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PUGLIA COLORS tour | Nature + Food + Culture

April May June 2019
Eight Days, Seven Nights,
Wine Tasting,
Full Board,
Dinners in selected Restaurants
(twice with Seafood),
Four Guided Visits,
Nature Excursion,
Small Group (max 8 Guests),
Private Coach.

1750 €
per person
Periods

Description

Spring is the perfect season to visit the Italy's southeastern region, Puglia, and talk about Colours; not only the vegetation is blooming, the extended daylight also boosts people's mood...

During this week you will walk through authentic and historical centres, swim at sea and savour delicious seasonal food.

 

Highlights: Small Group, Traditional Handicraft, Excellent local food, Full Board, Two Dinners with Seafood, Butterfly Watching, Wine Tasting, Peaceful Hill and Sea Landscapes, Places out of Mass-Tourism, Local Tour Operator.

 

Dates of start and conclusion of this Journey:
Saturday – Saturday,
from March 30 to June 29, 2019 (Eastern period excluded).

 

Places: Conversano, Alberobello, Ostuni, Polignano a Mare, Locorotondo, Bari, Monopoli e Brindisi â€“ Puglia, Italy.

Itinerary

First Day - Transfer from arrival place (airport or station of Bari) to Hotel Masseria Gravelle: itinerary introduction and walk through Masseria's facility and farmed fields. Here you will have a delicious dinner with their self produced cheese and meat specialities.

 

Second Day - Walk with a guide through the marvellous alleyways of Conversano, where the coexistence of Lords, Abbesses and Bishops was never easy. See what remains of an important heritage: the Castle, Monastery and Cathedral; the guide will narrate facts and tales related to those places; in the old centre you will have also a light lunch. From here you will move to to the UNESCO site of Alberobello and visit the iconic Trulli, unique cone-roofed houses of Apulia. You will conclude your day travelling to a natural harbour and having a delicious seafood dinner on the terrace restaurant La Colonna, few meters away from the sea, the tower and the abbey. Return to hotel.

 

Third dayParco delle Dune Costiere is a a wild protected area along the shore line; here you will have a guided excursion by a researcher of Polyxena: you will try to catch, recognize and release butterflies, a real hard Butterfly-Safari! From here you will reach the "White Town" of Ostuni: the small streets give an incredible panoramic view on olive trees, stone walls and the coastline; beneath the Sant'Oronzo column, you will end the day by a dinner based on local ham, cheese and salads. Return to hotel.

 

Fourth day - Today you will go to Polignano a Mare and have a walk through the old centre, which is perched atop a twenty meters high limestone cliff above the crystal clear sea water; from here you will enjoy one of the most enchanting view in Italy; afterwards you will descent to Lama Monachile for a first impression about the erosion made by temporary water flows; this place is also known as the beach of Polignano: a pleasure to swim there...
Afterwards you will drive to Locorotondo to meet Marianna in her family's cellar: your wine experience at Cardone Vini will include a pleasant wine tasting with local tasty food in the vineyard beneath the old centre. Before to return to hotel you will stroll around the beautiful old centre of Locorotondo and have a piece of pizza. Return to hotel.

 

Fifth day - During the morning you will visit first the weekly market of Noicattaro to have an idea of local seasonal vegetables and fruits, then meet Alberto and his handmade Taralli and Pasta shop; the deep consciousness of Alberto about quality food makes his explanation very interesting: Of course you will also try to produce a couple of Taralli! For midday you will travel to Bari and have a light lunch; in the old centre of "Bari Vecchia", you will have a walking guided tour through the thousand-year old architecture: the Castle and two religious institutions, the Saint Nicholas Basilica and the Cathedral, will give you an idea of the complicated history of this place from Middle Ages to the present. The rest of afternoon will be free for a relaxing walk along the seafront (Lungomare) or shopping time in the pedestrian and commercial area of Via Sparano. Dinner in an typical Osteria. Return to hotel.

 

Sixth dayTerracotta pottery is a really ancient craftsmanship, nowadays exercised by few artisans; Tonino is indeed one of the last; he gains raw material from surrounding land and realize marvellous objects by an astonishing ability: Visiting his workshop is a unique experience! Light lunch. The afternoon will be spent in Monopoli, one of the most beautiful sea town in Italy: you will walk through the marvellous old centre alleyways and be delighted by a delicious seafood dinner at Guazzetto Restaurant. Return to the hotel.

 

Seventh day - For this last day the group will agree together with the tour leader, where to spend the morning: for a stroll or shopping time? Or maybe both? Light lunch at midday. In the afternoon you will have a guided walk through Brindisi old centre; the importance of this Apulian city on a natural harbour begins during the Roman Empire: here ended the Appian Way from Rome and from here departed ships towards Greece and Egypt. Return to hotel for dinner and salutation.

 

Eighth day - Transfer to the departure place.

 

 

Places to start and terminate this travel: Airport or station of Bari.

For transfers from other places, we will communicate you the cost according the number of guests.

 

Accommodation facility:
Hotel ★★★ Masseria Gravelle, Castellana-Turi km 7, 70014 Conversano (BA), Italy - www.masseriagravelle.it
The main construction, the restaurant, was the ancient barn of the 18th century with stone walls and arched ceilings. Masseria Gravelle is located in a prime location with a wonderful view of the surrounding villages and the sea in the distance.
Double room with bathroom, small fridge, TV, wifi.

(Distances: Gravelle-Conversano 14 km, Gravelle-Polignano 25km, Gravelle-Bari 35km, Gravelle-Ostuni 60km, Gravelle-Brindisi 100km)

 

At reservation and before down payment we will confirm you the place availability.

 

Price 1750 Euros/person
Reduction on March and April arrivals; surcharge in June: select your period!
Down payment of 25% after confirmation.
Final payment of 75% latest 30 days before arrival.

 

The group will be made up of minimum two guests and maximum 8.
We will communicate you the group size 20 days before arrival.

 

In the price are included the following services: Seven overnight stays in double room with breakfast in Hotel ★★★ Masseria Gravelle; wine tasting; four 3-course dinners in selected restaurants with water and local wine; one 2-course dinner in Osteria with water and local wine; one dinner based on local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); one pizza after the meal offered during the wine tasting; six light lunches at midday with water; four guided visits: Conversano, Natural Excursion, Bari and Brindisi; English and German speaking tour leader throughout the duration (Luigi Piero Grieco or colleague); transfers to the indicated places as well as transfers from and to the airport or station of Bari; Schengen travel insurance: as indicated below.

 

Included travel insurance: 8-day Schengen travel insurance for medical expenses (maximum 30000 Euro); repatriation: in the event of serious accident, serious illness or death.

An extension of the included insurance or other travel insurances (such as insurance to cover the cost of termination of the contract by the traveller) can be inquired.

 

Meals: Four 3-course dinners in selected restaurants with water and local wine; one 2-course dinner in Osteria with water and local wine; one dinner based on local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); one pizza after the meal offered during the wine tasting; six light lunches at midday with water; breakfast every morning at hotel.

 

In the price are not included the following services: Travel from and to own domicile; other meals and drinks than the indicated; other guided visits than the indicated; other insurances than the indicated.

 

Surcharge double room for single occupancy: 170€/week.

Surcharge for one more overnight stay with dinner in the same accommodation facility: 120€/person.

Surcharge for two more overnight stays with dinners in the same accommodation facility: 220€/person.

 

Transportation: by car in case of 2-3 guest group; by 9-seat minivan (Ford Transit Custom or similar) for larger groups.

 

To this travel the General Sales Conditions of IDILLIO D'ARTE apply.

 

For further information or program suggestion, please use the contact form or write to info@idarte.it or simply call the +39 / 080 403 81 28.

IDILLIO D'ARTE informs that even if it is not needed a passport for border checks within the Schengen area (e.g. Italy, France and Germany are included in the Schengen area; United Kingdom and Ireland not), it is still always highly recommended to take a passport or ID card with you, so you can prove your identity, if needed (if stopped by police, boarding a plane, etc.). Schengen EU countries have the possibility of adopting national rules obliging you to hold or carry papers and documents, when you are present on their territory. Driving licenses, post, bank or tax cards are not accepted as valid travel documents or proof of identity. The non-EU citizens shall find information for visa to the Italian Embassy in their country.
The guest shall verify any modification before departure as well as the health and security situation at destination by competent authorities (e.g. at www.viaggiaresicuri.it , www.gov.uk/travelaware or www.auswaertiges-amt.de).

For further information regarding the Tour Operator IDILLIO D'ARTE, please consult the page contact.

 

 

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