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Italy: Puglia’s Undiscovered Coast

Turquoise seas, olive groves, and medieval architecture surround you in the wine country of Puglia. Explore remote trails along stone-sculpted seaside villages and traditional trulli huts. This exquisite region is surrounded by three majestic bodies of water, giving you unparalleled, 360-degree coastal views and cool Adriatic breezes along your journey. With VBT’s Puglia bike tour, you’ll travel back in time as you cycle along the ancient walled city of Acaya and refresh yourself with a dip in the crystalline waters of Otranto, Italy’s easternmost tip. Your trip includes dining with locals on farm fresh cuisine, topped with an olive oil tasting in Ostuni.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy incomparable accommodations with six nights at luxurious masserie
  • Share a farm-fresh lunch and taste delicious olive oils with your masseria hosts
  • Bike from the ancient walled city of Acaya to the beautiful, rugged coast
  • Enjoy unhurried pedaling along rural pathways heading to the coastal town of Castro Marina
  • Refresh yourself with a swim in Otranto’s crystalline waters

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is ideal for beginning cyclists.

  • Daily Mileage: 4 - 38 miles|
  • Biking: 1 - 5 hours|
  • Group Size: 22
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Mar55º/46º

Apr60º/50º

May68º/55º

Jun75º/62º

Jul80º/68º

Aug80º/68º

Sep75º/64º

Oct68º/57º

Nov58º/42º

Average
Precipitation:

Mar3.0 in

Apr1.7 in

May1.0 in

Jun0.9 in

Jul0.3 in

Aug0.3 in

Sep2.5 in

Oct3.8 in

Nov2.7 in

Air Package

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Airport car service for arrival and departure Check
One night in Alberobello and one night in Lecce in conveniently located trulli dwellings and a 5-star hotel with daily breakfast Check
6 nights in 4- and 5-star authentic masserie Check Check
12 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Sun, Apr 2 to Tue, Apr 11 - 2023

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the Bari airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Alberobello. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After an included breakfast, you will meet our local expert guide at your trullo reception at 8:30 a.m., and stretch your legs on a guided walk through this unique city. Learn about trulli design and why this local style of architecture has helped this setting be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Transportation is provided at 10:00 a.m. to take you to your first masseria, where you will stay for the next three days. Explore the peaceful surroundings on a self-guided walk (ask the masseria reception for the VBT route directions or find them in RWGPS), enjoy the amenities of this country resort, or maybe join in an optional cooking class organized by the masseria.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon Savelletri Warm-up — 9

What to Expect: A loop in the countryside on totally flat and paved terrain through the fishing village of Savelletri.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14.5 km (9 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, you will ride inland to Masseria Il Frantoio, another award-winning country hotel famous for the quality of their food. The estate extends over 150 acres and includes a “secret garden” planted with orange and lemon trees, as well as a well-preserved underground olive oil mill. Your hosts, Armando and Rosalba, have collected many interesting odds and ends over the years, from ancient dresses and hats to precious books and a gramophone. Each piece has its own story.

Your lunch at Il Frantoio is prepared using produce grown on the farm and is truly an experience for all of your senses. You’ll also have the opportunity to try a sampling of five different extra-virgin oils that Rosalba uses to flavor her focaccia, pickles, preserves, and delicious laganari pasta.

Later, you can opt to relax or continue cycling to the hotel along the ancient Traian road. An additional moderate ride option takes you up to the whitewashed city of Ostuni. End your day with a shuttle to the nearby small city of Savelletri on the sea. You are free to traverse the cozy pedestrian area to choose a restaurant for your dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Il Frantoio — 28 km (17 miles)

Afternoon Il Frantoio to Hotel — 24 km (14 miles) | Il Frantoio to Hotel Plus (moderate) — 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: An inland bike ride in a rural setting passing through charming, small villages. An optional moderate ride will take you up to the hill of Ostuni and down toward the ocean before joining the Traian road back to the hotel. The regular afternoon ride avoids the hill and takes you through the countryside on the quiet, historical Traian road to the hotel.

Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 61 km (14 – 38 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you’ll cycle along the coast on quiet roads, completely surrounded by ancient olive trees. Puglia ranks first in Italy in the production of olive oil, wine, and hay, and second for almonds. You’ll stop on the way to explore the archeological site of Egnatia, an ancient Messapican (and later Roman) coastal town of great economic and military importance in the 10th century. The museum on the grounds includes precious finds such as sculptures, jewels, funeral equipment, and gnathia which is the distinctive local pottery which usually features figurative painting on the upper half and ornamental designs on the lower portion. Later, continue to Monopoli, where you’ll have the chance to visit the beautiful cathedral and old harbor. You’ll have free time to stroll and eat lunch on your own. Walk the maze of pedestrian streets in Monopoli’s old city center and see how they make the city so intimate.

Shuttle or ride back along the sea to your masseria and enjoy the amenities. Dinner is included at the Masseria restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Monopoli — 27 km (17 miles)

Afternoon Monopoli to Hotel — 16 km (10 miles) | Monopoli to Hotel Plus (moderate) — 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: The coastal terrain is flat and there is an optional stop at the end of the ride at our masseria’s private beach, with a short shuttle back to hotel. An additional ride option provides a moderate trek inland from Monopoli on a beautiful, long and gradual uphill, followed by a rolling, hilly road and a very scenic downhill to our masseria.

Cumulative Distance Range: 16 – 58 km (10 – 36 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Savelletri and take a morning shuttle further south to embark on another day of your stunning Puglia bike ride towards Salento. You’ll begin at the walled city of Acaya and ride through the ancient city’s archway on country roads which are free from traffic and marked as bike paths. You’ll finish your morning ride at the rugged coast where you will enjoy the spectacular view of Torre dell’Orso village, rising steeply from the sea and sandy bay. The village is a good spot to buy some lunch before either hitting the road again or taking a shuttle to the hotel. The afternoon offers more fun cycling on quiet country roads and along the small Alimini Lakes as you head to your next masseria.

After settling into your cozy accommodations, enjoy the hotel amenities or simply relax with a good book. Dinner is at a nearby masseria tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Acaya to Torre dell’Orso — 20 km (12.5 miles)

Afternoon Torre dell’Orso to Hotel — 26 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: A beautiful bike ride in the countryside mostly on marked bike roads to Torre dell’Orso on the sea where we’ll break for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll have a choice of a shuttle to the hotel or cycling more lovely country roads with some easy rolling hills by the Alimini Lakes, followed by a final flat stretch to our masseria.

Cumulative Distance Range: 20 – 46 km (12.5 – 28.5 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bike from your hotel on country roads through sleepy villages, where a stop in a colorful local bar for an Italian coffee can be a wonderful diversion. Your route is shaded by big olive trees and towering oaks as you head toward the coast. By lunch, you’ll reach an organic farm near the sea, where the friendly owners, Antonio and Marina, will open their private garden to host a picnic lunch prepared by your trip leaders.

After lunch, discover Otranto, a picturesque town on the Italian coast. Founded by the Greeks, Otranto is surrounded by great ramparts and walls. Starting in late spring, its atmosphere is enlivened by local craft studios selling clay whistles, baskets, hand-dyed fabric, and ceramics. The city’s highlight is Otranto Cathedral’s enormous, 8,611-square-foot floor mosaic representing the Tree of Life which was created by a monk in 1163. A visit to Otranto is also your opportunity to switch sports and take a dip in the sea.

Today’s ride ends on flat country roads, where you’ll catch sight of menhirs and dolmens—ancient monoliths and tombs—before returning to your hotel. This evening, you can dine on your own at the hotel or shuttle to Otranto for dinner at one of the many outdoor cafés or restaurants.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to picnic spot — 33 km (20.5 miles)

Afternoon Picnic spot to Otranto — 7 km (4 miles) | Otranto to Hotel — 9 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: Most of today’s riding is the morning to give you time in the afternoon to explore the historical capital of Salento, the city of Otranto and possibly go for a swim. The ride takes us inland from our masseria on paved country roads free from car traffic. The afternoon ride is a short and flat route through olive groves to our your next masseria. An optional additional ride is an easy to moderate loop with undulating terrain starting from Otranto.

