AUTHENTIC SMALL GROUP ADVENTURE UP TO 16 GUESTS

Come Explore Puglia

9 Days Air travel time: 8 Days, 7 Nights Land Journey
Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Lecce, Matera, Adriatic & Salento Coasts
 

The Puglia Adventure

  • 8 Days: Small Group Tour of Puglia & Basilicata
    with Optional Amalfi Coast

Exploring beautiful Puglia.

Deluxe Hotels
from
$5,375

Journey's unique experiences, special access to venues, and small group tour up to 16 guests is unmatched in the world of Italy travel. No Big Buses. No Long Lines.

 
 
 
Welcome to Journey's Puglia
START SLOWLY AND SOAK UP ITALY —
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.
Jump to the Most Detailed Itinerary Online: Day-by-Day Itinerary

Journey's Small Group Tour through Puglia Features:
  • ALBEROBELLO: The crown of the Apulia region, exotic Trulli huts,
  • MATERA: The beauty of the Basilicata, Sassi Cave dwellings
  • LECCE: Baroque buildings, Roman columns and ampitheater
  • Journey Tour Captain from beginning to End

THIS IS WHY WE SUGGEST JOURNEY FOR YOUR ITALIAN VACATION:

  • No Up-Selling on tour (compare with other tour companies), No Big Buses or Groups
  • UNIQUE IN THE INDUSTRY DINING: Exclusive to Journey: Our amazing included Dinners feature Unlimited Premium Beverages; 11 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners/Apericena, 1 Tasting/Lunch
  • Skip-the-Long-Line Admissions with special access sightseeing with our Expert Italian Guides
  • American Tour Captains relate to you, Friendly Italian Expert Guides delight you with their knowledge.
  • On Tour Transportation: Experience our comfy micro-coach vehichles while on tour.
  • No Hidden Costs: Fees, taxes and gratuities excluding the Tour Captain
See the complete Day-by-Day Itinerary
Journey's Unique Approach to Italy

Featuring unique experiences with Journey's modern approach to travel with a great balance of activity and leisure time.

  • Consider our Pre-Tour Optional Experience in Polignano a Mare: Add a night to recover from your Transatlantic Flight.

    TRIP COMMENCES: POLIGNANO A MARE, 2 Days/2 Nights
    THE CROWN OF APULIA

    MATERA, 2 Days/2 Nights
    BEAUTIFUL BASILICATA

    TRIP FINALE: LECCE, 3 Days/3 Nights
    FLORENCE OF THE SOUTH


Hotels on this itinerary may not have elevators in all locations. Guests must be physically fit to enjoy the Journey. Journey's hotels are located in the Historic Centers and locations travelers desire; while on tour include all tourism/city taxes, daily breakfast with table service or buffet, WiFi, and portage.


2023 Dates & Pricing
Our Journeys include airport Meet & Greet, arrival transfers, true small group up to 16 guests, Skip-the-Line Sightseeing, Journey Exclusives, Journey's Signature Dining, Historic Center located hotels, daily breakfast, customary gratuities and no up-selling while on tour. Deluxe Double Room for Solo Use Supplement is $1690.
2023 SMALL GROUP TOUR DEPARTURES

MAY 11-18 - (Sold Out - Wait List Available)
Deluxe: $5,375 per person

SEPTEMBER 23-30
Deluxe: $5,375 per person

OCT 7-14
Deluxe: $5,375 per person


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Journey through Puglia

Puglia

 
 

Daily Itinerary at a Glance

The Secrets and Treasures of 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. 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.

DAY 1-2: POLIGNANO A MARE (Use Bari Airport)
DAY 3–4: MATERA
DAY 5-7: LECCE
DAY 8: DEPARTURE DAY
(Bari Airport)

 

Our Day-by-Day Itinerary

DAY 1: PUGLIA ADVENTURE BEGINS 

One of our most asked about itineraries begin in the heart of Polignano a Mare.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk: Heart of Polignano a Mare
This afternoon meet the Journey Tour Captain for our Discovery Walk and get to know some of the history of Polignano a Mare. Known for the birthplace of the world famous singer, Domenico Modugno alias Mr. Volare, the city boasts terraces that look out over the sea. The breathtaking views of its cliffs and marine caves and the iconic bridge on the beach of Lama Monachile make our Discovery Walk a delight.

