Puglia tour - 8 days

Explore the hidden treasures of Puglia

8 days tour

Discover the enchanting beauty of Puglia, Italy with our immersive tour. Indulge in the flavors of Puglian cuisine, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sleep in a traditional “trullo” in Alberobello, and learn the art of pasta-making. Immerse yourself in the Baroque architecture of Lecce and explore the mosaic wonders of Otranto. Join us on this unforgettable journey through the heart of Puglia.
The Puglia tours are full of surprises and delights: fabulous food, historic towns, beautiful beaches, and gracious residents.

Highlights

What's included

A complete experience with everything you need to enjoy a carefree vacation.
Italy map - Puglia

Tour breakdown

Day 1

Bari - Matera - Alberobello

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 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.

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

Included meals: Lunch with Wine

Day 2

Walking tour Alberobello - Cooking Class

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

You will have time, also, in the afternoon, before we reach a local Masseria where we are going to have a cooking class.

At the end we are going to have dinner with the fruits of our labor, paired with wine, of course!!

Return to Alberobello.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3

Cheese class - Lecce

Depart Alberobello for a short drive nearby Martina Franca, to reach a local masseria (farm), where we are going to have a Cheese class hands-on, to learn all the secrets to make cheese, mozzarella & burrata.

Lunch with local produce, paired with home-made wine.

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.
Free night to relax and dine on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Day 4

Otranto - Lecce

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 with some free time to explore or shop for local handicrafts.

We then drive to a restaurant renowned for serving fresh seasonal local produce to complement wines from their own vineyard.

Return to Lecce and free time to further explore the historical center of Lecce on your own.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Day 5

Galatina - Gallipoli - Lecce

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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Ostuni - Polignano A Mare - Bari

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 a visit to a small 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 gourmet lunch.

In the afternoon we visit a family-run olive oil business to learn more about olive oil production in the Puglia region. Here we have an opportunity to taste different types of olive oil 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 composer and singer of Volare.

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

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Castel del Monte - Trani - Bari

After breakfast 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 to visit the Cathedral of Trani, built on the edge of the sea, and an option to have lunch at a restaurant.

We then return to our hotel in Bari.

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

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Bari - End of tour

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

Dates & prices

2024

Price per person – single supplement € 300

2025

Price per person – single supplement € 300

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