Tour description

PUGLIA PRIVATE TOUR

Experience the Southern Italy lifestyle with a  private tour to the breathtaking land of Puglia.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. A unique, much-loved southern region.Dramatic mountains, Byzantine rock-hewn churches, sun-baked olive groves, stunning Romanesque architecture and some of Italy’s best beaches are tempting more and more visitors to the exciting little-known regions. The high heel of the Italian boot looks and feels like nowhere else in Italy.

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. Nature’s colors are bold in Puglia, and man-made shapes are simple – with chunky, cubic houses and conical-roofed cottages dotting the countryside. 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 small group tour.

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

This truly unique and very special tour is not to be missed!!

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PUGLIA PRIVATE TOUR- HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
  • More than 10 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Tour of BARI with its historical heritage and the FISH MARKET
  • Taste some PRIMITIVO RED WINE in MANDURIA
  • Visit CASA CISTERNA & CHIESA RUPESTRE in MATERA
  • Local BURRATA cheese making experience in a MASSERIA
  • Marvelling at the Baroque splendor of LECCE
  • Soak up the beauty of MATERA with its CAVE DWELLINGS
  • Fairy-tale white city of OSTUNI
  • Dine in traditional restaurants and taste authentic REGIONAL CUISINE
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Exceptional Secret Italia tour manager
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury mercedes car
  • Transfers while overseas, baggage transfers & porterage are included
  • Included gratuity for city guides only
  • Hotel city tax is included
  • Entrances to archaeological sites are included
  • No hidden extras
  • Our divine included meals: All breakfasts, 3 foodie experiences,4 lunches, 3 dinners (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only)
  • 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
DAY-BY-DAY TOUR ITINERARY

 

PUGLIA TRAVEL ITINERARY

8 DAYS PRIVATE TOUR FROM BARI TO BARI

Day 1: WELCOME TO PUGLIA & BARI

Meet your English speaking driver and tour guide at 10.00 in BARI 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 seeing making Apulian orecchiette pasta and a local street food experiencetravel to the stunning fishing town of POLIGNANO A MARE, perched on limestone cliffs, boasting stunning views and colorful narrow streets for a three nights stay at the central hotel “COVO DEI SARACENI” or similar.At 6.30 pm meet your tour director for a welcome meeting followed by dinner at a local restaurant.Overnight in POLIGNANO A MARE

Day 2: UNESCO CASTEL DEL MONTE & BACKROAD TRANI

Wide horizons, bold colors, sometimes harsh and a bit lunar.Such is the landscape of the Murgia Valley from the Imperial Puglia, dominated by the presence of Frederick II.This morning drive takes you to the UNESCO Heritage site of CASTEL DEL MONTE,a masterpiece of medieval architecture, which dominates the countryside of Andria from its 540 meters on sea level.Continue to the beautiful fishing town of TRANI where you will explore the Cathedral of San Pellegrino, a Romanesque gem by the sea, the Swabian Castle, an imposing fortress built by Frederick II. After an included lunch in a local restaurant, you will have free time to explore the Jewish quarter, a maze of small alleyways,synagogues and artisans’shops.The elegant port is the town’s beating heart.The remainder of the day is at leisure.Overnight stay in POLIGNANO A MARE

Day 3: BIBLICAL MATERA

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.Discover 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.Visit a cave church-featuring medieval frescoes with their own legends that we’ll learn about.A light lunch with local products is included today.Rest of the day is at leisure.Overnight stay in MATERA

Day 4: FAIRYTALE ALBEROBELLO,BURRATA CHEESE MAKING & OSTUNI

Today’s visit takes you to the UNESCO town of ALBEROBELLO, famous for its district of Trulli, spread over the hillside to the south of the town. These square structures have conical roofs covered with “Chiancarelle”, grey-limestone roof slabs and are crowned by differently shaped pinnacles, each with a magical significance.Your expert 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.Today,you are invited in the house of an Apulian family for a BURRATA cheese making experience accompanied by a light lunch.Spend the next two nights in the picturesque white OSTUNI staying at the central “PARAGON700” or similar.Overnight stay in OSTUNI

Day 5: OSTUNI, LOCOROTONDO & OLIVE OIL FARM

Start the day with 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 as its sparkling centerpiece. We will visit to a well-known museum in Ostuni which was an 18th century monastery but now houses the skeleton of a 25,000 year old woman among other prehistoric finds. Continue to 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-farmhouse- for an olive oil tastings and viewing an underground ancient olive mill (frantoi ipogei).Included dinner in a popular cave restaurant.Overnight stay in OSTUNI

Day 6: PRIMITIVO WINE TASTING IN MANDURIA & ELEGANT LECCE

This morning visit takes you to experience a well-known winery located in the MANDURIA region for a tasting of their wines “Primitivo” and a visit to the wine CULTURE MUSEUM.Continuw to the historic town of LECCE and its glorious profusion of Baroque mansions and churches.A beautiful baroque town with a remarkable architectural confection of palaces and churches intricately sculpted from the soft local sandstone. Upon arrival, we take a private tour around the city with our locally born guide to have the key sights explained to us. Lecce is known for its crafts, most notably papier-mache’ figurines, and this display is dedicated to explaining the skills and artistry that go into a local product.Spend the last two nights of your Puglia adventure at the boutique hotel “RISORGIMENTO RESORT” or similar.Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight stay in LECCE

Day 6: THE MARVELS OF OTRANTO & THE SALENTO PENINSULA

This morning tour venture takes you to CAPE OTRANTO where we visit a recently restored 19th century lighthouse from where on clear days you can see the mountains of Albania.Next, we move to the beautiful walled harbor town of OTRANTO, overlooking the turquoise Adriatic sea. On a walking tour here we see the stunning Cathedral where, in the interior you can find a remarkable 12th century mosaic floor depicting the Tree of Life balanced on the back of two elephants.Lunch is included this evening in a popular fish restaurant.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 8: ARRIVEDERCI PUGLIA!

Morning transfers to Brindisi airport and train station.

TOUR PRICING

8 days starting from € 3,000 pp

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