Visit some of Puglia’s most beautiful towns overlooking the Adriatic sea. On this tour you will visit many the cities of Matera, Ostuni, Monopoli, Alberobello, Poligiano by the Sea, Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Lecce, and Gallipoli. Seeing the culture, countryside, ancient sites and food heritage of Puglia along the way!
1st day - Arrival
Pick-up at the Bari airport and transfer to Matera. Check-in at hotel in Matera.
2nd day - Visit of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage
One of the oldest cities in the world, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture 2019. Matera sits like a giant sculpture in the center of the Murgia plateau. We will visit the ancient town, known as the Sassi, where homes, churches and reservoirs were dug out of caves. We’ll discover hidden treasures in churches carved into the stone and painted by Byzantine monks, as well as modest farmhouses, evidence of the bitter reality of mid-20th Century.
Check-out at Hotel In Matera & Transfer to Monopoli. Check-in at new hotel.
3rd day - Visit of Ostuni the White City, Monopoli and extra virgin olive oil experience
The gleaming white city of Ostuni sits atop the last hill of the southern Murgia plateau, surrounded by ancient olive trees and near the Adriatic Sea. While in Ostuni, you will take a walking tour through narrow streets lined with white-washed buildings, ending at the town’s sophisticated Gothic cathedral.
Monopoli is a wonderful town dating back to 5th century B.C., sits along the Adriatic coast with about 8 miles of coastline. We will take an unforgettable guided tour among the most important historical buildings. We will end our trip along the harbor, which is full of fine restaurants, colorful fishing boats and very stylish bars, and where we will enjoy the unique Mediterranean atmosphere of this town.
During our tour we will visit a traditional olive oil mill. Here, we will learn about the traditional method of olive oil processing, which uses granite mill stones, as well as the modern processing system. We will taste six different extra virgin olive oils produced by this olive oil farm in the heart of the wonderful Itria Valley.
4th day -Visit of Alberobello, the capital of the trulli-houses UNESCO WHS and Polignano a Mare
Visit of Alberobello the premier location to see trulli, the cone-shaped houses distinctive to Apulia. Alberobello has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 making it a site not to miss.
Perched on a high rocky outcrop that reaches into the Adriatic Sea, Polignano is a beautiful coastal town. The best way to experience the atmosphere of this Mediterranean city is through a nice walk on its terraces overlooking the sea. With its picturesque bays and hidden caves, Polignano was an ancient landing spot for merchants and fishermen. Today, its artisan shops and stylish bars are busy year-round.
5th day - Visit of Martina Franca, Locorotondo and cheese tasting
The elegant Martina Franca is located on the hills of the Murgia plateau between the provinces of Taranto, Bari and Brindisi and is one of the most enchanting towns of Itria Valley thanks to it's quaintly narrow streets and its unique Mediterranean atmosphere. It is known as the second baroque city of Puglia after Lecce. The regional delicacy is the capocollo of Martina Franca, made with local pork and cured according to tradition, matured and smoked with thyme, rosemary and Fragno wood. This product has received the Slow Food seal.
The white and gleaming town of Locorotondo is certainly one of the most fascinating and unique places in Puglia. No wonder that the town is ranked among the most beautiful in Italy. The town’s name originates in the concentric and round shape of the ancient Locus Rotundus, situated on a hill about 400 meters above sea level. Its high position and its “terraces” offer unforgettable views on the most beautiful countryside of Puglia.
During our tour we will visit a traditional dairy. Here, we will experience how the mozzarella is made. We will taste the typical cheeses of the region mozzarella, burrata, scamorza, caciocavallo, together with capocollo, bread, wine and water.
6th day - Visit of Lecce the baroque city
Check-out at hotel and transfer to Lecce.
Check-in at new hotel.
Start your day with a guided tour, you will see elegant baroque palaces and churches constructed from warmly colored Lecce stone. These beautiful buildings surround the magnificent ruins of what was once a Roman city called Lupiae. In this beautiful town just below the ground level of the main square we can find a restored 2nd-century-AD amphitheatre, discovered about 100 years ago.
7th day - Visit of Gallipoli, the pearl of the ionian coast and wine-tasting
Gallipoli is an enchanting coastal town rich in history because of its Greek roots and its wonderful Baroque and Renaissance buildings. We will walk through the alleys of the old town, which connected to the mainland by a seventeenth-century bridge. We will admire the courts and palazzi of what had been one of the richest cities in the south of Italy in the sixteenth century. The splendid cathedral dedicated to Santa Agata, hosting over 80 canvases painted by the most talented masters of the period, is considered one of the most beautiful in all the Salento peninsula. The city is known for its traditional underground olive oil mills that we will visit. During our tour we will visit a renowned wine cellar, where we will taste 5 different wines.
8th day - Departure
Check-out at hotel and Transfer to the airport (Bari or Brindisi).
- Weeklong Tour
- Small group tour (4 to 8 people)
- Offered year round
What is included?
- Transfers from/to the airport (Bari or Brindisi)
- Accommodations in each city
- Guided tour with a licensed English-speaking guide in every place we visit
- Private driver and car in every place we visit
- Olive oil tasting (6 different extra virgin olive oils)
- Cheese tasting (mozzarella, burrata, scamorza, caciocavallo, together with capocollo, bread, wine and water)
- Wine tasting (5 different wines)
- Tips for your guides