A Week In... Puglia

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Smaller groups, averaging 24 Tauck guests on our Puglia Italy tours exploring one of Italy's most fascinating regions, from ancient cave dwellings to Baroque architecture, cosmopolitan resort towns and unique villages, full of remarkable and unexpected sights and flavors... like the fairy-tale like trulli houses...

Smaller groups, averaging 24 Tauck guests, enjoy an intimate travel experience on our weeklong Puglia Italy tours. Explore the long heel of Italy's boot to discover sights, tastes, and gorgeous seascapes you'll find nowhere else... like Matera, the "Subterranean City," where the Sassi houses are caverns and the streets are sometimes the roofs of other houses... Trulli houses, tiny fairy castles made of limestone slabs, built without mortar... Castel del Monte, a 13th-century citadel with a strange design and history. Discover Renaissance frescoes in Galatina. Stay multiple nights in "Masserias," fortified 16th-century farmhouses turned into elegant hotels. Enjoy wine and olive oil tastings at vineyards yet undiscovered by the maddening crowds... tours of a medieval castle enticing with soul-stirring views and wines... meals tempting with bounty of the sea and land, and stays at breathtaking masserias (farmhouses). Shhhh.... You may want to book this trip to Puglia, Italy now before this secret gem is revealed to the world! Small groups only, averaging 24 Tauck guests!

Small groups averaging 24 guests, guided exploration of the rock-cut Sassi settlement of Matera, visit to Alberobello for inside looks at the famous limestone trulli houses, two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, guided tour of Castel del Monte, winery visit, olive oil and wine tasting, and lunch at a renowned estate
  • Matera, Italy
  • Lecce, Italy
  • Ostuni, Italy
  • Alberobello, Italy
  • Savelletri di Fasano, Italy
  • Bari
  • Italy
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Luxury
  • Cultural
Day 1: Arrive in Bari, then welcome to Matera
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Palazzo Gattini, Matera. A transfer is included from Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport to Palazzo Gattini, set in a 15th-century stone palace in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera. Join us for a rooftop welcome reception, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight: Palazzo Gattini
Meals: D
Port of Call: Matera, Italy

Day 2: The Sassi of Matera & a 13th-century castle
Hop aboard a tuk-tuk for a ride through the winding streets of Matera. The cave dwellings you will see here made their debut in Paleolithic times and were lived in until 1960. Go inside a typically furnished cave home, before driving to Alta Mura, the "City of Bread" for a taste of local life. Take a guided tour inside 13th-century Castel del Monte this afternoon, one of the best-preserved castles in southern Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it also is featured on the Italian version of the one-cent euro coin! Spend the evening at leisure back in Matera.

Overnight: Palazzo Gattini
Meals: B
Port of Call: Matera, Italy

Day 3: Baroque treasures of Lecce
Drive through the countryside to Lecce today, stopping en route at a winery known for its Puglian Primitivo wine. Enjoy a tasting tour and lunch and continue on to your hotel in Lecce. A guided walking tour on cobbled city streets includes a close look at its Baroque architectural gems, the ornate 15th-century Chiesa di Santa Chiara; the 2nd-century Roman Amphitheater, unearthed in 1901; the Piazza del Duomo; and the allegorically dressed Basilica de Santa Croce, a must-see site inside and out. Spend the remainder of the day exploring as you wish.

Overnight: Risorgimento Resort
Meals: B, L
Port of Call: Lecce, Italy

Day 4: Galatina, Otranto & Zoe entertainment
Head to nearby Galatina, home of the "Tarantella," for a tour of the Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria where you will view impressive frescoes depicting biblical stories. On a visit inside the Baroque Chiesa di San Paolo, see the church well that was reputed to have healing powers from magic spiders. After lunch, drive to the fortified seaside town of Otranto for a guided walking tour of its historic sites. See its famous castle and visit its medieval cathedral, home to a magnificent floor mosaic (and wooden coffered ceiling) along with its macabre crypts. Dinner tonight at an authentic masseria delights with a family-style farm-to-table menu that showcases ingredients grown on site and "Officina Zoe" pizzica folk music and dance.

Overnight: Risorgimento Resort
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Lecce, Italy

Day 5: Through Puglia to Ostuni & on to your Masseria
Spend the morning at leisure, before driving to an Apulian masseria for a tour of its grounds and a lunch featuring locally produced ingredients. En route to your masseria hotel in Savelletri di Fasano, explore the multi-level medieval city of Ostuni, charming with whitewashed houses.

Overnight: Masseria Torre Maizza / Masseria Torre Coccaro
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Ostuni, Italy

Day 6: Trulli in Alberobello
Discover the cave homes of Alberobello today. Walk down narrow alleys of the tightly packed "barnyard district" of Rione Aia Piccola, where some 400 whitewashed trulli, once inhabited by the region's farmers, still stand strong today. Nearby, visit the two-story Trullo Sovrano; now a museum, it was built in the 18th century for the local priest and houses religious relics from the past. Time at leisure lets you explore and sample a taste of local fare. This evening's dinner at a classic Puglia seafood restaurant gives you an opportunity to savor the catch of the day fresh from the sea.

Overnight: Masseria Torre Maizza / Masseria Torre Coccaro
Meals: B, D
Port of Call: Alberobello, Italy

Day 7: Seaside Polignano a Mare & a farewell dinner
Built into a rugged ravine pitted with caves and painted with deep blue grottoes, Polignano a Mare is renowned for its cliff diving, for inspiring the song "Volare" by Domenico Modugno, and, according to the locals, ice cream. Enjoy time to wander in town before returning to your resort. Join us for a farewell dinner tonight.

Overnight: Masseria Torre Maizza / Masseria Torre Coccaro
Meals: B, D
Port of Call: Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

Day 8: Journey home
Tour ends: Savelletri di Fasano. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included from Masseria Torre Maizza or Masseria Torre Coccaro to Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport or Brindisi Airport, regardless of time or day of departure. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights in Savelletri di Fasano or in Bari. You should allow three hours for flight check in.

Meals: B
Port of Call: Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

  • ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests! A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations.
  • A two-night stay in Matera in Basilicata, with sightseeing by tuk-tuk and guided exploration of the Sassi cave-dwelling settlement, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Guided tour of Castel del Monte, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Southern Italy
  • Two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, known as the "Florence of the South"
  • Lunch at a winery known for Puglian Primitivo wine
  • A visit to Alberobello's famous limestone trulli houses
  • Guided walking tours of Galatina and Otranto
  • 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners), airport transfers as noted, gratuities to local guides, service charges, porterage and taxes

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Group Size:20 - 26
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Meals:15 Meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners)
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