Hiking Puglia and Matera

Hilltop Villages, Shepherds’ Paths, and Turquoise Seas

Trip Level

The hiking on this trip is Level 3. We enjoy day walks and hikes of 2-4 hours over variable terrain, including gently rolling countryside, rocky coastal trails, and steep canyons. Sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots are best for some of the rural trails, though walking shoes may be suitable for some days. The trip is designed for those who have at least some hiking experience. Please note that the hiking can feel more demanding at times because the weather can occasionally be hot, even in fall when we make our journey. We will carry just a daypack with water bottle, sunscreen, camera, and anything else you want with you while on the trail. Luggage is transported for us by van, so it is always possible to ride in the van if you wish to opt out of a day’s hiking.

For maximum enjoyment of the trip (and the wonderful scenery, food, and wine that are a part of it), we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises.

Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm. Our hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Although rooms in European hotels are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.


Puglia has a warm, sunny Mediterranean climate. Temperatures are likely to be the 70s and 80s during the day and the 60s at night. Cooling breezes and showers can occur at any time, especially in fall. The weather can range from blue skies to cloudy, mist-shrouded days on which we need to keep rain gear handy in our daypacks. The sea regulates the climate in coastal southern Italy.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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