5 Senses of Puglia

5 Senses of Puglia

7 Days

Indulge all the senses on the most deliciously beautiful tour of the real Puglia.
 
Why do we love Puglia? It’s both relaxed and wildly beautiful. White stone cities perched on the crystal-clear sea. Landscapes dotted with ancient olive groves and traditional whitewashed homes. History, tradition, and some of the best food in the world. Through our local connections, we’ve discovered some incredible places where you will be warmly welcomed while enjoying local and authentic experiences.
 
Consider us like that in-the-know friend who is committed to you having the best Puglia trip ever and will take you to all the coolest places, introduce you to the best local guides, and make sure you eat and drink at the most delicious local eateries.
Home base will be an authentic Masseria, a traditional whitewashed Puglian farmhouse, which has been hand selected by us with care. Here you will find modern creature comforts, warm hospitality, and a lovely pool set amidst ancient olive groves. Our accommodation is perfectly located minutes away from the Adriatic Sea and within proximity to many nearby towns that are waiting for your exploration. 
 
Daily you will be taken on guided adventures, explorations of the Itria and Alberobello Valleys, through Lecce with its astoundingly baroque architecture, and a multitude of other exciting landmarks that you’ll to enjoy first-hand, with many other experiences along the way. 
For more details on our amazing ‘5 Senses of Puglia’ tour please download our itinerary below. 
We are fanatical about all the details that go into creating incredible travel experiences in Puglia. We know your time is precious, so our expert team will take care of all the detailed planning before and during your trip to ensure that you feel comfortable, looked after, and supported 24/7. Get in touch with our team today to learn more or to book your tour!
Departure Days 2024
Availability
31st May 2024
Limited Availability
15th June 2024
Sold Out
3rd August 2024
Limited Availability
24th August 2024
Limited Availability
31st August 2024
Sold Out
7th September 2024
Limited Availability
14th September 2024
Open for Bookings
21st September 2024
Sold Out
5th October 2024
Limited Availability
Departure Days 2025
Availability
10th May 2025
Limited Availability
14th June 2025
Limited Availability
6th September 2025
Limited Availability
13th September 2025
Limited Availability

Tour Itinerary

7 Days - 5 Senses of Puglia

Once you arrive in the beautiful city of Bari, we’ll transport you to your new home for the week, where you can relax and unwind for the afternoon.

Come evening time, we’ll take you to one of the local eateries to enjoy locally produced drinks and fine foods to sate your appetite. We’ll also give an overview of the exciting activities awaiting you this week.

This morning we will be exploring the incredibly beautiful hilltop city of Ostuni, also known as la citta bianca, the white city, via a guided walk by one of our trusted local guides. Known for its whitewashed buildings and white stone streets, this charming medieval city with its fascinating history, glows day and night. Ostuni is a delightful city to wander, and we’ll meander through its incredible maze of narrow streets and visit some of its iconic architecture. After our guided walk, you’ll be free to explore this city on your own and enjoy a lovely lunch. We love Ostuni and we’ll have lots of recommendations for you about our favorite places to lunch, to shop, and to experience the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the both the sea and surrounding valley. Due to its elevated location, Ostuni is truly an amazing place to simply stop and enjoy the view. After lunch, we will take a short drive along peaceful country roads into the beautiful green valley to visit, one of the oldest olive oil producers in Puglia. Both an ancient olive oil mill and fortified farmhouse, this Masseria is surrounded by majestic olive groves filled with trees that are thousands of years old. The natural beauty of this property is extraordinary and after our tour, we’ll do a tasting of the superior extra virgin olive oil that is harvested and produced here from its ancient olive trees that were said to be planted during the Roman times. After our unforgettable oil tasting, we’ll make our way back to our accommodations where you can enjoy some leisure time at the Masseria. This evening, we will dine together at one of our favourite local restaurants nearby to enjoy more incredible Pugliese cuisine and wine.

Early this morning, we are going to travel just outside of Puglia into the Italian region called Basilicata which is home to the wonderous and magical city of Matera. Upon our arrival in this sweepingly beautiful and unique hilltop city, which has been used as a backdrop for numerous iconic films, we will have a quick coffee before meeting our friendly and knowledgeable local guide. Our guide will lead us on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Sassi di Matera, the fascinating ancient cave dwellings that were inhabited for over 2,500 years until the end of the 2nd World War. Our tour will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and after that you will be free to explore this very special city, named the 2019 European Capital of Culture, on your own. From incredible religious architecture, local artisan street stalls, to mouthwatering local cuisine, there is so much to see and do in this culturally and historically rich city. As always, we will be happy to share our favorite dining and shopping recommendations. Late that afternoon we’ll head back to our Masseria where you can enjoy some free time. This evening’s dinner will be a traditional home cooked Pugliese meal made for us by our wonderful accommodation’s hosts and sourced with ingredients from the farm property. Don’t forget the local wine!

This morning we’ll take a leisurely drive through the tranquil countryside and make our way to the local working farm and Caseificio for an exciting cheese making experience followed by a delicious lunch. 
 
