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Puglia – Foodie Tour

From £4673 pp

Italy, Puglia

4 nights

Private group of 2

Puglia – Foodie Tour

From £4673 pp

What You'll Do

Enjoy a 4 night break in stunning Puglia with cooking experiences, cycling through Olive groves, olive oil tasting and cheese making.

Puglia – land of sun and sea. Endless countryside scattered with centuries old olive trees, baroque cities and white washed towns. Bursting with local tradition, the ultimate food lovers’ paradise!

You’ll be amazed by the extraordinary history and art of this part of Southern italy, the heel of Italy’s boot, by the vast picturesque landscape and by superb food and wines.

Stay in  a traditional masseria ( farm house) , experience a private cooking classes,  visit a local vineyard and olive oil producer, taste delicious local food and wines,  cruise the beautiful coastline, cycle through the open countryside along the beautiful Mediterranean coast.

Experience
Highlights

Enjoy authentic and local experiences

2 Private Cooking Classes with 3 course lunch

Learn the art of making Mozzarella and Burrata

2 hour Cycle through Olive groves

Your Local Host:

Augusto

Augusto was born and raised in Puglia, sunny South of Italy. After graduating in accountancy, he specialised in International Trade and that was his first approach with foreign people. The experience
proved to be a revelation: realising that he could find a way to sustain a new lifestyle, he qualified as Technical Director of Travel Agency in Bari, where he began working in tourism.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

Arrival at Bari/Brindisi airport and transfer to your hotel, a charming 1600’ masseria (farmhouse) immersed in a wonderful expanse of olive trees, where you’ll be welcomed with a drink.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Masseria Salamina – Fasano 

The Masseria Salamina provides all the activities one would expect of an upscale Agriturismo

 

 

Cooking in Puglia

This morning you’re off to Bari with your host for a local food tasting, to try local dishes from the area, and have  a delicious lunch in an authentic family owned restaurant.

After lunch you’ll go to Polignano a Mare  and take a leisurely stroll around the historical centre ‘centro Storico. The tiny old town, reached through the Porta Vecchia gate, combines charming, white-washed streets with beautiful old churches. It has quait winding street and panoramic terraces overlooking the beautiful Adriatic coastline. The town is also famous for its amazing ice cream, which you will of course have the opportunity to sample today.

The second thing that Polignano is famous for is it towering coastal cliffs and picturesque sea caves. You will take a cruise passing by several caves, pause to snap photos and admire these unique formations, and there will be time for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water.

Then its time for the first cooking class back at the masseria, in which you’ll learn how to make delicious fresh pasta and  focaccia. You’ll Learn the secret of simple yet flavourful recipes for sauces made with fresh local ingredients.

All of this will create the feast for your evening meal today.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Cycle to Olive farm and Experience Buratta and Mozzarela Making

Your cycle ride begins with a lovely, flat route along the waterfront, along the Adriatic coast and the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the location of a Greco-Roman town dating as far back as the 4th century BC. We’ll then loop into the old town of Monopoli with its picturesque port. Our guide will take you to the best place en route for a coffee or gelato to recharge your batteries before continuing  past ancient olive groves.

Then it’s back to your masseria for a relaxing evening and dinner.

Cooking Class in The morning

Today you will venture out to a local cheesemaker. Here he will demonstrate the art of making fresh mozzarella and burrata followed by a tasting session for you to try  the whole range of their cheeses.

Then experience one of Puglia’s most important treasures: olive oil! The olive mill on this ancient estate has been in use for thousands of years and provides a fascinating insight into olive oil production. We’ll walk through the beautiful grounds of the estate and of course enjoy some olive oil tasting.

Next there will be a visit to the picturesque  town of Ostuni regarded as an architectural jewel, commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Get lost in the hundred alleys, filled with workshops and Baroque churches.

Back at the masseria its time for your second cooking class where you will learn to prepare some typical vegetable dishes that you can easily replicate back at home like parmigiana ( aubergine with baked in cheese and tomato sauce) and fave e cicorie ( fava bean puree with chicory)  You will spend 2 hours learning the recipes and tips to create typical Italian vegetarian dishes and then dinner will be based on your efforts!

 

Rest of the day at leisure.

Departure

Breakfast followed by a farewell meeting and transfer to Bari/Brindisi airport

Location Information

This experience starts in Bari or Brindisi – depending on your arrival port or airport, and you will be transferred to your traditional, comfortable farmhouse accommodation. Puglia is a stunning region, breathtaking scenery and wonderful coastal views traditional villages and delicious locally produced food and wine.

  • Transfers in bus or minibus from/to Bari and/or Brindisi airport
  • Private bus or mini bus available throughout the tour
  • 4 Nights accommodation at Masseria Salamina – Manor’s Room
  • 2 Private cooking classes with 3 course lunch (beverages included)
  • 2h bike ride through olive groves and along the coast
  • Cheesemaker visit with full tasting of the produce
  • Visit of a fascinating millenary olive grove and hypogeum oil-mill
  • Walking tour of the white town of Ostuni
  • 4 days with professional, local guides with knowledge of the secrets and stories of the region