SMALL GROUP TOURS – Puglia – 2019

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 with Michele & Pietro

 

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.

ITINERARY 2019

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!

June

from 2nd to 9th of June 2019

from 9th to 16th of June2019

 September

from 12th to 19st of September 2019

from 14th to 21st of September 2019

from 21st to 28th of September 2019

 

PRICE

1.790,00 € per person

(min. participants: 2 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
Welcome dinner
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 

City Tax
Single room supplement (320 € per person)
Travel and health insurance
Private taxis – transportation
Optional day tours (135 € per person – min. 2 people)

Hotel gallery

more info about the hotel

READ OUR REVIEWS ON:

  •   After some time of learning about Puiglia , a hidden Gem ( as my husband calls it)we finally had time to visit but knew it would be difficult to get around southern Italy . So through researching found Pietro and Michele who together we planned...More

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    10/13/2018
  •   My boyfriend (who is from the USA) and I (from Singapore) went on a nine-day private tour of Puglia with Apulia Slow Travel during the March/April Easter holiday period this year. Pietro from Apulia Slow Travel was very helpful and responsive right from the very...More

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    4/22/2018
  •   Our wonderful 7 day tour exceeded all our expectations and we had a really fabulous time with Pietro who took us throughout the very beautiful region of Puglia. His knowledge of the history and ancient sites was extremely interesting and informative. It is hard to...More

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    11/03/2018
  •   I had two wonderful tours with Pietro; one in Alberobello and the other in Ostuni. His knowledge and his passion for the region are amazing and he made both towns unforgettable. I’m extremely grateful for the fact that he didn’t deliver “touristy” tours but rather,...More

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    9/27/2018
  •   Michele and Pietro designed a custom tour for the four of us, for our first day in Puglia. They had clearly listened to our numerous e-mail requests and the day’s events showed that. We traveled about in their spacious mini van, looking at ancient olive...More

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    11/06/2018
  •   Michele and Pietro planned a nine day tour for me, which looked and sounded great. The reality far, far exceeded my expectations, it has been wonderful. I have never travelled alone before and was a little nervous. The two guys have been so kind and...More

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    8/19/2018
  •   From the moment I contacted Apulia Slow Travel to ask if they could arrange a day tour for my husband and I as well as my parents, the service we received was second to none. Pietro put together a lovely 1-day itinerary for us, visiting...More

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    10/19/2018

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.

 

Matera 

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.

 

Price per optional day trip: 135,00 € per person. It includes transportation, guided tours and meal/tasting if written in the itinerary.

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