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Our most recommended Apulia Bus & Minivan Tours

From Matera: Murgia Park Rocky Churches Tour

1. From Matera: Murgia Park Rocky Churches Tour

This excursion to the Rocky Churches Park is a beautiful experience. During this tour, you will discover the history of this magical place. On Murgia Timone you will see the first human settlement and traces of an ancient Neolithic village. Moving on, you will see two important rocky churches, as well as the Rocky Crypt of San Falcione and the Rocky Church of Madonna delle Tre Porte, with its Byzantine frescos. You will also head to a scenic point, called Golgota, where Mel Gibson filmed “The Passion of the Christ”. During the excursion, you will enjoy the unique spectacle of the City of Stones as it lights up at sunset.

Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

2. Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

Experience a pleasant bike tour to discover the city of Bari and let your expert multilingual guide show you the most important attractions of the Apulian capital. Savor local products such as artisan ice cream or cold cuts and cheeses with a tasting experience. Pass by the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Swabian Castle, the Teathers, the main squares, the many picturesque beaches, and the beautiful hidden corners of the historical center, such as the Fish Market and the alleys where women still prepare handmade fresh pasta. You will venture into the real Bari and immerse yourself in the lively local life and the traditions of this enchanting city. Choose the bikes which suit you best among women, men and children bikes. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for every level of cycling. Bari is a flat and sunny city and is therefore ideal to be visited by bike all the year round.

Bari: Matera Day Trip

3. Bari: Matera Day Trip

Your tour will begin as a comfortable minivan picks up you from Bari, at which point you will travel to Matera. Once having arrived, meet your licensed tour guide that will show you this stone city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is one of the most evocative cities in Italy, and was actually chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Characterized by the famous caves that were inhabited up until the first half of the 900s, Matera consists of two old neighborhoods: Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Through these areas you will enjoy a guided walk, with views over the Murgia Materana Park. Your tour guide will show you houses and churches built in the caves, as well as the recently restored cathedral, which was edified starting from the year 1230. In the afternoon, you will travel back to Bari by minivan.

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

4. From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

Explore Salento and its picturesque towns on a small group, full-day tour from Lecce, traveling by air-conditioned coach with room for no more than 7 passengers. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive to Galatina, a real gem of art, history and traditions. Of extraordinary beauty is, in particular, the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, second only to the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi for the presence of many frescoes inside, which were created by Giotto's disciples. Other monuments to visit include the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the ancient "courtyard houses" and the buildings situated in the historical center. Otranto is Italy’s easternmost town and is well-known as “Porta d’Oriente” (literally, “Door to the Orient”). The splendid cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the castle, the towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions and the walls that surrounded the whole ancient city make Otranto one of the most interesting cultural destinations in the south of Italy. Santa Maria di Leuca sits on the southernmost tip of the Salentine peninsula, bathed by two seas, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Santa Maria di Leuca is a tourist center famous for its colorful natural landscape that blends in with its majestic architecture. Located on the Japigo promontory is the Basilica of Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae (at the ends of the Earth). From the basilica, you can reach the old port on foot via two ramps of 300 steps each. Gallipoli is considered the pearl of Salento. This Greek city can be divided into two areas: the old city and the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise. The old part of the city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. It is surrounded by defensive walls built mainly in the 14th-century. It is characterized by a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets, home to traditional shops of local handicrafts, numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the cathedrals dedicated to St. Agatha, one of the best examples of the Baroque in Salento, the Angevine Castle built in the 13th-century and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy.

Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

5. Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

Take a day to explore Alberobello, a small town famous for its trullo buildings, a truly unique sight in Italy.  Your tour will begin from Bari, where your driver will pick up you at the organized meeting point. Following this, a licensed tour guide will greet you in Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. If you book the private option, you'll enjoy a driver and tour guide for your group only throughout the excursion. Alberobello truly is one of a kind, due to the notable presence of typical conical stone buildings which people still inhabit to this day. Your guide will show you the Rione Aia Piccola and the Rione Monti, the two most important neighborhoods of the town. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Trullo Museum and an authentic stone house, and to enjoy a tasting of a traditional wine. Before leaving the town, you'll have time for a walk through the charismatic streets, where there are small shops filled with souvenirs and typical local products. The driver will wait for you and will take you back to Bari at the end of the day.

Matera: Bus Tour with Audio Guide and Casa Grotta Entrance

6. Matera: Bus Tour with Audio Guide and Casa Grotta Entrance

Discover Matera from the comfort of an open-air bus. Learn more from your audio guide as you drive past sights such as the Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and Villa Comunale dell'Unita d'Italia. Stop to visit Cava Paradiso and Casa Grotta with entrance to the latter included. Board the tour bus near Castello Tramontano and set off on your journey. As you drive, learn about the sights, the history of Matera, and its people from the audio guide. Drive past the Museo di Palazzo Lanfranchi and marvel at its impeccable 17th-century architecture. Continue to the Villa Comunale dell'Unita d'Italia and take admire this historic park before you head to Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you pass the Sassi, learn about the history of these caves which have been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Hop out of the bus at Casa Grotta Sassi di Matera. Spend 10 minutes exploring this fascinating cave house and learn the tragic history of the people who occupied it. Rejoin your driver and continue past the rock churches of Madonna delle Virtu and San Nicola dei Greci. Continue your tour with a drive past the Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and Alvino before hopping out at the Cava Paradiso for a 20-minute stop to explore this fascinating exhibition.

