Smaller groups, averaging 24 Tauck guests, explore one of Italy's most fascinating regions, from ancient cave dwellings to Baroque architecture, cosmopolitan resort towns and unique villages, full of remarkable and unexpected sights and flavors... like the fairy-tale trulli houses...



Explore the long heel of Italy's boot to discover sights, tastes, and gorgeous seascapes you'll find nowhere else... like Matera, where the Sassi houses are caverns and the streets are sometimes the roofs of other houses... Trulli houses, tiny fairy castles made of limestone slabs, built without mortar... Discover Renaissance frescoes in Galatina. Stay multiple nights in masserias, fortified 16th-century farmhouses turned into elegant hotels. Enjoy wine and olive oil tastings at vineyards yet undiscovered by the maddening crowds… tour of a medieval castle enticing with soul-stirring views and wines… and meals tempting with bounty of the sea and land...

Explore the long heel of Italy's boot to discover sights, tastes, and gorgeous seascapes you'll find nowhere else... like Matera, where the Sassi houses are caverns and the streets are sometimes the roofs of other houses... Trulli houses, tiny fairy castles made of limestone slabs, built without mortar... Discover Renaissance frescoes in Galatina. Stay multiple nights in masserias, fortified 16th-century farmhouses turned into elegant hotels. Enjoy wine and olive oil tastings at vineyards yet undiscovered by the maddening crowds… tour of a medieval castle enticing with soul-stirring views and wines… and meals tempting with bounty of the sea and land...

Traveling Well Includes:
  • ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests - A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations
  • A two-night stay in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basilicata, with sightseeing by tuk-tuk and guided exploration of the Sassi cave-dwelling settlement
  • Two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, known as the Florence of the South
  • Lunch at a winery known for Puglian Primitivo wineA visit to Alberobello's famous limestone trulli houses

  • Call (412) 331-2244 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18576607

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1MateraArrive Bari / Matera

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Palazzo Gattini, Matera. We will meet you upon arrival at Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport on your trip to Puglia, Italy and transfer you to your luxury hotel, set in a 15th-century stone palace in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera in Basilicata. Nestled on the tip of Italy's boot, Puglia welcomes with seaside delights, mouthwatering cuisine and entire cities resplendent in art, architecture and warm hospitality. Join us this evening for a rooftop welcome reception, followed by dinner.



    Lodging: Palazzo Gattini

    Meals: D
    Day 2MateraThe Sassi of Matera

    First up today is a visit to Casa Noha, an Italian National Historic site. Following your visit, meet your local guide to explore this unique city, home to a settlement of cave dwellings that dates back to Paleolithic times and one that starred in Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, our local guide shares insights about Matera's famous rock dwellings, known as Sassi (for stone), which you'll see piled haphazardly atop one another across the sides of a steep ravine; they began back in antiquity as natural caves and grottoes, and over the centuries were adapted as homes, and were lived in until 1960. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant; the rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish.



    Lodging: Palazzo Gattini

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3LecceBaroque Lecce

    Drive through the countryside to Lecce today, stopping en route at a winery known for its Apulian Primitivo wine; you'll have a tour of the wine museum that's followed by lunch, that's paired with a wine tasting, then travel to your hotel in Lecce. Join your Tauck Director for an orientation tour of the city, regarded as the Florence of the South before some time at leisure exploring as you wish; dine this evening at a local restaurant.



    Lodging: Risorgimento Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4SupersanoA day in Lecce & a special evening

    A guided walking tour of the city's 300-year-old cobblestone streets includes a close look at its Baroque monuments and architectural site the ornate 15th-century Chiesa di Santa Chiara; the 2nd-century Roman Amphitheater, unearthed in 1901; the Piazza del Duomo; and more. Dinner tonight is at an authentic masseria, where you'll enjoy a family-style farm-to-table menu that showcases ingredients grown on site and Officina Zoe pizzica folk music and dance.



    Lodging: Risorgimento Resort

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5GalatinaGalatina and seaside Otranto

    Head to nearby Galatina, home of the Tarantella, for a tour of the Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria where you will view impressive frescoes depicting biblical stories. On a visit inside the Baroque Chiesa di San Paolo, see the church well that was reputed to have healing powers from magic spiders. After lunch, drive to the fortified seaside town of Otranto for a guided walking tour of its historic sites. See its famous castle and visit its medieval cathedral, home to a magnificent floor mosaic (and wooden coffered ceiling) along with its macabre crypts. Return to your hotel, where your evening is free to spend as you please.



    Lodging: Risorgimento Resort

    Meals: B, L
    Day 6AlberobelloTrulli Houses in Alberobello

    Regulated by an edict enforced by the Kingdom of Naples in the 15th century, mortarless buildings and homes in the southern region of Puglia called trulli were constructed only of stone during that time, with many still standing distinctively intact today. Today, visit the barnyard district of Rione Aia Piccola in the town of Alberobello, tightly packed with alleys lined by whitewashed trulli once inhabited by the farmers who built them. There are no shops or cars here, lending to the authenticity of this unique experience. This afternoon, following lunch and a class in making pasta, drive to your masseria hotel; all Masseria hotels are inland as they were original farmhouses, not on the sea.



    Lodging: Masseria II Melograno

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7Polignano a MareSeaside Polignano a Mare & a farewell dinner

    Built into a rugged ravine pitted with caves and painted with deep blue grottoes, the seaside town of Polignano a Mare is renowned for its cliff diving; for inspiring the 1958 international hit song Nel blu dipinto di blu (a.k.a. Volare) by Italian singer, songwriter, actor and Parliament member Domenico Modugno (who was born here) and known for its special coffee. Enjoy time to wander in town before returning to your resort. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight.



    Lodging: Masseria II Melograno

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8Savelletri di FasanoJourney home

    Trip ends: Monopoli. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Masseria Il Melograno to Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport or Brindisi Airport, regardless of time or day of departure. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights. You should allow three hours for flight check in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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      Smaller groups, averaging 24 Tauck guests, explore one of Italy's most fascinating regions, from ancient cave dwellings to Baroque architecture, cosmopolitan resort towns and unique villages, full of remarkable and unexpected sights and flavors...