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8 Days / 7 Nights or 9 Days / 8 Nights
Availability : March to November
Start: Naples, Italy
End: Naples , Italy

Secrets of Puglia 2024: 1 nt Naples, 1 nt Bari, 2 nts Lecce, 2 nts Martina Franca, 1 nt Matera

Secrets of Puglia 2025: 1 nt Naples, 2 nts Polignano a Mare Region, 2 nts Lecce, 2 nts Itria Valley, 1 nt Matera

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The enchanting Italian region of Puglia is famous for its historic cities, quaint fishing villages and exquisite cuisine. From Naples to Bari, Lecce, Martina Franca, Matera and back again, we’ll delve into the area’s many splendours – touring historic towns, discovering local traditions and indulging in a tasting or two along the way.

2024: 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

2025: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Sassi di Matera cave dwellings
– Sample the rich flavours of Manduria’s famous Primitivo wines with a local tasting
– Explore the awe-inspiring expanse of Castellana Caves

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Palazzo Salgar (Naples)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Naples)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes 2024

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Price Includes 2025

  • 8 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary 2024

Day 1Naples

A hub of intoxicating culture and historic masterpieces – we’ll meet the group in the vibrant city of Naples. After settling in, tonight we’ll have the opportunity to get to know one another over a delicious welcome meal. (D)

Accommodation: Palazzo Salgar (or similar)

Day 2Naples – Andria – Bari

After breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and hit the road to the first stop of our journey: Andria. Whilst we’re here, a local expert will reveal how mozzarella and burrata are made – and we’ll have the chance to taste both delicious cheeses before we move on to bustling Bari. First, we’ll uncover the city’s seaside charms and rich history with a local guide. Then, we’ll enjoy the rest of the evening to delve into the vibrant food scene at our leisure. As the birthplace of orecchiette pasta, we recommend sampling the local hand-made delicacy in one of the trattorias of Bari’s Old Town. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Excelsior Bari (or similar)

Day 3Bari – Ostuni – Lecce

Today, we’ll leave Bari behind as we make tracks to Ostuni – also known as the ‘White City’ thanks to its plenitude of white-washed houses. Upon arrival, we’ll learn the secrets behind some traditional cuisine at a cooking demonstration and savour our sumptuous creations for lunch. Appetites satiated, we’ll move on to magnificent Lecce where we’ll enjoy an in-depth walking tour. Resplendent church facades and intricately detailed gargoyles – our local guide will take us around the exquisite Baroque architecture that gives the city its distinctive character. Later, the evening is ours to explore. (B, L)

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara (or similar)

Day 4Lecce – Gallipoli – Lecce

This morning, we’ve an appointment to keep at an underground olive mill museum in the historic fishing port of Gallipoli. Here, we’ll uncover the age-old technique of how local farmers extracted ‘green gold’ to be exported across Europe. Then, we’ll enjoy some free time to wander at our leisure – before returning to Lecce. Impressive sandstone buildings, upmarket boutiques, winding alleyways and spectacular piazzas await. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara (or similar)

Day 5Lecce – Manduria – Martina Franca

Today, we’ll make our way into the stunning Manduria region. We’ll savour a tasting of the region’s famous Primitivo wine – a unique blend that draws its intense flavours and deep colours from the region’s indigenous grapes. Following that, we’ll move on to our final stop of the day: the beautiful Martina Franca. (B,D)

Accommodation: Relais Villa San Martino (or similar)

Day 6Martina Franca – Alberobello – Castellana Caves – Martina Franca

Our first stop of the day will be Alberobello – a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s famous for its charming cone-topped trulli. After learning more about the limestone buildings on a locally guided walking tour, we’ll move on to the spellbinding Castellana Caves. This expansive cave system boasts a unique landscape of stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over 2 million years. You’ll have some free time to explore at your own pace – however visiting the breathtaking Grotta Bianca is a must! Back in Martina Franca, we’ll have the evening to explore the city at our leisure or relax back at our hotel after a busy day. (B)

Accommodation: Relais Villa San Martino (or similar)

Day 7Martina Franca – Altamura – Matera

This morning we’ll explore the medieval streets of Altamura with a local guide – with an included bread tasting session at a quaint local bakery to round off our visit. Then, our journey continues onwards to the mesmerising city of Matera: the jewel of the Basilicata region. We’ll embark on a walking tour of the ancient Sassi cave dwellings – with our local guide providing a fascinating insight into Matera’s extraordinary history. Later, we’ll enjoy some relaxation time back at our hotel – before coming together for tonight’s final group dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Albergo Italia (or similar)

Day 8Matera – Naples

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to beautiful Matera as we hit the road again. Coming full circle this afternoon – our tour will end in Naples. (B)

Itinerary 2025

Day 1Naples

A hub of intoxicating culture and historic masterpieces – we’ll meet the group in the vibrant city of Naples. After settling in, tonight we’ll have the opportunity to get to know one another over a delicious welcome meal. (D)

Accommodation: Palazzo Salgar (or similar)

Day 2Naples – Bari - Polignano a Mare Region

After breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and traverse the road less travelled to the first stop of our journey: Bari. Whilst we’re here, we’ll uncover the city’s seaside charms and rich history with a local guide, seeking sights such as ladies making pasta by hand along narrow streets and opulent opera theatres in the modern French district. Following the tour, we’ll head to our hotel in the Polignano a Mare region where you can spend the evening relaxing at your leisure. (B)

Accommodation: San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 3Polignano a Mare Region - Andria - Polignano a Mare Region

Today, we’ll make tracks to Andria – home to 13th-century citadel and castle, Castel del Monte aka ‘Castle of the Mountain’. Whilst we’re here, a local expert will reveal how mozzarella and burrata are made – and we’ll have the chance to taste both delicious cheeses before we return to the comforts of our hotel on the outskirts of Polignano. Here, we’ll have the rest of the evening to enjoy the vibrant small town’s restaurant scene or relax beside the hotel’s pool. (B)

Accommodation:  San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 4Polignano a Mare Region – Castellana Caves and Alberobello - Lecce

Our first stop of the day will be a visit to the spellbinding Castellana Caves. This expansive cave system boasts a unique landscape of stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over 2 million years. You’ll have some free time to explore at your own pace – visiting the breathtaking Grotta Bianca is a must! Onwards to Alberobello – a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s famous for its charming cone-topped trulli. After learning more about the limestone buildings on a locally guided walking tour, we’ll move back to Lecce. The evening is yours to leisurely explore the city or unwind at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Palazzo Rollo (or similar)

Day 5Lecce

We have a full day in splendid Lecce. To begin, we’ll spend the morning on an in-depth walking tour. From resplendent church facades to intricately detailed gargoyles, our local guide will take us around the exquisite Baroque architecture that gives the city its distinctive character. The remainder of the day is ours to explore. (B)

Accommodation: Palazzo Rollo (or similar)

Day 6Lecce - Manduria and Martina Franca - Itria Valley

Today, we’ll make our way into the stunning Manduria region. We’ll savour a tasting of the area’s famous Primitivo wine – a unique blend that draws its intense flavours and deep colours from local indigenous grapes. Following that, we’ll move on to the striking town of Martina Franca where we’ll relish some time to ourselves, before travelling to Itria Valley. This evening, we’ll clink glasses over an included meal and share stories of our day. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel San Michele (or similar)

Day 7Itria Valley - Ostuni - Itria Valley

Our journey continues to Ostuni – also known as the ‘White City’ thanks to its collection of white-washed buildings. Upon our arrival, we’ll learn the secrets behind some traditional cuisine at a cooking demonstration and savour our sumptuous creations for lunch. Stomachs full, the afternoon is to be enjoyed at your leisure. Get lost along the narrow streets in the Old Town, take in the beauty of Otsuni Cathedral, or wander through the bustling Piazza della Libertá – Otsuni’s largest square. Later, we’ll return to our hotel in Itria Valley for the evening. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel San Michele (or similar)

Day 8Itria Valley - Matera

Today, we’ll drive to Matera – the jewel of the Basilicata region. Here, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the ancient Sassi cave dwellings with our local guide who’ll provide a fascinating insight into Matera’s extraordinary history. Later, we’ll enjoy some relaxation time at our hotel, before coming together for tonight’s final group dinner at a nearby restaurant. (B, D)

 Accommodation: Matera Hotel Sassi (or similar)

Day 9Matera - Altamura - Naples

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to beautiful Matera as we hit the road once more. Our morning takes us to the medieval streets of Altamura which we’ll explore with a local guide. We’ll take part in a bread tasting session at a quaint bakery to round off our visit. Coming full circle this afternoon – our tour will end in Naples. (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: July 27 $4,259 $5,289
2024: August 31 Sold Out Sold Out
2024: September 7  $4.349 $5,399
2024: September $4.349 $5,399
2024: October 5, 19 Sold Out Sold Out
2024: November 9 $3,989 $4,949
2025: March 20 $4,599 $5,739
2025: April 3, 17 $4,689 $5,859
2025: May 1, 8, 15, 22 $5,179 $6,479
2025: June 5, 19 $5,179 $6,479
2025: July 24 $5,089 $6,359
2025: August 28 $5,179 $6,479
2025: September 4, 8, 11, 18, 25 $5,269 $6,579
2025: October 2, 9, 16 $4,689 $5,859
2025: November 6 $4,599 $5,739

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

We recommend combining with: Enchanting Southern Italy

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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