Arrive in Bari, then welcome to Matera
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Palazzo Gattini, Matera. A transfer is included from Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport to Palazzo Gattini, set in a 15th-century stone palace in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera. Join us for a rooftop welcome reception, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
The Sassi of Matera & a 13th-century castle
Hop aboard a tuk-tuk for a ride through the winding streets of Matera. The cave dwellings you will see here made their debut in Paleolithic times and were lived in until 1960. Go inside a typically furnished cave home, before driving to Alta Mura, the "City of Bread" for a taste of local life. Take a guided tour inside 13th-century Castel del Monte this afternoon, one of the best-preserved castles in southern Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it also is featured on the Italian version of the one-cent euro coin! Spend the evening at leisure back in Matera.
Baroque treasures of Lecce
Drive through the countryside to Lecce today, stopping en route at a winery known for its Puglian Primitivo wine. Enjoy a tasting tour and lunch and continue on to your hotel in Lecce. A guided walking tour on cobbled city streets includes a close look at its Baroque architectural gems, the ornate 15th-century Chiesa di Santa Chiara; the 2nd-century Roman Amphitheater, unearthed in 1901; the Piazza del Duomo; and the allegorically dressed Basilica de Santa Croce, a must-see site inside and out. Spend the remainder of the day exploring as you wish.
Galatina, Otranto & Zoe entertainment
Head to nearby Galatina, home of the "Tarantella," for a tour of the Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria where you will view impressive frescoes depicting biblical stories. On a visit inside the Baroque Chiesa di San Paolo, see the church well that was reputed to have healing powers from magic spiders. After lunch, drive to the fortified seaside town of Otranto for a guided walking tour of its historic sites. See its famous castle and visit its medieval cathedral, home to a magnificent floor mosaic (and wooden coffered ceiling) along with its macabre crypts. Dinner tonight at an authentic masseria delights with a family-style farm-to-table menu that showcases ingredients grown on site and "Officina Zoe" pizzica folk music and dance.
Olive Oil Tasting & Medieval Ostuni
Spend the morning at leisure, before driving to an Apulian masseria for a tour of its 16th-century manor house, olive oil mill and grounds. Lunch includes a tasting of the organic olive oils they produce here. En route to your masseria hotel, explore the multi-level medieval city of Ostuni, charming with whitewashed houses.
Trulli in Alberobello
Discover the cave homes of Alberobello today. Walk down narrow alleys of the tightly packed "barnyard district" of Rione Aia Piccola, where some 400 whitewashed trulli, once inhabited by the region's farmers, still stand strong today. Nearby, visit the two-story Trullo Sovrano; now a museum, it was built in the 18th century for the local priest and houses religious relics from the past. Time at leisure lets you explore and sample a taste of local fare. This evening's dinner at a classic Puglia seafood restaurant gives you an opportunity to savor the catch of the day fresh from the sea.
Seaside Polignano a Mare & a farewell dinner
Built into a rugged ravine pitted with caves and painted with deep blue grottoes, Polignano a Mare is renowned for its cliff diving, for inspiring the song "Volare" by Domenico Modugno, and, according to the locals, ice cream. Enjoy time to wander in town and have lunch before returning to your resort. Join us for a farewell dinner tonight.
Tour ends: Savelletri di Fasano. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included from Masseria Torre Maizza or Masseria Torre Coccaro to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport or Brindisi Airport, regardless of time or day of departure. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights in Savelletri di Fasano or in Bari. You should allow three hours for flight check in.