The 6 day trip to Apulia and Matera which is departing from Bari is exactly what you need to experience especially if you are somebody who loves to explore amazing sites before it is flooded with tourists from all over the world. The trip will last for 6 days only but the memories that will be made during the trip will be enough to last you for a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrival in Bari
On arrival at your hotel in Bari on the first day of your trip, a tour guide will be on ground waiting for you. You will then check in and settle in to the hotel. Your tour then officially kicks off in the afternoon with a first trip to the Basilica of St. Nicholas and the delightful Cathedral of St. Sabino, two sites that portray the undeniable architectural beauty that Apulia has to offer. After visiting other important sites of the city centre, it will be time to "taste" the local products: first with a olive oil tasting, then with a welcome buffet dinner at the Hotel with typical Apulian products. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2: Bari - Alberobello - Polignano a Mare - Bari
The second day will feature a trip from Bari to Alberobello where you will take a foot trip round the city, part of the Unesco world heritage. Your local guide will take you to discover first a panorama of the city from the "Belvedere Terrace", before exploring the world famous "Trulli of Alberobello", with their picturesque and typical architecture, including the trullo-shaped Church of Sant' Antonio. At the end of the walking tour through Alberobello, you will have a tasting of local products. The next desitnation of the day will be Polignano a Mare, a pearl set on high cliffs between sky and sea, from where you bwill enjpy one of the most amazing panoramas ever. After the tour you will have a coffee break accompanied by a special dessert made by a renowed pastry chef. You will then return to your Bari hotel to spend the night.
Day 3: Bari - Ostuni - Lecce
After eating breakfast at your Bari hotel, travel to Ostuni, also know as "the white town" and visit places like Palazzo Vescovile, Saint Orazio, and the majestc Cathedral in Gothic style. After the walking visit, you will have a light meal in a local Masseria, with a special tasting of local olive oil, wine and other local delicacies, including desserts. You will then proceed to Lecce where you will check in to another hotel in order to spend the night.
Day 4: Lecce - Otranto- Santa Maria di Leuca - Lecce
Day four will feature a first trip from your Lecce hotel to the historic city of Otranto, located at the most Eastern point of Italy. Here you will visit the famous Church of St. Peter and Aragonese Castle, having time to stroll around the characteristic alleys of the city. After that, you will go South, toward the city of Santa Maria di Leuca, at the very south of Salento, overlooking a beautiful bay. If weather conditions allow we will take a stunning boat trip around the bay to admire the caves and the cliffs on the crystalline sea, many having a swim! After that, we will return to Lecce to visit properly this Baroque gem of South Italy. Your guide will take you to visit the maina ttractions, starting from Porta Napoli, to the Cathedral, the Church of Saint Irene, Sant' Oronzo square till the Roman Theatre. Ater the tour of Lecce, free dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 5: Lecce - Manduria - Matera - Bari
The 5th day of your trip will start after breakfast at the Hotel with a stop to the Manduria, to visit the Local Wine museum, a unique experience in Apulia! Here you will learn more about local culture and wine production and you will get to taste about 5 different wines accompained by local products and homemade pasta. After this light lunch, we will head towards the beautiful Matera, well known for its "Sassi", the peculiar architecture of the houses built in the stone. You will discover a city where time semms to have stopped , between ancient aristocratic buildings and stone churches. Matera has also been proclaimed European City of Culture in 2019. At the end of Matera tour, we return to Bari for the overnight at the Hotel.
Day 6: Bari
The 6th day is officially the last day of the Tour. After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, end of our services.
Other tours in South Italy
If you liked this tour, try also our 7 day tour from Rome to Naples, Pompeii, Capri and Amalfi Coast or the 12 day tour to Sicily, Rome, Capri and Amalfi Coast.