Phone us  01392 441245  |  E-news sign up
Honeymoons
& weddings
  
Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.
Authentic
Experiences
  

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.
Spa
holidays
  

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.
Family
holidays
  

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.
Rail
holidays
  

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.
Worldwide
journeys
  

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Tailor-made luxury hotel holidays to Puglia

    Luxury holidays in Puglia

    Puglia is a gentle land of immense character with a wealth of architectural sights and glorious scenery, both on the coast and in the interior.

    One of the most startling impressions of Puglia must be the contrasting colours of azure and white, enhanced by the green of olives and vines. Typical sights in Puglia are the trulli, the low lying white-washed houses with beehive-like conical grey roofs, flat fields of grain, olives and vines and here and there perfect examples of mediaeval castles or splendid Byzantine-influenced Norman churches and cathedrals. Red chillies can be seen drying from the wrought-iron balconies of white-washed houses in the villages, whilst broom and mint grow wild in the fields. The coastline of Puglia is noted for its long sandy beaches and the beauty of the hilly Gargano peninsula with bays sheltering beneath dramatic cliffs - a stunning location for your holiday.

    Our favourite hotel for a luxury holiday in Puglia is the Borgo Egnazia, a luxurious five star resort village in a traditional Puglian style.

    Local highlights

    Cultural Highlights in Puglia
    The cultural highlights of Puglia are to be found in the quality of the Norman religious and secular architecture and the Baroque of Lecce in particular. Highlights include Lecce's church of Santa Croce begun in 1549 by Gabriele Riccardi and with a magnificent 17th Century facade, the loggia of the 15th Century Palazzo Vescovile, the Duomo rebuilt by Giuseppe Zimbalo (lo Zingarello) and the church of Santi Nicola e Cataldo (the most important Romanesque church in the Salentine). Bari possesses the Basilica di San Nicola, one of Puglia`s first great Norman churches.The 15th Century frescoes in the church of Santa Caterina d`Alessandria in Galatina are of particular merit. In Bitanto`s Romanesque cathedral is an Ambo by Maestro Nicola dating from 1229 with a bas-relief showing Frederick II and his family. 

    Festivals in Puglia
    Martina Franca holds the Festivale della Valle d`Itria in late July/ early August. Bari holds a historical parade of St Nicholas on 7-10 May and a procession on the sea. Galatina has a curious tradition coinciding with the Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul on 28-29 June as tarantism has survived here. Lecce has a feast for the patron saints of the city on 24 to 26 August. 

    Gastronomy in Puglia
    Olive oil is produced in enormous quantities and this together with local fruit, wine and seafood feature in the regional gastronomy of Puglia. Specialities include Foccacia bread flavoured with olives, fennel and chicory, Panzerotti (pasta with anchovies, capers and strong ricotta cheese), Tiella di Cozze (rice, potatoes and mussels), Melanzane alla campagnola (aubergines roasted and soaked in oil, garlic and basil). Dried pasta of all shapes and sizes is also a regional speciality. Puglia also is a great wine producer. A light red is produced at Cerignola and a robust red at Bari. Red Primitivo del Salento or di Manduria are well known.

    Getting out and about

    We include a hire-car with all our holidays to Puglia. Explore the Gargano peninsula with its dramatic coastline of coves and cliffs, beaches and forested interior. Take a boat trip to the Tremiti islands off the coast of the Gargano. The Salentine peninsula should be discovered for its vineyards and olive groves, megalithic remains and grottoes including the Grotte di Castellanata.

    Travel arrangements

    By Air: There are airports at Bari and Brindisi. The closest airport for a direct flight from London is Bari with British Airways. 'No frills' airlines fly into Bari and Brindisi.
    Hire-cars: We include a hire-car with all our holidays to Puglia. There is no additional charge for collecting your car from one place and returning it to another.


     Puglia Map
  • Amalfi Coast Basilicata and Puglia Touring Holiday

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail
    A leisurely exploration of the southern part of Italy, covering both the well-known beauty spots of the Amalfi

    Mozzarella in Puglia

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail
    This tour offers a rare and fascinating insight into one of our most loved and versatile cheeses: mozzarella.
  • Borgo Egnazia - Luxury Holidays in Puglia

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail

    Borgo Egnazia has a village-like atmosphere of hotel and villas amid olive groves.

    Canne Bianche Hotel and Spa

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail

    Canne Bianche Hotel is a 4 star hotel with a picture perfect exterior, set against the azure Puglian sky.&#

    Don Ferrante

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail
    Don Ferrante is a five star hotel in the historic part of Monopoli, Puglia.

    Hotel La Peschiera

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail
    Hotel La Peschiera is a five star deluxe boutique hotel in Monopoli, Puglia.

    Il Melograno

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail

    Undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in Puglia, Il Melograno is owned by Camillo Guerra, who has restored t

    Masseria San Domenico

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail

    Masseria San Domenico is a truly beautiful property in Puglia just five hundred metres from the sea.View holiday

    Masseria Torre Coccaro

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail

    Located just outside of the town of Savelletri, about three kilometres from the sea and a ten-minute drive

    Masseria Torre Maizza

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail
    A charming place to stay, infused with authentic cuisine and produce of the area.

    Hotel Patria Palace

    Featured Holidays Thumbnail

    The Hotel Patria Palace is an elegant hotel right in the historic heart of Lecce.

    • CALL US 01392 441245

      We are open Mon-Fri 9-17.30 Sat 9.30-16.00.

    • WE'LL CALL YOU

      Let us know a convenient time to call you back to discuss your holiday.

    • LIVE WEB CHAT

      Ask our experts on-line advice on your holidays

  • Holidays of month

  • REQUEST BROCHURE

  • Italy

    Find out more about Italy

    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

  • OUR HOLIDAYS

    • Rail holidays

      Rail holidays and train journeys, tailor-made.

    • Garden holidays

      Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups

    • Family holidays

      Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.

    • Cookery holidays

      Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy

    • Spa holidays

      Rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing, good for the body and the soul; spa and well-being worldwide

    • Authentic experiences

      Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.

    • Worldwide journeys

      Luxury tours for individuals around the world

LATEST NEWS

  • 101 Things to do at Nisbet Plantation

    Enjoy adventurous exploration, indulgent relaxation, intriguing culture and history, authentic Creole food, and thrilling sports, all as part of a stay at Nisbet Plantation.

    Find out more Read more

  • Living Retreats at Blue Waters brand-new wellness programme

    In partnership with Living Retreats, Blue Waters in Antigua is launching a brand-new wellness programme that focuses on retreating, rebalancing, and recharging.

    Find out more Read more

  • New infinity pool at Villa le Barone in Tuscany

    The Villa le Barone introduces its new Travertine marble infinity pool.

    Find out more Read more

  • 2017 Summer Festivals near Crillon le Brave

    The meadows, towns, and villages of Provence will be brought to life this summer with opera, dance, parades, and classical and contemporary music.

    Find out more Read more

  • New Teens House at Sani Resort

    The Sani Resort in Greece has just announced the opening of the Ozone Teens House.

    Find out more Read more

  • Flowers in Paradise at the Sandpiper, Barbados

    Between the 21st and the 25th June 2017, Barbados is hosting the 12th World Flower Show, entitled ‘Flowers in Paradise.’

    Find out more Read more

  • Garden Tour Updates

    New gardens and villas added to our Italian Garden Tour Holidays.

    Find out more Read more

  • New Swiss Rail Tours

    Exciting developments to our Swiss programme have lead to many more personalised rail holiday options.

    Find out more Read more