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Best of Puglia (6 Day Tour)

Vacation Code: BOP6D2019
6 Days and 5 Nights
10 Meals: (5 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners)

Tour Description > View Itinerary

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 15 travelers


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

Day 1: Bari (Dinner)

Your tour of Puglia starts with your arrival at Bari in the morning. You will meet your tour leader in your hotel in Bari and begin your exploration of the region with a walking tour after lunch. Your tour leader will give you information on the city itself and its colorful history while you walk around, taking in the most relevant monuments and sights that make Bari special.

Some of the places you will visit here include the narrow alleys of the old city center, the Basilica of San Nicola where the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra are preserved, and the Norman-Swabian Castle, which is a 12th century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia.

Take in the spectacular view of the city below as you explore the ramparts and rooms of this ancient castle fortress. Admission fee to the castle is not included in the tour fees. Once you are done exploring the castle and admiring the splendor below, your tour group will convene at Piazza Mercantile where you will see the ancient Column of Justice. Dinner will be had here and you get to spend the night in the city.

Day 2: Bari – Trani – Castel del Monte – Alberobello (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast you will leave Bari and head for Trani by coach. This medieval town located to the northwest of Bari, sits on the coast of the Gulf of Manfredonia, and is considered one of the most remarkable cities of the area, also called the Pearl of Puglia, this town is home to a treasure trove of monuments and artwork, historical landmarks, and amazing people.

After exploring Trani in the morning, your tour will then head south towards Castel Del Monte, which is one of Puglia’s most acclaimed landmarks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century under Roger the Norman, this age-old structure is a uniquely shaped building that sits on a hill in the city of Andria. This octagonal shaped building once had marble walls and floors but has since been stripped of these by vandals.

Next on your itinerary on the second day is Alberobello, which is located southeast of Bari. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the “Trulli,” which are stone huts with cone-shaped roofs that were built in the 14th century from local limestone. These whitewashed huts give this village a really unique vibe and a fairytale-like atmosphere.

Overnight stay in Alberobello, sleeping in a real “Trullo,” with dinner included.

Day 3: Alberobello – Matera (Breakfast, & Dinner)

Matera is the destination for today. You will be taken by coach to this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will learn about the history of the “Sassi di Matera” or Stones of Matera. These limestone caves have been used as houses for over 9,000 years and are part of the historic center of the city.

While here, you will also be given the chance to visit the Romanesque Cathedral that overlooks the city, with its beautiful “Campanile” or bell tower, and where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the “Sassi.”

This leisurely day in Matera ends with a trip back to Alberobello in the late afternoon where you will enjoy dinner and another overnight stay in a Trullo.

Day 4: Alberobello – Locorotondo – Ostuni – Lecce (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast you will leave Alberobello by coach and reach Locorotondo. This town, which has a population of 14,000, is known for its circular shape (hence the name which means “round place”), and it’s fine wines. After a visit here, your next stop will be Ostuni, which is located to the east of Locorotondo.

Here in Ostuni, you will have more free time to explore another one of the many “white towns” in the region, with free time for lunch, shopping and the tasting of several local products. Here you will also find one of the world’s finest olive oils, which you can enjoy with a tasting. All of these free-time activities you will be doing at your own expense.

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 have dinner and will be spending the night.

Day 5: Lecce – Otranto – Dinner at the Masseria Le Stanzie (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast you will take part on a 3-hour guided tour of the city. This is where you will find out more about Lecce, the historical sites in it, and its history in general. Some of the sites you will expect to see on the morning of this day in Lecce include the town center, the 12th century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Piazza del Duomo.

After the morning tour of the city, transfer to Otranto, where you will have free time to explore on your own. Here you can enjoy lunch at one of the local cafes, enjoy the historic buildings that show a hint of Greek, Roman, and Turkish cultures, and gaze in wonder at the blend of all these unique cultures in the buildings found around the old quarters of the town.

You should also make it a point to see the iconic Otranto Cathedral where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar. You should not miss seeing the marvelous mosaic floor of the cathedral, which is said to rival the well-known mosaics of Ravenna in richness and significance.

In the early evening reach Supersano, which is a town located to the west of Otranto. Here you will have dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe.” You will also be rewarded with a tour around this ancient farm, learn more about the history and culture of Puglia, and see how homemade pasta is made. You can also choose to visit the medieval tombs that are part of the farm.

Dinner here will be typical meals and products from the region. After dinner you will travel by coach back to Lecce where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Lecce (Breakfast)

Enjoy your final breakfast as you take your last pictures of Puglia. You can either extend your trip or catch the train back to Bari (not included). Ciao!

The tour includes:

  • Transportation by deluxe motor coach
  • Multilingual tour guide and escort
  • Accommodation at the hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Visits as per itinerary
  • 1 piece of luggage and 1 carry on per person with porterage
  • Taxes and fees
  • 24 hour emergency hotline

The tour does not include:

  • Transfers to/from airport or train station to Bari and Lecce
  • 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
May-17-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
May-31-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Jun-14-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Jun-28-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Jul-12-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Jul-26-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Aug-30-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Sep-13-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Sep-27-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Oct-11-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00
Oct-25-2019$ 2000.00$ 2300.00$ 2000.00$ 300.00