Cumulative Distance Range: 7 – 49 km (4 – 30.5 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you’ll set out on one of the best rides in all of Italy. Starting in the interior of Salento, you’ll follow gentle, rural pathways through little villages to the coastal town of Castro Marina. From there, you’ll continue to Santa Cesarea, a quiet town set on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, where you can enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many cozy cafes. Fortified, you’ll follow the cliffs to the town of Porto Badisco, famous for its azure waters and prehistoric Cervi Grottoes, before continuing to Cape Otranto, the easternmost tip of Italy. You’ll cycle back to the hotel in time to freshen up before an extraordinary farewell dinner with Puglia wines and specialties at your masseria restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Santa Cesarea Terme — 25 km (15 miles)

Afternoon Santa Cesarea Terme to Hotel — 14 km (9 miles) | Santa Cesarea Terme to Hotel Plus (moderate) — 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: This mostly coastal ride is probably the most panoramic bike ride of the week.  There is one major uphill after lunch, which can be skipped with a short support vehicle shuttle. The longer afternoon ride has more costal riding along a road with a bit more traffic and is rated as moderate.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14 – 43 km (9 – 26 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After an included breakfast, complimentary transportation is provided by private motorcoach to the Hotel Patria Palace an elegant and centrally located 5-star hotel, arriving at about 10:30 a.m. Lecce is a beautiful Baroque city, called “the Florence of the South” thanks to the skill with which local builders and stonemasons worked the soft, pink-tinged local stone called pietra dorata.

Explore Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the city’s main square and the heart of local activities for centuries. The square’s centerpiece is the Roman amphitheater. From here, narrow streets fan out into the city’s charming quarters.

The focal point of Lecce is Piazza Duomo, enclosed on three sides by the cathedral and two palaces belonging to the church. Though this is one of the largest squares in Europe, it has an intimate feel that practically invites people-watching from a local café or bakery. Your VBT city information provides useful recommendations for exploring on your own for the rest of the day including options for independent dining.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Brindisi airport will be provided (an approximately 35 to 45 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Tue, Apr 4 to Mon, Apr 10 - 2023

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VBT highly recommends flying to Italy at least one day before the tour begins. This will allow you to rest and recover from jet lag before you begin sightseeing and cycling.

Meet your VBT trip leaders by 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of the first masseria. Readily identifiable VBT trip leaders will be in the main lobby beginning at 2:00 p.m. to answer any questions, provide assistance, and collect pedals you may have brought from home.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon Savelletri Warm-up — 9

What to Expect: A loop in the countryside on totally flat and paved terrain through the fishing village of Savelletri.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14.5 km (9 miles)

Included Meals: Dinner

This morning, you will ride inland to Masseria Il Frantoio, another award-winning country hotel famous for the quality of their food. The estate extends over 150 acres and includes a “secret garden” planted with orange and lemon trees, as well as a well-preserved underground olive oil mill. Your hosts, Armando and Rosalba, have collected many interesting odds and ends over the years, from ancient dresses and hats to precious books and a gramophone. Each piece has its own story.

Your lunch at Il Frantoio is prepared using produce grown on the farm and is truly an experience for all of your senses. You’ll also have the opportunity to try a sampling of five different extra-virgin oils that Rosalba uses to flavor her focaccia, pickles, preserves, and delicious laganari pasta.

Later, you can opt to relax or continue cycling to the hotel along the ancient Traian road. An additional moderate ride option takes you up to the whitewashed city of Ostuni. End your day with a shuttle to the nearby small city of Savelletri on the sea. You are free to traverse the cozy pedestrian area to choose a restaurant for your dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Il Frantoio — 28 km (17 miles)

Afternoon Il Frantoio to Hotel — 24 km (14 miles) | Il Frantoio to Hotel Plus (moderate) — 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: An inland bike ride in a rural setting passing through charming, small villages. An optional moderate ride will take you up to the hill of Ostuni and down toward the ocean before joining the Traian road back to the hotel. The regular afternoon ride avoids the hill and takes you through the countryside on the quiet, historical Traian road to the hotel.

Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 61 km (14 – 38 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you’ll cycle along the coast on quiet roads, completely surrounded by ancient olive trees. Puglia ranks first in Italy in the production of olive oil, wine, and hay, and second for almonds. You’ll stop on the way to explore the archeological site of Egnatia, an ancient Messapican (and later Roman) coastal town of great economic and military importance in the 10th century. The museum on the grounds includes precious finds such as sculptures, jewels, funeral equipment, and gnathia which is the distinctive local pottery which usually features figurative painting on the upper half and ornamental designs on the lower portion. Later, continue to Monopoli, where you’ll have the chance to visit the beautiful cathedral and old harbor. You’ll have free time to stroll and eat lunch on your own. Walk the maze of pedestrian streets in Monopoli’s old city center and see how they make the city so intimate.

