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11 Days - 9 Nights
Availability : Always available
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Bari
Tour for: SmallGroup, Family/Friends
Max People : 30
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Tour Details
Places you'll go
  • Bari
  • Trani
  • Castel del monte
  • Matera
  • Martina Franca
  • Cisternino
  • Ostuni
  • Castellana Caves
  • Alberobello
  • Manduria
  • Taranto
  • Lecce
  • Otranto
  • Gallipoli
  • Santa Maria di Leuca

Escape the crowds of the more populated italian regions and discover the relaxed rustic charm of Puglia. Blessed with endless days of sunshine in a warm mediterranean climate, Puglia will excite you with its medieval hilltop towns, dramatic cave homes, romanesque churches and endless beaches. Walk trough history in Puglia’s ancient ruins,  castles and whitewashed Trulli houses. Know for its vast olive groves, you’ll also experience first hand Puglia’s rich food & wine traditions.

Tour Inclusions

  • English speaking tour escort for tour’s duration beginning at departure from the US
  • 4* Hotel in Bari area for 3 nights
  • 4* Masseria (Farmhouse Estate) in Valle d’Itria area for 3 nights
  • 4* Hotel in Lecce area for 3 nights
  • Private Motorcoach services as per itinerary
  • English speaking local guides as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees on the following sightseeing tours:
    • Full day sightseeing Trani & Castel del Monte
    • Full day sightseeing Matera & Bari
    • Full day sightseeing Martina Franca, Cisternino & Ostuni
    • Full day sightseeing Olive Grove Masseria & Castellana Caves
    • Full day cooking class & sightseeing Alberobello
    • Full day sightseeing Manduria & Taranto
    • Full day sightseeing Lecce & Otranto
    • Full day sightseeing Gallipoli & Leuca
  • 9 Breakfasts at hotels
  • 8 Lunches at local restaurants and local farms
  • 7 Dinners at hotels
  • 2 Dinners at local restaurants
  • Hotel Porterage
  • All city taxes
  • Wireless Headsets
  • Shuttle service from/to parkings (to be considered in Alberobello and Castel del Monte)
  • Tourist taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Flights
  • Meals where not specified
  • Drinks where not specified
  • Tips to tour escorts, local guides and tour driver
  • Everything else not mentioned in "Price includes"
Itinerary

Day 1Departure

Departure from the US for your overnight flight to begin your tour of beautiful Puglia.

Day 2Bari airport - Bari

WELCOME TO PUGLIA! Upon arrival in Bari, you and your English speaking tour escort will join your private motorcoach and driver for a direct transfer to your 4 * Puglia hotel in the Bari area. Relax and make yourself comfortable for the remainder of the day. Enjoy a welcome drink and your first Italian dinner as a group at your hotel.

Day 3Trani - Castel del Monte - Bari

Breakfast included at hotel.
Depart from your hotel with your private motorcoach and driver and your English speaking tour escort for your full day of discovering Puglia. Begin with a stop in Trani, a charming medieval era town strategically located on the Adriatic Sea. Marvel at its Romanesque style cathedral built entirely from local white limestone on the waterfront. Stop at a local masseria, a Pugliese farmhouse estate, for a traditional lunch including water and local wine. Next, you’ll visit the UNESCO listed Castel del Monte. This octagonally shaped castle, built by Frederick II in the 13th century, is a unique and imposing figure overlooking the countryside. Return to your hotel and enjoy your group dinner together.

Day 4Matera - Bari

Breakfast included at hotel.
Depart from your hotel with your private motorcoach and driver and your English speaking tour escort for a full day tour of Matera and Bari. Arrive in Basilicata, the neighboring region of Puglia. Here you’ll explore Matera (named the 2019 European Capital of Culture) and its intricate network of cave dwellings, sassi, which include homes, tunnels and churches with priceless Byzantine frescoes. One of the longest inhabited places on earth, Matera bears a striking resemblance to ancient Jerusalem which makes it a popular filming location. Enjoy your lunch, including water and local wine, in a nearby restaurant. Continue on to the city of Bari – Puglia’s capital and a bustling Adriatic port. Visit the downtown area and the 12th century Basilica of St. Nicholas which famously houses the saint’s relics. The Cathedral of St. Sabino is another beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. Step back in time as you visit the city’s famous Swabian Castle. Built by the Normans in 1132, it still stands strong today after the many rulers and transformations it has endured through the centuries. Relax with some free time for shopping in Bari before returning to your hotel. Dinner tonight is celebrated at a local Pugliese restaurant and includes water and local wine.

