Tour Description

The central part of Apulia is essentially a flatland with wide arid expanses, which makes it a perfect region for off-the-beaten-path tours as on sandy or rocky flat surfaces. Surrounded by seas and known or the vast history, you can see the region of Apulia with every detail that it holds in this tour.

The small villages of Matera, Altamura, Alberobello and Castellaneta are only some of the destinations included in this tour, offering you the exquisite charm of Apulia and The Gargano Coast but also letting you enjoy unique culinary specialties and endless architecture.

And while Apulia is all about medieval towns and castles, in Gargano you will see intricate and complex paths creating a unique and picturesque look.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Bari Arrival | Welcome to Apulia! Upon arrival at Bari airport meet your driver and transfer to Polignano. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Monopoli.

Day 02: Alberobello and Gioia Del Colle Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. In the morning visit Alberobello’s Trulli (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Visit Aia Piccola, in the heart of the city of the Trulli traditional houses. See the ancient church of St. Anthony and the Sovereign Trullo. After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to Gioia Del Colle. The Historic Quarter is distinguished by a wealth of arches. Visit The town’s castle before returning to your hotel. Overnight in Monopoli.

Day 03: Matera and Altamura Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. Explore the historic town of Matera, The Sassi of Matera were dug into the soft tufo rock; Peek inside rock churches, and marvel at some of the most impressive of the cave houses to discover how they were furnished. Learn about the water collection system and cellars and gain a better understanding of a unique system of dwellings. After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to Altamura for an amazing walking tour. Visit the Cathedral, stroll around the heart of the city to discover hidden cloisters, Noble’s Palaces and Mansions. The tour will conclude with a tasting of famous local products and of course the worldwide know bread of Altamura! Late afternoon, return to your hotel. Overnight in Monopoli.

Day 04: Polignano → Ostuni Private Guided Tour → Lecce | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the lobby. Today you will transfer to Lecce via Ostuni. Once in Ostuni, meet your private guide. The gleaming white city of Ostuni is located on the top of the last hill of the southern Murgia plateau. From the top of its white walls, you will see a vast plain full of ancient olive trees and the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to the beautiful town of Lecce. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 05: Lecce Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the lobby. This morning you will enjoy a Private Guided Tour transfer of Lecce Historic Centre. Stroll the streets of Lecce and discover why the city is often called the “Florence of South Italy.” Admire monuments of dazzling marble and see traces of the city’s Roman past. Your guide will tell you city secrets and take you to hidden corners, as well as point out all the buildings cast in limestone marble. Discover Lecce’s Piazza Duomo, where you can visit the Cathedral. Continue to the Chiesa di S. Irene, and on to Piazza Sant’Oronzo. Discover the old Roman Amphitheatre and the Basilica di Santa Croce. After the tour, you will return to your Hotel. Lunch and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 06: Gallipoli and Otranto Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and Guide at the hotel lobby. This morning you will enjoy a Private Guided Tour of Gallipoli. The old town centre sits on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. It is almost completely, surrounded by defensive walls, built mainly in the 14th century. The east side is dominated by a robust fortress dating back to the 13th century but largely rebuilt in the 1500s.  The island heart of Gallipoli is home to numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi.  After lunch in a characteristic Apulia Masseria (Farm/Wine Estate), continue to the beautiful town of Otranto. Discover the Norman cathedral, consecrated in 1088 and still the largest Romanesque building in Apulia. Continue to the Church of St. Peter and the Aragonese Castle. Late afternoon, return to your hotel in Lecce. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 07: Lecce - Rodi & Peschici - Gargano | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver in the lobby. Today you will transfer to your Gargano Hotel. Guided visit of Rodi Garganico: The historic center of medieval origin is characterized by narrow streets and mostly steep, with intricate and complex paths, flanked by whitewashed houses. Along the coast, there are the famous trebuchets, ancient wooden buildings used by fishermen to adjust their fishing nets, with which the fish are caught. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. In the afternoon, guided visit of Peschici, known as the "Pearl of the Gargano," with its long and beautiful beaches with shallow waters, small bays with fine sand. Continue to your hotel for overnight. Overnight in Gargano.

Day 08: Day at Leisure. Overnight in Gargano.

Day 09: Vieste and Monte Sant'Angelo | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and Guide at the hotel lobby. Today you will visit Vieste, visit the ancient village perched on the sea, with narrow streets that climb towards the Cathedral, between whitewashed houses and colorful bazaar. Visit the beautiful coast of the Gargano, rich with coves, ravines, caves, from Vieste up to the beautiful bay of Pugno Chiuso. Crossing the lush Forest, arrive in Monte Sant'Angelo to lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon visit of the Sanctuary: Archangel Michael's Cave, and the beautiful medieval quarter "Junno." Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Gargano.

Day 10: Bari Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Unfortunately, it is time to say Arrivederci. At your convenience, we will transfer you to Bari airport. Ciao!

Tour Inclusions
  • 3 Nights Monopoli
  • 3 Nights in Lecce
  • 3 Nights Gargano
  • Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
  • Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
  • Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
  • Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
  • Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
  • 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
  • Details up on request
Price

Private Package Tours Rates

Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 400 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 800 per person/per day.

Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 500 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 900 + Euro per person/per day.

High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 + Euro per person/per day.

Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower

For Custom Made Tours we work with any reasonable Budget

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