Shuttle or ride back along the sea to your masseria and enjoy the amenities. Dinner is included at the Masseria restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Monopoli — 27 km (17 miles)

Afternoon Monopoli to Hotel — 16 km (10 miles) | Monopoli to Hotel Plus (moderate) — 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: The coastal terrain is flat and there is an optional stop at the end of the ride at our masseria’s private beach, with a short shuttle back to hotel. An additional ride option provides a moderate trek inland from Monopoli on a beautiful, long and gradual uphill, followed by a rolling, hilly road and a very scenic downhill to our masseria.

Cumulative Distance Range: 16 – 58 km (10 – 36 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Savelletri and take a morning shuttle further south to embark on another day of your stunning Puglia bike ride towards Salento. You’ll begin at the walled city of Acaya and ride through the ancient city’s archway on country roads which are free from traffic and marked as bike paths. You’ll finish your morning ride at the rugged coast where you will enjoy the spectacular view of Torre dell’Orso village, rising steeply from the sea and sandy bay. The village is a good spot to buy some lunch before either hitting the road again or taking a shuttle to the hotel. The afternoon offers more fun cycling on quiet country roads and along the small Alimini Lakes as you head to your next masseria.

After settling into your cozy accommodations, enjoy the hotel amenities or simply relax with a good book. Dinner is at a nearby masseria tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Acaya to Torre dell’Orso — 20 km (12.5 miles)

Afternoon Torre dell’Orso to Hotel — 26 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: A beautiful bike ride in the countryside mostly on marked bike roads to Torre dell’Orso on the sea where we’ll break for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll have a choice of a shuttle to the hotel or cycling more lovely country roads with some easy rolling hills by the Alimini Lakes, followed by a final flat stretch to our masseria.

Cumulative Distance Range: 20 – 46 km (12.5 – 28.5 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bike from your hotel on country roads through sleepy villages, where a stop in a colorful local bar for an Italian coffee can be a wonderful diversion. Your route is shaded by big olive trees and towering oaks as you head toward the coast. By lunch, you’ll reach an organic farm near the sea, where the friendly owners, Antonio and Marina, will open their private garden to host a picnic lunch prepared by your trip leaders.

After lunch, discover Otranto, a picturesque town on the Italian coast. Founded by the Greeks, Otranto is surrounded by great ramparts and walls. Starting in late spring, its atmosphere is enlivened by local craft studios selling clay whistles, baskets, hand-dyed fabric, and ceramics. The city’s highlight is Otranto Cathedral’s enormous, 8,611-square-foot floor mosaic representing the Tree of Life which was created by a monk in 1163. A visit to Otranto is also your opportunity to switch sports and take a dip in the sea.

Today’s ride ends on flat country roads, where you’ll catch sight of menhirs and dolmens—ancient monoliths and tombs—before returning to your hotel. This evening, you can dine on your own at the hotel or shuttle to Otranto for dinner at one of the many outdoor cafés or restaurants.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to picnic spot — 33 km (20.5 miles)

Afternoon Picnic spot to Otranto — 7 km (4 miles) | Otranto to Hotel — 9 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: Most of today’s riding is the morning to give you time in the afternoon to explore the historical capital of Salento, the city of Otranto and possibly go for a swim. The ride takes us inland from our masseria on paved country roads free from car traffic. The afternoon ride is a short and flat route through olive groves to our your next masseria. An optional additional ride is an easy to moderate loop with undulating terrain starting from Otranto.

