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Join fellow wine & food enthusiasts to explore the idyllic countryside, ancient olive groves, and charming small towns of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot. Journey along the region’s sun-baked coastline, savor traditional wine and cuisine, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and the unhurried pace of life as you immerse yourselves in this authentic Italian experience.
the locals whose expertise and stories provide a glimpse into the character of the area
freshly pressed olive oil, full-bodied wines, and flavorful regional cuisine passed down through generations
the whitewashed hilltop city of Ostuni and the iconic Trulli buildings of Alberobello
Land at the Brindisi Airport and take a private transfer to our hotel, a historic property in the heart of Salento. Check-in and unwind in the beautiful surroundings. Stroll the grounds of the estate and take in the ancient olive groves of this working olive oil farm. End the day with aperitifs and a delicious welcome dinner.
Lecce & Brindisi
We begin the day with an enticing market and food tour in the heart Lecce where we will discover the gastronomic tradition through tastings at selected vendors. We will wind through the narrow streets and hidden piazzas of the old town--dubbed the Florence of the South and take in the sights, including the Roman amphitheatre built in the second century AD, the Piazza del Duomo, and the Basilica of Santa Croce with its elaborately detailed Baroque facade.
In the afternoon, we venture to Brindisi for a special visit to Tenute Rubino, a family-run winery whose owners are combining tradition with innovation, making wines from the native grapes of Puglia including the lesser-known ancient Susumaniello grape. Following our visit to the winery and cellar, we will continue on to their wine bar on the Brindisi waterfront for a memorable sampling of local food and wine overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
This morning we journey south to the sunny, seaside village of Otranto, filled with history, architecture, small boutiques and cafes, and views of the surrounding turquoise water. Much of the old town is partially enclosed within medieval walls with a castle at one end. After, we will stop at an ancient masseria and visit its underground oil mill and cellar before tasting delicious extra virgin olive oil and fine wines paired with traditional food.
Return to Lecce for an afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a wine-paired dinner at a gourmet restaurant in Lecce.
Ostuni & Fasano
Today we check out and head north toward Fasano, stopping first in Ostuni, a whitewashed, ancient hilltown with panoramic views of the countryside and Adriatic Sea. The town has a long and colorful past, and a local guide will share stories about its history, its millennia-old olive trees, and its rich extra virgin olive oil tradition.
Afterward, we will continue to a charming masseria for a special eight-course lunch that showcases fragrant, foraged herbs and wild vegetables, organic meats, freshly made pastas, and fruits from a 19th-century orchard. Each course will be paired with a local wine selected to match the flavors of the food. Later we arrive at our accommodations in the heart of the Pugliese countryside. Dinner tonight is at the property.
Bari & Monopoli
Head to Bari this morning, the bustling capital of Puglia, where we will enjoy a guided street food tour. Explore hidden corners of the city while tasting delicacies and local products along the way, including focaccia barese, cheeses and salami, sgagliozze, panzerotti, and home-made ice cream.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in the charming coastal town of Monopoli, exploring its narrow meandering streets, historic squares, and charming harbourside. We will enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant before returning to the property.
Matera & Fasano
Explore the ancient city of Matera this morning with an expert local guide. Learn how humans settled in the natural canyon wall caves 9,000 years ago, and how the caves were extended into grottoes and stone neighborhoods, currently filled with boutique hotels, craft shops, and restaurants such as the one in which we will enjoy lunch.
This afternoon, we will return to the masseria where we will gather for an authentic Italian cooking class and savor our creations during our wine-paired dinner.
Alberobello & Polignano a Mare
Today we visit the village of Alberobello whose iconic trulli--ancient limestone structures with conical shaped roofs-- have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of this charming village, followed by a visit to a local wine cellar where we will have a wine tasting and lunch.
Afterward, we will stop in the picturesque coastal town of Polignano a Mare, where we will have time to stroll in the historic town center and maybe check out the popular pebbled beach. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner with a view of the sparkling Adriatic Sea before returning to the property.
Located in the heart of the Salento peninsula, this historic estate is surrounded by acres of olive groves and continues to produce first-class extra-virgin olive oil. The property features an outdoor pool and gym, a terrace overlooking the olive groves, a restaurant, and a restored olive mill. Rooms come with a coffee machine, minibar, air conditioning, toiletries, and hair dryer.
Surrounded by olive groves, this farmhouse in the Puglia countryside has been turned into a charming boutique hotel featuring wood-beamed ceilings, a natural stone pool, and gardens filled with organic produce that finds its way onto the breakfast table each morning. Property amenities also include free WiFi and a restaurant and bar. Rooms feature air conditioning, safe, refrigerator, toiletries, and hair dryer.
Marè Resort Hotel (Imperial Puglia Extension)
Located in an 18th-century palazzo with views of the harbour, this property provides a relaxing base with both old world charm and modern amenities. Hotel features include a rooftop terrace with lovely views where breakfast is served, complimentary bikes for guest use, and a prime location in close proximity to the marina and shops and restaurants. Rooms feature air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, minibar, bathrobes, toiletries, and hair dryer.
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.
- Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
- Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
- Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
Jr. Suite: $6,495
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