Wildlife tour in the Salento: Otranto and the Oriental Coast: 3 nights in Otranto
This tour will show you the beauty of Salento’s Eastern Coast. Among the places you will visit are some megalithic archelogical sites (with dolmen and menhir), the lake “Laghetto di Bauxite”, the town Santa Maria di Leuca with its beautiful surrounding landscape full of olive trees and fruit trees. You will enjoy the beauty of Puglia’s sea and visit some caves. A real highlight will be the visit of a botanic garden.
Accommodation: You won’t have to move from hotel to hotel, but you can enjoy your stay in one beautiful masseria hotel near Otranto.
After your arrival at the airport of Brindisi, a private transfer will take you to a chic hotel, a refurbished Puglian farmhouse called masseria. It is located near Otranto. Depending on your time of arrival, you could visit the megalithic dolmen and menhir with your tour guide. Then you can relax in the masseria before you will have dinner there and spend the night in the masseria hotel.
After breakfast you will visit a former bauxite mine near Otranto and the colourful lake “Laghetto di Bauxite”. Your next stop will be at Punta Palascia, at the easternmost point of Puglia, where you can admire the Saracene tower that was built to protect Puglians against attacks from the sea. There was a danger from pirates and Turkish invaders. Then you will go on to visit Porto Badisco, where the nature is also wonderful and there is a beautiful cave, the Grotta dei Cervi, where art from the Neolithic period was found. Then you will visit the Cave Grotta della Zinzulusa at Castro. Afterwards it is time for refreshments. We would be happy to recommend a restaurant for you. In the afternoon you will have some free time to relax or you could book a boat trip or use the time to go swimming. If you do not want to relax at the beach or in the masseria, we recommend you visit some of the other beautiful caves such as the ones in Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme:(Zinzulusa, Romanelli, Azzurra, Palombara, Sulfurea, Striare. You wil hve dinner at the masseria and spend the night there.
After breakfast a private transfer will take you from Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca, finibusterrae (“End of the world”). That’s also the meeting point of the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. You will then visit the picturesque Fiordo del Ciolo, from where you will have an incredible view of the coast and then you go on to the Canale del Rio. The century old trees (such as the oak tree quercia Vallonea) are worth seeing. One of the oldest trees of Puglia is the one called “Cento Cavalieri” (the Oak Tree of One Hundred Knights). After some time for refreshments your afternoon could be dedicated to a visit of the gardens of the Castello Winspeare. We can also recommend a visit of a winemaker in the neighbourhood, where you can taste Puglian wine and olive oil. Then you will visit the “Giardino botanico della Cutura”, where you can admire mediterranean and Puglian plants and a beautiful rose garden. A private transfer will take you back to the masseria hotel, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Depending on your departure time, you can book an optional excursion to the lakes “Laghi Alimini” or go for a walk amongst the ancient olive trees. If you get up early enough you can enjoy one of Puglia’s spectacular sunrises. The last day could be dedicated to wellness or you could spend some time at one of Puglia’s beautiful beaches. A private transfer will take you to the airport for departure.
Price starting from 900 euro (minimum number of participants: 2 persons)
The price includes
- All private transfers mentioned in the programme
- Entrance fees (if necessary, for sights and gardens mentioned in the programme)
- Accommodation in bed and breakfast
- English speaking guide
- Wine and olive oil tasting (as mentioned in the programme)
Not included in the price
- Lunches and dinners
- Medical travel insurance, baggage and luggage insurance
- Services not mentioned under “the price includes”
You can pay by either giving credit card details following our instructions at the time of booking, or by bank transfer. We do not keep your card details. Alternatively, payment may be made by electronic transfer for which full information will be provided at the time of booking.
The last date for payment of the balance of the cost of your holiday will be due to us at least 30 days before the Tour Start Date. We will tell you that last date for payment after we have confirmed our acceptance of your booking.
If you do not pay us before the last date for payment, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled. If we do that, you accept that a cancellation fee will be due to us.
Surcharges and refunds
The prices given on our web site and in our offers sent by email to our clients are calculated at costs current at the time we fixed them. If costs rise or adverse currency exchange rates apply, you agree that we may increase prices at any time to a maximum of 10% of the advertised cost of the Tour. If we do this we shall tell you the costs which have risen and the percentage by which they have risen.
No matter what the increase, we shall not increase the cost less than 20 days before the departure date.
If we increase the price of your Tour by more than 10%, you are free to cancel. In that circumstance we will return to you all money paid to us.
As we say on the Tour web pages, a minimum number of 2 participants are required in order for a Tour to be viable. In the unusual event that we cancel a Tour, we shall return the full amount of your deposit or other payment.