Puglia 2020

Pack your bags for 11 days in Puglia!

May 19, 2020 – May 29, 2020

11 DAYS IN PUGLIA*

05/19/20 – 05/29/20
*12 person maximum
$6,100 per person

CITIES YOU’LL VISIT:

Marina di San Gregorio, Miggiano, Gallipoli, Tricase, Giuliano di Lecce, Otranto, Lecce, Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano a Mare, Matera

ARTISAN PRODUCERS:

Wine, Olive oil, Cartapesta

HIGHLIGHTS:

Trulli houses, Città Bianche, touring and lunching under 500 year old olive trees, UNESCO World Heritage sites, Baroque architecture, 4-star hotels, cooking class, shopping, eating and drinking!

MEALS INCLUDED:

Breakfast Daily
Five Lunches
Five Dinners

If Italy is the ‘boot’, then Puglia is the ‘heel’. It is also sometime called ‘the land between two seas’, because it lies right between the Adriatic and Ionian, also ‘the Florence of the South’ due to the stunning Baroque architecture that adorns the facades of Lecce and other towns and finally ‘the mezzogiorno’, an apt allusion for its slow pace of life and sleepy ambience of the noonday sun.

Join the Travelling Chef on this one of a kind travel experience to discover Puglia! We’ll tour amazing cities, tasting the region’s finest cheeses, wines and olive oils. We will explore local villages, dine in wonderful restaurants, cook a traditional Puglian meal with a professional chef, shop on cobblestone streets among masters of cartapesta (papier-mâché) renowned in the region.

We have customized this adventure to Southern Italy with a brilliant balance of free time and guided activities with an intimate group of just 6–12 guests. We encourage the single traveler and do not charge a single supplement fee. Be sure to bring an extra suitcase, a generous appetite and a spirit for adventure!

Reserve your spot!

Deposit is due by January 15!

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Itinerary

Tuesday May 19: Brindisi Airport/Marina di San Gregorio

  1. Private van transfer from Brindisi Airport to Hotel Montecallini in Marina di San Gregorio, times to be determined.
  2. Check in at Hotel Montecallini and free time.
  3. 08:00 PM Welcome dinner at Restaurant Sant’Elia – Marina di San Gregorio. santeliatrattoria.com
  4. Overnight at Hotel Montecallini – Marina di San Gregorio. hotelmontecallini.com

Wednesday May 20: Marina di San Gregorio/Miggiano/Gallipoli/Marina di San Gregorio

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini.
  2. 10:00 AM Transfer from the hotel to Miggiano (driving time approx 30 mins).
  3. 10:30 Visit at Merico Company (extra virgin olive oil producer) Miggiano. www.oliomericosalento.com
    Learning about the olive oil production, visiting their own meal and beautiful stroll through their historic olive groves, that have more than 700 years old.
  4. 01:00 PM Tasting lunch, learning about the olive oil pairing with typical food.
  5. 03:00 PM Transfer back to the hotel.
  6. 06:00 PM Transfer to Gallipoli (driving time approx. 30 mins.).
  7. Free time in Gallipoli, walking and discovering a beautiful village by the west coast of Salento.
  8. 08:00 PM Dinner at Restaurant Portolano – Gallipoli.  www.trattoriaportolano.it
  9. Overnight at Hotel Montecallini.

Thursday May 21: Marina di San Gregorio/Gagliano del Capo/Marina di San Gregorio

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini.
  2. 10:00 AM Visit the Agriturismo Serine, learning about the local vegetable. www.agriturismoserine.it
  3. 12:00 PM Tasting lunch at the company.
  1. 02:00 PM Transfer back to the hotel.
  2. 03:00 PM Transfer to Gagliano del Capo.
  3. 03:30 PM Cooking class, discovering the ancient recipes of the region.
    Local people will work with your group and you will be responsible for preparing a traditional Puglia meal. You will start in the morning learning about ingredients. In the afternoon they will assist you in the preparation of the dishes.
  4. 08:00 PM Cooking class dinner at Palazzo Comi – Gagliano del Capo.
  5. Overnight at Hotel Montecallini.

