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Gastronomy of Puglia

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £910 pp incl. flights

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Short description

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


  • Indulge with included meals, wine tastings and food tours
  • Pause at ancient UNESCO towns, Romanesque cathedral and pretty whitewashed towns
  • Knit it all together with scenic drives
  • Stay in country manors and restored fortress

In Brief

  • 1 Night Fasano
  • 2 Nights Martina Franca
  • 1 Night Lecce
  • 2 Nights Gallipoli


Recommended for:
City | Food & wine | Free car hire | 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, full-board 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

After enjoying complimentary airport lounge access, fly out to Barri, picking up your hire car at the airport. Perhaps pause to take in the city’s welcoming piazzas, 12th-century castle and Norman basilicas, before country roads bring you to your accommodation – Masseria Salamina. An attraction in its own right, it was once a fortress designed to repel Saracen pirates. Set among olive plains and sitting atop an ancient cave settlement, it’s the perfect introduction to rural life, with the sea to the fore and green hills to the aft. Tonight, perhaps try some of the olive oil and wine produced at Salamina.

Stay: Mezzanine Room, Masseria Salamina (Superior ) or Junior Suite, Masseria Salamina (Deluxe) 

Days 2-3
Martina Franca: Matera & Alberobello

Your first stop today will be Castel del Monte, with its unique, octagonal construction. Then, it’s on to Matera, whose labyrinthine jumble frames its World Heritage-listed treasures. Here, ancient cave dwellings and even fresco-adorned churches are carved right out of the towering cliffs. It’s a step back to the 8th century. You’ll then head to the charming village of Martina Franca for a stay in a country mansion hotel and gourmet, full-board dining. The next day, you’ll start with the twisted stalactites and ancient fossils of the Castellana Caves before moving on to Alberobello’s trulli – unique, 19th-century beehive houses. It all concludes with an included wine tasting of the region’s famed whites.

Stay: Victor Country Hotel, Alberobello (Superior) / Relais Villa San Martino (Deluxe)  

Meals: B D

Day 4

Depart Martina Franca for the pretty village of Ostuni, a jumble of whitewashed houses in an idyllic rural landscape. Wander its hilltop setting and explore its cathedral centrepiece before an included lunch, served in a nearby masseria country estate. Then, you’ll continue to Lecce, where you'll take in its show-stopping Baroque architecture and grand Roman amphitheatre on an included walking tour, stopping along the way to sample such local delicacies as puccia leccese bread and pasticciotto leccese cakes. End the day in a historic, palatial hotel.

Stay: Risorgimento Hotel, Lecce (Superior) / Patria Palace (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 5-6

Swap Puglia’s rural idyll for its gold-sands coast as you head to the harbour town of Otranto. Perhaps visit the cathedral’s Ravenna-rivalling mosaics before a stop in Porto Badisco offers the chance to pair just-caught sea urchins with local wine. Then, it’s on to the Baroque beauty of Gallipoli’s centro storico for a stay in a historic palazzo. The next day, you might want to start with the shellfish and shrimp of Gallipoli’s fish market, or head inland to Nardo’s exquisite Baroque architecture. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting. Then, as the day ends, return to Gallipoli for a delicious slow-food dinner at a local farm restaurant – Calamate.

Stay: Relais Corte Palmieri (Superior) / Palazzo Del Corso (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7
Depart for 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



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

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £910 incl. flights


Special Offer

Free car hire: Save up to £85 pp.

Book by: 31 January 2019

Low Season

from £910 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,210 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK to Bari
  • 6 nights accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Entrance fees, Wine and food tasting and meals included as per itinerary
  • Take a relaxed Gourmet dinner in an 18th century tenuta in a hilltop masseria
  • Step inside the cellar of Cantina Coppi to discover wines crafted from Puglia’s indigenous grapes with a light lunch
  • Taste local cakes in Lecce with an official guide
  • Visit to the Museo della Civilta wine wine tasting of four different labels
  • Sample the fishermen’s catch in Gallipoli and Polignano a Mare

*Half Board upgrade available at Masseria Salamina, Victor Country Hotel and Risorgimento Resort

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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