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From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

From US$ 140.26 per person

Follow the coast from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea to explore the gems of Salento, namely Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli and Galatina on a day trip.

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Duration 8 hours
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Driver
English, Italian
Pickup included
Pickup service is provided from Lecce. Please provide your hotel name at the time of booking.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the bays and beaches of Salento on this full day tour
  • Explore the beautiful coastal towns of Otranto, Leuca, Galatina, and Gallipoli
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of the Salento coast from the comfort of your minivan
  • Discover the many Baroque palaces and monuments in Galatina
  • Make stops at historical landmarks to learn about the local art and history
Full description

Take part in this tour to visit four of the most picturesque towns in Salento: Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, and Galatina. Follow a scenic route from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea, between rocky coasts, small bays, and white Caribbean-style beaches. Stop first in Otranto, one of the most beautiful coastal villages in Salento. The town of Otranto is full of history and every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and the Aragoneses.

Enjoy free time to visit 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 of the ancient city. After Otranto, reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves, and bays with rocky bottoms. Along the way, admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina, and the Ciolo Fiord. Enjoy exploring Santa Maria di Leuca, the heel of Italy, where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea. From this tip of Puglia, marvel at spectacular views of the harbor and the sea, as well as the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae. Next, arrive at Gallipoli, the pearl of the Ionian Sea. This Greek city can be divided into two areas, the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old part of the city, which is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge.

Walk through a labyrinth of narrow streets in the historic center, home to traditional shops with local crafts, impressive Baroque churches, and aristocratic palazzi. See the Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, the Angevine Castle, and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy. Lastly, see Galatina, a gem of art, history, and tradition. Visit the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul and the ancient "courtyard houses". Stop at the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria is known for the mesmerizing frescoes inside, which were created by Giotto's disciples.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lecce
  • Transportation by minivan
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Sports shoes
Customer reviews

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Stefano is a professional and really friendly guide. He made us discover his magnificent region by taking us to visit places that we would not have been able to see otherwise, trains and buses not being practical to visit it. He picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off there afterwards. He gave us relevant and interesting information. For lunch, he offered us a choice of type of restaurants and we opted for the one that serves fish (seaside oblige!). Delicious and reasonably priced meals. His car is clean and comfortable. A beautiful day! A worthwhile activity.

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November 20, 2022

Another wonderful day spent with our Guide Stefano, wo was very professional, informative and very very kind and showed us in 2 days almost the whole of Salento, beautiful places, excellent food, wonderful sceneries!! We are so thankful for meeting you, thank you very much for your time and effort!! ☺️

July 9, 2022

our guide Stefano made us discover the wonderful Salento, a highly recommended experience

June 1, 2022

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