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The enchanting Italian region of Puglia, also called Apulia, is situated between two seas and known for its amazing combination of history, ancient artifacts, glorious coastlines, quaint villages, and lively-flavored cuisine. From Naples to Bari, Lecce, Martina Franca, Matera, and back to Naples again, you’ll explore the heart of this Mediterranean land. Savor the traditions, food and wine tastings, and stories as you step inside the wild, secret charms of Puglia.

Your local guide is with you every step of the way, introducing you to the sumptuous joys of Puglia. We travel in premium mini coaches that have comfortable seats, air conditioning, and large windows that frame stunning views. With far more flexibility than a standard-size coach, we take the scenic routes and back roads through the countryside, fishing villages, plus towns along the coast and up the mountains. Enjoy every moment of this regione kissed by the sun.

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Included Unique Activities

  • A Local Expert Reveals How Mozzarella and Burrata are Made, Plus Tastings.
  • History of Bari with a Local Guide.
  • Secrets of Traditional Cooking Demonstration, with Lunch, in Ostuni.
  • Underground Olive Mill Museum in Gallipoli for Techniques in Making Olive Oil.
  • Walking Tour with Local Guide of Brilliant Bari.
  • Tastings of Manduria's Famous Primitivo Wines, Made from Indigenous Grapes.
  • Walking Tour with Local Guide of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Discover the Magic, and Immense Expanse, of the Castellana Caves.
  • Walking Tour with Local Guide of Medieval Altamura with Bread Tasting at Charming Bakery.
  • Lose Yourself in the Story of the Sassi di Matera, Exploring Cave Dwellings with Local Guide.

Accommodation

1 Night

Stylish Heart of Naples Hotel

1 Night

4-Star Central Bari Inn

2 Nights

Enchanting Boutique Hotel

2 Nights

Dreamy Boutique Hotel

1 Night

Timeless Elegance Villa

Transportation

  • Premium Mini-Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

Dining Options Included

  • Full Breakfast Each Morning
  • 1x Lunch & 3x Evening Meals

Available Dates

10 - 17 June 2023

From $3,107 per person

29 July - 05 August 2023

From $3,107 per person

04 - 11 May 2024

From $3,170 per person

08 - 15 June 2024

From $3,107 per person

31 August - 07 September 2024

From $3,170 per person

28 September - 05 October 2024

From $3,170 per person

05 - 12 October 2024

From $3,170 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 Nights of Authentic Accommodations

TRANSPORTATION

  • Premium Mini-Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • Delectable Full Breakfast Each Morning
  • 1x Lunch & 3x Evening Meals

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • A Local Expert Reveals How Mozzarella and Burrata are Made, Plus Tastings.
  • Secrets of Traditional Cooking Demonstration, with Lunch, in Ostuni.
  • Underground Olive Mill Museum in Gallipoli for Techniques in Making Olive Oil.
  • Walking Tour with Local Guide of Brilliant Bari.
  • Tastings of Manduria's Famous Primitivo Wines, Made from Indigenous Grapes.
  • Walking Tour with Local Guide of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Discover the Magic, and Immense Expanse, of the Castellana Caves.
  • Walking Tour with Local Guide of Medieval Altamura with Bread Tasting at Charming Bakery.
  • Lose Yourself in the Story of Sassi di Matera, Exploring Cave Dwellings with Local Guide.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Go underground at Napoli Sottaranea and see the civilizations that Naples was build upon.
  • The Cathedral of San Sabino, Bari's main church, has Romanesque style and is one of the best examples of the period's architecture in all of Puglia.
  • Walk the walls by olive groves for the two ancient gates of Ostuni, Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio.
  • Castello di Lecce, a Norman castle in Lecce, is home to Museo della Cartapesta, a museum of papier-mache sculptures. 
  • Spiaggia Salina dei Monaci for soft sand beaches in Manduria.
  • When visiting Martina Franca, enjoy a capocollo sandwich or a capocollo appetizer--this cured ham is a regional speciality. 
  • Visit the second trulli district (small beehive homes) of Aia Piccola in Alberobello; it's very quiet and residential.
  • Matera, Basilicata's jewel, has natural caves in the tufa limstone that first attracted inhabitants 7,000 years ago.
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.

"Couples Vacation"

DeLane

Alabama

Lauren was wonderful to work with and helped us plan a perfect vacation in Ireland. Everything from our flights, rental car, and every BNB was outstanding! We've used Authentic Vacations for 3 trips to Ireland …...here's to planning the 4th in the near future! Thanks Lauren!

"Wonderful Ireland"

Chris

Florida

Amber, Ireland is wonderful, and we’re having a ball. We got in to Kinsale late this afternoon and are taking a breather now to overcome some jet lag. When the town wakes up tomorrow, we’ll see it and shop a bit before going on to Killarney and Muckross.  By the way, The Irish House Party was perfect. Fun, not loud and crass but classy and friendly, entertainment. We recommend it highly. Thank you for all you did to help us put this trip together.

"Amore Italy"

Jill

PA

I am a travel advisor that uses Authentic Vacations and my client just got back from Italy and can't say enough about the Italy tour we booked for her.  It was a Rome add on for cruise clients - it was a 3 night behind the scenes of agent Rome, and they LOVED it!!  Thank you, Ellie. The hotels, tours everything was great.  My clients want to go back to Italy again and I will use Ellie and Authentic Vacations in a heartbeat!!

"Ireland Holiday"

Tina and Pat

Michiagn

Jorie, well, we have returned from a most amazing holiday in Ireland.  The car rental worked out wonderfully.   Pick up and Drop off were a breeze.  Driving to Clifden, we added Downpatrick Head as a site to see. It's BEAUTIFUL.  Drove the Doo Lough Pass....Breathtaking! The trip was absolutely amazing. We absolutely LOVED our vacation and will definitely recommend Authentic Vacations to friends and family.

"Amazing Scotland"

Malissa & Rachel

Florida

Hi Lauren, I just wanted to take the time to tell you that Rachel and I had an AMAZING TIME!! Scotland was worth the wait, and I hope to be back soon. Every place we stayed at was very courteous and so kind., even with the last-minute changes we made. I will get in touch soon to book another vacation. Please keep me posted if there's any deals around. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

"Perfect Italy Honeymoon"

Claire & Kendall

Arkansas

Our trip was phenomenal!!! We loved every second of it. Joleen, thank you so much for organizing it for us. We are SO grateful for your help and everything that the company did to make our trip memorable and carefree! It was the perfect honeymoon experience, and we will definitely look into using you all again in the future.

"Family Vacation Ireland & Scotland"

Lisa

KY

We recently returned from a dream trip in Scotland and Ireland. We worked with Lonna and she is incredible. Lonna answered all my questions with care and kindness and worked on our trip to make sure I got to see everything I had dreamed about. I can’t say enough great things about her, she really does care about her clients. Thanks Lonna

"Italy Bucket List"

Dale

Wisconsin

We recently completed our trip to Italy after walking the Camiño de Santiago. The trip included Tuscany, Sicily, and Rome with a cruise to the Holy Land between Sicily and Rome. We worked with Naomi on the original planning and Joleen on the execution. Both were exceptional to work with and both are true professionals. Every facet of the trip, from transportation to billeting to excursions, was flawlessly planned and executed. We worked with Authentic Vacations for three trips this summer, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy we could not be more pleased with the service they provided us. Thank you!

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