3 independent reviews for Puglia small group tour, Italy

Reviews for Puglia small group tour, Italy

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review 30 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The visit to Metera was the most memorable because it is such an unusual place with a powerful atmosphere, very sensible to do this visit last as it is an absolute highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This is a busy and rewarding holiday but you do need to be prepared for a lot of walking and for some variable accommodation. Take some sturdy footwear and be prepared to walk even in towns. In Lecce the hotel was 15 minutes from the town centre and no bus. All the cities involved walking tours. There was a 5 hour walk from Ostuni and 3km of rather hard work walking in the caves. All this was enjoyable and better than too much coach travel which was kept to a minimum, but if you are of a certain age and not too able to walk, this isn't a good holiday. Also learn a bit of Italian - not much English in cafes etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not hugely. Staying in local hotels was the only option as big chains weren't there. I suppose it helped local businesses to use local hotels. We ate in local restaurants (where else could we eat?) I felt that tourism was eroding some of the places and we added to that a bit - the fine mosaic at Otranto didn't benefit from our walking on part of it and more tourism will rather diminish the authenticity of Matera.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great region - full of character if no important buildings or historical connections. Still under its spell and highly rewarding. Varied programme - and only one feeble activity - the pasta making- but helped by some nice wine. Pity the pasta was like eating soggy cardboard. Lecce a beautiful Baroque city; Otranto a nice resort and not its fault that it poured with rain; Ostuni looked good; walk to the Masseria though olive groves was nice; Alberobello - well not all that gripping but nice to visit; Free day saw us in lovely town of Martina Franca using the bus; Matera an absolute must. Warm and helpful guide. Choice of suggested restaurants a bit variable - one disaster two very nice and very reasonable. First hotel had dark uninviting bedroom; 2nd at Ostuni more acceptable 4 star; the Trullo was interesting but not very comfortable (no kettle for instance); the cave hotel at Matera had super town view but not much comfort. The free day at Alberobello was not great - nothing to do for so long a time in the town so a bus ride to two other towns which seemed a rather limited option though both were nice and there was a good walk suggested between them but Albeobello transport wise is problematic as no trains for 2 years and only buses which are difficult to use for non Italian speakers. Suggested excursion to sea side depended on enough sharing 80 euro taxi. 5 star for region - don't hesitate. However a bit less for quality of accommodation and a rather cop out 'free day'

review 9 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

My time in Polignano

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you are worried about comfort and quality of the hotels, donít book this tour!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very disappointing and think the holiday was over priced.

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to thank Verity for her feedback, although we regret that she did not enjoy her tour in Puglia and that it did not meet her expectations. We are very sorry that she was disappointed with the accommodation; the hotels used on the trip are usually seen to be of a good standard by our clients and we have not received feedback of this nature in the past and we feel this is reassuring. We are, however, genuinely sorry that Verity's experience was not so positive; at the beginning of each season use client and staff feedback is used to review each property used on this tour, and if any concerns are raised, these will be addressed and dealt with accordingly.

review 24 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The varuety of the programme. Towns like Ostuni, Otranto, Matera were fascinatingly different. Also the local experiences of food and wine tasting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

There's a lot more walking than is indicated in the brochure. Not really suitatble for anyone with walking problems.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Hard to tell, but probably.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good. Excellent guide. Nice mixed group. Great taster for an underrated part of Italy.

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