An exclusive wine & food journey with

Va Piano Vineyards

Puglia

October 28 - November 4, 2024

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

Join Va Piano Vineyards as we journey to Puglia to discover the rustic charm, rich culture, ancient olive groves, and rugged coastline of this region nestled in the heel of Italy’s boot. We’ll visit charming towns, meet artisan food producers, and savor traditional food and wine, as we soak in the unhurried pace of life and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals on this authentic Italian experience.

Explore

the iconic trulli buildings of Alberello, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site 

Taste

olive oil from ancient trees, Primitivo wine from family-owned local wineries, and freshly made burrata cheese

Discover

the Baroque city of Lecce, the walled medieval village of Otranto, and the charming seaside villages of Ostuni and Monopoli

Day 1

Arrival to Puglia

Welcome to Puglia! Our driver will greet you in either the Bari or Brindisi airports (your choice) and transport you south to our accommodations in a historic residence in the ancient Baroque city of Lecce.

Take some time to relax and get settled before gathering this evening for introductions and an aperitif followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Dinner

Overnight at Patria Palace Hotel

Day 2

Lecce

After breakfast, join a local chef for a hands-on cooking class followed by a wine-paired lunch of our creations. This afternoon, meet our expert guide for a walking tour through the history, culture, and legends of Lecce— dubbed the “Florence of the South.” Stroll through the winding streets of the old town and take in the Roman monuments, the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, and the ornate churches of Santa Croce and Chiesa del Gesù. After the tour, enjoy free time to meander and discover Lecce at your own pace.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Patria Palace Hotel

Day 3

Salento & Otranto

Today, we'll venture south to the countryside and coast of the Salento peninsula. Our first stop will be a farmhouse that dates back to the 1500s. Tour the olive orchard and sample some of the aromatic and fruity extra virgin olive oil before sitting down to a traditional lunch. Next, we’ll head east toward the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Coast where we’ll visit a local winery for a guided tour and wine tasting.

Our last stop will be the charming seaside town of Otranto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enclosed by medieval walls and filled with history, architecture, and small boutiques and cafes. Stroll through the historic town center with a local guide followed by some free time to have dinner and wander on your own before returning to the property.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Patria Palace Hotel

Day 4

Negroamaro Wine & Ostuni

After breakfast, we’ll check out and make our way to a family-run winery in the northwest of the Salentine peninsula. Learn about the region’s centuries-old winemaking traditions during a guided tour and tasting of the winery’s high-quality wines. Next, travel north to the hilltop town of Ostuni, dubbed the “White City” for the white-washed buildings of its old town, which form a maze of narrow alleys, arches, and staircases. Enjoy time to explore and have lunch on your own before we continue our journey to our countryside accommodations. We’ll meet this evening for a wine-paired dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Day 5

Mozzarella, Burrata & Cisternino

Our first visit today will be to Masseria Lamapecora, one of the premier cheese making farms in Puglia. We’ll visit the production area and see how mozzarella and burrata are made before sitting down to sample the cheese during a light lunch. Return to our accommodations afterward for some time to relax before venturing back out to a winery in the Valle d’Itria for a cellar and vineyard tour and tasting of high-quality wines.

Our last stop is the charming town of Cisternino where we’ll have free time to stroll in the historic city center, take in the elegant central piazza and historic churches, and find a spot for dinner. Our Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Day 6

Monopoli & Polignano a Mare

This morning we visit the lovely town of Monopoli, located on the Adriatic Sea. Join a local expert guide to explore its narrow meandering streets, historic squares, and charming harbourside. Dine at a quaint restaurant before returning back to the Masseria for some downtime.  Later in the afternoon, we will head to the ancient seaside town of Polignano a Mare for a winetasting and time on your own to meander through its small alleys, and artisanal shops. Enjoy free time to sit dow for dinner on your own and soak in the ocean view.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Day 7

ALBEROBELLO

Today we drive west to 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 unique fairy tale village, followed by some free time to wander before continuing to a nearby wine cellar for a tasting of the local varietals and a light lunch.

After, return to the property for time to relax before we gather this evening to toast our journey and savor a festive Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Day 8

Depart Bari (or Brindisi)

After breakfast, depart for Bari or Brindisi Airport for flights home or continue your travels through Puglia on the Matera Extension. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in MATERA

Day 8

Matera

Check out this morning and venture west toward the ancient city of Matera. On the way, visit Cantine Polvanera to taste their excellent wines made from Primitivo grapes and enjoy a wine-paired lunch. Arrive in Matera in the afternoon and check into our elegant accommodations in the 17th-century residence of the Gattini noble family. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free to relax and explore your new surroundings.

Lunch

Overnight at Palazzo Gattini

Day 9

Sassi & Matera

The ancient city of Matera—the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Italy— is a maze of winding staircases, steep lanes, cave dwellings, and tiny courtyards. Meet an expert local guide for a walking tour of the millenia-old Sassi cave-dwelling district and hear the stories of this unique and fascinating neighborhood. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant with the rest of the day open to further enjoy Matera on your own.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Palazzo Gattini

Day 10

Altamura

Head out this morning stopping first at an ancient cave adorned with thousand-year-old Biblical frescoes. Continue on to the historical town of Altamura where we’ll visit a bakery that dates back to the early 15th century and contains one of the few public communal ovens still in operation that was used for centuries by local families to bake their bread. Savor a taste of the traditional pane di altamura bread known for its excellent quality and enjoy a casual lunch and time to explore this authentic village in the heart of Puglia.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Palazzo Gattini

Day 11

Depart Bari

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Bari Airport for flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: October 28 - November 4, 2024
Extension: November 4 - 7, 2024

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com.

Activity Level

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. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities.  If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

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.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 3 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

Not Included

  • 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

Rates From

Superior: $7,195
Deluxe: $7,895 Sold Out
Junior Suite: $8,995
Suite: $9,495 Contact us for availability

Single Occupancy: $8,995

Extension Rates From

Classic: $2,995
Junior Suite: $3,595
Suite: $3,895 Sold Out

Single Occupancy: $3,495

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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