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Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera Experience

Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera Experience

10 Days/9 Nights From
AU$4,504 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Tour Code
    ISI-19-APM
  • Travel From
    03 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    23 Oct 2019
  • Operating Days
    Wed
10 Days/9 Nights From
AU$4,504 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Tour Code
    ISI-19-APM
  • Travel From
    03 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    23 Oct 2019
  • Operating Days
    Wed
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 9-night accommodationActivityActivity 2 hands-on cooking classesActivityActivity Food and wine tastingsMealsMeals All meals as per itineraryTourTour Guided tour of Castel del Monte, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Bari, Matera & more!TransportationTransportation Transportation by air-conditioned bus

Summary

Unveil the true nature and soul of Italy, experiencing the best food and wine specialties of different regions, through this 10-day escorted tour. Enjoy a traditional breakfast in Sulmona, composed of freshly baked bread, fruits, cake and pastries, coffee, tea and freshly-squeezed juice. Explore the ancient town of Sulmona, visit the Confetti Museum, chomp some sugar-coated almonds, and get to taste varieties of wine paired with cheeses, salami and other specialties. Drive across stunning mountains and national parks to Vasto, a town on the Adriatic coast, and get ready for an exclusive cooking class in the countryside. Learn how easy it is to make homemade pasta and other meat and vegetable dishes. Travel to the breathtaking Trabocchi coast for a cooking demonstration on a traditional fishing hut and enjoy fish-based dishes for lunch. Continue to Puglia to take part in a guided tour of Trani and Polignano a Mare, followed by a cooking class in an ancient masseria or Apulian farmhouse. Visit the UNESCO-protected site of Alberobello, famous for its unique houses called trulli, and then move on to Bari to taste wines, mozzarella cheese, and extra virgin olive oil. Journey to the medieval city of Matera to sample authentic focaccia in a very old bakery. Delight in a sumptuous farewell dinner before concluding your unforgettable trip.

This tour departs from Rome.

Departure Time: 2:30 pm
Meeting Point: Airport in Rome

Itinerary

Day 1, Rome - Sulmona
At 2:30 pm, join a group transfer from Rome Fiumicino airport to Sulmona, the town of the Roman poet Ovid, the most illustrious son of Sulmona. Get to know your local guide and learn more about this 10-day Italian cultural vacation. Check in, relax and enjoy a welcome dinner in your hotel in the heart of Sulmona. (D)

Day 2, Sulmona
After a leisurely traditional breakfast of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea and freshly squeezed juice, visit the Confetti (sugar-coated almonds) Museum, where you can see a wide display of old-fashioned confectionery machines and equipment, memorabilia and precious, rare objects relating to the ancient Sulmonese art of confectionary. After confetti tasting, discover Sulmona and see the medieval aqueduct on Piazza Garibaldi and the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata with its majestic bell tower. Indulge in a wine tasting in the centre of Sulmona and learn all about Abruzzo wines. Taste 3 different wines from local vineyards, with pairings from local cheeses, salami and other specialties.

Not every minute of your time must be packed with organised events; this way, you will be able to explore on your own and live like an Italian. Have a free afternoon for your own activities, which could be: visit to Sulmona’s museums and art galleries, take part into some extra activities/excursions, have a spa experience in the hotel wellness centre (to book in advance) or just do some shopping visiting artisans or have a walk in the “piazza” to enjoy the relaxing Sulmona atmosphere. In the evening, you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Sulmona. Obviously, Fabrizio will suggest you his favourite places. (B, D)

Day 3, Rome - Vasto
After check-out, drive across the wonderful Abruzzo mountains and national parks to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. On the way to Vasto, visit the enchanting Hermitage of San Domenico in Villalago and the village of Scanno (one of the most beautiful villages of Italy) on the mountains. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Scanno. Transfer to Vasto and check in at a selected hotel in the historical downtown.

After a short break, go on a guided visit of Vasto’s historic centre. Explore Loggia Amblingh, a promenade overlooking the fascinating crescent-shaped coastline, the old town with its medieval Castle, charming lanes, a tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Rossetti, dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet from the town and father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Group dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Vasto
Walk and visit Vasto’s colourful market to get seasonal products. Here, you’ll have the possibility to practice a little bit of Italian even if you don’t speak any of it. Next, drive to the beautiful countryside of Vasto, where you will meet Fabrizio’s family to have an exclusive cooking class with them and learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and be introduced to Abruzzo sauces. An example menu based on Fabrizio’s family recipes, includes bread with meat sauce, pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), cavatelli with vegetables and tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo) – of course, this depends on seasonal availability.

