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Welcome to Puglia! The Heel of the Italian boot. The Land of the Two Seas. The Gateway between East and West.Puglia is a region of stunning landscapes and coastline, amazing historic towns and delicious food.From North to South you will find castles and cathedrals, archaeological sites and nature reserves, caves and beaches,traditional festivals and plenty of places to taste local food & wine.If you would like a holiday to this hidden part of Italy, Discovery Puglia will help you planning a memorable trip!Discovery Puglia offers a range of ground services in order to satisfy visitors with any interests and requirements:▸▸ Self drive and Tailor-made Holidays, for those traveling independently. We provide the accommodation and a suggested itinerary that you can change and renew on the road guided by your sense of discovery and curiosity;▸▸ Food & Wine Tours, for those who like to visit local wineries and oil mills, enjoy cookery classes and taste gourmet food every day, while exploring the region’s main sights;▸▸ Escorted Tours, for those who prefer the all-inclusive packages and enjoy traveling in group with a knowledgeable tour guide on a mini-coach;▸▸ Luxury Tours, for those who love being pampered in 4 and 5 star accommodation properties, from city hotels to country manor houses offering spa, restaurants, swimming pool, golf and any top level comforts;▸▸ Photo Tours, for those who enjoy capturing unique spots with their camera under the supervision of a professional photographer in both natural and artistic locations;▸▸ Activities and Excursions, for those who wish to add some nice extras to their stay in Puglia, such as guided tours, cookery classes, boat trips, grape harvest, oil and wine tastings;▸▸ Accommodation in authentic locations where you can truly appreciate the Apulian hospitality and culture: trulli houses, masserie (country houses), historic buildings and restored properties turned into luxury hotels.
Self Drive & Tailor Made Holidays For independent holiday makers, Discovery Puglia has a wide range of opportunities. Whether you are looking for a haven of peace to relax all day long or you are willing to travel by train and visit Puglia’s main spots, we will give you a tailor made solution to best suit your needs. If you think that traveling by car is the way to get the most from a new destination and discover its unique corners, then we will suggest you a self drive itinerary and offer you a basic package, including the accommodation and a couple of activities. The route may be modified on the road where you can stop as you please on a beach or in the countryside or you may also add some extra activities according to your taste. Wherever you go, you will enjoy driving among country roads surrounded by dry stone walls, centuries-old olive trees, trulli houses and enchanting medieval villages.Self Drive & Tailor Made Holidays
Grand Tour of Puglia Driving among the Heel of the Boot’s masterpiecesA week to discover Puglia from North to South, learning about its cities and villages’ lifestyle, among castles,cathedrals, beaches, orchards and unique flavours. Duration 8 days / 7 nights Castel Del Monte Basic package Bari - Accommodation in Bed & Breakfast; Conversano - Choice of private guided tour of two cities; Alberobello - Visit of Gioia del Colle winery and cellar followed by food & wine tasting. Otranto Secret Gems of Salento Driving from the Adriatic to the Ionian SeaSix nights in the Lecce’s Baroque capital city, exploring Salento and its artistic beauties, its wineries and its amazingEastern and Western coastline. Duration 7 days / 6 nights Basic package - Accommodation in Bed & Breakfast; - Private guided tour of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” for its Baroque Brindisi masterpieces; Lecce - Guided tour of two wineries followed by food Otranto & wine tasting. Nardò Galatina Gallipoli Itria Valley Treasures Driving among trulli houses and olive treesFive nights in the most typical area of Puglia to admire dry stone walls, centuries-old olive trees, trulli houses andenchanting medieval villages. Duration 6 days / 5 nights Self Drive & Tailor Made Holidays Bari Basic package - Accommodation in Bed & Breakfast; Castellana Grotte - Guided tour of local winery followed by food Alberobello Locorotondo & wine tasting; Ostuni - Cookery class at the B&B.