After lunch we’ll drive to the largest town in Valle d’Itria, the lovely Martina Franca, for a stroll and perhaps a gelato. Later that afternoon, we’ll head into Alberobello, the city known for its iconic white conical trulli homes and protected by UNESCO for the past 25 years. There is something a bit fairytale about this white city which is now bustling with local stores, bars, and eateries. We’ll learn all about this historic town on a guided tour before we indulge in an amazing dinner together at one of our favorite local restaurants. 
This morning we’ll be making our way to the beautiful, fortified seafront town of Monopoli which is located on the Adriatic coast and offers a castle, a bell tower, a cathedral, a working harbor, and incredible views of the sea at every turn. During our guided walk we’ll learn about Monopoli’s history and see some of its most interesting architecture. You’ll then have some free time to explore Monopoli on your own. 
 
Next, we’ll be visiting one of our favorite seaside dining spots to indulge in an incredible seafood lunch al mare with stunning views of the Adriatic. 
After lunch, we’ll move on to Polignano a Mare, a charming cliff-top town which is perched directly on the Adriatic Sea and known for its ancient caves, picturesque swimming spots, and panoramic vistas.
You’ll then enjoy some free time where you can choose your own Polignano a Mare adventure—be it shopping, swimming, or perhaps a gelato with an epic view of the sea. 

Today we will be visiting the stunningly beautiful Baroque city, Lecce. Known as the “Florence of the South,” Lecce is a city celebrated for its incredible art and uniquely ornate limestone and sandstone architecture. We will start with a coffee before we embark on our guided walk of Lecce which boasts a 2,500-year-old history that includes many contributions by the Romans, including its fortification walls and ancient amphitheater.

After our walk, you’ll have free time to explore Lecce and to have a delicious lunch on your own. Later in the afternoon we will head back to our Masseria where we will learn how to cook a fresh and delicious traditional Apulian meal using fresh produce straight from the farmhouse gardens and typical local products from the region. This cooking experience will literally be “farm-to-table.”

Tonight’s dinner will be both relaxing and delicious: a home cooked Pugliese meal and local wine enjoyed at the Masseria. 

Today is entirely yours to do as much or as little as you desire. Whether you enjoy this day relaxing at one of our favorite beach clubs, taking a bike ride through the countryside, or exploring a nearby town, we’ll be here to help you craft and curate your very best free day in Puglia.

After this lovely free day, we will regroup for our final dinner this evening and head to a local town to visit one of our favorite restaurants for our farewell dinner. 

It is time to say not goodbye, but Arrivederci, until we meet again, to Puglia. After enjoying one last epic breakfast spread at the Masseria and perhaps one last dip in the pool, we will escort you to the Bari Airport or Train Station. 

What is Included

7 Days - 5 Senses of Puglia

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights accommodation in a traditional Masseria which has been thoughtfully selected for beauty, comfort, authenticity, and true local character.
  • Transfer to and from Bari Station on arrival & departure days 
  • All transport for the duration of your stay, as detailed on the itinerary, in Mercedes Vans or 16 seater Minibus.
  • Daily impressive Pugliese breakfast spread of local delicacies served each morning at the Masseria.
  • 2 lunches – One incredible seaside seafood meal and one “Rural Apulian Tasting” lunch following our cheesemaking experience.
  • All dinners – Delicious dinners will be a mix of big traditional Pugliese family-style dinners and la carte at our favorite local restaurants.
  • Hand-selected local wine with all meals.
  • Bilingual hosts and expert local guides for the duration of the tour.
  • Olive Oil Grove Visit: Tour and Tasting.
  • Cheese Making and Tasting Experience.
  • Guided walks and tours in: Ostuni, Matera, Alberobello, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, & Lecce .
  • Local Cooking Experience.
  • Coffees upon arrival in each town on most touring days.

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • This tour doesn’t include your airfares, so to schedule your flight, please contact a local booking agent or airline
  • You’ll be responsible for your own travel insurance and we’d advise taking out cover ahead of time
  • Should you wish to visit any museums, galleries, or public premises; you may be expected to pay an entry fee
  • Any meals outside of those listed within the itinerary are not covered by us
  • You may also want to bring cash or a card to cover the cost of your personal expenditures, gifts and so on

Masseria San Martino

Immersed in an olive grove of 2600 century-old trees and 10 ha of land, Masseria San Martino is a typical “Agriturismo” located just a few miles from the sea and is situated amid Puglia’s most spectacular countryside of the Valle d’Itria. Masseria San Martino is managed by an Italian-Canadian family whose mission is to “make guests feel at home”.
 
In the Agriturismo you can find several outdoor spaces where you can enjoy peacefully relaxing days in the sun either it be near the pool or in the olive grove. You can take long walks, cycle and jog in the area.
 
An idyllic rural retreat awaits you at Masseria San Martino which is the perfect location to discover the country with its traditions and culture.
 
Just five minutes from the Masseria there is the wonderful Adriatic Sea with its superb coastline with fully equipped beach clubs where you can dip into a pebbly beach or a sandy beach at leisure.

Getting there

7 Days - 5 Senses of Puglia

G E T T I N G  T H E R E
The tour begins at Bari Central Train Station where we will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation. Approximately 1 hour drive. We suggest arriving a day prior to the commencement of your tour and staying in Bari, this allows for any  potential travel delays. 
 
C H E C K I N / C H E C K O U T
– Check in is from 3:30pm 
Transfers included in your tour from Bari Central Train Station are at 3pm. Transfers outside of these hours will be at an additional cost of approx €180 per vehicle.
 
– Check Out is at 9am 
There will be transfers from the Masseria to Bari Airport & Bari Central Train Station at 8:30am, having you in Bari by 9:30am. Transfers outside of these hours will be at an additional cost of approx €180 per vehicle.

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