Baroque and amazing coastal towns are the essence of this 2-centre holiday in Southern Puglia.

On the first part of this holiday, in the splendid Baroque setting of Lecce, you will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city on board a rickshaw and savor some delicious local specialities; on the second part of the holiday you will travel further south, and choose between the lovely towns of Otranto and Gallipoli for a relaxing break by the sea.

What’s included

  • 4 nights B&B in a 4* hotel in Lecce
  • 3 nights B&B in a 4* hotel in Otranto or Gallipoli
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Private transfers from 1st to 2nd hotel
  • 1 rickshaw tour of Lecce
  • 1 light lunch with wine tasting in Brindisi


- Flights
- All transportation to/from excursions is at own expense and can be done by local train. Private transfers can be arranged at a supplement.

Room/property types



Selected hotels

4* Hotel Delle Palme (Lecce)

Hotel Delle Palme is located a 10-minute walk from the historic centre of Lecce, within easy reach of the railway station and bus stops. It offers free WiFi throughout and free parking.

Rooms at Hotel delle Palme are spacious and air conditioned, and come with a LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

A buffet breakfast composed of sweet and savoury dishes is served every day. Hotel Delle Palme´s large restaurant serves typical meals of the popular Salento area, together with classic Italian and international dishes.


Relais Valle dell´Idro & Terraces (Otranto)

This hotel features a roof terrace with a hot tub and panoramic views of Otranto and the sea. This property is less than a 10-minute walk from the city centre.

Rooms at Relais Valle dell´Idro are decorated in a minimal chic style. They come with air conditioning, a satellite flat-screen TV and a minibar.

A generous breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the outdoor terrace, including homemade cakes and local pastries. Aperitifs can be enjoyed on the rooftop or in the garden, furnished with armchairs and sun loungers.

There is a white sandy beach a 10-minute walk away. Otranto Train Station is 1.2 km from the property. A parking garage is available next to the hotel.


Palazzo Mosco Inn (Gallipoli)

Offering a rooftop terrace facing the Bay of Gallipoli, Palazzo Mosco Inn is located in a historical building with frescoes in the old town of Gallipoli. WiFi is free at the property.

All air conditioned, rooms here have satellite TV and feature mosaics dating back to the 19th century. Each room includes a private bathroom with free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer. Some have French windows.

An extensive breakfast is served out on the terrace daily, including freshly baked pastries, salads, and savoury pies made with organic vegetables coming directly from the property owner´s farm.

Opportunities for cycling, diving and fishing are found in the surroundings. La spiaggia della Purità beach is 200 m from this property, while Gallipoli Train Station is a 15-minute walk away.

Relais Corte Palmieri

An 18th-century town house, the Corte Palmieri lies in Gallipoli´s historic centre, 200 m from the white sand Purita´ beach. It offers a luxurious sun terrace and unique Mediterranean-style rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Rooms at Relais Corte Palmieri & Il Chiostro - Residenza d´epoca have vaulted ceilings and terracotta floors. Each offers a minibar and air conditioning.

Breakfast is Italian style and during the summer it is served on the roof terrace. A range of restaurants, bars and cafés are a 5-minute walk away.

Sant´Agata´s Cathedral is 200 m away, and the town´s many churches and historic buildings are within walking distance.

Check in times

Check in from 2.00 pm

Other information

Suggested excursions:

Boat excursions along the Ionian coast

Porto Selvaggio and Santa Caterina

Exceptional for sea lovers, this excursion lets you discover the most beautiful coves of the Ionian Coast. Boat trip from Porto Cesareo to Santa Caterina. Swimming and snorkeling (optional) in the wonderful bay of Porto Selvaggio and Torre Uluzzo.

Drinks and dive masks will be available on board (included in price).

During the tour there will be an environmental guide or a marine biologist, who will explain the natural beauty of the coast and of the sea bottom.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

Suggested equipment: swimsuits, beach towels, hat and sun cream.

Available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Morning from 09.30 to 12.30  Afternoon: from 15.00 to 18.00.

Punta Prosciutto, Porto Cesareo & Greek Roman site

In a single morning, you will navigate along the 30 km. of coastline that characterize the Protected Marine Area from Porto Cesareo to Punta Prosciutto.

Stops planned during the excursion:

- Torre Castiglione and Punta Prosciutto: chance to swim in one of the best coastline stretches of Puglia.

- Isola della Chianca: second chance to dip into crystal clear waters (max depth 1.50 m).

- Greek-Roman columns: chance to see from the boat or by snorkelling an underwater archaeological site

- Isola dei Conigli: chance to walk on the island and explore its coves

Included in the price: professional guide, masks for snorkeling, soft drinks and snacks.

Available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Morning : from 09.00 to 12.30 - afternoon: 15:00 to 18:00.

Santa Maria di Leuca and its sea caves

Departure from Porto Cesareo every Thursday at 08:30 am. Meeting with the guide and transfer by coach to Leuca. Arrival and boat ride to visit the caves. The transparency of the water makes this stretch of the Ionian coast one of the most beautiful ones in Apulia. There will be a chance to swim. Once back to the port, the excursion will continue with a guided tour of Leuca: the nineteenth-century Art Nouveau villas, the Shrine of St. Maria De Finibus Terrae, the Lighthouse and the end of the Apulian Aqueduct with its magnificent staircase.

Duration: 5 hours

Thursday morning from 08.30 to 13.30.


What´s included

  • Boat tour
  • Professional English speaking skipper


  • Transfer from/to port
  • Anything else not included in the above section

 Lecce Street Food Tour

Explore Lecce and its most suggestive and authentic places with an expert guide. Meet food & wine producers and discover the genuine local culinary culture while tasting typical local products in a sensorial experience between culture, arts, taste and folklore.

What´s included

  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Tasting of various local products


  • Private transfers

Cookery class in a masseria

Spend a half day in the wonderful setting of a XVII century masseria, surrounded by lush nature, and learn the secrets of traditional Apulian cuisine with a local chef.

What´s included

  • Cookery class at the masseria
  • Lunch (or dinner): 3-course meal, including wine, water and coffee
  • Private transfers

Policies & disclaimers

A deposit of 30% is required at time of booking.

Cancellations received within 30 days of departure date are subject to the following penalties on the land portion:

    Up to 4 weeks prior to departure, any deposit will be forfeited.
    29-15 days - 25% of the cost of the holiday per person is forfeited;
    14-5 days - 50% of the cost of the holiday per person is forfeited;
    4-0 days - 100% of the cost of the holiday per person is forfeited.

The above mentioned conditions may vary in high season months according to the accommodation properties’ cancellation policies. All cancellation charges apply to each person covered by a booking.

Balances are due 4 weeks before departure.
Payments are only accepted via electronic bank transfer.
Prices, taxes & availability are subject to change.
Travel documents will be sent in digital format 2 weeks before departure.

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