Enchanting Puglia (2022|23) - 8 days

At the heel of Italy’s boot, discover beautiful whitewashed villages, stunning coastlines with turquoise coloured waters, ancient ruins and gastronomical delights. The magic of Puglia has long been known to the Italians, but now the secret is out and it awaits you on this magnificent regional discovery.

Highlights and Inclusions

  • Experience the region’s ‘must see’ towns including Matera, Grottaglie, Lecce, Otranto, Alberobello and Polignano a Mare.
  • 7 nights in a boutique property and 5-star hotels including a Trullo.
  • 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 1 dinner (D).
  • Guided sightseeing of Matera, Lecce, Alberobello and Castellana Cave.
  • Private cooking class to make traditional orecchiette.
  • Guided tour with wine pairings at a local winery followed by lunch.
  • Visit the charming seaside villages of the Salento Peninsula.
  • Private boat excursion in Santa Maria di Leuca.
  • Entrance to Casa Grotta & Chiesa Rupestre, Basilica di Santa Croce and Duomo, Trullo Sovrano and Castellana Cave.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Matera and Alberobello.
  • Deluxe VIP transport.
  • Airport transfers on first and last day.
  • Note: hotel city taxes, if applicable, are not included.

Upcoming Departures

CommencesConcludesPrice (twin share per person)Price (single supplement)
BariBari
22 April 202329 April 2023$5,090 AUD$2,600 AUD
22 May 202329 May 2023$5,090 AUD$2,600 AUD SOLD OUT
10 June 202317 June 2023$5,090 AUD$2,600 AUD Selling Fast
26 June 20233 July 2023$5,090 AUD$2,600 AUD Limited spaces remaining
24 July 202331 July 2023$5,090 AUD$2,600 AUD
11 September 202318 September 2023$5,090 AUD$2,600 AUD Limited spaces remaining
24 September 20231 October 2023$5,090 AUD$2,600 AUD Selling fast
FIT: Self-driveOn any date you choosefrom $2,675 AUDfrom $1,926 USD This is a private itinerary, not a group tour.
FIT: Private driverOn any date you choosefrom $4,250 AUDfrom $3,060 USD This is a private itinerary, not a group tour.
Commences: Bari Conclude: Bari Prices (twin share): Prices (single): Availability:
Commences: 22 April 2023 Conclude: 29 April 2023 Prices (twin share): $5,090 AUD Prices (single): $2,600 AUD Availability:
Commences: 22 May 2023 Conclude: 29 May 2023 Prices (twin share): $5,090 AUD Prices (single): $2,600 AUD Availability: SOLD OUT
Commences: 10 June 2023 Conclude: 17 June 2023 Prices (twin share): $5,090 AUD Prices (single): $2,600 AUD Availability: Selling Fast
Commences: 26 June 2023 Conclude: 3 July 2023 Prices (twin share): $5,090 AUD Prices (single): $2,600 AUD Availability: Limited spaces remaining
Commences: 24 July 2023 Conclude: 31 July 2023 Prices (twin share): $5,090 AUD Prices (single): $2,600 AUD Availability:
Commences: 11 September 2023 Conclude: 18 September 2023 Prices (twin share): $5,090 AUD Prices (single): $2,600 AUD Availability: Limited spaces remaining
Commences: 24 September 2023 Conclude: 1 October 2023 Prices (twin share): $5,090 AUD Prices (single): $2,600 AUD Availability: Selling fast
Commences: Conclude: Prices (twin share): Prices (single): Availability:
Commences: FIT: Self-drive Conclude: On any date you choose Prices (twin share): from $2,675 AUD Prices (single): from $1,926 USD Availability: This is a private itinerary, not a group tour.
Commences: FIT: Private driver Conclude: On any date you choose Prices (twin share): from $4,250 AUD Prices (single): from $3,060 USD Availability: This is a private itinerary, not a group tour.
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Day: 1 Bari – Matera

D

Welcome to Puglia, a region less travelled that is bursting with stunning landscapes and history. On arrival, transfer to ancient Matera to relax and freshen up before an organised welcome dinner.

Overnight: Italy, Matera - Boutique Hotel Le Origini Rating 
 4   or similar

Day: 2 Matera

B

Enjoy a walking tour of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage listed city and one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the World. Discover the Murgia National Park famous for its caves and rock formations, as well as the limestone shaped caves of the Sassi rock. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure.

Overnight: Italy, Matera - Boutique Hotel Le Origini Rating 
 4   or similar

Day: 3 Matera - Ginosa - Grottaglie - Lecce

B, L

Visit Ginosa for a private orecchiette (hand made fresh local pasta) cooking class followed by an amazing lunch with wine. Afterward, pass through the charming town of Grottaglie, famous for its ceramics. Enjoy time to observe the craftsmen and browse the many shops selling the unique hand-made gods. Continue to Lecce, known as the ‘Rome of the South’ with its ancient Roman amphitheatres, 17th Century Baroque style churches and Palaces, surrounded by stunning countryside, coastlines and small towns. Arrive in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Italy, Puglia (Lecce) - Patria Palace Rating 
 4   or similar

Day: 4 Lecce

B, L

Stroll amongst the stunning architecture, Roman ruins and discover Lecce’s traditions on a walking tour including entrance to the Basilica di Santa Croce and Duomo. Afterwards, enjoy a winery tour and lunch with wine pairings at their local restaurant.

Overnight: Italy, Puglia (Lecce) - Patria Palace Rating 
 4   or similar

Day: 5 Lecce - Santa Maria di Leuca - Castro - Otranto - Lecce

B

Enjoy a full day excursion exploring the beautiful villages and coastline of the Salento Peninsula. Visit Santa Maria di Leuca for a private boat ride, including time to swim off the boat in amazing waters. Afterward, enjoy time for an independent lunch before passing through the picturesque village of Castro to Otranto, where you have time to explore before returning to Lecce.

Overnight: Italy, Puglia (Lecce) - Patria Palace Rating 
 4   or similar

Day: 6 Lecce – Ostuni – Martina Franca - Alberobello

B

Visit the beautiful whitewashed town of Ostuni, with a historical tradition of painting all the houses with white lime. Stroll the streets at your own leisure and perhaps visit its local treasures such as the Cathedral and the baroque Church of Santa Maria Maddalena. Continue to Martina Franca, an old town surrounded by stone walls and featuring piazzas and narrow, winding streets. Enjoy time for an independent lunch before arriving in Alberobello for an overnight stay in a real Trullo.

Overnight: Italy, Puglia (Alberobello) - Hotel Le Alcove Rating 
 5   or similar

Day: 7 Alberobello - Polignano a Mare - Castellana Cave - Alberobello

B

Discover Alberobello and its tradition and landscape with a walking tour. Afterward, travel to the beautiful seaside village of Polignano a Mare with leisure time for independent discovery, a swim at its amazing beach with pristine turquoise water and possibly independent lunch at its world-renowned Grotto Palazzese. Afterward, visit the Castellana Cave with a guided tour before returning to Alberobello.

Overnight: Italy, Puglia (Alberobello) - Hotel Le Alcove Rating 
 5   or similar

Day: 8 Alberobello Depart

B

After breakfast, transfer to Bari for your ongoing journey.

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