Explore Puglia in 10 Days

Highlights

  • Enjoy the local cuisine with a private cooking class
  • Admire the gorgeous coast and hidden caves on a private boat trip
  • Visit the mesmerising historical sites whilst immersing yourself in the dense culture
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What you'll do

Overview

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This 10 day whirlwind trip in gorgeous Puglia allows you to enjoy extremely authentic experiences, leaving with a far deeper appreciation for Puglia, its beautiful scenery and interesting history.

From the vibrant green landscape, to the crystal blue waters along the coast, you will be enjoying the highlights of Puglia on this 10 day whirlwind trip.

Enjoying the regional cuisine through the private cooking classes by local chefs, as well as visiting the many amazing restaurants a...Read All

Arrival Day

Begin your trip by landing in Bari Airport where you will be picked up and driven to your hotel in the city centre. You will have time to unwind in your stunning hotel before beginning your journey in Puglia.

That afternoon, you will meet your local guide and discover Bari. Bari will immediately fascinate you with its breathtaking seaside promenade, the ancient Old Town centre, and the historic Teatro Petruzzelli.

In Bari you will also see the Basilica of St Nicholas, the saint ...Read All

Exploring Bari

This morning you will spend as you wish. Whether this is exploring Bari alone, having breakfast at one of the delicious cafes, or admiring the stunning architeture and historical buildings around you. You could even go for swim in the beautiful ocean.

In the afternoon, you will take a leisurely walk through the streets of Polignano a Mare, a shining gem on the coast of the Valle d’Itria. This is perched atop a 20m high limestone cliff, overlooking the crystal clear waters of the ...Read All

Visiting Castel del Monte

Today, you will be visiting the Alta Murgia National Park. This is a limestone plateau scored by deep ravines and sudden sinkholes. This natural phenomenon is a true wonder that is widely loved.

Remote and aloof, Alta Murgia is the perfect setting for Castel del Monte, an awe-inspiring octagonal construction declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. This stunning structure is truly breath taking.

The medieval castle, commissioned by Frederick II in the 13th century, is loca...Read All

Visiting the Lucan Dolomites

Today you will be visiting the imposing Lucan Dolomites. These stand out as giants from the seas, and reach the striking small village of Castelmezzano. This has been listed among Italy’s “most beautiful villages” due to its charm and typically medieval urban structure, making this stunning village a true highlight.

From Castelmezzano, you will have the chance to visit the village Pietrapertosa. In order to reach this village, you will have to take the flight of an an...Read All

Experience the best of Cisternino

Today, you will be visiting Cisternino. This authentic family run farm produces the typical Capocollo of Martine Franca, a traditional pork cold cut. Your off the beaten experience will include a guided tour with the local producer as well as your tour guide, allowing you to learn about all of the production processes that are extremely specific to this beloved food. The experience will of course end with a delicious Capocollo tasting!

In the afternoon, you will be visiting Alberobello...Read All

Exploring Valle d'Itria

Today you have to make sure to put on your apron and get ready to becone a chef for the day, as you will have the chance to enjoy a private cooking class! You will be cooking “la cucina povera” which translates to “the food of the poor”, an Italian term widely used to indicate Apulian cooking.

This authentic local experience is brought to you by local chefs, who have mastered the art of Apulian cooking. This off the beaten track experience will not only allow yo...Read All

Enjoy Ostuni and Lecce

Today you will be transferring to Ostuni. Here, you will be enjoying a leisurely stroll at your own pace around the ‘White Town’, a dearly beloved area of Puglia.

The town centre is characterised by tiny alleyways, with winding hilltops leading towards one of the most enchanting spots in Italy, the Romanesque Cathedral.

While here, you will have the chance to admire the beautiful balconies and terraces bordering the old town walls, facing the sea on a magnificient pa...Read All

Private Boat Trip along the Coast

Today you will be meeting a professional skipper at the port of Castro Marina before taking a private boat to enjoy the gorgeous coast of Salento.

The coast of Salento will enchant you, with its insane morphological characteristics. The coast has a large number of ravines, niches, fjords holes and caves. Many of these are of great biological and historical importance. Get lost in the fascinating coast, admiring all of its beauty.

You will have the chance to cling the coast to Sa...Read All

Exploring Galatina's beauty

This morning, head to Galatina to discover the amazing Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, a treasure chest that houses magnificent frescoes. This stunning sight is sure to amaze all who visit, providing a unique experience within Lecce.

When in Galatina, you must taste the pasticciotto, a typical cake made with pastry and custard. This local delicacy is one not to be missed as it is truly delicious. Nowhere else does it quite like Galatina!

Lunch will be spent in th...Read All

Departure Day

Today, you will be taken from your accommodation in Lecce to Brindisi Airport for your return flight home.

What's included

Included

  • 9 nights accommodation including porterage and all city taxes
  • 9 buffet breakfasts in the hotels indicated
  • 1 street food dinner in Bari
  • 1 lunch (3 courses) at a local agriturismo near Castel del Monte
  • 1 lunch (3 courses) at a local restaurant in Pietrapertosa
  • 1 light lunch at a farm producing "Capocollo di Martina Franca"
  • 1 lunch (3 courses) after the cooking class in the Valle d'Itria
  • 1 pasticciotto tasting in Galatina
  • 1 private cooking class with a local chef in the Valle d'Itria
  • Private luxury transport for all journeys as per program with English speaking driver
  • Professional English speaking local guides as per program
  • All entrance fees
  • 1 visit at a local artisan papier-mache creator in Lecce
  • 1 private boat excursion from Casto to Santa Cesarea
  • 24 hour emergency line
Your local host

Vincenzo and team

Our itineraries reveal the unexpected and often hard to find Italy that travellers have always dreamed of discovering - the legendary Italy you can get under the skin of to personally encounter the real country you often miss.

Every detail that makes your time spent travelling unforgettable will be taken care of: comfort, quality, exclusive visits, local voices and encounters. Our aim is to become a go-to group for those who seek the ultimate Italian experience by ensuring our visitors leave inspired and personally enriched after their time with us.

Our itineraries reveal the unexpected and often hard to find Italy that travellers have always dreamed of discovering - the legendary Italy you can get under the skin of to personally encounter the real country you often miss.

Every detail that makes your time spent travelling unforgettable will be taken care of: comfort, quality, exclusive visits, local voices and encounters. Our aim is to become a go-to group for those who seek the ultimate Italian experience by ensuring our visitors leave inspired and personally enriched after their time with us.

Location

Beginning in the stunning Bari, your guide will pick you up from the airport. From here, you will experience all Bari has to offer. Whether its enjoying local cuisines, visiting the magical historical sites or even eating in the cave above the crystal waters, you will be amazed at its beauty.

Next, you will be staying in Matera. Whilst here, you will be World Heritage sites that hold great importance, as well as enjoying the enchanting landscape present throughout Matera.

Valle d’Itria is a true wonder, with its wonderful historical buildings and gorgeous landscape. Alongside sightseeing and a private cooking class, you will have time to explore this stunning location by yourself.

Your last destination is Lecce. Here you will be enjoying a private boat trip along the mesmerising coast. This stunning town is sure to shock you, with its hidden beauty and strong sense of culture.

FAQs

What drinks are included in the meals?

At all meals included in the trip, you can enjoy: water, soft drinks, house wine or beer. These are included at no extra cost. If you choose something outside of these options, it can be added at your bill.

Can we stay at the same accommodation for both nights in each city?

Yes! If you would rather spend both nights in each city at the same hotel, that can be arranged. Simply tell us and we can arrange this for you with no hassle.

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