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PUGLIA WINE WINTER & CULTURE

January to April and November to December 2020

7 Days, 6 Nights,
2 Dinners, 5 Lunches, 2 Wine Tastings,
3 Guided Visits,
All Transfers by Private Coach,
Travel Insurance, Local Tour Leader,
Small Group 2 to 8 Guests.

1450 €
per person
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Description

Talking with friends, they often ask me: "Why are tourist not coming out of the season? Puglia is wonderful in winter!". I agree with them and with a New York Times article (March 2013): "Winter Is Prime in Puglia - [...] Food is tastier, the shops are emptier and the prices are lower. And the lack of attachment to the beach encourages exploration of the area's inland charms. It is like discovering an entirely new Italy — or at least an Italy that is only populated by Italians."
I belong to a group of persons, who swim all over the year: being in touch with the nature and the seaside towns, when the day light is shorter and the places quieter, is something to enjoy only in this season. If you like to drink stronger wines as Primitivo Wine, you do not have to fight against the heat. The seasonal food are more genuine and some vegetable of this period are bitter. Talented local Artisans and Craftspeople are more relaxed and proud to tell their stories. In general people tends to start real conversation, without rush. It is also a good time to reflect about the environment and responsible tourism that can maybe help to solve the plastic pollution!
My name is Piero and I am the organizer and tour leader of this special journey in my region: Puglia, Italy!

During this trip you will experience a piece of genuine Italy, meeting and learning from locals. It will also support our efforts, as an on-site operator, in our quest to eradicate the use of single-use-plastic.

Moreover you will enjoy unique Wine Tasting in small Wineries and return home with an Italian tailor-made shirt!

 

2020 Dates of start of this travel:
January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 18, 25; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12
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Places: Conversano, Egnazia, Polignano a Mare, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Cisternino, Ostuni, Monopoli – Puglia, Italy.

Itinerary


First Day â€“ We will meet at your arrival place (airport or station of Bari or Brindisi) and drive to the Atelier of shirt-maker Gammariello to choose your favourite shirt and custom it to your wish: you will receive your tailor made shirt at the end of your travel. Afterwards we will arrive to your accommodation, Corte Altavilla, a welcoming Hotel in the middle of Conversano old town. Piero, your tour leader, will explain the itinerary and collect your preferences. All together you will have a dinner to start your journey with delicious Apulian food and wine!

 

Second Day – Guided visit of Museum and Archaeological Park of Egnazia: marvellous painted pottery and marble sculptures can explain the evolution of ancient arts and society through the centuries; the grape icon is often represented, since the wine was the symposium drink; outside, in the ruins of the archaeological area, you will recognize some typical elements of a Roman city: the Forum, the Thermal Baths and the Via Trajana. After Egnazia we will go to a seafood restaurant to join a typical Sunday lunch in the middle of Polignano a Mare; its old centre is perched atop a twenty meters high limestone cliff above crystal clear water, from here you will enjoy one of the most enchanting view of the region; then you will descent to Lama Monachile for an impression about the erosion made by temporary water flows; this place is also known as the beach of Polignano: a pleasure to swim there... Return to Hotel.

 

Third Day – We will start the day at Gianni's family wine cellar: I Pastini; the visit of their organic vineyard, the old stone house and the modern production belongs to your fascinating wine experience that will introduce you to their professional wine tasting! The "round" town of Locorotondo, to see from their field, will be your next destination; after a light lunch at the so called "sea front", we will stroll through the nice alleyways and visit the main church on top. From here we will travel into the UNESCO site of Alberobello, to visit the iconic Trulli, unique cone-roofed houses, a symbol for Puglia. Return to Hotel.

 

Fourth Day â€“ Today is time to learn more about the historical place where you are based: Conversano; with a local guide we will have a guided walk through its marvellous alleyways, where the coexistence of Lords, Abbesses and Bishops was never easy and see what remains of an important heritage: the Castle, Monastery and Cathedral; we will also listen to facts and tales related to those places. For lunch you will taste fresh local dishes in a bistro leaded by young owners. Afternoon and evening will be free for relaxation, walk, shopping or a wellness parcour in the hotel's spa; with your tour leader, Piero, you will decide what better suites to your wishes.

