Slow Food Tour of Puglia 2019

With Back-Roads Touring!

6 days from $3733

per person, twin share*

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Was $3929!! Based on a 24 September 2019 Departure. Savour creamy farm-produced burrata. Sip wine beneath grape-heavy vines. Sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Inspired by the slow food movement, this tour introduces the culinary traditions, tucked away villages and breathtaking architecture of this sublime corner of Italy.

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Bari - Matera - Martina Franca
Our first stop entails a drive to Andria followed by our first taste of Puglia food culture: smooth burrata and silky mozzarella cheeses. After lunch, it’s on to Matera to enjoy a tour with a local guide. As dusk sets in, it’s time to relax into our welcome dinner at a local pub.

Day 2 - Martina Franca - Castellana Caves - Alberobello - Martina Franca
This morning we’ll move on to a local olive grove and oil mill to uncover the secrets of the oil-making process (with a chance to sample the local fare, of course). Next, in Alberobello, we’ll take some time to marvel at the cone-topped trulli dotted across the landscape. After lunch, we’ll head below ground to the spellbinding Castellana Caves. Look up to see stalactites and down to find fossils hidden throughout these fairytale grottos. After that, we’ll return to Martina Franca.

Day 3 - Martina Franca - Ostuni - Masseria Ferri - Lecce
With its jumble of icing-sugar buildings, pretty Ostuni wholeheartedly lives up to its nickname: the White Village. And it’s here that we’ll begin day three of our tour. This pretty hamlet is huddled in quintessential Puglia countryside, so it’s only right that lunch today will be in a rural masseria – a country estate. After watching a cooking show, we’ll drive on to Lecce – our home for the night – where we’ll enjoy a walk with a local guide and taste some local produce.

Day 4 - Lecce - Otranto - Depressa - Gallipoli
Emerald lake. Turquoise seas. Pink-hued hills. The pretty-as-a-postcard harbour town of Otranto is where we’ll swap town and country for a seaside sojourn. When we stop at the beautiful bay of Porto Badisco, be sure to search for some freshly caught sea urchins – a not-to-be-missed treat. We’ll wash them down with a selection of wines at Castel di Salve, famous for its Santi Medici Bianco, Santi Medici Rosé, Armecolo and Cento Su Cento Primitivo. Then it’s onwards to the historic fishing port of Gallipoli, where the sun sets on day four of our trip.

Day 5 - Gallipoli - Nardo - Manduria - Gallipoli
When in Gallipoli, we’ll do as the fishermen do. That means an early start down at the fish markets, where stalls are piled high with a dazzling array of seafood. Here, we’ll taste raw shrimp and shellfish straight off the boat. Then we’ll tear ourselves away from the water with a trip to the old town of Nardò. It’s a treasure trove of some of Puglia’s finest Baroque architecture and an area renowned for exquisite red wines, so it’s only right that we pay a visit to Manduria’s Museo della Civiltà del Vino Primitivo for a guided tasting – and to pay homage to the celebrated Primitivo grape.

Day 6 - Gallipoli - Polignano a Mare - Bari
Within its peaceful honey-stone cloisters and Romanesque architecture you’ll find thousands of years of history. When we step inside Santa Maria di Cerrate, we’ll discover a monastery with roots deep in Puglia’s rich food culture. Afterwards, we’ll climb the coastal road up to Polignano a Mare – the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, and our final stop. And with that, it’s time to say goodbye to this exquisite region, as we round up our tour back in Bari.


Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions: The 5% Early Bird saving is valid on selected UK & Europe 2019 tours until 28 February 2019. The offer is valid for travel from 16 March 2019 to 31 October 2019. Full payment is due 15 March 2019. All bookings not paid in full by 15 March 2019 will be charged the full retail price. 5% offer is not combinable with any other discount. Subject to availability at time of booking. Back-Roads Touring reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time. For full terms and conditions see www.backroadstouring.com


Inclusions

  • 5 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Local guides in Matera and Lecce
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 evening meals (D)
  • 2 wine tastings, 1 olive tasting
  • Mozzarella and burrata tasting
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Sassi di Matera, Castellana Caves and L’Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate