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
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This leisurely-paced escorted tour gives you a taste of traditional southern Italy  in the heel of Italy’s boot in Puglia – or Apulia, as it's known locally.  Learn about the unique traditions and culture as you stay in masserie, get  hands-on with local food and explore towns from countryside to coast,  including unique places like Alberobello and its white-washed cottages and  Matera's millenia-old caves.    

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

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Bari & 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 Casale del Murgese has 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 bikes and cycle through olive groves to the rugged coast. Enjoy your first taste of traditional Puglian cuisine and warm hospitality during dinner. 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 has 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. Enjoy a picnic in the local area (subject to weather conditions) before returning to your masseria. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Savelletri di Fasano to Matera & 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. 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. These include 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 85 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

Puglia beach 3 nights
Relax in contemporary style and comfort at the beachfront Canne Bianche Lifestyle & Hotel which is just outside the coastal town of Torre Canne. This boutique retreat has an excellent spa and serves up delicious traditional Puglian cuisine. 

Day 1: UK to Bari & Savelletri di Fasano Depart from the UK on your flight to the port city of Bari. Head out on arrival and drive past rolling vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards on the way to Savelletri di Fasano, a fishing village in the Province of Brindisi. For the next four nights, you’ll stay in a masseria, a traditional farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and converted into a small and charming hotel. Casale del Murgese is a picturesque countryside masseria surrounded by olive trees, where you can borrow a bicycle and explore the area and its olive groves, or head to the Adriatic Coast just five minutes’ drive away. At tonight’s dinner you’ll get your first taste of Puglian cuisine and warm hospitality. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). D.

Day 2: Alberobello This morning you’ll visit Bari and its old quarter’s maze of narrow winding streets. See striking Romanesque-Pugliese churches including the Cathedral of San Sabino, which is overlooked by the imposing Castello Svevo, and visit Murattiano’s elegant shopping district. Then it’s an afternoon visit to the enchanting town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to over 1500 trulli – little white-washed buildings with conical roofs. Stroll around these fairytale 14th-Century limestone structures which are used as homes, restaurants and shops and use your free time to wander around, browse souvenir shops, visit the small museum or walk up the hill to the Church of Saint Anthony. Return to your masseria for tonight’s dinner. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). B, D.

Day 3: Ostuni Today is a treat for foodies, packed with cooking and tasting experiences. Head south-east to the hillside town of Ostuni, whose white-washed houses would look equally at home in Corfu across the water. Learn how to make orecchiette, a traditional pasta from Puglia that is shaped into ‘little ears’, and pair it with another traditional Puglian dish that you’ll make yourself – braciole, meat that is rolled and cooked in tomato sauce. Sit down to taste your homemade food, then stretch your legs after lunch with a stroll along Ostuni’s medieval streets, staircases and arches which give way to far-reaching views. Continue to charming Cisternino and try some quality extra-virgin olive oil at an oil mill, then return to your masseria in the early evening with the rest of your day at leisure. We recommend hopping in a cab to Savelletri and trying one of the excellent waterfront restaurants for dinner. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Trani This morning you’ll visit Trani, a pretty port town rich in history and traditions. Admire the beautiful 12th-Century cathedral, which has a serene setting at the water’s edge and spend some free time at the harbour watching fishermen bring their fresh catch to shore. Continue to Andria and the UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte. This octagonal-shaped castle was built by Emperor Frederick II in the mid-13th-Century on a rocky promontory and features Romanesque and Gothic influences. Round off the day with a picnic in the local area (subject to weather conditions) before returning to your masseria. Stay: Casale del Murgese (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Savelletri di Fasano to Matera & Lecce Leave the Province of Bari for pre-historic Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the remote southern region of Basilicata. This remarkable city was once a hidden gem but has since found popularity as one of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture. The amazing 8th-Century cave dwellings, or sassi, are one of a kind; wander around the city’s underground labyrinth of streets and churches – where roofs double as streets for the dwellings above. The sassi are thought to have been inhabited since around 7000BC and it was chosen as the 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 Sassi Barisano and Caveoso, before travelling south to Sternatia in the Province of Lecce. Check in for dinner at your masseria nestled in acres of olive groves. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo (or similar). B, D

Day 6: Lecce It’s a full-day excursion to the stunning city of Lecce today, which also goes by the moniker of the ‘Florence of the South’. Take in magnificent Baroque architecture, like Lecce’s own Basilica di Santa Croce, as well as buildings carved from local honey-coloured stone and classic Roman structures like the amphitheatre in the central square, Piazza Sant’Oronzo. See period furniture and clothing at a small museum in the 16th-Century Palazzo, a historic palace with a gorgeous garden, before returning to your masseria for dinner. Stay: Masseria Chicco Rizzo (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Otranto & Gallipoli Explore Lecce’s coasts, starting in Otranto, Italy’s easternmost town, where highlights include the 11th-Century Romanesque cathedral and its mosaics. On a clear day, the views can stretch as far as the Albanian coast just 85 miles away. This afternoon you’ll head to west coast and the promontory town of Gallipoli. The town is divided into a modern part, known as borgo, and a charming old town on a small island protected by a 13th-Century fortress and connected to the mainland by a bridge. Return to your 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, or extend your holiday with some spa time and sunshine on Puglia’s beaches. B.


Stay longer

Puglia beach 3 nights
Relax in contemporary style and comfort at the beachfront Canne Bianche Lifestyle & Hotel which is just outside the coastal town of Torre Canne. This boutique retreat has an excellent spa and serves up delicious traditional Puglian cuisine. 

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

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 16 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

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.

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

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey)
• Average group size of 16 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended
• A relaxed and intimate group environment
• Authentic local experiences
• Plenty of sightseeing at a leisurely pace with no early mornings or late nights.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen charming masserie – traditional farmhouses – to give you an authentic taste of rural Italy. In a beautiful countryside setting, you'll taste home-cooked meals at Casale del Murgese, a Mediterranean-style boutique hotel just five minutes’ drive from the coast of Savelletri di Fasano. Just outside the stunning city of Lecce, the 18th-Century Masseria Chicco Rizzo is one of the region’s oldest farmhouses and has official agriturismo status.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £2056

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Oct 02, 16

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

All 2020 departures are guaranteed to operate.

2020 May 13; Jun 03; Jul 08; Sep 09; Oct 07
2021 May 12; Jun 02; Jul 07; Sep 08; Oct 06.

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch,  D=Dinner)
• 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 £3499 per person

Kuoni highlights

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’.

Kuoni highlights

Food is at the heart of this tour – you'll learn how to knead orecchiette, a variety of pasta that Puglia is known for; and you'll prepare braciole, a classic Puglian dish of meat rolls cooked in tomato sauce. At an olive oil mill, you'll taste some of Italy's finest olive oil, which the Apulians consider 'liquid gold' and share home-cooked dinners in a sociable group setting in your masseria.