Alta Murgia National Park

Alta Murgia National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

1. Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

Go on a journey through the history of Puglia on a 1.5-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte in the hills of Andria and discover a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at the castle entrance, 36 miles (60 kilometers) from Bari. Explore the castle grounds and walk around the outside of the mountain fortress while your guide describes its history. It was first recorded as the Castellum Del Monte in 1223, and built by the humanist Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Frederick imbued the castle with symbolic significance, defined by the laws of math and astronomy. Soaring 1,770 feet (540 meters) above sea level, in the heart of the Alta Murgia National Park, you will get panoramic views of the surrounding area, from the Gargano promontory up to the ancient province of Lucania. Discover impressive structural elements that follow the repetition of the number 8, from the castle’s basic octagonal shape, to the 8 trapezoid rooms, 8 towers, and 44 steps of the spiral stairs. Admire the harmonious blend of Romanesque and Gothic influences, together with important contributions from Islamic art.

Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

2. Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

Feel like a local and explore Andria's top highlights, such as the sorrounding Castel del Monte area — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike or an e-bike. The route takes place mainly on a dirt road with mountain bikes: away from traffic and immersed in nature! Ride in class and comfort on a bike, which is perfect for discovering various parts of the rural region.  See the Alta Murgia National Park differently and feel like a local as you cruise through its oak woods and expanses of pseudo steppe, uninterrupted by daily routines. You will look very Instagram worthy on your bikes. Admire many famous sights like the Castel del Monte octagonal castle, and discover typical local architecture marvels that are not on the front pages of tourist magazines.

Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

3. Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

The day trip begins at 9.30 am at Trani where you will meet the guide. Trani is located north of Bari and is easily accessible by train and car. With a comfortable transfer you will leave towards the Alta Murgia National Park, where you will reach a Masseria, a typical farmhouse of the area and here you will taste the flavors of the delicious local cuisine and you will have the opportunity to meet the welcoming locals. At the end of the tasting we will leave again in the nearby Castel del Monte for an external visit with the tour guide to discover the architecture and history of this magnificent octagonal castle, a UNESCO site. Return to Trani at 2 PM PROGRAM: 9.30 am meeting with driver and guide 10.30 am guided tour Castel del monte 12.00 pm transfer to the farmhouse for the tasting 2.00 pm return in Trani

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

4. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 meters. Observe the beautiful park that surrounds you from above. On clear days, you can see the sea and the Gargano, a spectacle of nature. Learn about this emblematic octagonal castle, designed by Emperor Frederick II. Walk through the rooms inside the castle and discover the many mysteries and secrets that lie within its walls. Conclude the tour with a return transfer to Matera.

Castel del Monte Tour with transfer from Trani

5. Castel del Monte Tour with transfer from Trani

After pick-up from the Trani Central Station, head to Castel del Monte, the most visited monument in Puglia on a private tour. The castle was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The Castel del Monte was built in 1240 by Federico II and sits atop a prominent hill in Alta Murgia National Park. The castle has a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape stretching all the way to the sea. Marvel at the castle's unique octagonal shape with eight towers and eight sides. A licensed tour guide will show you the castle and tell you about its incredible history. Learn about Federico II's fascinating life and his extravagant personality. Discover hidden aspects of life in the Italian Middle Ages and the many mysteries that remain about the Castel del Monte.

Pulo di Altamura: 3-Hour Bike or E-Bike Tour

6. Pulo di Altamura: 3-Hour Bike or E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local and explore Puglia's incredible nature, its stunning Alta Murgia National Park, and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike or e-bike. Ride in class and comfort on dirt roads on a mountain bike, which is perfect for discovering various parts of the park. Learn all about the region's spectacular flora and fauna from your expert guide as you cruise through the pseudo steppe. See Puglia differently and feel like as local as you cycle to the Altamura di Pulo, one of the biggest sinkholes in the south of Italy, uninterrupted by daily routines. You will look very Instagram worthy on your bikes. Visit many famous sights like the park's caves, which are believed to have been inhabited by prehistoric people, and discover the charming area of Lamalunga, where the skeleton of a pre-neanderthal man was discovered.

Gravina: 3 Hour Bike Tour to Pulicchio di Gravina

7. Gravina: 3 Hour Bike Tour to Pulicchio di Gravina

Embark on a scenic 3-hour bike tour led by a nature guide to discover the characteristics of the Alta Murgia National Park. Meet your guide at the Gravina di Puglia train station, get equipped with your mountain e-bike and helmet, and begin your exciting journey which takes place partly on asphalt and dirt paths. Follow a loop that runs through ancient sheep tracks in some of the wildest and most fascinating places in the park until you get to Pulicchio di Gravina, the second-largest sinkhole in the Alta Murgia National Park. Enjoy the wide scenery of the Bradano Valley that separates Puglia from the high mountains of the Lucanian Apennines. After the visit to Pulicchio, an exciting descent into a wooded canyon awaits you before you set off back to the city.

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What people are saying about Alta Murgia National Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Very kind operators. We found the tour canceled due to not reaching the number of people. Ready to find an alternative for two, problem solved in a very short time, we had driver, guide and entrance to Castel del Monte. Already tried in the past, Get Your Guide is confirmed as a guarantee for the tour operator circuit to refer to.

The castle was massive and quite interesting when we learned about all the symbolism in decoration and such. The guide was well-informed and when we got to the town of Trani, he made sure that we found a great place to eat lunch and knew where to meet our driver before leaving our presence.

Very clear and interesting

Many of my misunderstanding were clarified. Guide was Knowledgeable and very adequate.

Very prepared, nice and kind guide. I couldn't ask for more