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Best of Puglia in a Week Tour | 8-Day Itinerary

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Duration: 8 Days From €7920,00 Per Person
Languages: Matera, Lecce, Bari

Make the most of your time in Italy’s southeastern Apulia with this best of Puglia in a week tour with private tours and activities to immerse you in the local culture. Uncover the timeless beauty, relaxed pace and eatable culture of Puglia on a luxury Italy vacation that features both highlights and hidden gems. Plus you will venture into the neighboring region of Basilicata, to see the cave town of Matera. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, magical landscapes, fairytale towns and sensory delights abound on this best of Puglia in a week tour of Italy's beloved Southern region.

We designed this itinerary: Best of Puglia in a Week Tour for some of our favorite repeat clients, a family of 6 from U.S. They have already visited Italy's big cities and wanted to discover different sides of Italian history and culture. We sent them to Puglia, which offers the perfect blend of hospitality, traditional cuisine, beautiful scenery, and a unique historical heritage. This itinerary ticked all the boxes while providing unexpected discoveries every day.

Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Foodies
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures
Day 1

Arrival in Bari & Transfer to Matera

Upon arrival in Bari train station/airport, meet your private driver for a transfer to Matera. The cave city of Matera is located in the Basilicata region, but because it is so close to Puglia, it is definitely a must see destination when in Puglia. Approximate travel time is just 1 hour. Your hotel is right in the heart of the city, which makes it easy to explore! You'll have time on your own in Matera – extra activities on request.

Day 2

Discover the Cave World of Matera

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with its unique ancient urban structure still intact. Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the Sassi di Matera where Mel Gibson filmed The Passion of the Christ. The Sassi originated in a prehistoric settlement, and these dwellings are among the first human set. On a privately guided walk explore the intricate labyrinth of alleys and stairways, of caves and small elegant buildings, arches, galleries, and terraces that make up this remarkable city of stone. The rest of the day is at leisure – extra activities on request.

Day 3

Travel South to Lecce via Alberobello, Locorotondo & Ostuni

Meet your private driver for a transfer to Lecce, visiting Alberobello, Locorotondo and Ostuni en route. The picturesque towns in the Itria Valley will crown your day with their timeless, fairy-tale beauty. In Alberobello, see the charming and unique trulli, the cone-shaped stone houses distinctive to Apulia. Explore the white and circular village of Locorotondo. Finally, the gleaming town of Ostuni will fascinate you with its old alleys lined with whitewashed buildings. Conclude your day on arrival in Lecce a city cultured enough to be nicknamed the “Florence of the South.

Day 4

Discover the Splendors of Lecce

With a private guide, embark on a leisurely walking tour of Lecce. A city of art that preserves the historical and artistic heritage of different ages and cultures. Its historic center is filled with ornate Baroque monuments and even has a few remnants of its Roman days. Visit its lovely historic center surrounded by imposing Baroque palaces and ancient Roman ruins. The remainder of the day is at leisure – extra activities on request.

Day 5

Travel on to the Heart of the Salento Region

Today’s excursion takes you to the beautiful walled town of Otranto, overlooking the Adriatic coast. On a private guide walking tour, visit the imposing 15th-century Aragonese castle with its traditional moat, and the famous cathedral whose impressive wall-to-wall mosaic floor was created in 1166. Later return to Lecce. The remainder of the day is at leisure – extra activities on request.

Day 6

Transfer to Bari from Lecce via Polignano a Mare

After breakfast at your hotel, your private driver will pick you up and you will make your way toward the Puglia capital, Bari. Along the coast in between you will stop in the beautiful seaside town of Polignano a Mare. Then, it’s off to your centrally located hotel in Bari where you will be staying for 2 nights. The ancient town has a compact and very interesting historic center with narrow, winding streets and a castle on one side. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 7

Taste the Beauties & Flavors of Bari

Bari is the capital of Puglia with an enchanting old town. Take a private guided walking tour along the pristine narrow lanes full of ancient traditions. During the walk, you will be delighted by the fragrant smell of the region delicacies that leads you towards an historic bakery. Here you will see how the typical focaccia of Bari is made. You'll also taste its fresh-baked goodness, followed by another specialty, onion calzone. Along the way, you will even see nonne (grandmas) who still make homemade orecchiette pasta outside their homes.

