Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Puglia, or Apulia as it’s known locally, and discover what makes this stunning region so special. Set in the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’, Puglia offers a taste of traditional Italy, beautiful countryside and coast, historic towns and superb cuisine. On this leisurely-paced tour you’ll stay in just two places but explore surrounding areas including Alberobello and Matera.

• Savelletri di Fasano: 4 nights
• Lecce: 3 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Puglia, or Apulia as it’s known locally, and discover what makes this stunning region so special. Set in the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’, Puglia offers a taste of traditional Italy, beautiful countryside and coast, historic towns and superb cuisine. On this leisurely-paced tour you’ll stay in just two places but explore surrounding areas including Alberobello and Matera.

• Savelletri di Fasano: 4 nights
• Lecce: 3 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Savelletri di Fasano Depart from the UK on your flight to the port city of Bari. Enjoy the scenery as you leave the city and drive past rolling vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards on the way to the traditional fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano in the Province of Brindisi. Enjoy a four-night stay in a masseria – a traditional farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and converted into a small and charming hotel.

The tranquil masseria boasts a picturesque countryside setting surrounded by olive trees and is just a five minute drive from the Adriatic Coast and Savelletri Marina. If you can’t wait to explore then you could borrow one of the masseria’s bikes and cycle through olive groves to the rugged coast. Enjoy your first taste of traditional Puglian cuisine and warm hospitality during dinner at your masseria. Stay: Casale del Murgese. D.

Day 2: Savelletri di Fasano This morning you’ll visit Bari and explore the maze of narrow winding streets in its evocative old quarter. Discover striking Romanesque-Pugliese churches including the Cathedral of San Sabino which is overlooked by the imposing Castello Svevo. Visit the elegant shopping district in Murattiano before an afternoon visit to the enchanting town of Alberobello.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 1500 white-washed Trulli, fascinating little circular buildings with conical, white-tipped roofs.

These 14th-Century limestone dwellings serve as homes, restaurants and shops, and a stroll through the town feels as though you have entered a fairy-tale land. Enjoy some free time to wander through the lanes and browse the little souvenir shops, perhaps visit the small museum or walk up the hill to the Trullo church of St Anthony. Return to your masseria for dinner. Stay: Casale del Murgese. B, D.

Day 3: Savelletri di Fasano Foodies are in for a real treat today as you’ll get to enjoy cooking and tasting experiences. Head to the nearby hillside town of Ostuni, known as the ‘White City’ due to its many white-washed houses that gleam in the sunshine. Here you’ll learn how to knead orecchiette, a variety of home-made pasta typical of Puglia that translates as ‘little ears’ and has a distinctive ear shape.

You’ll also discover how to prepare another traditional Puglian dish – braciole, meat rolls cooked in tomato sauce, before sitting down to enjoy your dishes. Stretch your legs after lunch with a stroll through Ostuni’s medieval streets, alleys, staircases and arches which give way to beautiful far-reaching views. Continue to the small and charming town of Cisternino to visit an oil mill where you can taste a quality extra-virgin olive oil. Return to your masseria early evening and enjoy an evening at leisure. This is a great opportunity to hop in a cab to Savelletri and try one of the excellent waterfront restaurants. Stay: Casale del Murgese. B, L.

Day 4: Savelletri di Fasano This morning you’ll visit the small port town of Trani which is rich in history and traditions. Wander the narrow streets and admire the beautiful 12th-Century cathedral which boasts a picturesque setting at the water’s edge. Enjoy some free time at the harbour to watch fishermen bring their fresh catch to shore to sell to the locals. Continue to the UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte, which was built by Emperor Frederick II in the mid-13th-Century. This octagonal-shaped castle is built on a rocky promontory and features Romanesque and gothic influences. Return to your masseria for dinner. Stay: Casale del Murgese. B, D.

Day 5: Savelletri di Fasano to Lecce This morning you’ll leave the Province of Bari and journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed pre-historic city of Matera in the remote southern region of Basilicata. This remarkable city is famous for its atmospheric sassi – 8th-Century cave-dwellings which are carved into the cliff face of a river gorge. You’ll feel as though you have been transported to another century as you wander the city’s underground labyrinth of streets and churches – where roofs become streets as the dwellings are stacked upon one another and it is easy to see why it was chosen as the perfect setting for Mel Gibson’s epic biblical film, Passion of the Christ.

Learn about the town’s fascinating history with an expert local guide during a tour of the remarkable Sassi Barisano and Caveoso. This afternoon, continue south to the small town of Sternatia in the Province of Lecce. Enjoy dinner at your masseria which is nestled amid acres of olive groves. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo. B, D.

Day 6: Lecce This morning you can look forward to a full-day excursion to the stunning city of Lecce which is known as the ‘Florence of South’ and is famous for its magnificent baroque architecture. Admire striking churches and buildings that are carved from beautiful honey-coloured local stone and discover some interesting places built under the rule of Hadrian, such as the theatre and the amphitheatre, the ruins of which can still be seen in the central square, Piazza Sant’Oronzo.