Day 5Martina Franca - Cisternino - Ostuni - Itria valley

Breakfast included at hotel.
Check out of your hotel and depart with your private motorcoach and driver and your English speaking tour escort for a full day tour of the Itria Valley. Spend the day exploring the area known for its vineyards, olive groves and conical trulli homes. Arrive in the town of Martina Franca with its well preserved Baroque town center and winding alleyways. Next, you’ll spend some time in the whitewashed hilltop town of Cisternino and get lost in the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside dotted with trulli homes. Enjoy lunch in a typical grille including water and local wine. A short drive away is Ostuni, the medieval ‘White Town’ perched on a hill just a few miles from the coast. The narrow, whitewashed alleys will guide you to the majestic Cathedral designed in late Romanesque-Gothic style. Begin your stay at a local masseria in the Itria Valley where you’ll comfortably enjoy a farmhouse dinner.

Day 6Itria valley - Castellana caves - Itria valley

Breakfast included at masseria.
Let the masseria’s farmer take you for a stroll around the farm into the thousand years old olive grove. Learn about the traditional methods of olive tree farming and oil production. Partake in an extra virgin olive oil tasting in the farm’s mill where you’ll sample the Il Mille, Il Cento and Il Venti5, all organically produced. Indulge in the authentic tastes of Puglia by having a light lunch menu of chick peas, fried broad beans, olives, friselle (native hard breads), tomatoes, almonds, taralli (round bread rings) and focaccia. In the afternoon, depart for a visit to the nearby Castellana Caves where you’ll meet with your speleological guide. Be amazed at Puglia’s finest natural wonder and walk through these unique cave formations first explored in the 1930’s. Return to your masseria for the evening and have an authentic farmhouse dinner.

Day 7Cooking class - Alberobello - Itria valley

Breakfast included at masseria.
Begin the day with an instructive cooking class led by the farmer. At the heart of Puglian cuisine is “The Wheat Experience”. Using locally produced ingredients, you will learn the exact way to prepare 3 pastas unique to the region. Prepare the dough with bran and flour, while adding just the right amount of salt and water, to create orrechiette, cavatelli and strascinati. Delight in your successfully prepared dishes for a light lunch. Depart from your masseria with your private motorcoach and driver and your English speaking tour escort for an afternoon tour of the small town of Alberobello, the fairytale trulli capital. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the trulli were constructed using the local limestone and stacked without using any mortar. The rows and rows of these architecturally unique structures will be sure to charm you. Enjoy dinner, including water and local wine, before returning to your masseria for the evening.

Day 8Manduria - Taranto - Lecce

Breakfast included at masseria.
Check out of your masseria and depart with your private motorcoach and driver and your English speaking tour escort for a full day tour of Manduria and Taranto. Once part of Magna Graecia, Manduria is a quaint city with a colourful history having been conquered and inhabited by many peoples through the ages. Primitivo di Manduria is a popular red wine produced from the Primitivo grape vineyards found surrounding the city. A visit to the Museum of Primitivo Wine highlights the local winemaking traditions and includes a light lunch paired with a special wine tasting. Journey to the coast of the Ionian Sea for a stop in the city of Taranto. The namesake of the tarantula spider and the famous Tarantella dance, the history of Taranto spans from Ancient Greece up through the World War II Battle of Taranto. Continue to your hotel in the city of Lecce where you’ll also enjoy your group dinner.

Day 9Lecce - Otranto - Lecce

Breakfast included at hotel.
Depart from your hotel with your private motorcoach and driver and your English speaking tour escort for a full day tour of Lecce and Otranto. Due to its close proximity to Greece, the city of Lecce was heavily influenced by Greek culture. In more recent times, the city was swept up in the 17th century craze of Baroque architecture and is still known as, “The Florence of the South”. In the heart of the city you’ll find the Piazza Sant’Oronzo, Roman amphitheatre, the Piazza del Duomo and the Basilica di Santa Croce. Lose yourself in the narrow alleyways to discover the world famous Italian papier-mache workshops. Lunch is provided at a centrally located restaurant (water and local wine included) before your afternoon visit to Otranto, the easternmost town in Italy. The Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century, holds the relics of the martyrs killed in 1480 during the Ottoman attack on the city and houses one of the largest mosaics in all of Italy. Return to your hotel for a group dinner.

Day 10Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuce - Lecce

Breakfast included at hotel.
Depart from your hotel with your private motorcoach and driver and your English speaking tour escort for a full day tour of Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca. The Old Town of Gallipoli is on an island connected to the mainland by a centuries old bridge. Known as the “Pearl of the Ionian Sea”, you’ll find a richness of monuments, churches and narrow lanes surrounded by the crystal blue sea. Enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant with water and local wine included. This afternoon, walk through the southernmost point in Puglia, Santa Maria di Leuca. Its lighthouse is the 2nd most famous lighthouse in Italy – after Genoa – and is the point where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. You’re offered an optional visit to a famous wine estate and wine tasting (for an additional fee). Return to your hotel and spend your final evening sharing memories of Puglia together over dinner.

Day 11Bari airport

Breakfast included at hotel.
Return transfer with assistance by your private motorcoach and driver from your hotel to Bari Airport. Your discovery of the beautiful and culturally rich region of Puglia was a success. As you return home, cherish your memories of Puglia until you’re able to return again.

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