Puglia & Basilicata May 2018

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date Departure: 05/26/2018
  • Arrives: 05/16/2018
  • Price: * $ 2900

WHY TRAVEL WITH US TO PUGLIA & BASILICATA:

#1. Small groups that let you really experience a more intimate trip.
#2. Accommodations in 4 & 5 star properties that we have personally visited and
       established a standing relationship with the management.
#3. You won’t be rushed and you will enjoy free time to experience the locations          
       for shopping, exploring on your own, relaxing or whatever you wish to do.
#4. Included in the itinerary are all entrance fees to places visited, breakfast,             cooking classes, wine tastings, many dinners,  airport transfers in Puglia, and much more.

Any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to contact us or your travel agent.
Also we can arrange a customized group if you have a family reunion, wedding, meeting, club, church or other type of group travel.

* Price is per person based on double occupancy. Single rate (quantity limited) is $3,500
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TRIP, PLEASE USE THE “BOOK NOW”.

Day 1 – May 15th, 2018 – Depart on flight from USA to Italy

Depart USA to Bari Palese Airport (BRI) Italy

Day 2 – May 16th – Arrival Bari

Arrival at Bari Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon at your leisure.
Welcome dinner in the evening.
Overnight Bari

Day 3 – May 17th – Monte Sant’ Angelo & San Giovanni Rotondo

Visit to Monte Sant’ Angelo Shrine and see the sacred cave where St. Michael the Archangel is said to have appeared at least 3 times.
Visit to San Giovanni Rotondo to see where Padre Pio lived and his tomb. One of the most visited Catholic sites in the world
Overnight Bari

Day 4 – May 18th – Depart Bari to Lecce

A stop on the way at Ostuni, one of the most stunning cites in southern Italy, with its whitewashed houses
Many times called the “Florence of the South”, you will have a guided tour of the city of Lecce
We will see a city with fantastic baroque architecture and the Basilica of the Saint Cross
Overnight Lecce

Day 5 – May 19th – Trip to Galatina & Gallipoli

First stop is at Basilica Santa Caterina d’Alexandria and admire the wonderful frescoes by artists of the Giotto School and second only to Assisi
Gallipoli, many say this is the prettiest town of the Salento area ringed by the remains of 14th century walls and baroque architecture
Overnight Lecce

Day 6 – May 20th – Lecce to Martina Franca

We will visit a winery and taste wines and visit the castle on site
Next you will visit the Castle Fortress in Taranto and also visit the Archaeological Museum that has Roman & Greek artifacts
Depart for Martina Franca and the Masseria
Overnight Martina Franca

Day 7 – May 21st – Matera

A UNESCO world heritage area that is famous for the Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. UNESCO describes Matera as “”This is the most outstanding and intact example of troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first settlement dates back to the Paleolithic period, while the following illustrate a number of significant stages in human history
If you are a film buff, then maybe you have seen the movie “The Passion of Christ” which was filmed here
Overnight Martina Franca

Day 8 – May 22nd – Alberobello & Castellana Grotte

A trip to Alberobello is scheduled for this day, another UNESCO world heritage site
A wonderful tour in the caves going down 230 feet to see stunning scenery of stalactites, stalagmites, fossils and caves
Overnight Martina Franca
 

Day 9 – May 23rd – Cooking Class & Farm Visit

Today you will visit a farm that makes cheese and produces meats and veggie and have lunch there
In the afternoon, there will be a cooking class
Overnight Martina Franca

Day 10 – May 24th – Martina Franca to Bari

Castel del Monte, a UNESCO world heritage site
A tour of an olive oil producer and lunch at the estate
Get ready for some great deals as in the afternoon as we go to the Puglia Outlet Village
Overnight Bari

Day 11 – May 25th – Bari

Eataly visit where you can eat or buy products from Italy for your return to the USA
Guided tour of the city of Bari
Last minute shopping in city center
Farewell dinner before your trip back to the USA
Overnight Bari

Day 12 – May 26th, 2018 – Depart with your flight to the USA

Transport to the airport for your departing flight.

It is possible that the order of days 2 through 11 locations is changed.

*All Breakfasts & Dinners Included.

* Great Handpicked Accommodations

* Airport transfers in Sicily

* Breakfast daily at hotel

* Local Guides

* Entrance fees to places visited on tour

* All Dinners

* Smaller group

* Wine Tastings and cooking classes

Optional extra days: If you wish to arrive or depart later than the scheduled tour, we can help plan your additional days.
We know Italy and can provide the trip planning no matter what area you wish to explore.