Visit of the beautiful 16th-Century Palazzo Tamborino, a historic palace with a gorgeous garden, and discover a collection of antiques and period furniture and clothing at the small museum. Return to the masseria in time for dinner. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo. B, D.

Day 7: Lecce Today you can enjoy exploration of the east and west coasts of Lecce. Begin your day in picturesque Otranto, Italy’s easternmost town. If the weather is clear then you can enjoy views of the Albanian coast which is just 850 miles from Italy. Discover the highlights of this charming city, including the 11th-Century Romanesque cathedral which boasts beautiful 12th-Century mosaics.

This afternoon you’ll journey to the west coast and the town of Gallipoli which is located on a promontory. The town is divided into a modern part, known as borgo and a charming old town which is set on a small island, protected by a 13th-Century fortress, that’s connected to the mainland by a bridge. Return to the Masseria for dinner. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo. B, D.

Day 8: Lecce Transfer to Bari airport for your return flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Lecce 3 nights
Stay in the heart of Lecce to enjoy more time to explore this beautiful baroque city. Spend three nights at the elegant Risorgimento Resort which is just a few minutes' walk from the Piazzo Duomo and the magnificent Basilica di Santa Croce.

Alberobello 3 nights

Stay in a traditional trullo house at the Tipico Resort in Trullo which is just a five-minute walk from the charming UNESCO-listed town of Alberobello.

Day 1: UK to Pisa & Savelletri di Fasano Depart from the UK on your flight to the port city of Bari. Enjoy the scenery as you leave the city and drive past rolling vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards on the way to the traditional fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano in the Province of Brindisi. Enjoy a four-night stay in a masseria – a traditional farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and converted into a small and charming hotel.

The tranquil masseria boasts a picturesque countryside setting surrounded by olive trees and is just a five minute drive from the Adriatic Coast and Savelletri Marina. If you can’t wait to explore then you could borrow one of the masseria’s bikes and cycle through olive groves to the rugged coast. Enjoy your first taste of traditional Puglian cuisine and warm hospitality during dinner at your masseria. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). D.

Day 2: Alberobello This morning you’ll visit Bari and explore the maze of narrow winding streets in its evocative old quarter. Discover striking Romanesque-Pugliese churches including the Cathedral of San Sabino which is overlooked by the imposing Castello Svevo. Visit the elegant shopping district in Murattiano before an afternoon visit to the enchanting town of Alberobello. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 1500 white-washed Trulli, fascinating little circular buildings with conical, white-tipped roofs.

These 14th-Century limestone dwellings serve as homes, restaurants and shops, and a stroll through the town feels as though you have entered a fairytale land. Enjoy some free time to wander through the lanes and browse the little souvenir shops, perhaps visit the small museum or walk up the hill to the Trullo church of St Anthony. Return to your masseria for dinner. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). B, D.

Day 3: Ostuni Foodies are in for a real treat today as you’ll get to enjoy cooking and tasting experiences. Head to the nearby hillside town of Ostuni, known as the ‘White City’ due to its many white-washed houses that gleam in the sunshine. Here you’ll learn how to knead orecchiette, a variety of home-made pasta typical of Puglia that translates as ‘little ears’ and has a distinctive ear shape.

You’ll also discover how to prepare another traditional Puglian dish – braciole, meat rolls cooked in tomato sauce, before sitting down to enjoy your dishes. Stretch your legs after lunch with a stroll through Ostuni’s medieval streets, alleys, staircases and arches which give way to beautiful far-reaching views. Continue to the small and charming town of Cisternino to visit an oil mill where you can taste a quality extra-virgin olive oil. Return to your masseria early evening and enjoy an evening at leisure. This is a great opportunity to hop in a cab to Savelletri and try one of the excellent waterfront restaurants. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Trani This morning you’ll visit the small port town of Trani which is rich in history and traditions. Wander the narrow streets and admire the beautiful 12th-Century cathedral which boasts a picturesque setting at the water’s edge. Enjoy some free time at the harbour to watch fishermen bring their fresh catch to shore to sell to the locals. Continue to Andria and the UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte, which was built by Emperor Frederick II in the mid-13th-Century. This octagonal-shaped castle is built on a rocky promontory and features Romanesque and gothic influences. Return to your masseria for dinner. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Savelletri di Fasano to Lecce This morning you’ll leave the Province of Bari and journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed pre-historic city of Matera in the remote southern region of Basilicata. This remarkable city is famous for its atmospheric sassi – 8th-Century cave-dwellings which are carved into the cliff face of a river gorge. You’ll feel as though you have been transported to another century as you wander the city’s underground labyrinth of streets and churches – where roofs become streets as the dwellings are stacked upon one another and it is easy to see why it was chosen as the perfect setting for Mel Gibson’s epic biblical film, Passion of the Christ.