Apulian Flavours Scents and flavours in the South East of Bari An itinerary to enjoy cultural highlights and authentic food in a few days. You will be amazed by artistic and natural wonders in the central part of the region combined with mouthwatering dinners and a cooking class. Duration 4 days / 3 nights Main sights - Food & Wine tasting in Conversano; - Alberobello with its world famous “trulli” Bari houses, part of the UNESCO Heritage; Polignano a mare Conversano - Castellana Caves, wide and stunning Castellana Grotte Alberobello example of caves complex in Europe; - Dinner in Polignano, overlooking the sea; - Bari old town with St Nicholas Basilica, St Sabino cathedral and its medieval castle; - Cookery class and traditional farewell dinner. Unwind with Wine Food & Wine Tour in Salento Salento will gladly surprise your eyes and your palate with its amazing Baroque towns, its landscape and its food and wine. Every day you will enjoy a delicious tasting of wine and local food in traditional wineries and farmhouses. Duration 5 days / 4 nights Main sights - Wine tasting in Lecce historic home; - Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” Bari for its Baroque masterpieces; - Museum of Negroamaro Wine in Guagnano; Brindisi - Winery in Leverano and wine tasting; Manduria - Museum of Primitivo Wine in Manduria; Guagnano Lecce - Galatina with its Baroque buildings; Leverano Galatina - Fortified farmhouse with its underground oil mill and typical products tasting. Bacchus’ Delights Tasting red wine and extravirgin olive oil Discover the secrets of the traditional cuisine, sample Bitonto extra virgin olive oil and taste Puglia red wine in a local cellar and in the Primitivo wine museum. Duration 4 days / 3 nights Main sights - Bitonto tour with its old town, a nearby oil mill and extravirgin olive oil tasting; Bitonto Bari - Winery in Gioia del Colle with its natural Conversano underground cellar and wine tasting; Gioia del Colle Alberobello - Museum of Primitivo Wine in Manduria;Food & Wine Tours - Alberobello with its world famous “trulli” Manduria houses, part of the UNESCO Heritage; - Cookery class and traditional farewell dinner with recipes made during the lesson.
Apulian Comforts A great blend of relax, culture and tasty foodA gourmet tour to enjoy two cooking classes and a range of typical products and full-bodied wines, while visitingsome of Puglia’s cultural sights and staying in an old farmhouse turned into a boutique hotel. Duration 6 days / 5 nights Main sights - 2 Cookery classes at the Masseria; - Conversano and its medieval town centre; Bari - Alberobello with its famous “trulli” houses; Conversano - Bari old town with St Nicholas Basilica, St Ostuni Sabino cathedral and its medieval castle; Alberobello - Lecce with its Baroque masterpieces; Guagnano - Museum of Negroamaro Wine in Guagnano; Lecce - Ostuni with its white houses and panoramic terraces. Cookery Delights A week to turn into chef and sommelierA culinary tour to get the most of Apulian fresh products and traditional recipes while enjoying the countryside, thefields and the old towns around an exclusive and charming countryhouse. Duration 8 days / 7 nights Main sights - 5 cooking lessons at the Masseria; Bari - Tasting lesson with sommelier in local winery; - Lesson about extra virgin olive oil in oil mill; Putignano Alberobello - Walk through olive groves and artichoke Martina Franca Ostuni Grottaglie cultivations; - Martina Franca with its Baroque town centre; Lecce - Grottaglie with its castle and “ceramics quarter”. Food & Wine Tours
Escorted Tours Discovery Puglia has created 8 tours featuring artistic, geographic and archaeological itineraries. The tours below are based on small groups (minimum number of participants is 8) and vary from 3 to 5 days. The accommodation is in traditional bed & breakfast and farmhouses. Moreover, you are welcome to request an ad-hoc tour for your group of friends according to your interests and holiday duration. South East of Bari Duration 4 days / 3 nights Discovering a corner of the land of Bari that can offer attractions for all tastes: from the sea of Monopoli and Polignano to the history of Conversano, the natural wonders of Castellana caves and the famous Trulli of Alberobello. Secret Pearls Duration 4 days / 3 nights A beautiful route among the most beautiful buildings of Lecce’s Baroque, unique for its innumerable and rich decorations made of a white, malleable stone. An exciting experience of art, flavours and traditions of Salento. Noblesse Oblige Duration 5 days / 4 nights An itinerary through the magnificent castles of Puglia, from the Norman towers to the Swa- bian, Aragon and Angevin fortified residences, which were homes of feudal conflicts, legends and court celebrations. Silence and Majesty Duration 5 days / 4 nights This itinerary will show you the capital city Bari and other Apulian old towns through the typical Romanesque style, with its facades, its rose windows and its crypts, a magnificent sample of craftsmanship hidden among narrow winding streets or just before the sea. Back to our Roots Duration 4 days / 3 nights A route among the archaeological sites of Northern Apulia: from dinosaur footprints to the remains of ancient acropolis and necropolis, from ancient dwellings carved in natural caves to Roman and Medieval villages. The Land of Messapi Duration 4 days / 3 nights Exploring the archaeological sites of South-Central Apulia and discovering the best preserved relics of the region: from the ruins of Egnazia, to the Messapian remains of Ceglie and Mesagne to the archaeological museums of Taranto and Ostuni. Tours include airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation on GT minicoach, professional tour guide, double room basis in Half Board, admissions and activities as stated in the detailed programs on www.discoverypuglia.com.Escorted Tours Tours don’t include flights, single supplements, travel insurance, drinks, porterage and all the admissions not expressely mentioned in the detailed programs on www.discoverypuglia.com.
