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Castel del Monte, Trani and Matera: a journey to a land of Saints, Chevalliers and Emperors: 3 nights in Bari
Castel del Monte, Trani and Matera in one tour! Our itinerary includes a lot of culture in a very short period of time: Guided tours, visits of some famous cultural symbols in Puglia. You will spend 3 nights and 4 days in Bari (in a chic and elegant hotel). During this marvellous tour, you will visit the streets of Bari’s historical city center. Those small streets remind everyone of a labyrinth. Your tour guide will lead you to the Murat district in Bari. Later you will also visit the UNESCO listed world heritage site Castel del Monte and the town Andria (always loyal to Frederick II) who left his mark on Puglia by building many castles. Your visits of Trani with its historical centre and its Cathedral next to the sea, the cave city Matera (Unesco world heritage) will make your holiday perfect.
Accommodation: You will spend all three three nights of your stay in a splendid historical building, a palazzo that was transformed into a hotel (in the historical city center of Bari into a hotel).
All of our full day tours start at 9.30 h (after breakfast) and have a duration of max. 8 hours.
An English Speaking Driver is not a guide. He will drive you during your journey, helping you to enjoy the experience of seeing the sights close-up. He will give you general information and take care of the practical details of your day itinerary by contacting your local guide, restaurant and escorting you safely to your hotel or cruise-ship after a day trip.
A local Guide is the acknowledged expert of the area you are visiting. He has an in depth knowledge of the subject and can illustrate archaeological areas, museums and other places of interest in your language and with great clarity. We strongly advise you to hire a local guide for a thematic tour.
After your arrival in Bari, a private transfer will take you to your hotel. The first highlight of this itinerary will be a sightseeing tour of Bari. You will stroll through the labyrintical streets of Bari’s picturesque historical center and visit the Cathedral San Sabino, the Swabian Castle and the impressive Basilica di San Nicola (welcoming in a cosmopolitan way Christians belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church as well as those belonging to the Roman Catholic Church). After a short break for refreshments (not included in the price) your tour continues to the harbour and to the fishermen, you will walk along the seafront that is dominated by Fascist architechture. Afterwards you will discover the beauty of the Art Nouveau architecture in the Murat district. Puglia was ruled by the French at the beginning of the 19th century, when those beautiful buildings were built. This part of the city is also a great place for shopping. Free time for dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bari.
After breakfast you will go to Trani (with its beautiful Romanesque cathedral). It is situated on a raised open site near the sea. You will also visit the Swabian castle and the marina with the picturesque fishing boats, the historical center with its two synagogues. They were built in the 11th and 12th century by the flourishing Jewish community of Trani. Free time for lunch. We will be happy to recommend a typical restaurant. The afternoon will be spent discovering Castel del Monte, the UNESCO cultural heritage. At the end you will visit Andria, a city that is particularly closely connected to the Emperor and to the Teutonic Chevaliers. Return to Bari in the evening, free time for dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
After breakfast your driver will take you to Matera, the cave city. It is one of the UNESCO heritage sites and was described as the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem”. Free time for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Bari.
On the fourth day you will either be taken to the airport, if you have an early departure flight or you can dedicate your day to rest and relaxation. We would also be pleased to book another excursion for you (maybe to Polignano a Mare, Barletta, Conversano and so on).