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6 Days / 5 Nights

Overview
Savour creamy farm-produced burrata. Sip wine beneath grape-heavy vines. Sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Inspired by the slow food movement, this tour introduces the culinary traditions, tucked away villages and breathtaking architecture of this sublime corner of Italy.

Day 1 - Bari - Matera - Martina Franca
Our first stop entails a drive to Andria followed by our first taste of Puglia food culture: smooth burrata and silky mozzarella cheeses. After lunch, it's on to Matera to enjoy a tour with a local guide. As dusk sets in, it's time to relax into our welcome dinner at a local pub. Meals - Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 - Martina Franca - Castellana Caves - Alberobello - Martina Franca
This morning we'll move on to a local olive grove and oil mill to uncover the secrets of the oil-making process (with a chance to sample the local fare, of course). Next, in Alberobello, we'll take some time to marvel at the cone-topped trulli dotted across the landscape. After lunch, we'll head below ground to the spellbinding Castellana Caves. Look up to see stalactites and down to find fossils hidden throughout these fairytale grottos. After that,we'll return to Martina Franca. Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 - Martina Franca - Ostuni - Masseria Ferri - Lecce
With its jumble of icing-sugar buildings, pretty Ostuni wholeheartedly lives up to its nickname: the White Village.
And it's here that we'll begin day three of our tour. This pretty hamlet is huddled in quintessential Puglia
countryside, so it's only right that lunch today will be in a rural masseria – a country estate. After watching a
cooking show, we'll drive on to Lecce – our home for the night – where we'll enjoy a walk with a local guide and
taste some local produce. Meals - Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 - Lecce - Otranto - Depressa - Gallipoli
Emerald lake. Turquoise seas. Pink-hued hills. The pretty-as-a-postcard harbour town of Otranto is where we'll swap town and country for a seaside sojourn. When we stop at the beautiful bay of Porto Badisco, be sure to search for some freshly caught sea urchins – a not-to-be-missed treat. We'll wash them down with a selection of wines at Castel di Salve, famous for its Santi Medici Bianco, Santi Medici Rosé, Armecolo and Cento Su Cento Primitivo. Then it's onwards to the historic fishing port of Gallipoli, where the sun sets on day four of our trip. Meals -
Breakfast

Day 5 - Gallipoli - Nardo - Manduria - Gallipoli
When in Gallipoli, we'll do as the fishermen do. That means an early start down at the fish markets, where stalls
are piled high with a dazzling array of seafood. Here, we'll taste raw shrimp and shellfish straight off the boat.
Then we'll tear ourselves away from the water with a trip to the old town of Nardò. It's a treasure trove of some
of Puglia's finest Baroque architecture and an area renowned for exquisite red wines, so it's only right that we
pay a visit to Manduria's Museo della Civiltà del Vino Primitivo for a guided tasting – and to pay homage to the
celebrated Primitivo grape. Meals - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 - Gallipoli - Polignano a Mare - Bari
Within its peaceful honey-stone cloisters and Romanesque architecture you'll find thousands of years of history.
When we step inside Santa Maria di Cerrate, we'll discover a monastery with roots deep in Puglia's rich food
culture. Afterwards, we'll climb the coastal road up to Polignano a Mare – the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic', and our
final stop. And with that, it's time to say goodbye to this exquisite region, as we round up our tour back in Bari.
Meals - Breakfast


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  2019
  Departure : Apr - Oct
 
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
  *May 07 - 12, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
  May 21 - 26, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
  Jun 11 - 16, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
  *Sep 03 - 08, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
  Sep 10 - 15, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
  *Sep 17 - 22, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
  Sep 24 - 29, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
  Oct 08 - 13, 2019 CAD 4,319 CAD 5,200
     
  *Guaranteed Departure  
 
Inclusions:
  • 5 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Local guide in Matera and Lecce
  • Meals 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 2 wine tastings, 1 olive tasting
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Sassi di Matera, Castellana Caves and L'Abbazia 
    di Santa Maria di Cerrate
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