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Gems Of Puglia - NY

  1. 1. SOUTHERN VISIONS ® in partnership withActive & Cultural Vacations An Intimate Guided Adventure and Luxury Cruise of the Magical Land of Puglia. uglia is the unspoiled gem of Italy without the with over 800km of coastline, there is no better way crowds and the canned tours of more well to experience the true coastal wonders of Puglia than known parts of the country. Puglia is truly by luxury cruise. This itinerary offers a diversity ofanother country in the country and we have built an ways to explore the rugged coastline, the quaintitinerary not only unique to this unique land, but we interior towns and the old-world charm of this regionbelieve unlike any adventures currently offered in that comprises the heel of Italy’s boot. By day you willEurope. We offer a chance to live Puglia as a native be fascinated by Puglia’s endless orchards of twistedwhile experiencing personalized service on par with olive trees, beautiful masserie (farmhouses),the great hotels and resorts of the world. A group of whitewashed hilltop towns and interesting “trulli”,no more than 6 guests will be guided by local adventure and by night your taste buds will be tantalized by theentrepreneur Antonello Losito, a native of Puglia with region’s culinary delights! Remember, this is like noover 7 years of travel expertise. From the moment other travel itinerary in Italy. You may choose any oryou are met in Bari until long after you return to your all of each day’s activities, or you may choose to breakhome you will feel the effects of this magical land, and from the schedule and explore on your own. YouSouthern Vision’s dedication to your unmatched may even choose to simply relax with a book, a bottleexperience. of local wine, and watch the beautiful life of Puglia go idly by. Whatever options you choose, this is YOURYou will exchange experiences with this ancient land vacation, and we are here to facilitate your ownthrough biking, culinary instruction, wine tasting, and particular journey.
  2. 2. SOUTHERN VISIONS ® in partnership withActive & Cultural VacationsItinerary OverviewDay 1 - Sunday12:00 pm - Pick Up in Bari - We will meet you at theairport in Bari to begin your Pugliese Adventure. Wetravel to Conversano for our introduction to life inPuglia.1:00 pm - Introduction to Southern Visions and ApulianCuisine - We will take your luggage, answer yourquestions, and feed you some of the freshest foodsin all of Europe; and give you time to exploreConversano. We provide maps, suggested shopping,and view into the rest of the week.6:30 pm - L’Aperitivo - An introduction to Apulianwine (yes, you get to drink it) with emphasis on therole of wine at the Italian table and how advances inenology and viticulture are making Pugliese vineyards Day 2 - Monday - Puglia by Bike - Today we are goingsome of the most sought after in the world. to immerse ourselves in the “land of the trulli and caves”.8:00 pm - Dinner at il Pashà Restaurant – Locateddirectly in front of a medieval castle and one of the 7:30 am - 8:30 am - Breakfast Italian Style - croissantsmost authentic restaurants in all of Puglia. We will (cornetti) and caffe or cappuccino are the perfect fuelguide you in making selections that will harmonize to begin a day of walking and biking.with your own interests while creating new favorites! 9:00 am - Private van transfer to Alberobello (pleaseLodging “Corte Altavilla” - Quaint, and at the same come dressed in biking attire).time luxurious, this family run hotel exemplifies whatwe mean by Personalized Service. 10:00 am - Guided Walking Tour of Alberobello - The city of Trulli, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trulli are ancient dwellings with conical roofs believed to be a funnel for the soul to reach heaven.Alberobello is a city almost entirely built from the 1500 + ancient trulli.The Trulli are still utilized to this day for dwellings, inns, shops and services and make for a magical morning experience. 11:30 am - Meet by the bikes for our daily route talk, bike fitting & safety talk. Biking is the easiest way to cover the most ground on a trip to Puglia. Puglia has low difficulty terrain and makes for leisurely riding. We provide our guests with the most reliable and safest equipment in the industry. 12:00 pm - Bike tour along the Itria Valley - Rolling hillsides dotted with whitewashed trulli and colorful wildflowers make spinning through the countryside’s extensive network of stonewall-lined roads a delightful way to spend a day. In the afternoon we will travel a short distance to Locorotondo, a picturesque hilltop town named aptly for its curious circular shape.
