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Food, wine and fun

Trip highlights

  • Trani, Polignano, Alberobello and Ostuni walking tours
  • Guided tours of Bari and Matera
  • Olive oil, burrata and mozzarella tasting
  • Private food and wine dinners in typical restaurants
  • Cookery class in a magnificent location
  • Traditional dance exhibition
  • Boat excursion and Vespa ride

Itinerary in brief

Nights: 7 nights
Period: from September to June
Stay: 3 lodgings in b&b and 4 lodgings in half board in 4 stars hotels
Meals: 7 breakfasts + 4 dinners + • 3 special dinners + food & wine tastings

Overview

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.

In a small group of like-minded you will indulge in local cuisine with inspirational flavours from Michelin Chefs, local trattoria’s and secret street food matriarchs.

Whilst sailing in the exquisite crystal waters of the Adriatic you will soak up the sun and enjoy boutique luxury accommodations as we share 8 wonderful days in Puglia.

Program

Day 1:
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 2:
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 3:
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 4:
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 5:
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 6:
Ostuni / Grottaglie / Locorotondo / Ostuni (km 100)

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 7:
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 8:
Departure and arrivederci!

Breakfast. Farewell meeting and transfer to Bari/Brindisi airport.

Cost & Details

What's included

The rate include:

  • Transfers in GT bus or minibus from/to Bari and/or Brindisi airport
  • Private bus or minibus available throughout the tour
  • 7 lodgings in b&b service in 4-5 stars hotels
  • 3 special dinners with typical menu in selected restaurants, beverages included (except where indicated)
  • 1 private cooking class with dinner
  • 1 dinner in a Michelin restaurant
  • 4 food and wine tasting in wineries and food manufacturing sites
  • Private boat excursion and Vespa ride
  • 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
  • Extras
  • Everything not clearly included in the paragraph “The rate include”

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All prices include:

accommodation with private bath and / or shower and toilet for a number of nights indicated in the “itinerary in brief”.

meals as indicated in the “itinerary in brief”. If dinner is included, there is a 2-4-course meal, often with regional specialties. Drinks are not included (except for breakfast and/or where otherwise noted).

additional services, such as transport of luggages to the various structures in the itineraries by foot or by bicycle; rental bicycles where ilcuded; on-site service and professional guidance.

complete travel documentation, including specific indications in the case of stays that include routes on foot or by bike and a road map for routes with car hire without a guide.

Travel options

Our goal is to make the travel itinerary as flexible and suited to your requirements. Since every booking is accepted individually, we give you the opportunity, for most of our proposals, to choose the mode of travel, the starting point and the path that you feel most appropriate; our staff will be happy to provide assistance and advice.

Personal travel insurance

We offer a personal travel insurance policy specifically designed for our itineraries made by Columbus Travel Insurance Services Limited, whose coverage is among the castes among those proposed on the market. In addition to medical care, the policy provides a guarantee for the cancellation and trip interruption for many causes. In the case of routes on foot or by bicycle, the policy also provides coverage in the event of incapacity due to illness or injury.

We believe that the coverage of an insurance policy is essential: in case you decide not to buy our insurance, we require you to provide us the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and phone number of a medical emergency) in order to provide immediate assistance in case of need during your stay.

In this case, we ask you to see if your insurance coverage is at least equivalent to our policy and that is adequate to the present mode of stays in our proposals. We do not accept liability for damage, loss or expense additional costs caused by the lack of the above.

Individual travelers

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