Puglia Experience


Great Italy Tour has created a five-day Puglia itinerary covering the very best of what this region has to offer! You will spend 5 nights in a classy Hotel in Polignano a Mare and enjoy visits to cities such as Ostuni, Bari, Monopoli and Alberobello! You will taste local food and wine, cheeses and fresh seafood. Explore the best of this place on our guided private visits and get in touch with the local culture and traditions in an authentic way.

Duration: 5 Full Days


Detailed Itinerary

Day One: Arrival in Bari Airport and Polignano a Mare Private Boat Tour

Welcome to Bari! As you arrive at the International Airport of Bari, your Private English Speaking Driver will pick you up and chauffeur you to Polignano a Mare! Perched high on a limestone cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, this seaside town is a popular holiday destination amongst Italians and International VIP guests. As you arrive you will check in your hotel and freshen up, right after head to live your first amazing Apulian Experience: private boat trip. Between some swim stops, you will admire the breathtaking views around Polignano, and you will visit the sea caves such as il Grottone, Ponte dei Lapilli and Cala Paura.
Enjoy the first few hours of your holiday in a relaxing Italian style as you taste seafood lunch close by the Polignano’s harbor. Your Private Driver will then chauffeur you back to your hotel and relax time. Spend your afternoon at leisure and perhaps dedicate your first day to explore the old town of Polignano a Mare. Look inside the beautiful Chiesa Matrice Parrocchia Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo (Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption) and check out the panoramic views of the Adriatic from the Largo Ardito viewpoint. When ready, head to a local Restaurant for a delicious dinner.

Day Two: Apulia Trulli in Alberobello and Ostuni ‘’White City’’ visit

Buongiorno! After breakfast, be ready to meet your Private Driver once again and in a classy Mercedes Benz Vehicle be ready to reach Ostuni city, that rises high above Puglia's verdant countryside. Enjoy a guided visit of the ‘’White City’’, called like that because of the plenitude of white-washed buildings. On your tour, look out for the ornate Arco Scoppa archway, check out the small squares enriched with thousands different flowers and follow the city walls to get to the highest point of the city, where admire the greenery and the seaside from above. For your guided tour in Ostuni, you will have at your disposal an Ape Calessino taxi, a typical local three-wheeled vehicle, an icon of Italy transport. After this exciting morning, you will have a great appetite! For lunch taste one of the most famous dishes in Puglia, orecchiette pasta served with cime di rape (turnip tops) and crispy breadcrumbs. Finish the lunch with a classic Italian tiramisu - it would be a crime not to! The second stop of your tour will be Alberobello!
Here, you will meet your Private Licensed Tour Guide and you will walk up to the Belvedere Santa Lucia to revel in amazing views over the conical rooftops of Trulli di Alberobello, UNESCO heritage. Finish your day with a drive back to Polignano a Mare through the amazing Puglia countryside. Delight yourself with tasty dinner and local wine as you admire the lovely sunset in Polignano a Mare.

Day Three: Matera Full Day Tour

Buongiorno! Begin your tour in Basilicata as you arrive to Matera city! Here you will meet your Private Licensed Tour Guide and start your walking tour of the city. Matera is an ancient city in Basilicata region, famous for its incredibly beautiful complex of Sassi! As you tour the city, you will have at your disposal the Ape Calessino taxi once again and you will have the chance to reach the highest and lowest points of this rock town. Ride though the Sasso Caveoso walls as James Bond did in his last movie and then stop in a local Restaurant to enjoy a delightful lunch accompanied by local wines. After lunch continue your tour to the Duomo and to the Belvedere of Piazzetta Pascoli! Your tour will end as your Driver picks you up in Matera and drives you back to Polignano a Mare. Relax in the comfort of your luxury hotel and spend your night in promenades along the bay, after the exquisite dinner nearby.

Day Four: Apulia Food Tour & Monopoli By Night

Buongiorno! Be ready to embark on a new Apulian food adventure! Begin your morning with a guided visit to a local Cheese Laboratory where you will enjoy a delicious tasting of mozzarella, stracciatella and Apulian ricotta cheeses. After this tour, you will enjoy a guided visit the typical Masseria, a local Apulian Farmhouse, where you will sample delicious Puglia Wines after having visited their wine Cellars. Your last food and wine tour stop will be a visit to a local Tenuta, where you will learn more about the Apulian production of extra virgin olive oil, your guided visit to the ancient olive mill will finish with which ends with a tasting of 3 different types of local oil and bruschettas. You will be then driven back to Polignano a Mare and relax time. Evening time – Enjoy your dinner in Monopoli, a small fishing-harbor town characterized by the beautiful viewpoint on the sea with all the colorful boats that land at the small port and white houses along the center. Impressive is the Castle of Monopoli, followed by the beautiful Cathedral, the best way to savor the local atmosphere is by losing your bearings in the alleys of Monopoli by night and listening to the locals. After dinner, be ready to go back to Polignano and relax time.

Day Five: Grotte di Castellana Visit & Afternoon in Bari

In the morning, be ready to experience something truly unique, you will visit a suggestive place that will be one of the highlights of your visit to Puglia. On board with your Private Driver you will reach the Castellana Caves: ‘’Le Grotte di Castellana’’. These spectacular limestone caves are Italy's longest natural subterranean network made of many interlinked galleries, containing an incredible range of underground caves and landscapes, with extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite formations. The itinerary goes down to about 70m of depth in a very beautiful scenario of stalactites, stalagmites, fossils and cavities. After a group guided visit of the site, you will stop for lunch in a local Restaurant. In an elegant Mercedes Benz Vehicle, you will be chauffeured to Bari city. You will meet your Private Licensed Tour Guide and with her, you will stroll through the old town that worth it: la Bari Vecchia. The narrow streets are alive with locals and full of small markets, churches, shops, and ancient houses, giving this area an amazing atmosphere. As you walk down the Bari Vecchia walls, you will see the Italian nonnas (grandmothers), who sit leisurely in the streets making orecchiette (fresh Italian Pasta) and chattering to one another. Admire the marvelous St Nicola Cathedral and the Theatre of Bari. After the guided visit, you will have some free time to enjoy some shopping in the modern city center. Right after you will stop in Bari for a seafood dinner!
After dinner, you will be chauffeured back to Polignano and buonanotte!

Day Six: Departure

After checking out, your Private English Speaking Driver will then greet you and chauffeur you to Bari Airport. Say ciao to Bari and we hope you've enjoyed your Puglia Experience 5 Days Tour!