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Puglia to Albania Cultural Tour: Endless, Authentic and Historic Landscapes

April May June September October 2020

15 Days, 14 Nights,
Dinners in selected Restaurants,
Wine Tasting,
Guided Visits, Local Organizers,
Ferry Boat,
All Transfers by Private Coach,
Small Group 2 to 8 Guests.

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Enjoy both Puglia and Albania on one single, fascinating trip: Mediterranean charm, endless landscapes, different religions and everywhere the welcome feeling!

 

The Adriatic narrows around southern Italy, with the Puglia region reaching out towards Albania on the other side. These two places are geographically close and connected by ferry, but still culturally different, making a tour to both a fascinating exercise in compare and contrast.

During this package tour you will start experiencing the Puglia region in South East Italy; then by ferryboat from Bari to Durrës you will reach Albania and continue the second week with local guide. This discover journey will show you the important past of both places and their continuous relationship; you will also be delighted by incredible panoramas, great traditional food and swimming in the bright blue Sea.

 

Highlights: Cultural and Authentic Places out of mass tourism, Wine Tasting in Italy, Traditional Handicraft, Pleasant Combination between Italy and Albania, Marvellous and Peaceful Hill and Sea Landscapes Landscapes, Local Guides throughout, Small Groups (max 8).

 

2020 Starting Dates of Travel: April 18, 25; May 2, 16, 23; June 6, 20; *August 29; *September 5, 12, 19, 26; *October 3, 10, 17.
*August, September and October tour have a light different Puglia itinerary than showed.

Date of Conclusion of Travel: 15 days after your starting date, on Saturday.

 

Places in Italy: Bari, Conversano, Polignano a Mare, Nature Walk, Ostuni, Pottery workshop, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Monopoli, Brindisi.


Places in Albania: Durrës, Berat, Apollonia, Saranda, Butrint, Gjirokastra, Tirana, Bunk'Art.

Puglia Detailed Itinerary - Italy

First Day - Transfer from arrival place (airport or station of Bari) to Hotel Masseria Gravelle: itinerary introduction and a walk through the Masseria facility and farmed fields. Here you will have a delicious dinner with local 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. 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 day - Parco 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! Afterwards you will reach the "White Town" of Ostuni: the small streets give an incredible panoramic view on olive trees, stone walls and the coastline; on top of the old centre you will meet Orsola and Gabriele and savour their delicious dishes with local ham and cheese, the so called "affettato misto" as well as 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... After half an hour driving, you will arrive to Locorotondo 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, before to return to your Hotel.

Fifth day - During the morning you will visit first the weekly street 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! After a break in Hotel, you will travel to Bari and have a walking guided tour of the old centre: "Bari Vecchia" 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 a typical Osteria. Return to Hotel.

Sixth day - Terracotta 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! Break in the Hotel. 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? 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 – The morning will be free; in the early afternoon you will travel to Bari for a walk on the sea front or in the shopping streets; at around 5pm you will drive to the port for check-in and boarding into the ferryboat to Durrës and say good-bye to Puglia.

 

Albania Detailed Itinerary

Ninth Day – Arriving at 8am to the port of Durrës (Albania), you will meet our guide at the Port terminal and have a small walk through the Durrës Old Town and the sea front; with a coffee on the panoramic Venetian Tower you will relax and enjoy the great view. Afterwards you will move to Tirana Airport where the second part of the group will be landing. All together you will head nearby Tirana for a break and your guide will introduce the itinerary. From there you will travel towards Berat (UNESCO World Heritage Site) having a break for coffee or tea on the way. Arrived in Berat you will have your accommodation at Hotel Mangalemi. Time permitting, you will have a walk in the pedestrian area. Dinner will be served at the Hotel.

Tenth Day – Today you will walk around the fortification of Berat on top of the hill and visit the traditional handcraft shops. In the afternoon you will stroll through the lower town and listen to the story of Twin Mosque and Orthodox Church, one in front of the other. The rest of the afternoon will be free. The dinner will be at the Hotel.

Eleventh Day – After breakfast, you will leave the Hotel and drive to Apollonia: the city was founded by Corinth's colonists in the 7th century BC; it was later home to a famous Academy, where Octavian was studying; finds are now displayed in the 13th–century Byzantine monastery. From here you will depart towards Saranda, and here check–in at Hotel. This evening the dinner meal will take place at a waterfront restaurant.

Twelfth Day – After breakfast, you will depart towards the Archaeologic Park of Butrint (UNESCO site): the ancient Buthrotum was settled by Greeks from nearby Corfu in the 6th century BC. It was later an important Roman colony, abandoned in the Middle Ages. Walking through the Park you will also enjoy the beauty of natural and water environment. The lunch today will be at Ksamil Beach, in front of small islands. After lunch, you can decide to have a walk around the area or to relax by the seaside. Afterwards, you will return to Saranda and enjoy the free evening.

