Tour description

10 DAYS PUGLIA SMALL GROUP TOURS

Experience the Southern Italy lifestyle with a small group of 12/14 participants only! Distinctive and delightful, with crystalline seas, pretty countryside and endless sunshine, Puglia is a land of natural beauty, warm hospitality and amazing food and wine.

Colorful, exotic Puglia is the beguiling and stimulating place, with its own distinctive food, architecture and atmosphere. Its landscapes have an appealingly elemental quality – stark rocks meeting clean beaches lapped by crystal-clear water; gigantic olive trees spiraling up from dark red soil fringed by vivid wildflowers; fragrant pine forests opening onto chalk-white sands. Its extensive coastline bears the marks of many conquering invaders:the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Sun and sea, food, wine and quality of life – explore this diverse and captivating region with a Secret Tours.

We have a real passion for Puglia & Basilicata regions and look forward to sharing it with you!

SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed departures small group travel: small, intimate group of 12/14 participants only!!
  • More than 10 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Tour of BARI with its historical heritage and the FISH MARKET
  • Wine tasting of PRIMITIVO WINES in MANDURIA & visit to the WINE MUSEUM
  • Visit CASA CISTERNA & CHIESA RUPESTRE in MATERA
  • Home -hosted lunch in a WORKING FARM with taste and demonstration of local BURRATA cheese
  • Marvelling at the Baroque splendour of LECCE
  • Visit to an ancient PALAZZO and the ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM in LECCE
  • Experience the PAPIER MACHE LABORATORY
  • Wine tasting of LOCOROTONDO WINES in the Valle d’Itria
  • Soak up the beauty of MATERA with its CAVE DWELLINGS
  • Discover MARTINA FRANCA and magical TRANI
  • Exploring GALATINA and its stunning FRESCOS
  • Dine in traditional restaurants and taste authentic REGIONAL CUISINE
  • Fairytale white city of OSTUNI
  • OLIVE OIL TASTINGS in Apulian MASSERIA and its OLD OIL MILLS (Frantoi Ipogei)
  • Falling in love with POLIGNANO A MARE
  • Admiring the imposing Medieval UNESCO CASTEL DEL MONTE
  • Losing yourself among the iconic TRULLI in ALBEROBELLO
  • BREAD EXPERIENCE in the medieval town center of MATERA
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Local Tour Manager, experienced to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury 9 or 16 seats motorcoach
  • Transfers while overseas, baggage transfers & porterage are included
  • Included gratuity for city guides only
  • No hidden extras
  • Our divine included meals: All breakfasts, 3 foodie experience,4 lunches, 4 dinners (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only)
  • The tour will begin on Day 1 from outside the HOTEL PALACE in Bari at 09.00 and end with morning transfers at scheduled times to Bari airport and train station from Trani on Day 10.We recommend arriving a day or more prior to the beginning of the tour.
  • Activity level: Good/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View here) & FAQ (View here)
  • Trip interruption & cancellation insurance is not included . We highly recommend Travelex-indurance.com to protect your vacation
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended
  • PRE/POST TOURS: 4 days/3 nights in BEAUTIFUL CALABRIA
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DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF PUGLIA & MATERA WITH A SMALL GROUP TOUR

UNKNOWN PUGLIA & MATERA DELIGHTS TRAVEL ITINERARY

TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM BARI TO BARI

Day 1: WELCOME TO BARI,POLIGNANO A MARE AND THE SALENTO PENINSULA

Buongiorno!!! Benvenuti in Puglia. Meet your tour guide Paola and the rest of the group outside the Palace Hotel in BARI center at 09.00 for a fascinating walking tour through the ancient alleys, visiting the “Basilica of St. Nicholas“, one of the most remarkable examples of Romanesque architecture, the exterior of the “Swabian Castle” built in Norman times and the fish market. Following an experience on making typical Apulian “Orecchiette” pasta and a foodie experience with local “Panzerotto“, we’ll drive to the picturesque fishing village of POLIGNANO A MARE, perched on limestone cliffs, boasting stunning views and colorful narrow streets. After an included Italian gelato, continue to the elegant town of LECCE, known as “The Florence of the South“on account of its astonishing number of baroque and Renaissance-style buildings. Spend the first three nights of your Apulian small group tour at the central historical five stars  hotel “RISORGIMENTO RESORT” or similar.In the evening join your local tour director Paola and fellow travelers for a welcome drink followed by an included feast of flavors in a local tavern where you’ll feel like one of the family. Eat like a real Pugliese! Overnight stay in LECCE

