PUGLIA SMALL GROUP GUIDED TOUR

8 days cultural and culinary tour in Southern Italy

 

This tour is ideal for those who want to make an unforgettable vacation living the Italian lifestyle!
Visiting Puglia with us you will discover the real Made in Italy in all its aspects: art, history, ancient traditions, events, delicious food and excellent wine.
We will personally accompany you through this wonderful experience!

Itinerary

Day 1  Arrival in Puglia – Ostuni – welcome dinner

Arrival in Puglia region. We suggest to flight to Bari international airport.
Upon request we will arrange for you a private transfer from the airport/train station to your Hotel.
After settling into the comforts of your charming Hotel in the heart of Ostuni, take advantage of a leisure time to rest up.
Ostuni is best known as “la città Bianca” (the white city) for its historical downtown houses completely white painted, a tradition the inhabitants still keep on for centuries.
It's built on the top of the hill and from there you can admire a wonderful landscape of thousands of centuries old olive trees and at the horizon the deep blue Adriatic Sea.
In the afternoon your local guide will wait you at the reception for the welcome in Puglia and to give you all the information about the tour.
Your Puglia experience begins with a welcome dinner based on traditional local specialties and wine!

Meals: -/-/D
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni


Day 2  Matera UNESCO site                                                               

After breakfast, meeting with your driver and tour guide. We will visit Matera city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for the Sassi di Matera, an ancient city with houses that have been excavated into the rocks and inhabited since the Stone Age. 
Rupestrian churches, houses, caves, and ancient streets create a unique and suggestive landscape, where Mel Gibson chose to shoot the movie, The Passion of the Christ. Matera for sure is one of the unique places to visit in this part of Italy!
You will enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the unique and ancient Sassi di Matera and visit of a Casa Grotta Museum (ancient cave house) fully furnished as it was in the past. 
You will be fascinated by the beauty of Matera old city that looks like a living nativity.
Lunch at your leisure. Your guide will suggest you local restaurants where to eat authentic and typical dishes. Return to the Hotel.

Meals: B/-/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni


Day 3 Unbelievable olive trees – Polignano a Mare – Bari

Today, your drive will take you through the peaceful countryside of this part of Southern Italy. 
Puglia has more than 60 million of olive trees and it’s the leading producer of extra-virgin olive oil in Italy with around 40% of country's production. We will stop in a charming area close to the sea where you will admire olive trees considered real "sculptures of nature" because they are more than 1.000 years old!
Our trip continues with the visit of Polignano a Mare, a characteristic Mediterranean fishing village that stands on a rocky cliff. Guided walking tour through the historical downtown with its houses and terraces directly overlooking the sea and gelato tasting in a local gelateria, where you can enjoy an authentic hand-made gelato. Polignano is famous for its hand crafted gelato! 
Lunch in a local restaurant based on traditional Apulian seafood and wine. 
In the afternoon visit of Bari, Puglia's capital city. Guided tour through the old town and visit of the Basilica of St Nicholas which houses the relics of the Bari’s Patron Saint.  
Visit of the old quarter known as Bari Vecchia we will see where local ladies still make Orecchiette pasta by hand sitting outside their houses. Their speed and precision will amaze you! Return to the Hotel.

Meals: B/L/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni


Day 4  Mozzarella experience – Alberobello UNESCO site – Locorotondo – dinner in Masseria      

In the morning we will visit a local farm famous for the production of Apulian organic cheese. You can taste freshly hand-made excellent Mozzarella and other Apulian cheeses!
Then enjoy sightseeing another unique place to visit in Italy, Alberobello “the capital of Trulli houses”, a UNESCO Site. Trulli are ancient 14th century stone houses with a round shape and a conical roof; they are an icon of the region. In fact, this peaceful part of Southern Italy is the only place in the world where they have ever existed.
Guided walking tour along the picturesque Trulli district and the Aia Piccola area where some local people still live in these fairytale houses. Free time for yourself and lunch on your own.
In the afternoon visit of Locorotondo, the old town layout follows a circular plan, with narrow and concentric arranged streets lined with whitewashed houses called Cummerse. Return to the Hotel and free time for yourself.
Tonight we will arrange for you a dinner in a beautiful and charming place, a Masseria of 1600 located in the peaceful Apulian countryside. The Masseria (old farmhouse) is famous for organic vegetables, fruit and extra-virgin olive oil production. Before dinner extra virgin olive oil tasting where we will explain you how to recognize a real Extra Virgin Olive Oil and which are its health benefits.

Meals: B/-/D
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni


Day 5  Day at Leisure – extra activities on request

Today is yours to spend as you wish. 
Relax and enjoy on your own this unique part of Italy. Sitting in the “piazza” (town square) drinking a cappuccino or eating a gelato….what a better way to enjoy la Dolce Vita!
Our staff will be at your disposal to recommend you places to visit, local restaurants, or to arrange for your extra activities like: sightseeing in other authentic Italian small villages, bike and boat tours, cooking classes, food and wine tastings…

Meals: B/-/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni


Day 6  Otranto – Apulian wine tasting

In the morning after your Hotel check-out, we will move to Salento area, the South part of Puglia region and we will visit Otranto, the eastern point of Italy, called also the door to the East. 
Walking tour through the historical downtown and visit of the ancient cathedral famous for its grandiose mosaic floor created between 1163 and 1165. Covering 65 square meters (700 square feet), the mosaic is a depiction of the Tree of Life with images decorating its spreading branches. 
Get lost in the narrow streets of Otranto old town and admire the impressive panorama of the blue-green Adriatic Sea. Lunch at your leisure. 
In the afternoon we will visit a local winery. Your wine expert guide will show you the vineyards and the cellar where you will learn about grape varieties and wine production in this part of Italy. Finally enjoy your tasting of different Apulian wines: white, rosè and red!
Check-in at your Hotel in Lecce city and free time for yourself.

