Puglia is a land of art and culture, rich in treasures waiting to be discovered! Explore Unesco World Heritage Sites, ancient archaeological sites from Magna Grecia, historic towns, Baroque and Romanesque architecture, fabulous beaches, and exquisite cuisine. Enjoy one week exploring Italy’s southeastern region with our flexibility and first-class services.
Puglia is a land of art and culture, rich in treasures waiting to be discovered! Explore Unesco World Heritage Sites, ancient archaeological sites from Magna Grecia, historic towns, Baroque and Romanesque architecture, fabulous beaches, and exquisite cuisine. Enjoy one week exploring Italy’s southeastern region at your own pace!
- Buffet Breakfast daily, hotel taxes, and service
- Private car transfers with English speaking driver on arrival, departure, and throughout
- Two nights in Lecce
- Two nights in Ostuni
- One night in Altamura
- Two nights in Polignano
- Wine tastings at private wineries in Lecce, Ostuni, and Locorotondo
- Visit to famous "Forno delle Monache" in Altamura with bread and pastry tasting
- A lunch of local organic products in Ostuni at a private Country Estate
- Hands on orecchiette cooking class with English instruction followed by lunch with wine
- Local guided walking tours of Lecce, Ostuni, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Altamura, Matera, and Bari
Day 1- Brindisi / Lecce
Independent arrival at Brindisi Palase Airport. Private transfer with English speaking driver to the beautiful city of Lecce, affectionately known as the "Florence of the South." Lecce will take visitors from prehistoric civilizations through Medieval architecture to the masterpieces of Baroque architecture. Check in at your first class hotel in Lecce. Time to relax and unwind. Overnight in Lecce.
Day 2 - Lecce
Buffet Breakfast, Wine tasting with snacks
Buffet breakfast at hotel and soon after, meet your English speaking guide/lecturer in your hotel lobby for a private two hour walking tour of the city. Enjoy highlights such as the Piazza Sant'Oronzo, the Basilicata of Santa Croce, and the Duomo. Your tour will culminate in a tasting of Negroamaro and Primitivo, typical wines of the Salento region. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.
Day 3 – Lecce / Ostuni
Buffet Breakfast, Organic Masseria Lunch
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check-out. Your private car with ENglish speaking driver will meet your at your hotel and drive you to the "white city" of Ostuni, famous for its white washed houses. On the way to Ostuni, stop at a typical masseria, a traditional regional private country estate. Enjoy an organic, farm-to-table meal of local specialties with wine. Continue on to your first class hotel. Check in, time to relax and unwind. Overnight.
Day 4 – Ostuni / Martinafranca / Locorotondo / Ostuni
Buffet Breakfast, Specialty Food Tasting with Wine
Buffet breakfast at hotel and soon after, meet yoru ENglish speaking guide/lecturer in your hotel lobby for a private two hour morning walking tour of Ostuni. After your morning tour, meet your private car and continue on to Martinafranca. Free time for an independent lunch before meeting your English speaking guide/lecturer for a one hour walking tour of this lovely Baroque treasure. Enjoy the majestic Duomo and charming winding roads before continuing on to Locorotondo, a circular shaped village with unique little churches and residences. For your pleasure we have arranged for you to stop for a tasting of local specialties and wine. Return to Ostuni late afternoon. Overnight.
Day 5 – Ostuni / Alberobello / Altamura
Buffet Breakfast, Cooking Class with Lunch, Bakery Tasting
After your morning breakfast and check out, our English speaking driver will transfer you to Alberobello, a unesco world heritage site, for a two hour guided walking tour of this one of a kind village made with cone-shaped homes called "trulli." Enjoy a hands-on cooking class to learn to prepare the local specialties of focaccia pugliese and orecchiette, followed by lunch. Proceed to Altamura, where you will stop in the town center for a one hour walking tour including a visit to the famous "Forno delle Monache," a traditional bakery once run by nuns. Enjoy a tasting of local breads and pastries before continuing on to your hotel. Time to check in and relax. Overnight.
Day 6 – Altamura / Matera / Polignano
After breakfast and check out, meet your private driver and transfer to Matera, home of I Sassi. I sassi represent an outstanding example of urban settlement dug into the rock, as if continuing a Paleolithic tradition in modern times. Enjoy a two hour private walking tour of this unique town. Free time for independent lunch before continuing on to Polignano, one of the most beautiful sea coast resort towns in Puglia. Check in at your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Overnight
Day 7 – Polignano / Trani / Bari / Polignano
After breakfast, meet your private driver and transfer to the town of Trani. Enjoy a one hour private guided tour of this stunning fishing village known for the breathtaking views from its St. Nicholas Cathedral. Stroll along the promenade and admire the local fishermen unloading their daily catch. Free time for lunch, and in the early afternoon continue to Bari, the capital of Puglia. Enjoy a two hour walking tour of Bari including the Palazzo Normanno, the two cathedrals, the fish market, and don't miss the streets of the old city where local women make pasta by hand. Return to Polignano. Overnight.
Day 8 – Polignano / Bari
Buffet breakfast and check out. Private car transfer with English speaking driver from Polignano to Bari Palese Airport for your return flight to the USA.
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
Resorgimento Resort in Lecce
Ostuni Palace in Ostuni
Masseria I Pitti in Altamura
Covo dei Saraceni in Polignano
PRICING PER PERSON
Validity March 1 - October 31, 2019
PARTY SIZE FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
2 Participants $3,749.00
4 Participants $2,769.00
6 Participants $2,329.00
8 Participants $2349.00
Single Supplement $3,350.00