Best of Bari – 14 Days / 13 Nights

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monopoli

Welcome to Italy!

Upon your arrival at Bari Airport, meet your driver to be transferred at your hotel in Monopoli. Overnight in Monopoli.

Day 2 - Monopoli to Polignano a Mare

Today after breakfast meet your guide in your hotel lobby and enjoy a walking tour into the beautiful town of Monopoli. Continue your visit to the gorgeous Polignano a Mare, a shining gem on the coast of the Valle d’Itria, perched atop a 20-metre-high limestone cliff above the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. Polignano a Mare truly lives up to its name and literally could not be any more ‘at sea’. You also can’t miss the experience to have lunch in the magnificent restaurant Grotta Palazzese. Overnight in Monopoli.

Day 3 - Monopoli to Alberobello

After breakfast meet your driver for your transfer to Alberobello. Your guide will take you through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, protected thanks to its “outstanding universal value… an exceptional example of a form of building construction deriving from prehistoric construction techniques that have survived intact and functioning into the modern world.”. Visit an original “masseria” where you can learn the art of doing fresh mozzarella and cook with your hands a delicious typical lunch. Overnight in Alberobello.

Day 4 - Alberobello to Locorotondo

This morning after breakfast meet your driver in the hotel lobby. Today you will visit Locorotondo. With a proudly conserved, easily-walkable centre and a calm and laid-back atmosphere, it is named one of Puglia’s prettiest towns. Continue the visit with the baroque town, Martina Franca, Piazza Plebiscito, and the true heart of the town and backdrop to its masterpiece, the delightful Basilica di San Martino. Stop in an historical winery to taste their local products. Overnight in Alberobello.

Day 5 - Alberobello to Lecce

Today meet your driver for your transfer to Lecce. During the drive stop in Ostuni. Rising high above the vast olive-carpeted plateau of the lower Murgia, Ostuni has long been an awe-inspiring sight for those travelling across Puglia. The views from Ostuni are, by themselves, reason enough to make the trip there. Wonderful vistas abound from all angles, the best of which offer 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy your lunch and head to your hotel in Lecce. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 6 - Lecce

This morning after breakfast, meet your guide in your hotel lobby. You will enjoy a city that has been built in the local soft creamy limestone with dazzling architectural surprises around every corner. Lecce is a minor Baroque masterpiece. Its spider’s web of streets offers a kaleidoscopic mix of long-range vistas, alluring glimpses and playful perspectives that have long enchanted visitors. During the walk stop in one the old town cafe’ to taste the famous “pasticciotto leccese”. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 7 - Lecce

Today after breakfast meet your driver that will take you to Gallipoli. The Name “Gallipoli” actually means “beautiful city, and the town certainly lives up to its name! The old town center sits on a tiny island connected by a 17th century bridge. It is almost surrounded by defensive walls. Visit the historical fish market and meet with the chef that will teach you how to cook delicious fish dishes. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 8 - Lecce

After breakfast meet your driver that will take you to Castro Marina to board your private boat to visit the Zinzulusa Cave. The most famous Karst cave along the Puglian coastline and considered to be one of the most important examples of this geologic phenomenon in Italy. The name comes from the word zinzuli, meaning rags. In fact, the extensive collection of stalactites and stalagmites that fill this cave look like rags hanging from the ceiling. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 9 - Lecce

This morning after breakfast meet your driver who will take you to Santa Maria di Leuca. The town’s name comes from the Greek Leukos, meaning light or luminous. Legend has it that the temple crumbled to the ground as St. Peter passed through. But Santa Maria di Leuca is also, and perhaps principally, about the sea. The sandy beaches at nearby Felloniche, Posto Vecchio, Torre Vado and Pescoluse are excellent for families and well-equipped with lidos, bars, restaurants and other facilities. Continue the day visiting Otranto. You will experience a mix of history, architecture, views, sea-front restaurants and white sandy beaches. Making it one of Puglia’s most interesting, charming and picturesque towns. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 10 - Lecce to Bari

After breakfast meet your driver to be transferred to Bari. Check in to your hotel and in the afternoon, meet your guide for a walking tour in Bari Vecchia. A fascinating weave of streets that, until around 10 years ago, was considered a no-go area by the locals. A radical clean-up operation, however, has transformed it into a wonderful area for strolling, full of cafés, bars and restaurants. Just a short walk from Piazza San Nicola are Bari’s other major architectural attractions: the Cattedrale di San Sabino and the Castello Svevo. Bari boasts a long seafront promenade which leads from Bari Vecchia to the more modern shopping district, built on an octagonal plan in the early 19th century by Joachim Murat, Napoleon’s brother-in-law. Overnight in Bari.

Day 11 - Bari

This morning after breakfast meet your guide in your hotel lobby. Your driver will take you to discover the medieval castle “Castel del Monte” a UNESCO World Heritage Site that proudly overlooks the commune of Andria, from a hilltop at an altitude of 540 meters. Continue your day visiting the town of Matera. A beautiful town filled with its lights and colours. Matera also boasts a superb artistic and cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and a warm sense of hospitality. Overnight in Bari.

Day 12 - Bari Departure

This morning after breakfast meet your driver to be transferred to Bari Airport. Ciao Italia!

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