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Land Journey

A Week In... Puglia

All Departures Small Groups Averaging 24 Tauck Guests

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Journey Type
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Time of Year
Apr - Jun, Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Savelletri di Fasano, Bari, Alberobello, Lecce, Matera
Week In Puglia Italy Guided Tour
Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

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

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Guided tour of Castel del Monte, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in southern Italy

 

Two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South”

 

Lunch at a winery known for Puglian Primitivo wine

 

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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

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... Read Less

Baccanti Ristorani, Matera

Explore Polignano a Mare

Day 7

Discover the cliffside grottoes and seaside charms of Polignano a Mare on the Adriatic

If you’re of “a certain age,” you might remember an Italian pop song from the late 1950s that crossed the Atlantic and became an international hit. Its actual title is "Nel blu dipinto di blu”, but it’s better known around the world as “Volare” (“To Fly”). It was co-written and performed by Italian singer, songwriter, actor (and, later in life, politician) Domenico Modugno, and is closely identified with his hometown, Polignano a Mare, perched on the Adriatic Sea near Bari in Puglia. Spend some time exploring this seaside town known for its cliff diving and the deep blue grottoes that inspired the song.

The "Sassi" cave dwellings of Matera

Day 2

Ride a tuk-tuk amidst the "Sassi" cave dwellings of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hop aboard a tuk-tuk for a ride through the winding streets of Matera in Basilicata, where you’ll see a series of rock or cave dwellings that date back to Paleolithic times. Known as Sassi (for "stone”), these dwellings, piled atop one another across a steep ravine, were once natural caves and grottoes that over the centuries were adapted by human settlers as homes. Devoid of residents since the 1960s, the Sassi of Matera are now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which you’ll explore with a local guide who will share insights on the site, which served as a location in the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of the Christ.”

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Nights 5, 6 and 7

An authentic taste of Appulian life at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Long prized for the green gold (olive oil) they produce, Puglia’s masserias, historic fortified farmhouses converted into boutique hotels, offer an authentic taste of daily life during your stay. 16th-century Torre Coccaro, a working farm nestled amidst antique olive trees, specializes in freshly harvested farm-to-table cuisine and invites guests to cook like the locals at their on-site culinary school. Guests enjoy beach club privileges, impeccable hospitality and beautiful scenic settings.

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Excursions were varied, interesting, entertaining, especially the ones with our highly knowledgeable and informative local guides. The food varied in quality. Never bad, just some were just OK while a few were really good. In one case, there was way too much food served. Quantity certainly doesn't make it better.

Most Memorable Moment:

The most memorable (and unusual) moment was the visit to Alberobello and the Trulli houses.


I thought the hotels were very nice except for the one in Lecce, which was tired and needed updating. At times it seemed like the itinerary dragged and there wasn't enough to do. I was surprised that Bari was not incuded for a visit. I thought the food, the guide, and my fellow travelers were lovely.

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I thought Matera was breath taking. It was fascinating history and the city was alive with activitiy.


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