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Burrata Mozzarella, Puglia

Gastronomy of Puglia

8-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

  • 3 Nights Montegrosso
  • 2 Nights Ostuni
  • 2 Nights Lecce

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 > Bari > Montegrosso

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. Continue to your accommodation in Montegrosso.

There is an option to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant which uses only locally sourced products

Stay: Biomasseria Lama di Luna (Superior and Deluxe)

Day 2
Castel del Monte > Minervino > Margherita di Savoia

After breakfast, 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. After a guided visit, head to Minervino Murge, a small town just outside the National Park. After some free time for lunch at leisure and to explore the village visit the nearby winery to taste the main local wines. In the afternoon, drive to Margherita di Savoia salt pans, one of the largest in Europe. View a stretch of saltwater pools and crystal salt mountains at your own pace.

There is an option to enjoy a fresh seafood dinner at a restaurant with an evocative view of the salt pans

Stay: Biomasseria Lama di Luna (Superior and Deluxe)


Meals: B

Day 3
Altamura > Matera

After breakfast drive to Altamura, a small town located on a hill of the Murge plateau. Stroll through the historic centre, with Roman Cathedral. Visit the National Archaeological Museum hosting the remains of the "Altamura Man", from which researchers have extracted the oldest Neanderthal DNA. Stop at a local bakery and taste the famous Altamura bread prepared with wheat flour from Murge and baked in a wooden oven. After lunch at leisure, continue to Matera, the European Capital of Culture in 2019, join your guide on a walking tour of the Sassi, houses stacked one on top of another and linked by tiny streets and narrow stairways, a UNESCO protected site for over 30 years.

There is an option to enjoy a dinner in a scenic restaurant in the Sassi district of Matera

Stay: Biomasseria Lama di Luna (Superior and Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 4
Putignano > Alberobello

After a morning a leisure, drive to Putignano for lunch at a traditional farmhouse which produces organic mozzarella, and other Apulian cheese. In the afternoon, continue to Alberobello, the home of the world famous trulli houses with their typical white dry-stone walls with conical roof which were used as shelters and storehouses and are still in use today, continue to Ostuni and your accommodation.

Stay: Masseria Salinola (Superior) / Hotel Relais La Sommita Deluxe)


Meals: B L

Day 5
Ostuni

Spend the morning at leisure exploring Ostuni, a jumble of whitewashed houses in an idyllic rural landscape. Wander its hilltop setting and explore its cathedral centrepiece before driving to the heart of Valle d'Itria and visit a family run farm that produces the typical Capocollo di Martina Franca, a cured meat from the Puglian region . A private tour with the producer will teach you the secrets of the production, followed by a light-lunch based around the delicacy. The afternoon is yours to possibly visit the twisted stalactites and ancient fossils of the Castellana Caves, an optional dinner at a local masseria can also be added.

Stay: Masseria Salinola (Superior) / Hotel Relais La Sommita (Deluxe)


Meals: B L

Day 6
Lecce

After breakfast, continue to Lecce, firstly for a included walking tour of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate, once a Greek monastery and notable example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. Enjoy lunch is Lecce city centre surrounded by its show-stopping Baroque architecture and grand Roman amphitheatre. Walk through the winding alleyways surrounded by some of the best Moorish-Italian Baroque buildings with their fruit basket, flower and dancing angel designs, along the way why not sample local delicacies such as  puccia leccese bread and pasticciotto leccese cakes. End the day in your choice of accommodation.

Stay: Hotel Santa Chiara (Superior) / Risorgimento Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7
Galatina > Gallipoli

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.

Stay: Hotel Santa Chiara (Superior) / Risorgimento Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 8
Polignanno a Mare > Bari > UK

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

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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

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

Superior

Low Season

from £1,475 pp. incl. flights

High 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
  • 7 nights accommodation on a BB basis
  • 1 lunch (3 courses) at a traditional farmhouse that produces organic mozzarella with water, soft drinks and local wine
  • 1 light lunch at a local farm that produces Capocollo di Martina Franca (Puglian salami) (includes tasting of the Capocollo and different products with water and house wine)
  • 1 wine tasting in Minervino Murge
  • 1 bread tasting in Altamura
  • 1 pasticciotto tasting in Galatina
  • English speaking guides for local tours in Bari, Castel del Monte, Matera, Alberobello, Lecce, and Gallipoli
  • All entrance fees (Castel del Monte, Margherita di Savoia salt pans, Archaeological Museum of Altamura and the Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate

It is also possible to book any optional element mentioned on the itinerary

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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