Puglia: Italy's Hidden Treasures

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

No Up-Selling on tour, No big buses, No big groups
Take over as a Private Journey or Self-Guided Journey.


Exploring beautiful Puglia.

Deluxe from $5,775
Classic from $4,775

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.

 
 
 
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.

NO OTHER ITALY TOUR COMPARES:
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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 Director from beginning to End

THIS IS WHY WE SUGGEST JOURNEY FOR YOUR ITALIAN VACATION:

  • SMALL GROUP BENEFITS: Small group of like-minded travelers.
  • 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; 15 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners/Apericena, 1 Tasting/Lunch
  • SPECIAL ACCESSSkip-the-Long-Line Admissions with special access sightseeing with our Expert Italian Guides
  • AMERICAN ITALIAN HARMONY: American Tour Directors 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 Director
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Journey's Prime Location Hotels

Featuring Unique Experiences with Journey's Modern Approach:

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

    TRIP COMMENCES: POLIGNANO A MARE, 3 Days/3 Nights
    CROWN OF APULIA
    Deluxe: Borgobianco Resort & Spa or Similar
    Classic: San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel & Spa or Similar

    LECCE, 3 Days/3 Nights
    FLORENCE OF THE SOUTH
    Deluxe: Risorgimento Resrot or Similar
    Classic: Grand Hotel di Lecce, Santa Chiara Lecce or Similar

    TRIP FINALE: MATERA, 2 Days/2 Nights
    BEAUTIFUL BASILICATA
    Deluxe: Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort or Similar
    Classic: Thymus Residence Nei Sassi or Similar


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 (continental in Classic), WiFi, and portage.


2022 Dates & Pricing
Our Journeys include airport Meet & Greet, arrival transfers, true small group touring averaging around 6 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 $1980. Classic Double Room for Solo Use Supplement is $960.
2022 SMALL GROUP TOUR DEPARTURES

APRIL 26-MAY 3
Tour commences in Polignano a Mare, Concludes in Matera
Deluxe: $5,575 per person, Classic: $4,575 per person

MAY 27-JUN 4
Deluxe: $5,775 per person, Classic: $4,775 per person

JUNE 14-JUN 22
Deluxe: $5,775 per person, Classic: $4,775 per person

SEP 13-SEP 21
Deluxe: $5,775 per person, Classic: $4,775 per person

SEP 27-OCT 5
Deluxe: $5,775 per person, Classic: $4,775 per person

OCT 11-OCT 19
Deluxe: $5,575 per person, Classic: $4,575 per person

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Journey through Puglia

Puglia

 
 

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1-3: POLIGNANO A MARE| DAY 4–6: LECCE| DAY 7-8: MATERA | DAY 8: DEPART

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.

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 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.

 

Day-by-Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ITALY'S HIDDEN TREASURES BEGINS 

One of our most asked about itineraries begins at the Discovery Walk later today in Polignano a Mare, Italy. Meet the Tour Director and begin your Journey.

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

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Polignano a Mare 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 Director welcomes you to Puglia.

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, 3 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Borgobianco Resort & Spa, Masseria Le Torri or Similar
Classic: San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel & Spa or Similar

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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.

After the morning/lunch experience, enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

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

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DAY 3: ALBEROBELLO & THE TRULLI HOUSES
 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Alberobello, Trulli and Sassi
After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, meet the Tour Director 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 will return to Polignano a Mare.

Tonight the Tour Director will invite you to join them for an optional dinner or you may choose to explore on your own. May we suggest dining in the famous Grotto Palazzese Restaurant in a magnificent cave open to the coast for breathtaking views. Advance reservations are an absolute requirement for dining in this exclusive restaurant. Our Journey trip planners can provide you with additional information and assist with reservations.


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DAY 4: 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 Director for an orientation Discovery Walk in the Baroque city center.  Later join the Tour Director 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 Director and fellow travelers. Perhaps you will try the signature regional pasta shape, orecchiette. 


Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Lecce, 3 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: Risorgimento Resort and Spa or Similar
Classic: Grand Hotel di Lecce, Santa Chiara Lecce or Similar

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DAY 5: 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 Director for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 6: 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.  

Prosecco IconJourney Special Experience: Late this afternoon, join the Tour Director for an aperitivo in a special location!

Tonight your Tour Director will invite you to an optional dinner or you may explore at your leisure.  

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DAY 7: TO MATERA & BASILICATA 

After breakfast we bid Ciao to Lecce and travel by our comfortable micro-coach to the town of Matera which features an area known as the Sassi with extraordinary dwellings carved into the limestone rock where people resided in the Paleolithic era. Some of the caves in World Heritage Matera have been carefully restored and now include a museum and businesses.  

Prosecco IconJourney Special Experience: On our way to Matera, we have a special visit to Martina Franca where we enjoy a winery tour and lunch paired with local wines.  

Upon arrival in Matera, we check into our hotel, freshen up and join the Tour Director for a Discovery Walk of the provincial center where we will stroll along the Via del  Corso to enjoy its shops and restaurants. 

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Matera Apericena

 Tonight join your Tour Director 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: Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa, Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort or Similar
Classic: Thymus Residence Nei Sassi or Similar


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DAY 8: MATERA EXPLORATION

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Secrets & Treasures of Matera
After breakfast today, join the Tour Director 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.

Following our morning tour, enjoy the afternoon at leisure until our farewell event tonight.

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 9: DEPARTURE DAY: Arrivederci Italy!

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