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Are you preparing your next “Puglia & Matera Active Week”? Great! Here you will find useful information about your holiday in Italy: destinations, travel tips, equipment and more.
After booking the holiday you will receive the TRAVEL PLANNING which contains the details for your trip. International travel requires a valid passport and US citizens may also need to obtain a visa for some countries. If you do not have a passport and/or need a visa, contact the appropriate consulate nearest to you. Note that some countries require that the passport be valid for a specified period of time beyond the date of departure (up to 6 months), be sure to check the expiration date.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE FIRST MULTI-ACTIVITY TOUR IN SOUTHERN ITALY?
Great! Your active holiday starts on Sunday (in Bari city, Puglia) and ends the following Saturday (again in Bari).
The meeting point is at the main entrance of the ‘Bari Central Train Station’ (at 10.00 am) Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/P6amL2QWo7y. Our staff (with TribooTravel T-shirts) will welcome you and will take you with private transfer to Matera.
On the last day of the trip (Saturday), TribooTravel provides a private transfer back to Bari, with stops at the Bari Central Train Station at 11.00 am (and Bari Airport around 12.00 am on request). We suggest to schedule your flight out of Bari after 3 p.m. (italian time)
Therefore, depending on your outward or return flights, it may be necessary to stay overnight in Bari the day before the our first meeting or the day after the end of tour. Our travel consultants will be able to suggest good advice in this case. We will provide you with an e-mail for the contact with some of the best hotels available.
If you are coming from outside Europe, it’s suggested to book a flight to Rome or Milan and then book a flight to Bari ‘Karol Wojtyla’ Airport (airport IATA code: BRI; site: www.aeroportidipuglia.it). If you are coming from Europe, it’s suggested to book a flight directly to Bari. ‘Karol Wojtyla’ Airport is located about 7 miles from Bari. You can take the ‘Tempesta Bus Company’ to go in Bari’s Central Train Station; the transfer is about 30 minutes and tickets cost approximately €4.
THE “KAROL WOJTYLA” AIRPORT HAS DIRECT CONNECTIONS WITH THE AIRPORTS OF: LONDON – PARIS – BERLIN – BARCELONA – MILAN – ROME – FLORENCE – MOSCOW and many others. Click here for the updated route map.
If you are already in Puglia (or in the neighboring regions) and you think it is better to arrive by train in Bari, we inform you that it is quite easy to reach this city. You can reach the central train station of BARI with the national train service (Trenitalia). We recommend booking first-class train tickets called “Frecciarossa” or “Frecciabianca”. This is the official website to take a look at tickets and distances: www.trenitalia.com/en.html And this is the official site of the Bari Train Station: www.baricentrale.it/en/
Our “Adventure Angel” (a special Tour Leader always with you) and others guides have the function of being: interpreter, guide, naturalist, local expert, ‘problem solver’ … friend. These persons will try to make you live an extraordinary vacation, and tailored to your needs.
The staff is made up of real “natives” and therefore know the secrets of the territory.
1 “welcome” Aperitif 6 International Breakfasts 6 Tastings of local gastronomic excellences 6 Typical Dinners
Each time it will be an authentic culinary experience! During daily activities we will visit the best agricultural or gastronomic companies that best interpret the essence of Southern Italy.
While in the evening we will be guests of the most typical local restaurants that only true connoisseurs know! Most of the restaurants where we have dinner offer fixed or specific menus with a selection of authentic regional cuisine. And on Friday evening you will be delighted by the famous “Panzerotti Night” … an interactive cooking class where you will cook Apulian specialties … yes, you will prepare the specialties!
For vegetarians: you will have the opportunity to opt for many variations. In fact, pasta, legumes and fresh vegetables are the basis of regional nutrition. And if you love seafood dishes? Well, you’ve come to the best place in Italy!
