Secrets of Puglia 2025

Secrets of Puglia 2025

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Secrets of Puglia 2025

9 Days Starting and ending in Naples

Visiting: Italy

Tour operator:

Blue-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BFPBB5

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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 – Bari – Polignano A Mare Region

Accommodation: San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and traverse the road less travelled to the first stop of our journey: Bari. Whilst we’re here, we’ll uncover the city’s seaside charms and rich history with a local guide, seeking sights such as ladies making pasta by hand along narrow streets and opulent opera theatres in the modern French district. Following the tour, we’ll head to our hotel in the Polignano a Mare region where you can spend the evening relaxing at your leisure.

Day 3: Polignano A Mare Region – Andria – Polignano A Mare Region

Accommodation: San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, we’ll make tracks to Andria – home to 13th-century citadel and castle, Castel del Monte aka ‘Castle of the Mountain’. 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 return to the comforts of our hotel on the outskirts of Polignano. Here, we’ll have the rest of the evening to enjoy the vibrant small town’s restaurant scene or relax beside the hotel’s pool.

Day 4: Polignano A Mare Region – Castellana Caves And Alberobello – Lecce

Accommodation: Palazzo Rollo (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our first stop of the day will be a visit 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 – visiting the breathtaking Grotta Bianca is a must! Onwards to 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 back to Lecce. The evening is yours to leisurely explore the city or unwind at the hotel.

Day 5: Lecce

Accommodation: Palazzo Rollo (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We have a full day in splendid Lecce. To begin, we’ll spend the morning on an in-depth walking tour. From resplendent church facades to intricately detailed gargoyles, our local guide will take us around the exquisite Baroque architecture that gives the city its distinctive character. The remainder of the day is ours to explore.

Day 6: Lecce – Manduria And Martina Franca – Itria Valley

Accommodation: Hotel San Michele (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we’ll make our way into the stunning Manduria region. We’ll savour a tasting of the area’s famous Primitivo wine – a unique blend that draws its intense flavours and deep colours from local indigenous grapes. Following that, we’ll move on to the striking town of Martina Franca where we’ll relish 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 7: Itria Valley – Ostuni – Itria Valley

Accommodation: Hotel San Michele (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Our journey continues to Ostuni – also known as the ‘White City’ thanks to its collection of white-washed buildings. Upon our arrival, we’ll learn the secrets behind some traditional cuisine at a cooking demonstration and savour our sumptuous creations for lunch. Stomachs full, the afternoon is to be enjoyed at your leisure. Get lost along the narrow streets in the Old Town, take in the beauty of Otsuni Cathedral, or wander through the bustling Piazza della Libertá - Otsuni’s largest square. Later, we’ll return to our hotel in Itria Valley for the evening.

Day 8: Itria Valley – Matera

Accommodation: Matera Hotel Sassi (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we’ll drive to Matera – the jewel of the Basilicata region. Here, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the ancient Sassi cave dwellings with our local guide who’ll provide a fascinating insight into Matera’s extraordinary history. Later, we’ll enjoy some relaxation time at our hotel, before coming together for tonight’s final group dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Day 9: Matera – Altamura – Naples

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to beautiful Matera as we hit the road once more. Our morning takes us to the medieval streets of Altamura which we’ll explore with a local guide. We’ll take part in a bread tasting session at a quaint bakery to round off our visit. Coming full circle this afternoon – our tour will end in Naples.

What's Included

  • Meals
    8 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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    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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