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Fall in Love with Puglia Without the Crowds!
Puglia is one of the most exciting destinations to go for a road trip in autumn. The sunny climate makes it a great choice when the rest of Europe is already too cold. From small towns to coastal spots, this itinerary includes some of the best ways to enjoy fall in our region.
Starting in Bari, this itinerary features Matera, the Itria Valley and Salento.
You will have the pleasure to visit the beautiful tiny town of Alberobello with its traditional Trulli huts, the UNESCO city of Matera, another gem of sustainable architecture with its “Sassi”, literally houses in the caves. You will proceed to the pottery town of Grottaglie where you will learn the art of crafting ceramics.
A stop on the rocky coastline with the marvellous natural pools and beaches of the Adriatic sea will be followed by a visit of the most eastern city of Italy, Otranto. Another stop in the “città bella/beautiful city of Gallipoli” famous for its fishing and trading history since Roman times will be followed by the drive to Ostuni, the “città bianca/white city” with its marvellous scenery on Puglia landscape made of olive trees, vineyards and the blue of the Adriatic sea.
This itinerary will amaze you because it captures all the charm and essence of Puglia.
We create a personalized digital travel pack to help you get the most out of your valuable holiday time. The pack contains a day-by-day itinerary, driving tips, a digital map, hotel information, emergency numbers and a paper travel journal. This pack will provide you with all you need to explore Puglia with confidence.
For you to enjoy one of our road trips, it’s not enough for us to craft a great itinerary. We want you to feel like you are travelling like a local because we share with you what we love ourselves. And we don’t like to schedule every minute, which is why we leave room for serendipity – a local festival, a food stall by the road, a chance encounter.
BASIC PACKAGE INCLUDES:
9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
Stay at traditional accommodations like a trullo, masseria, agriturismo, each one hand-picked by us. The Road trip includes 2 nights in Alberobello area, 1 night in Matera area, 2 nights in Lecce area, 2 nights in Otranto area and 1 night in Ostuni area. All accommodations have on-site parking, Wi-Fi and A/C. Municipality tourist tax (0,5-1,5 EUR/person/night is not included). Breakfast is included.
1 FIAT 500 CAR RENTAL
Drive the iconic FIAT 500, the epitome of La Dolce Vita. Our standard package comes with a FIAT 500 POP (full insurance included for theft and damages, see T&C for more info).
2 PRIVATE TRANSFERS
We know how important it is to get your vacation off to a seamless and smooth start. If you’re flying in, we’ll meet you at the airport in Bari and transfer you to your car rental. When you are back we will transfer you to the airport in Bari from the car rental offices.
1 DIGITAL TRAVEL PACK
The digital pack contains a day by day itinerary, driving tips, a digital map, lodging information, emergency numbers and an actual paper travel journal. This pack will provide you with the knowledge to explore Puglia with confidence.
1 PAPER TRAVEL JOURNAL
There’s nothing like putting pen to paper at the end of a day of sightseeing. A paper travel journal is a perfect way to document your trip, a tangible memory that you will bring home with you and a token of appreciation from our team at AuthenticPugliaTours. You’ll find the paper journal in your car.
EXTRA SERVICES INCLUDE (available at checkout):
3 AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
Learn from local artisans, chefs and artists the skills passed down from generation to generation, on these three experiences, all available in English:
– Visit a ceramic studio in Grottaglie to learn how to do ceramics and terracotta artefacts
– Food harvesting and food tasting in Ostuni in an amazing scenery facing the White City skyline
– Papier-maché laboratory in Lecce to learn the art of how to model paper to create amazing design artefacts
All experiences are available in English.
3 GUIDED TOURS
The itineraries include three tours with licensed English speaking guides to the towns of Alberobello, Grottaglie and Gallipoli.
2 TRADITIONAL MEALS
Two full-course meals, including beverages, at some of our favourite trattorias and restaurants in Alberobello and Gallipoli.
DAY 1 – Bari and Alberobello
Arrival in Bari and transfer to the rental car offices. Collect your vehicle and then check-in into your accommodation in Alberobello. Free time and dinner on your own.
Included: private transfer, car pick-up and accommodation
DAY 2 – Alberobello and Polignano area
Guided visit of the picturesque village of Alberobello. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Alberobello and drive to the beautiful seaside town of Polignano in the afternoon. Back to accommodation and dinner on your own.
Included: Guided tour, lunch, accommodation
DAY 3 – Matera
Drive to Matera, check-in into your next accommodation and stroll around the town of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 2019’s European Capital of Culture. Dinner on your own in Matera. Back to accommodation in the evening.
DAY 4 – Grottaglie and Lecce
Drive to Grottaglie, a town famous for its ceramics. Meet your guide for a tour of the town and a visit to a ceramic studio. Drive to your next accommodation in Lecce area in the late afternoon, check-in and enjoy some free time.
Included: Guided tour, visit a ceramics studio, accommodation
DAY 5 – Lecce
Spend the day in Lecce, plenty of free time to walk around, exploring the quaint alleys and streets of this Baroque town! Meet a master of papier-maché at her laboratory and dinner on your own.
Included: Papier-maché laboratory, accommodation
DAY 6 – Otranto
Drive along the coast near Otranto. This incredibly scenic road offers many photo opportunities, you can pick your favourites from our digital map. Drive to your next accommodation in the late afternoon, check-in and then head for dinner on your own in Otranto.
DAY 7 – Gallipoli
Drive to Gallipoli and have lunch in a traditional restaurant. Meet your guide to visit the ‘città bella’ (beautiful town) of Gallipoli, a true hidden gem. Back to Otranto area in the late afternoon.
Included: Lunch, guided tour, accommodation
DAY 8 – Ostuni
On your way back to Bari, stop in Ostuni, the ‘città bianca’ (white town). Check-in at your accommodation and go exploring Ostuni medieval old town, with alleys and whitewashed houses that unfold in a maze similar to that of a kasbah. Go up to the hill to view the amazing panorama of millenary olive trees and the Adriatic sea. Enjoy a food harvest and food tasting experience admiring Ostuni skyline. Dinner on your own and back to the accommodation
Included: Food harvest and food tasting, accommodation
DAY 9 – Bari
Drive to the car rental offices in Bari to return your vehicle, private transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Included: airport transfer
Accommodations (or similar) where you will stay