SMALL GROUP TOURS – Puglia – 2020
A week tour for solo travelers, couples and friends with a local guide!
7 days tour Puglia – June and September 2019
Are you a solo traveler, a couple or a small group of friends that don’t mind experiencing Puglia with other travellers just like you? We offer 7 day small group tours in fixed weeks of June and September 2019 providing you hotel with breakfast, transportation, driver and tour guide for a maximum number of participants of 7 people. All you have to do is book your flight to Puglia and join us!
Small group tour of Puglia
Apulia Slow Travel was founded on a spring day in 2013. We have been working in the touristic sector for different years and different parts of Italy, as travel agents, local experts, and tour guides. We decided to found Apulia Slow Travel to let our guests experience the real Puglia region. Not just beaches, sun, and sea but history, culture, arts, and traditions. Last but not least amazing food and wine. During our trips and itineraries we always try to choose the best places and experiences to let our guests indulge themselves with the colours, tastes and scents of Apulian cuisine and fall in love with Southern Italy.
We are located in Ostuni, the beautiful white city, the heart of Apulia. Every time our guests ask us where the best place to stay in Puglia is while on a tour, the answer is very clear: Ostuni! This beautiful town has a middle age historic centre, a Mediterranean atmosphere, beautiful countryside with trulli and very ancient olive trees, an amazing coastside, very welcoming people, and everything you can dream of for a perfect tour of Puglia.
1. Day: arrival
Pick up service from the airport. We welcome you at the airport, drive you to the accommodation in Ostuni and meet you again in the very first evening for a welcome dinner.
2. Day: UNESCO World Heritage Site – Trulli of Alberobello, Olive oil farm and olive oil tastings, tour 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. The conical roof trulli are definitely a must see of the region. After the tour of Alberobello, 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 enjoy a walking tour and 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 famiy run vineyards of this area and ending with a delicious wine tasting!
5. Day: free day
Interested in a day trip along the coast with a seafood lunch? Or maybe in visiting a a mozzarella and burrata tasting to try the best fresh cheese of Puglia? You can ask this, we will be happy to help you!
6. Day: tour Lecce baroque town 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 of the 17th and 18th century 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, you can experience Ostuni on your own or maybe have lunch in one of the several trattoria. In aternative you can book another day trip to Matera, Trani or much more (see below)*.
8. Day: departure
Pick up service to airport Bari / Brindisi
We drive you back to the airport/train station to tell you “arrivederci” and thanks for this amazing week in Southern Italy together!
from 1st March to 25th April 2020
from 19th October to 1st November 2020
from 15th June to 12th July 2020
from 31st August to 13th September 2020
from 1.790,00 € per person
(min. participants: 4 persons)
from 1.990,00 € per person
(min. participants: 4 persons)
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ONE WEEK TOUR
Guided tours and transportation in the places we visit
Standard Double room in a 4* Hotel in Ostuni
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
Single room supplement (320 € per person)
Travel and health insurance
Private taxis – transportation
Optional day tours
READ OUR REVIEWS ON:
Thank you for arranging our 3 days of tours. We had specific requests/itinerary and possibly a busier itinerary than many people would want but nothing was too much trouble. Michele... read more
This was my third visit to Apulia region and all three times I used services of Apulia Slow Travel. Due to my obligations I can only find a few days... read more
We did an 8 day tour in July which totally exceeded our expectations. From the initial multiple communications about planning to tailor the trip to our interests, to the flawless... read more
Michele and Manuel were our tour guides in the Puglia region for a couple of days and we were picked up in a large and comfortable mini-van. The tour was... read more
I found it very exciting to tour all around Puglia, Bari and Alberobello. Michele and Emmanuele,they were our tour guides. They are always capable of explaining the history of he... read more
We booked our tour kind of last minute and we had a very limited time since it was a cruise stop in Bari. We got greeted and picked up from... read more
Flawless execution of a thoughtfully organised, comprehensive week long Puglian itinerary including: Matera (in Basilicata) across to Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. Michele not... read more
In your free days you can book our optional day trips.
Trani, Monopoli and seafood lunch
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 Monopoli, a wonderful town along the Adriatic coast with about 13 kilometers (8 miles) of coastline. The origins of this ancient town date back to fifth century BC.
We will take an unforgettable guided tour among the most important historical buildings, such as the baroque Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Madia and the wonderful Castle of Charles V, symbol of the city. 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 and a superb seafood lunch.
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 the coastside and tour 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.
Tour Matera – 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 cave dwellings, 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.