 

Fifth Day – Cisternino is a small and pretty town, with something different than the other visited towns until now; after a wander here, you will enjoy a very special wine producer: Semeraro Vini or better Pierfranco's family cellar; you will enjoy an outstanding wine experience through a pleasant tasting of six wines accompanied by local delicious food; his explanation of their story and philosophy will give you another perspective of the social function of so called "God's nectar"! Afterwards we will move to Ostuni and have a stroll in "the White town": its cobbled white streets overlook the sea borders between land and sky; on top of the old centre Orsola will offer you excellent local ham and cheese, the "affettato misto" and delicious salads on her terrace above thousand of ancient olive trees. Return to the Hotel.

 

Sixth Day –As seen in Egnazia, Terracotta pottery is a really ancient art, nowadays practised 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 an unusual event! Driving some miles away, we will go to Alberto's Taralli and Pasta production; his deep consciousness about quality food makes his talks very interesting: Of course you will also try to produce a couple of Taralli! Monopoli, one of the most beautiful sea town in Italy, will be also the place of our seafood lunch in a magnificent young restaurant: Il Guazzetto. After a walk in the old fortified centre we will return to the hotel and receive your tailor made shirt by Camiceria Gammariello!

 

Seventh Day – Depending from your departure place, we will have a walk in Bari or Brindisi, before to say goodbye to Piero and his Puglia.

 

  

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

 

Accommodation facility:

★★★★ Hotel Corte Altavilla, Vico G. Altavilla 8, 70014 Conversano (BA), Italy - www.cortealtavilla.it
The origins of building date back to the eleventh century; it was also the residence of the noble Hauteville Family. The building is made mainly by pieces of local stones giving a feeling of precious past and fine intimacy. The Hotel is in the middle of Conversano old town, in a calm place. Double room with private bathroom and window to an external view, fridge-bar, TV, wifi, air conditioned.
(Distances: Conversano-Bari 40km, Conversano-Polignano 10km, Conversano-Monopoli 20km; Conversano-Brindisi 100km)

 

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

 

Prices 2020:

1 450 EUR/person January 4, 11;
1 500 EUR/person January 18, 25 and February 1, 22;
1 530 EUR/person February 29 and March 7, 14, 21;
1 550 EUR/person March 28 and April 4, 18;
1 600 EUR/person April 25;
1 500 EUR/person November 7, 14, 21, 28;
1 450 EUR/person December 5, 12.
 

Down payment of 25% at reservation. Final payment of 75% latest 45 days before arrival.Payment through bank wire in Euro (cost sharing option "OUR").
Payment through bank wire in USD with 2,5% surcharge on the exchange rate USD-EUR of payment day.

 

Surcharge double room for single occupancy: 240 EUR/tour.
Surcharge for one more overnight stay with dinner in the same accommodation facility without activities: 120 EUR/person.
Surcharge for two more overnight stays with dinners in the same accommodation facility without activities:: 210€/person.
 


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

 

In the price are included the following services: six overnight stays in double room with breakfast in ★★★★ Hotel Corte Altavilla; two wine tastings; two seafood lunches with water and local wine; three light lunches with water; one dinner in restaurant with water and local wine; one dinner based on local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); two guided visits in English through the archeological Park and museum of Egnazia and the old centres of Conversano; tour leader during the whole journey (Luigi Piero Grieco); transfers to the indicated places and from/to the airport or station of Bari; Schengen travel insurance: as indicated below.

 

Included travel insurance: 7-day Schengen travel insurance for medical expenses (maximum 30 000 EUR); 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: two seafood lunches with water and local wine; three light lunches with water; one dinner in restaurant with water and local wine; one dinner based on local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); breakfast every morning at Hotel.

 

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

  

Transportation: by comfortable car for 2-3 guests; by a 9-seat minivan in case of 4-5 guests.

 

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: you can ask us for support.

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 contact page.

 

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