Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Wine, Local Food
Hiking, Biking, Meet The Maker
Hotel, Pick up, Tour guide
Adventure, Outdoor, Countryside
Minimum Drinking Age
/ Person
Richie D
Activity Overview
We welcome you to a trip where you will spend an unforgettable week as you experience the passionate culture of Southern Italy. The region of Puglia is renown as the sun-drenched heel of the boot resting between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Basilicata is another agricultural region that neighbors Puglia to the west. These two regions are abundant and boast over 50 million olive trees as well as a tradition of wine production that has flourished over the last ten years. The wine from both Puglia and Basilicata is highly regarded by a majority of wine enthusiasts as some of the most exciting wine in the world.


Day 1 - Welcome to Basilicata
Once you arrive in Bari, you will be transferred to the stunning Matera, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will explore the "Sassi" medieval cave dwellings in the company of your guide. Afterward, you will enjoy an aperitivo and dinner served at an award-winning trattoria. We welcome you to Southern Italy!

Day 2 - The Hiking and Bread Day
You will start the day with a visit to a bakery in Altamura, where you will experience an up close and personal moment on how bread is made by the locals. After a light lunch, you will hike through the ravines around Matera, covered with prehistoric caves, many of which contain spectacular frescoes inside. At night, you will be on your own for dinner, though our local guides will brief you on the best places to eat. You will serve Breakfast and Lunch inclusive.

Day 3 - Sea Caves, and Biking in Conversano
Once you check out of the hotel, you will be transferred to Conversano, a town located on the hilltop. Here you will be fitted to your bicycle to start a memorable bike ride down to the lovely coastal town of Polignano a Mare. Here you will get an opportunity to explore the prominent coastline as you visit the sea caves by boat, followed by a light lunch. Afterward, you will ride your bike (uphill but with a gradual grade) back up to Conversano. Your hotel here has a magnificent spa. You are free to explore the town's restaurant scene on your own as recommended by your guides. You will be served Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.

Day 4 - Cooking and Cycling in Monopoli.
The day's ride leads you into the northern stretches of the Itria Valley, which is filled with nut and cherry trees along with the traditional dry stone Trulli houses distinct to the region. If time allows, you will stop at the farmers' market where you will collect ingredients for the night's cooking class. Afterward, you will descend to the coastal town of Monopoli, renowned for its cobblestoned streets, seawalls, and a beautiful castle. You will have free time to shop, explore, and have lunch before the ride back to Conversano. At night, you will get fully immersed in Pugliese cuisine and traditions at the country kitchen of Mara and Marina, our friends. Marina is also an experienced sommelier and will ensure you have perfectly paired wines with your authentic dinner! This experience involves garden-fresh seasonal ingredients, traditional techniques, and recipes, as well as fine wine, collectively designed to engross you in the heart and culture of southern Italy. You will be served Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.

Day 5 - The Trulli and Burrata Day.
After taking your breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will take a brief transfer to Alberobello for a hasty hike among its Trulli houses. Afterward, you will be back on your bike for one of the most scenic rides in all of Puglia. You will stop at a dairy farm where you will learn the secrets of mozzarella cheese making while you enjoy tasting the delicious burrata cheese. This activity is subject to change in case of custom departure falling on Sunday. The ride will turn back to the coast, to give you a chance to admire dramatic vistas all along the way. Your accommodation for the night is in a breathtaking castle and estate. You may opt to relax by the pool or go into the kitchen for yet another first-hand culinary experience. Either way, you choose, dinner is guaranteed to be delicious.

Day 6 - Hiking and Olive Oil in Pezze di Greco.
You will enjoy Puglia’s amazing landscapes, rich history, and phenomenal local produce. During the hike, you will have an opportunity to experience these three blessings of Puglia first-hand. Your hike will begin at the archaeological site of Santa Maria D'Agnano, famous for the discovery of a 20-year old pregnant woman 'Delia,' whose ancient remains date back 25 millennia. As you hike past the site, you will get a chance to see plains full of olive trees stretching towards the coast. Afterward, you will hike to an olive oil mill located on an estate that has been active for thousands of years. You will learn about the history and tradition of olive oil production followed by a private picnic and tasting on the property. Be careful not to eat too much and miss out on tonight's dinner; a six-course, very special meal at the famous Masseria Il Frantoio! You will be served Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, inclusive. Buon appetito!

