Pure In Italy: Experience Puglia

October 20-30, 2024 • 11 Days • 29 Meals

Embark on a journey through Italy’s hidden gem, and experience Puglia. From ancient caves to stunning coastlines, this tour offers an authentic taste of Italian culture and beauty.

An intimate small-group luxury tour designed for you. Book now! Space is limited!

Pure In Italy: Experience Puglia Tour

An Unforgettable 11-Day Journey

Take an unforgettable journey through the picturesque region of Puglia in Italy. Experience the charm of whitewashed hill towns, traditional farmland, and breathtaking Mediterranean coastline. Explore Matera, a UNESCO-listed town carved into limestone rock with ancient inhabited caves. Visit Ostuni, known as the “white city,” the medieval coastal town of Otranto, and the Baroque city of Lecce. Immerse yourself in this captivating region’s art, architecture, culture, traditions, and local cuisine and wine.
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Explore Puglia with Us

Experience Italy's True Essence with Ami & Don

“We are absolutely in love with Italy! The breathtaking landscapes, rich history, stunning architecture, and regional food and wine have captivated us during our regular visits to this beautiful country. We want to share all our amazing discoveries with you, from charming walks through ancient villages and enchanting outdoor candle-lit dinners to experiencing some of the most magnificent Masserias in this captivating region. Join us for an 11-day journey to fully indulge all your senses and savour the trip of a lifetime while immersing yourself in Puglia’s unique pace and lifestyle.” Your tour hosts, Ami and Don.
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Join Us On A Journey Through Italy

An Intimate Small-Group Tour Designed for You

Join Ami and Don on an enchanting journey through Italy this October. This trip focuses on Italy’s food, people, and design, allowing you to explore charming streets and unique antique markets that highlight the timeless beauty of Italian craftsmanship. This intimate small-group luxury tour is designed to offer real-time design inspiration while combining creativity with cultural experiences. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the heart of Italy, where design meets culture.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience a candlelight dinner in a deconsecrated church.
  • Enjoy your stay at our carefully selected luxurious accommodations.
  • Discover the unique landscapes of Sassi de Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Go hiking in the Gorges of Matera.
  • Stroll through an ancient olive grove in Puglia and enjoy olive oil tastings.
  • Enjoy the ambiance of long table dinners.
  • Embark on a boat excursion to where the Adriatic Sea meets the Ionian Sea.
  • Rejuvenate with an invigorating yoga session.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Puglia’s antique markets.
  • Participate in wine tastings at two Masserias.
  • Make your own homemade pasta.
  • Gather around for fireside cocktails.

 

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Captivating Views

A Visual Journey Through Puglia

Luxurious Accomodations & Meals

What is a Masseria? A Masseria is a fortified farmhouse. It is a timeless embodiment of history and tradition in the Puglia region, standing as a testament to the enduring legacy of the 16th century.

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Gallipoli Masseria: Puglia’s Hidden Gem

Time slows down at this Masseria, an upscale farm stay with charming suites set amidst Puglia’s serene countryside. You can participate in farm activities like feeding the animals or collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, picking sun-ripened figs or oranges, exploring bike trails, and relaxing with yoga or wine tasting. This place combines the peace of nature with the rich heritage of Puglia. It is located on the Ionian side of Salento’s hilly countryside, just four kilometres from Gallipoli, with beautiful beaches to the North and South.

3-night stay

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Apulia Masseria: Antique Furnishings in Simple Yet Luxurious Rooms

This 16th-century fortified farm in Apulia, Southern Italy, is surrounded by olive groves and verdant hills. It offers high-quality olive oil and a variety of produce from its vegetable garden. The renovated rooms and apartments are adorned with antique furniture and modern comforts, providing a serene retreat with wellness pools and authentic cuisine. This Masseria blends old-world charm with modern convenience and is an ideal place for a restful holiday in Puglia among the olive trees and whirlpool bath pools for wellness lovers.

5-night stay

Matera Project

Matera Project: World Famous for Its Sassi Quarters

Matera is a historic village in southern Italy known for its world-famous Sassi quarters, where caves have turned into dwellings, churches, and palaces. The oldest part of the Sassi, the CIVITA, houses rooms and an ancient church called the “Cripta della Civita,” all renovated to retain their original features. It overlooks the Murgia park and its rock-hewn churches. This project realized a unique cultural project, preserving the ancient stones and caves’ essence with extreme accuracy while conserving the original site.

2-night stay

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29 Sumptuous Meals

10 Breakfasts
9 Lunches
10 Dinners

Refreshments: Welcome cocktails, fireside drinks, local wine, and refreshments are included as per the itinerary.

Including long table dinners.

