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8 Day of Apulian Wonders: Wonderful Food and Culture Vacation in Apulia

Via Giovanni Lanza 24, Ostuni

Authentic Italian Vacation of Culture and Food

Join an in-depth cultural vacation. Sleep in Ostuni and visit the surroundings, while savoring the best wine and Apulian recipes in typical restaurants and locations.

Wonderful Italy's 8 Days of Apulian Wonders, is a small and intimate group vacation that includes accommodation in the finest and stylish homes, expert local guides, authentic experiences to feel the culture, delicious meals, wine, and local product tasting. With a private transfer, you can enjoy a worry-free vacation, having much time to live and fall in love with the real Apulia, the hidden gem of the Adriatic.

Highlights

  • Cheese making class in a Masseria
  • 2 regional dinners in typical restaurants in Ostuni and Bari 
  • Visit the medieval vegetable gardens of Ostuni with olive oil tasting
  • Guided walking tours of the unmissable Apulian charming towns: Ostuni, Martina Franca, Valley of the Trulli, Matera, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Castel del Monte and Bari
  • Local English-proficient guide and driver, and a local team ready to help you live a fantastic vacation
  • 7 nights in a cozy and typical home in the best central spot of the white town, Ostuni
  • Daily private transfers to reach the major attractions of Apulia without hassle

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Airport transfer included: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
Airport transfer included: Brindisi – Salento Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

The houses are managed by the Wonderful Italy team. Cozy, traditional, and stylish, the homes are equipped with every comfort and items needed for a worry-free vacation. In every house, there is Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and the required utilities. The position is central, so you can reach any place on foot, enjoy a pleasant walk around without getting lost.

Program

Day 1: Check-in, welcome drink and welcome dinner in a typical restaurant

Welcome to the fantastic land of Apulia, the Heel of Italy. Once you land, you have a transfer organized for you to reach the white town of Ostuni. You will be checking in an amazing typical Apulian home in a central location where you can feel the daily life of the shining village.

Meet the Wonderful Italy team and get a sparkling start with a welcome drink, then in the afternoon, wander around the White town of Ostuni, relax and enjoy your free time.

In the evening, welcome dinner in a local Osteria, a very typical restaurant where you can enjoy the local and genuine food.

Day 2: Walking tour of Ostuni with olive oil tasting at the medieval veggie gardens in Ostuni

In the morning, enjoy the walking tour of Ostuni, with a local guide that will show you the white murals that wrap the city till reaching the heart of the historical center. You will stop at the urban medieval vegetable gardens of Della Grata, where you can see the freshest seasonal products being picked up and try the zero km olive oil directly from the producer.

Day 3: Cheesemaking and light lunch in a Masseria, transfer to Martina Franca for a guided tour of the town

In the morning, learn how to make cheese, enjoy the countryside atmosphere and taste the fresh and most delicious cheesy products in a stunning Masseria, an ancient rural construction typical of the South of Italy, usually surrounded by stone walls and ancient olive groves. After discovering the process of making and visiting some animals at the sheds, you can enjoy a light lunch based on the local products, right from the farm to the table.

After lunch and having taken a relaxing break in the surrounding of the Masseria, you will be transferred to Martina Franca, where, with a guided tour, you can enjoy the pearl of Baroque of Valley of Itria. You will then transfer back to Ostuni.

Day 4: Guided visit of Alberobello and Locorotondo with typical lunch

In the morning, you will have the pleasure to immerse yourself in the Valley of the Trulli, where you can visit the Trulli, a UNESCO's heritage. You will see the conical stone roof structure, very unique in the world. Later, you will check Locorotondo, in between the immense blue sky and the vineyards that produce a fantastic wine, appreciated internationally.

Lunch in Locorotondo, transfer back to Ostuni and the rest of the day is free for you to explore.

Day 5: Guided visit of Matera

The day starts with a transfer to reach Matera, in Basilicata region. After a short drive (1 hour 45 minutes) you will reach the European Capital of Culture for 2019 and UNESCO’s heritage site. Matera is famous worldwide for its amazing historical center known as "Sassi" (meaning stones). Movie directors like Pier Paolo Pasolini set "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" and the Australian Mel Gibson "The Passion of the Christ", having a stunning background that throws you back to Christ's time.

Matera is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in the world.

In Matera, you will be guided in the discovery of the most peculiar attractions, like the water cisterns with a local guide. Lunch (not included) and transfer back to Ostuni in the late afternoon.

Day 6: Guided tour of Monopoli, a boat tour with refreshing dive, and a guided visit of Polignano a Mare

In the morning, transfer to Monopoli (40 kilometers), and there, the local guide will introduce you to the jewel town, with working-class architecture mixed with impressive religious buildings and noble palaces. Closed into ancient mural walls, Porta Vecchia introduces you to the old city.

Monopoli is situated on the Adriatic sea, overlooked by the Castle. Crystal clear water, buzzing, and vibrant history and art center, it is one of the most exciting towns facing the Adriatic Sea.

After lunch (not included), you will leave on a boat tour for a refreshing dive in the sea or just relaxing with stunning views offshore.

Before sunset, transfer to Polignano a Mare (9 kilometers), where you will meet the local guide for a tour of the perched town on the high cliff. Polignano is the perfect set for extreme diving, as most of the old city looks at the vast horizon. It is very charming, with white houses and narrow streets, the town beach, nestled in a small cove, is impressive at sunset.

Day 7: Visit of UNESCO site Castel del Monte, guided tour of Bari and farewell dinner in a typical regional restaurant

Transfer to Castel del Monte (140 kilometers) and visit the UNESCO site (ticket and guide included). The fortress is an XIII structure in the Murge, the green plateau, on top of a 500-meter high hill. Is it worth to visit for its geometrical, mathematical and astronomical shape and for the perfect combination of cultural elements of Northern Europe, the Islamic World and Classical times.

