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Tour Description

They say that Apulia (Italian: Puglia) is one of the regions in Italy that combines fresh air, amazing nature and unique history. It is no wonder why many tourists visit this region for the best fine dining, wine tasting and cooking classes.

Now, you have the same opportunity with our premium Apulia Folk Cooking tour. It all starts with your arrival in Bari, where we collect your luggage and transfer you to the iconic Polignano a Mare, a small village on the sea known for its culinary experts. Here, you will get the best hands-on cooking lesson directly from the experts, taste many different sea foods and wines and learn how to make the best traditional pasta sauce.

The tour continues with your visit of the Polignano, Alberobello and Ostuni wine farms, all nested in the most beautiful cities of Apulia. The tour ends in Lecce, where you can polish your knowledge behinde and put the cooking secrets to practice. Learn the secrets of the tasteful extra virgin olive oils, delicious sea foods, natural vegetables and charming wines!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Bari Arrival - Polignano | Welcome to Apulia! Upon arrival at Bari airport please proceed to collect your luggage inside the customs area. Meet your driver and transfer to Polignano a Mare. Rest of the Day at Leisure. Overnight in Polignano a Mare.

Day 02: Polignano a Mare Cooking Lesson | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today experience a hands-on cooking lesson at Polignano a Mare's most exclusive restaurant; you'll learn to prepare a classic Pugliese pasta called orecchiette and a traditional pasta sauce. A Four-course Pugliese dinner following our cooking lesson in the restaurant's private grotto; we'll even taste baby octopus cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, a local specialty. Optional shopping excursion to purchase cheeses, cured meats, regional pastas, and more; the shop-keeper will offer you a complimentary sampling of local delicacies and vacuum-pack your purchases for safe travel. Overnight in Polignano.

Day 03: Polignano - Alberobello - Ostuni - Wine Farm - Lecce | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the lobby for a private transfer to your Hotel in Lecce. On route enjoy a visit to Ostuni and Alberobello. Ostuni, this city of art, is certainly one of the most beautiful cities of Apulia. Is situated on the latest Murge (the hills of Apulia), the white color of the houses that form the historical center is due to lime, which for centuries has been used for painting the walls of the village. White City is another name for Ostuni. Lunch at a characteristic Pugliese Restaurant. Alberobello, its characteristic center includes the Monti district, comprising 1030 trulli on a hillside; it has some of the oldest buildings still preserving the original features of construction. The trulli are white dry-stone houses with conical roofs made of lapidary stones. On the road back to Otranto we will stop for a visit of an historic wine farm in Cellino San Marco. This wine tour is a short journey through every step of the wine making process: the vineyards, the cellars, up to the packaging point, you will taste Negramaro, Salice Salentino and Primonero Salento. Overnight in a Salento Mansion.

Day 04: Specchia - Otranto - Cooking Lesson | Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning you will discover some of the highlights of Salento area: fabulous countryside, immense olive tree groves up to the sea, small enchanting villages featuring astonishing noble Palaces, Baroque Churches. Pick up from the Masseria for an half day excursion to Specchia and Otranto by minivan and private guide. Otranto, also called "The Door to the Oriental", the most eastern point of Italy. Otranto offers its visitors the Cathedral that was finished and opened to prayer in 1088. It is considered the biggest church in Puglia and keeps the most ancient mosaic in Europe. Otranto is also home to the Aragonese castle with its towers, bastions and fortified walls. Otranto features maybe one of the most amazing sea in Italy: clear, blue water lap the village's white beach. Specchia nominated among the "100 most beautiful villages in Italy " thanks to its well preserved town centre and the enchanting pathways that surround it, the numerous Baroque churches which characterize the town, the old Palaces and the underground olive presses (Frantoio Ipogeo). Time at leisure for lunch, then transfer back to the Masseria for your first cooking lesson. You will have the experience of picking up from the kitchen garden of the Masseria together with the chef the vegetables to prepare your dishes, then you will prepare a typical Salento menu: Barese Pizza (typical pizza from Puglia topped with small tomatoes), homemade fresh pasta with stone ground flour "Orecchiette with turnip tops", Timbale of potatoes, zucchini, mussels and rice (Tajedda) and typical Salento dessert (Pasticciotto ). Overnight in a Salento Mansion.

Day 05: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Cooking lesson | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning you will meet your guide at the Masseria and you will enjoy a walk through the olive trees and learn about Pugliaas olive varietals and the process of making extra virgin oils. Then you will stop in an old baker where you will taste typical Salento bread and other baked products such as Taralli, Frise and more a. Finish the visit at the local Olive Oil mill, with a tasting of the full range of their premium olive oils as well as a delicious brunch of cured hams, local cheeses and of course- olives! Then walk back to the Masseria, time to relax before your second cooking lesson, you will prepare another typical menu from Salento: Pittule (fried dough balls), Orecchiette or Sagne with tomatoes and vegetables from the kitchen garden and "cacioricotta", stuffed peppers and aubergines, dessert. Overnight in a Salento Mansion.

Day 06: Lecce and Cheese Factory | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today you will visit Lecce, the Salento most important city , so reach in masterpieces of art. Pick up in the morning for an half day excursion by minivan and your expert guide to Lecce the capital of Baroque in Puglia. Far off the beaten track for most of Italy's art-loving visitors, Lecce sits on the southern tip of Italy's boot, waiting to stupefy us with its little-known magnificence. The local sandstone, tinged a warm pink, is so easy to work with that it fostered the rise of a local style (barocco leccese) as ornate and intricate as any the world has seen. More than the architects, it was the local stone masons who left their mark on this city, crowding its buildings with fanciful cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruits, beauties and beasts. Time at leisure and pick up for your transfer back. On the way back to the Masseria we will stop for the visit of a cheese factory where we will taste some typical cheeses such as caciocavallo, mozzarella and caciorotta. Your dinner will be at a gourmet restaurant in Ruffano, a small village in heart of the Salento countryside, there you will marvel for that unexpected jewel, imposing nobles buildings and narrow streets and you will taste the genuine Salento cuisine. Transfer back to the Mansion.

Day 07: Pasta, Wines and Ceramic Workshop | Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning you will meet your guide at the Masseria, then pick up in the morning for a full day excursion by minivan to some of gourmet temples of Italian food. You will visit in Maglie an ancient Pastificio ( pasta factory ), where pasta is still prepared and dried following ancient traditions. Your next visit will be an award winning wine farm, wine tasting and light lunch. After lunch you will reach an ancient baroque village by the sea, Tricase, where you will visit an artisanal ceramic workshop, you will meet there the artisan- artist who will be happy to share with you the meaning of the traditional patterns, the techniques. You will be enchanted by his creative skill in mixing ancient patterns with absolutely contemporary ones, by the sophisticated colors he uses for his stupefying masterpieces. Dinner on your own. Overnight in a Salento Mansion.

Day 08: Lecce - Bari Airport | Breakfast at the Hotel. Arrivederci. Ciao! Enjoy a Private Transfer to Bari Airport.

Tour Inclusions
  • 4 nights Polignano
  • 3 nights Lecce
  • Private excursions by car and English speaking driver as per program
  • Professional Local Guides
  • 3 Cooking Classes
  • Meals as per program
  • 24/7 Assistance & Support
  • Details up on request
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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania