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ItalyFamily adventure in Puglia

  • Off the beaten track
What’s Puglia? Hard to say, but we will try to give you an idea! Puglia is the land of all possibilities: from swimming in the crystal blue sea to biking in the fresh green forests, from taking a picture of the pink flamingos in salt marshes to exploring medieval churches to the famous Grotte di Castellana with its stalactites and stalagmites. The region is the ideal destination for...

What’s Puglia? Hard to say, but we will try to give you an idea! Puglia is the land of all possibilities: from swimming in the crystal blue sea to biking in the fresh green forests, from taking a picture of the pink flamingos in salt marshes to exploring medieval churches to the famous Grotte di Castellana with its stalactites and stalagmites. The region is the ideal destination for families with its variety of activities and landscapes. You will love the possibility to spend the morning discovering the Trulli in Alberobello while planning a swim in the sea in the afternoon; the opportunity to visit a true hypogeum oil mill while your kids can play among the olive groves, and bike around the countryside after discovering Lecce Baroque. In our 9 day trip, you will live the essence of its culture and we bet that you will then ask for more! 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Cycling
    Cycling
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Meet locals
    Meet locals
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Seaside
    Seaside

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Puglia 

Welcome to Lecce!
•  Pick up your rental car upon arrival at the airport. 

• Head to your hotel for check-in, and take some time to unpack. 

• Enjoy the evening by exploring Puglia, and experience the "Pugliese" gastronomy! 

Distance (km) : 50 - Length (hours) : 30 minutes 
Accommodation : Boutique Hotel, Downtown, 4*

Visited:
Lecce

Day 2: From Baroque to Countryside: Biking in Lecce

• Join the bike tour to the medieval village Acaya: see the castle and other ancient sights.  

• Continue 15 km by bike to the WWF Le Cesine Nature Reserve, home to numerous species of plants and waterfowls.

• Make a break at the beach and enjoy a refreshing swim. 

• On the way back to Strudà, visit a centuries-old olive grove: and why not have a taste of the produce at the local shop? 

Distance (km) : 30 Km (roundtrip) , Length: 8 Hours (with the bike)
Accommodation:  Boutique Hotel, Downtown, 4*
Lunch Included

Visited:
Lecce

Day 3: Ostuni: The White City 

And olive trees from the Roman Empire! 

Bike towards Monopoli in the morning, and stop in Ostuni on the way.

• See the white houses, narrow alleys and ancient buildings of Ostuni with our guide!

• Experience a millennial olive grove with trees from the Roman time after the tour. 

• Visit the real Masseria Fortificata, with the hypogeum olive mill!

• End the trip with a tasting of olive oil and local products.

Distance (km) : 30 Km (roundtrip), Length: 8h (with the bike) Accommodation: Masseria, 4*

Visited:
Lecce, Monopoli

Day 4: Alberobello and a Cooking Class

Make, and Eat, some Local Gastronomy!

• Take a transfer to Alberobello for a private tour of the City of Trulli, part of the UNESCO heritage.

• Discover the iconic houses, the 18th century cathedral and much more with our guide!

• And why not take a private cooking class under the guide of our local chef and coach?

• Relax, and enjoy a superb lunch with local produce!

Distance: 50 Km , Length: Transfer, 30 min
Accommodation: Masseria 4*, Lunch IncludedOptional activity: Private Cooking Class

Visited:
Monopoli, Alberobello

Day 5: Matera, the city of the Stone Age...

... And European Culture Capital 2019!

• This ancient city has loads to offer: Did you know that "Passion Of The Christ' was filmed here? 

• Join the guided tour and discover the UNESCO heritage, the traditional houses and cathedrals.

• Take the chance to learn how to cook the iconic local bread "Pane di Matera" from a professional panificatore!  

Accommodation: Masseria 4*, Breakfast IncludedOptional activity: Private Cooking Class

Visited:
Alberobello, Matera

Day 6: Stalactites, Stalagmites or Medieval Castles?

Hit the road towards the Northern Region!
• On the way, you will drive through salt flats,swamps, and on the high cliffs of Gargano.

• Reach Vieste and its iconic Faraglioni!

• Make a small detour to Grotte di Castellana and explore the 3 km long (and 70 meter deep!) caves. 

•  Stop at Castel Del Monte (Unesco World Heritage Site), the iconic citadel and 13th Century castle built by the emperor Frederick II.

Drive: 3h, Optional Activity: Private GuideAcommodation: Resort  - Vieste 

Visited:
Matera, Castellana Grotte, Vieste

Day 7: Exploring Gargano by Boat!

Fantastic nature, both above and under the surface

• Spend half the day on the private boat with a  guide and an expert skipper!

• Admire the breath-taking view of the jagged coastline and its magic scenery. 

• Stop in coves and dive into the beautiful sea of the Gargano

• Enjoy an aperitif on board: it doesn't get more relaxing than this! 

Accommodation: Resort  - Vieste 

Visited:
Vieste

Day 8: Sport and Relaxation on the Beach

And try your luck fishing!

• The last day is dedicated to the beach: why not try one of the water sports? 

• Had enough sun? Have a private fishing experience from an authentic Trabucco! 

• Spot fishes, operate the winches, and enjoy the fascinating history of this old tradition told by our guide.  

• An aperitif will be served, of course alongside some tasty snacks! 

Optional: Fishing Activity, 

Accommodation: Resort  - Vieste 

Visited:
Vieste

Day 9: Time for Departure

• Departure for the airport to drop-off the car and take your flight.

• We hope you have enjoyed your stay in Italy, Arrivederci!

Visited:
Vieste

Lecce Monopoli Alberobello Matera Castellana Grotte Vieste

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
January 2020 to December 2020 $1,090

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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