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Small-Group Tour to Puglia & Matera

Our captivating 8-day Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour is a journey through rural traditions, exquisite cuisine, and enchanting scenery combined in a slow-paced itinerary.

This small-group tour of Puglia, limited to 6-12 guests, is particularly focused on reconnecting with land and nature, meeting local hosts, chefs, wine producers, and passionate local guides who delve into the cultural roots of Southern Italy.

​Be part of the liveliness of Bari’s Old Town, visit the medieval Castel Del Monte, Monopoli, the caves of Castellana, Lecce, Gallipoli, Ostuni, Alberobello, Altamura, and the off-the-beaten-path Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate.

Splurge in the spacious sea-view rooms of a 5-star hotel of Bari steps away from the bustling city center.  In Matera, relax in a luxury boutique hotel overlooking the Sassi districts – perfectly located to explore the cave dwellings of one of the most unique cities in the world.

The home of the central three nights of the tour is a fortified farmhouse – locally known as Masseria – ​surrounded by cactus, lemon, and olive trees. We are guests of a young couple who has invested in a detailed and extensive restoration process, preserving the original vibe of the place and blending vintage furniture pieces with modern and comfortable amenities​***.

Join the opportunity of traveling in a small group like a local, savoring gourmet meals, and admiring pristine beaches with our Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour.

*** Rooms at the Masseria don’t have televisions. However, rooms are equipped with wi-fi and air conditioning. Check below the paragraph about Mobility and Things to Know

Puglia Itinerary by Meet Piemonte

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Trip Highlights

Underground Tour of the Caves of Castellana

A memorable Michelin-star Dinner in Matera and other Gourmet Meals

Olive Oil and Wine Tastings in Renowned Wineries

Experience Rural Hospitality at its Best in a restored Masseria

Hands-on Cooking Class and Foraging

Visit Castel Del Monte and the Abbey of S. Maria di Cerrate

Knowledgeable Local Guides in Bari, Matera, Lecce 

Luxury hotels in Bari and Matera


8 days | 7 nights

From / To Bari (see below flight information)

Group size: 6-12 guests

Learn more about the perks of our Small Group Tours To Italy

Learn more about Meet Piemonte and the team of Tour Guides

Breakfast on lake Como

2 nights IN BARI

5-star luxury hotel facing Bari’s sea promenade to the Old Town with breathtaking breakfast room. Enjoy spacious rooms in modern style, with views over the sea and the harbor.

Breakfast on lake Como

3 nights

Exquisite​ly decorated ​indoor lounges and a central courtyard preserve traces of the original function. Well-appointed apartments ​ with vintage furniture and modern comforts.

Breakfast on lake Como

2 nights IN MATERA

A former aristocratic palace conveniently located has been carefully restored and furnished by blending the elegance of the antique with the linear style of the modern

Pricing & Availability


September 28 — October 5 : OPEN

  • 4190€ per person in double occupancy
  • 5075€ per person in single occupancy (on request)

What’s Included

The rate includes:

  • 2 nights at Grand Hotel Delle Nazioni in Bari, in panorama rooms (sea view) breakfast and porterage included
  • 3 nights at the Masseria, breakfast included
  • 2 nights at Luxury Boutique Hotel in Matera, in double rooms, breakfast and porterage included 
  • Transportation for the entire program as per itinerary below, with parking and city permits, including one group transfer from Matera to Bari airport on the last day              
  • Guided tour of Bari, Lecce and Alberobello
  • Wine and olive oil tasting with lunch included near Castel Del Monte
  • Guided tour of Castel Del Monte, tickets and shuttle included
  • Private guided tour (50’) of Castellana Caves, tickets included
  • Lunch paired with wine tasting in a winery focused on Negramaro wine
  • Cooking class, foraging and lunch at the Masseria
  • Tickets of Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate
  • Michelin-star dinner in Matera (full tasting menu water – NO wine)
  • 3 traditional dinners (3 courses, water and wine) and 1 gourmet dinner in Ostuni (3 courses, water and wine)
  • Pastry and bread tasting in Altamura
  • VAT 22%
  • Tour Operator limited liability insurance
  • Credit card fees
  • Assistance throughout the planning process and travel tips

The rate does not include:

  • Hotel city tax 
  • Airport transfer to Bari on day 1
  • Airfare
  • Wine at the Michelin-star dinner
  • Any other meal, tasting, entrance fee, transfer, personal expense, tips and anything else not mentioned above in the field “The rate includes”. The wine included is the one presented during the meal or wine tasting and it is never unlimited. Any extra is at each guest’s discretion.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – The Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour sets off in Bari

Meals included: dinner | Accommodation: Bari

The tour begins at 5:00 pm in the lobby of the hotel.