Meals: B/-/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Lecce


Day 7  Lecce “the Florence of the Southern Italy”

Today we will visit Lecce, the main city of the Salento area. The superb beauty of its churches and elegant noble buildings attracts a great number of visitors, because this city is the capital of the Baroque art in the South. For this reason, Lecce is called “the Florence of the Southern Italy”.
Guided walking tour through the historical center with the Duomo of Lecce, the 2nd century Roman amphitheater and the beautiful Basilica of Santa Croce. Lecce is also famous for the cartapesta (papier-mâché art). Enjoy yourself walking in the historical downtown of Lecce and discover the papier-mâché workshops where artisans create hand-made statues and puppets with the same techniques as in the past!
Lecce has a lot to offer for foodies! One of the local specialties that you can’t miss is the typical Pasticciotto Leccese (a sweet pastry filled with delicious cream and cooked in the oven). 
In the evening Arrivederci dinner based on traditional Italian dishes and wine.

Meals: B/-/D
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Lecce


Day 8  Departure

After breakfast, Hotel check-out. 
Upon request we can arrange for you private transfer to the airport/train station.

Meals: B/-/-

Included in this tour:

•    4 star Hotel in Ostuni: 5 nights with breakfast included.
•    4 star Hotel in Lecce: 2 nights with breakfast included.
•    Meals: 1 lunch and 3 dinners with typical Apulian dishes. Meals include 3 courses and beverages: wine, water and coffee.
Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
•    Mozzarella and Apulian cheeses tasting in local farm
•    Extra virgin olive oil tasting
•    Wine tasting in Apulian winery
•    Hand-made Gelato tasting
•    8 guided sightseeing with English speaking guide
•    Transfers
during the excursion as per itinerary with private driver and air conditioning BUS.
•    Services of a friendly experienced English speaking Travel Director who will remain at your disposal during the all tour.
•    Admission tickets for all visiting sites as per itinerary.
•    VAT Tax



Not included:

•    Airfare
•    Transfers between the arrival/departure airports
•    Meals and beverage not mentioned in itinerary
•    Hotel city tax
•    Optional activities and all personal expenses. All that is not mentioned in the program.


This trip is customizable

Private tour
Upgrade to a private tour with a private driver and local tour guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice.
Contac us now for your free and private consultation.

Stay Longer
Extend your holiday with extra time at the start or end of your trip.
 

The tour is available all year long. It is also possible to organize the tour during other weeks not mentioned here. It is also possible to customize this tour according to your wishes.
 
Please let us know your request and we will create a tailor-made proposal for you!

 

Departing Finishing Price per person
in double/twin room (*)
Single room supplement  
October 10, 2020 October 17, 2020 Euro 1.890 Euro 350 Book now
November 2, 2020 November 9, 2020 Euro 1.750 Euro 250 Book now


(*) Solo travelers who choose this option will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.

The tour is guaranteed to depart when there are minimum 2 travelers confirmed.

The tour is available all year long. It is also possible to organize the tour during other weeks not mentioned here. It is also possible to customize this tour according to your wishes.
 
Please let us know your request and we will create a tailor-made proposal for you!


Departing Finishing Price per person
in double/twin room (*)
Single room supplement  
March 20, 2021 March 27, 2021 Euro 1.750 Euro 250 Book now
April 10, 2021 April 17, 2021 Euro 1.750 Euro 250 Book now
May 8, 2021 May 15, 2021 Euro 1.890 Euro 350 Book now
June 12, 2021 June 19, 2021 Euro 1.890 Euro 350 Book now
July 3, 2021 July 10, 2021 Euro 2.190 Euro 450 Book now
August 1, 2021 August 8, 2021 Euro 2.190 Euro 450 Book now
September 4, 2021 September 11, 2021 Euro 1.890 Euro 350 Book now
October 9, 2021 October 16, 2021 Euro 1.890 Euro 350 Book now
November 6, 2021 November 13, 2021 Euro 1.750 Euro 250 Book now


(*) Solo travelers who choose this option will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.

The tour is guaranteed to depart when there are minimum 2 travelers confirmed.

Tour

Tour highlights

  • 7 nights in carefully selected 4 star Hotel
  • Sample typical regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants - away from mass tourism.
  • A selection of unique excursions and experiences with English speaking local guide.
  • Wine tasting; Extra-virgin Olive Oil tasting; Mozzarella tasting and handcrafted ice-cream tasting directly to the places where these products are made by local people.
  • Transfers with private driver and air conditioning BUS.

Southern Italy small group tours


For a more private experience and better quality of services, our small groups are limited to 12 travelers.