Puglia Tour – Matera – UNESCO Heritage trails – Small Group

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Tour Details

Duration 6 Days

Starts Bari

Meals Included

Starting from $2999 *twin share pp

Tour Outline

Prestige Tour – UNESCO Heritage Trails: Puglia and Matera – 2019

Within the ’heel’ of Italy’s boot, lies Puglia; with a rugged coastline, crystal blue waters and whitewashed towns. It’s one of those must-see destinations.

Itinerary – Bari – Alberobello – Polignano A Mare – Ostuni – Lecce – Otranto – Luca – Manduria – Matera

Day1: BARI
Arrival in your hotel in Bari where tour leader will waiting for you. Do the check in, according with your time arrival and in the evening (around 2 p.m.) star your Apulia discovering with a fascinating old town walking tour that includes Basilica of St. Nicholas and the beautiful Cathedral of St. Sabino, which are among the greatest examples of Apulian Romanesque architecture. You will also be able to visit the famous Norman-Swabian Castle (exterior) – Fortress of the twelfth century, which was built by Roger the Norman and after its partial destruction was rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia. This castle is among Bari’s symbols and it’s an imposing fortress overlooking the sea from a stunning point of view. Proceed to Piazza Mercantile ́s column of justice, a white marble column with a stone lion, to which they used to tie insolvent debtors. At the end of the visit learn about one of the most important product of this region: oil of olive. Visit an old crusher and have a taste. Return in Hotel and enjoy a welcome buffet dinner with typical Apulian products. Overnight in Bari
Meals plan: D

Day 2 BARI- ALBEROBELLO – POLIGNANO A MARE -BARI

American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to ALBEROBELLO the fairy-tale Trulli capital. Have a walking tour to see this pintoresque village. The tour will start with a beautiful view from the Belvedere terrace, introducing the interesting history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your visit of the two districts Aia Piccola and Rione Monti, where you can admire the typical houses with their unique architecture. Walking among “trulli” and little alleys, you’ll reach the trullo-shaped Church of San Antonio. At the end of the tour have a delicious tasting of Valle D’Itria local products. Tour proceed with visit of POLIGNANO A MARE, a small town cast on high cliffs, sporting a breathtaking panorama over the Apulian coast: the many balconies perching over the seas offer a spectacular view  over natural grottos and small coves surrounded by crystal clear water. Enjoy the “special coffee” prepared by a renowned pastry chef or you can not say to have been in Polignano! Return in Bari. Overnight at the hotel Meals plan: B

Day 3 BARI-OSTUNI -LECCE

American buffet breakfast at the hotel, check out e transfer to OSTUNI the Medieval “White Town”, whose narrow whitewashed alleys guide the visitors to the majestic Cathedral in late Romanic and Gothic style, admire Palazzo Vescovile and the elegant Loggia and the baroque column of Saint Orazio. After the visit move to Masseria Grieco for a special tasting of extra virgin oil of olive, wine, local bakery products like “taralli” and “focacce” and home made local cakes. In the evening arrival in Lecce. Check in at the hotel and overnight.
Meals plan: B, L (tasting in Ostuni area)

Day 4 LECCE- OTRANTO-LEUCA- LECCE

American buffet breakfast at the Hotel and departure to OTRANTO well known as “Gateway to the East” , it is the most Oriental of all Italy’s cities, founded by Greeks from Crete thousands of years ago . Have a walk with tour leader and see the Norman cathedral that is the largest Romanesque building in Apulia. Admire the mosaic floor, formed of thousands of pieces of stone that depict scenes from the Old Testament and figures from Breton legends.Continue to the Church of St. Peter and the Aragonese Castle.Enjoy the panoramic views out to sea. If the weather is good you can see all the way across the Adriatic to Greece and Albania. Proceed to SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA which sits on the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula on a stunningly beautiful bay. Legend as it was in this area that Aeneas, the founding father of the Roman people, set foot on land. And Saint Peter is said to have started on his missionary work in Italy from here. According with weather condition, have a boat tour, which is the only way to see the truly fascinating underwater caves and other geological formations off the coast and…have a great swim! Return in Lecce and have a guided tour of this jewels of Aplulia. The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo (Cathedral, Bell Tower, Bishop’s Seminar). Continue walking to the Church of St. Irene, Sant’Oronzo square, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, we will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent. Overnight in Lecce Meals plan: B

Day 5 LECCE-MANDURIA-MATERA-BARI

American buffet breakfast in hotel, check out and departure to Manduria to visit a special Museo della civiltà del vino di Manduria, a Demo-Ethno-Anthropologic museum created by will of individuals, groups and associations to preserve collections, objects and testimonials of a local culture. The museum is located inside the Winery ‘Produttori Vini Manduria’ and represents the essence of wine and other local products that will be showed and explained thorough a tasting of wine and local food. A sommelier will guide you in a 5 wines tasting accompanied by cheese, “orecchiette” home made pasta, almond cakes. After this delicious light lunch proceed to MATERA to admire the famous Sassi of Matera, ancient cave dwellings that are still in use today and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover an outstanding example of a rock-cut settlement perfectly adapted to the terrain and eco system. Located in historic Matera, former capital of Basilicata, the Sassi provide a glimpse into the ancient people of a region that has been inhabited since Palaeolithic times. From the top of Civita, the medieval part of town that is surrounded by tall bastions and aristocratic buildings, the tour takes you down to the Sasso Caveoso, another rock church dedicated to the Apostle Peter. Stop at Casa Grotta, where a small museum is dedicated to the farming population of the Matera region. At the end of the visit proceed to BARI. Check in at the hotel and overnight.
Meals plan: B, L (light lunch in Manduria)

Day 6 -BARI

American buffet breakfast at the hotel, check out. End of our services

Meals plan: B

Additional Details

Departure Dates:

  • May: 19-26
  • June: 9 – 30
  • September: 8 – 15- 22
  • October: 13

Features:

  • Small Group Tour 18 pax or less
  • 4* centrally located Hotels
  • 4 tasting experiences of typical Apulian dishes, olive oils and wines
  • A charming boat tour in the crystal sea of Santa Maria di Leuca with its underwater caves
  • Guided Tours of Bari, Lecce and Matera
  • 2+1 Accommodation in 4* hotel in Bari
  • 2 Accommodation in 4* hotel in Lecce
  • 5 American buffet breakfast
  • 1 dinner in Bari (1 glass of wine & mineral water included)
  • 1 tasting of oil of olive in Bari surrounding
  • 1-tasting in Ostuni Masseria Grieco
  • 1 light lunch in Manduria with wine tasting
  • Wine museum entrance fee in Manduria
  • 30 minutes boat tour in Santa Maria di Leuca
  • Local guide in Bari 2h
  • Local guide in Lecce 2h
  • Local guide in Matera 2h
  • Multilingual tour leader English – Spanish

*City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out

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