Luxury ToursDiscovery Puglia Luxury’s offer includes 6 escorted tours scheduled on seasonal happenings.Your 7 nights accommodation will be in 4* and 5* resorts with comforts such as spa, swimming pool, golf,gourmet restaurants and gardens.During your tour you will have the chance to enjoy cookery classes, folk group performances and carriage rides.Feel free to contact us to create an ad-hoc tour based in our luxury properties. Spring Time An itinerary to enjoy the Itria Valley scenery under the first warm rays of sunshine and surrounded by the colours and scents of the Apulian flowers. May Tastes An itinerary to discover the flavours and sounds of Puglia in May when you will admire the countryside on a carriage and enjoy a cookery class with seasonal products. Cherry Time An itinerary to live a week in Puglia when cherry trees are laden with heart-shaped and vivid red fruits and towns are opening their doors to the summer season. Reaping Time An itinerary to explore Puglia in June and travel through its gold fields and remarkable stones, enjoying the beach and the countryside before the peak holiday season. Grape Harvest An itinerary to experience Puglia during farmers’ hectic time of grape harvest: extensive vineyards give their precious fruit for the best wines from Southern Italy. Fall Time An itinerary to enjoy the land of trulli in its fall’s shades and taste Puglia’s autumn products in local wineries and in the olive oil museum.Tours include airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation on GT minicoach, professional tour guide, double roombasis in Full Board, admissions and activities as stated in the detailed programs on luxury.discoverypuglia.com. Luxury ToursTours don’t include flights, single supplements, travel insurance, drinks, porterage and all the admissions notexpressely mentioned in the detailed programs on luxury.discoverypuglia.com.
Framing Salento A photography holiday with a professional tutor helping you take magical pictures among the nature and art of Salento before ending your experience with practical tips on traditional recipes. Duration 4 days / 3 nights Main sights - Workshop in Porto Selvaggio nature reserve; - Gallipoli and Alezio guided tour, with their Bari Baroque and Messapian art; - Workshop in Otranto, Castro and Vaste; Brindisi - Giurdignano guided tour with its dolmen; - Workshop along the coast from Castro to Lecce Gagliano del Capo; Portoselvaggio Otranto - Cooking class with a fish-based and a Gallipoli vegetarian menu. Leuca Photo Weekend in Salento A photography break to immortalise the best spots of Salento with the supervision of a professional tutor in unspoiled corners of the coast and the inland. Duration 5 days / 4 nights Main sights - Welcome drink in Lecce historic home and Bari guided tour of the “Florence of the South”; - Workshop in Porto Selvaggio nature reserve with its beach and caves; Brindisi - Gallipoli and Alezio guided tour, with their Baroque and Messapian art; Lecce - Full day workshop in Leuca area, from the Portoselvaggio Supersano coast to the hills of Ruffano and Supersano. Gallipoli LeucaPhoto Tours
Food & Wine TastingsVisit wineries that boasts stone vaulted cellarsand natural caves; discover local oil mills andthe attentive process to make the famousApulian extra virgin olive oil.Each visit is followed by a wine or oil tastingaccompanied by typical food such as tarallini,focaccia bread, cheese, cured meat, olives,preserves and almond sweets. Guided ToursBari, Alberobello and Lecce are just a fewexamples of the private guided tours you mayhave, ranging from 2 to 6 hours.You will discover history, legends andanecdotes of Apulian towns with a professionalguide. These tours may be booked individuallyor included in your bespoke holiday package. Outdoor ActivitiesPuglia offers a wide range of open-air activitiesfrom North to South in the countryside, alongthe coastline or in local farmhouses: walkingamong dry stone walls, orchards, centuries-oldolive trees and trulli; trekking in nature reserves,horse riding, golf; boat trips, kitesurfing, scubadiving; grape harvest and olive picking. Cookery ClassesLearn how to make orecchiette, pasta in theshape of little ears, focaccia bread,panzerotti (little deepfried folded pizzas),traditional liqueurs and many more typicalrecipes. Activities & ExcursionsEach lesson is held by a native chef using onlyseasonal and local products; you can have a2 hours lesson or a full course with apron andcertificate at the end.
