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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The magic of old Italy
Whitewashed towns, fortified farms, distinctive stone trulli, fresh seafood, beautiful wines and olive oil straight from the source: welcome to Puglia! We journey along coastal roads, ancient pilgrimage trails, and winding streets to uncover the history, landscape, and architecture of this area marked by myriad civilizations. We switch regions as we cap off our travels in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to Paleolithic times. All the while, we’ll find ourselves embraced by the warm welcomes and southern hospitality always on offer by our local friends in this corner of Southern Italy.
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Day by Day
Our walk begins from the Punt Palascia lighthouse where we’ll follow the paths that wind high above the shimmering Adriatic to the charming harbour town of Otranto. We’ll stop for a seaside lunch, where a Pugliese welcome awaits our arrival.
Traverse quiet country roads, passing by ancient olive groves and fig trees, to the Lago Piccolo, home to many flora and fauna. Tonight, we’ll partake in a wine tasting with an expert followed by a family-style dinner.
Explore the white-washed hilltop town of Ostuni. We’ll break in town for an espresso before venturing to the countryside for an exclusive lunch nestled amongst the olive groves and a visit to the archeological park of Sant’Agnano.
Visit a family-run caseificio (dairy) to taste of some of the delicious local cheeses. Then it’s on Alberobello, the “City of Trulli,” for a look at these buildings that are undoubtedly the most distinctive feature of Puglia.
We'll set out for our breathtaking walk from the Sassi of Matera, working our way into the countryside. Following a scenic path that winds along the edge of the Gravina di Matera river and park, we’ll make stops en route to check out the Rupestrian churches.
After a last breakfast together, we bid each other arrivederci. We’ll drop you at the Bari Airport where you can connect for your return flight home or continue your travels in Europe.
Something new around every corner.
Masseria Montelauro, Otranto
Set just outside of Otranto, this restored, family-owned masseria incorporates styles from around the Mediterranean. The main building is an old fortified farmhouse, while the furnishings are an appealing blend of Moroccan and Italian. You'll feel like guests in a southern Italian home, where hospitality is paramount. View hotel website »
Masseria Le Carrube, Ostuni
This traditional masseria has recently been bought by an important Italian hotelier family. They’ve renovated this little jewel into a boutique property with two charming pools, spacious grounds, and infinite views over ancient olive groves and onto the sea. View hotel website »
Sant'Angelo Resort, Matera
Set in the heart of the Sassi, this hotel offers all the luxuries of a 5-star stay while maintaining the traditional style of the cave buildings of the area. Enjoy breathtaking views and easy access to the labyrinth of beauty surrounding the property. View hotel website »
It was all unimaginable for me. Just outstanding and beyond my greatest expectations. Gail and I were awarded the champagne saber and will enjoy it forever.—James Kneebone
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This trip is appropriate for people who enjoy a good walk and feel comfortable while on the move. Daily walking distances vary from 5-13 km (3-8 mi.), with some longer afternoon options along the way.
“I enjoy going for a good walk and can even handle an incline or two.”
Relatively flat, with occasional steeper climbs.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated with wine
- Services of B&R guide(s)
- Support vehicle during the walks where accessible
- Use of a customized walking sticks
- Detailed maps and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
Walking Sticks & Hip Holsters
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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