Experience Puglia | OCTOBER 20 – 30, 2024

Full Itinerary

Pure In Italy: Puglia Experience

Get ready to embark on a week of pure joy! Join Ami and Don in Italy for an unforgettable adventure thoughtfully curated and designed by Pure In Italy and Total Advantage Travel & Tours. Click on each day to discover our specially crafted tour itinerary.

Welcome to Italy - DAY 1
Sunday, October 20
On this tour, you will join Ami and Don in Italy for an unforgettable adventure. Upon arriving in Bari, our transfer service will greet you at the airport and take you to your Masseria accommodations. The day will conclude with a light meal and refreshments, which is the perfect beginning of your trip.

  • Afternoon pick-up/transfer service from Bari International Airport to your Masseria accommodations. Estimated pick-up time: 4:45-5:15 pm.
  • At 7:30 pm, you will have an early evening arrival at your Masseria hotel, 2 hours and 6 minutes away from Bari Airport, spanning 200.5 kilometres.
  • Meet and Greet at your accommodations with refreshments.
  • Check into your rooms.
  • Enjoy a light meal.
  • At 9:00 pm, it will be time to unwind and get some rest.

Hotel Description: Gallipoli Masseria (1st night of 3-night stay).

Explore Local & Make Pasta - DAY 2

Tuesday, October 22
Begin your day with an authentic Italian breakfast. Then, venture to Santa Maria di Leuca for a breathtaking stroll along the serene, sandy shores where the Adriatic and Ionian seas converge. Learn the art of making pasta. Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Otranto and conclude your day with a memorable dinner in Gallipoli.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30 am: Transportation to experience Torre Pali. Torre Pali is a small municipality in the province of Lecce, a hamlet of Salve located on the coast of the Ionian Sea.
  • 11:00 am: Arrive at Santa Maria di Leuca, walk around, and take photos.
  • 11:30 -12:30 pm: Learn the art of making pasta.
  • 12:30 pm: Depart for Otranto.
    1:00 pm: Arrive in Otranto, and walk to lunch.
  • 1:30-3:00 pm: Lunch at Peccato Di Vino in Otranto.
  • 3:00 pm: Depart Otranto.
  • 5:30 pm: Arrive back at your Masseria hotel. – Enjoy your free time.
  • 6:45 pm: Depart your hotel for Gallipoli.
  • 7:00-9:00 pm: Dinner in Gallipoli at Il Pettolino Restaurant.
  • 9:30 pm: Depart Gallipoli.
  • 10:00 pm: Arrive back at your Masseria hotel.
  • Free Time: Activities End – Time to relax.

Hotel Description: Apulia Masseria (2nd night of 3-night stay).


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Where the Two Seas Meet by Boat - DAY 3

Tuesday, October 22
Start your day with a refreshing Italian breakfast and a tranquil yoga session. Then, journey to Santa Maria di Leuca to immerse yourself in the local culture and savour a delightful lunch. Then, set out on a breathtaking boat trip on the crystal-clear ocean waters. It promises to be an experience like no other. Conclude your day with a memorable long-table dinner that will linger in your heart.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:30 -10:00 am: Optional yoga session.
  • 10:30 am: Depart your hotel and tour the village.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Relish a delightful lunch in the village (TBA).
  • 2:00 – 6:00 pm: Embark on a boat tour at Santa Maria De Leuca with two boats and skippers, the Emma and the Diablo.
  • 6:00-7:00 pm: Gather together at your Masseria with an option to enjoy cocktails.
  • 7:00-9:30 pm: Indulge in a memorable Long Table Dinner (TBA).
  • Free Time: Activities End – Time to relax.

Hotel Description: Apulia Masseria (3rd night of 3-night stay).


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Vineyards & Masseria - DAY 4

Wednesday, October 23
Enjoy the scenery of a local winery, where you’ll immerse yourself in Puglia’s rich history and flavours with a guided tour, wine tasting, and a delightful lunch amidst the vineyards. Conclude the day with a beautiful dinner at a 16th-century family Masseria featuring delectable local dishes crafted with passion and tradition.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30-11:00 am: Check-out of the hotel.
  • 11:00 am: Depart from your hotel by bus.
  • 11:30 am: Arrival at Masseria Li Veli Winery.
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Tour and wine tasting at Masseria Li Veli Winery.
  • 1:00-2:30 pm: Lunch (local restaurant to be determined).
  • 3:30 pm: Arrival at your Masseria accommodations situated in the Apulian countryside, surrounded by a lush landscape of olive trees.
  • 3:30-4:00 pm: Welcome refreshments.
  • 4:00-4:30 pm: Check-in to rooms.
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Self-tour of facilities/free time.
  • 6:00-7:30 pm: Fireside gathering and cocktails.
  • 7:30-9:30 pm: Long Table Dinner at your Masseria.
  • Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Hotel Description: Apulia Masseria (1st night of 5-night stay).