Lunch with the scrumptious dishes you prepared in the morning, while enjoying the relaxing family atmosphere. Free afternoon for your own activities, which could be: go to one of the many beaches, visit Vasto’s museums and art galleries, take part into some extra activities/excursions, or just do some shopping visiting artisans or have a walk in the “piazza” to enjoy the relaxing Vasto atmosphere. In the evening, you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto.

After the big family lunch, based on many years of experience, it is known that nobody is looking for a rich dinner, so travellers usually enjoy spending time like a local, trying a simple aperitif, a gelato or a pizza. Obviously, Fabrizio will suggest you his favourite places. (B, L)

Day 5, Punta Aderci Nature Reserve - Lentella
After breakfast, explore the famous Trabocchi coast. Start with a short and easy walk inside Punta Aderci Nature Reserve, one of the 10 most beautiful Italian beaches according to the British daily The Telegraph, from where you can also admire snow-capped mountains. Next, visit a trabocco (the symbol of the area), mostly built with acacia wood and railway iron sleepers. Weather permitting, Rinaldo, your host will show you how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms that have been featured in the BBC TV show: Escape to the Continent. His wife Maria will prepare fish from the Adriatic Sea for your exclusive lunch on the ocean.

After a short break at the hotel, drive to the little hilltop village of Lentella at Ettore’s “Fattoria d’Arte” (Art farm). Surrounded by an amazing landscape with a stunning view of the sea, mountains, hills and small towns, you can enjoy an artistic experience with Ettore, which will let you create your own Abruzzo souvenir (a postcard made with natural colours produced at the moment, mixing leaves and flowers that you can pick at Ettore’s property). You’ll have an aperitif and a traditional dinner with Ettore and his wife Barbara. If you are lucky, you could help Ettore’s wife make risotto with truffle that grows in Ettore’s land. (B, L, D)

Day 6, Vasto - Puglia
After check-out, you’ll move to Puglia where you will meet the local guide and have a guided visit of the beautiful town of Trani: the little fishing port, the Church of the Templar Knights, the historical quarter. Free time and lunch on your own in one of the many restaurants of Trani. Enjoy a guided tour of Castel del Monte: an UNESCO protected site and a symbol of Puglia.

Transfer to Conversano and check in at your hotel in the historical downtown (possibility to have a spa experience in their wellness centre to book in advance). Enjoy a guided walking tour in Conversano: ancient town with its medieval castle and Romanesque cathedral. Indulge in a Welcome to Puglia group dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Conversano. (B, D)

Day 7, Polignano a Mare - Alberobello
Enjoy a guided tour of Polignano a Mare and its wonderful sea. Transfer to an ancient masseria (typical Apulian farmhouse) in Monopoli and take part in a cooking class with traditional recipes. Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning. Delight in a guided tour of the UNESCO site of Alberobello: walk among the trulli, visit to the trullo “sovrano” and its museum. Free time and dinner at your leisure in one of the many restaurants of Conversano. (B, L)

Day 8, Bari
Take part in a guided tour of Bari: San Nicola’s church, Frederick II’s castle and the city centre. Enjoy a guided tour of a family-run winery and lunch with tasting of the wines and the famous mozzarella cheese of Gioia del Colle. Visit a small olive oil mill in the country side of Gioia del Colle, where you’ll have an extra virgin olive oil tasting. Free time and dinner at your leisure in one of the many restaurants of Conversano. (B, L)

Day 9, Matera
Enjoy focaccia tasting in a very old bakery with a wood burning oven in Altamura, town famous for its DOP bread. Take part in a guided tour of the spectacular Matera and its UNESCO site “the Sassi” (cave houses and rocky churches where time seems to stop). Free time for lunch. Explore the city on your own. Farewell dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 10, Bari
After breakfast, depart (normally at 09:00 am) for Bari airport or your next destination (45 minutes driving from hotel to Bari airport and 40 minutes to Bari train station). (B)

Inclusions

  • 9-night accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Guided tastings of wines, confetti, olive oil, mozzarella cheese and bread and visits to the producers
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
  • Personalised cooking booklet and apron
  • Daily trips, excursions and guided tours
  • All transport for daily trips and excursions in an air-conditioned bus
  • Pick up in Rome Fiumicino airport and drop off in Bari airport in an air-conditioned bus
  • All entry fees for castles and museums
  • Art experience with a local artist
  • English-speaking professional tour directors and licensed local guides as per itinerary

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