We recognize that travelers need a bit of flexibility on their vacation, often times wanting one day to explore with a guide and some time on their own. This is exactly why we offer our Day Tours throughout Italy that are easy to book and are often the highlights of our trips with guests. As a client of Green Italy Tours, no matter where you are in Italy, we can accommodate a day tour of your liking. From cooking courses in the countryside to wine tastings, historical tours of Rome to Amalfi Coast boat rides, we cover all possible ground for your perfect Italian experience.
These specific tours are from Lecce.
Monday: Otranto, Castro & Tricase. Price € 225 per person, including entry to museums.
Otranto is known for its cathedral with fantastic mosaics, as well as 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 "Grotta del Conte" (55 Euros) in Castro, a small and fascinating fishing village, or at Tricase's "Anime Sante" (70 Euros) run by local fishermen. In the afternoon visit Tricase and optional winetasting at award winning winery (35 Euros pp).
Departure from your hotel at 9,30 am, return at 5,30 pm.
Tuesday: Salento Wineries. Price € 325 per person, with lunch included.
Visit two wineries in Salice Salentino and taste their aware winning wines, highlighting our most famous Primitivo and Negro Amaro, and enjoy a small lunch. Learn food and wine pairing basics so you can create your own pairings. You’ll also learn what to look for in a recipe in order to make great wine matches. A great food and wine pairing creates a balance between the components of a dish and the characteristics of a wine.
Departure at 9.30am, return at 5.00pm
Wednesday: Matera. Price €285 per person, including entry to museums and churches.
A visit to the famous "Sassi" (cave dwellings) in Matera, now a Unesco World Heritage site, allows you to step back in history. Matera is said to be one of the world's oldest towns. Your first glimpse of the "Sassi" is sure to stay in your memory forever. Haunting and beautiful, the Sassi sprawl below the rim of a yawning ravine like a giant nativity scene. Although many buildings are crumbling, others have been restored and transformed into cosy abodes, restaurants and cave-hotels. Optional memorable 3 course lunch at amazing "Falco Grillaio" or "Panecotto" in Matera at 55 Euros pp.
Departure from your hotel at 9.00 am, return at 6.00 pm.
Thursday: Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano. Price €265 per person, including entry to museums and churches.
Ostuni (the white city), Alberobello (trulli village, UNESCO world heritage site) and Polignano a Mare (situated on the Adriatic cliffs). Optional 3 course lunch at amazing "Cantina" in Alberobello (n.1 on Tripadvisor, 60 Euros pp) and/or winetasting at the Wine Museum of Cantina Albea (30 Euros).
Departure from your hotel at 9.00 am, back at 6.00 pm
Friday: Gallipoli and Nardo' or Santa Maria al Bagno (Jewish Museum). Price € 245 per person, including entry to museums.
We visit 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" (65 Euros) and/or winetasting at a local winery (35 Euros).
Departure at 9,30 am, return at 5.30 pm.
Saturday: Trani and Castel del Monte. Price €285 per person, including entry to museums.
Castel del Monte, built in 1240, was one of Frederick II Hoenstaufen's favourite residences. He has been the first modern ruler in European history and had indeed 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.
Departure from your hotel at 9.00am, return at 6.30pm
Optional lunch at Corte in Fiore in Trani (75 Euros) or Montegusto in Castel del Monte (45 Euros)
Sunday: Otranto, Castro and Tricase. Price € 245 per person, including entry to museums.
Known for its cathedral with fantastic mosaics, as well as 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 "Grotta del Conte" (55 Euros) in Castro, small and fascinating fishing village, or at Tricase's "Anime Sante" run by local fishermen. In the afternoon visit to Tricase and optional winetasting at award winning winery (35 Euros pp).
Departure at 9.30am, return at 5.30pm
For departures from Lecce, we require a reservation at minimum 24 hours in advance. Please ask your hotel reception desk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gio’s mobile phone +39.340.7678256 to make arrangements.
We also offer “Private Tours” to the above destinations, please enquire at email@example.com
Mysterious Castel del Monte & Trani, famous for its romanesque cathedral (1143 AD) set against the Adriatic crystal waters. Optional lunch at Corte in Fiore in Trani and/or winetasting at either Tormaresca, Rivera or Torrevento. Approx 2 hours drive from Lecce.
Matera, home of director Francis Ford Coppola. Due to its similarities with Jerusalem, Matera has lent itself to film settings like “The Last Passion of Christ”. A visit to the famous “Sassi” (ancient cave dwellings) and Ruperian churches allows you to steep yourself in history. Optional lunch at “Falco Grillaio”. In the afternoon visit to the “Cave of the Original Sin” or wine tasting at “Polvanera” or “Patruno Perniola” winery in Gioia del Colle. Approx 2 hours drive from Lecce.
Salento Wineries. Taste some of the best Apulian wines at a selection of 2 amazing wineries in the Primitivo & Negramaro district, Salice Salentino.
Taranto. Founded by the Spartans 2,700 years ago, Taranto features many historical attractions like the 15th Century Aragonese Castle and the Greek Doric Temple ruins as well as many medieval and baroque palaces in the old town. The National Archeological Museum, “MARTA” features a collections of Greek and Roman jewels known as “Ori di Taranto”. Approx 1,5 hour drive from Lecce.
Monte Sant’Angelo and San Giovanni Rotondo. Visit these magical places where Padre Pio lived and the sanctuary of “San Michele Arcangelo” dating back to the 5th Century. Approx 3 hours drive from Lecce.
Optional lunches at award winning restaurants 55/70Euros pp (with wine included)
Cooking classes with lunch (or dinner) from 145 Euros pp.(including pick up from your hotel in Lecce).
Our Day Tour Policy:
We have existing dates blocked off each season for standard Day Tours. As our guest, you have the option of booking a private tour (your group only) or joining on to an existing group tour for a lower rate (between 2x - 10x people max).
*Please note you will only get the discounted group rate if other groups are booked for the same tour. If you & your 1+ are the only two that have booked for that day, we must charge the private rate for 2x people or less. If you are the first to book, we will confirm the price at the private rate. Please be aware that if you request a group tour but are the first to book, we will make every effort to combine other guests to join your tour and offer the lower group rate. If we can grow your group tour, we will adjust the provided rate and offer you the group discount.
Often what we do for guests who want to join a group tour is begin communication months or several weeks before the booking to ensure that we can coordinate with other travelers for the same day. It’s helpful for us to begin the conversation early so we can get you the best possible price!
We require a 20% deposit and balance is due one month before arrival.
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