzantine Catepanate of Italy. While the Greek influence on the region is unmistakable, the Norman conquest under William de Hauteville in the 11th century left an incredible mark on the area, producing some of the most splendid castles still extant in Italy. Along with the wealth of history left by the Magna Graecia, this area is a showcase for fascinating troglodytic dwellings, Byzantine churches and Norman castles. It is also the home of Horace and the land where Hannibal won his most famous victory.

Tour highlights:

  • Discover the charming white-washed trulli houses of Alberobello
  • Explore ancient Matera, which was crowned the 2019 European Capital of Culture and setting for Mel Gibson's blockbuster, "Passion of the Christ"
  • Experience the wonderful Baroque city of Lecce and its many historic sights
  • Pay a visit to Castel del Monte, the most spectacular castle in all of southern Italy

Today's Price
£3,475

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £320

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Jamie Sewell

Guide Lecturer

Dr Jamie Sewell has fifteen years’ experience supervising excavations in Britain, Germany, Romania and Italy, including Pompeii. He has authored books and articles on the archaeology of towns in Hellenistic Italy and in the broader Mediterranean region.

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Matera
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
3 September 2021 ABAP210903 3 September 2021 (Friday) 11 September 2021 (Saturday) Dr Eireann Marshall £3,245
(inc. flights)
£500 £305 Book Now
12 April 2022 ABAP220412 12 April 2022 (Tuesday) 20 April 2022 (Wednesday) Dr Eireann Marshall £3,575
(inc. flights)
£500 £350 Book Now
26 April 2022 ABAP220426 26 April 2022 (Tuesday) 4 May 2022 (Wednesday) Dr Jamie Sewell £3,475
(inc. flights)
£500 £320 Book Now
27 September 2022 ABAP220927 27 September 2022 (Tuesday) 5 October 2022 (Wednesday) Dr Eireann Marshall £3,475
(inc. flights)
£500 £320 Book Now
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