After lunch (not included), the transfer will let you reach Bari to visit the hidden marine gem. The local guide will introduce you to the refreshing atmosphere, narrow street, food fragrances, welcoming people. Bari is plenty of charm and bustling with many things to do and see. There, while you wait for your dinner, you might have the chance to meet the Grandmas making orecchiette by hand, and the fragrances of pasta will invade the streets as you walk in.

For dinner, you will celebrate the last night out in Apulia in a typical restaurant where you will get the belly full of traditional recipes; restaurants in Bari never disappoint food lovers. Sip wine, taste the seasonal food and try to steal some useful secrets to repeat back at home.

Transfer back to Ostuni.

Day 8: Check-out and transfer to the airport of Bari or Brindisi

In the morning, prepare to check out (10 am), and you will be transferred to the airport (Brindisi or Bari). Wonderful Italy hopes to see you again soon in Apulia!

Included excursions

This vacation includes the following excursions:

  • 9 guided tours of the nearby jewel-cities as Bari, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Matera, Martina Franca, Monopoli, Castel del Monte and Ostuni
  • 1 olive oil tasting
  • 1 boat tour of Monopoli
  • 1 cheese making with light lunch in Masseria

Location

You will be staying in Ostuni, Apulia, Italy.

Apulia is known as the heel of Italy, embraced both by the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea. Sometimes you might hear people calling it "Le Puglie" because in its stretch shape, up from north down to the deepest south, you encounter the many souls and different characteristics, both in the dialect, culture, and temper.

Apulia is one of the most underrated Italian region, pleasant to visit all year long, well-nearby to other Italian Central and Southern landmarks with plenty of little jewel-towns that surprise the visitors.

The region is so varied going from stunning pristine beaches to ancient town perched on the hills surrounded by a dominant nature, unique towns as Locorotondo and Alberobello, in the Valley of the Trulli, or charming seaside towns as Polignano a Mare and Monopoli.

For those willing to travel back to ancient or genuine times, this region offers many chances. From the visits to the towns to wandering around the narrow streets and feel a close touch to culture, seeing grandmas cooking handmade pasta for the family. Life is spent outside, no matter the weather, as proof of its rural past where the inhabitants were one big family.

Why set in Ostuni? Ostuni is poetical, the whitest town in the world, it shines from far away as a lighthouse to indicate that you have to stop here, and it is worth it. It extends across three hills and has much of the fairytale atmosphere. Right giving the back to the Trulli region, and opening its doors to the Salento, the deepest hot south. Strategically perfect for holidays in Apulia, it allows reaching the other top things to see in the region in a short time.

Surrounded by an imposing nature and agricultural heritage, it is one of the best places to try some regional masterpieces. Overlooking century-old olive trees, here you can get delighted by delicious samples of excellent olive oil directly from the producer. The wine is innovative and Apulia is one of the largest wine producers in Europe, so don't forget to sip a good Primitivo Rosato, for example.

Foodies have no worries in finding the best regional food as any restaurant offer amazing dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. People take pleasure in handmade pasta, and the typical shape, the orecchiette, has its unique taste and secrets in the making. You can't leave the region without eating Orecchiette with green turnips.

Food

Manifesto of this vacation is hello freshness, regional, excellent and tasty food. Olive oil, natural wine, handmade pasta, and organic ingredients, is the rule, the tradition. This food and culture vacation includes a welcome drink to start on the right foot, a welcome dinner to get to know the local cuisine, and other possible travelers if you like. A walking tour with open-air olive oil tasting at the medieval veggie gardens in Ostuni, with fantastic views over the surroundings.

Discover the ABC of cheese, check the process of cheese making and taste the “from the farm to the table” fresh products. Have a light lunch on a scenic countryside typical Masseria sampling the cheesy delights. You will also try the Valley of the Trulli specialties in a nice lunch in Locorotondo.

Then, as your last goodbye, you will have a farewell dinner in a very typical restaurant in Bari, the other producer of regional masterpieces.

Wonderful Italy wants to make you enjoy the real regional cuisine, if you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please make sure the team knows it to find a tailor-made solution. Moreover, they can add as many meals as you want to your itinerary for an additional cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
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)

There is no shortage of attractions in the area, you will always find something interesting to discover and explore. The best idea is always to mingle together with the locals and let them advise you on the upcoming events and shows. It is not unusual that you will end up spending the night at someone's place for dinner, sharing stories or drinking good wines.

Additionally, Wonderful Italy has a wide variety of experiences that you can add to your itinerary, for an additional cost like bike tours, cooking classes, and wine tastings. Just share your preferences with Wonderful Italy and they will make it happen.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a Wonderful Italy cozy and typical home
  • 1 welcome drink
  • 9 guided city tours
  • 1 entrance ticket to Castel del Monte, UNESCO's heritage site
  • 1 cheese making with light lunch in Masseria
  • 1 boat tour in Monopoli
  • 1 lunch in Locorotondo, in Itria Valley
  • 2 regional dinners
  • Daily transfers to reach the towns to be visited with the local guide
  • 2 airport transfers (arrival and departure)

What's not included

  • Daily breakfast
  • Extra snacks and beverages
  • Lunch or dinner when not mentioned as included
  • Flights or transport to reach Brindisi or Bari

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Brindisi Airport (BDS) or Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI). Return airport transfers are included.

Airport: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport Airport transfer included: Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Brindisi – Salento Airport Airport transfer included: Brindisi – Salento Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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