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Italy, Puglia – Eat, Drink & Enjoy

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Code: ITBRIAPFW

From AUD: $4,199

Duration: 8 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2019

Short Description

Life is too short not to eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy a largely undiscovered corner of Italy, and all the while be immersed in authentic Adriatic charm. Food and wine abound.

With whitewashed buildings, secret castles and the crystalline Mediterranean Sea you will experience an abundance of seafood, an outstanding array of fruits, vegetables and vineyards to ensure you will enjoy exemplary food and wine from the Puglia region.

On this private tour you will be able to indulge in local cuisine with inspirational flavours from Michelin Chefs, regional trattoria’s and secret street food matriarchs.

Whilst enjoying the exquisite crystal waters of the Adriatic you will soak up the sun and enjoy boutique luxury accommodations as we share eight wonderful days in Puglia.

Day One
Arrival and lodging
Arrival in Bari/Brindisi airport and transfer to your seafront hotel in Trani, where you’ll be welcomed with a drink. Dining (a la carte beverages) in a local fish restaurant.
Overnight in Trani

Day Two
Trani / Andria / Canosa / Trani
This morning we will visit a local market to fully act like locals, truly a genuine experience!
Your day in Andria continues with a visit to the Museum of Confetto with the sweetest tasting ever, then we fully appreciate why this town is renowned to be the hometown to the delicious burrata (made from mozzarella and cream) we’ll enjoy in a diary farm, along with a special lunch based with their range of dairy foods.
Return to hotel.
In the afternoon transfer to a magnificent wine estate owned by the Antinori’s family. Crossing the, approximately, 130 vine yarded hectares, we approach the farm that reminds us of the typical “masserie” of the Murgia with its structure and brilliant white tufaceous walls.
After a tour of the cellar, you’ll taste some of the wines just before a delightful buffet dinner.
Overnight in Trani

Day Three
Trani / Polignano a Mare
Visit of the coastal town of Trani, once the most important political-administrative centre of all of Southern Italy and as such was granted the title of main town in the region. This title was later revoked in favour of Bari by Murat and Bonaparte. We’ll visit the characteristic old town, hosting a Jewish quarter, its great harbour and its stunning Cathedral set right on the seafront.
Transfer to an authentic underground oil mill with an opportunity to learn some valuable facts on the medieval peasant culture by walking through olive groves, caves and country roads. The Puglia region has over 50 millions olive trees and it’s the first producer of extra-virgin olive oil in Italy and the biggest single production region in the world. Tasting of the produce along with some other local delicacies.
Check-in at your seafront hotel in Polignano a Mare.
Guided walk to admire the impressive panoramas from the seaside terraces overhanging the magnificent limestone rocks, with an unparalleled view over the blue-green Adriatic, and why not, indulging yourself with a tasty gelato or granita, pride of the locals.
Overnight in Polignano a Mare or Monopoli.

Day Four
Polignano a Mare / Bari
This morning we will experience Polignano from the water as we tour around the shore line and its caves. After a dip in the ocean and a light lunch on board you will have time to explore this magical haven.
(In the event of bad weather, this morning will be free time and then we will meet for an included seafood lunch at an iconic restaurant).
Your day continues with a guided visit of Bari, Puglia’s prosperous seaside capital,  with tangled streets and the charming old town reveal Romanesque churches, the riotous market and the elegant medieval piazzas, the beautiful St. Nicola’s Basilica, home of Saint Nicolas, one of the most beloved saint in the whole world and father of the legend of Santa Claus; guided walk to other remarkable historical attractions, seaside promenade and busy pedestrian shopping area.
We’ll finally experience the whole range of the local street food panzerotti, focaccia, sgagliozze and popizze.
Overnight in Polignano a Mare or Monopoli.

Day Five
Matera
The first destination today is a Artisan pasta maker then we will head to Matera in the Basilicata region, another astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Site: this city has gained international fame for its ancient town, the “Sassi di Matera” (meaning “stones of Matera”). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Because of the ancient and primitive scenery in and around the Sassi, it has been used by filmmakers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem: a good number of famous biblical period motion pictures were filmed in Matera, amongst which Mel Gibson’s blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ”. Lunch at your leisure.
Afternoon free at leisure, strolling around and join an Aperitivo togheter just before a delightful dinner.
Overnight in Matera.

Day Six
Ostuni / Grottaglie / Locorotondo / Ostuni (100km)
Early transfer toward Alberobello, the World Heritage Site of fairy-tale trulli, traditional dry stone huts with conical roof, constructions specific to this area of the region.
Visit the wine museum and the adjacent winery, with tasting of their premium wines and local snacks.
Hard work in the afternoon: you’ll be involved in a cookery course in which you’ll learn how to make fresh pasta in a charming 1600’ masseria(farmhouse) immersed in a wonderful expanse of olive trees. And your dinner today will be based on your efforts, brightened by a group of traditional Pizzica folk dancers.
Overnight in Ostuni.

Day Seven
Ostuni / Martina Franca or Ceglie Messapica
With a pleasant trip through the dramatic scenery of the Itria Valley we’ll first visit an estate producing an extraordinary quality of typical cold cut called capocollo, which we’ll enjoy accompanied by a glass of sparkling Verdesca wine.
Following we will pick up our Vespa’s and head towards the shore line for a relaxing picnic on the beach.
(In the event of bad weather we will head to Ceglie Messapica, the gourmet capital of the south where we will first visit Ceglie’s iconic market and then head to two very unique locations, a delicatessen & pasticceria typical of the region).
Back to your Relais, then dinner tonight is at our Michelin star restaurant.
Overnight in Ostuni.

Day Eight
Departure and arrivederci!
Breakfast. Farewell meeting and transfer to Bari/Brindisi airport.

Transfers in private vehicle from/to Bari and/or Brindisi airport
Private vehicle throughout the tour
Seven nights b&b 4-5 star accommodation
Three special dinners with typical menu in selected restaurants, beverages included (except where indicated)
One private cooking class with dinner
One dinner in a Michelin restaurant
Four tastings in wineries and food sites
Private boat excursion and Vespa ride
All luggage transfers
Eight days of professional, local guides with knowledge of the secrets and stories of the region
Medical and luggage insurance throughout the tour
Detailed map and a small complimentary gift

Excluded
Cost to reach Puglia
Cancellation insurance (can be quoted separately)
Alcoholic drinks, personal expenses & tips
Extras
Everything not clearly included in the paragraph “The rate include”

Departure Dates

This is a private tour. As such it is available all year round on a departure date to fit in with your travel plans. Just contact us so we can check availability for you.

Price

$4199 per person, based on one couple (total 2 people sharing one room)

Price subject to availability and exchange rate at time of booking

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