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Best of Puglia (6 Day Tour)

Vacation Code: BOP6D2019
6 Days and 5 Nights
7 Meals: (5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner)

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A vacation in the southern part of Italy is something you don’t want to rush. The diversity and the authenticity of the culture as well as the magnificent sights, sounds, flavors, and people that you experience here need to be savored.

This 6-day tour of Puglia, which is at the heel of Italy’s boot, takes you through whitewashed hill towns, age-old farmlands, and miles upon miles of Mediterranean coastline. The trip starts in the capital of Puglia, which is Bari, and ends in Lecce, which is called the Florence of the South. You will enjoy not only the historic sights of this southern region of Italy but also the great local cuisine, unique artwork, and the natural beauty of your surroundings.

Small Group no more than 16 travelers

 

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Itinerary


ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Bari – Alberobello
Day 2: Bari – Trani – Castel del Monte – Alberobello
Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni – Polignano – Monopoli
Day 4: Alberobello – Matera – Lecce
Day 5: Lecce
Day 6: Lecce


Day 1: Bari to Aberobello (Dinner)



Welcome to Italy! When you arrive at the airport in Bari, you’ll collect your luggage and meet the driver for your transfer to Alberobello hotel. Spend the rest of the day at a leisurely pace, with free time to explore. Meet with your Tour Host at the hotel in the evening (around 6:30pm) to go over your tour program and collect information and literature about the exciting destinations you will visit over the next 6 days. Dinner Overnight in Alberobello.


Day 2: Aberobello – Locorotonto – Cisternino (Breakfast & Lunch)



After breakfast, meet your driver guide and start your exploration of Val d’Itria.

You will visit Locorotondo and Cisternino and pass along beautiful small villages, vineyards and olive trees. Locorotondo is very close to Alberobello and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, the town itself is the main sight. It’s a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. The historic part of town – the centro storico – is circular and perched on top of a hill. It’s a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buildings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details.

The territory of Cisternino was already inhabited during the Middle Palaeolithic period by humans who reached the area from the north and the south of Puglia. These populations left numerous traces of their presence here, such as tools that they used like spears spikes, blades, scrapers and chisels to engrave bones.

Cisternino is today a small charming old town centre that has remained virtually intact for centuries with its white houses, narrow streets, little churches and elegant central piazza with a series of panoramic viewpoints from which you can appreciate the around countryside, dotted with its rolling hills, dry stone walls and Trulli roofs piercing the green fields. Cisternino is nice to visit at any time of day, though the magical moments are the summer’s evening when the sun sets and the locals come out for their evening stroll. We will have a wine and cheese tasting followed by a farmer lunch in a beautiful Masseria, from where you will see the green of olives and the blue of the Adriatic sea. Return to Alberobello where you will have time to explore the city on your own.

Alberobello is a fascinating place to visit, above all because of the trulli, the traditional dome shaped buildings made from the local stone. The town is surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards typical of the Puglia region.Trulli is a word that derives from the Greek “tholos” (“dome”), the typical shape of the buildings. Overnight in Alberobello.


Day 3: Ostuni – Polignano – Monopoli (Breakfast)



Today, visit Ostuni, Polignano & Monopoli. Ostuni, perched on three hills 218 meters above sea level, is better known as the “White Town”, thanks to the characteristic whitewashed houses of its historic center, a tradition the inhabitants still keep on. The Fifteenth century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral dominates the town, with a façade sporting a 24-rays rose window of rare beauty. A series of churches and elegant houses embellish the old town, surrounded by Aragonese walls, where there are the two ancient town gates, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio.

The small town of Polignano enjoys a spectacular position. Placed approximately 50 miles south of Bari is erected on the edge of a rocky gorge. The town is considered one of the most ancient establishments in Puglia and was populated by serial invaders ranging from the Huns to the Normans. People come here to view the crashing waves, visit the caves and crowd out the panifici (bakery) in the atmospheric historical center.

In Monopoli you will experience the “Paese vecchio” as the locals usually call the heart of the town, where you will find an unusual concentration of cultural heritage and churches, positioned literally one next to another. You will find small and charming homes, once inhabited by heroic fishermen and expert farmers, whose children are still dedicated to producing great wines and unpassed wines.

Walking among the narrow streets ,between arches and alleys, you will feel the sea air and fragrances of freshly hanging laundry or tomato sauce cooked for hours. Overnight in Alberobello.


Day 4: Alberobello – Matera – Lecce (Breakfast)



Meet your driver and transfer to Lecce with en route stop in Matera where you will have free time to explore the city.

Matera is an ancient city that seems to have existed forever. It is the third oldest city in the world, after Aleppo and Jericho, with over 10,000 years of history. From natural cavities carved by wind and rain of the past to the first man-made caves we can discover how easy it was to shape the limestone material of the Sassi rock. Hence real underground dwellings, in the belly of Mother Earth, which will leave you speechless. A woven structure that has intrigued experts has also discovered how it had been possible to live with the absence of running water. There is still a lot to tell about the water systems created to collect water, one of the elements that has helped to give in Matera the title of a World Heritage Site. You can visit the most beautiful churches, starting from the Duomo on the Civita; walk through the beautiful streets and traffic-free squares, populated with people; you can enjoy the most picturesque alleys, and you will continue your visit in the heart of the two Sassi’s.

Later in the afternoon, you will depart to Lecce, which is in the heart of the Salento region. Lecce is located to the southeast of Ostuni. Here you will be spending the night.


Day 5: Lecce (Breakfast)



After breakfast, you will have the morning at your leisure to relax and explore this amazing city. In the afternoon, meet your guide and have a guided visit of the town.

Called “the Florence of the South,” Lecce has strong Messapian roots, an ancient and mysterious people living in this area before the Romans. Today, it welcomes visitors with its magnificent baroque architecture, which blazes on the portals of its palaces and on the facades of the many churches that line the streets inside the city’s three ancient gates: Porta Rudiae, Porta San Biagio and Porta Napoli. Overnight in Lecce.


Day 6: Lecce (Breakfast)



Enjoy your final breakfast as you take your last pictures of Puglia. Transfer back to Bari airport according to your flight information. Ciao!

The tour includes:

  • Transfers to/from Bari airport
  • Tour Escort Service
  • 3 nights in Alberobello
  • 2 nights in Lecce
  • Excursion to Polignano, Bari & Ostuni
  • Excursion to Alberobello & Locorotondo
  • Wine tasting in Locorotondo
  • Olive Oil and Cheese Tasting in Alberobello
  • Transfer from Alberobello to Lecce with stop in Matera
  • Guided visit of Lecce
  • Taxes and fees
  • 24 hour emergency hotline

The tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Drinks and extras at the hotel
  • Everything that is not mentioned in “The tour includes” section
  • Extra luggage may incur an additional fee

Pricing and Dates

Departure DateDoubleSingleTripleReservation Deposit
Apr-09-2020$ 1400.00$ 2400.00$ 1300.00$ 300.00
Apr-17-2020$ 1400.00$ 2400.00$ 1300.00$ 300.00
May-01-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
May-15-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
May-29-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Jun-12-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Jun-26-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Jul-17-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Jul-31-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Aug-28-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Sep-11-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Sep-25-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Oct-09-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Oct-23-2020$ 1700.00$ 2900.00$ 1600.00$ 300.00
Nov-06-2020$ 1200.00$ 2000.00$ 1100.00$ 300.00

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