Apulia Escorted Tour – 9 days

Discover Puglia in nine days, starting from Bari, Trani, Castel del Monte, Alberobello, Matera, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Otranto, Lecce, Gallipoli, Martina Franca, and Polignano a Mare.
Puglia | Group Travel | 4 stars | Max. 15 people | 9 days


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Apulia Escorted Tour – small Group of 9 Days at the Discover of South Italy

Escorted tour of Apulia of 9 days, starting from Bari and visiting Trani, Castel del Monte, Alberobello, Matera, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Otranto, Lecce, Gallipoli, Martina Franca, and Polignano a Mare. A journey through the history and beauty of Apulia, with visits to castles, medieval towns, trulli, masserie, and the coastline overlooking the sea.

You will be in Bari on the first day for a city tour and then visit Trani, Castel del Monte, and Alberobello in the following days. Matera is the destination for the third day. The journey continues with visits to Locorotondo, Ostuni, and a transfer to Lecce. The fifth day includes a tour of Lecce, followed by a visit to Otranto and dinner at “Masseria le Stanzie.” The sixth day is dedicated to Gallipoli, while the seventh day includes a visit to Martina Franca and lunch at Masseria Zona Fasano before returning to Bari. The eighth day will be an excursion to Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. Finally, the ninth day will conclude in Bari.


  • Small group of no more than 15 passengers!
  • Explore the best of Apulia with an escorted tour!
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Castel Del Monte, Alberobello, and Matera!
  • Locorotondo and Otranto: Certified ‘Villages’!
  • Local guides in Bari, Matera, and Lecce
  • Stay in one of the world-famous trulli
  • Dine in a special location!”


Apulia Escorted Tour - 9 days - info
  • Type: Apulia Escorted Tour
  • Duration: 9 days/8 nights
  • Available: from April to November
    Dates not available on the calendar are upon request.
  • Departure and Return Location: Departure is from the hotel in Bari, and the tour ends in Bari.
    Airport transfers available upon request.
  • Available Languages: English – Spanish – Italian UPON REQUEST
  • Stages: Bari, Trani, Castel del Monte, Alberobello, Matera, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Otranto, Lecce, Gallipoli, Martina Franca, Polignano a Mare
    Our 4-star Hotels
    Minimum 2 persons
    Dedicated Customer: Service, available 24 hours for urgent needs
    Immediate Confirmation: Booking confirmation (with all details and vouchers) will be sent via email within 24 hours.


Apulia Escorted Tour - 9 days - itinerary

Join our Small group Escorted Tour to discovery the Apulia region

Welcome to a fascinating nine-day journey to discover the wonders of Puglia, an enchanting region located in the heart of southern Italy. This tour will take you through an extraordinary itinerary, offering a unique experience rich in culture, history, art, gastronomy, and breathtaking natural beauty.

Our journey begins in Bari, the capital of Puglia, where we will explore winding streets and uncover hidden stories. From here, we will venture to Trani, known as the “Pearl of Puglia,” to admire its medieval cathedral and discover the grandeur of Castel del Monte, a one-of-a-kind castle in the world. Next, we will immerse ourselves in the fairytale atmosphere of Alberobello, the “Trulli town,” where we will spend the night in an authentic trullo.

Our journey will then lead us to Matera, awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2019, with its ancient cave dwellings and fascinating history. We will continue through the picturesque villages of Locorotondo and Ostuni, renowned for their baroque architecture and enchanting landscapes.

We will then head to Otranto, a city rich in history and culture, where we will visit the Cathedral with the relics of martyrs. Subsequently, we will explore the city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” for its extraordinary baroque style.

We will travel up the Salento coast to Gallipoli, a cosmopolitan tourist destination with beautiful beaches and a vibrant nightlife. Finally, we will journey through the picturesque Apulian countryside to Martina Franca, where we will explore its charming historic center.

We will conclude our tour in Polignano a Mare, a splendid coastal town perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, before returning to Bari, the city where we began this adventure. Puglia will welcome you with its rich culture, delightful cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes. Are you ready to embark on this extraordinary adventure in beautiful Puglia?


Apulia Escorted Tour - 9 days - tour detail

DAY 1 | Arrival in Bari and City Tour

Individual arrival in Bari, the capital of Puglia. Meeting with the tour guide at the hotel and departure for a guided city tour. In the afternoon, explore the historic center known as “Bari Vecchia.” During this walk, interesting information about Bari’s past and the history of its main monuments will be shared. Along the way, stroll through the characteristic streets and small squares inside the city walls until you reach the Pontifical Basilica of San Nicola, which houses the relics of Saint Nicholas, and the Swabian Castle. This castle was built in the 12th century by King Roger II of the Normans and later restored by Frederick II of the Holy Roman Empire. You will have the opportunity to admire the splendid view from the castle (entrance not included). Next, visit Piazza Mercantile, where the Column of Justice stands, believed to have been used as a small column of infamy. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Bari.

DAY 2 | Bari > Trani > Castel del Monte > Alberobello

Breakfast at the hotel, and departure for Trani, known as the “Pearl of Puglia.” You will have the opportunity to explore its Jewish quarter and admire the majestic Cathedral, built with a local stone called “tufo calcareo,” characterized by its distinctive very light pink color. In the afternoon, continue to visit Castel del Monte, an extraordinary castle built by Frederick II. This castle is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its unique geometric design, with an octagonal prism and an octagonal tower at each corner. Many mysteries surround the true purpose of this castle. After the visit to Castel del Monte, you will proceed to Alberobello, the “City of Trulli,” also protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trulli are dry stone huts with cone-shaped roofs, originally built for storage purposes but often used as permanent dwellings, referred to as “casedde” by the locals. Alberobello is a fairytale place and will offer a unique experience with the possibility of staying in a Trullo at a “scattered hotel.” Dinner is included. Overnight in Alberobello.

