Undiscovered Italy - An Apulia Self Drive Vacation

This is a suggested itinerary. Celtic Tours will arrange your accommodations and car rental, along with a cooking class and an oil tasting. You can adjust your itinerary accordingly to suit your needs.

Undiscovered Italy - An Apulia Self Drive Vacation

This is a suggested itinerary. Celtic Tours will arrange your accommodations and car rental, along with a cooking class and an oil tasting. You can adjust your itinerary accordingly to suit your needs.

Tour Highlights

  • 6 nights accommodations in Agritrulli.
  • Breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
  • Cooking class in Alberobello followed by lunch.
  • Guided tour of a family-owned olive mill, followed by a tasting.
  • Economy, Group C, car rental (manual) for six nights (upgrades are available).

Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary. Celtic Tours will arrange your accommodations and car rental, along with a cooking class and an oil tasting. You can adjust your itinerary accordingly to suit your needs.

Day 01: Arrive in Bari, Italy

Arrive in Bari International Airport and collect your car rental. From here you will drive to Ostuni. Check into your unique accommodations; Agritrulli (or similar) in Ostuni. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure. If you are feeling up to it, hop in your rental car and enjoy an afternoon adventure in Ostuni and perhaps along the coast. Overnight in Ostuni.

Day 02: Lecce and Ostuni

This morning we suggest a visit to Barocco Leccese and the White Town of Ostuni. Witness Lecce, the capital of Italian baroque architecture carved from honey-colored stone by 17th-century architects. More fanciful than typical baroque, the voluptuous caryatids, whimsical garlands, fruit, crests, and lyrical scrolls comprising Lecce baroque are a treat for the eyes. Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce and admire the elaborate façade, rose window, and intricately carved capitals. With your car rental parked, walk to the center of the Piazza Sant’ Oronzo to see the Roman Column crowned with a bronze statue of St. Oronzo, the first bishop of Lecce appointed by St. Paul in A.D. 57. Next to the column, the shallow rows of seats within the elliptical Roman amphitheater date from Emperor Hadrian’s era and once held 20,000 spectators. Enjoy leisure time in Lecce. Relax in the Piazza Duomo, or step into one of Lecce’s many shops, restaurants, and boutiques. Continue to Ostuni center where gleaming, whitewashed buildings cascade over the side of its hilltop perch. There are many parking options in Ostuni, so you can park and then get lost on foot in the labyrinthine passages of the Old Town. Visit the magnificent cathedral and walk atop the ancient city walls for wonderful vistas of olive groves. Return to your Trulli accommodations for overnight. (B)

Day 03: Alberobello – Cooking Class with “Nonna” (Tuesday to Sunday)

Hop in your car rental and travel to another beautiful area of Puglia today; Alberobello, famous for its fairytale-like 14th century and trulli characteristic whitewashed conical roofed houses. These beehive shaped homes, white-tipped as if dusted by snow, are made from local limestone. Some of the trulli are now used for stores, restaurants, and lodging, but many are still inhabited by locals. Arrive early, as we have arranged a wonderful cooking experience with “Nonna” for you today. You will have a hands-on experience with a very special chef Gramma “Nonna” Maria. Prepare “orecchiette” a typical Apulian pasta, classic focaccia of Bari with tomato, the original Alberobello’s stuffed focaccia and a traditional Apulian desert “taralli dolci.” Everything is made from scratch, always using organic season products from the garden, home-made extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, and more. At the end of your efforts, enjoy a full lunch with all the delicacies you have made, including wine. Spend some time in in Alberobello before returning to Ostuni and your Trulli accommodations. (B,L)

Day 04: Historic seaport of Trani with Oil Tasting

Today, after breakfast, drive to the historic seaport of Trani to explore. Known for its Moscato di Trani wine and savory figs, this fishing town is home to a 13th-century fort and a cathedral nestled in the harbor of the Adriatic. The village’s white limestone cathedral was dedicated to Saint Nicolas the Pilgrim. Take note of the distinguishing Norman houses, a typically English Romanesque style of architecture. Medieval Trani also had one of the largest Jewish populations in southern Italy and was a Knight’s Templar site. Visit a family-run olive mill in the area for a guided tour and learn about the fascinating history and cultivation process of olives. Enjoy the smooth, sweet smells, and buttery flavors of these regional specialties with a tasting. Return to Ostuni and your accommodations. (B,T)

Day 05: Materia - Ostuni

Today we suggest taking a drive to Matera. Matera has gained international fame for its Ancient town, the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera) where Mel Gibson filmed The Passion of the Christ. The Sassi originated in a prehistoric settlement, and these dwellings are thought to be among the first human settlements in Europe. A walking tour is included here to see these Sassi (stones) which began as natural caves and grottoes, and over the centuries were adapted as homes. Enjoy a quick lunch on your own before returning to Ostuni. (B)

Day 06: Bari and Polignano a Mare

This morning drive to Bari. The ancient seaport of Bari boasts narrow lanes and a pretty harbor with colorful boats bobbing on their moors. Visit the historic port and wander the tight tangle of medieval streets in the city’s Old Town. Admire the carved Apulian-Romanesque portal of the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola, which houses the relics of Bari’s patron saint, St. Nicholas. Inside is a marble Episcopal throne and striking mosaic floor. Traverse the seafront promenade where exhilarating views are revealed with each turn. Stroll the renowned Murat quarter. This modern heart of the city is laid out in a rectangular grid-plan and was designed by Joachim Murat, Napoleon's brother-in-law. Continue to Polignano a Mare, and discover why this vibrant fishing village, which rises from limestone cliffs molded by the Adriatic, makes the ideal base for exploration of the region. Pass through the Porta Vecchia gate to the stroll the cobbled streets of Old Town, fragrant with flowering plants and freshly baked goods. Along the way, peek inside the workshops of local artisans, and experience the warm hospitality of local residents. Return to your accommodations for your last night. (B)

Day 07: Ostuni - Bari - U.S.

After breakfast, leave your accommodations and drive to Bari Airport and return the car rental before checking in to board your flight home. (B)

Rates & Hotels

A Self-Drive Adventure

2020 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
  $1099

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Undiscovered Italy - An Apulia Self-Drive Vacation

Tour Details

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(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

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Accommodation Details

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Pricing

This package is based on a minimum of two (2) persons traveling based on sharing one double room. A single room can be booked, but a single supplement will apply. 

This tour does not include:
  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Lunches and dinners

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Airfare can be booked through our Vacation Builder in conjunction with this tour. Please note, the date you select for this package is the start date in Italy. Please book your air accordingly to allow for overnight flights. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) months from the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

The departure date is the date that the package begins in Italy. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier.