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Explore the long heel of Italy's boot to discover sights, tastes, and gorgeous seascapes you'll find nowhere else... like Matera, where the Sassi houses are caverns and the streets are sometimes the roofs of other houses... Trulli houses, tiny fairy castles made of limestone slabs, built without mortar... D iscover Renaissance frescoes in Galatina. Stay multiple nights in "masserias," fortified 16th-century farmhouses turned into elegant hotels. Enjoy wine and olive oil tastings at vineyards yet undiscovered by the maddening crowds… tour of a medieval castle enticing with soul-stirring views and wines… and meals tempting with bounty of the sea and land...

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Alberobello , Bari , Lecce , Matera , Otranto

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Bari / Matera

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Palazzo Gattini, Matera. We will meet you upon arrival at Bari Karol Wojty?a Airport on your trip to Puglia, Italy and transfer you to your luxury hotel, set in a 15th-century stone palace in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera in Basilicata. Nestled on the tip of Italy's boot, Puglia welcomes with seaside delights, mouthwatering cuisine and entire cities resplendent in art, architecture and warm hospitality. Join us this evening for a rooftop welcome reception, followed by dinner.


    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    The Sassi of Matera

    First up today is a visit to Casa Noha, an Italian National Historic site. Following your visit, meet your local guide to explore this unique city, home to a settlement of cave dwellings that dates back to Paleolithic times – and one that starred in Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, our local guide shares insights about Matera's famous rock dwellings, known as Sassi (for "stone"), which you'll see piled haphazardly atop one another across the sides of a steep ravine; they began back in antiquity as natural caves and grottoes, and over the centuries were adapted as homes, and were lived in until 1960. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant; the rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Baroque Lecce

    Drive through the countryside to Lecce today, stopping en route at a winery known for its Apulian Primitivo wine; you'll have a tour of the wine museum that's followed by lunch, that's paired with a wine tasting, then travel to your hotel in Lecce. Join your Tauck Director for an orientation tour of the city, regarded as the "Florence of the South" before some time at leisure exploring as you wish; dine this evening at a local restaurant.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    A day in Lecce & a special evening

    A guided walking tour of the city's 300-year-old cobblestone streets includes a close look at its Baroque monuments and architectural site – the ornate 15th-century Chiesa di Santa Chiara; the 2nd-century Roman Amphitheater, unearthed in 1901; the Piazza del Duomo; and more. Dinner tonight is at an authentic masseria, where you'll enjoy a family-style farm-to-table menu that showcases ingredients grown on site and "Officina Zoe" pizzica folk music and dance.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Galatina and seaside Otranto

    Head to nearby Galatina, home of the "Tarantella," for a tour of the Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria where you will view impressive frescoes depicting biblical stories. On a visit inside the Baroque Chiesa di San Paolo, see the church well that was reputed to have healing powers from magic spiders. After lunch, drive to the fortified seaside town of Otranto for a guided walking tour of its historic sites. See its famous castle and visit its medieval cathedral, home to a magnificent floor mosaic (and wooden coffered ceiling) along with its macabre crypts. Return to your hotel, where your evening is free to spend as you please.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  6. Day 6
    Trulli Houses in Alberobello

    Regulated by an edict enforced by the Kingdom of Naples in the 15th century, mortarless buildings and homes in the southern region of Puglia called trulli were constructed only of stone during that time, with many still standing distinctively intact today. Today, visit the "barnyard district" of Rione Aia Piccola in the town of Alberobello, tightly packed with alleys lined by whitewashed trulli once inhabited by the farmers who built them. There are no shops or cars here, lending to the authenticity of this unique experience. See the Trullo Sovrano, the town's only two-story trullo, built in the 18th century for a local priest and today a museum. This afternoon, following lunch and a class in making pasta, drive to your masseria hotel in Savelletri di Fasano; all Masseria hotels are inland as they were original farmhouses, not on the sea. 

     

     


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Seaside Polignano a Mare & a farewell dinner

    Built into a rugged ravine pitted with caves and painted with deep blue grottoes, the seaside town of Polignano a Mare is renowned for its cliff diving; for inspiring the 1958 international hit song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (a.k.a. "Volare") by Italian singer, songwriter, actor and Parliament member Domenico Modugno (who was born here) and known for its special coffee. Enjoy time to wander in town before returning to your resort. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Journey home

    Trip ends: Savelletri di Fasano. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Borgo Egnazia to Bari Karol Wojty?a Airport or Brindisi Airport, regardless of time or day of departure. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights in Savelletri di Fasano or in Bari at Grande Albergo delle Nazioni. You should allow three hours for flight check in.


    Meals:   Breakfast

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Explore the long heel of Italy's boot to discover sights, tastes, and gorgeous seascapes you'll find nowhere else... like Matera, where the Sassi houses are caverns and the streets are sometimes the roofs of other houses... Trulli houses, tiny fairy castles made of limestone slabs, built without mortar...Discover Renaissance frescoes in Galatina. Stay multiple nights in "masserias," fortified 16th-century farmhouses turned into elegant hotels. Enjoy wine and olive oil tastings at vineyards yet undiscovered by the maddening crowds… tour of a medieval castle enticing with soul-stirring views and wines… and meals tempting with bounty of the sea and land...

  • ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests - A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations
  • A two-night stay in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basilicata, with sightseeing by tuk-tuk and guided exploration of the Sassi cave-dwelling settlement
  • Two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, known as the "Florence of the South"
  • Lunch at a winery known for Puglian Primitivo wineA visit to Alberobello's famous limestone trulli houses

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Accommodations

Risorgimento Resort

Palazzo Gattini
Borgo Egnazia

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
3.7

Ratings based off 3 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

A Week In Puglia is a unique tour of a less traveled part of Italy. Puglia is a beautiful area with wonderful regional food and wine. It may not be the tour you would take the first time you travel to Italy but it is certainly a region you shouldn't miss.

This is a wonderful tour of the area in heel of Italy's boot. The food is different from that of Northern Italy (Rome and above) and the bread styles breads are terrific.. The guides were very knowledgeable about the ancient history of this area.

after many trips with other operators, this was our first tauck tour. it focused on fewer sites but was clearly first class with respect to accommodations, group size (20), food, and special events/visits (with one exception) compared to prior tours. the exception was the visit to a distant castle which killed a whole afternoon and was nice to look at from the outside but had virtually nothing inside it. overall, i'd say one needs to decide if they want higher quality hotels and food, smaller group, everything prepaid, and more leisurely tour or visit more locations on a longer tour with a larger group (32-40), lower quality accommodations and food, with a variety of optional side tours available to purchase.

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