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- Trani, Bari, Polignano, Alberobello, Altamura, Monopoli, Locorotondo, Ostuni and Otranto walking tours
- Guided tours of Castel del Monte, Matera and Lecce
- Olive oil, burrata and mozzarella tasting
- Food market in Monopoli
- Private food and wine dinners in typical restaurants
- Cookery class in a magnificent location in Fasano
- Magnificent Baroque art in Lecce
- Traditional dance exhibition
Itinerario in breve
Questo tour include tutte le attrazioni principali della regione e rappresenta l’itinerario ideale per coloro che si approcciano alla Puglia (non quella balneare…) per la prima volta. Sarete sorpresi di scoprire straordinarie bellezze storiche ed artistiche, i paesaggi rurali e le superlative gemme enogastronimiche di questa terra generosa.
Giorno 1:Arrivo e sistemazione
Arrival in Bari/Brindisi airport and transfer to your hotel in Bari, where you’ll be welcomed with a drink. Dining and overnight stay.
Overnight in Trani.
Giorno 2:Trani / Andria / Castel del Monte / Canosa / Trani (km 115)
Bari / Bisceglie / Trani / Castel del Monte / Andria / Bari (km 140)
After breakfast departure toward the coastal town of Trani and its stunning Cathedral, with a stop over in Bisceglie for a quick tour of a typical oil mill (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). Lunch at your leisure.
Transfer to Castel del Monte, the mysterious octagonal shaped castle included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, where you’ll attend a live demonstration of the ancient art of hawking (on request). We’ll then move toward Andria, hometown to the delicious burrata (made from mozzarella and cream) which we’ll enjoy in a diary farm, followed by a visit to the Museum of Confetto.
A nice 30 minutes drive will lead us to the region capital Bari, where in its characteristic old town sits 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.
Dining in hotel and overnight stay.
Giorno 3:Trani / Polignano a Mare (km 90)
Bari / Altamura / Matera / Gioia del Colle / Bari (km 150)
The first destination today is Altamura, hometown to the best bread in Italy, where we’ll visit an old bakery and taste the local glory, focaccia.
Transfer 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.
In the afternoon transfer to Gioia del Colle for a visit to mozzarella factory and a tasting of typical produce of the Murge territory, all of it blessed by one of the jewels of the Apulian oenological art, her majesty Primitivo.
Back to your hotel, dining and overnight stay.
Giorno 4:Polignano a Mare / Altamura / Matera / Polignano a Mare (km 140)
Bari / Polignano a mare / Egnazia / Ostuni (km 90)
Early departure toward the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare to admire the impressive panoramas from the seaside terraces overhanging the rock, and why not, indulging yourself with a tasty gelato or granita, pride of the locals.
Between May and October we won’t miss to admire the breathtaking Grotta Palazzese, a marine cave carved out of magnificent limestone rocks, with an unparalleled view over the blue-green Adriatic.
Transfer to the Museum and Archaeological Park of Egnazia, an interesting historical site dating back to the Iron Age, inhabited by Messapians and Romans. Lunch at your leisure.
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!
Lodging in your modern hotel in Ostuni and overnight stay.
Giorno 5:Polignano a mare / Alberobello / Ostuni (km 110)
Ostuni / Monopoli / Castellana Grotte / Alberobello / Ostuni (km 100)
In the early morning visit of the picturesque fruit and vegetables market in Monopoli for a full immersion of the Italian Style!
Transfer to the famous caves in Castellana Grotte, a remarkable karst cave system, background for many movies. Lunch at your leisure.
In the afternoon guided walk of 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 of a local vineyard for a wine and food tasting.
Back to your hotel, dining and overnight stay.
Giorno 6:Ostuni / Grottaglie / Locorotondo / Ostuni (km 100)
Ostuni / Grottaglie / Locorotondo / Cisternino / Ostuni (km 80)
Early visit of Ostuni, regarded as an architectural jewel, commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Get lost in the hundred alleys, amongst workshops and Baroque churches. Departure toward Grottaglie, the “city of ceramics” as it’s called because of the large number of traditional and artistic artisanal pottery laboratories scattered in this medieval town.
Lunch at your leisure.
With a pleasant trip through the dramatic scenery of the Itria Valley we’ll reach Locorotondo, proud member of the Club of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”, nicknamed the best balcony in “Murgia dei Trulli”, a place where the white colour of lime wraps everything.
To complete such a glorious day, what’s best then a dinner al fornello? In the Cisternino you’ll be served with various cuts of local meats in a butchery (yes, a proper butchery!) hosting some quite simple seating. A real Apulian experience!
Back to hotel and overnight stay.
Giorno 7:Ostuni / Lecce / Otranto / Ostuni (km 250)
Ostuni / Lecce / Otranto / Ostuni (km 250)
Early departure toward Lecce, commonly nicknamed “The Florence of the South” because of its countless Baroque beauties, with its lovely centro storico (historic centre) and Roman ruins; treat yourself to local delicacies like puccia (flat bread filled with your choice of salami and everything else!) and pasticciotto (sweet cake filled with lemon custard).
In the afternoon, visit of 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 in Corigliano, brightened by a group of traditional Pizzica folk dancers.
Back to hotel and overnight stay.
Giorno 8:Partenza e arrivederci!
Breakfast. Farewell meeting and transfer to Bari/Brindisi airport.
The rate include:
- Transfers in GT bus or minibus from/to Bari and/or Brindisi airport
- Private bus or minibus available throughout the tour
- 3 lodgings in b&b and 4 lodgings in half board in 4 stars hotels
- 3 special dinners with typical menu in selected restaurants, beverages included
- Food and wine tasting in wineries and food manufacturing sites
- Admission tickets to Grotte di Castellana, Castel del Monte and all other sites as from the program
- All luggage transfers
- 8 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
The rate do not include:
- Cost to reach Puglia
- Cancellation insurance (can be quoted separately)
- Alcoholic drinks, personal expenses and tips
- Everything not clearly included in the paragraph “The rate include”