Gay Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour

Exclusive Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour

From €4290 or USD $4849

Deposit €500 or USD $690

15 – 24 November 2019

  • Private transfers to and from Bari airport
  • 3 nights Accommodation at luxurious worldwide well-known Borgo Egnazia with breakfast
  • Accommodation (3 nights) at exclusive Masseria near Alberobello, breakfast included
  • 3 nights accommodation at the famous Sextantio, Matera, with breakfast
  • Private transfers to all destinations listed on the itinerary
  • Welcome Dinner including wine (set menu)
  • Private walking tour of Monopoli
  • Guided Walking tour of Polignano a Mare
  • Cooking class and typical lunch at 5*Masseria Torrecoccaro 
  • Private walking tour of Ostuni
  • Typical dinner at Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, including wine (set menu)
  • Guided tour of Sassi di Matera on Day 8
  • Light lunch in Matera, wine included
  • Farewell Dinner, including wine (set menu)
  • 24 hour phone assistance
  • Your Personal Italy Gay Travels Tour Hosts, Kendall and Sergio

Matera & Puglia

€4290 or USD $4849 in Double Room, sharing with a fellow traveller.

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

Solo traveler? You will share a double room with a fellow traveller.

If you prefer your own room, please add a Single supplement of €990 or USD $1120.

4-10 people

Fly in and out of Bari International Airport.

Price per person (based on shared double room)

  • €4290 or USD $4849 in Double Room

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

  • Single Supplement €990 or USD $1149

Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a fellow foodie if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

Services included

  • 9 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
  • Cooking Lesson
  • All transfers required on the tour
  • Guided tour of towns and cities
  • Information material
  • ‘Italy Gay Travels’ provides a Tour Manager for the duration of the trip, who will coordinate all activities and accommodation.
  • All costs/entry fees for the activities listed in the itinerary are included.
  • All transport during the tour is included. Transport is in our van/minibus.
  • 24 hour phone assistance

Services not included

  • Return flights
  • Insurance and everything not listed as Included
  • City Taxes
  • 3,5% Credit Card Commission

Duration

  • 10 days / 9 nights (9 days of activities)
  • Learn to cook like a local with hands-on cooking lessons from Pugliese chefs  at 5* Masseria Torrecoccaro
  • Luxurious Accommodation in the most sought-after resorts of the area
  • Fine Dining at Exclusive Private Locations
  • Private Tours of Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Ostuni
  • Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera on Day 8
  • Olive Oil from centuries old trees with a degustation of several types of olive oil.
  • Wine tasting of the region’s local wines including wines made from indigenous.
  • Local Cheeses such as burrata, caciocavallo, pecorino and caccioricotta.
  • Pastries and desserts including the famous pasticciotto.
  • Focaccia & taralli.
  • Fresh Seafood.
  • Local fresh produce including fave (beans), rape (stems and leaves of Broccoli) and courgette flowers.
  • Italian Liqueurs such as Amaro and Limoncello.
  • An array of meals showcasing the best of Southern Italian Cuisine.
This tour is open to all levels of cooking skills.
En suite rooms in Luxurious Accommodations with Breakfasts. 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners included.
Upon arrival you will be greeted and briefed to the activities of the week ahead. You will be provided with an assistance number you can call at any time during your stay.

Join Italy Gay Travels for the Exclusive Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour

Our very own Exclusive Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour is the perfect opportunity to get to know some of the world-famous yet less mass market areas of Southern Italy. It is a region full of charme and authenticiy. 10 days / 9 nights of pure bliss at Exclusive Luxury accommodations: a tour that combines the must-see sights of the region with a sophisticated exploration of the food and wine specific to the area. You will have the opportunity to discover beautiful towns belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage List: Alberobello and its iconic drywall dwellings called trulliMatera, with its Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. You will also visit other key sights of Puglia, such as Monopoli, Polignano a Mare and Ostuni. Our very own Exclusive Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour is an unforgettable experience in one of  the most sought-after areas of Southern Italy: spots are limited! Please email info@italygaytravels.com for more information.

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Day 1

Welcome to Puglia!

Our Exclusive Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour starts from Bari Airport, which has many connections to Europe and beyond. We will greet you and make our way to your accommodation, in the 5* Resort Borgo Egnazia.
Welcome Dinner at Due Camini  Restaurant, within the Borgo Egnazia Estate: you will enjoy a first taste of Puglia cuisine in a luxurious environment.

