Matera and Salento Tour Itinerary
Salento shows its own charm all year round. In addition to Baroque Art Cities that you can visit in every season, you can enjoy the beautiful sea in the Summer and the collection of the variety of oil in the Fall and the Winter.
You will stay at a bed and breakfast type of a farmhouse called “Masseria” located in Salento, in the south region of Apulia.
The masseria in Castiglione is surrounded by 11 hectares of olive trees 2 miles away from the beautiful Adriatic Sea. The dinner will be provided by the owners who also manage a small restaurant where traditional handmade dishes made from the produces grown in the farm are served.
You will experience a travel back in time to a peaceful masseria with organic gardens and farms and even take a cooking class where you get to use the ingredients straight from the farm.
Your stay in Metara is one of the best accommodation facilities located in the “Sassi.” Here you will taste the local specialties at the best restaurants and explore the charming city with a local guide.
Duration: 10 Days (approx.)
The tour is only for individuals or small groups, never more than 4 people for each date.
Airport pick up and drop off at Bari Airport available on request at an extra charge.
Possibility to extend the tour with pre and post night.
Meet our driver at the airport and head to the farmhouse. After checking in you will be shown around the property. After a short break, you will be taken to the tour around the farmhouse and the mill where Emilio will explain the traditional oil producing procedures followed by an oil tasting. The dinner provided at the farmhouse will be cooked with the vegetables harvested from the farm on site.
After breakfast, you will head to the historic center of Castro along the Adriatic coast with stops at Acquaviva marina and Marina serra. After a free time in Castro, enjoy the lunch at one of the many local restaurants. In the afternoon, you will be guided to Santa Maria di Leuca, a town located on the east side of Italy, with a stop at Ciolo bridge. Return to the farmhouse and enjoy a relaxing free time. Seafood cooked in a traditional method will be served as dinner.
After breakfast, enjoy the excursion along the Ionian coast and a visit at Gallipoli, a coastal town in Apulia, southern Italy. The historic center on an island off the coast is the home of churches like beautiful St. Agatha’s Cathedral with the ornate facade and the Church of St. Mary of Purity with maiolica tiled floor. At Gallipoli Castle, you can see Rivellino tower, standing apart from the main building. Across the bridge, on the mainland, lies a gorgeous Greek Fountain, dating from the Renaissance era. Take a free time and enjoy local food afterwards. Return to the farmhouse and take a break. In the afternoon, visit Lecce, the pearl of the Baroque. A professional guide will give you a tour and you will be taken to a Neapolitan pizzeria to taste the real Italian pizza for dinner.
After breakfast, head to Valle d' Itria and enjoy a tour around the town of Alberobello with a professional guide. Alberobello, an Unesco World Heritage Site, is known for its unique landscape and the traditional white houses called "Trulli" that are once used as storage and housing. After a free time for shopping at the town and lunch, head to Ostuni, a popular summer resort town. Here you will find a beautiful city center and called White City. Enjoy a guided tour around the town. Return to the farmhouse and enjoy the dinner.
After breakfast, head to Maglie and visit the most notable agro-food artisan workshops including a pasta factory, a mozzarella cheese factory where you can try the famous "Burrata," and a chocolatier. Take a free time in Maglie. In the afternoon, visit a local historic wine cellar and enjoy wine tasting. Return to the farm and attend a cooking class with chef Emilio to learn how to cook fresh pasta and “salentina," a homemade pasta dish. Enjoy the dinner at the farmhouse with what you made during the class.
After Breakfast, head to the Adriatic coast with a stop at Otranto, the home of the 15th-century Aragonese Castle and 11th-century Otranto Cathedral decorated with rose windows and ornate mosaic floorings. At Torre Matta tower located at the harbor, enjoy the breathtaking views and head to the city for a free time and lunch. Take a short stop at the bay of Orte before heading to Porto Badisco, the small fisherman's villages, and Porto Miggiano. Take a visit to the prehistoric sea cave, Zinzulusa Cave. Return to the farmhouse and enjoy the farewell dinner.
After breakfast and checkout, head to the splendid city of Matera, named as European Capital of Culture in 2019.
Check in at a hotel or a boutique BB located in Sassi Area. Welcome food tasting. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Murgia Materana Park by a private car and enjoy a guided archaeological tour to the discovery of the Villaggio Trincerato, one of the most important attractions in the region of Basilicata. Murgia Materana Park is known for its prehistoric sites, rupestrian churches, and varied wildlife. Head back to downtown and visit the National Archaeological Museum “D. Ridola.” Taste some traditional food in Matera and enjoy a free dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your local guide for a guided tour of the Sassi Area. The area is made of Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, the two districts with adjoining pits around. In between the Sassi, you will find a beautiful cathedral that looks out over the gorge. Rock-cut dwellings are scattered all around, often grouped around small squares called “vicinato (neighborhood).” Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to Bari Airport upon request.
Select Package Options
6 nights accommodation in double room at a traditional farmhouse called " Masseria "
3 overnights in centrally located 4* Hotel in Matera - Sassi Area
Guided Tour of Ostuni
Guided tour of Lecce
Guided tour of Alberobello
Guided tour of Otranto
Guided tour in Matera and Park Murgia Materana
English speaking driver and guide where necessary
9 breakfasts and 6 dinners at the farmhouse with typical dishes of Salento and biological products
2 dinners in Matera
1 wine tasting, 1 local food tasting
1 olive oil tasting, Cheese and Chocolate tasting
1 Pick nick lunch during the sightseeing in Alberobello
1 cooking class
1 glass of wine at dinners
Private Transfer on arrival at Brindisi Airport
Private transfer from Brindisi to Matera
Transfer in private vehicle during the whole tour and excursion
Gift from the owner
all what not mentioned under "what's included"
Alcoholic beverages at dinner expect 1 glass of wine per person