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August 4, 2020

Puglia, the hidden treasure of Italy / 8 days guided tour

Written By Arrivederci Puglia Travel

8 days and 7 nights small group guided tour of Puglia region – Southern Italy

Get a chance to visit Puglia region away from the mass tourism. This undiscovered part of Italy is awash with culture, history and authentic cuisine!
During this 8 days small group tour you’ll discover the best places of Puglia in a relaxing way and enjoy artistic beauties, delicious food and wine specialties.
With your local expert guide you will visit the picturesque Mediterranean villages of Ostuni, Locorotondo and Polignano a Mare, the charming Trulli houses of Alberobello Unesco site, the baroque art of Lecce and the ancient Matera Unesco site.
This tour has also a lot to offer for foodies! You’ll savor the flavors of Italy with a private organic mozzarella tasting, hand-made gelato tasting, meals based on authentic local cuisine (away from touristic places) and a visit to a local winery to learn more about Apulian wines.
We will personally accompany you through this wonderful experience!


Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Tour style: guided, cultural, culinary, leisurely/easy walking
Group size: For a more private experience and better quality of services, our small groups are limited to 12 travelers.
Price: starting from Euro 1.750 per person (approximately US Dollar 1.900).
Special discount for all Members of TheTopTravelClub: Euro 100 off per person (approximately US Dollar 120) on our Puglia tours 2021 guaranteed departures.

•  April 10 – 17
•  May 8 – 15
•  June 12 – 19
•  July 3 – 10
•  September 4 – 11
•  October 9 – 16
•  November 6 – 13

The tour is available all year long. It is also possible to organize the tour during other weeks not mentioned here. It is also possible to customize this tour according to your wishes.
Please let us know your request and we will create a tailor-made proposal for you!


Day 1 Arrival in Puglia – Ostuni – welcome dinner
Arrival in Puglia region. After settling into the comforts of your charming Hotel in the heart of Ostuni, take advantage of a leisure time to rest up. Ostuni is best known as “la città Bianca” (the white city) for its historical downtown houses completely white painted, a tradition the inhabitants still keep on for centuries. Your Puglia experience begins with a welcome dinner based on traditional local specialties and wine!
Meals: -/-/D
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni

Day 2 Matera UNESCO site
Today we will visit Matera city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for the Sassi di Matera, an ancient city with houses that have been excavated into the rocks and inhabited since the Stone Age.
You will enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the unique and ancient Sassi di Matera and visit of a Casa Grotta Museum (ancient cave house) fully furnished as it was in the past.
Meals: B/-/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni

Day 3 Unbelievable olive trees – Polignano a Mare – Bari
Today your drive will take you through the peaceful countryside of this part of Southern Italy where you will admire olive trees considered real “sculptures of nature” because they are more than 1.000 years old!
Visit of Polignano a Mare, a characteristic Mediterranean fishing village that stands on a rocky cliff. Guided walking tour through the historical downtown and gelato tasting in a local gelateria.
Lunch in a local restaurant based on traditional Apulian seafood and wine. In the afternoon guided walking tour of Bari, Puglia’s capital city.
Meals: B/L/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni

Day 4 Mozzarella experience – Alberobello UNESCO site – Locorotondo – dinner in Masseria
Visit of a local farm famous for the production of Apulian organic cheese. You can taste freshly hand-made excellent Mozzarella and other Apulian cheeses! Then enjoy Alberobello “the capital of Trulli houses”, a UNESCO Site. Trulli are ancient 14th century stone houses with a round shape and a conical roof; they are an icon of the region. Trip continues driving through the Itria Valley and visiting Locorotondo town.
In the evening, dinner in a beautiful and charming place, a Masseria of 1600 in the countryside. The Masseria (old farmhouse) is famous for organic vegetables, fruit and extra-virgin olive oil production. Before dinner extra virgin olive oil tasting where we will explain you how to recognize a real Extra Virgin Olive Oil and which are its health benefits.
Meals: B/-/D
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni

Day 5 Day at Leisure – extra activities on request
Today is yours to spend as you wish. Relax and enjoy on your own this unique part of Italy. Sitting in the “piazza” (town square) drinking a cappuccino or eating a gelato….what a better way to enjoy la Dolce Vita!
Our staff will be at your disposal to recommend you places to visit, local restaurants, or to arrange for your extra activities like: sightseeing in other authentic Italian small villages, bike and boat tours, cooking classes, food and wine tastings…
Meals: B/-/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Ostuni

Day 6 Otranto – Apulian wine tasting
In the morning after your Hotel check-out, we will move to the South part of Puglia region and we will visit Otranto, the eastern point of Italy, called also the door to the East.
Get lost in the narrow streets of Otranto old town and admire the impressive panorama of the blue-green Adriatic Sea. In the afternoon we will visit a local winery. Your wine expert guide will show you the vineyards and the cellar where you will learn about grape varieties and wine production in this part of Italy. Finally enjoy your tasting of different Apulian wines: white, rosè and red! Check-in at your Hotel in Lecce city.
Meals: B/-/-
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Lecce

Day 7 Lecce “the Florence of the Southern Italy”
Today we will visit Lecce. The superb beauty of its churches and elegant noble buildings attracts a great number of visitors, because this city is the capital of the Baroque art in the South. For this reason, Lecce is called “the Florence of the Southern Italy”.
Guided walking tour through the historical center with the Duomo of Lecce, the 2nd century Roman amphitheater and the beautiful Basilica di Santa Croce. In the evening Arrivederci dinner based on traditional Italian dishes and wine.
Meals: B/-/D
Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Lecce

Day 8 Departure
Breakfast and Hotel check-out.
Meals: B/-/-

Included in this tour

•  4 star Hotel in Ostuni: 5 nights with breakfast included.
•  4 star Hotel in Lecce: 2 nights with breakfast included.
•  Meals: 1 lunch and 3 dinners with typical Apulian dishes. Meals include 3 courses and beverages: wine, water and coffee.
Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
•  Mozzarella and Apulian cheeses tasting in local farm
•  Extra virgin olive oil tasting
•  Wine tasting in Apulian winery
•  Hand-made Gelato tasting
•  8 guided sightseeing with English speaking guide
•  Transfers during the excursion as per itinerary with private driver and air conditioning BUS.
•  Services of a friendly experienced English speaking Travel Director who will remain at your disposal during the all tour.
•  Admission tickets for all visiting sites as per itinerary.
•  VAT Tax

Not included
• Airfare
• Transfers between the arrival/departure airports
• Meals and beverage not mentioned in itinerary
• Hotel city tax (approximately Euro 2 per person per night)
• Optional activities and all personal expenses. All that is not mentioned in the program.

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