Day Small Group Tours from Bari, Monopoli and Polignano
Monday: Lecce and Gallipoli. Price 145 Euros including tickets to museums and coffee break.
While in Puglia you cannot miss a visit to Lecce, the baroque capital of the south and to Gallipoli, a picturesque fishing village. Its name comes from ancient Greek “Kalle Polis” (beautiful city.) Visit the old town with its amazing maze of alleys, the Cathedral and an underground oil mill dating back to the 14th century. Optional lunch at fantastic fish restaurant Puritate in Gallipoli (45 Euros) and/or winetasting at Schola Sarmenti in Nardo' (20 Euros). Departure at 9.00 am, back at 6.30 pm.
Tuesday: Salento Wineries. Price 165 Euros pp. including lunch at one of wineries.
Visit two wineries in the Primitivo Negramaro area of Salice Salentino and taste their award winning wines and delicious food. With an extra 30 Euros, it's possible to add a third winery or spend one hour on the sandy beach of nearby Porto Cesareo, or add a quick tour of Lecce. Departure at 9.00 am, return at 4,30 pm.
Wednesday: Matera. Price 145 Euros pp. including entrance to museums.
A visit to the famous "Sassi" (cave dwellings) now a (Unesco World Heritage Site) which allows you to step back in history. Optional memorable 3 course lunch at amazing "Falco Grillaio", "Abbondanza" or "Gatta Buia" in Matera (35 Euros). Tour leaves your hotel at 8,30 and return at 6,30 pm.
Thursday: Alberobello and Polignano. Price 135 Euros pp. including entrance to museums
Alberobello (a Unesco World Heritage site) is a village built entirely of trulli, quaint buildings with conical, unmortered stone rooves. Polignano a Mare is an amazing medieval town right on the Adriatic cliffs with balconies perfect for viewing the drop to the sea below. Optional 3 course lunch at amazing "Cantina" in Alberobello (n.1 on Tripadvisor, 45 Euros pp) and/or winetasting at the Wine Museum of Cantina Albea. Departure from your hotel at 9,00 am, back at 6,30 pm.
Friday: Lecce and Gallipoli. Price 145 Euros pp. including ticket to museum.
Visit amazing Lecce and Gallipoli a quaint, fishing village. Its name comes from ancient Greek “Kalle Polis” (beautiful city.) Visit the old town with its amazing maze of alleys, the Cathedral and an underground oil mill dating back to the 14th century. Optional lunch at fantastic fish restaurant Puritate in Gallipoli (45 Euros pp) and/or winetasting at Schola Sarmenti in Nardo'. Departure at 9.00 am, back at 6.30 pm.
Friday (second option) Cooking course in Bari or Ostuni
From 10,30 am to 3,30 pm at 135 Euros pp. including pick up and drop off from your accomodation.
Saturday: Trani & Castel del Monte 155 Euros including ticket to the castle and guided tour.
. Castel del Monte, built in 1240, was one of Frederick II Hoenstaufen's favourite residences. He was one of the first modern rulers in European history and had the good fortune to have grown up in Sicily and Puglia in a mixed culture that uniquely combined elements of antiquity, Arabic and Jewish wisdom, the Occidental spirit of the Middle Ages, and Norman realism. The intellectual life of his court reflected this heritage. A courtly “republic of scholars,” it nurtured and fostered the natural sciences as well as philosophy, poetry, and mathematics, and translations as well as original writing, both in Latin and in the vernacular (early Italian). The pursuit of knowledge without special respect for traditional authorities was characteristic of Frederick and his court. After lunch we will visit the charming town of Trani with its amazing marina, seasidecathedral and unique synagogues.
Optional lunch at Corte in Fiore in Trani (50 Euros) or Montegusto in Castel del Monte (35 Euros)
Sunday: Lecce, Otranto & Castro. Price 155 Euros pp.
Otranto is known for its cathedral with fantastic mosaics, also for its medieval castle that inspired Horace Walpole's novel. We will visit this seaside town from where crusaders and knight templars would leave for the Holy Land. Optional lunch at "Pizzica" (35 Euros pp) in Castro, a small and fascinating fishing village, or at Tricase's "Anime Sante" run by local fishermen (45 Euros pp) . Departure at 9.00 am, back at 6.30 pm.