Puglia Cooking & Walking

Italy

Code: PULGC

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From £1,494.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Based in the historic Pulian town of Altamura we'll learn to cook authentic local dishes, explore the underground tunnels of Gravina and cave dwellings in Matera, spend time harvesting ingredients with local producers. 

Holiday Highlights 

  • Learn to cook authentic local dishes at a cookery school using locally sourced produce.
  • Explore Gravina's underground world of tunnels, cellars, granaries and 17th century ovens.
  • Learn about Apulian Cheese production and enjoy a typical Farmer’s lunch.
  • Discover Matera's cave-dwelling district and its fascinating history. 

Price Includes 

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation.
  • 4 evening meals and 4 lunches.
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader.
  • Four Cooking lessons.
  • Guided tours of Matera and Gravina with Local Guide.
  • All essential transport and entrance fees.
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers.

 

Accommodation

Hotel San Nicola in Altamura, Italy

The 4-star Hotel San Nicola dates back to 1741, it has been beautifully restored and is located in the centre of the picturesque old town of Altamura. 

This charming town is on the doorstep with easy access to its shops, picturesque streets and attractions. Sample some of the breads and its well known Focaccia de Altamura (topped with tomatoes and herbs).



 

Your room

There are 27 modern en-suite bedrooms.

All bedrooms are equipped with a:

  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Flat screen
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hairdryer
Hotel San Nicola bedroom

Facilities

Hotel San Nicola hall The hotel has a:
  • 24-hour reception,
  • Room service,
  • Laundry,
  • Ironing and dry cleaning service (extra charge)

Dining

Holidays at Altamura are Half Board with continental breakfast and evening meals at two of Altamura's restaurants.

Breakfast
Continental buffet breakfast: this is served from 7am in the courtyard dining room. This will include cereals, fruit juices, yoghurt, fresh fruit, cheeses/meats, selection of breads and croissants, jams, tea and coffee.

Lunch (payable locally)
Packed lunches can be bought from the local shops a few minutes from the hotel and can also be purchased from the hotel.
Evening meal
One of the highlights of this holiday is that our guests dine out in Altamura at a local restaurant that serve local dishes and specialities. A 3-course dinner will be served at the Tre Archi Restaurant every evening except on Saturdays and Wednesdays when we will be dining at the newly refurbished restaurant at Hotel San Nicola. 

This restaurant is within easy walking distance of our hotel and guests can experience the "passiagata", an Italian tradition where the locals with their families and friends walk out in the evening socialising, and take in this unique atmosphere.

 


Altamura Dining Room

Your Evenings


The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Most of our socialising at Altamura is over a relaxed meal, opportunity to talk about your day with your fellow guests and sample some local wines and dishes. See the town came alive in the evening with all the local families walking out, treating their children to ice creams and just sitting over a coffee.

Itinerary

Arrival day

Transfer from Bari Airport to your Hotel

Cookery Lesson and Altamura

Bread and Pizza. today we’ll visit the local bakery where we’ll see how Altamura bread is produced followed by a hands-on cooking lesson making bread and pizza with a pizza lunch at Tre Archi. Afternoon walk to Man of Altamura museum and free time in the evening for dinner. (Lunch Included)

Cookery Lesson and Gravina

We’ll visit Mina’s Vegetable garden, to gather produce for our cookery lesson to create vegetable antipasti and side dishes followed by lunch.  In the afternoon we’ll walk into the town of Gravina aprox 5km over the Aquaduct  to visit Gravina, and its hidden, well—kept underground world of tunnels, cellars, stone churches, granaries and seventeenth century ovens. We’ll get the train back to Altamura and free time in the evening for dinner. (Lunch included)

Matera

In the morning our Local Guide will take us on a walking tour of Matera, famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the Sassi and will explain the history of this fascinating town. In the afternoon there is free time to explore more at your own pace and soak up the atmosphere.  Dinner included.

Free day

This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.

Cookery Lesson and Local Walk

This mornings cookery lesson is based on desserts followed by lunch at Tre Archi. In the afternoon well take a walk in the local area

Cookery Lesson and Cheese Making

We’ll start the day with a 8km walk to the cheese farm Masseria Scalera where we’ll learn about Apulian cheese production and enjoy a typical farmers lunch. In the afternoon our cookery lesson at Tre Arch is based on main courses  followed by a farewell dinner to celebrate the week.

Departure Day

What to bring

Suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain

Local area

Explore the narrow streets of this historic town and you will find the interesting Romanesque-Gothic cathedral which has the most intricately carved portal in Puglia, and 14th/15th century miniature sculptures. The alleyways or “claustri”, distinctive to Altamura usually end in small courtyards. This area has prehistoric sites where you can see dinosaurs’ footprints and “Man of Alamura”, a Paleolithic skeleton.

We loved the location of this holiday, it felt like we were seeing the real Italy, not many tourists in Altamura so no exceptions made. The town was celebrating a religious festival, the main square where we stayed was particularly beautifully decorated with special light features - a bit like Christmas! We ate, drank and shopped the same as the locals and people were very welcoming. The area was full of little churches you could pop into and one afternoon we heard singing and went in to listen to a group of nuns singing – it was very memorable. The sightseeing days were exceptional and the trulli really were special. The places we ate were full of local diners and delicious puglian cuisine. We went on to spend a week in Sorrento which provided a great contrast and chance to experience the variety of Italy. (Caryl and Chris, Oxon)

Shops and facilities: Altamura is famous for its bread, made since the time when the town supplied ancient Rome. There is a famous bakery where they make the Pane di Dlamura and Focaccia de Altamura (topped with tomatoes and herbs). Other local specialities include cheeses, fried artichokes, braised chicory, fava beans and fresh ravioli and an array of homemade sweets.

There are many other interesting small shops and cafés.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick to Bari airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour to the Hotel San Nicola.

Our hotel is based within the historic walled old town of Altamura, as buses are unable to access this area you will be dropped off just outside in the Plazza Unita and enter the town on foot via the archway, Porta Bari. Here you will get your first glimpse of this fascinating town on the short walk to the hotel San Nicola.

 

 

Bus

Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Bari airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £20.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £90 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
6 Jun 2020 PULGC - Cooking & Walking Puglia - Without Flights 7 £1,569.00 £1,494.00 Save £75 per person Book Now
6 Jun 2020 PULGC - Cooking & Walking Puglia
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Jun 2020, 6:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Jun 2020, 10:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Bari Palese Maccie

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Jun 2020, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Jun 2020, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bari Palese Maccie
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,779.00 £1,704.00 Save £75 per person Book Now
5 Sep 2020 PULGC - Cooking & Walking Puglia - Without Flights 7 £1,569.00 £1,569.00 Book Now
5 Sep 2020 PULGC - Cooking & Walking Puglia
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 Sep 2020, 6:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Sep 2020, 10:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Bari Palese Maccie

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Sep 2020, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Sep 2020, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bari Palese Maccie
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,779.00 £1,779.00 Book Now
10 Oct 2020 PULGC - Cooking & Walking Puglia - Without Flights 7 £1,569.00 £1,569.00 Book Now
10 Oct 2020 PULGC - Cooking & Walking Puglia
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 10 Oct 2020, 6:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Oct 2020, 10:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Bari Palese Maccie

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 17 Oct 2020, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Oct 2020, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bari Palese Maccie
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,779.00 £1,779.00 Book Now

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