Friday May 22: Marina di San Gregorio/Tricase/Marina di San Gregorio

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini.
  2. 11:00 AM Transfer from Marina di San Gregorio to Tricase (driving time approx. 30 mins.).
  3. 11:30 AM Visit and tasting lunch at Castel di Salve Company (wine producer), learning about local wines varieties – Tricase. casteldisalve.com
  4. 02:30 PM Transfer back to the hotel.
  5. Free afternoon, relaxing at the hotel.
  6. Dinner on your own in Marina di San Gregorio.
  7. Overnight at Hotel Montecallini.

Saturday May 23: Marina di San Gregorio/Lecce

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini.
  2. 10:30 AM Luggage collection and check out.
  3. 11:00 AM Transfer from Marina di San Gregorio to Lecce (driving time approx. 1 hr. 30 mins.).
    If the weather allows us, we will reach Lecce, driving along the east side coast of Salento, admiring the amazing landscape.
  4. 01:00 PM Check in at Hotel Risorgimento.
  5. Free afternoon, relaxing at the hotel or walking/shopping in the city.
  6. Dinner on your own in Lecce.
  7. Overnight at Hotel Risorgimento – Lecce. risorgimentoresort.it

Sunday May 24: Lecce

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento.
  2. 09:00 AM Guided tour of Lecce, including the visit at lime stone and cartapesta masters.
  3. Lunch on your own in Lecce.
  4. Free afternoon, relaxing at the hotel or walking/shopping in the city.
  5. Dinner on your own in Lecce.
  6. Overnight at Hotel Risorgimento.

Monday May 25: Lecce/Otranto/Lecce

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento.
  2. 09:30 AM Transfer from Lecce to Otranto (driving time approx. 30 mins.).
  3. 10:00 PM Guided tour of Otranto.
  4. Free time and lunch on your own in Otranto.
  5. 03:00 PM Transfer back to the hotel.
  6. Free afternoon, relaxing at the hotel or walking/shopping in the city.
  7. 08:00 PM Dinner at Restaurant La Scarpetta – Lecce. www.lascarpettahostaria.it
  8. Overnight at Hotel Risorgimento – Lecce. risorgimentoresort.it

Tuesday May 26: Lecce/Ostuni/Polignano A Mare

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento.
  2. 09:30 AM Luggage collection and check out.
  3. 10:00 AM Transfer from Lecce to Ostuni (driving time approx. 1 hr).
  4. Free morning in Ostuni, enjoying the “white city” of Salento.
  5. Lunch on your own in Ostuni.
  6. 02:30 PM Transfer from Lecce to Polignano A Mare (driving time approx. 1 hr 30 mins).
  7. 04:00 PM Check in at Hotel
  8. Free afternoon, relaxing at the hotel spa and/or discovering the village.
  9. Dinner on your own in Polignano A Mare, an amazing village overhanging the sea.
  10. Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco – Polignano A Mare. borgobianco.it

Wednesday May 27: Polignano A Mare/Altamura/Matera/Polignano A Mare

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianco.
  2. 09:30 AM Transfer from Polignano A Mare to Altamura (driving time approx. 1 hr).
  3. 10:30 AM Visit at Panificio Di Gesù, (local artisan bakery), learning about the typical bread of Altamura and typical tarallini pugliesi. www.digesu.it/site/
  4. 12:00 PM Transfer from Altamura to Matera (driving time approx. 30 mins).
  5. 12:30 PM Lunch at Reastaurant La Fedda Rossa – Matera. www.lafeddarossamatera.it/index.asp
  6. 03:00 PM Guided tour of Matera, discovering the beautiful “Stones City”.
  7. 05:30 PM Transfer back to the hotel (driving time approx. 1 hr 30 mins).
  8. Free evening and dinner on your own at the hotel or in the village.
  9. Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco.

Thursday May 28: Polignano A Mare/Alberobello/Polignano A Mare

  1. Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianco.
  2. 10:00 AM Transfer from Polignano A Mare to Alberobello (driving time approx. 30 mins.).
  3. Free morning in Alberobello, discovering the typical “trulli” of the village.
  4. Lunch on your own in Alberobello.
  5. 02:30 PM Transfer back to the hotel.
  6. Free afternoon, relaxing at the hotel spa and/or packing your luggage.
  7. 08:00 PM Group dinner at the Hotel Restaurant.
  8. Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco.

Friday May 29: Polignano A Mare/Brindisi Airport

  1. Breakfast at Hotel
  2. Transfer to Brindisi Airport, times to be determined.

Your Host

Nancy and her guests will be joined by guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners.

Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!

Reserve your spot!