ITALY: Puglia Tour
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Bari
Number of Days: 10 days / 9 nights
Accommodation: Deluxe 4 star Boutique Hotels
Leaders: Professional Experienced Local Guide
Tour Concludes In: Bari
Tour Style: Deluxe & Boutique
Meals: Breakfast; 6: Lunch; 5: Dinner; 2:
Transportation: Luxury air-conditioned chauffeur driven minibus
Welcome to Puglia, the heel of the boot of Italy. Our local guide will share you with you some of the hidden treasures of the area. Puglia is the gastronomic centre of Italy and our guide has been part of the food and wine industry for most of his life and he will take you on a culinary adventure. Our tours are for a maximum of 8 people and this allows lots of flexibility. Apart from the amazing food, you will experience some of nature’s wonders in the fascinating cave city of Matera, the home of the sassi, the beautiful limestone cliffs of Polignano, the trullis of Alberbello and you will also have the opportunity of doing a cooking class, which will be an unforgettable experience. We are happy to organise pre or post tour accommodation.
- Visiting a cheese factory and watching mozzarella being made and then tasting it fresh – unbelievable. Puglia, being the gastronomic centre of Italy, has amazing food and the restaurants you will visit will definitely be a highlight of your visit
- Explore the ancient village of Matera and visiting its UNESCO “sassi” cave houses and rocky churches and you will feel like time has stopped. This is where “Passion of the Christ” was filmed
- Dine in a Michelin Restaurant in Andria
- Have a guided tour of the Castel del Monte, a symbol of Puglia and an incredible architectural feat and a UNESCO site
- View Locorotondo and Ostuni, charming white hill top villages and both said to be the most beautiful in Puglia
- Visit Polignano, a seaside village placed on the top of white limestone cliffs and the contrast against the beautiful aqua of the ocean is stunning
- Discover Alberobello, the home of the trulli and another UNESCO site
- Experience Cooking class in a private home where you will learn to cook local delicacies and then sit down with the family and have the most delicious dinner. A definite highlight of the week
- Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- Boutique accommodation as per your choice - twin share basis
- Luxury air-conditioned mini bus for all transfers & sightseeing
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner
- Professional Local Tour Guide
- Admission fees to all activities, tours, excursions and entrance fees as per the program
- Bottled water during overland transportation
- Day 1: Bari: (D)
- Day 2: Gioia del Colle, Gravina and Matera: (B/L)
- Day 3: Trani, Andria and Castel del Monte: (B/L)
- Day 4: Castellana Grotte, Locorotondo and Ostuni: (B/L)
- Day 5: Altamura, Polignano and Alberobello: (B/L)
- Day 6: Bari and Castellana: (B/L/D)
- Day 7: Bari: (B)
All our B & B’s are excellent and are only a couple of years old. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or twin beds and free internet There are not many rooms, but they are a decent size and are situated in the historical centre of towns so you really get to feel like a local, especially at night when you see all the families out doing passeggiata around the piazza.
Climate & Clothing:
In summer the weather in Puglia is warm to hot, the temperature average between May to September varies from mid 20’s in May and September to 30’s in July and August. Summers are long, hot and dry. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing, including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, as is a light waterproof jacket.
Currency & Money Matters:
The official currency in Italy is EURO (€). On January 1, 2002, the Euro became the official currency for 300 million Europeans, in use in 12 countries of the European Union. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but remember it is important to have a PIN as signatures have been widely phased out in Europe.
The electrical current in Italy is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Sue’s Journeys. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.
Italian is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.
Our B & B’s offer a selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts.
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our B & B’s have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in Puglia are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter Italy you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. No visa is required for tourists.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Sue’s Journeysl suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed.
Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.
We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non- smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.
Italy Standard time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 during Summer Daylight Saving Time)
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
We generally use modern deluxe minibuses for tours. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.
Our tour guides offer bottled water throughout the day.
- Castel del Monte in Andria
- The trulli of Alberobello
- The Sassi of Matera in Basilicata
Day 1: Bari: (D)
Your guide will meet you at Bari Airport and take you to the beautiful town of Gioia del Colle and depending on your time of arrival you will have some time to wander around. Dinner tonight will be in a local traditional Pugliese restaurant and your will get to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Gioia del Colle, Gravina and Matera: (B/L)
Gioia del Colle is one of the hidden jewels of Puglia and is a good base to travel from as it is right in the heart of Puglia. It is famous for its mozzarella and you will have a mozzarella tasting and then go to a local family run winery for a wine tasting. Lunch today is in Gravina in a restaurant famous for its antipasti. Matera, your next stop, is a Unesco site and is famous for its “sassi”, which are cave houses.
Day 3: Trani, Andria and Castel del Monte: (B/L)
Trani is a little fishing port, with a very interesting historical quarter where you will have some free time to wander around. Lunch today is in Andria at a famous Michelin Star restaurant and on its walls are pictures of many famous people who have visited, including Mussolini. After lunch you will visit Castel Del Monte, another Unesco site, which was built by King Frederick II and is a symbol of Puglia.
Day 4: Castellana Grotte, Locorotondo and Ostuni: (B/L)
You will do a guided tour of the large and famous complex of caves in Castellana Grotte. Lunch will be in Locorotondo in a slow food restaurant. Locorotondo and Ostuni are white washed hilltop villages with amazing views and are supposed to be two of the most beautiful cities in Puglia and as you will be visiting both you can be the judge as to which is the more beautiful.
Day 5: Altamura, Polignano and Alberbello: (B/L)
Today you will visit the town of Altamura, which is famous for its DOP bread. You will do a focaccia tasting in a very old bakery with a wood burning oven and then you will go to an oil mill for an olive oil tasting. Lunch is in Polignano al Mare at a renowned seafood restaurant. Your next stop is the Unesco town of Alberbello. The home of the conical trulli houses.
Day 6: Bari and Castellana: (B/L/D)
In Bari, the capital of Puglia, you will have time to wander through the labyrinth of endless passages in the Bari Vecchia and after a light lunch in Conversano you will go to Castellana for a cooking lesson with a wonderful lady named Anna. You will be cooking local dishes and when you have finished, join with Anna and her family for dinner. This will be a highlight of your holiday.
Day 7: Bari: (B)
Today is your last day in Puglia and after your goodbyes your guide will transfer you to Bari Airport.
The beauty of small group tours means tours can be flexible. Please don’t hesitate in contacting me so I can help you organise your dream trip. I am also happy to help you with pre and post tour accommodation.
If you want to experience Puglia and learn about the history, the architecture, the culture and the FOOD in a fun way, don’t miss this tour. Angelo will take you through this part of Italy that he is passionate about and you couldn’t get a better guide as he was born and raised in this area and has been very involved in the food and wine industry. Food is a very important part of the history of Puglia and you will eat and taste the very best in non touristy restaurants. Puglia is a wonderful place to visit as it doesn’t have a tourist infrastructure, which is a mixed blessing as it doesn’t have many tourists, but it is not easy to get around by yourself so this tour takes you to all the interesting sites in the area. I have now been to Puglia three times I look forward to going back again as there is so much more to explore.
Joel P, Melbourne