Cumulative Distance Range: 7 – 49 km (4 – 30.5 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you’ll set out on one of the best rides in all of Italy. Starting in the interior of Salento, you’ll follow gentle, rural pathways through little villages to the coastal town of Castro Marina. From there, you’ll continue to Santa Cesarea, a quiet town set on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, where you can enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many cozy cafes. Fortified, you’ll follow the cliffs to the town of Porto Badisco, famous for its azure waters and prehistoric Cervi Grottoes, before continuing to Cape Otranto, the easternmost tip of Italy. You’ll cycle back to the hotel in time to freshen up before an extraordinary farewell dinner with Puglia wines and specialties at your masseria restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning Hotel to Santa Cesarea Terme — 25 km (15 miles)

Afternoon Santa Cesarea Terme to Hotel — 14 km (9 miles) | Santa Cesarea Terme to Hotel Plus (moderate) — 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: This mostly coastal ride is probably the most panoramic bike ride of the week.  There is one major uphill after lunch, which can be skipped with a short support vehicle shuttle. The longer afternoon ride has more costal riding along a road with a bit more traffic and is rated as moderate.

Cumulative Distance Range: 14 – 43 km (9 – 26 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After an included breakfast, travel to the Brindisi airport, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. If you prefer, you may be dropped in Lecce at Hotel Patria Palace.

Important: Flight departures from Brindisi prior to 1:30 p.m. are not recommended; those departing earlier must make transportation arrangements at their own expense from the last hotel in Otranto to Brindisi (approximately one hour). The cost of a taxi to the Brindisi airport is approximately €80 ($87 USD). The motorcoach will first stop in Lecce to drop VBT Air Package guests and then continue to the Brindisi airport. Let your trip leaders know the day before if you prefer to be dropped off in Lecce.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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2022 Pre-Trip Extension - Matera

2 Nights From $345 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

    2 nights at Relais La Casa di Lucio/Hotel Sant'Angelo Airport car service for arrival Transportation from Matera to Alberobello Hospitality desk Daily breakfast City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the Bari airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Matera. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a morning of exploring Matera on your own —and perhaps following an optional self-guided walk of Sasso Barisano with route notes provided by your local representative—travel to your next night’s lodging in Alberobello. Your transportation is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. from the Matera hotel reception area.

Upon arrival in Alberobello, meet your hosts and settle in the trullo dwelling (a traditional Puglian stone hut) that VBT has selected for your stay. Your comfortable accommodations are part of a group of 500-year-old dwellings which have been completely remodeled. A trullo is a whitewashed, round house topped by a large cone of local stones—all assembled without mortar. It is believed that trullioriginated as storage sheds for agricultural implements. Much later, they became dwellings, with adjoining buildings added as families grew. Like your room, most trullihave been refurbished and are used as cozy homes today. Some of the roofs show mysterious chalk marks, possibly either to protect the inhabitants from evil or to bless the dwelling.

Please note: You have the option of attending a cooking class the following morning before check-in to your masseria. You must tell your Alberobello host this evening if you would like to attend.

Dinner is on your own tonight in Alberobello.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

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2022 2023

2023 Pre-Trip Extension - Matera

3 Nights From $345 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 2 nights at Relais La Casa di Lucio/Hotel Sant’Angelo
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Transportation from Matera to Alberobello
  • Hospitality desk
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the Bari airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Matera. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a morning of exploring Matera on your own—and perhaps following an optional self-guided walk of Sasso Barisano with route notes provided by your local representative—travel to your next night’s lodging in Alberobello. Your transportation is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. from the Matera hotel reception area.

Upon arrival in Alberobello, meet your hosts and settle in the trullo dwelling (a traditional Puglian stone hut) that VBT has selected for your stay. Your comfortable accommodations are part of a group of 500-year-old dwellings which have been completely remodeled. A trullo is a whitewashed, round house topped by a large cone of local stones—all assembled without mortar. It is believed that trulli originated as storage sheds for agricultural implements. Much later, they became dwellings, with adjoining buildings added as families grew. Like your room, most trulli have been refurbished and are used as cozy homes today. Some of the roofs show mysterious chalk marks, possibly either to protect the inhabitants from evil or to bless the dwelling.

Please note: You have the option of attending a cooking class the following morning before check-in to your masseria. You must tell your Alberobello host this evening if you would like to attend.

Dinner is on your own tonight in Alberobello.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2022 2023

2022 Post-Trip Extension - Rome

3 Nights From $545 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

    Flight to Rome 3 nights at Hotel dei Mellini Airport car service for arrival and departure Hospitality desk Daily breakfast City information

Today you will travel to the airport in Brindisi from Lecce. After you claim your luggage, VBT’s local representative, recognizable by a VBT sign, will greet you outside the customs area and arranges transportation by private car to your hotel.

