Puglia, Italy

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

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, 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 journey through Italy and discover the incredible UNESCO-listed cave town of Matera.

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7 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Explore the sun-kissed heel of Italy’s stunning Puglia and embrace the laid-back Italian lifestyle on the ultimate small group tour (max. 16 travellers), perfect for lovers of good food, fine wine and rich history. Indulge in local produce, learn all the secrets of the art of pasta making with expert chefs, explore picturesque towns and a gorgeous coastline all while staying in hand-selected luxury accommodation.

What You'll Love...

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

Embrace the culinary inspiration of Puglia with insider access to the region's best artisanal food producers, not known to the public.

Witness the ancient art of creating traditional burrata cheese at a local cheesemaker. This delicious, fresh cheese – made using mozzarella, and 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 waters – 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 on a private sail boat, where you'll be able to admire 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 which overlooks the oak wine barrels.

Enjoy a tour of the rambling gardens of the Masseria Montenapoleone estate as you collect fresh ingredients for the 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 in 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 on 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 amongst 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 in Puglia's sun-kissed, breezy summer afternoons.

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

Quintessentially Italian, Puglia is one of the most popular destinations for travellers wanting to experience everything Italy has to offer. Your hunger for art and history will be satisfied on this seven-day tour that will take 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 1500 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), jewelry 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 among 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.

When in Lecce, your eyes won't stop gazing at the historic architecture and the 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
  • Two authentic Italian cooking lessons with expert Italian chefs, during which you’ll handcraft pasta and other delicacies
  • A 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 that are not known to the public
  • Return private airport transfers
  • A hands-on Burrata making experience
  • Visit to an ancient olive grove and olive oil tasting
  • Private transportation throughout the tour
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge and experiences
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Small group sizes of just 16 people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour

Extend your journey

Make the most of your time in this beautiful region and discover the UNESCO cave town of Matera on the extended nine-day tour. On your additional two days, 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’ll 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 you’ll get to 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 only 35, luxurious rooms and suites, privacy abounds 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

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Brindisi on your chosen tour start date.

Valid for select departure dates:

Low Season:

26 October 2019

10 October 2020

High Season:

16 May 2020

13 June 2020

12 September 2020

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional solo traveller surcharge will apply. Solo travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers – surcharges apply).

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels or similar:

Palazzo De Noha

Masseria Montenapoleone

Extended Tour Only:

Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa

Maximum Room Capacity: Two adults, using double or twin bedding.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats. Please note that we do a lot of walking around historical sites and use public transport at times to travel between sites and to/from our hotel so please be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes.

Your passport must be valid at least SIX months beyond the return date of your intended stay overseas.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and anything not listed on the itinerary are not included with this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Package cannot be split.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please Note: Disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

Luggage allowance per person is 20kg maximum (unless otherwise stated) to allow for ease of transport on the journey.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply.

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