Puglia, known for its whitewashed hill towns, traditional farmland, fine cuisine and sweeping Mediterranean coastline, is Italy’s southern heel and, until recently, its best kept secret.
With a focus on art, architecture, traditions and local cuisine, this trip explores the region’s highlights. From baroque Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’, we travel to the elegant white city of Ostuni and on to the medieval coastal town of Otranto, where winding narrow streets conceal perfect Baroque churches. Here you'll get a chance to try out your cooking skills at an Apulian farm ('Masseria') and sample some great foods & wines from this region.
Smaller towns are also visited such Altamura and Polignano, and then quaint fishermen village of Gallipoli, which very few tourists ever visit, only adding to the authenticity of this trip.
After spending 2 nights at a 'trulli' house in Alberobello, you'll end the trip in beautiful Matera. It's a UNESCO listed town carved into bare limestone rock, where centuries-old caves are still inhabited.
Come see the 'Heel of Italy' and experience la dolce vita on this Guided Cultural Tour escorted by both Paola and Melitta.
September 15 - 23, 2020 | 8 Nights
• Guided tour of baroque Lecce & its crystal-clear sea in Salento
• 2 nights at a 'Trulli' house in Alberobello
• Enjoy a fun cookery class and wine tasting
• Visit the unique UNESCO town of Matera
• Enjoy the sights of Polignano on a boat
AT A GLANCE
• 8 nights 3 & 4-star hotels, en suite
• Private transportation and daily sightseeing as per itinerary
• Group Max: 18 people, Min Age: 16 yrs
• All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
• Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Polignano, Ostuni, Alberobello, Altamura & Matera
PRICE (LAND ONLY)
$3,289 CAD PP
Based on double occupancy. Taxes included.
Single rooms: +$600 CAD PP (limited)
Only $600 CAD to secure your spot!
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Bari Airport. A single group transfer by minibus it is organized to reach Lecce. Check in at our hotel. Meeting briefing and with our guide, welcome dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Lecce, Otranto and the Adriatic Sea
In the morning guided visit of Lecce, the prettiest streets of this wonderful city and its Baroque style churches and palaces. Early in the afternoon, private transfer to Otranto and enjoy an introductory walk of the easternmost town of Italy. We will walk through the little streets of the beautiful fortified medieval historic centre, its Spanish castle and, most of all, the wonderful cathedral and its with huge "mosaic of the life" decorated floor. Private transfer back to Lecce. Dinner not included and overnight stay.
Day 3: Gallipoli
Today let’s visit the lovely fishermen village of Gallipoli. With a short train ride we will reach
this small town situated towards the southern tip of Puglia. Whilst it is popular with Italians it is not
well known with tourists and so it is possible to enjoy a more 'authentic' Italy holiday. Have a walk
in the old town, situated on an island connected to the mainland by an arched bridge dating
from the 17th century and is characterized by the mixture of buildings that date from several
different epochs and cultures. Enjoy some free time and in the afternoon, train back to Lecce.
Day 4: Ostuni Cooking Class
In the morning, private transfer to Ostuni. We will enjoy the view of millions of huge olive trees,
some of those more than a thousand years old. Along the walk stop for a visit at the archaeological
park of Agnano and at its 30.000 years old grotto. Arrival in a "Masseria”, typical Apulian farm and
be ready for a fun cooking class! Enjoy a typical lunch and then private transfer to an ancient olive
oil mill. Visit and olive tasting before going to your accommodation in Lecce. Free time for dinner
Day 5: Polignano
Transfer to the lovely village of Polignano, located on a deep gorge overlooking the Adriatic Sea on
a steep rocky cliff of karst nature. Explore the historic centre, a network of alleyways winding
among the typical white houses and small courtyards, lead to terraces with amazing views over
the Adriatic Sea. You will enjoy a boat tour around the coast, time to relax and swim in this blue
deep sea. In the afternoon, arrival in Alberobello and your first of two overnight stays in a “trullo”
Day 6: Alberobello
Alberobello town, UNESCO World Heritage, is an intriguing and unique city populated by dry
stone dwellings also known as “trulli”, surrounded by the beautiful Istria valley. Enjoy a stroll
around the lovely downtown and visit a typical winery for a wine tasting with local product
before lunch. Overnight in a typical trullo.
Day 7: Altamura - Matera
In the morning, a private transfer will take us to Altamura a small town famous for its bread.
You will visit one of the most ancient bakeries in Puglia, learning about the local bakers and their
ancient techniques. On the way to Matera, stop in a local winery and enjoy a lovely lunch. Arrival
in Matera and overnight stay in the authentic Sassi district.
Day 8: Matera
Matera, an absolutely awesome city, one of the oldest of Italy, has been built on the ridge of a
"gravina", spectacular canyon dug by a river. We will have a guided visit in the "Sassi" district.
This city, completely carved in the bare limestone rock, has been for centuries one of the poorest
areas of Italy and shame of the city. Our guide will disclose its millennial history. You will also
visit a caseificio” (cheese factory) to see how to make mozzarella cheese by hand and the
“caciocavallo” workshop. Learn the process that gives birth to the delicious burrate, stracciatelle,
The milk from the local farms is melted and worked fresh every day to give birth to traditional
fresh and genuine cheeses. You have surely never tasted such a fresh cheese in your life! Enjoy a
farewell dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Bari
Today, after breakfast, you have a single group transfer by bus to Bari airport.