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Puglia & Matera Food & Wine Self Drive

Puglia & Matera Food & Wine Self Drive

6 Days/5 Nights From
AU$1,704 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Self-drive tourSelf-drive tour
  • Tour Code
    RSI-19-6040
  • Travel From
    01 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    31 Oct 2019
  • Operating Days
    Daily
6 Days/5 Nights From
AU$1,704 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Self-drive tourSelf-drive tour
  • Tour Code
    RSI-19-6040
  • Travel From
    01 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    31 Oct 2019
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 5-night accommodation ActivityActivity 3 guided tastings of foods and/or winesInclusionInclusion 6-day car rental with standard cover (category A)MealMeal Daily breakfastMealsMeals Welcome dinner and 2 lunches in some typical Slow Food restaurantsTourTour Tour of Grotte di Castellana, Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce, Manduria, Matera & more!

Summary

Italy’s glamour stands out even more, thanks to its heel! Enjoy a self-drive tour around Apulia, also known as Puglia, a unique region forming the heel of Italy’s boot, in search of the most delicious food and wine of the area. Dine in charming restaurants, which use fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, recommended by Slow Food in the “Osterie d’Italia” guide. Taste Southern Italy’s most appreciated local products, such as the Caciocavallo Podolico cheese, Martina Franca Capocollo, Altamura traditional bread, Pucce Leccesi & Tarallucci, and savour the exquisite Primitivo wine of Manduria. Cravings fulfilled, delight the rest of your senses as you drive through Puglia’s enchanting towns and cities. Venture into the caves of Castellana Grotte, catch sight of UNESCO’s extraordinary Trulli homes in Alberobello, visit the white village of Ostuni, admire Lecce’s generous stash of baroque structures, and explore the fascinating cave town of Matera, dubbed as the City of Stones, a favourite setting of some Hollywood films. These and more overwhelming beauties are waiting for you in the land of flavours and wonders.

This tour departs from Martina Franca.

Availability: Daily, April to October 2019

Highlights

  • Sampling Slow Food Presidia products – delicious and authentic traditional foods
  • Wine and produce tastings
  • Grotte di Castellana caves, with its amazing stalactites, stalagmites, huge caverns and hidden pools of water
  • Visit to Alberobello, known for its traditional trulli homes
  • Visit to the white village of Ostuni
  • Tour of Lecce, the Baroque Pearl
  • Guided tour of Matera to see the oldest Sassi (ancient homes carved right into the rock)

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival - Martina Franca
Arrival to your hotel. Time to settle in, then transfer to Martina Franca to enjoy a welcome dinner at Ristorante La Tana, which will be dedicated to the Slow Food Presidia of Apulia. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. (D)

Day 2, The Murgia: Grotte di Castellana, Alberobello, Martina Franca
Visit the wonderful Grotte di Castellana situated at a depth of 70 meters, along more than 1 mile of road. Lunch in Alberobello. Here will be dedicated to the Murgia cuisine and the local produce and wines in a local “Trattoria”. After lunch, walk around the Trulli to visit the little shops and laboratories selling homemade cheeses and Taralli and visit Martina Franca for an evening stroll around its beautiful historical town centre, stopping at the Partenope pastry shop in the Corso Italia to try their renowned delights. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B, L)

Day 3, The Murgia: Cisternino, Ostuni, Gallipoli
Depart for Cisternino, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, visit the old town centre and stop at the little shops selling Capocollo before having lunch at a typical restaurant where the delights of Capocollo and some other dishes and wines from the Puglia region will be served. Visit the white village of Ostuni and its old centre. Make a stop in a splendid Masseria to try some of their cheeses, including Caciocavallo, Cacio ricotta and Canestrato. Back to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B, L)

Day 4, Lecce, Manduria
Morning departure to Lecce. Stroll around to discover the ancient town, called the Baroque Pearl. Try the breads, pizzas and the famous Pucce Leccesi (a traditional bread with olives, tomatoes and other vegetables). In the afternoon, proceed to Manduria to visit the Wine Museum and taste the local wine called Primitivo accompanied with typical product. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 5, Matera
Morning departure for Matera, known as the “City of Stones”, for a guided visit. This city is the most extraordinary and intact example of troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region. The oldest “Sassi” (ancient homes carved right into the rock) are about 7000 years old. Free time for lunch. After lunch, visit a farmhouse and taste their extraordinary wines. Return to your hotel and overnight. (B)

Day 6, Departure
After breakfast, check out from your hotel. (B)

Inclusions

  • 6-day category A car hire with standard cover
  • 5-night accommodation in charming hotels and/or historical residences
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Welcome dinner and 2 lunches in some typical Slow Food restaurants
  • 3 guided tastings of foods and/or wines
  • Private guided sightseeing tour of Matera

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