IF YOU HAVE FOOD INTOLERANCES, PLEASE LET US KNOW DURING THE RESERVATION OF THIS HOLIDAY
In these areas the climate is typically Mediterranean. We have short mild winters and hot dry summers. Puglia is one of the driest and hottest areas in Italy. Even in January temperatures average around 8°C ( 46°F). In recent years January temperatures have been higher than the average. Southern Puglia has an average temperature higher than 18°C (64°F) from May to October. This region receives about 700 mm of rainfall per year. On average the rainy days mainly during November and March. July and August are the hottest months. Temperatures typically rise to around 32°C. Sometimes reaching 38°C. The wettest month is November. The best month to swim in the sea is in July/August when the average sea temperature is 24-26°C (78°F).
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These are the most suitable seasons for excursions in the hinterland: mild temperatures, uncrowded paths and the incomparable colors of nature make it ideal for walking.
It is ideal to dress in “layers” style. Use thermal and breathable t-shirts during the hours of sunshine to be covered then with a warm pile and the indispensable waterproof jacket, to be used in case of rain or humidity. As for the trousers, instead, the most suitable are the convertible ones, with zips that allow you to unhook the lower part and be used as short trousers during the day, and then return long in the dark hours.
Recommended: hat with visor, sunglasses, trekking poles, technical backpack (medium size), sunscreen for skin protection, spray for allergies related to flowering (if you suffer from this disease)
For hiking: indispensable trekking shoes or gym shoes (with adherent shoe soles). Bring a K-way (rain-jacket). For off-road activities: dress in a sporty and comfortable way. Sneaker shoes.
The activities of the sea will be favored: therefore sportswear and swimsuit and “sneakers” on the feet.
For inland walking tours: you will be sweating a lot so it is important to talk about underwear: it is important to choose fabrics that can disperse the moisture of perspiration. Moving on to socks. When in summer the temperature is very high, it is fundamental to choose socks that allow the elimination of heat and humidity, the first cause of blistering. You have to choose technical fabric socks, such as polyamide and polyester; Also important is the choice of reinforced stockings on toes and heels, to withstand pressure during walking.
As for the trousers, instead, the most suitable are the convertible ones, with zips that allow you to unhook the lower part and be used as short trousers during the day, and then return long in the dark hours.
When choosing t-shirts, it is important to understand first of all the type of path that will be tackled, whether in the high mountains or in sultry places. The number one rule is to avoid cotton sweaters, which have lower sweat-proof indices than a synthetic fabric like polyester, which is very light and dries quickly; the best polyester knits also have an antimicrobial treatment thanks to which no odors are created after use.
Recommended: hat with visor, sunglasses, trekking poles, technical backpack (medium size)
For hiking: indispensable trekking shoes or gym shoes (with adherent shoe soles), sun cream for skin protection, insect repellent. Bring a K-way (rain-jacket).
For cycling activities: wear breathable shorts and simple sneakers.
For boat activities: wear sportswear and bathing suit (with simple sneakers or flip-flop slippers)
For off-road activities: dress in a sporty and comfortable way. Sneaker shoes.
ACTIVE GUIDED EXCURSIONS Naturalistic and Archaeological Hiking: The Matera Canyon Exploring Matera Countryside: ATV Quad Bike Tour Naturalistic Hiking: The Laterza Canyon Cycling tour in Mountain Bike: the “Plane of the Olive trees” Land Rover Tour – Apulian Safari Experience 4×4 Typical Boat Trip: Fishing Tour, Relax & Food Sailing Navigation: Adriatic Shore Trip
in case of unfavorable weather conditions: we will proceed by replacing some activities with cultural guided tours (wine/food tastings, museums, historic buildings) or another kind of experience (4×4 Off-road Tour Tour, Buggy Tour, visit to the famous ‘Castellana’ tourist caves)
Continuous assistance on site (Tour Leader) It’s possible also to have direct relations with the headquarters of the tour operator in Matera.
International and national flights to / from the city of Bari
Extra guided visit and extra treatments in the resort
General insurance, health insurance, trip cancellation, baggage insurance (optional). We recommend that you purchase travel protection. Our booking service will suggest a travel protection plan (health, cancellation, baggage)
Any additional service “on request”
Everything that is not described in the “WHAT YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES” section (see the contract)
PRICES AND PROGRAMS
All rates are updated, however we do not exclude changes induced by events that we cannot foresee.