Alberobello: Full–Day Private Trulli Historical Tour

7. Alberobello: Full–Day Private Trulli Historical Tour

After hotel or port pick–up, travel to Alberobello by minivan on this private tour. Walk through the quaint neighborhoods and side streets of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the famous trulli, and marvel at the interesting limestone dwellings composed without mortar. Learn how the thickness of the walls regulates the internal temperature, what the symbols painted on the cone–shaped roofs mean, and hear about the unique interior living spaces. Visit at your own leisure. Choose to visit some of the museums during your stay, enjoy tasting some of the local delicacies, like a Paqualino sandwich or a traditional gelato, or spend some time shopping, before you return to your hotel at approximately 6:00 PM.

Bari: Alberobello and Matera Day Tour

8. Bari: Alberobello and Matera Day Tour

Experience cities steeped in history with buildings that feel a part of the landscape itself on this day trip to 2 highlights of Italy, Alberobello and Matera. You'll see the famous Trulli buildings, historic churches, and more on this guided tour. After being picked up in Bari, be driven to the guide in Largo Matellotta to begin your sightseeing tour of Alberobello. Follow your guide into the historical center of Rione Monti, which boasts over 1,000 iconic Trulli buildings. Marvel at the unique architecture of these fascinating buildings while learning about their history and significance. Continue the tour with a visit to Rione Aia Piccola, an area that best represents the ancient medieval village. Take in the stunning view and snap some pics! The journey through Alberobello concludes at the highest point of the city, the site of the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua. Notice the similarities between the church and the Trulli buildings and soak up the historical atmosphere of the site as you listen to your guide’s anecdotes. The next stop is Matera. This part of the tour will begin at Via Alessandro Volta. From there, your expert guide will lead you to the glorious Church of San Francesco in the city’s historic center. Next, continue along a panoramic road of narrow streets and winding alleys to arrive at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate. Inside, you’ll find a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. You’ll then visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing through the Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia areas to conclude your cultural adventure. It’s then time to reflect on the day's wondrous sights as you’re driven back to Bari.

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

9. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 meters. Observe the beautiful park that surrounds you from above. On clear days, you can see the sea and the Gargano, a spectacle of nature. Learn about this emblematic octagonal castle, designed by Emperor Frederick II. Walk through the rooms inside the castle and discover the many mysteries and secrets that lie within its walls. Conclude the tour with a return transfer to Matera.

Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

10. Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

Start your day by meeting your driver in the center of Bari before departing by minivan for your full day tour. After a short, scenic drive you will reach Alberobello and Matera. During your time in Alberobello, a Unesco site since 1996, you will have plenty of time to walk through the city and discover the exciting cultural curiosities this fascinating place possesses. This city contains an abundance of Trulli, a typical rural stone architectural structure with a conical roof. Whilst here, you can visit both the Rioni districts - Rione Aia piccola and Rione Monti. Whilst doing so, be sure to visit the large trullo church and shops.  After Alberobello, you will leave for Matera, a fellow Unesco site and also the European capital of culture. Here, you will meet your qualified tour guide before starting your pleasant stroll through this ancient city carved into rock. Here, the inhabitants lived in caves until the beginning of the XX Century. The historic center is characterized by narrow streets where there are cave houses that you can visit independently. You will visit the cathedral that overlooks the splendid panorama of the Murgia Materana park. Once your time in Matera is up, you will return comfortably to Bari. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 341 reviews

Turisti in Puglia excellent at communicating with us. They let us know so what to expect throughout our day and provided us with detailed information. Our driver arrived early (which was perfect for us as we were at the pick-up point early). The driver was courteous, kind and professional. Our on-site tour guide met us as soon as we arrived and immediately began sharing his wealth of knowledge. I highly recommend this tour and this tour company.

Enjoyed our sightseeing trip on the bikes- lots of information on the city from our lovely guide. Was fairly easy cycling & not too far with plenty breaks. Kept the bikes for an extra couple of hours so we cycled to a lovely beach. Managed to have a swim, dry off & cycle back before catching the shuttle bus back to our cruise ship. The shuttle bus dropped us off literally 2 mins away from the bike shop- an unexpected bonus!

Amazing tour of Bari! Our guide Carmela was personable & friendly and shared a lot of interesting history about the city. We also went for a delicious ice cream during the tour! The bikes are comfortable. You see a lot in 2 hours & you have the option to leave a deposit and keep the bikes until the evening - we did so and cycled around the city and to the beach! Recommended if you are in Bari!

A very interesting guide with a very good level of English who will explain the history of the city to you with passion and answer your questions with precision and barely hidden enthusiasm. She will take you through the typical streets of Matera on a 2-hour guided tour. It should be noted, however, that visits to buildings are chargeable and not included in the reservation.

Teresa was a great guide. We appreciated very much her knowledge, energy and positive attitude.