Day 2: LECCE AND ITS BAROQUE SPLENDORS

Southern Italians have long known LECCE and its glorious profusion of Baroque mansions and churches.Historic Lecce is a beautiful baroque town with a remarkable architectural confection of palaces and churches intricately sculpted from the soft local sandstone. In the morning, meet Paola for a private tour around the city to have the key sights explained to us. After a foodie experience with typical “salty rustico” and a “PAPIER MACHE “experience, we’ll explore the provincial ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM and an HISTORICAL PALAZZO with its gardens located in the ancient corner of Lecce. You’ll have the afternoon free for more discoveries of beautiful town. Dinner is on your own.Overnight stay in LECCE

Day 3: THE MARVELS OF GALATINA, OTRANTO & THE SALENTO PENINSULA

This morning we depart to the town of GALATINA, an important Greek colony in the Middle Ages and nowadays renowned for its splendid church of ST CATERINA D’ALESSANDRIA which contains early 15th-century frescoes with scenes from the Old and New Testaments.A mind-blowing Giotto-like experience! Move to CAPE OTRANTO to visit a recently restored 19th century lighthouse from where on clear days you can see the mountains of Albania. After an included lunch in a popular fishing restaurant, you will end the day in OTRANTO, a charming harbor town overlooking the turquoise Adriatic sea. Time on your own for visiting the stunning Cathedral where, in the interior you will find a remarkable 12th century mosaic floor depicting the Tree of Life balanced on the back of two elephants or the central Aragonese Castle.The evening is all yours to head to the old town for a meal or taking in the atmosphere of the evening “stroll”-LA DOLCE VITA !!!Overnight stay in LECCE

Day 4:  PRIMITIVO WINE TASTING IN MANDURIA, BIBLICAL MATERA & BREAD MAKING EXPERIENCE

Leaving beautiful Puglia region, we drive to nearby Basilicata region and the town of MATERA. With its primeval forests, sandy coves, chic cave dwellings, Castles and ancient rock-hewn churches, Basilicata is both a timeless biblical land a beguiling new destination. Our first stop is a well-known winery located in the MANDURIA region for a tasting of their wines “Primitivo” and a visit to the wine culture museum. Following this, we head to a local BAKERY for hands on making bread and focaccia made in old wood-burning oven. Our hotel for the next two nights in Matera is “CORTE SAN PIETRO HOTEL” or similar,located in the heart of the Sassi district, said to be one of the world’s oldest towns, inhabited since the Paleolithic Age.This evening we will meet for a delicious meal in a local tavern.Overnight stay in MATERA

Day 5:  A WANDER THROUGH SASSI OF MATERA-A CAVE WITH A VIEW

MATERA is a fabulous troglodyte town of prehistoric grottoes, cave tabernacles, abandoned hovels and Renaissance houses, all excavated into the luminous limestone tufa. The rock-cut cave dwellings known as the SASSI, date back to Byzantine times. With the help of a locally-grown expert, we’ll learn the stories of old and new Matera. We’ll visit “Casa Cisterna” an ancient cave dwelling which tells a tale of poverty, hardship and struggle, whose history is best immortalized in writer Carlo Levi’s superb book “Christ stopped at Eboli“, comparing the Sassi to Dante’s Inferno. Today Matera contains some 3000 habitable caves. After an included light lunch with local products, you’ll visit a”Chiesa Rupestre” -a cave church-featuring medieval frescoes with their own legends that we will learn about. Rest of the day is at leisure in beautiful Matera. Overnight stay in MATERA

