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Gastronomy of Puglia

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £810 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Free car hire – Save up to £125pp

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Summary

Short description

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

Highlights

  • Explore Puglia’s rich culinary landscape as you enjoy everything from guided wine tastings to indulgent dinners
  • Discover the region’s unique cultural heritage showcased in ancient cave dwellings, pretty whitewashed towns and grand Romanesque cathedrals
  • Take it all in at your own pace with included car hire throughout
  • Stay in hotels chosen for their standout locations and traditional Puglian charm

In Brief

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

About

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

Exploring Puglia’s countryside and coast, this fly-drive brings you from medieval towns to gold-sands beaches and peaceful seaside communities, showcasing the very best of the region’s unique gastronomy and world-leading wines. Starting in Bari, you’ll visit grand castles and ancient troglodyte cave dwellings en route to Alberobello’s trulli houses and Ostuni’s pretty whitewashed jumble. Then, plunging down to the coast, its Otranto’s 12th-century mosaics and Gallipoli’s Ionian sunset views that vie for your attention. Throughout your stay, included tours, tastings, wine-paired lunches and gourmet dinners will introduce you to Puglia’s burgeoning slow-food movement, a celebration of regional culinary traditions and an altogether gentler pace of life.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Bari

Arrive into Bari where you'll collect your hire car for the short drive to your rural accommodation. The rest of the day is free to explore the Masseria Salamina, once a fortress to defend against Saracen pirates, today you will experience how rural life on a Masseria works and experience an impressive landscape and warm Mediterranean hospitality. Set amongst olive plains and sitting atop an ancient cave settlement, with the sea stretching across the horizon, and green hills framing your perfect picture. Tonight perhaps enjoy dinner made from the Masseria's home produce or simply try some of the olive oil and wine produced at Salamina.

Stay: Masseria Salamina (Superior - Mezzanine Room) / (Deluxe - Junior Suite) 

Day 2
Bari/Castel del Monte/Matera/Martina Franca

Departing your hotel, you’ll head out into Puglia’s rural swathes, following in the steps of knights and noblemen with a visit to Castel del Monte. Explore its unique, octagonal construction before an included lunch at Famiglia Olanda Caseificio Artigianale will introduce you to delicious, farm-produced in Puglia’s famed mozzarella and burrata cheeses. Then, it’s on to Matera, whose labyrinthine jumble frames its two, World Heritage-listed sassi districts – Sasso Barisano and Sasso Cavoeso. Here, ancient dwellings are carved out of the cliffs while chiesa rupestri – cave churches – are adorned with frescoes painted between the 8th and 13th centuries. Finally, head to Martina Franca for a gourmet dinner at Torre di Angelucco close to your country mansion hotel.

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

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Martina Franca/Castellana Caves/Alberobello/Martina Franca

Begin today by maybe visiting the Castellana Caves where vast grottos host everything from stalactites to ancient fossils. Heading back above ground, you’ll call in to Alberobello’s 14th century trulli houses, before an included tasting at Cantina Coppi a Turi introduces you to the region’s famed white wines; Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia. The Cantina dating back to 1882 takes you on a journey between winemaking tools, barrels and barriques in the underground caverns. Afterwards, return to Martina Franca for the night. 

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

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Martina Franca/Ostuni/Masseria Ferri/Lecce

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, whose show-stopping Baroque architecture and grand Roman amphitheatre you’ll explore on a walking tour, stopping along the way to sample such local delicacies as puccia leccese bread and pasticciotto leccese cakes.

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

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Lecce/Otranto/Depressa/Gallipoli

Swap Puglia’s rural idyll for its gold-sands coast as you head to the harbour town of Otranto. Perhaps visit its cathedral’s Ravenna-rivalling mosaics before a stop in Porto Badisco offers the chance to wash down freshly caught sea urchins with a glass or two of local wine. Then, it’s on to Gallipoli’s centro storico to watch the sun set over the Ionian Sea.

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

Meals: B

Day 6
Gallipoli/Nardo/Manduria/Gallipoli

An early start can bring you to Gallipoli’s fish market for the chance to try fresh-from-the-boat shellfish and shrimp, or head inland to Nardo’s exquisite baroque architecture. Explore the town at your own pace before heading to an included wine tasting at the Meso della Civilta del Vino Primivito. 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 L D

Day 7
Gallipoli/Polignan 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 for 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

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £810 incl. flights

Superior

Special Offer

Free car hire: Save up to £125 pp.

Book by: 30 September 2018

Low Season

from £810 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,180 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • 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
  • Sample the artisan cheeses of Puglia at Caselficio Famiglia Olanda
  • Take a relaxed lunch 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
  • Sample the fishermen’s catch in Gallipoli and Polignano a Mare



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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