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Discovery of Puglia

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Gaetano will take the lead and plan your journey for you. Just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

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For those who want to travel through history, our eight-day small group Discovery of Puglia tour offers a wide range of places that testify to the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance, and the Baroque splendor of Lecce. Puglia is full of surprises and delights: fabulous food, historic towns, beautiful beaches, and gracious residents. Highlights: - Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Alberobello, Castel del Monte, and Matera. - Savor the flavors of Puglian cuisine and wine. - Admire the beautiful Baroque architecture of Lecce. - Spend two nights in a traditional “trullo” in Alberobello. - Tour Otranto, the “heel” of Italy, and visit a cathedral renowned for its collection of mosaic scenes. N.B.: THERE IS A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT CHARGE TO BE PAID IF YOU ARE A SINGLE TRAVELLER. PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING ANY BOOKING.
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Day 1

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Bari

Day 1

We depart Bari to begin our full-day journey and visit a vineyard in Basilicata wine country. The vineyard’s stunning Crypt of the Original Sin has frescoes dating back to the ninth century and we will have a short guided tour of the crypt. Afterwards, we enjoy lunch with locally-sourced food paired with wine produced at the vineyard. Following lunch, we arrive in the heart of the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera and start our walking tour. We will explore the narrow streets that wind their way through the Sassi to discover the ancient homes and churches carved from tufa rock. After our tour, we have a one-hour drive to Alberobello where you will spend the next two nights sleeping in a traditional “trullo”. The Trulli of Alberobello, thanks to their unique characteristics and historical significance, are one of Puglia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a free evening to relax or explore Alberobello at night. Your tour leader will recommend restaurants to savor more regional specialties and wine. Included Meals: Lunch with Wine

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Day 1

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Matera

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Day 1

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Alberobello

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Day 1-3

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Grotte di Castellana

Day 1-3

After breakfast, we meet our expert local guide to start our in-depth walking tour of Alberobello followed by some free time to explore, shop, and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, we have a short drive to the underground wonder of the Castellana Caves where we will take a two-hour guided walk through the natural rock formations. Return to Alberobello. Group dinner at a trattoria to enjoy traditional Murgia cuisine and wine. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3

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Martina Franca

Day 3

Depart Alberobello for a short drive to Martina Franca to visit the Palazzo Ducale and the Cathedral. We then have another short drive to a local masseria (farm) where we enjoy a cheese tasting with lunch. After lunch, we transfer to Lecce, the artistic and cultural capital of Puglia. Upon arrival in Lecce, we settle into our centrally located hotel before meeting our expert local guide for a walking tour to discover the architecture, culture, and history of Lecce. Lecce will be our base for the next three nights. Free night to relax and dine on your own. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

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Day 3

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Lecce

Day 3

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Day 3-4

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Otranto

Day 3-4

Today we drive to Otranto, the heel of the Italian boot, and visit a cathedral famous for its magnificent Tree of Life mosaics. Enjoy a stroll around Otranto with some free time to explore or shop for local handicrafts. We then drive to a restaurant renowned for serving fresh seasonal local produce to complement wines from their own vineyard. Return to Lecce and free time to further explore the historical center of Lecce on your own. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

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Day 4-5

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Galatina

Day 4-5

In the morning we drive to one of Puglia’s hidden gems in Galatina: the extraordinary 14th-century Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Afterwards, we drive for 30 minutes and arrive in Gallipoli, “beautiful town” in Greek, where we visit a stunning cathedral and the Frantoio Ipogeo – an ancient underground olive mill carved from stone. Enjoy an included lunch in Gallipoli’s historical center at an osteria that specializes in seafood. Return to Lecce and enjoy a free evening to dine and drink at your own pace. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 5

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Gallipoli

Day 5

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Day 5-6

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Ostuni

Day 5-6

We depart Lecce today and drive to Ostuni, “La Città Bianca,” one of the most beautiful hilltop towns in all of Italy. Stroll through a maze of narrow streets with a visit to a small museum exhibiting the 25,000-year-old fossilized remains of Delia, “La Donna di Ostuni.” We then arrive at a restaurant located in a 15th-century Aragonese donjon with panoramic views for a gourmet lunch. In the afternoon we visit a family-run olive oil business to learn more about olive oil production in the Puglia region. Here we have an opportunity to taste different types of olive oil and purchase local products at their small shop. Afterwards, we drive to Polignano a Mare and visit the charming historical center. We will try the famous coffee invented here, Caffè Speciale di Polignano a Mare, and view a statue of Domenico Modugno, the composer and singer of Volare. Short drive to Bari and check in to our hotel. Free evening to further explore the nearby bars and eateries. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6

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Polignano a Mare

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Day 6

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Bari

Day 6

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Day 6-7

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Castel del Monte

Day 6-7

After breakfast we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Castel del Monte for a guided tour of the Swabian Castle. Known for its octagonal shape, the Castel del Monte is a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Short drive to Trani to visit the Cathedral of Trani, built on the edge of the sea, and an option to have lunch at a restaurant. We then return to our hotel in Bari. Farewell group dinner at a restaurant where we will enjoy a delicious hearty meal and raise one last toast to our Puglian adventure. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 7

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Trani

Day 7

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Day 7-8

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Bari

Day 7-8

This morning take breakfast at your leisure. Your tour leader can assist you with additional tours, post-tour accommodation, and transfers. Included Meal: Breakfast

TripLeader

Gaetano

48 years old

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Born in Cava de’ Tirreni, Gaetano has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, as well as Central and South America. With a passion for travel and meeting new people from all over the world, he embarked on a career in overland adventure travel. After seven years leading overland tours on five continents, winning a Silver Award at the 2011 Wanderlust World Guide Awards, and three years guiding in Europe, he decided to move back home and bring tourists to Southern Italy. An avid student of history and culture, Gaetano has lived overseas for more than twelve years and speaks English, Spanish, and French. When not planning travel for others or dreaming up his next adventure, you’ll find Gaetano hiking the Amalfi Coast or photographing archaeological sites.

Profile description: Born in Cava de’ Tirreni, Gaetano has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, as well as Central and South America. With a passion for travel and meeting new people from all over the world, he embarked on a career in overland adventure travel. After seven years leading overland tours on five continents, winning a Silver Award at the 2011 Wanderlust World Guide Awards, and three years guiding in Europe, he decided to move back home and bring tourists to Southern Italy. An avid student of history and culture, Gaetano has lived overseas for more than twelve years and speaks English, Spanish, and French. When not planning travel for others or dreaming up his next adventure, you’ll find Gaetano hiking the Amalfi Coast or photographing archaeological sites.

What is included

Accommodation
Hotel
8 days trip
Bari, Matera & 13 more
Transportation
Car
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