7 DAY TRIP OF PUGLIA FOR SMALL GROUPS – EASY with B&B
Your charming B&B is located in the centre of Ostuni. It is a very nice and quaint accommodation that is very central, so that you will be able to walk and reach the heart of the town in a few minutes. In this way you will experience the all day life of a southern italian town.
1. day: arrival
Pick up service from the airport. We drive you to the accommodation and pick you up in the evening for a welcome dinner.
2. day: UNESCO World Heritage Site – Trulli of Alberobello, Olive oil farm and olive oil tasting, Ostuni
The very first day we will visit Alberobello with its timeless, fairy-tale beauty. The town is Itria Valley’s premier location to see trulli, the cone-shaped houses distinctive to Apulia, making it the most enchanting part of Italy’s heel. After that, we will visit a traditional olive oil mill. Here, we will taste seven different extra virgin olive oils. At the end of the day we will visit the white city of Ostuni. Looking out from its fortifications, your eye is drawn over a plain full of ancient olive trees toward the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.
3. day: free day
You can either relax in Ostuni or choose one of the several possibilities. What to see in Ostuni area? If seaside, a bike, a walk in the town or another day tour… you will be plenty of possibilities.
4. day: Bari, wine cellar visit and wine tasting
Bari is the capital of Apulian Romanesque style. While here, you will see the two faces of the city. First, you will visit the French-influenced Murat quarter and from there, you will visit picturesque old Bari, full of ancient traditions, seaside fish markets, narrow lanes, and homemade orecchiette pasta. A wine tour in Puglia is one of the best ways to discover the territory, the culture and the flavors of this wonderful part of Italy. We will visit together one of the most popular vineyards of this area and ending with a delicious wine tasting!
5. day: free day
Interested in a wine tour and tasting? Or maybe in visiting a local street food market or a mozzarella cheese factory and taste the best burrata and fresh cheese of Puglia? You can ask this, we will be happy to help you!
6. day: Lecce and Otranto
Otranto is the door to the East. For centuries, it was an outpost of the Byzantine Empire on Apulian soil, as well as the cultural and artistic center of the entire region. Otranto is brightened by the sun reflecting off the turquoise blue water of its harbor onto the bare rocks upon which this small city is built. Be prepared to be stunned by the imposing mosaic floor of the city’s cathedral that dates back to the 12th Century and survived undamaged by the Turkish invasions of the 15th Century. You next go to Lecce, the capital of Apulian baroque style. On 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.
7. day: free day
During your free time we offer to you the possibility to drive you to Ostuni or other small authentic towns in the surrounding area in order to go for a stroll in the white city or maybe to have lunch in one of the several trattoria. We can also drive you to the best beaches near Ostuni to enjoy the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean sea or to a beach club in Ostuni. In aternative you can book another day trip you can see below*.
8. day: departure
Pick up service to airport Bari / Brindisi
May: from 4th to 11th of May 2019; from 18th to 25th of May 2019 or 25th of May-1st June 2019
September: from 14th to 21st of September 2019 or from 21st to 28th of September 2019;
Price: 1.690,00 € per person
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ONE WEEK TOUR
Guided tours and transportation in the places we visit
Double room in a charming historic house in Ostuni with breakfast (B&B)
Olive oil tasting in a olive oil farm
Wine cellar visit and wine tasting
Transfer from/to airport (Bari or Brindisi)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ONE WEEK TOUR
Tips and souvenirs
Single room supplement (230€ per person)
Travel and health insurance
Private taxis – transportation
Optional day tours
In your free days you can book our optional day trips.
Trani and UNESCO Castel del Monte
Our day begins in Trani, one of the most beautiful cities along the Adriatic Sea. Trani is famous for its Romanesque cathedral directly facing the sea, dedicated to St. Nicholas the Pilgrim, as well as its ancient harbor, which provides for an elegant setting for the many who stroll between colorful fishing boats and fine restaurants. Finally, we will visit one of the wonders of Italy, Castel del Monte. This mysterious castle was built in the 13th Century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and is an example of architectural perfection in Puglia. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit of Locorotondo, cheese and mozzarella tasting and visit of Polignano a Mare
The white and gleaming Locorotondo is certainly one of the most fascinating and unique places in Puglia. Its high position and its “terraces” offer unforgettable views on what can be defined as the most beautiful countryside of Puglia—the bucolic Itria Valley, dotted with trulli, farms, olive trees and dry stone walls. After Locorotondo we will enjoy a mozzarella and burrata tasting. We will head to Polignano a Mare. Perched on a high rocky outcrop that reaches into the Adriatic Sea, Polignano is a destination not to be missed on a trip to Puglia.
We will cross from Puglia into Basilicata to reach Matera, 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. The Sassi has its roots in prehistory, preserved almost intact to this day. 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.