Italy's Hidden Treasures: Puglia

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  • Small Group Tour of Puglia & Basilicata with optional Amalfi Coast
  • 9 Days | Polignano a Mare, Matera, Alberobello, Lecce, Adriatic & Salento Coasts | Add the Amalfi Coast Finalé!

The Original Italy Small Group Tour
We're Different from the Mainstream:
Authentic Dining, at Locally Owned Venues
Customary Gratuities Included, Historic Center Located Hotels
No Up-selling while on tour, No big buses , No big groups
American Tour Director, Italian Expert Guides


Now Journey's approach to travel is superior to our competitors: Just compare.

 
From $5,775

IT WAS A DAY LIKE NO OTHER
Journey's unique experiences, special access to venues, and small group tour around 10-16 guests is unmatched in the world of Italy travel. No Big Buses. No Long Lines. Journey Adventure Leader with you from start to finish. No Up-sell while on tour which translates to a no stress vacation.

 
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Italy's Hidden Treasures: Puglia

9 Days | Polignano a Mare, Matera, Alberobello, Lecce, Adriatic & Salento Coasts

Imagine walking along a light, Sandy Beach that blends perfectly into the Clear Waters of the Mediterranean... Imagine a tall 14th Century Castle dominating the skyline of the nearby village... Discover White, Conical houses called Trulli that provide you with a surprise... The Turquoise Hues of the Adriatic Sea delight you... Sea Caves fascinate you.

It Was a Day Like No Other in Puglia.

The 'heel' of the 'boot' of Italy is a beautiful landscape known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmlands and cave dwellings, and hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline. The capital city of Bari is a vibrant, traditional port as well as a university town and welcomes us as we make our way to Polignano a Mare known for beautiful coastline, beaches, boat culture and cuisine to boot! Lecce, the "Florence of the south," boasts baroque architecture and museums for a visual delight. Alberobello and Itria Valley are where you will find the stone huts called, "trulli." The feature a cone-like roof and are a big draw.

Journey's modern approach to travel means no buses, skip-the-line and exclusive access, small social groups around 10 to 16 travelers and Journey Adventure Leaders who are the consummate professional host throughout.

9 Days
 
Expand your Journey with our Amalfi Coast 2D/2N post-tour extension.
Per person from$6,375
 
Solo supplement from $1240
Smart Stay from $5,275
Econo Select from $3,225
Prices vary based on departure date.
 
Itinerary at a Glance

TOUR COMMENCES: POLIGNANO A MARE, 2 Days/2 Nights
CUISINE. CULTURE. ACTIVE.
Gorgeous Town, beautiful coastline, and thriving local food scene.

MATERA, 2 Days/2 Nights
CITY OF CAVES. AND SO MUCH MORE.
Ancient city boasting dwellings from the Paleolithic era.

TOUR FINALE: LECCE, 3 Days/3 Nights
NICKNAME: FLORENCE OF THE SOUTH.
Baroque monuments and architecture give Lecce its nickname.

OPTIONAL FINALE: AMALFI COAST, 2 Days/2 Nights
SUNSHINE LEMONY AMAZEMENT
Consider adding our amazing 2 Day Finale on the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula.

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Included in the Preferred Journey

  • We Walk the amazing cities and villages of Italy
  • Journey Adventure Leader beginning-to-end
  • Local, expert easy-to-understand Italian Guides
  • 15 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners/Apericena, 1 Tasting/Lunch
  • Farm-to-table Cuisine with Premium Italian Wine & Cocktails
  • Luggage Portage throughout your Journey, WiFi
  • Meet & Greet at Airport with Arrival Transfer
  • 7 nights' accommodation at hand-picked Hotels and Villas
  • 'Master of Your Day' with our Exclusive Premium Sightseeing
  • Winery Experience - Tasting paired with delicious morsels
  • Comfy Micro-coach throughout the Journey
  • Boating Experience
  • Admission fees, taxes, and gratutities excluding the Journey Adventure Leader

Meet Italy's Hidden Treasures

Discvoering new and unexplored regions of Italy is always a delight for the modern "italophile," and Puglia and the region does not fail to delight again and again. Bari welcomes us with open arms. Matera greets us with a warm smile. And Lecce reminds us of the nobility found in Italian life.