Learn about the town’s fascinating history with an expert local guide during a tour of the remarkable Sassi Barisano and Caveoso. This afternoon, continue south to the small town of Sternatia in the Province of Lecce. Enjoy dinner at your masseria which is nestled amid acres of olive groves. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Lecce This morning you can look forward to a full-day excursion to the stunning city of Lecce which is known as the ‘Florence of South’ and is famous for its magnificent baroque architecture. Admire striking churches and buildings that are carved from beautiful honey-coloured local stone and discover some interesting places built under the rule of Hadrian, such as the theatre and the amphitheatre, the ruins of which can still be seen in the central square, Piazza Sant’Oronzo.

Visit the beautiful 16th-Century Palazzo, a historic palace with a gorgeous garden, and discover a collection of antiques and period furniture and clothing at the small museum. Return to the masseria in time for dinner. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Otranto & Gallipoli Today you can enjoy exploration of the east and west coasts of Lecce. Begin your day in picturesque Otranto, Italy’s easternmost town. If the weather is clear then you can enjoy views of the Albanian coast which is just 850 miles from Italy. Discover the highlights of this charming city, including the 11th-Century Romanesque cathedral which is home to beautiful 12th-Century mosaics.

This afternoon you’ll journey to the west coast and the town of Gallipoli which is located on a promontory. The town is divided into a modern part, known as borgo and a charming old town which is set on a small island, protected by a 13th-Century fortress, that’s connected to the mainland by a bridge. Return to the masseria for dinner. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: Lecce Transfer to Bari airport for your return flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Lecce 3 nights
Stay in the heart of Lecce to enjoy more time to explore this beautiful baroque city. Spend three nights at the elegant Risorgimento Resort which is just a few minutes' walk from the Piazzo Duomo and the magnificent Basilica di Santa Croce.

Alberobello 3 nights

Stay in a traditional trullo house at the Tipico Resort in Trullo which is just a five-minute walk from the charming UNESCO-listed town of Alberobello.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal if you’re looking for a relaxing tour of the lesser-visited region of Puglia. There’s plenty of sightseeing but at a leisurely pace, and you’ll get to stay in traditional Puglian farmhouses and enjoy a sociable atmosphere in an intimate group.

Good to know

• All departure dates are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 13 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests

What to expect

• Plenty of sightseeing at a leisurely pace with no early mornings or late nights
• A relaxed and intimate group environment
• Stay in traditional Puglian farmhouses in a tranquil setting
• Home-cooked meals in a sociable setting. 

Accommodation on tour

We’ve selected charming masserie – traditional farmhouses – to offer you an authentic taste of rural Italy, a beautiful countryside setting and home-cooked meals. Casale del Murgese is a Mediterranean-style boutique hotel just a five-minute drive from the coast of Savelletri di Fasano. The 18th-Century Masseria Chicco Rizzo is set just outside the stunning city of Lecce and is one of the region’s oldest farmhouses.

Single travellers

Single supplement from £219

Is this for you?

Ideal if you’re looking for a relaxing tour of the lesser-visited region of Puglia. There’s plenty of sightseeing but at a leisurely pace, and you’ll get to stay in traditional Puglian farmhouses and enjoy a sociable atmosphere in an intimate group.

Good to know

• All departure dates are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 13 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests

What to expect

• Plenty of sightseeing at a leisurely pace with no early mornings or late nights
• A relaxed and intimate group environment
• Stay in traditional Puglian farmhouses in a tranquil setting
• Home-cooked meals in a sociable setting. 

Accommodation on tour

We’ve selected charming masserie – traditional farmhouses – to offer you an authentic taste of rural Italy, a beautiful countryside setting and home-cooked meals. Casale del Murgese is a Mediterranean-style boutique hotel just a five-minute drive from the coast of Savelletri di Fasano. The 18th-Century Masseria Chicco Rizzo is set just outside the stunning city of Lecce and is one of the region’s oldest farmhouses.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £245

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2017
May 17; Jun 14; Aug 23; Sep 20; Oct 04

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

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Tour dates

2018
May 16; Jun 13; Aug 22; Sep 19; Oct 03

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £1564 per person

Why Kuoni?

Cuisine is very much at the forefront of this tour. Enjoy taking your time over traditional home-cooked meals served in a sociable environment in your masseria. Learn how to knead orecchiette, a variety of home-made pasta typical of Puglia, and how to prepare braciole, a traditional Puglian dish of meat rolls cooked in tomato sauce. Visit an olive oil mill for a tasting of some of Italy’s finest olive oil which the Apulians consider ‘liquid gold’.

Why Kuoni?

Cuisine is very much at the forefront of this tour. Enjoy taking your time over traditional home-cooked meals served in a sociable environment in your masseria. Learn how to knead orecchiette, a variety of home-made pasta typical of Puglia, and how to prepare braciole, a traditional Puglian dish of meat rolls cooked in tomato sauce. Visit an olive oil mill for a tasting of some of Italy’s finest olive oil which the Apulians consider ‘liquid gold’.