Thirteenth Day – In the morning, you will depart towards the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gjirokastra. Upon arrival, you will visit the Castle and its Arms Museum. In the early afternoon, you will be heading towards Tirana. On the way, you will have a break for coffee or tea. After your accommodation in the Hotel, you will walk to the dinner restaurant.

Fourteenth Day – In the morning you will have an introduction of the city of Tirana and visit a unique historical site, the Bunk'Art: a Communism Period Anti–Nuclear Bunker built for the Albanian Politic Bureau. For lunch you will move to a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon and the evening you will be free to stroll around for shopping or explore the city.

Fifteenth Day – After breakfast, free time, until your departure either towards the Airport or the Sea-Port.

 

Place to begin this journey (Italy): airport or station of Bari.
Place to terminate this journey (Albania): Airport of Tirana or Port of Durrës..

 

Accommodation facility in Puglia (1st to 8th Day):
Hotel ★★★ Masseria Gravelle, Castellana-Turi km 7, 70014 Conversano (BA), Italy - www.masseriagravelle.it

Hotel Masseria Gravelle is a country hotel, run by the Raffaella's family. The main construction, the restaurant with stone walls and arched ceilings, was the 18th century barn.
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, fridge-bar, TV, wifi, air conditioned, swimming pool.

Accommodation facilities in Albania (9th to 15th Day):
Hotel ★★★ Mangalemi - Rruga Mihal Komnenea, Berat, Albania - www.mangalemihotel.com
Mangalemi Hotel is located in the old town of Berat, the Mangalem neighbourhood, just under the citadel,
in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Double room with private shower-toilet, fridge-bar, TV, wifi.

Hotel ★★★ Titania - Rruga Jonianet 15, Saranda, Albania - www.titaniaHotel.al
Hotel Titania is located in front of the main promenade of Saranda.
It offers an amazing view of the sea as well as the promenade. Double room with private shower-toilet, fridge-bar, TV, wifi.

★★★★ Oxford Hotel - Rruga Xhorxhi Martini, Godina, 10, Tirana, Albania - www.hoteloxford.al
Oxford Hotel is located few minutes walking from Tirana's main square: Skanderbeg Square.

 

At reservation and before down payment, IDILLIO D'ARTE will confirm you the place availability.

 

Price upon request.

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

 

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

 

In the price are included the following services in Puglia (1st to 8th Day): Seven overnight stays in double room with breakfast in Hotel ★★★ Masseria Gravelle; wine tasting; five dinners in selected restaurants and Osteria (twice with seafood) with water and local wine; one dinner based on local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); one pizza (with water and local wine); exclusive inside cabin with WC and shower on AF or GNV Ferry from Bari to DurrĂ«s; four guided visits: Conversano, Nature guided Walk, Bari and Brindisi; English and German speaking tour leader throughout the duration (L. Piero Grieco or colleague); transfers to the indicated places and transfers from and to the airport or station of Bari or Brindisi; Schengen travel insurance: as indicated below.

Included travel insurance in Puglia (1st to 8th Day): 8-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 in Puglia (1st to 8th Day): Five dinners in selected restaurants and Osteria (twice with seafood) with water and local wine; one dinner based on local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); one pizza (with water and local wine); breakfast every morning at Hotel.

The price does not include in Puglia (1st to 8th Day): 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.

In the price are included the following services in Albania (9th to 15th Day): Six overnight stays in twin/double room with breakfast in Hotel (2 nights Hotel Mangalemi, 2 nights Hotel Titania, 2 nights Oxford Hotel); four dinners in selected restaurants with water and local wine; two lunches with water and local wine; 3 coffee-dessert breaks; five guided visits in English or German: Berat Citadel, Apollonia Archaeologic Park, Butrint Archaeologic Park, Gjirokastra Castle, Bunk'Art; English or German speaking tour leader throughout the duration; transfers to the indicated places as well as transfers from and to Tirana's airport or Durrës' Port.

Meals in Albania (9th to 15th Day): Four dinners in selected restaurants with water and local wine; two lunches with water and local wine; 3 coffee-dessert breaks; breakfast every morning at Hotel.

The price does not include in Albania (9th to 15th Day): Travel back to own domicile from Albania; other meals, drinks or snacks than the indicated; other guided visits than the indicated; other services than the indicated; any travel insurance.

Travel insurance: We do suggest to purchase a 7-day travel insurance with medical assistance for Albania.

Transportation (1st to 15th Day): By comfortable car for 2-3 Guests; by a 9-seat minivan in case of 4-5 Guests.

Cause of external reasons the itinerary can be modified without changing theme or quality of tour.

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.

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