At the hotel, our local representative will be available to answer your questions and give you practical information on how to get around and what to do in Rome. The representative will also present some optional guided walks to help you get the most out of the city. You will have the rest of the day to relax or join our optional evening walking tour.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Rome airport will be provided (an approximately 35 to 45 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2022 2023

2023 Post-Trip Extension - Rome

2 Nights From $545 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

  • Flight to Rome
  • 3 nights at Hotel dei Mellini
  • Airport car service for arrival and departure
  • Hospitality desk
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

Today you will travel to the airport in Brindisi from Lecce. After you claim your luggage, VBT’s local representative, recognizable by a VBT sign, will greet you outside the customs area and arranges transportation by private car to your hotel.

At the hotel, our local representative will be available to answer your questions and give you practical information on how to get around and what to do in Rome. The representative will also present some optional guided walks to help you get the most out of the city. You will have the rest of the day to relax or join our optional evening walking tour.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Brindisi airport will be provided (an approximately 35 to 45 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Our guides were excellent, particularly in the face of inclement weather. They managed to keep the mood positive. Safety is always paramount and this was adhered to universally. Puglia is rich with history and the group took advantage of this on the trip. Group banquets were outstanding. I would recommend the trip to others without any reservations.

Bruce F, Ann Arbor, MI

Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast

Outstanding leaders, beautiful places to stay, fantastic food, and some unique towns as well as impressive coastal scenery. Biking was an excellent way to discover a region that is less frequented by foreign tourists.

Janey, Austin, Texas

Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast

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Wed, Aug 31 - Fri, Sep 9, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

Private Group

Sun, Sep 4 - Tue, Sep 13, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

Currently Full

Wed, Sep 7 - Fri, Sep 16, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Sun, Sep 11 - Tue, Sep 20, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Private Group

Wed, Sep 14 - Fri, Sep 23, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

Private Group

Sun, Sep 18 - Tue, Sep 27, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

Limited Spaces Left

Wed, Sep 21 - Fri, Sep 30, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Private Group

Sun, Sep 25 - Tue, Oct 4, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

Call Required

Wed, Sep 28 - Fri, Oct 7, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,245

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Sun, Oct 2 - Tue, Oct 11, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,245

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Wed, Oct 5 - Fri, Oct 14, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,245

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Sun, Oct 9 - Tue, Oct 18, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,245

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Oct 12 - Fri, Oct 21, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,245

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Sun, Oct 16 - Tue, Oct 25, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Oct 19 - Fri, Oct 28, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Oct 23 - Tue, Nov 1, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Oct 26 - Fri, Nov 4, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$5,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Oct 30 - Tue, Nov 8, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$4,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Nov 2 - Fri, Nov 11, 2022

Air included Air Included

From
$4,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Apr 2 - Tue, Apr 11, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$4,795

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Apr 9 - Tue, Apr 18, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Currently Full

Sun, Apr 16 - Tue, Apr 25, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Apr 23 - Tue, May 2, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Apr 26 - Fri, May 5, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Apr 30 - Tue, May 9, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, May 3 - Fri, May 12, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, May 7 - Tue, May 16, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, May 10 - Fri, May 19, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, May 17 - Fri, May 26, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, May 21 - Tue, May 30, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, May 24 - Fri, Jun 2, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, May 28 - Tue, Jun 6, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, May 31 - Fri, Jun 9, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Jun 4 - Tue, Jun 13, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Jun 7 - Fri, Jun 16, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Currently Full

Sun, Jun 11 - Tue, Jun 20, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Jun 14 - Fri, Jun 23, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Jun 18 - Tue, Jun 27, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Jun 21 - Fri, Jun 30, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Aug 30 - Fri, Sep 8, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Sep 3 - Tue, Sep 12, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Sep 6 - Fri, Sep 15, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Sep 10 - Tue, Sep 19, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Sep 13 - Fri, Sep 22, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Sep 17 - Tue, Sep 26, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Sep 20 - Fri, Sep 29, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Sep 24 - Tue, Oct 3, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,895

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Sep 27 - Fri, Oct 6, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Oct 1 - Tue, Oct 10, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Oct 4 - Fri, Oct 13, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Oct 8 - Tue, Oct 17, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Oct 11 - Fri, Oct 20, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,645

