Apulia ~ Undiscovered Italy

Apulia ~ Undiscovered Italy

Life moves at a slower pace in Apulia, Italy’s sun-kissed southern region. From your base in seaside Polignano a Mare, travel over timeless terra to historical towns filled with indelible wonders. Witness the preserved heritage of Alberobello and enjoy Mediterranean meals amidst olive groves and family vineyards. Each day invites new opportunities to drink in vistas of brilliant blue seas and savor the region’s famously fresh cuisine. Along your journey, celebrate Puglia’s authentic culture and warm hospitality.

Trip Itinerary:

May 28 In Transit

In Transit

May 29 Bari, Italy | Polignano a Mare

After touching down at Bari airport, travel with an AHI representative to the beautiful Hotel Covo Dei Saraceni in Polignano a Mare. You’ll quickly fall in love with this little piece of paradise where the enticing scents of ocean breezes and baked bread greet the day and soft sunlight warms the town. Tonight, kick off your adventure as you gather with your fellow travelers to enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

May 30 Bari | Polignano a Mare

Welcome to the ancient seaport of Bari! Here, boats in gleeful shades of blue, red and yellow bob gently on their moors and birds cruise gracefully above. From its tranquil seafront promenade to the Murat quarter and the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola, encounter Bari’s incredible landmarks. Back in Polignano a Mare, follow winding cobblestones to extraordinary vistas that will delight any budding photographer. Later, gain insight into Apulia’s enduring influence and cultural treasures, followed by a Welcome Reception.

May 31 Locorotondo | Alberobello

Travel through the Valle d’Itria to Locorotondo, a picturesque village brimming with curious cummerse, the iconic, photogenic houses with pointed gable roofs. Following a visit to this captivating city, travel through a region deeply rooted in viniculture to a family-owned winery where we’ll sit down to a light lunch and wine tasting. Our next destination, Alberobello, greets us with a panorama of stout-shaped homes topped by distinctive conical rooftops.

June 1 Lecce | Ostuni

The aesthetically pleasing town of Lecce hosts a rich artistic heritage as reflected in its baroque façades, such as the 17th-century Basilica of Santa Croce. Nearby, see the awe-inspiring Roman amphitheater from Emperor Hadrian's era. Continue through the Valle d’Itria to Ostuni where whitewashed buildings drape majestically over a hilltop setting. Ostuni’s web of alleys are highlighted with splashes of color from brightly painted doors to pots of red germaniums.

June 2 Trani | Bisceglie

Nestled in the Adriatic’s embrace, this historic seaport is known for its Moscato di Trani wine and 13th-century fort. While walking through Trani, note its distinguishing Norman houses. Continue to a family-run olive mill for a guided tour and lunch. Inhale the herbaceous scent of the orchard and sample the delicious, nutty olive oil, often referred to as “yellow gold.”

June 3 Matera

The timeless city of Matera was named a 2019 European Capital of Culture. As you roam its network of winding streets, you’ll encounter layer upon layer of history, where each turn reveals stone staircases, cave churches and unique habitable grottoes known as sassi that are carved out of limestone. Take some time to soak up the many pleasures of Matera; then return home to learn about Italy’s fascinating cultural heritage.

June 4 Polignano a Mare

Today is free to spend how you wish or join our elective activity. If you choose to explore on your own, bask in the sunshine, visit a new café or restaurant, or search the many boutiques and specialty shops for that perfect souvenir. If you join our elective activity, thrill to learning how to make a traditional Italian meal, followed by a delicious lunch! As the sun sinks into the Adriatic Sea, gather with new friends for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

June 5 Depart for your home city

After breakfast, bid farewell to Apulia and transfer to Bari airport for your return flights home.


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