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 tasting local delicacies. Showcasing all these hallmarks, this private tour of Italy is a weeklong taster of its essence.
- Join a guided tour to discover 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 is self drive. Transfers with private deluxe vans with English-speaking drivers are also available. 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.