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Antiques of Ostuni - DAY 5

Thursday, October 24
Start your day with breakfast before exploring Ostuni’s ancient streets and charming antique shops. Enjoy lunch at Borgo Antico, then head to Torre Maizza for drinks and relaxation. End the day with a memorable dinner amidst orchards or olive groves, savouring the local flavours.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30 am: Depart from your Masseria accommodations with a luxury motor coach or minibus.
  • 11:00 am: Arrive in Ostuni.
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Tour of Ostuni, including visits to an antique shop, a guided tour, and shopping.
  • 1:00-2:30 pm: Lunch at Borgo Antico.
  • 3:00 pm: Depart from Ostuni.
  • 3:30 pm: Arrive back at your Masseria accommodations.
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Free time.
  • 5:00 pm: Depart from your Masseria hotel to Torre Maizza.
  • 5:30 pm: Arrive at Torre Maizza.
  • Explore the property and enjoy beverages, followed by a pre-dinner opera singer performance.
  • 7:00-9:00 pm: Dinner at Masseria Torre Maizza.
  • 9:30 pm: Depart back to your hotel.
  • Free Time: Activities End – Time to relax.

Hotel Description: Apulia Masseria (2nd night of 5-night stay).


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Alberobello - Olive Groves & Vineyards - DAY 6

Friday, October 25
Indulge in breakfast before heading to Alberobello. Explore its iconic trulli houses and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Afterward, visit the Olive Grove Masseria Salamina for a tour and an olive oil tasting. Then, return for a wine tasting and enjoy a delightful dinner that blends tradition and innovation.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30 am: Depart from your hotel by motor coach or minibus.
  • 11:30 am: Arrive in Alberobello.
  • 11:30 am–1:00 pm: Tour/explore Alberobello.
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Lunch at Ristorante La Cantina in Alberobello.
  • 2:30 pm: Depart from Alberobello.
  • 3:00 pm: Arrive at Olive Grove Masseria Salamina
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Tour of the Olive Grove and Olive Oil Tasting.
  • 4:00 pm: Leave Masseria Salamina.
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Arrive back at your Masseria hotel to freshen up for dinner/free time.
  • 5:30 pm: Leave your hotel for the evening.
  • 6:00-7:00 pm: Masseria Salamina Wine Tasting.
  • 7:30-9:30 pm: Dinner at Masseria Salamina.
  • 10:00 pm: Return to your hotel.
    Free Time: Activities End – Time to relax

Hotel Description: Apulia Masseria (3rd night of 5-night stay).


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Monopoli Town & Cooking Class - DAY 7

Saturday, October 26
Start the day with breakfast, then head from your Masseria to Monopoli for a town tour and an optional boat tour. After lunch in Monopoli, return to your Masseria hotel for a cooking class, followed by a fireside gathering with cocktails, and conclude the evening with dinner.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30 am: Departure from your Masseria hotel by motor coach or minibus.
  • 11:30 am: Arrival at Monopoli for a town tour.
  • 1:30 pm: Enjoy lunch at Trattoria La Locanda dei Mercanti.
  • 3:00 pm: Departure from Monopoli.
  • 4:00 pm: Return to your Masseria accommodations.
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Participate in a cooking class.
  • 5:30-7:00 pm: Fireside gathering with cocktails.
  • 7:00-9:00 pm: Dinner at a local restaurant (TBA).
  • 9:30 pm: Return to the hotel.
  • Free Time: Activities End – Time to relax.

Hotel Description: Apulia Masseria (4th night of 5-night stay).


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Cisternino - Antique Markets - DAY 8

Sunday, October 27
Enjoy breakfast, then leave your Masseria for a morning at the Antique Market. Next, visit Cisternino for lunch and exploration. After returning to your Masseria accommodations, relax during your free time, followed by fireside cocktails featuring local dancers and a long table dinner to round off the evening.

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 am: Depart from your hotel by motor coach or minibus.
  • 9:30 am: Visit the Antique Market.
  • 11:00 am: Depart from the Antique Market.
  • 11:30 am: Arrive in Cisternino.
  • 12:30-2:00 pm: Enjoy lunch at Rosticceria Antico Borgo di Menga Piero in Cisternino.
  • 2:30 pm: Depart from Cisternino.
  • 3:15 pm: Return to your Masseria accommodations.
  • 3:15-5:00 pm: Free time.
  • 5:00-6:15 pm: Gather for fireside cocktails with local dancers.
  • 6:15-8:15 pm: Enjoy a long table dinner at your Masseria.
  • After that, feel free to make the most of your evening.

Hotel Description: Apulia Masseria (5th night of 5-night stay).