Day 8

Goodbye Puglia

Arrivederci! After this incredible week, today it is time to say goodbye to beautiful Puglia. Transfer privately to Bari airport, railway station or port. Buon viaggio! If you are not yet ready to go home, we can help adding extra nights in Puglia or even spending some time on the Amalfi Coast. The choice is yours and we would be happy to design your trip as you wish.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera, “The City of Stones”
  • Enjoy Alberobello, Locorotondo & Ostuni
  • Uncover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lecce
  • Discover the coastal town of Otranto
  • Visit Bari old town
  • Unwind as we manage all of the logistics and essential experiences so you can thoroughly enjoy your Italy vacation in Puglia

Private Trip Pricing & Availability

Best of Puglia in a Week Tour 2024

  • Prices start from €7920,00 per person, based on double occupancy in 4-star hotels and for travel in low season (excluding flights).
  • The final price of your trip will vary on the itinerary itself, along with factors such as your hotel choices, your travel dates and the number of travelers in your party.
  • This Best of Puglia in a Week Tour departs daily on a private basis. With no fixed dates or set schedules, you can travel whenever you want, on your own terms.

What Is Included

  • Customized travel planning for your style
  • 2 nights at the accommodation of your choice in Matera
  • 3 nights at the accommodation of your choice in Lecce
  • 2 nights at the accommodation of your choice in Bari
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Privately guided tours and experiences tailored specifically to you
  • Inspiring local guides as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites, etc. as described in itinerary
  • In-country private transportation as per the itinerary
  • Private airport transfer on arrival and departure to/from the hotel

What Is Not Included

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Tips (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Accommodation Options

When it comes to accommodations, there is no one size fits all. For your bespoke trip, you can choose your hotel from our handpicked selection below or we’ll make personalized suggestions based on your preferences.

Vetted options for hotels in Matera (nights 1-2)

4-star Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita | Located in the Sassi area | Stunning Executive Suite
5-star Palazzo Gattini Luxury Hotel | Located in the Sassi area | Free access to the property's spa

Vetted options for hotels in Lecce (nights 3-5)

4-star Pollicastro Boutique Hotel  | Conveniently located in the city center | Roof top restaurant with panoramic views
5-star Risorgimento Resort |Conveniently located in the city center | Family rooms

Vetted options for hotels in Bari (nights 6-7)

4-star Hotel Imago | Conveniently located in the city center | Family rooms
5-star iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni |Conveniently located in the city center near a train station and just a short 27-minute drive away from Bari airport.

Booking Procedure

  1. Start Filling out Our Quick Trip Inquiry Form
    After submitting the trip request we match you with one of our local specialists who will assist you with travel consultation.
  2. Work out the Trip Plan Together
    Do you like this Best of Puglia in a Week Tour but prefer to customize it? As always, the sample itinerary can be tweaked and personalized. Your dedicated travel specialist will put together a tailor-made trip based on your input and our first-hand experiences and knowledge.
  3. Book Your Trip
    Once you’re 100% happy with the custom travel plan, you can book your trip via our secure payment system. For information on payments, we’ve included answers to the most frequently asked questions—with shortcuts to direct you to the right place.

Tour FAQs

Is this Best of Puglia in a Week Tour good for families?

Yes! From Baroque architecture to beautiful beaches and exciting wine and cuisine, Puglia has something for everyone. In this trip, you will explore the diversity of Puglia. From the iconic whitewashed stone villages of the Itria Valley to the magnificent coastal scenery of Salento, this region of southern Italy is breathtaking. You will see UNESCO World Heritage Sites and experience the glories of Italy’s art and architecture. Designed to inform curiosity, the whole family will come away with an increased understanding of the history, culture, and landscape of Puglia in southern Italy.

When is the best time to visit Puglia?

Although you can’t go wrong visiting this southern Italy hidden gem throughout the year, the best time to visit Puglia is during the spring, early summer and autumn.

How far in advance should I book this Best of Puglia in a Week Tour?

As soon as possible because Puglia is very popular. People from all over the world come to enjoy the food and culture of this beautiful southern Italy destination. Don’t Wait! Airlines typically release tickets anywhere up to 12 months prior to departure, so start locking things in as soon as you feel comfortable. This will ensure the best airfares and hotels availability. That said, even for last minute trip planning our travel specialists can help bring your dream vacation plans to reality.

Can this Best of Puglia in Week Tour be altered?

Absolutely! This trip is private though, so if there are areas you’d rather visit or if you’d rather linger in one location over another, feel free to request it. All you have to do is tell us about your dream trip by filling out our quick Custom Italy Trip Planning Form.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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