Homemade Puglia

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Tour Introduction

6 NIGHT TRIP
Magnificent tour through the Puglia region. Including the small towns of Gioia del Colle, Gravina, Matera and the "Sassi," Altamura, Polignano, Conversano, Alberobello, Otranto.

Highlights:

  • The mysteries of Castel Del Monte
  • Cooking class in an authentic Trulli House
  • Matera and its ancient Sassi
  • Locorotondo, one of the most beautiful villages of Italy

DAY 1: ARRIVE BARI

Upon arrival at Bari airport, meet your private driver for transfer to your hotel accommodation in Gioia del Colle. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner in a typical restaurant. Overnight.


DAY 2: MATERA CAVE HOUSES
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning guided tour of Gioia del Colle, some of the sights you will visit are the castle and its museum, the churches and the historical center. Continue with stop at a  at a family-run fwinery for wine tasting. Lunch in a selected restaurant in Gravina. Next is a stop of Matera and its UNESCO World Heritage site “the Sassi." Learn about these ancient dwellings and breathe in the energies of the past.  Return to Gioia and evening at leisure. Overnight.


DAY 3:  POLIGNANO A MARE AND OLIVE OIL TASTING

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day with a focaccia tasting in one of the oldest bakery in Altamura, town, famous for its DOP bread. Continue to an oil mill for extra virgin olive oil tasting. Visit of Polignano a Mare, a town of Greek origins, that stands overlooking the sea on a steep rocky cliff. Lunch in a "slow food" restaurant. Continue to Alberobello, walk among the ancient Trulli Houses, a conical limestone dwelling, visit the Trullo Sovrano and museum. Return to Gioia and free evening.


DAY 4: CASTEL DEL MONTE: THE OCTAGONAL SHAPED CASTLE

Breakfast at your hotel. Morning visit of the historical fishing port of Trani. Discover the Templar Knight’s Church and the historical center.  Lunch in a typical masseria in the countryside. Continue with the visit the UNESCO heritage site of Castel del Monte, the most important testimony in the region of the Hohenstaufen Monarchy and site full of unrevealed mysteries. Return to Gioia. Evening at leisure. Overnight.


DAY 5: CASTELLANA’S GROTTOES AND OSTUNI, THE WHITE CITY
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to your new accommodation in Conversano, a historical residence with a discreet and impeccable service. Following check in, guided tour of the large and famous complex of caves with amazing rock formations in Castellana Grotte. Continue to Locorotondo where we will stop for lunch in a slow-food restaurant in the historical center. Next is a visit to Ostuni, a charming place on a hilltop with a labyrinth of lanes lined with houses painted in white lime wash. Return to Conversano and spa treatment. Overnight.


DAY 6:  COOKING CLASS IN A TRULLO HOUS
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Breakfast at your hotel. Morning tour of Bari: San Nicola’s church, Frederick II’s castle and the city center. Lunch in a restaurant selected by "Gambero Rosso". Return to Conversano to a Trullo House in the countryside for your cooking class followed by dinner. Overnight.


DAY 7: BAROQUE LECCE

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit Lecce, the most famous baroque city in Italy: wonderful churches, monuments with precious details and old roman theaters. Continue to Otranto, a beautiful seafront village and walk along its waterfront promenade. Next is a lunch stop in Gallipoli at an open-air restaurant with a balcony looking out over the sparkling sea. After some free time on your own, on the way back to Conversano, stop at the medieval church of  Santa Maria a Cerrate and visit of its old olive mill.Return to Conversano and free evening. Overnight.


DAY 8: DEPART ITALY

Breakfast at your hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!

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