Discover Italy’s heel, the sun-splashed region of Puglia, snuggled between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Away from the mainstream tourist routes, Puglia packs in all the ingredients for a classic Italian vacation: cities filled with history and culture, like Matera and Lecce; small towns with grand architecture, like Alberobello and Locorotondo; gourmet traditions to explore in cooking classes and food tours; and spectacular nature for memorable time outdoors, hiking, cycling and picnicking. Showcasing all these hallmarks, this private tour of Italy is a weeklong taster of its essence.
- Join a food and wine tour to savor the flavors of Matera, the ancient town with homes built into limestone caves
- Tour Alberobello, the town of mushroom-shaped huts, and visit one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Locorotondo
- Cycle in the countryside of Lecce and take in its splendid nature over a delicious picnic
This private tour of Italy features 7 nights of accommodation in 4/5-star hotels or historic mansions with full buffet breakfasts (2 nights in Matera, 3 nights in Savelletri and 2 nights in Lecce). Starting and finishing in Bari, the tour includes transfers by private deluxe vans with English-speaking drivers. Professional assistance is provided throughout the trip. All private guided tours in this Italian vacation package include entrance fees to the sites visited, with preferential skip-the-line access. Also included with this private tour of Italy: a food & wine experience, cooking class, day trips, as well as hiking and cycling excursions.