Puglia, the Veggie Garden of Italy and Matera

Called the ‘heel’ of the boot of Italy, Puglia is also the peninsula’s vegetable garden, which over the centuries attracted many empires to this coastal region. We believe the neighboring regions of Puglia and Basilicata –the latter MOST KNOWN FOR the town of Matera– are best experienced as a pairing.


Between the two, we’ll explore two UNESCO sites, visit with local wine, olive oil, bread and cheese makers, take in the famed trulli (conic-shape dwellings) of Alberobello, visit the quaint villages of Locorotondo, Polignano a Mare and Ostuni, and of course taste the native grapes of Negroamaro and Primitivo, found in full-bodied earthy reds, and overnight in magical masserie (fortified farmhouses or country estates), unique to the region. 


See here for more info on Puglia region.


Puglia, the Veggie Garden of Italy and Matera

Dates & Pricing

DATES (7 days)

May 19-25, 2024 | September 1-7, 2024

For other dates, info and availability please contact us.



Per person in double occupancy: from $3,490


Single Supplement: $540


For travel in 2021 and beyond, your tour is carbon neutral! In addition, we donate more than 1% of your trip price to food-literacy and environmental non-profits that share our values. (Details here)

Tour Highlights

  • Discover two UNESCO Sites: the Sassi of Matera and the Park of Rupestrian Churches; the Trulli of Alberobello
  • Tastings of regional Slow Food Presidia and visits to local wine, olive oil, bread and cheese makers
  • Experience the authentic Mediterranean Diet through local traditional cuisine featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients and learn more about local recipes
  • Enjoy some of the best reds of Italy, Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes, two indigenous varieties of the Salento area
  • Relax in unique, elegant masseria or 3- or 4-star hotels distinctively representing the local cultures and traditions
  • Delve into history, traditions and culture in this unique area of south of Italy
  • Explore the tranquil countryside inland, at times surrounded by century-old olive oil trees or a natural reserve by the sea

What's Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels and masserie
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners with either a 3- or 4-course menu
  • Walks in Matera and Alberobello historic centers
  • Entry fees to Egnazia Roman site and trulli museum in Alberobello
  • 1 cooking demo in an agriturismo and 1 olive oil tasting in a masseria
  • 1 visit and tasting to a bakery in Altamura (Slow Food Presidium)
  • 3 optional hikes and daily walking opportunities
  • 1 tasting & visit to local winemaker and 1 to mozzarella maker
  • 1 visit to a WWF natural reserve with a local guide
  • Comfortable transportation by 9-seat van for all travel on tour as cited in the itinerary
  • Bilingual, professional Tour Leaders
  • Last group transfer to Bari airport
  • Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during tour

What's Not Included

  • 4 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
  • Alcoholic beverages at group meals (including wine and spirits)
  • Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
  • Transfer to first hotel from Brindisi airport
  • Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended. See more info here)
  • Gratuities for your Tour Leader. (Info here)
  • Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts



To request the itinerary as a PDF or to ask us any questions please contact us today!