Trulli & Farmhouses Experience the most traditional stay in trulli houses and restored farmhouses surrounded by the Apulian countryside. Self Catering & Holiday Villas Feel like at home in a cozy self catering apartment away from the crowd or a holiday villa facing the sea. Bed & Breakfasts Enjoy the comforts and friendly welcome of a local B&B where you will become part of a family.Your stay in Puglia
Country Manor HousesDiscover the authentic touch of a typical masseria, a fortified country house with all the comforts of a boutique hotel. Historic HomesTravel back in time by staying in former noble houses with decorated floors, fine antiques and stone vaults. Hotels & ResortsSpoil yourself with a room in an exclusive hotel or a luxury resort with swimming pool, spa, golf course and gourmet restaurant. Your stay in Puglia
Tour booking conditionsDeposit paymentA deposit of 25% per person is required for coach tours. This amount will be refunded if the tour cannot start with the minimum number of partici-pants, or alternatively it can be credited for the “self-drive” option of the same route on the days selected.A deposit of 25% per person is required for self drive tours and tailor made holidays.Credit card paymentsWe accept most major credit cards.Final paymentFull payment must be made no later than 90 days prior to departure date for coach tours. If payment is not received as scheduled, your reserva-tion will be automatically cancelled and the deposit payment becomes forfeit.Full payment must be made no later than 15 days prior to departure date for self drive tours and tailor made holidays. If payment is not received asscheduled, your reservation will be automatically cancelled and the deposit payment becomes forfeit.CancellationsAll cancellations must be advised in writing (by mail or e-mail) to Discovery Puglia prior to tour departure during normal Irish business hours (9:00am to 5:00 pm GMT/BST, Mondays through Fridays).Cancellations for coach tours received within 90 days of departure date are subject to the following penalties on the land portion:• 90-45 days - 25% per person• 45-15 days - 50% per person• 15-0 days - 100% per personCancellations for self drive tours and tailor made holidays received within 15 days of departure date are subject to the following penalties on theland portion:• 15-10 days - 25% per person• 10-5 days - 50% per person• 5-0 days - 100% per personThe above mentioned conditions may vary in high season months (July - August) according to the accommodation properties’ cancellation poli-cies.Tour membershipTo promote an enriching travel experience, Discovery Puglia reserves the right to reject any client whose conduct is incompatible with the interestof the tour group.Travellers with special needsPassengers necessitating unique attention must advise Discovery Puglia at time of booking. Passengers who require particular assistance musttravel with a qualified travel companion as Discovery Puglia drivers and guides cannot provide individualized help. As our coaches are not equip-ped with wheelchair ramps, all tour members must be able to mount 3 or 4 steps into coach. Discovery Puglia is not responsible for denial ofservices by any of our suppliers.Tour directorThe entire land portion of all motorcoach tours is conducted by a professional driver/guide and/or tour director as indicated for each tour.AccommodationLand arrangements are provided as described in each tour program. Accommodation in B&B, farmhouses, town and country homes is clean,comfortable and includes private bathrooms.MealsMeals are provided as specified in each tour program.Visits, entertainment and other featuresDiscovery Puglia reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment and other features when establishments are closed or cannot be visited forreasons beyond our control.Discovery Puglia cancellationsTour departures are not guaranteed. If it becomes necessary to cancel a coach tour prior to departure, Discovery Puglia will offer the next availabledate at no additional land cost or will make a full refund of all money paid to Discovery Puglia. Discovery Puglia cannot accept responsibility forany additional costs or fees relating to such a tour booking or for any cancellation penalties due to non-refundable airfares.LuggageHandling of one piece of luggage per person is included in the cost of all coach tours. Only one suitcase per person is permitted and size shouldnot exceed 76 x 50 x 25 cm. Luggage is carried at owner’s risk throughout the tour unless insured. Hand baggage and small articles such ascoats, umbrellas or cameras are entirely in the care of the passengers. Trunk space in self-drive cars is limited so pack lightly, preferably usingsoft-sided suitcases.TipsTips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.ChildrenChildren must travel with an adult.Not includedAll items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on thetour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the passenger.Claims or disputesThey can be submitted to Discovery Puglia in writing no later than 28 days after the end of the tour.LawPassenger contract with Discovery Puglia is subject exclusively to Irish Law and Jurisdiction.Travel InsuranceTravel Insurance is not included and, should you not have one already, Discovery Puglia Limited highly recommends you purchase one.ResponsibilityDiscovery Puglia is not responsible for any personal injury, property damage or other loss a passenger incurs on any tour arising from acts oromissions by any air carrier, public transport company, hotel, car rental company, subcontractor or other person or organization, whether or notsuch company is rendering any services supplied on the tour. All tickets and vouchers are issued and supplied subject to the foregoing and to anyand all terms and conditions under which transportation and services are provided. Discovery Puglia reserves the right to decline to accept or toreturn any person as a member of any tour or to cancel or alter the tour.ImportantDiscovery Puglia accepts no responsibility for losses or expenses due to delay or changes in schedules, flight cancellations or misconnections dueto mechanical problems, sickness, quarantine, weather, acts of God, strikes, government actions, war, terrorism or other circumstances beyond itscontrol. Passengers must bear all such losses or expenses. To guard against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you purchase insurance.