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Italy, Puglia – Tastes of Puglia

From $4399pp

Please note that prices are indicative only, subject to availability for your travel dates and the exchange rate. Special Tip: Prices per person decrease significantly if you increase your travel party. Why not invite friends or family to join you? Special Tip: Prices per person decrease significantly if you increase your travel party. Why not invite friends or family to join you?
  • duration-trip
    Duration
    8 Days
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    Travel Style
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This tour includes all the main attractions of the region and represents an ideal itinerary for those visiting Puglia for the first time.

Puglia is an unexpected delight, nestled in the heel of the Italian boot: whitewashed buildings, secret castles, a crystalline Mediterranean sea and expansive coastline with an abundance of seafood as well as an outstanding array of fruit, vegetables and vineyards that will ensure you enjoy exemplary food and wine throughout your stay!

Arrival

You will be met on arrival in either Bari or Brindisi airport, then transferred to your seafront hotel in Trani. A welcome drink will greet you on arrival, then you will have time to relax a little before dinner. When you are ready a lovely a la carte dining experience awaits in a local fish restaurant.

Overnight in Trani

Meals D

Sweets, Burrata, Castles & Wines

Enjoy breakfast then we will visit a local market. Here you will see what the locals do every day in order to ensure their produce fresh and seasonal.

Your day continues on to Andria where you’ll visit the Museum of Confetto famous for sugared almonds and dragées. This store preserves and presents the heritage of these sweets, with over 200 types available for tasting while browsing.

Following your sweet tastings, we move on to a dairy farm where you will discover why Andria is renowned for its burrata (made from mozzarella and cream). A special lunch based with their range of dairy foods will be enjoyed during the visit.

In the afternoon we’ll take visit to Castel del Monte, considered to be one of the most beautiful castles of Europe as well as an example of genius medieval architecture – this mysterious octagonal shaped castle is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Following the castle visit we will transfer to the magnificent wine estate owned by the Antinori family. With 130 hectares of vineyards, and a long heritage in wine production, they are one of the most highly regarded producers of the region. Upon arrival you will take a tour of the cellar, then enjoy a tasting before a delightful dinner.

Overnight in Trani

Meals B, T(Sweets), L, T(Wines), D

Polignano a Mare

Check out this morning, then after breakfast we explore the coastal town where you have been staying – Trani. This was once the most important centre in Southern Italy, however it was later changed to Bari. The old town features a Jewish quarter, majestic harbour and stunning Cathedral located right on the seafront.

Transfer to an authentic underground oil mill with an opportunity to learn of the medieval peasant culture by walking through olive groves, caves and country roads. The Puglia region has over 50 million olive trees; they are the first producer of extra-virgin olive oil in Italy and the biggest single production region in the world. Partake in a tasting of the produce during your visit, along with other local delicacies.

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.

Check-in at your seafront hotel in Polignano a Mare.

Overnight in Polignano a Mare

Meals B, T(Olive Oil), Street Food

Altamura & Matera

The first destination today is Altamura, hometown to the best bread in Italy, where we’ll visit an old bakery and taste the local specialty, focaccia.

From the bakery, it’s onto Matera in the Basilicata region, to 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, one of which is Mel Gibson’s blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ”.

Lunch at your leisure in Sassi.

To complete such a glorious day, what’s best than a dinner al fornello? You’ll be served with various cuts of local meats in a butchery (yes, a proper butchery!) hosted in its simple yet authentic setting. A real Apulian experience!

Overnight in Polignano a Mare

Meals B, T(Bread), D

Alberobello & Cooking in Ostuni

After breakfast and take a guided walk of Polignano a Mare to view the seaside terraces overhanging limestone rocks, and an unparalleled view over the blue-green Adriatic. And while enjoying the view, why not indulge in a tasty gelato or granita, pride of the locals.

If you’re here between May and October we will visit the breath taking Grotta Palazzese, a marine cave carved out of magnificent limestone rocks, with an unparalleled view over the beautifully coloured water.

We then make our way to Alberobello for a guided walk of the World Heritage Site of fairy-tale trulli; these are traditional dry stone huts with conical rooves, a unique construction specific to this region.

Next there will be a visit to the wine museum and the adjacent winery, along with a tasting of their premium wines and local snacks.

This afternoon we roll up our sleeves for a cookery course where you’ll learn to make fresh pasta and limoncello in a charming 1600C masseria (farmhouse), surrounded by an expanse of olive trees.

Dinner tonight will be will be based on your cooking efforts!

Overnight in Ostuni

Meals B, T(Wines), Snacks, D(Cooking Class)

Grottaglie & Locorotondo

Departure toward Grottaglie, the “city of ceramics” as it’s called because of the large number of traditional artisanal pottery makers scattered throughout this medieval town.

Take a pleasant trip through the dramatic scenery of the Itria Valley, as we continue on to visit an estate producing an extraordinary quality of typical cold cut called capocollo. Here we will stop to learn more about this specialty, and enjoy a tasting accompanied by a glass of sparkling Verdesca wine.

In the afternoon we arrive into Ostuni, regarded as an architectural jewel, commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and typically white-painted architecture. It’s easy to get lost here in the hundred alleys, amongst workshops and Baroque churches.

Then it’s time to head back to your Relais, for dinner in its 1 Michelin star restaurant (a la carte & beverages).

Overnight in Ostuni

Meals B, T(Capocollo & Wine), D

Lecce & Otranto

Early departure this morning after breakfast toward Lecce, commonly nicknamed “The Florence of the South” because of its countless Baroque beauties, its lovely centro storico (historic centre) and Roman ruins; treat yourself to local delicacy like puccia (flat bread filled with your choice of salami and everything else!) and pasticciotto (sweet cake filled with lemon custard) – lunch at leisure.

In the afternoon, visit the coastal town of Otranto, at the eastern extremity of Italy, with its castle overlooking the harbour and the Cathedral, preserving an incredibly big mosaic pavement.

On the way back to Lecce we’ll dine in a typical trattoria, brightened by a group of traditional Pizzica folk dancers.

Overnight in Ostuni

Meals B, D

Departure

Depart for your onward journey after breakfast with a transfer to Bari/Brindisi airport.

Meals B

Included
Inclusions
  • Transfers from/to Bari and/or Brindisi airport

  • Private vehicle throughout the tour

  • Seven nights bed & breakfast style accommodation
    4-5 star standard

  • 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

  • Admission tickets to Castel del Monte and all other sites as from the program

  • All luggage transfers

  • Eight days of professional, local guides with knowledge of the secrets and stories of the region

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Departure Dates

This is a private tour available September to June each year.

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Please note that prices are indicative only, subject to availability for your travel dates and the exchange rate.
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Price
$4399 per person

based on twin/double share

Please note that prices are indicative only, subject to availability for your travel dates and the exchange rate.
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