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Sassi di Matera - Della Civita - DAY 9

Monday, October 28
After a nourishing breakfast, embark on a journey from your Apulia Masseria to the enchanting Sassi di Matera. Indulge in a delightful lunch, then check in at your hotel to settle in. Take some time to relax, explore, and come together for a vibrant cocktail gathering. Lastly, savour the experience of a genuinely remarkable long table dinner at Della Civita.

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel to start the day off right.
  • 10:00-11:00 am: Complete the check-out process at your hotel.
  • 11:30 am: Depart from your hotel by motor coach or minibus.
  • 11:30 am-1:00 pm: Relax and enjoy the trip to Sassi di Matera.
  • 1:00-2:30 pm: Indulge in a delightful lunch (local restaurant to be determined).
  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Check in to your unique hotel and settle in.
  • 3:30-5:30 pm: Enjoy some leisure time to explore and unwind.
  • 5:30-7:00 pm: Join us for a lively cocktail gathering.
  • 7:30-9:30 pm: Experience a memorable long table dinner at Della Civita.
  • 10:00 pm: Return to your hotel.
  • Free Time: Activities end – Time to relax.

Hotel Description: Matera Project (1st night of 2-night stay).


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Hike Through the Gorges of Matera - DAY 10

Tuesday, October 29
Candlelight Dinner in a Deconsecrated Church:
Start your day with breakfast, then depart from your hotel for a hike through the gorges of Matera. Explore both the old and new parts of the town before having lunch. Later, take some free time and gather for cocktails with a city view. Conclude the day with a candlelight dinner in a deconsecrated church.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30 am: Depart from your hotel by motor coach or minibus.
  • 11:00 am: Enjoy a hiking experience in the gorges of Matera.
  • 12:30 pm: Guided tour of the old and new town.
  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm: Delight in a local restaurant for lunch (TBA)
  • 3:30 pm-5:30 pm: Free time to explore at your leisure.
  • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm: Enjoy a cocktail gathering with an amazing city view.
  • 7:30-9:30 pm: Relish in a delightful candlelight dinner in a deconsecrated church.
  • 10:00 pm: Return to your hotel.
  • Free Time: Activities End – Time to relax.

Hotel Description: Matera Project (2nd night of 2-night stay).


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Final Goodbyes - Arrivederci ✈ DAY 11

Wednesday, October 30
Start the morning with breakfast, followed by check-out, then depart from Sassi di Matera. Arrive at Bari Airport, concluding the visit with farewells before your flight home.

  • 8:00 am: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30-11:30 am: Check out of your hotel..
  • 11:30 am: Depart by motor coach or minibus to Bari Airport.
  • 12:30 pm: Arrive at Bari International Airport for your flight home.
  • 12:45 pm: Exchange goodbyes – Arrivederci.

Tour concludes.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most common questions about our ‘Pure In Italy: Experience Puglia’ tour. From cancellation policies to travel tips, we’ve got you covered.

What is the cancellation policy?

You can cancel up to 90 days before the tour for a full refund. Cancellations made 70-90 days prior are 75% refundable, 45-70 days prior are 50% refundable, and within 45 days of the tour start, cancellations are non-refundable.

Is the deposit refundable?

The CAD 500.00 deposit is non-refundable after July 20th, 2024. Please ensure your plans are confirmed before this date to avoid any loss.

What should I pack for the trip?

We recommend packing comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, a reusable water bottle, and any personal medications. Don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful scenery!

Are meals included in the tour price?

Yes, the tour price includes 29 meals, which cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner as specified in the itinerary. Refreshments and some local specialties are also included.

What travel documents do I need?

Please ensure you have a valid passport with at least six months’ validity from the date of return. It’s also advisable to carry a copy of your travel insurance and any necessary visas.

How about some important travel tips?

Disclaimer

If you plan to enter or leave the EU carrying the equivalent of €10,000 or more in cash, you must declare it at customs. Cash includes currency notes, coins, bankers’ drafts, cheques, and travellers’ cheques. If you do not declare the cash, customs authorities could take away your money, and you may receive a fine of as much as €8,000.

Electricity

When travelling to another country, you may need an adaptor and/or electric converter to plug your electrical devices and appliances into the local power grid. An adaptor changes the plug so it fits into the outlet. A converter changes the voltage coming out of the outlet.

To determine what you need, first, verify if the plugs on your devices fit the outlet of your destination.

Europe

In Europe, the plug type is C, which has two round pins. If your plugs do not match this description, you will need an adaptor.

Next, verify the voltage of each device you intend to bring. You can find this information on the cord, plug, or on the device itself. Many devices are dual voltage. For those, you do not need a converter. If your device is not dual voltage and it differs from the voltage of your destination, you will need a voltage converter.

In Europe, the voltage is 220v-230v. If necessary, make sure to get a converter that converts to this voltage.

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