An itinerary that captures all the charm and history of Puglia
Puglia Summer Road Trip
A pristine coastline, salty breeze and that gorgeous Mediterranean sun
- Per Person based on 2 people booking
Sun, sea, and breathtaking views
Puglia’s coastline is a nature lover’s paradise, featuring a range of landscapes that will take your breath away. From the rugged cliffs of Polignano a Mare to the ancient Roman port of Egnazia, you’ll enjoy a variety of stunning vistas along the way.
Don’t miss the chance to swim in the crystal clear waters of Monopoli or explore the unspoiled natural reserves of Porto Selvaggio and Baia delle Orte. With plenty of opportunities to bask in the warm Puglian sun and feel the refreshing sea breeze, this is a trip you won’t soon forget.
Experience Puglia the Authentic way
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.
Our goal is to make you feel like you are a local, that’s why 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.
The 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 near Monopoli, 2 nights near Ostuni, 2 nights near Otranto, 2 nights near Nardò. All accommodations have on-site parking, Wi-Fi and A/C. 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&Cs for more info).
2 PRIVATE CAR 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.
EXTRAS (add at checkout):
2 RESTAURANT MEALS
Two full-course meals, including beverages, at some of our favourite trattorias and restaurants near Monopoli and Nardò.
3 OUTDOOR TOURS
Have fun in the sun and sea on these half-day excursions (in English) to three of Puglia’s hidden gems:
– A bike tour in a millenary olive trees park with olive-oil tasting and light lunch.
– A hike to bauxite caves and the Easternmost part of Italy, the Punta Palascia lighthouse in Baia delle Orte.
– A day in the Porto Selvaggio Nature Reserve, home to stunning scenery.
1 BEACH DAY PASS
Enjoy quality beachfront amenities and a relaxing setting at a beach club during your trip. The pass includes a beach umbrella and two sun loungers, as well as access to the beach club facilities (e.g. showers, toilets).
- Tourist tax (€0.50-1.50 person/night to pay at each hotel).
- Car rental deposit (refunded at the end of the road trip).
- Fuel and parking fees.
- Tips (not customary in Italy).
- Any other meals outside of those listed in your package.
- 6% transaction fee at checkout
- Anything else not listed above.
DAY 1 – Bari and Monopoli
Arrival in Bari and transfer to the rental car offices. Collect your vehicle, drive to Monopoli and check-in into your accommodation.
Included: private car transfer, car pick-up and accommodation.
DAY 2 – Polignano and Monopoli
Head to Polignano to visit this small seaside town and enjoy a day at the beach. Back to Monopoli in the late afternoon, aperitivo time and traditional dinner at our selected restaurant.
Included: accommodation, restaurant dinner.
DAY 3 – Egnazia and Ostuni
Drive to Egnazia, where you’re all set for a nice day at the beach. The beach club you have day passes to is set amidst Roman ruins, truly one of a kind! Drive to your next accommodation in the late afternoon to check in and explore the area as you wish.
Included: beach day pass, accommodation.
DAY 4 – Ostuni, Dune Costiere National Park and Cisternino
Drive to the Dune costiere National Park and get ready for an easy bike tour among the millenary olive trees park with olive-oil tasting and light lunch. Spend the afternoon either relaxing at the beach or visiting Cisternino in Valle d’Itria.
Included: bike tour with olive oil tasting and light lunch, accommodation.
DAY 5 – San Foca and Otranto
Drive along the coast north of Otranto. This incredibly scenic road offers many photo opportunities, you can pick your favorites from our digital map. You can stop at the Grotta della Poesia (Poetry Cave) and swim at the beach of Torre dell’Orso. Drive to your next accommodation in the late afternoon to check in and explore the area as you wish.
DAY 6 – Otranto, Baia delle Orte and Bauxite caves
Drive to the nature reserve of Baia delle Orte, Italy’s easternmost point, where you’ll meet your guide who’ll take you on a hike to the beautiful beaches that can be found here. An invigorating walk amidst stunning views and wild and unspoiled nature is rewarded by beautiful clear waters where to swim and the stunning view of the Punta Palascia lighthouse and bauxite caves. Spend the rest of the day at the beach then drive back to your accommodation in the late afternoon, then head for dinner at a restaurant in Otranto.
Included: guided tour at the Orte Bay and Bauxite caves, accommodation.
DAY 7 – Day at the beach and Nardò
Pick your favorite beach from our digital map and enjoy a day in the sun. In the late afternoon, drive to Nardò to check in at your accommodation, then enjoy a fantastic dinner in at a local agriturismo.
Included: accommodation, restaurant dinner.
DAY 8 – Porto Selvaggio and Nardò
Hiking in the natural park of Porto Selvaggio with a guide. Another amazing area of Puglia, free from the human settlement, with a bay of unique beauty. You can admire the sunset from the top of a Norman tower and swim in the crystal waters of Porto Selvaggio Natural Park. Back to your accommodation in the late afternoon.
Included: guided tour at Porto Selvaggio Natural Park, accommodation.
DAY 9 – Bari
Drive to the car rental offices in Bari to return your vehicle, private car transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Included: airport transfer.
Your accommodation at a glance