Experience an easy-going, languid lifestyle in Italy’s Apulia region, where Mediterranean meals are savored slowly amidst olive groves, ancient seaports and timeless villages. Spend seven nights in seaside Polignano a Mare and venture out each day to enjoy the unique character that defines Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot. An exclusive lecture series complements your excursions. Plus, enjoy ample free time to stroll down romantic cobblestone alleys, drink in soul-stirring views of a brilliant blue sea and revel in an easier easy pace of life

  • TRIP ITINERARY

    Bari, Polignano a Mare, Martina Franca, Matara, Lecce
    Day 1.  Depart gateway city
    Day 2. Arrive in Bari | Transfer to Polignano a Mare
    Day 3. Bari | Polignano a Mare
    Day 4. Martina Franca | Locorotondo | Alberobello
    Day 5. Lecce | Ostuni
    Day 6. Matera
    Day 7. Trani | Bisceglie
    Day 8. Polignano a Mare
    Day 9. Transfer to Bari airport and depart for gateway city
    Note: Itinerary may change due to local conditions. Walking is required on many excursions.

  • TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

    Fall head over heel for this less-traveled part of the Boot.

    • Discover the many charms of Bari, a lively university town whose 11th century basilica contains the bones of the real-life St. Nicholas
    • Find breathtaking views at every turn as you stroll Bari’s ancient seaport and renowned Murat Quarter, the brainchild of Napoleon’s brother-in-law
    • Beat the crowds to the 2019 European Capital of Culture, the Sassi di Matera, a 9,000-year-old cave city where some of the dwellings are still inhabited
    • Attend an informative talk about the curious history and stunning baroque architecture of Lecce; then become immersed further on an expert-led excursion
    • Tour the dazzling “White City” of Ostuni, famed for its whitewashed houses that stand high on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean
    • Visit a neighborhood so unique it’s been made a UNESCO World Heritage site — Alberobello’s collection of conical-roofed, limestone houses called trulli
    • Explore tranquil, picturesque Locorotondo, a medieval village that’s been named one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy
    • Get a taste for Apulian daily life as we savor lunch and sample freshly-pressed oils at a family-run olive mill
    • Gain additional insights during a special open-forum discussion at which we’ll have the opportunity to interact with residents of Apulia