DISCOVERY OF PUGLIA

8 Days / 7 Nights

Small Group of up to 15 travelers


For those who want to travel through history, our eight-day small group tour of Puglia offers a wide range of places that testify to the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance, and the Baroque splendor of Lecce.

Puglia is full of surprises and delights: fabulous food, historic towns, beautiful beaches, and gracious residents.

Highlights:

  • Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Alberobello, Castel del Monte, and Matera.
  • Savor the flavors of Puglian cuisine and wine.
  • Admire the beautiful Baroque architecture of Lecce.
  • Spend two nights in a traditional “trullo” in Alberobello.
  • Tour Otranto, the “heel” of Italy, and visit a cathedral renowned for its collection of mosaic scenes.

Combine this tour with our Discovery Amalfi Coast or any of our other tours. We can also assist with hotel bookings and transfers for longer stays.

DAY 1

Benvenuto! Welcome to Apulia!

We depart Bari to begin our full-day journey and visit a vineyard in Basilicata wine country. The vineyard’s stunning Crypt of the Original Sin has frescoes dating back to the ninth century and we will have a short guided tour of the crypt. Afterwards, we enjoy a lunch with locally-sourced food paired with wine produced at the vineyard.

Following lunch, we arrive in the heart of the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera and start our walking tour. We will explore the narrow streets that wind their way through the Sassi to discover the ancient homes and churches carved from tufa rock.

After our tour, we have a one-hour drive to Alberobello where you will spend the next two nights sleeping in a traditional “trullo”. The Trulli of Alberobello, thanks to their unique characteristics and historical significance, are one of Puglia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Group dinner at a trattoria to enjoy traditional Murgia cuisine and wine.

Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 2

After breakfast, we meet our expert local guide to start our in-depth walking tour of Alberobello followed by some free time to explore and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, we have a short drive to the underground wonder of the Castellana Caves where we will take a two-hour guided walk through the natural rock formations.

Return to Alberobello and enjoy a free evening to relax or explore Alberobello at night. Your tour leader will recommend restaurants to savor more regional specialties and wine.

Breakfast included.

DAY 3

Depart Alberobello for a short drive to Martina Franca to visit the Palazzo Ducale and the Cathedral. We then have another short drive to a local masseria (farm) where we enjoy a cheese tasting and lunch.

After lunch, we transfer to Lecce, the artistic and cultural capital of Puglia. Upon arrival in Lecce, we settle into our centrally located hotel before meeting our expert local guide for a walking tour to discover the architecture, culture, and history of Lecce. Lecce will be our base for the next three nights.

In the evening we meet for a group dinner at an osteria offering delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

DAY 4

Today we drive to Otranto, the heel of the Italian boot, and visit a cathedral famous for its magnificent Tree of Life mosaics. Enjoy a stroll around Otranto before heading to a winery for a wine tasting with appetizers.

A scenic one-hour drive and we arrive in Castro for lunch. Then we have a leisurely walk around Castro where we will stop at a beautiful viewpoint.

After returning to Lecce, a free evening to relax or explore the historical center at night.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

DAY 5

In the morning we drive to one of Puglia’s hidden gems in Galatina: the extraordinary 14th-century Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

Afterwards, we drive for 30 minutes and arrive in Gallipoli, “beautiful town” in Greek, where we visit a stunning cathedral and the Frantoio Ipogeo – an ancient underground olive mill carved from stone.

Enjoy an included lunch in Gallipoli’s historical center at an osteria that specializes in seafood.

Return to Lecce and enjoy a free evening to dine and drink at your own pace.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

DAY 6

We depart Lecce today and drive to Ostuni, “La Città Bianca,” one of the most beautiful hilltop towns in all of Italy. Stroll through a maze of narrow streets with an option to visit a small local museum exhibiting the 25,000-year-old fossilized remains of Delia, “La Donna di Ostuni.”

We then arrive at a restaurant located in a 15th-century Aragonese donjon with panoramic views for a hearty lunch.

In the afternoon we drive to Cisternino to visit a family-run olive oil business to learn more about the importance of olive oil production in the Puglia region. Here we have an opportunity to taste the different olive oils and purchase local products at their small shop.

Afterwards, we drive to Polignano a Mare and visit the charming historical center. We will try the famous coffee invented here, Caffè Speciale di Polignano a Mare, and view a statue of Domenico Modugno, the writer and singer of Volare.

Short drive to Bari and check in to our hotel. Free evening to further explore the nearby bars and eateries.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

DAY 7

Today we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Castel del Monte for a guided tour of the Swabian Castle. Known for its octagonal shape, the Castel del Monte is a masterpiece of medieval architecture.

Short drive to Trani and lunch at a restaurant. Visit the Cathedral of Trani, built on the edge of the sea, and then return to our hotel in Bari.

Farewell group dinner at a restaurant where we will enjoy a delicious final meal and raise one last toast to our Puglian adventure.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

DAY 8

This morning take breakfast at your leisure. Your tour leader can assist you with additional tours, post-tour accommodation, and transfers.

Breakfast included.

Tour Price

From € 2,600

Per person (minimum 4 people)

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No Single Supplement
Offer Valid when Booking Directly on GoinItaly

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Five Nights Accommodation in 4-Star & 5-Star Hotels

  • Two nights Accommodation in a Trullo

  • 7 Breakfasts / 5 Lunches / 3 Dinners

  • Luxury Mini-Coach Transportation

  • Experienced GoinItaly Tour Leader

  • Local Guides in Alberobello, Lecce, and Castel del Monte

  • Wine, Cheese, and Olive Oil tastings

  • Entrance Fees

Dates 2019

October

17

Available

Dates 2020

March

16

Available

April

14

Available

May

18

Available

June

16

Available

September

15

Available

October

19

Available

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