Anyone looking for stylish boutique hotels to stay at, excellent choice of great food & wine, warm Italian culture, amazing history & natural beauty, Puglia is for sure difficult to beat!
A diverse peninsula in Southern Italy, also known as the heel, is full of historical and natural attractions but with fewer tourists in comparison to the rest of Italy it is an ideal holiday spot for people looking to get away from it all. Puglia Town and Country, two centre holiday experience is a real refuge for people looking to get away from everyday life and enjoy the slow pace lifestyle in two charming locations.
Based on our experience and customer feedback over the years, we have handpicked two small charming hotels in unique locations for this package to give you the best of Puglia, however, alternative choices are plentiful and this is just the beginning of your journey. Please feel free to ask for alternative hotels/Masseria as well as a different length of stay which you might suit you better in order for us to plan a different option for you, so just call, online chat or email us your requirements!
Arrive at Bari Airport, meet you driver and transfer to Relais Corte Altavilla for your first three nights. Check-In and enjoy your aperitif. Depending on the arrival time of your flight you will then have free time to relax and enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant Terrazzo Goffredo, a four-course tasting menu (you can choose fish, meat or vegetarian menu) excluding beverages which will be payable locally to the hotel.
Orientation meeting with the hotel’s front office about the region followed by a two-hour walking tour of the town of Conversano to help familiarise yourself with the surroundings of Relais Corte Altavilla as it is located in the historic quarter within walking distance to the Castle, Cathedral and many other historic buildings. Lunch and afternoon is at your leisure. 6.30pm Wine tasting session with a Sommelier at the hotel. You will be tasting three different regional wines from white wine, rose & red wine. Tasting will take about 60 - 90 minutes and you will be served olives and taralli, a savory snack specialty of this region during the tasting. Dinner at leisure. There are a number of very good restaurants within walking distance to the hotel to choose from as well as typical trattorias where you can experiment local cuisine in beautiful surroundings. We will be happy to make suggestions and book these for you in advance as well as hotel staff whom will be delighted to do this for you locally.
Day at your leisure. Suggested tours: We recommend a full day tour visiting Castel Del Monte (Unesco Site) & Trani or a day trip to Matera, another Unesco site located in Basilicata region but only about 90 min drive from Relais Corte Altavilla. These tours can be arranged at a supplement. 5pm spa for two - Salus Aquam Route - where you will enjoy the sauna, body exfoliating and the jacuzzi in the hotel’s intimate and charming spa Dinner is at your leisure.
After breakfast, check-out and start your tour for today. Visit the town of Polignano a Mare, a small beautiful coastal town only a few kilometres from your hotel, with free time to explore the historic part on foot at your leisure. Here you will be able to taste one of the best ice-creams in the region. Your driver will point you to the right one when you arrive as there are few to choose from. Meet your driver around midday and continue to Alberobello, home to the iconic Trulli houses, another Unesco site in Puglia. The majority of the Trulli homes are in one particular area, most of which are serving as a gallery, souvenir shop, B&B or as a restaurant. You will be able to walk through the cobbled narrow streets and enjoy this mystical place at your own pace. Possible lunch break in Alberobello at your leisure. Meet your driver again to be taken to Ostuni, a whitewashed hilltop city with some beautiful Baroque buildings as well as amazing views of the coast from some of the terraces nestled between houses and restaurants at the top of the historic quarter. You will be given approx 2 hours to enjoy the old town at your leisure in Ostuni. Meet you driver around 5 pm to be taken to your 2nd accommodation, check-in and relax at the hotel. Dinner is at your leisure.
Day 5: Day at your leisure
Day 6: Day at your leisure
Day 7: Depending on the departure time of your flight, transfer to the airport.
Optional extras at a supplement:
• Full day trip to Trani and Matera with a private driver (guide service is not included)
• Full day tour to Lecce & Gallipoli
• Wine & olive oil tasting at local cellars
• Car hire option instead of private transfers available upon request
Where you will stay:
• 3 nights boutique Hotel Relais Corte Altavilla B&B (Free upgrade to Top Standard or Junior Suite subject to availability)
• 3 nights stay at charming Masseria Montenapoleone based on B&B basis in a Classic Room (Room upgrades available at a supplement)
• A private transfer is included in this package as well as a tour on Day 4. Additional tours can be added at a supplement. Please talk to our team at the time of your enquiry.
• Flights are available from London Gatwick, Stansted & Manchester (on selected days only) and a supplement may apply to some departures depending on the price of the flights on the chosen date. Package price is based on London Gatwick Easyjet flights and given as guidance only. An up-to-date price will be given to you at the time of your enquiry.
• 20 Kg luggage per person is included in the costing of the package.