Day 7 - Farewell.
This morning we say 'arrivederci' to mark the culmination of your Puglia adventure. You will be transferred to Bari as you depart.
Practical information
Distance: 40km/day - Level 3 Consistently rolling countryside with flatter inland areas; moderate terrain requires regular cycling fitness; longer routes and additional riding possible. Temps vary from 20C to 30C.

Accommodations: Stay in deluxe agriturismo and 4-star hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:

- Hotel Palazzo Viceconte standard room**** (two nights)
- Hotel Corte Altavilla standard room**** (two nights)
- Hotel Masseria Salamina, agriturismo, standard room (two nights)
  • Personal and professional guides
  • 6 nights lodging at 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners (wine extra)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Well maintained, high quality hybrid bicycle
  • Thorough tour briefing and bike fitting
  • Detailed maps and route notes
  • Local city maps and dining suggestions for nights when dinner is not included
  • Guided walking tours at UNESCO sites in Matera and Alberobello
  • Visit to the sea caves in Polignano by boat
  • Two hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit to the ancient olive oil estate, with tasting
  • Cheese tasting at a mozzarella maker
  • Group arrival and departure transfers to and from Bari (individual transfers available for a supplement)
Not Included
  • road bike or e-bike upgrades
  • gps rental
  • tips for guides and services
  • other meals and transportation not mentioned above
  • travel insurance
  • all other personal items
Pricing Info
Price per person - Double Occupancy based on 6 persons minimum per group
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On May 7, 201812:00 PMPublic tour
On Sep 19, 201812:00 PMPublic tour
On Oct 3, 201812:00 PMPublic tour
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7 Days, 6 Nights
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We had a wonderful time on our Puglia 7 day adventure. Everything was perfect - the destinations, the routes, the scenery and the food & wine. Even though the trip was self-guided it felt like there was a guide with us from the moment we booked to our trip to help with pre-planning to our departure pickup because everything went so smoothly.
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Visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii

Day 1: THE Magical Matera
Meet the tour guide and other visitors in Rome. Travel to the south to Puglia commonly referred to as the "heel of Italy's boot." On the way visit Matera a unique city, a land rich in history. The tour guide will lead you to the renowned "Sassi" settlements. Sassi is homes built inside the caves and have been acknowledged as a World Heritage site. Afterwards, make your way to Polignano or Monopoli to check into your hotel before having dinner with the other visitors.

Begin the day with a private tour led by our guide. You will visit the memorable Alberobello and the exceptional "Trulli" also a recognized world heritage by the UNESCO due to the royal white homes featuring conical domes. Later in the afternoon, you will learn new Italian cooking skills in an authentic trulli home. The cooking class will be facilitated by an Italian granny where she will share traditional recipes passed down for generations.

Start the day by relaxing in your room or take a leisure walk through the city. Then in the afternoon visit the beautiful Adriatic coast and see the attractive towns such as Ostuni, Polignano a Mare or Monopoli with the stunning limestone cliffs.

Along the way, stop at one of the smaller villages of Amalfi Coast to enjoy a gelato and unwind before heading to your hotel in Positano. In the evening enjoy traditional cuisine at a local restaurant where you will find all the local specials.

With the favorable weather, we make our way to the memorable Capri. It is a historic royal town. Enjoy sumptuous lunch at a friendly restaurant with beautiful views of the Faraglioni, the beautiful rock formations that protrude out of the clear waters surrounding the Capri. Later head back to Postiano to enjoy the evening.

Start your day with a stroll to the town maybe shop some wines and olive oils you have learnt during the tour. In the afternoon, sightsee the lovely Amalfi Coast with its incredible shoreline spotted with picturesque and distinctively constructed towns built on the hilly green side. Stop by the Ravello to enjoy the coast from the Villa Cimbrone with its antique statues and charming gardens. Later head to the top of the coastal cliffs to enjoy sea cuisines where the restaurant owner will showcase how to produce limoncello, a digestive drink made from delectable lemons grown in the region.

As you head back to Rome, visit the ruins of Pompeii, a town that was frozen 2000 years ago by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The tour guide will lead you through the history of this vital city then return to Rome.