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5 Day Cooking Vacation & Wine, Salami, Mozzarella & Olive Oil Tasting in Alberobello, Apulia

Victor Country Hotel, Via Mottola, 70011 Alberobello, Bari, Italy

Culinary Vacation Italy

Come and enjoy a one-of-a-kind Apulian experience at the Victor Country Hotel in Italy! You can let go of the chaos and the rumors of the daily life and become one with the uncontaminated nature in order to recharge and live a once in a lifetime holiday! Learn to relax through the landscapes of Alberobello and enjoy a cooking class with specific Italian dishes. Give yourself a reset and enjoy a different holiday!

Highlights

  • Lovely cooking class with lunch
  • Winery tour including wine tasting session
  • Visits to a salami factory, a cheese factory, and an oil mill
  • Martina Franca and Locorotondo guided tours
  • Alberobello and Monopoli guided tours
  • Welcome drink and lunch in Masseria
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 2-6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Surrounded by 42 hectares of Mediterranean green, the Victor Country Hotel in Alberobello is inspired by the authenticity that surrounds it and the uniqueness of the territory. It has three main buildings, Uliveto (the olive garden), Granaio (the barn), and in the heart of the resort, you will find the Masseria (the manor farm) dated since 1800.

It has been conceived according to a definitely innovative architectural style which combines the traditional materials used to recover ancient constructions, such as the “Pietra viva” (typical close and clear Italian stone), wood and wrought iron, with a modern and revolutionary design characterized by square and well-defined lines.

Here at the Victor Country Hotel, you can delight yourself with traditional Apulian dishes inside the suggestive restaurant “La Terrazza Sull’orto” (“The terrace over the garden”) with an amazing view over the surrounding land and the Red House, a structure of great artistic and cultural interest, where you can visit the chapel and the wonderful murals.

Program

Day 1 - Apulian welcome drink and free stroll in Alberobello

Your arrival in Puglia will be celebrated with a welcome drink and with an aperitif based on typical local products. The evening will be free, to give you the chance of relaxing in the countryside.

Day 2 - Discovering the Itria Valley, its wine, and food traditions

After a generous and delicious breakfast, you will start by discovering the fascinating charm of the Itria Valley and its beautiful small towns. First, you will reach Martina Franca, where you will meet your tour guide. Then, you will stop at a salami factory that produces traditional high-quality salami for over 40 years.

Here, you will learn more about the production of the typical Capocollo di Martina Franca, slow food presidium, including the tasting of other excellent cold cuts. After the free lunch, you will reach Locorotondo, for a guided tour of the medieval village and a visit to a famous local winery, followed by a wine tasting accompanied by typical local products.

  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 3 - Cooking class in the Murgia Dei Trulli

One of the most authentic ways to experience Puglia is to learn how to prepare its typical dishes. For this reason, the third day will be dedicated to the cuisine, with a cooking class followed by the tasting and lunch of the dishes prepared during the class, at a typical Apulian Masseria.

In the afternoon, you will reach Alberobello, the capital of Trulli, where you will feel like you are walking in a fairytale village. UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, Alberobello includes about 1,400 Trulli, distributed in two main districts of the town.

After the meeting with the tour guide, you will spend some free time in the touristic area of the town, where you can find small artisanal and souvenir shops inside the Trulli.

  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 4 - Mozzarella cheese and extra-virgin olive oli: two Apulian experiences

The last day of your holiday in Puglia is still dedicated to the taste and typical products. Today, you will visit a local cheese factory located in Fasano, where you can see the several stages of making mozzarella, followed by the tasting of typical Apulian cheeses.

If you are not completely full, do not miss to stop at one of the famous bars of the area to taste the famously fried panzerotti, stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes, a real pleasure for the palate!

In the afternoon, you will explore Monopoli, a beautiful maritime city full of small shops and restaurants scattered along its fascinating old town overlooking the sea.

Then, you will visit a famous farmhouse located in the Monopoli’s countryside, where you will see the modern techniques of the olive oil production and then, take a trip back in time by visiting the beautiful underground oil mill. Finally, extra-virgin olive oil tasting accompanied by typical local products.

Day 5

Departure.

  • Meals included: breakfast

Included excursions

During this short vacation, you will be able to enjoy various guided tours including an Alberobello tour, Martina Franca and Locorotondo tours, and a Monopoli tour. You will also enjoy various visits to a salami factory, a cheese factory, an oil mill, and also enjoy a winery tour.

Location

In the heart of an area rich in art, history, and traditions, the Victor Country Hotel is a four-star resort which arises from the renewal of a nineteenth-century Masseria (typical Italian farm).

The hotel stands on over 42 hectares grassland, among oaks, ancient olive trees, and dry-stone walls, in the luxuriant vegetation of the wonderful countryside of Alberobello, the "capital of Trulli" acknowledged as "human heritage of inestimable value" by UNESCO in 1996.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this holiday, you will enjoy a welcoming drink and an aperitif based on typical local products on your arrival day. For the course of the following days, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, and a visit to a famous local winery, followed by a wine tasting accompanied by typical local products.

On the third day, you will enjoy a cooking class followed by the tasting and lunch of the dishes prepared during the class, at a typical Apulian Masseria.

As for the last day of the vacation, you will visit a local cheese factory located in Fasano, where you can see the several stages of making mozzarella, followed by the tasting of typical Apulian cheeses. And as the last activity, you will enjoy extra-virgin olive oil tasting accompanied by typical local products.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy a relaxing swimming session
  • Make yourself comfortable in the garden and listen to sounds of nature while reading a book, journaling, or just relax and let your soul shine and unwind
  • Take an afternoon walk along the meadows and fields in the surroundings

Spa treatments

You can relax in the "Fienile Massage Room" with many different kind of massages including special teatment with "snails" of the garden.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation in a double room
  • Alberobello guided tour
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • Lunch in Masseria
  • Martina Franca and Locorotondo guided tours
  • Monopoli guided tour
  • Visit a salami factory with tasting
  • Visit the cheese factory with tasting
  • Visit the oil mill including the tasting
  • Welcome drink
  • Winery tour including wine tasting

What's not included

  • Everything not expressly specified in the “What’s included” section
  • Extra person costs
  • Shuttle service for daily programmes
  • Shuttle service from or to the accommodation facility

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction

  • A14 - exit at Gioia del Colle
  • From Bari or from Brindisi - Lecce: S.S. 16 - exit at Monopoli to get on the S.P. for Alberobello (Km.20)
  • From Taranto: S.S. 172 for Martina Franca - Locorotondo and Alberobello (Km.45)

Arrival by train

  • Get off at Alberobello Station (4 kilometers)

Distances

  • Airport Papola (BDS) Casale, Brindisi - 66 kilometers
  • Airport Karol Wojtyla, Bari - 76 kilometers

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI) or Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS). Taxi from the airport is 160 EUR for maximum 4 people two ways. From the other places is around 80 EUR two ways.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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