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Best of Puglia in a Week Tour – Sample Itinerary

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Duration: 8 days
Languages: EN

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 highlights every day.

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

Arrival in Bari - Welcome to the heel of Italy's boot!

Upon arrival in Bari train station/airport, we have arranged a private driver to take you to the hotel of your choice and your base for exploring Italy’s Puglia region. The rest of your day is yours to do as you please!

Day 2

Ostuni - Full Day Excursion

The gleaming white town of Ostuni sits atop the vast olive-carpeted plateau of Murgia. This morning you will take a walking tour through its fascinating streets lined with whitewashed buildings. The best Italian olives come from the Puglia region, and today you visit an olive oil mill in the heart of the wonderful Itria Valley. Here you will taste different extra virgin olive oils produced by this farm and learn about the traditional method of olive oil process. After returning to your accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3

Matera - Full Day Excursion

The cave city of Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Basilicata, but because it is so close to Puglia, it is definitely a must see destination if you are in Puglia. Explore this city of art with its unique ancient urban structure still intact. Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera) where Mel Gibson filmed The Passion of the Christ. The Sassi originated in a prehistoric settlement, and these dwellings are thought to be among the first human set After returning to your accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 4

Bari & Alberobello - Full Day Excursion

Bari is the capital of Puglia with an enchanting old town. Take a walking tour along the pristine narrow lanes full of ancient traditions. Here you will even see nonne (grandmas) who still make homemade orecchiette pasta outside their homes. Alberobello will crown your day with its timeless, fairy-tale beauty. The town is Itria Valley’s premier location to see the charming and unique trulli, the cone-shaped stone houses distinctive to Apulia. After returning to your accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 5

Enjoy the day at your leisure

Today is yours to spend at your leisure. Enjoy your surroundings or we can help you with a suggested itinerary.

Day 6

Otranto & Lecce - Full Day Excursion

Explore the heart of the Salento region. Today’s excursion takes you to the beautiful walled town of Otranto, overlooking the Adriatic coast. On a walking tour here, see 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 discover the baroque splendors of Lecce. The jewel in the crown of Spanish Baroque in Italy, and a city cultured enough to be nicknamed the “Florence of the South.” After returning to your accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 7

Locorotondo - Full Day Excursion

The white and gleaming Locorotondo village is certainly one of the most unique places in Puglia. You will visit this characteristic circular village and finally enjoy a mozzarella and burrata cheese tasting in an authentic local farm. Here you will also experience the art of mozzarella making with a local producer. After returning to your accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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!

Itinerary Highlights

  • Visit Ostuni known as the white city and enjoy extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera, “The City of Stones”
  • Discover Bari old town & the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello
  • Uncover the coastal town of Otranto & the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lecce
  • Enjoy Locorotondo the “round” village of Apulia & taste mozzarella cheese
  • 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 2022/2023

  • Prices start from 5600,00 per person, based on double occupancy, 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
  • Expertly crafted 8 day immersive private itinerary in Puglia & Matera
  • 7 nights at the accommodation of your choice
  • Privately guided immersive tours and experiences
  • In-country private transportation
  • 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
  • Porterage service
  • 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 accommodations in Fasano

5-star Rocco Forte Masseria Torre Maizza | Beach farmhouse with a full-service spa
5-star Masseria Torre Coccaro | Beach farmhouse with a full-service spa

Vetted options for accommodations in Alberobello

3- star Resort La Corte Dell'Astore - Wild in Style Resort | A/C family apartments | 801 meters from the center of Alberobello
4- star Romantic Trulli | A/C apartments set in characteristic Trulli stone buildings | in the heart of Alberobello
4-star Masseria Torricella | Farmhouse with pool on the outskirts of the town of Alberobello

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? 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.

Tour FAQs

Is Puglia family friendly?

Yes! This still undiscovered part of Italy is a great destination for families with plenty of activities to keep both parents and kids happy.

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. Having said that, 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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