Secrets of Puglia 2024

Secrets of Puglia 2024

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Secrets of Puglia 2024

8 Days Starting and ending in Naples

Visiting: Italy

Tour operator:

Blue-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BFPBB4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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$2959
$2826 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$133

NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

The enchanting Italian region of Puglia is famous for its historic cities, quaint fishing villages and exquisite cuisine. From Naples to Bari, Lecce, Martina Franca, Matera and back again, we’ll delve into the area’s many splendours – touring historic towns, discovering local traditions and indulging in a tasting or two along the way.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Sassi di Matera cave dwellings

  • Sample the rich flavours of Manduria’s famous Primitivo wines with a local tasting

  • Explore the awe-inspiring expanse of Castellana Caves

Itinerary

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Day 1: Naples (Italy)

Accommodation: Palazzo Salgar (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

A hub of intoxicating culture and historic masterpieces – we’ll meet the group in the vibrant city of Naples. After settling in, tonight we’ll have the opportunity to get to know one another over a delicious welcome meal.

Day 2: Naples – Andria – Bari

Accommodation: Hotel Excelsior Bari (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and hit the road to the first stop of our journey: Andria. Whilst we’re here, a local expert will reveal how mozzarella and burrata are made – and we’ll have the chance to taste both delicious cheeses before we move on to bustling Bari. First, we’ll uncover the city’s seaside charms and rich history with a local guide. Then, we’ll enjoy the rest of the evening to delve into the vibrant food scene at our leisure. As the birthplace of orecchiette pasta, we recommend sampling the local hand-made delicacy in one of the trattorias of Bari’s Old Town.

Day 3: Bari – Ostuni – Lecce

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, we’ll leave Bari behind as we make tracks to Ostuni – also known as the ‘White City’ thanks to its plenitude of white-washed houses. Upon arrival, we’ll learn the secrets behind some traditional cuisine at a cooking demonstration and savour our sumptuous creations for lunch. Appetites satiated, we’ll move on to magnificent Lecce where we’ll enjoy an in-depth walking tour. Resplendent church facades and intricately detailed gargoyles – our local guide will take us around the exquisite Baroque architecture that gives the city its distinctive character. Later, the evening is ours to explore.

Day 4: Lecce – Gallipoli – Lecce

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, we've an appointment to keep at an underground olive mill museum in the historic fishing port of Gallipoli. Here, we'll uncover the age-old technique of how local farmers extracted 'green gold' to be exported across Europe. Then, we'll enjoy some free time to wander at our leisure - before returning to Lecce. Impressive sandstone buildings, upmarket boutiques, winding alleyways and spectacular piazzas await.

Day 5: Lecce – Manduria – Martina Franca - Itria Valley

Accommodation: Hotel II Palmento (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we'll make our way into the stunning Manduria region. We'll savour a tasting of the region's famous Primitivo wine - a unique blend that draws its intense flavours and deep colours from the region's indigenous grapes. Following that, we'll move on to the striking town of Martina Franca where we'll savour some time to ourselves, before travelling to Itria Valley. This evening, we'll clink glasses over an included meal and share stories of our day.

Day 6: Itria Valley – Alberobello – Castellana Caves – Itria Valley

Accommodation: Hotel II Palmento (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our first stop of the day will be Alberobello - a UNESCO World Heritage site that's famous for its charming cone-topped trulli. After learning more about the limestone buildings on a locally guided walking tour, we'll move on to the spellbinding Castellana Caves. This expansive cave system boasts a unique landscape of stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over 2 million years. You'll have some free time to explore at your own pace - however visiting the breathtaking Grotta Bianca is a must!

Day 7: Itria Valley – Altamura – Matera

Accommodation: Matera Hotel Sassi (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we'll explore the medieval streets of Altamura with a local guide - with an included bread tasting session at a quaint local bakery to round off our visit. Then, our journey continues onwards to the mesmerising city of Matera: the jewel of the Basilicata region. We'll embark on a walking tour of the ancient Sassi cave dwellings - with our local guide providing a fascinating insight into Matera's extraordinary history. Later, we'll enjoy some relaxation time back at our hotel - before coming together for tonight's final group dinner.

Day 8: Matera – Naples

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to beautiful Matera as we hit the road again. Coming full circle this afternoon – our tour will end in Naples.

What's Included

  • Meals
    7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinner

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

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  • Will we avoid large groups of people?

    We’re very eager to explore with you in the future, however avoiding large crowds at popular attractions and locations will be challenging. Our Blue-Roads tours deliver unique travel experiences that naturally visit lesser-known destinations – providing our guests with exclusive access to local experiences and charming, hand-picked accommodation. This means we are able to provide an unforgettable travel experience for our guests whilst avoiding larger crowds whenever possible.

  • Will I have to wear a mask whilst on my tour?

    Some personal protective equipment (such as a mask or gloves) may be required for particular destinations and attractions. However, we will provide details before your tour departure so you are prepared according to your destination of travel. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests, failure to comply with Blue-Roads policies and government regulations could result in your removal from your tour.

  • How many people will be on my tour?

    At Blue-Roads Touring, we specialize in small group tours with a maximum capacity of 18 people (average group size of 14 people). This small group element is one of the key reasons people choose to travel with us. Traveling in smaller groups means our Blue-Roads Tour Leaders can provide a more personalized traveling experience to every one of our guests.

  • What if I start to feel unwell on my tour?

    Let your Tour Leader know as soon as possible. Feeling unwell on a tour can happen and our Tour Leaders are already trained on appropriate actions to take if this occurs. Before we return to the road, all Blue-Roads Tour Leaders will receive additional training specific to coronavirus safety – ensuring they're prepared as possible to focus on your wellbeing.

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