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Authentic Puglia Small Group Escorted Tour - Cala Ponte Resort

This relatively unexplored corner of Italy is awash with culture, history and authentic cuisine. On our eight-day small group tour, you’ll get to explore some of the best parts of Puglia. You’ll be based in Polignano a Mare or the White City of Ostuni and enjoy guided tours of Alberbello, Lecce and Bari amongst others. You’ll even learn how to make Puglia’s typical pasta, orecchiette, and enjoy an olive oil tasting.

Please note: Our small group escorted tours require a minimum number of customers to participate in order to operate successfully. The minimum number on this tour is 10 customers.

Due to the amount of walking and steps involved with this tour, it is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

2020 Tour Departure Dates

  • 23 Sept 2020
  • 07 Oct 2020

Click here to view alternative departure dates, staying at the Hotel Monte Sarago.

At a glance

  • Enjoy a guided trip of Matera
  • Exclusive to Citalia
  • Explore Alberobello
  • Learn how to make pasta
  • Maximum group size: 18
  • Visit Ostuni, Bari and Lecce
  • Visit the caves of Castellana

For more information, call our Italy Experts on:

01293 765055 Or Request a quote
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Puglia

Arrive into Bari airport where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the next 7 nights. Spend your afternoon exploring your local surroundings and relaxing. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Meals included:

  • Dinner
Accommodation

Cala Ponte Resort

Polignano a Mare, Puglia
Day 2 : Bari - Polignano a Mare

Visit the capital city of Bari. Since the end of the 11th century, the bones of Saint Nicholas of Myra have been located in the Basilica of the City named after him, one of the prototypes of the Apulian Romanesque. The visit of the town takes you past the Norman castle to the cathedral, through the medieval city center to the basilica and finally to the Piazza del Ferrarese. In the afternoon, visit Polignano a Mare, famous for its ice-cream.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation

Cala Ponte Resort

Polignano a Mare, Puglia
Day 3 : Martina Franca - Castellana Grotte

Today we head to the baroque town of Martina Franca where you will have free time to visit the historic centre with its amazing winding alleys. 

Just before lunchtime, after a short drive to a local agriturismo, you’ll take part in a cooking class to learn how to make the typical Pugliese pasta, named orecchiette which means ‘little ears’ due to its unique shape. Once the class is over, you’ll get to enjoy a light lunch where you can sample your creation.

This afternoon will take you to the impressive caves of Castellana, a must see for visitors to Puglia. You’ll be taken on a guided tour of the underground caves where you can admire the rows of stalactites hanging like giant needles and the glittering walls of crystal and underground lakes that were discovered in the 18th century.

This evening, enjoy dinner back at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation

Cala Ponte Resort

Polignano a Mare, Puglia
Day 4 : Day at Leisure

Explore the nearby marina and browse the shops. Sample some local food and take in the amazing sea views. Dinner is provided at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation

Cala Ponte Resort

Polignano a Mare, Puglia
Day 5 : Lecce - Otranto

The beautiful baroque city Lecce is known as the ‘Florence of the South’. Your guide will show you some of the city’s most beautiful baroque buildings and some of the more interesting sights that span more than 2,000 years of Lecce’s history, from the Duomo, Piazza Sant’Oronzo and the Roman Amphitheatre to name a few.

You’ll enjoy a typical Italian lunch before heading to Otranto, the most southerly city it Italy. This ancient harbour town is situated on a picturesque coast with magnificent coves. We’ll visit the old town with its narrow winding alleys and medieval buildings, and the cathedral where, in the 12th century, a Byzantine monk created a large mosaic that occupies the entire floor – now considered to be one of the most important pieces of 12th century art in the region.

This evening, head back to your hotel for dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation

Cala Ponte Resort

Polignano a Mare, Puglia
Day 6 : Altamura - Matera

Today, your drive will take you through a beautiful landscape to Altamura, where you’ll enjoy a Focaccia bread tasting in a family-run bakery! A leisurely stroll through the old town completes the visit to Altamura, and afterwards we’ll head to the picturesque town of Matera, Basilicata.

Basilicata’s former capital Matera is a must-see; its best known for a village-like sprawl of sassi, neighbourhoods of pre-historic stone houses believed to have been home to Italy’s first settlers around 9,000 years ago.

Before your final day in Puglia, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant in Polignano.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation

Cala Ponte Resort

Polignano a Mare, Puglia
Day 7 : Alberobello - Olive Oil Tasting - Ostuni

Today starts with the capital of the trulli: Alberobello. Part of UNESCO since 1996, the town is one of the most important landmarks in Puglia and boasts the biggest concentration of trulli in Puglia. The conical roofs and whitewashed buildings create a truly unique landscape.

After, we continue to Ostuni for a guided visit of the ‘White City’, which is perched on a hilltop overlooking the coast and its monumental olive trees. On the way, we will stop at an oil mill in Cisternino to learn how this golden liquid is made before enjoying a tasting.

Dinner will be served at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation

Cala Ponte Resort

Polignano a Mare, Puglia
Day 8 : Puglia to UK

Say goodbye to the group as you leave ‘Italy’s heel’ and head home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

8 days from £1,495 per person

What's included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners including a special dinner in a local restauran
  •  English speaking guide
  •  Shared transfers to and from the airport (on selected flights)
  •  Orecchiette cooking demonstration
  •  Focaccia and bread tasting in a local bakery
  •  Entrance fees to Castellana Grotte and Matera Church

What's not included:

  • Tourist tax (approx €10 - €12 per person for 7 nights)
  • Tips
  • Drinks and any extras

Practical Information

Flight Information

Flying is the quickest and easiest way to get to Italy from the UK and there are plenty of direct flights available to most airports within Italy. The biggest choice of flights are available from London and Manchester but you'll also be able to fly to certain destinations from regional airports. Flights take from 2 to 4 hours depending on where you fly from/to.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
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