Enjoy the sumptuous seafood & wine delicacies of the Puglia, a true gem of the Mediterranean, and discover its stunning Unesco-heritage historic attractions and wonderful beaches. From the conical houses of Alberobello to the baroque wonders and Roman ruins of Lecce and Otranto, every day guarantees discoveries and emotions, with…
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Enjoy the sumptuous seafood & wine delicacies of the Puglia, a true gem of the Mediterranean, and discover its stunning Unesco-heritage historic attractions and wonderful beaches. From the conical houses of Alberobello to the baroque wonders and Roman ruins of Lecce and Otranto, every day guarantees discoveries and emotions, with plenty of possibility for beach relax and sailing activities. Including hands-on meetings with winemakers and even making your own mozzarella and burrata.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites included: Trulli of Alberobello
- Outdoor activities (optional, upon agreement with participants and subject to meteorological conditions): cycling tour of historic olive trees plantations and fortified farmhouses in Monopoli, sailing excursion to Polignano a Mare, visit of Castellana caves
- “Burrata aka when mozzarella goes to paradise “. Learn how to make traditional cheese like the deliciously creamy burrata and stracciatella in a fun and informative hands-on workshop at an organic farm, where cows get massaged and relaxing spa-like treatment to get the best milk you will ever taste.
Bari to Monopoli for a welcome to PugliaYour guide will meet you either at Bari Airport or Train Station. Regular inexpensive flights from several locations within Italy to Bari or by direct trains from Rome. Transfer to your accommodation in the scenic historic center of Monopoli, a quaint seaside town which will be our home base for the next three days. According to the arrival time, we can visit Putignano, sunny and quiet hilltop village tasting traditional recipes with the elegant modern touch of a master chef. The welcome to Puglia will be a relaxing and informative stroll in town with an expert local guide, followed by a tasting dinner to kick-off our journey through the unique culinary delights of this peninsula stretched across the Adriatic and Ionian sea. Meals included: L, D
Alberobello: Trulli, wine and cherriesAfter breakfast, we head to Alberobello, famous for its unique prehistoric “trulli” buildings designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will visit a historic family-run winery to taste sparkling, rose, white and red wines and local specialties in the heartland of the famous "Ferrovia" cherries, and return to Monopoli for relax and a nice swim in the city beaches or the scenic "small Atlantide" of Capitolo beach. Optional excursions: after lunch, if the group feels like, we can visit the stunning caves of Castellana, a world-class natural wonder. Before dinner we will meet for an aperitivo at a seafront bar and your guide will give some recommendations for dinner. If you're about ready for a change then there is an outstanding sushi restaurant with two Japanese sushi chefs a short walk from the old town. Meals included: B, L.
Polignano a mare & mozzarella experienceTransfer across scenic landscapes dotted by olive trees to visit the organic farm of a traditional cheese producer to taste the famous mozzarella, caciocavallo, ricotta and more delicacies, learning how to prepare these traditional cheese hands-on. After a home-style tasting lunch at the farm, we head for a special coffee and “digestive stroll” to Polignano a Mare, a scenic seaside village just up the coast from Monopoli perched atop a rocky outcrop, with an optional boat trip to admire the picturesque marine caves nearby. Farewell dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Monopoli on a quiet square in the old town Meals included: B, L, D
Manduria noble wines & OtrantoAfter breakfast, transfer towards Manduria, famous for its world-class primitivo and rosé wines. We will discover the history, tradition and taste of this nectar while visiting the Consorzio Produttori and its folk museum, with a guided tasting by a local sommelier with light lunch. Afternoon relax on the gorgeous white sandy beaches nearby, part of a protected natural area. Transfer to Otranto, a lively historic town in the heart of the historic and natural attractions of Salento. We will eat family-style at a lively local osteria in the heart of the old town. Meals included: B, L, D
Salento Beaches & Duke's winesWe will start the exploration of the gorgeous local beaches of the „Italian Maldives“ and optionally make an excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of the region for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit a splendid winery, run since 12 centuries (yes, 1200 years!) by the same family of Dukes, with Norman origins. Dinner is at your leisure in Otranto and your guide will give you some suggestions. Meals included: B, L
Lecce Baroque JewelsAfter breakfast we will to visit Lecce, a UNESCO tentative-listed baroque jewel, with an expert local guide. Today we will practice our skills and learn new secrets in a fun and informative cooking class with a local couple in their splendid mansion in the center of Lecce, and visit an ancient traditional mill in the countryside. Afternoon dedicated to beach relax in the splendid locations of Baia dei Turchi , Torre dell’Orso and Grotta della Poesia for the most adventurous swimmers. We will enjoy a tasting dinner in Otranto as farewell to Salento. Meals included: B, L, D
Ostuni, “the white city” on the way to BariIn the morning we say farewell to Otranto but there are still interesting attractions waiting for you along the way. According to your departure time from Bari, we will stop for a stroll and snack in the splendid Ostuni, one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses which earned the nickname “the white city”. A genuine and charming example of Mediterranean architecture to be explored on foot along a maze of staircases, alleys, arches and plenty of historic and artistic sites. Your driver will bring you to Bari airport or train station in due time to continue your exploration of other Italian destinations or Croatia, since Bari is well connected by an overnight ferry to Dubrovnik. Meals included: B.
Gourmet Tour Package including daily guiding and tasting experiences
6 lunches or equivalent
4 dinners or equivalent
- 3 Nights Accommodation in Monopoli
- 3 Nights Accommodation in Otranto
- Flights to and from Europe
- Tips for Tour Guides and Drivers
- Travel Insurance
- 2 evening meals (daytime tastings and other activities make these very ‘optional’)
Puglia Seaside Wonders 2019SundayJune 9, 20197 daysSaturdayJune 15, 20196 Places Available: 6 / 6$ 3500Per Adult
Puglia Seaside Wonders 2019WednesdayJuly 31, 20197 daysTuesdayAugust 6, 20196 Places Available: 6 / 6$ 3500Per Adult
Flights are not included in our tours. You will need to get yourself to the starting point for the tour. We suggest checking the website of your favorite airline or comparing flight options on Skyscanner.net.
Certainly! We can prepare an itinerary for your extension that includes time on either end of your small group tour in any number of wonderful Italian and other European cities. Just let us know how many days you have and where you'd like to go, We can also take care of getting you to the start point of the tour.
If you are already in Italy, we can arrange for you to be picked up anywhere along the route between the arrival airport and the first overnight destination at no extra cost, depending on timing. If you would like us to make other transportation arrangements for you an extra cost would be incurred.
We can arrange for a drop-off anywhere along the route to the departure airport at no additional cost or for an additional fee, a transfer/transportation to anywhere else you would like to get to.
We have run these tours for a number of years now and have found from experience that on some days, especially when there is a tasting experience later on in the day, people don't have much room for dinner after these wonderful feasts. To avoid force-feeding our guests (that's a French thing, and they only do it to geese) we have left out a couple of evening meals. These coincide with a stay somewhere where it is easy to get a snack or smaller meal, so you won't go hungry. It also gives you an evening off from the rest of the group, and your guide.
Yes, subject to availability of rooms, we welcome solo travelers on our trips. The single supplement varies from trip to trip, please contact us for further details.
We can arrange a private version of any of our itineraries, subject to availability. We can even customize the content. Please contact us for pricing.
Although all our present calendar of tours is led exclusively by Daniele, we have two support staff based in Italy in addition to over 20 customer support staff throughout Central & Eastern Europe. If you extend your trip, for that segment you will be taken care of by the highly experienced JayWay team and your tours and transfers will be provided by our tried & tested local partners throughout Europe.