Day 6: UNESCO ALBEROBELLO, BURRATA CHEESE EXPERIENCE,HOME-HOSTED LUNCH & MARTINA FRANCA

Today’s visit takes you to the town of ALBEROBELLO, famous for its district of Trulli (about 1400), spread over the hillside to the south of the town. These square structures have conical roofs covered with “Chiancarelle”, grey-limestone roof slabs. They are crowned by differently shaped pinnacles, each with a magical significance.Here you’ll enjoy a demonstration of Burrata cheese making in a local working farm (MASSERIA) followed by an included home-hosted lunch. Our charming local tour guide will show you an 18th century small Trullo house, giving something of the atmosphere of trullo life, with sweet, rounded rooms that include a re-created bakery, bedroom and kitchen.We head on to MARTINA FRANCA in the early afternoon, with its white old town, stunning ramparts and the bustling Piazza Roma, bordered by the 17C Palazzo Ducale. You’ll spend the next two nights in the white town of OSTUNI at the “HOTEL LA TERRA” or similar. Overnight stay in OSTUNI

Day 7: “WHITE TOWN” OSTUNI, OLIVE OIL IN MASSERIA & WINE TASTING IN LOCOROTONDO

Breakfast in hotel. This morning we take a stroll with our local guide through the narrow alleys and steep stairways of picturesque OSTUNI, a town which shines like a pearly white tiara, extending across three hills with the magnificent gem of a late-Gothic 15th century cathedral. After a wine tasting in a wine cellar, we’ll visit the small village of LOCOROTONDO, considered one of the most picturesque ones in Italy boasting an extraordinarily beautiful and whisper-quiet pedestrianized historical center, where everything is shimmering white aside from the blood-red geraniums that tumble from the window boxes. After time on your own for lunch, we return to OSTUNI to visit a locally MASSERIA farm for an olive oil tastings and viewing an underground ancient olive mill.Dinner is included this evening in a local pizzeria. Overnight stay in OSTUNI

Day 8: UNESCO CASTEL DEL MONTE & TRANI

Wide horizons, bold colors, sometimes harsh and a bit lunar.Such is the landscape of the Murgia Valley dominated by the presence of Frederick II . We start the day with a visit to the UNESCO Heritage site of CASTEL DEL MONTE which dominates the countryside of Andria from its 540 meters on sea level. A unique masterpiece of medieval architecture. The octagonal form is perfect, a blend of cultural elements from Classical antiquity, Muslim architecture and the Cistercian Gothic of northern Europe. After an included lunch in a popular restaurant, drive to the fishing town of TRANI with its bustling port which a thousand years ago attracted pilgrims and crusaders.One of its highlights is the striking Cathedral dedicated to the pilgrims’ Saint Nicola. Spend the last two nights in a central hotel looking over the port” MARE RESORT” or similar. The remainder of the day is at leisure.Overnight stay in TRANI

Day 9:  COLOURS OF PUGLIA: LIVE THE MAGIC OF TRANI 

Breakfast in hotel. Morning with your tour guide for a walking tour of beautiful TRANI. Start to explore the Cathedral of San Pellegrino, a Romanesque gem by the sea, the Swabian Castle and the Jewish quarter, a maze of small alleyways,synagogues and artisans’shops.Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight we’ll celebrate your Apulian adventure with a farewell dinner at one of the typical regional restaurants in Trani. Overnight stay in TRANI

Day 10: ARRIVEDERCI PUGLIA!

Morning transfers to Bari airport and train station.Thanks for travelling Secret Italia Tours!

2019 TOUR DATES & PRICING

2019 TOUR PRICE: EUR 3,100       SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: EUR 400       Currency Converter 

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 10 days/9 nights

April 29-May 8    LIMITED SPACE

May 9-18   LIMITED SPACE

May 23-June 1       LIMITED SPACE

June 9-18      LIMITED SPACE

Aug 25-Sept 3

September 4-13

September 14-23

September 24-Oct 3

Oct 4-13

Oct 14-23

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2019 Tour Price: 3,100 €| Single Suppl 400| €10 days/9 nights |up to 12/14 Participants only! To book a tour with us, simply fill in the online booking form with all your details Book Now! May 4-13 May 14-23 June 9-18 June 25-July 4 Aug 26-Sept 4 Oct 3-12

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  • Small Group Tours & Shore Trips in Sicily, Malta, South Italy & Portugal
    2014-10-12

    "Our South Italy tour was a wonderful experience thanks to the excellent planning by Secret Italia.."-Pamela & Mike Brophy ( CANADA)

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