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GUSTO - Apulia – The complete Culinary and Cooking Experience - 8 Days

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From 809 € per person

Castel del Monte · Alberobello · Matera · Lecce · Otranto

This great group tour introduces the culinary traditions, cultural cities, hidden villages and breath-taking architecture of this magnificent part of Southern Italy.


ITINERARY "Tour Salute"

Day 1: Arriva in Puglia - Ostuni

Arrival at Bari or Brindisi Airport and transfer to the hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area. Check-in, welcome drink and the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area MEALS D

Day 2: Castel del Monte e Trani

Specialty of the day: Seafood and Trani wine

Today we will visit the world-famous Castel del Monte, built by Federico II as a hunting lodge. We will continue to Trani and visit the Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino, also called the “Queen of the Cathedrals”, located by the sea. Lunch will be at a local seafood restaurant where we will also enjoy a glass of Trani wine.
Hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area MEALS B, L, D

Day 3: Cooking class and visit of Ostuni

Specialty of the day: Panzerotti and homemade Orecchiette pasta

An unforgettable experience expects us today, we will immerse ourselves in a cooking class at the Masseria Torre Coccaro! Puglia’s typical pasta “orecchiette” has the shape of an ear. It will be fun to learn how to cut and give the dough this particular shape. At the end of the class we will enjoy our delicious homemade meal. In the afternoon we will drive to Ostuni, also known as the “White City of Puglia”. This stunning small town, made of a labyrinth of winding streets and stairs, offers exceptional views over the surrounding ancient olive groves.
Hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area MEALS B, L, D

Day 4: Grottos of Castellana and Alberobello

Specialty of the day: Homemade pasta and seafood

This morning we will visit the Castellana Grottoes, one of the most important tourist attractions of Puglia. The underground tunnels are as long as a mile and offer an amazing scenario of stalactites and stalagmites. We will then proceed to the town of Alberobello with its unique cone shaped “Trulli“ houses made of stones. Tonight we will savor a delicious dinner in a Trullo and enjoy local delicacies like homemade pasta and seafood.
Hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area MEALS B, D

Day 5: Matera, Cisternino

Specialty of the day: Olive oil

Today we start off with a visit to Matera with its famous “sassi” (stones). This city, considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was built into the hills and ravines made of soft tufa stone. The local people carved their homes right into the “sassi” or stones, where they lived in cave-like homes. Lunch at a local restaurant. We will then board our motorcoach that takes us to Cisternino for a visit of an olive oil mill where we will also enjoy a tasting.
Hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area MEALS B, L, D

Day 6: Lecce and Otranto

Specialty of the day: Salice Salentino wine

Today’s tour takes us to Lecce, also called the “Florence of the South”. The magnificent baroque buildings, palaces, churches and the ancient amphitheater make this city truly unique. Our next stop will be in the Salice Salentino wine area where we will visit the oldest wine cellar of this region. We then make our way to Otranto, a seaside town close to the easternmost point of Italy. Otranto’s most important attraction is the 12th century mosaic in the town’s Romanesque cathedral.
Hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area MEALS B, D

Day 7: Polignano a Mare and Bari

Specialty of the day: Gelato

Time at leisure to stroll among the streets of the old town of Polignano a Mare. This picturesque village is famous for its grottoes and its breathtaking position on the cliff overlooking the sea. We will proceed to Bari, the capital of the Puglia region. The major sights are the Basilica of San Nicola, the Cathedral and the Castle of Ruggero II. On the way back to the hotel, we will stop at a traditional Gelateria to get the real Italian ice-cream experience.
Hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area MEALS B, D

Day 8: Ostuni

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Brindisi or Bari Airport in and departure.

Transportation and Hotels

  • Arrival transfers from Bari or Brindisi Airport to the hotel in the Polignano /Ostuni area
  • Departure transfer from the hotel to Bari or Brindisi Airport
  • Transport by deluxe AC motor coach as per the itinerary
  • 7 nights at the 4* Hotel Del Levante in Torre Canne (or similar)

Food and Drinks

  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 6 4-course dinners at the hotel
  • Dinner with beverages at a typical “trullo” house in Alberobello
  • Lunch with beverages in a seafood restaurant in Trani
  • Cooking class and light lunch with drinks at “Masseria /Restaurant Torre Coccaro
  • Lunch with beverages at a restaurant in the city center of Matera
  • Olive oil tasting in Cisternini
  • Wine tasting in Salice Salentini
  • 1 Serving of Italian Ice-Cream

Experiences and Services

  • Entrance tickets to Castel del Monte
  • Entrance tickets to the Castellana grottos
  • Visit of an olive oil mill in Cisternini
  • 2 hour tours of Matera with English speaking guide
  • English speaking tour leader during the tour
  • Porterage on arrival and departure at each hotel
  • Headphones for the city tours

The tour does not include:

  • Tips, Everything not listed under “the tour includes”
  • Tourist tax

Please note the city taxes are not included and have to be paid by the guest directly to the hotel at the time of check in. The amount of the taxes depends on the category of the hotel and length of stay. Please check our web-site for additional information about the rates and cities where the taxes are applied.

The names of restaurants, wine cellars etc, are subject to change due to their opening days. The program of the “Specialties of the day“ excursions could vary depending on the area and season.


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8 Days
01-03-2021 - 04-01-2021 | 8 Days

4* Hotel

  • per person in a double room (10 to 18 passengers) from
    1164 €
  • per person in a double room (19 to 30 passengers) from
    934 €
  • per person in a double room (31 to 45 passengers) from
    809 €

Additional Services

  • Single room supplement from
    209 €

4* Hotel


Accomodation in 4* Hotel

Hotel del Levante 4* - Torre Canne

The prices are per person sharing a double/twin room.Tours are on request and rates are subject to the availability at the time of booking. If travel dates occur during the trade-show season, Bank Holidays, or particular events a supplement will apply.
Prices are subject to change based on the 2021 trade-show calendar.


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