We recommend booking flights arriving in the morning or the day before. See below for more information about airport transfers and pre-tour accommodations.

The sunny promenade of Bari is the ideal spot to set off Meet Piemonte’s Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour. Splurge in the sea-view rooms of a 5-star hotel, within walking distance from​ all major attractions and from the main shopping streets.

Late afternoon, meet a local guide for a two-hour introduction to the colorful Old Town and its labyrinth of narrow streets. We step inside the impressive Basilica of Saint Nicola to admire the well-preserved Romanesque architecture and later we shake hands with the ladies who knead fresh pasta by their ​front doors surrounded by children playing and laundry hanging from the balconies above.

Tonight we celebrate the beginning of our adventure with a traditional 3-course meal in a well-known trattoria ​where the cuisine blends fresh seafood with the countryside recipes​ of the nearby Murgia region.

Day 2 – The Murgia Region: Olive Oil, Wine and Castel Del Monte

Meals included: breakfast and lunch | Accommodation: Bari

The day begins with a wonderful breakfast buffet served on the rooftop of our luxury hotel in Bari, with stunning views over the Adriatic sea and the harbor.

We drive for about one hour to the countryside of the Murgia region, a picturesque land with gentle slopes, traditional farmhouses, olive groves, and their typical white-stone walls built to define different properties.

Late in the morning, we arrive at a historic estate surrounded by 39,000 olive trees and producing the DOCG wine appellation of Castel Del Monte. The wine is aged in the impressive underground cellars dug into the tufa rocks under the estate’s central courtyard.

We learn useful information about the production of olive oil as we taste it with local bread and partake in a traditional farmer’s lunch paired with wine-tasting

Visit the Medieval Castel Del Monte

​​ After lunch,  the iconic shape of Castel Del Monte will appear on the horizon after a short drive.

 The tour of the castle brings to life the stories of Emperor Frederik II of Svevia, one of the most eclectic and controversial characters in Italian history, who built the bold structure in the mid-1200s.

Listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, Castel Del Monte is a must-see on a tour of Puglia for the 360° views over the region and its incredible references to infinity and to the number eight that recur in the architecture and many symbols.

Return to Bari in the late afternoon and enjoy a dinner on your own, as the tour manager is on hand to recommend restaurants within walking distance from the hotel.

Castel del Monte

Day 3 – The Pristine Coastline of Monopoli and the Caves of Castellana

Meals included: breakfast, and dinner | Accommodation: Masseria, north of Lecce

Check out from Bari and drive to Monopoli, a small fisherman town along the Adriatic coast whose origins date back centuries ago when it developed around the 16th-century Castle of Charles V.

The charming harbor with fishing boats bobbing in the water is the beginning of a leisure walk led by the tour manager along the whitewashed narrow streets adorned with vases of flowers, cacti, and colorful doorways.

Lunch on your own.

The Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour continues with a short drive through the mainland to the entrance of the caves of Castellana. Meet a local expert for an easy underground walk that does not require too much effort.

These caves are a fascinating natural wonder located in the province of Bari, renowned for their stunning limestone formations, intricate stalactites, and stalagmites, which have been formed over thousands of years through the process of erosion and mineral deposition.

Make sure to pack sneakers or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and a warmer layer for our 50′ tour that covers a distance of approximately half a mile.

The Masseria of our Puglia and Matera Tour

In the afternoon the straight highway connecting Bari to southern Puglia takes us to our home for the next three nights, a restored Masseria a few miles north of Lecce.

Staying in this former fortified farmhouse is one of the highlights of the trip and an experience that takes us back in time.

​ Upon arrival check-in and relax in the central inner courtyard or in one of the many lounges decorated with an exquisite taste by the young couple who inherited this extraordinary property and welcome guests in their home. From the pool to the wine cellar, the greenhouse and the garden, and the kitchen filled with pots and old pans, every corner is like an open book that reveals a story. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed with elements that remind us of their original function.

Sit at the table and enjoy homemade Apulian cuisine at its best prepared only with seasonal ingredients and served in colorful ceramics.

Day 4 – The Salento Region: Gallipoli, Negramaro Winery and Lecce

Meals included: breakfast and lunch | Accommodation: Masseria, north of Lecce

The fourth day of our Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour is planned to take in the vibe of Salento, ​in the ​southern part of Puglia, rich in cultural heritage, with influences from various civilizations including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Norman.

After a hearty breakfast in our Masseria, the first stop of the day is Gallipoli known for its crystal-clear coastline and the medieval walls built above the Ionian Sea. Weather permitting, it’s possible to stop at the pristine beach Spiaggia dell​a Purità, and deep our toes in the water. Free time for souvenir shopping.

Then we are off to a nearby winery focused on growing Negramaro grapes and producing traditional wines of Salento. The modern facility is a masterpiece of engineering and it includes a museum dedicated to the family’s history.

Sit in the winery’s garden for an al-fresco lunch paired with the wine tasting.

​The next stop is Lecce, once a Roman city rebuilt in Baroque style by exploiting the local yellowish stone that gives the historic center a unique shade of light, especially at sunset.

The walking tour with a local guide is planned in late afternoon and it includes a look at Roman ruins, ​the highly ornate exterior of the church of Santa Croce as well as other hidden treasures.

End the day in Lecce with dinner on your own in one of the many cozy restaurants or simply toast with an aperitivo and enjoy people-watching in one of the bustling piazzas.

Return to the Masseria.

Day 5 – Foraging, Cooking and an Evening in Ostuni

Meals included: breakfast and dinner | Accommodation: Masseria, north of Lecce

Enjoy a lazy morning with breakfast served in the central courtyard of our Masseria and take in the peaceful vibe of the countryside, maybe reading a book by the pool or discovering the grounds and the surroundings of the farmhouse on foot.

Late morning a leisurely foraging walk in the farmhouse garden is an opportunity to get familiar with Puglia’s abundant natural resources and farmers’ traditions.

Next, learn how to knead the orecchiette pasta – shaped like an ear – and delve into Puglia’s culinary heritage with a casual and fun cooking class.

Once lunch is prepared, we sit down to enjoy a leisurely farm-to-table feast. The table is set in the picturesque common areas of the Masseria, savoring the flavors of Puglia while soaking in the ambiance of the Italian countryside. Engage in lively conversation with your fellow food enthusiasts, sharing stories and culinary tips as you enjoy the fruits of your labor.

​ ​ In the afternoon we visit the nearby medieval Abbey of St. Maria di Cerrate that in the past used to control the surrounding fortified farmhouses and the local southern Puglia coastline.

Next, we are off to Ostuni, one of the most picturesque towns of Valle d’Itria, a sub-region located in the middle section of Puglia.

Ostuni, often referred to as the “White City” due to its characteristic whitewashed buildings, is perched on top of a hill. Take a leisure walk with our tour manager in secondary alleys where locals live, up to the striking façade of the Cathedral with a unique rose window and a towering campanile.

Our culinary adventure continues with a gourmet dinner in a renowned restaurant of Ostuni as tonight we focus on the modern cuisine of Puglia, with reinvented traditional dishes. Return to the Masseria after dinner.

Day 6 – Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour: Alberobello and Altamura

Meals included: breakfast and dinner | Accommodation: Matera

After breakfast, check out and head north toward one of the most iconic towns of Puglia: Alberobello.

An expert local guide will lead us through the dwelling with the highest concentration of the famous trulli houses, which are cylindrical structures with conical roofs made of limestone.

Stories of what was like to live in these homes are revealed as well as the historical facts that imposed tributes to each new urban settlement, therefore the idea of conceiving buildings that could be demolished quickly in case of controls.

Free time for some souvenir shopping and lunch on your own in Alberobello.

Next, we drive north, all the way to the town of Altamura.​ We take an afternoon coffee break in a local pastry shop and indulge in cream-filled puff cakes with a funny and curious name. Follow our tour manager through the narrow passageways of Altamura, passing by small courtyards known as claustri where people still live, and arrive at a historic bakery with a wooden fire oven. A tasting of the famous bread of Altamura is a must!

As we walk in front of the majestic Cathedral and along the high street, get a glimpse of life in this part of Puglia before heading to Matera.

Alberobello in our Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour

Matera, one of the Oldest Cities in the World

Matera is a short drive from Altamura​, nestled in the neighboring region of Basilicata. Upon arrival, our luggage will be delivered by van to the hotel.

Check-in for the next two nights in a hidden gem, a former aristocratic palace that underwent a long restoration process to welcome guests in spacious and luxurious accommodations. We gather in the central living room of this boutique hotel to admire the view over the Sassi district, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Enjoy the privileged position of this hotel conveniently located between the modern and the old town, avoiding unnecessary climbing of steps.

Tonight a casual dinner features fresh salads, vegetables and gourmet pizza prepared with ancient types of grains and local toppings.

Day 7 – Michelin-Star Dinner in Matera

Meals included: breakfast and dinner | Accommodation: Matera

This morning we explore one of the most unique cities in the world where people used to live in cave dwellings dug into the limestone rock until a few decades ago. Words cannot describe the beauty ​and surreal atmosphere of the old Sassi districts, ​and the surrounding landscape.

A funny ride onboard the Italian three-wheel Ape will take us back to the upper city at the end of the tour!

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace Matera.

Tonight we celebrate the end of our Puglia & Matera Luxury Tour with a full tasting menu in a Michelin-star restaurant of the city. Shake hands to your fellow travelers and take the time to recollect all the long-lasting memories of this trip.

Day 8 – Arrivederci to the Tour of Puglia & Matera

Meals included: breakfast | Accommodation: n/a

After breakfast, a group transfer is scheduled to Bari’s airport, located only one hour away.

Flights should not be booked before 11:00 am.

Arrivederci, until next time!

Flights, Transfers & On-Tour Luggage

Flight Information
  • Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the tour cost.
  • Suggested arrival and departure airport: Bari (BRI). As soon as you book your flights, please share with us your air information so that we can work on airport transfers (if included).
  • Arrival day: no airport transfer is included upon arrival to Bari which is located within a 20-minute taxi ride from the city center (about 25€ per car).
  • Pre-tour accommodations can be requested, depending on availability.
  • Departure day: one group transfer from Matera to Bari is included. Flights should not be booked before 11:00 am. Please contact us if you’d like to add a transfer at a different time or a post-tour hotel room in Bari.
On-Tour Luggage Restrictions

In addition to airline luggage restrictions, please consider that:

  • Due to our van/bus space limitations during the tour, we ask you to limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person, weighing around 50 pounds (23 kg) and with overall dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 62 inches (158 cm).
  • Each guest can also bring one carry-on and a small, soft-sided bag or backpack for day-to-day travel. The space onboard our vans and minibusses, as well as the overhead rack and the space under the seat, is typically very limited, just enough for small bags and purses.

Payment & Cancellation

To save your spot, complete the form at the bottom of this page with any questions you may have. When you are ready to commit, you will receive via email the contract that you need to fill out with your information and sign electronically.

  • The tour is confirmed with at least 6 participants
  • A 30% down payment is required in order to confirm the reservation.
  • The remaining balance is due 45 days before the tour.

Cancellation policy:

  • There shall be a 250€ non-­refundable processing fee (per person) on any cancellation request, regardless of the time frame within which the cancellation is submitted;
  • From 90 days to 46 days before the performance of the Tourist Package, by paying a penalty equal to 30% of the price;
  • From 45 days before the performance of the Tourist Package, by paying a penalty equal to 100% of the price

Read here the full terms and conditions.

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Mobility & Things To Know

  • Rooms at the Masseria don’t have televisions. However, rooms are equipped with wi-fi and air conditioning.
  • To enjoy this tour, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances. This is not a physically demanding tour, however, there will be a lot of walking, often on uneven steps, cobblestones, uphill and downhill.
  • Matera, in particular, requires climbing steps on both our guided tour and during your free time.
  • One of the charming aspects of Italy is its historical and architectural conformation. Many towns and attractions can only be visited on foot, as vans and buses cannot access the pedestrian areas where most places of interest are located.
  • Unfortunately we cannot accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters.  Our tour managers and tour guides are unable to provide ongoing individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other physical needs.
  • While the driving time on our tours is limited, getting to remote farmhouses and villages may require driving on windy roads that may cause motion sickness.
  • Due to the historic nature of many of the luxury boutique hotels where we stay, some rooms may include stairs and differ in size and layout.

A complete list of things to know about Italy, such as what to pack, money, electricity, health, tipping, VAT refund, and more, will be sent after the completion of the first down payment.

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