Enjoy our proven approach of sightseeing balanced with ample leisure time so you can really get to know the destination. No rushing around in a traditional large tour group, no big buses, and the perfect sized group around 10 to 16 travelers.

 

Our Top Recommendations on this Journey

Expanding your journey to the Amalfi Coast as an encore extension is always a great idea. And if you add the Amalfi Coast extension, our amazing Boating & Walking Excursion of the Isle of Capri and Amalfi Coast.





Italy's Hidden Treasures: Puglia

9 Days | Polignano a Mare, Matera, Alberobello, Lecce, Adriatic & Salento Coasts

Day-by-Day Itinerary

The Italy's Hidden Treasures Tour is a collection of destinations, experiences and beautiful landscape that will truly delight the modern traveler.

Flight and Early Arrival Options
Your flight to Bari should arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary —  this means you should depart your home airport the day prior — your round-trip travel time on this Journey is 9 Days (8 Days, 7 Nights Land). Airfare is not included. Inquire about our Business Class and Premium Economy Airfare.

Expand the Journey: Many of our travelers arrive a "full day early" to recover from their overnight flight — inquire with us about a pre-tour overnight hotel room in Polignano a Mare.

 

JUMP: DAY 1-2: POLIGNANO A MARE| DAY 3-4: MATERA | DAY 5-7: LECCE | DAY 8: DEPART

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DAY 1: ITALY'S HIDDEN TREASURES BEGINS 

One of our most asked about itineraries begins at the Discovery Walk later today.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk: Heart of Polignano a Mare
This afternoon meet the Journey Adventure Leader for our Discovery Walk in delightful Polignano a Mare.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Polignano a Mare Dinner: The Amazing Cave Restaurant

Tongiht enjoy entertaining your palette with cuisine from the land and sea at one of the most iconic locations in all of the south of Italy. Your Journey Adventure Leader welcomes you to Bari.

Journey Cuisine is authentically Italian: Family-owned restaurants farm to table
Journey’s approach to dining is unique in the travel world (just like the regions of Italy). We include Premium Beverages (wine, soda and cocktails) and you choose your dinner from the menu. The Italian chefs and families are proud of their delicious dishes which hail from each of the regions in which Journey travels. And in the region of Puglia, you will enjoy a variety of dishes featuring pasta, seafood combined plates, vegetable inspired contorni and of course family inspired dishes. While in Italy we will enjoy locally grown produce where the concept of nostrale, or home-grown, is so evident.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Polignano a Mare, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Grand Hotel
Classic: Classic Hotel

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DAY 2: EXPLORING POLIGNANO A MARE 

Journey Dinners IconBreakfast included daily

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Discovering Polignano a Mare
Today we enjoy a special tasting paired with cuisine. Learn the secrets of the cuisine from our chef at this special experience.

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DAY 3: TO ALBEROBELLO 

We make our way to Alberobello today.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Alberobello, Trulli and Sassi of Matera

Alberobello
Known for their 'barnyard district' of Rione Aia Picola in Alberobello, the streets or alleys feature the famous Trulli houses. The World Heritage site is situated in the Valle d'Itria, a green stretch of countryside dotted with these famous whitewashed cone-roofed houses. The town itself is an architectural treasure featuring medieval and Renaissance era structures. Many have balconies and the flowing flowers are reminiscent of Venice.

After our experience we continue on our way to Matera but first a stop at a castle!

Sassi of Matera
Matera is a modern town that features a gorge alongside with an area called the Sassi, an area of extraordinary dwellings, half-carved and built from the surrounding tufo rock; people have been residing in these structures since the Palaeolithic era. Matera is a World Heritage listed city and features several caves that were used for residence - they have been carefully restored and now include a museum, proper homes, holiday homes, small businesses, hotels and lodging.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
After checking in and freshening up, meet the Journey Adventure Leader for a Discovery Walk of Matera.

 Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Matera Dinner

Tonight enjoy a dinner in Matera with your Journey Adventure Leader.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Matera, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Aquito Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa
Classic: Classic Hotel

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DAY 4: EXPLORING MATERA 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Secrets & Treasures of Matera
We begin our walking tour of Matera that features an archaeological site (feel like channeling your inner Indiana Jones? You can give a dig a try today, too).

Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.

Journey is Different: Join the Journey Adventure Leader tonight for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 5: TO MARTINA FRANCO

We make our way to Lecce today with a special visit along the way.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Wine Tasting - Martina Franco

After our lunch paired with delicious varieties of the local wines we continue to Lecce.


LECCE: FLORENCE OF THE SOUTH

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
After making our way to Lecce, we will check in and freshen up, and then meet the Journey Adventure Leader for a Discovery Walk of Lecce.

Aftewards, enjoy time at leisure until our dinner this evening.

 Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Lecce Dinner

Tonight enjoy a dinner in Lecce with your Journey Adventure Leader.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Lecce, 3 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Risorgimento Resort
Classic: Classic Hotel

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DAY 6: EXPLORING LECCE 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Lecce Discovery
We enjoy a walking tour of Lecce complete with a special tasting experience. The heart of Lecce is from the Baroque era with the Basilica San Croce as the highlight. Another castle is set to delight us from 300 years later than Frederick II, we will see Charles V's castle.

Journey is Different: Join the Journey Adventure Leader tonight for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 7: LECCE AT LEISURE

Enjoy the day at leisure until our farewell event tonight.

Our Special Journey Finalé
Meet tonight for our special Apericena to celebrate our time together. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.

It has been a Journey of Adventure and Discovery, along with making new friends! Until our next Journey — Arrivederci!

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DAY 8: DEPARTURE DAY: Arrivederci Italy!

We say Arrivederci to Lecce today or perhaps you extend your stay to the Amalfi Coast.

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Italy's Hidden Treasures: Puglia

9 Days | Polignano a Mare, Matera, Alberobello, Lecce, Adriatic & Salento Coasts

Journey's Hand-Picked Hotels

We have included our Journey hand-picked hotels that feature uniquely-designed hotels reflecting the culture and ambiance of the very cities you're visiting. They feature full, hot American breakfast included with private bathrooms. The hotels we've selected in the are literally centuries older than our country, so, you can expect uniquely decorated rooms featuring usual and unusual amenities, European-style and seasonal air-conditioning. Remember, we're traveling to a foreign country where things are...different, but that's one of the reasons we travel. The only times an alternate property may be used would be in the event of no availability. In this case, a property of similar quality and location will be used. Make note, it is extremely rare for this scenario to take place.

Do you prefer an upgraded hotel to one of our Luxury properties? Or perhaps the hotel is the least of your concerns and you'd rather spend your vacation dollars on experiences? Then consider our "Options to Modify" throughout the itinerary if you would like to modify one of your properties.

 

Book a pre tour hotel room

ADD A NIGHT IN BARI

Pre-Tour Hotel Room

BARI, Italy

VENICE ITALY

Nights 1-2

Grand Hotel

POLIGNANO A MARE, Italy

VENICE ITALY

Nights 3-4

Aquito Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa,

MATERA, Italy

Risorgimento Resort

Nights 5-7

Risorgimento Resort

LECCE, Italy

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Post-Tour Hotel Room

AMALFI COAST, Italy



Italy's Hidden Treasures: Puglia

9 Days | Polignano a Mare, Matera, Alberobello, Lecce, Adriatic & Salento Coasts

Journey to Italy during the Best Times of the Year

8 days, 7 nights land, 9 days round-trip travel time including flight times. Journey's unique approach to Puglia and Basilicata includes Bari, Matera, Alberobello and Lecce among other sites.

 

 
 
2021 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
 
DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY


Oct 23 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.
2022 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Sep | Oct
 
 
DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Mar 29 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Apr 26 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

May 10 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Jun 7 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Sep 13 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Sep 27 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Oct 11 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Oct 22 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.
2023 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Sep | Oct
 
 
DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Mar 12 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Mar 26 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Apr 9 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Apr 30 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

May 14 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

May 28 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Jun 11 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Jun 25 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Sep 10 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Sep 24 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

 

DATE DEPARTURE FROM AVAILABILITY

Oct 8 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Oct 22 Our Recommended Deluxe: 4 to 5 Star Properties $5,875 AVAILABLE
Classic: 3 to 4 Star Properties $4,875 AVAILABLE
     
     

Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.