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Oct 15 - Tue, Oct 24, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Oct 18 - Fri, Oct 27, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Oct 22 - Tue, Oct 31, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Oct 25 - Fri, Nov 3, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Sun, Oct 29 - Tue, Nov 7, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Wed, Nov 1 - Fri, Nov 10, 2023

Air included Air Included

From
$5,045

Per person, double occupancy

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Tour Only

7 Days. Includes bike vacation only.

Single Supplement: From $295

Limited Spaces Left

Tue, May 31 - Mon, Jun 6, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Jun 3 - Thu, Jun 9, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Call Required

Tue, Jun 7 - Mon, Jun 13, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Fri, Jun 17 - Thu, Jun 23, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Tue, Jun 21 - Mon, Jun 27, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Currently Full

Fri, Jun 24 - Thu, Jun 30, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Private Group

Fri, Sep 2 - Thu, Sep 8, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

Private Group

Tue, Sep 6 - Mon, Sep 12, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

Currently Full

Fri, Sep 9 - Thu, Sep 15, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Tue, Sep 13 - Mon, Sep 19, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Private Group

Fri, Sep 16 - Thu, Sep 22, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

Private Group

Tue, Sep 20 - Mon, Sep 26, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

Limited Spaces Left

Fri, Sep 23 - Thu, Sep 29, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Private Group

Tue, Sep 27 - Mon, Oct 3, 2022

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

Call Required

Fri, Sep 30 - Thu, Oct 6, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

Request a Call
Limited Spaces Left

Tue, Oct 4 - Mon, Oct 10, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Fri, Oct 7 - Thu, Oct 13, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Tue, Oct 11 - Mon, Oct 17, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Oct 14 - Thu, Oct 20, 2022

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Limited Spaces Left

Tue, Oct 18 - Mon, Oct 24, 2022

From
$3,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Oct 21 - Thu, Oct 27, 2022

From
$3,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Oct 25 - Mon, Oct 31, 2022

From
$3,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Oct 28 - Thu, Nov 3, 2022

From
$3,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Nov 1 - Mon, Nov 7, 2022

From
$3,545

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Nov 4 - Thu, Nov 10, 2022

From
$3,545

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Apr 4 - Mon, Apr 10, 2023

From
$3,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Apr 11 - Mon, Apr 17, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

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Currently Full

Tue, Apr 18 - Mon, Apr 24, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

Join Waitlist

Tue, Apr 25 - Mon, May 1, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Apr 28 - Thu, May 4, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, May 2 - Mon, May 8, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, May 5 - Thu, May 11, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, May 9 - Mon, May 15, 2023

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, May 12 - Thu, May 18, 2023

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, May 19 - Thu, May 25, 2023

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, May 23 - Mon, May 29, 2023

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$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, May 26 - Thu, Jun 1, 2023

From
$4,295

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, May 30 - Mon, Jun 5, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Jun 2 - Thu, Jun 8, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Jun 6 - Mon, Jun 12, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Jun 9 - Thu, Jun 15, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Currently Full

Tue, Jun 13 - Mon, Jun 19, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Jun 16 - Thu, Jun 22, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Jun 20 - Mon, Jun 26, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Jun 23 - Thu, Jun 29, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Sep 1 - Thu, Sep 7, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Sep 5 - Mon, Sep 11, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Sep 8 - Thu, Sep 14, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Sep 12 - Mon, Sep 18, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Sep 15 - Thu, Sep 21, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Sep 19 - Mon, Sep 25, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Sep 22 - Thu, Sep 28, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Sep 26 - Mon, Oct 2, 2023

From
$4,695

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Sep 29 - Thu, Oct 5, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Oct 3 - Mon, Oct 9, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Oct 6 - Thu, Oct 12, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Oct 10 - Mon, Oct 16, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Oct 13 - Thu, Oct 19, 2023

From
$4,495

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Oct 17 - Mon, Oct 23, 2023

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Oct 20 - Thu, Oct 26, 2023

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Oct 24 - Mon, Oct 30, 2023

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Oct 27 - Thu, Nov 2, 2023

From
$4,095

Per person, double occupancy

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Tue, Oct 31 - Mon, Nov 6, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

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Fri, Nov 3 - Thu, Nov 9, 2023

From
$3,945

Per person, double occupancy

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