DAY 3 | Alberobello > Matera > Alberobello

Breakfast and departure to Matera, the capital of the “Sassi,” a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the “City of Stones” and often compared to Cappadocia in Turkey. Matera was the European Capital of Culture in 2019. During the visit, you will have the opportunity to admire the “Sassi” from different perspectives and views. These caves, inhabited since the Paleolithic period, constitute the monumental historic center and are connected by a labyrinth of picturesque alleys, offering a unique experience. The “Sassi” visually resemble ancient sites near Jerusalem and have served as locations for various religious-themed films. A visit to the Cathedral of Matera is a must. You will return to Alberobello in the evening for dinner and overnight in the Trulli.

DAY 4 | Alberobello > Locorotondo > Ostuni > Lecce

After breakfast, gather again in a parking area near the hotel (200 meters from the Trulli) and depart for Locorotondo, a picturesque town recognized among the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy.” The name Locorotondo comes from the Latin phrase “locus-rotundus,” meaning circular place, in reference to its characteristic shape. Next, you will reach Ostuni, the “White City,” located on a hill 74 kilometers south of Bari. This city, built by the Normans, is famous for its city walls with four gates still partially visible. The region is renowned for the production of high-quality olive oil and wines. You will have ample free time to explore the historic center, savor local specialties, shop for typical products, or simply get lost in the ancient medieval streets. In the evening, transfer to Lecce, the heart of Salento. Dinner and overnight in Lecce.

DAY 5 | Lecce > Otranto > Dinner at “Masseria le Stanzie” > Lecce

The morning is dedicated to the discovery of Lecce with a professional guide. Lecce is known as the “Florence of the South” due to its lively artistic and cultural scene. Its distinctive feature is the baroque style of its buildings. You will have the opportunity to explore numerous religious and secular monuments. At lunch, you will be transferred to Otranto, just a 30-minute drive from Lecce. Otranto has been dominated by the Greeks, Romans, and Turks over the centuries, and this variety of cultural influences is still visible in the city. The Cathedral of Otranto houses the bones of 813 martyrs in a sanctuary behind the main altar and is famous for its impressive mosaics, rivaling those of the major churches in Ravenna. To end the day on a high note, enjoy dinner at “Masseria le Stanzie” in Supersano, near Lecce, an authentic Salento farmhouse. During the visit, you will have the opportunity to explore the estate, which includes some medieval tombs, and learn about the culinary history of Puglia. You will also have the chance to watch the traditional homemade pasta preparation, followed by a dinner allowing you to taste local products. Overnight in Lecce.

DAY 6 | Lecce > Gallipoli > Lecce

The day is dedicated to Gallipoli, one of the most popular and cosmopolitan tourist destinations in Salento. Gallipoli, with its Greek roots, is a beloved summer destination for young people, known for its vibrant nightlife and beautiful wild beaches, including dunes and pine parks. You will have free time to explore the center of Gallipoli, its walls, and the harbor hosting extraordinary yachts. In the afternoon, you will return to Lecce, where you will have more free time to enjoy the evening. Overnight in Lecce.

DAY 7 | Lecce > Martina Franca > Lunch at Masseria Zona Fasano > Bari

The morning marks the return journey to Bari, passing through the Murgia plateau, characterized by a unique landscape. The first stop will be Martina Franca, an elegant baroque town with a rich history, majestic churches, and squares perfect for memorable photos. The urban focal point is Piazza Plebiscito, the Cathedral, the Ducal Palace, and the Clock Tower. You will have free time to explore this charming city. You will then continue to the Itria Valley, a rural area rich in olive groves and vineyards. During the journey, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a meal at a local Masseria, where high-quality food and extra virgin olive oil are produced using organic farming. Tasting these products is included. In the afternoon, you will have more free time before taking a short journey back to Bari for the overnight stay.

DAY 8 | Bari > Polignano > Monopoli > Bari

The journey continues to two of the most charming coastal towns in Puglia: Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. The first stop will be Monopoli, a fortified citadel by the sea. Monopoli’s intricate alleyways offer an almost mystical experience. This port was one of the places from which medieval crusaders set out for the Holy Land. The oriental atmosphere still permeates the city due to its rich trade with Constantinople. The second stop will be Polignano a Mare, known for its coves, small bays, and spectacular cliffs. Lama Monachile is one of its wonders, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and rocky overhangs. You will have free time for shopping or enjoying an aperitif in the main square. After the visit, return to Bari for the overnight stay.

DAY 9 | Departure from Bari

After breakfast at the hotel, our services conclude. For private transfers to Bari Karol Wojtyła or Brindisi airports, please refer to our transfer catalog or contact our Reservations Department. They can arrange a transfer at an additional cost.


Polignano a mare


Included in the price

Transportation by deluxe coach
Tour escort Professional guide for Bari, Matera, and Lecce
8 nights in 4-star hotels in Bari, Alberobello (Trullo), and Lecce
Meals: 1 lunch at a farmhouse, 1 dinner at a farmhouse, 4 dinners at the hotel

Not included in the price

Beverages during meals
City tax

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 15 working days before departure. For cancellations from 14 to 4 days before arrival, a penalty equal to 50% of the total amount will be charged. For cancellations beyond this time limit, after the arrival dates, the total amount will be charged.


Apulia Escorted Tour – 9 days – Important

Check in at the hotel is at 2/3:00pm, in case of early arrival, you can leave luggage at the hotel.
Sorry! This tour package is not available for those using a wheelchair

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