Puglia is a land of art and culture, rich in treasures waiting to be discovered. In the heart of the Mediterranean, it has been the cradle of many ancient civilizations and today custodian of their innumerable testimonies scattered along the regional territory and Unesco World Heritage Sites. Puglia is a treasure chest of art, history, nature, and gourmet cuisine. It is the land of sun and hospitality, situated in the southeastern corner of Italy, in a strategic position amid ancient archaeological sites from Magna Grecia. Centuries of history and enchanting landscapes are some of the wonders that make this place unique for a journey to live unforgettable experiences.
- Buffet Breakfast daily, hotel taxes, and service
- Private car transfers with English speaking driver on arrival, departure, and throughout the package as indicated
- Two nights in Lecce
- Two nights in Ostuni
- One night in Matera
- Two nights in Polignano
- Wine tastings in Ostuni and Locorotondo
- 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, Matera, and Bari
Day 1- Brindisi / Lecce
Independent arrival at Brindisi Palese 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 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. 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 your English speaking guide/lecturer in your hotel lobby for a private two hour morning walking tour of Ostuni, featuring the cathedral, the Basilica of St. Francis, and the old city. 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 along the winding white roads leading to the Chiesa Madre of St. George, the Bernardi Palace, and the historic Greek Church. 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 / Matera
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 UESCO 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 the hotel in Matera for check in and time to relax. Overnight.
Day 6 – Matera / Polignano
After breakfast, enjoy a two hour private walking tour of the town of Matera, home of I Sassi. The Sassi represent an outstanding example of urban settlement carved from rock, as if continuing a Paleolithic tradition in modern times. Entrance to the Casa Grotta. Free time for lunch on your own arrangements before continuing on to Polignano, one of the most beautiful coastal resort towns in Puglia. Check in at your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.
Day 7 – Polignano / Trani / Bari / Polignano
After breakfast, meet your English speaking 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 afternoon continue to Bari, the capital of Puglia. Enjoy a two hour walking tour of Bari including the Palazzo Normanno, San Sabino Cathedral, San Nicola Cathedral, the Opera House, the colorful 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 at hotel 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
Grand Hotel Lecce in Lecce
Ostuni Palace in Ostuni
Albergo in Pietra in Matera
Covo dei Saraceni in Polignano
PRICING PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID FOR TRAVEL MARCH 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
PARTY SIZE PREMIUM PACKAGE
2 Participants $3,799.00
4 Participants $2,799.00
6 Participants $2,399.00
8 Participants $2,349.00
Single Supplement $3,450.00