Journey Dinners IconJourney Welcome Dinner
Tonight 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 Tour Captain welcomes you to Puglia.

Journey Cuisine is authentically Italian: Family-owned restaurants featuring farm and sea 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 Hotel: Covo dei Saraceni, Villa Stay, or Similar

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DAY 2: POLIGNANO A MARE 

Journey Dinners IconBreakfast included daily

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Tasting Polignano a Mare
This morning we enjoy a special tasting experience while we learn the secrets of its cuisine. The traditional Panzerotto stuffed with mozzarella and tomato sauce delight you as will the typical Apulian cold cuts with Focaccia. Wine along with a special coffee in a historical coffee bar tops off the morning.

After the experience, enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Tonight, consider joining your Journey Tour Captain to an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 3: ALBEROBELLO & THE TRULLI HOUSES TO MATERA
 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Alberobello, Trulli and Sassi
After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, meet the Tour Captain for a picturesque 30 minute drive in our comfortable micro-coach to the unique town of Alberobello. Meet our City Guide for a walking tour of this World Heritage town in the Valle d’Itria and marvel at the remarkable architecture of the over 1000 Trulli conical buildings and Trullo church. We will have free time to explore and to have lunch on our own. In mid-afternoon, we arrive Matera for our second chapter of our Journey.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Matera Apericena

 Tonight join your Tour Captain and fellow travelers for the new Italian meal, Apericena! Is it a snack? Is it dinner? No, it’s apericena! A combination of aperitivo and dinner - most of all, it’s fun! We will enjoy apericena in a picturesque location in Matera. 

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Matera - 2 Nights with Breakfast 

Deluxe Hotel: Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa, Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort or Similar


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DAY 4: EXPLORING MATERA

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Secrets & Treasures of Matera
After breakfast today, join the Tour Captain and our expert Local Guide for an in-depth discovery tour of the Sassi archeological site and includes exploration of the alleys, churches and caves of this World Heritage site.

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DAY 5: TO LECCE WITH MONOPOLI & FASANO  

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Polignano a Mare and travel along the Adriatic Coast to Lecce, our home for the next 3 nights. We will pass magnificent beaches, cliffs and port towns as we travel further into the “heel of Italy”. 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Monopoli & Fasano
As we travel, we will stop in Monopoli to visit the Baroque Cathedral and frescoed Palmieri Palace.  Traveling further South, we will visit the picturesque town of Fasano,a town on the ancient Appian Road to Rome, which is set among olive groves and palm trees. We will enjoy a Journey Special Experience in Fasano.  

On arrival in Lecce in mid-afternoon, we check into our beautiful resort hotel and have time to freshen up before joining the Tour Captain for an orientation Discovery Walk in the Baroque city center.  Later join the Tour Captain and your fellow travelers for a traditional Apulian dinner.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
We will visit the historic monuments, cathedrals and amphitheater of this Baroque and Roman city. In addition to its history, Lecce also features upscale shopping and restaurants which make it particularly appealing  

 Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Lecce Dinner

Tonight enjoy a traditional Apulian dinner in Lecce with your Tour Captain and fellow travelers. Perhaps you will try the signature regional pasta shape, orecchiette. 


Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Lecce, 3 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe Hotel: Risorgimento Resort and Spa or Similar

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DAY 6: THE SALENTO COAST
 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Secrets & Treasurse of the Salento Peninsula from Otranto to Galipoli
After breakfast today, we travel in our comfortable micro-coach on an all-day excursion along the magnificent Salento Coast on the Adriatic Sea. We will visit the picturesque town of Otranto where we will have a tour of its fascinating architecture and history with a knowledgeable City Guide. Following lunch on our own, we continue our exploration of the Salento peninsula as we make our way to Gallipoli, on the “West side of the heel” on the Gulf of Taranto.

We will visit one of the many 17th Century underground olive presses. We will have free time to walk along seafront walls in Gallipoli’s old town on an island connected by a causeway to the mainland.

After our full day of exploration, we return to Lecce for the evening. Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 7: LECCE AT LEISURE 

Today is a day at leisure in picturesque Lecce, known as the Florence of the South.  You might wander the narrow streets and alleys, visit the morning market, browse the local shops, have a coffee or vino in a café on the piazza.  Or you might enjoy relaxing by the resort pool or take advantage of the Spa services. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure.  

Journey Dinners IconOur 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.