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Puglian Taralli

Gastronomy of Puglia

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,475 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A gastronomic road trip through Puglia’s cultural and culinary landscapes

Highlights

  • Discover the enchanting UNESCO sites of Castel del Monte, the Sassi of Matera and the trulli of Alberobello
  • Try Altamura's traditional bread and explore the village
  • Visit a farm producing organic mozzarella
  • See the stunning frescoes of the basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria
  • Tate the delicious Capocollo di Martina Franca

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Bari
  • 3 Nights Gargano Blu
  • 2 Nights Lecce
  • 1 Night Selva di Fasano

About

Recommended for:
City | Food & wine | History & culture | Self-drive

From medieval towns to rolling countryside and golden beaches, this super-scenic road trip showcases Puglia’s off-the-beaten-track charms at their very best. And, along the way, you’ll be introduced to the region’s culinary charms, with included food tours, optional gourmet dining and a pair of sensational wine tastings. There’s also plenty of sights to take in. Starting in Bari, you’ll visit grand castles and ancient troglodyte cave dwellings en route to Alberobello’s trulli houses and Roman Lecce’s Baroque beauty. Throughout, you’ll be staying in luxury; think country manors and townhouse palazzos.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Bari

After enjoying complimentary airport lounge access, fly out to Bari, picking up your hire car at the airport. Take in the city’s welcoming piazzas, 12th-century castle and Norman basilicas, a included private walking tour will help discover the main historical buildings and the famous Via delle Orecchiette, where expert housewives prepare handmade pasta every day. 

Stay: UNA Regina, Bari (Superior) or Tenuta San Francesco (Typical rural hotel)

Day 2
Bari to Castel del Monte to Trani

After breakfast, take time to explore Bari with its atmospheric and suggestive old quarter, the Basilica and boardwalk, enjoy tasting a typical Apulian panzerotto with tomato and mozzarella from one of Bari's famous bakeries. Then drive to the Alta Murgia National Park, a limestone plateau scored by deep ravines and sudden sinkholes. The remote landscape is the setting for Castel del Monte, an awe inspiring octagonal construction carrying a UNESCO world heritage site award. Afterwards, journey to Trani for dinner beside its charming marina.

Stay: UNA Regina, Bari (Superior) or Tenuta San Francesco (Typical rural hotel)


Meals: B

Day 3
Barletta to Margherita di Savoia to Gargano

It‘s time for your journey to the north area of Gargano National Park, stopping along the way at historic Barletta. A coastal town famous for the Swabian castle built in 1228. Then drive to Margherita di Savoia known for its salt pans and Lucera for its Roman amphitheatre.

Stay: Araie Hotel, Gargano (Superior) or Agriturismo Giorgio (Rural) or Locando Carrubo

Meals: B

Day 4
Gargano Area to Vieste to Peschici to Umbria Forest

Today, your tour in Gargano area starts from Vico del Gargano, a small town in the National park of Gargano. Then, drive the scenic route to Peschici and Vieste, both historic towns built on the coast, characterised by cliffs and historic centres with small and fascinating streets. Take an optional boat trip along the coast from Vieste to Mattinata to explore the famous seacaves. In the afternoon, drive back to your accommodation via the cool Umbra Forest to discover the nature of this area.

Stay: Araie Hotel, Gargano (Superior) or Agriturismo Giorgio (Rural)


Meals: B L

Day 5
Monte Sant'Angelo to San Marco Lamis to Rignano Garganico

After breakfast, continue to visit the central part of Gargano. Visit the Monte Sant’Angelo, and its caves which provided sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo and then continue to Padre Pio Sanctuary, the most important pilgrimage place in Puglia, then to centre of San Giovanni Rotondo. Then, go to San Marco Lamis convent and Rignano Garganico in the same area, named as the balcony of Puglia for stunning view.