  • Meals included: Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight at Borgo Egnazia
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Day 2

Monopoli

After a fresh breakfast and a dip in the pool (if you fancy) a private transfer will drive you to the charming town of Monopoli (about 30 minutes drive away).
You will meet your private English tour guide and embark on a walking tour of the historical center. This beautiful port town has all the seaside charm Puglia has to offer. Key sights include St. Francesco Church, the Castle of Charles V, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima della Madia and the port.
After lunch on your own a private transfer will bring you back to Borgo Egnazia. Here you can relax, go to the beach or rest before having dinner on your own.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight at Borgo Egnazia
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Day 3

Polignano a Mare

Breakfast in hotel followed by free time for the beach or to relax and have lunch on your own.
A private transfer in the afternoon will drive to Polignano a Mare (about 40 minutes away). You will meet your private English speaking tour guide and embark on a walking tour of this picture perfect seaside town perched above the cliffs overlooking the blue Adriatic Ocean. This Town is full of surprises: it also hosts the Red Bull diving event. Discover the boutique shops within its small alleyways.
You will enjoy Dinner at the famous Grotta Palazzese (set menu, wine included).
After dinner, a Private transfer will drive you back to Borgo Egnazia.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Overnight at Borgo Egnazia
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Day 4

Cooking Class & Alberobello

Breakfast in hotel and private transfer to the 5 Star Masseria Torrecoccaro (about 50 min) for a Cooking Class Puglia style. Here you will learn to make typical food from Puglia such as Orecchiette (fresh pasta with a ear-shape) and bread. Afterwards you will eat all that has been cooked by your own hands: lunch with wine is included.
In the afrernoon, a private transfer will drive our private group to the Masseria (about 30 min away) where you  will check in into a restored farmstead, exclusive accommodation for the next few nights.
The rest of the afternoon and evening will be free to let you explore the area and dinner on your own pace.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Overnight in Masseria
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Day 5

Tour of the Itrian Valley

Breakfast in the hotel and private transfer to Martina Franca. Here you will meet your guide for a tour of the Itrian Valley that will let you discover the magical surroundings of the area. Start from Martina Franca, one of the Puglia’s most elegant cities, with its baroque and rococo buildings. You will discover its old winding streets before heading into the countryside. Pass rolling hills dotted with trulli and farmsteads eventually stopping to have lunch in a typical Masseria. Taste some typical regional food; such as Capocollo, Burrata, Cacioricotta and Bombette.
Private transfer back to the hotel.
Dinner on your own, to explore the area by night at your own pace.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Overnight in Masseria
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Day 6

Ostuni

Breakfast in hotel and private transfer to Ostuni (about 30 minutes drive away). Meet your private guide for a walking tour of Ostuni, known as ‘The White city’. Visit the cathedral, the most important monument of the city, the main square with the Town hall and the famous St. Oronzo steeple. Have a stroll through the alleys of the Old Town and pay a visit to their many little shops; take in the spectacular 180 degree view of the ocean and the thousands of ancient Roman Olive trees that sweep across this area. Next, enjoy a typical lunch in one of the restaurants that populate Ostuni. In the afternoon, a private transfer will drive you back to the Masseria for free time to relax and enjoy dinner on your own.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight in Masseria
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Day 7

Matera

After breakfast, it’s time to pack. The Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour with a private transfer will drive you right into Matera (60 minutes away), 2019 European Capital of Culture.  Check in at Sextantio Le Grotte della civiltà.
Today will be a free day for you to relax, go shopping, discover Matera by yourself or catch up on some me time!
Enjoy lunch and dinner at your own leisure, or perhaps meet up with your fellow travellers.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight at Sextantio, Matera
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Day 8

I Sassi di Matera

Breakfast in hotel. Soon after,  meet your local guide for a walking tour through the characteristic districts of the Sassi. You will start with an historical introduction, analyzing the different stages of the urban development of Matera. The itinerary is punctuated by numerous stops: you will visit key points of interest including rock churches, cave houses, water collection systems and cellars dug in caves.
Lunch is on us: our group will enjoy a lunch with cheeses and meats, typical of the region, wine included.
The rest of the evening will be free for you to explore the area at your own pace.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Overnight at Sextantio, Matera
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Day 9

Medieval Villages of Basilicata

After breakfast our Luxury Matera group will  visit some of the most spectacular and off the beaten path villages in the South of Italy. Among these, Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano, two mountaintop villages ringed by the Lucanian Dolomite. Castelmezzano is surely one of Italy’s most theatrical villages: the houses huddle along an impossibly narrow ledge that falls away in gorges to the river. Pietrapertosa is even more amazing and the Saracen fortress at its pinnacle is carved out of the mountain. Return to the hotel in Matera in the afternoon, in time to get ready for the Farewell Dinner!

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Overnight at Sextantio, Matera
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Day 10

Farewell

After breakfast in the hotel it’s time to say goodbye! Our Exclusive Luxury Matera and Puglia Tour is over. A private transfer will drive you back to Bari airport (60 minutes away). See you next time!

 

Optional add-ons:

  • There are a range of massage treatments available throughout your stay. Please email info@italygaytravels.com for more information.
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