  3. 3. SOUTHERN VISIONS ® in partnership withActive & Cultural Vacations architecture and quaint shops make it one of Puglia’s most interesting destinations. 4:00 pm - Private van transfer to Conversano - After a great ride we send you home in the van with drinks and snacks to give you a recharge. 6:00 pm - Cooking class with Patrizia - Tonight provides another fabulous opportunity to taste the best of Puglia and learn how to make it at home. Patrizia is a legend in this region for her brilliant use of local ingredients and precise instruction. This trip is like being on the set of your very own Food Network show! Lodging “Corte Altavilla” Day 3 - Tuesday - Going out to sea! 9:00 am - Meet by the bikes for daily route talk 9:30 am - This morning we will make our way from Conversano to Polignano a Mare, an ancient village of Greek origin. Set on beautiful, limestone cliffs above1:00 pm - Lunch stop in the farm village of San Marco the Adriatic, this gem of a town has views of thefor a mozzarella making demonstration and lunch. sparkling Mediterranean that can’t be beat. This willPuglia is home to some of the finest mozzarella in the be a good excuse to taste what is considered the bestworld, and you will have the chance to discover how gelato in the region! From Polignano a gentle andit is made, and perhaps more importantly; eat it! short ride up to Monopoli will build your appetite for lunch.2:30 pm - Afternoon ride and visit of Locorotondoand Martina Franca - Enjoy a leisurely spin from 12:30 pm - End of the ride in MonopoliLocorotondo to Martina Franca takes us through thescenic Valle d’Itria and past beautiful masserie 1:00 pm - Transfer onto the boat “Monny”! Welcome(farmhouses). Martina Franca’s elegant baroque drink onboard and introduction to life as a Pugliese
  4. 4. SOUTHERN VISIONS ® in partnership withActive & Cultural VacationsMariner – By bike you have seen the historic gems of that is Pugliese cuisine. After lunch, we jump back oninterior Puglia. Now on the sparkling deck of the land to explore the brilliant Città Bianca (white city)legendary “Monny” you will experience a Puglia until of Ostuni or extend your day with a walk into thenow only known to the Pugliese sailors and fishermen. beautiful natural setting of Lamacornola.Sunrise and sunset on deck will make you feel asthough the Monny belongs only to you. We will give 3:00 pm - Optional walking excursion at Lamacornolayou the low down on life onboard and set you free – This walk will take you from the stunning seasideto explore the bustling port of Monopoli. to a natural preserve of olives, eucalyptus, and ancient dwellings. More evidence that Puglia is a land untoAs the sun sets you will see Monopoli’s historic centre itself.come alive during the “passeggiata”, a traditional Italianevening stroll in town. 7:00 pm - Private transfer by van from Monny to Il Frantoio.Evening Dinner On your own in the old town (dinnersuggestions and map provided). 8:00 pm - Dinner at Il Frantoio (Often the dining highlight on all trips in Puglia). Rosalba manages theOvernight on board kitchen which doesn’t work as a restaurant. They decide to “offer” dinner when they can harvest freshDay 4 - Wednesday ingredients from their own backyard. Once again8:00 am Breakfast on board - Ahh, cappuccino and a Southern Visions’ connections have guaranteed a mealsea breeze…heaven… at this legendary Masseria. It’s a journey in the local cuisine re-imagined; each plate in served with an9:00 am - Boat transfer to Villanova di Ostuni and explanation about the ingredients, a particular winemooring. to match and even a unique olive oil for each course. Simply magic…1:00 pm - Lunch onboard - The traditional Mariner’slunch kicked up a few notches to encompass the Overnight on board.delicacies of the sea and the grand tradition of freshness
  5. 5. SOUTHERN VISIONS ® in partnership withActive & Cultural VacationsDay 5 - Thursday once protected the town and learn about the town’s8:00 am Breakfast on board turbulent history at the famous cathedral before sitting down to enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood, for which9:00 am - Boat transfer to the World Wildlife Fund Otranto is famous.Oasis of Torre Guaceto and mooring 8:00 pm - Dinner on your own in the old town (dinner10:30 am - Free time to explore the site. Optional suggestions and map provided).walking excursion in the park Overnight on board.1:00 pm - Picnic lunch along the beach – After athought provoking and soul uplifting walk, we provide Day 6 - Fridaya fabulous picnic lunch on the beach before jumping 8:00 am - Breakfast on board.back on the boat. 9:00 am - Boat transfer to Santa Maria di Leuca.3:00 pm - Boat transfer to Otranto – On our way wewill stop for a swim in the crystal clear azure waters 10:00 am - Optional bike ride to S.M. di Leuca - Todayon one of the many fabulous beaches lining the coast is a ride never to be forgotten.We pedal the incredibleto Otranto. coastline between Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca, situated at the very heel of Italy’s boot. From the5:00 pm - Welcome to Otranto - Otranto is bordered famous thermal town of Santa Cesarea Terme, to theby two seas, the Adriatic and Ionian. This city has long coastal fishing villages of Castro and Tricase Portobeen the gem of the Salento peninsula. You will have you can feel the Byzantine influence. Those on thea chance to visit the beautiful Aragonese castle that ride will stop for a traditional lunch along the sea.
  6. 6. SOUTHERN VISIONS ® in partnership withActive & Cultural Vacations1:00 pm - Lunch on board in S. M. di Leuca - For thosewho choose to remain onboard, The captain willarrange a lunch much like the legendary sailors ofSalento.8:00 pm - Dinner in a local restaurant devoted tofresh ingredients and the fabulous Salice Salentinowines of Salento.Overnight on board.Day 7 - Saturday8:00 am Breakfast onboard – We say farewell to ourAmazing captain and crew.9:00 am - Private van transfer to Lecce.10:30 am - Guided Walking Tour of Lecce – Commonlyreferred to as the Florence of the South, Lecce, morethan any other town in Puglia, has retained its historicand cultural identity. Its “Leccese baroque” historiccentre stands above all others in its beauty. Vibrantshopping, beautiful cathedrals and coffee on everycorner, this lively and inviting town is the perfect placeto end a wonderful journey. The Gems of Puglia:12:00 pm - Arrivederci! An Intimate Guided Adventure and Luxury Cruise of the Magical Land of Puglia 7 days/6 nights - 6B/4L/4D (1 picnic) Departure Dates: 08/06 - 15/6 - 22/06 - 29/06 06/07 - 13/07 - 20/07 Trip Size: 4-6 Participants Arrive/Depart: Conversano/Lecce Accomodations: **** Hotel and Premiere private Boat Cruise itineraries are available with weekly departures from June to July (Starting Day: Sunday) with a minimum of 4 participants and include daily van support as well as the full-time services of a professional guide. Contact us for any other desired date.