Stay: Araie Hotel, Gargano (Superior) or Agriturismo Giorgio (Rural)


Meals: B L

Day 6
Venosa to Melsi to Dolomiti

Gargano to Basilicata, after breakfast, head south

stop Venosa 

Melfi

Rionero in Vulture with panoramic site of Monticchio Lakes

Dinner Matera


Meals: B

Day 7
Altamura to Gravina in Puglia to Matera

Today, head to Galatina and discover the amazing Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, a treasure chest that houses magnificent frescoes, in the town take the opportunity to taste the pasticciotto, a typical custard tart. After lunch at leisure, continue to the to the Baroque beauty of Gallipoli’s centro storico or you might want to start with the shellfish and shrimp of Gallipoli’s fish market. Then, as the day ends, enjoy an optional seafood dinner at a local restaurant before returning to Lecce.


Meals: B

Day 8
Dolomiti Lucane

For your final day in Puglia begin by perhaps visiting the Santa Maria di Cerrate’s Romanesque monastery. Wander its honey-hued cloisters before ascending the coastal road to Polignano du Mare. Here, you’ll have time to explore its watchtower ruins and 13th-century Mother Church before returning to Bari, dropping off your hire car at the airport and boarding your flight home.

Meals: B

Day 9
Taranto to Itria Valley to Brindisi

Day 10
Brindisi Area to Lecce to Otranto to Gallipoli

Today, start to explore the Salento area starting from Lecce, called the Florence of the south for its Baroque monuments, art and buildings from the 1600s. Visit the Cathedral, the historical centre and the Roman Theater. Then, drive to the beautiful whitewashed town of Otranto with a small but suggestive historical centre and which borders a turquoise lagoon. Don’t forget to visit the historic coastal town of Gallipoli. (Ca. 240km)

Dinner and overnight in Selva di Fasano area/ Brindisi area.  

Stay: Tenuta Monacele (Superior) / Masseria Baroni Nuovi (Farmstay) 


Day 11
Castellana Grotte to Alberobello to Ostuni

In the morning, we suggest you to visit the caves in Castellana grotte. This cave system, discovered in 1938, is 3348 metres in length and the point of maximum depth reaches 122 metres. The main cave is named "La Grave" (as abyss), and others are named Black Cavern ,White Cave and Precipice Cavern for the colour of the stalactites and crystals. . After exploring it, go to Alberobello ,UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous in all the world for its distinctive trulli houses.

In the afternoon you can explore Ostuni, also called white town for the characteristic colour of its houses. Important also for the rural olive oil production . In the afternoon, remember to join the complementary olive oil tasting and tour in a local factory in Cisternino/ Ostuni area.

Dinner and overnight in Selva di Fasano area/ Brindisi area.  


Day 12
Bari to UK

After breakfast, it’s time to head for home *(Ca. 80/65 km)

It depends on your departure flight, but you can also visit other places before you leave (for example Monopoli & Polignano). Puglia offers a lot of seaside towns with beautiful sightseeings which you really need to visit. Try a typical little „Trattoria“ and „Agriturismo“ where you can eat home mady, traditional specialties (for example Orecchiette with Cime di Rapa – Pasta with wild savages, Polpette – meeatballs etc)


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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,475 pp incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £1,475 pp. incl. flights

Mid Season

from £2,025 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK to Bari
  • 8 days car hire in a compact vehicle
  • 11 nights accommodation on a BB basis
  • Taste a typical Puglian Panzerotto in a local bakery (Day 2)
  • Focaccia Tasting in Altamura (Day 7)
  • Riscio tour in Matera (Day 7)
  • Visit a family-run vineyard in Cisternino, enjoy a tasting of red and white wines with cheese, vegetables, cold cuts and then enjoy the traditional pasta orecchiette with tomato sauce (Day 9)
  • Riscio tour in Lecce (Day 10)
  • Wine Tasting in Enoteca in Alberobello, try 4 kinds of wine and Puglian snacks (tarilli, bread, cheese, vegetables, focaccia and frise) (Day 11)
  • Olive oil tasting and visit to an olive oil factory in Cisternino (Day 11)


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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