Puglia, Italy

Puglia: Discover World-Class Gastronomy in Italy’s Best-Kept Secret

Discover Puglia, Italy’s best kept secret and most exciting culinary destination, on a luxury seven-day small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Immerse yourself in the beauty, culture and gastronomy of this sun-bleached region whilst staying in a luxurious Palazzo and a 17th-century farmhouse. Set sail on the Adriatic Sea on a private sail boat, receive expert culinary tuition from Italian chefs, and gain access to local artisan producers, including a burrata cheese maker, Puglia’s oldest existing olive oil estate and a prestigious local winery. Includes daily breakfasts, two gourmet lunches, five unforgettable dinners, return airport transfers, private transportation, sightseeing, expert local guides, insider experiences and so much more.

Extend your tour: Continue through Italy and discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed cave town of Matera.

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7 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
Earn 4,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - You must purchase two packages
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
7 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON
Earn 5,499 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - You must purchase two packages
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
9 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON EXTENSION
Earn 5,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - You must purchase two packages
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
9 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON EXTENSION
Earn 6,499 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin - share) - You must purchase two packages
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
7 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON
Earn 6,799 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
7 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON
Earn 7,299 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
9 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON EXTENSION
Earn 8,499 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
9 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON EXTENSION
Earn 8,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Two authentic Italian cooking lessons with expert Italian chefs
  • Scenic boat trip on a private sail boat on the Adriatic Sea
  • Guided walking tours of some of the region’s most beautiful and characteristic towns including Monopoli, Ostuni and Polignano a Mare
  • Access to small local producers not known to the public
  • Hands-on burrata-making experience
  • Visit to an ancient olive grove and olive oil tasting

What You'll Love...

The Gastronomy - Indulge in the finest local produce and learn the secrets of Italian cooking

Embrace the cuisine of Puglia with insider access to the region's best artisanal food producers.

Witness the ancient art of creating traditional burrata cheese at a local cheesemaker. This delicious, fresh cheese – made using mozzarella, filled with an indulgent mixture of cream and cheese curd – is one of Puglia’s most celebrated products.

Tour the oldest existing olive oil estate in Puglia, with its underground mill used for olive oil production since the bronze age.

Puglia is renowned for its fantastic seafood – eaten fresh from the water – and you'll have the opportunity to sample the bounty of the seas at a local fish market before setting sail on the Adriatic Sea aboard a private sail boat, admiring the ancient towns of Monopoli and Polignano a Mare from the water.

Visit one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries, where you’ll enjoy an in-depth vineyard tour followed by a delicious lunch served in a private dining room overlooking the oak wine barrels.

Enjoy a tour of the rambling gardens of the Masseria Montenapoleone estate as you collect fresh ingredients for a hands-on cooking class, where you will learn how to create authentic ‘orecchiette’ pasta, among other delicacies.

Get hands on in an afternoon of culinary tuition with celebrated chef Gianna Greco at her cooking school kitchen, followed by a feast of the delicious Italian dishes you have created.

The Accommodation – Stunning Farmhouses and palazzo's with an abundance of style and history to match

Discover the baroque city of Lecce in all its beauty while staying at Palazzo de Noha, a luxury hotel housed in a majestic Palazzo dating back to the 15th century. Timeless charm and contemporary design meet in this boutique hotel, finely decorated with antiquities, exquisite atworks and museum-grade pieces of Italian and international design. Relax at the elegantly furnished rooftop solarium and pool, and take in breathtaking views over the city from the lush terrace garden.

Spend four remarkable nights at the impressive Masseria Montenapoleone, a renovated former farmhouse dating back to the 1600s, one of the most elegant and unique boutique hotels in Puglia. Let the perfumes of wild rosemary, olive trees and the pink colour of the bougainvillea flowers embrace you as you enjoy a cocktail among the vines. Relax by the pool, take in the beautiful views of the sea and the surrounding lush gardens, while the cicadas sing to you during Puglia's sun-kissed, breezy summer afternoons.

The Experiences – Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and charming cities

Quintessentially Italian, Puglia is perfect for travellers wanting to experience everything Italy has to offer. Your hunger for art and history will be satisfied on this seven-day tour which takes you to some of the most amazing cities in the region: from the trulli houses of Alberobello and the whitewashed city of Ostuni to the incredible baroque city of Lecce.

Wander the streets of the fairytale village and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alberobello. Spread across two hills, Alberobello is a dense mass of 1,500 dry-stone, beehive-shaped houses called trulli. Walk up the steps to the highest point of the town for spectacular views, and get lost in the maze of streets, lined with artisanal shops and dotted with flowers, where you can sample locally grown olive oil, buy some traditional taralli (typical snacks from Puglia), jewellery and leather goods.

Explore the old quarter of the whitewashed city of Ostuni (‘La Città Bianca’). Take a stroll around the village's labyrinth of tiny streets and alleys, and enjoy a relaxed afternoon coffee with the locals, embracing the Italian lifestyle.

Bask in the seaside atmosphere as you cruise along the pristine waters of the Adriatic, admiring the beautiful towns off the coast of Puglia from a different point of view aboard your beautiful private sail boat.

In Lecce, admire the historic architecture and charming ornate baroque buildings. Tour the city at your own pace, checking out the incredible churches and museums, or join your guide for an in-depth tour to discover even more about this magnificent city, compared often to Rome and Florence.

Your Package Includes:

  • Six nights in luxury accommodation selected for excellence and location, including two nights at Palazzo de Noha and four nights at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Daily breakfasts including freshly-baked cakes, preserves and other homemade delicacies crafted using organic, locally grown produce
  • Two lunches including an atmospheric lunch served in the private dining room of one of the Salento Province’s most prestigious wineries
  • Five memorable dinners, including a meal created during your cooking extravaganza with chef Gianna Greco
  • Private transportation throughout the tour and private return airport transfers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge and experiences
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees

Extend your journey

Make the most of your time in this beautiful region and discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cave town of Matera on the extended nine-day tour. On your additional two days you'll discover the beautiful baroque town of Martina Franca with its flower-decked balconies and immaculate white streets and discover the secrets of the famous cured ham, the capocollo of Martina Franca, a recognised D.O.P product

Also explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cave town of Matera, the third oldest settlement in the world, famous for its ‘sassi’ stone houses and caves, now filled with restaurants, bars and hotels.

You will also have the opportunity to visit a local bakery to see the artisans at work creating D.O.P (short for Denominazione di Origine Protetta –literally 'Protected Designation of Origin') certified bread, which is authentic and exclusive to that region. Afterwards, indulge in some of their creations, tasting for yourself why this recipe is World Protected.

Spend two memorable nights at Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa, a brand-new five-star hotel set into a tufa ridge in the city’s Sasso Caveoso district, located in the heart of UNESCO’s Sassi World Heritage site. With just 35 luxurious rooms and suites, privacy is guaranteed in this spectacular hotel, which boasts an impressive spa with a swimming pool carved into the rock. Offering a boutique experience in a unique setting, each room at Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa was cleverly designed by architect Simone Micheli to make the most of the unique surroundings, setting the stage for an unforgettable stay amid a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your Extended Package Includes:

  • Two additional nights in luxury accommodations at Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sassi
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cave town of Matera
  • Discover the town of Martina Franca – the home of the D.O.P Capocollo
  • Visit a local bakery to see the artisans at work creating D.O.P certified bread
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