8 days
of exciting new experience
in the Southern Italy



Mysterious and charming Puglia with a native Italian
- World Heritage Sites
- The Italian Maldives
- Rural sceneries and organic food



Private villas and unique apartments. Short-term/ long-term rent or buy.
Vacation arrangement or private investment opportunities
Available for 2,3,4,5 and more guests. Fully equipped : everything is possible.
In case you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to ask
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8 days
of exciting new experience
in the Southern Italy


Mysterious and charming Puglia with a native Italian
- World Heritage Sites
- The Italian Maldives
- Rural sceneries
- Organic food from local farmers

Private villas and unique apartments. Rent or buy. Vacation arrangement or private investment opportunities.Available for any quantity of guests, fully equipped.
For any questions, please, do not hesitate to ask
Breath-taking Italy
We can guarantee it
If you feel like you want to:
be a welcomed guest, turning into a native Apuglian for a week
to descry not only popular touristic sites but also secret sun-soaked paradise places, only known to true Apuglians, living on the Italian "heel" of the Italian "boot"
flavours and freshness of amazing meals, cooked by local chefs and the smell of the tastiest wine
… then our exclusive VIP tour to magnificent Puglia is just what you need!
Expect the unexpected
Time travel
World Heritage Sites, castles, farms, Roman cathedrals and Baroque palaces, creating the unique and genuine atmosphere
Azure waters of the Italian Maldives
More than 800 km of Puglia coastline, sitting between the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas, where white rocky cliffs are in harmony with dreamy beaches, covered with the finest sand, next to the crystal clear water
The best of the Mediterranean diet
Lose yourself in old olive gardens, vineyards and endless fields. Enjoy the amazing variety of authentic tastes of local produce and the odours of highes quality wines
Left
Right
Time to treat yourself

Much needed silence and gentle sun light will wake us up in a masseria every of 8 mornings. We will walk along marvellous towns of Puglia and endlessly be in awe of centuries-old historical and architectural landmarks. We will admire picture perfect beaches with an endless coastline and unbelievable colour of the water. We will be amazed with incredible views on caves and grottos, sailing along them. Together with a local chef we will learn how to cook local dishes at a master class. An evening of ancient arts, handicrafts and traditions is also waiting for us. Dinners with live music at a terrace of our masseria – manor house. An evening of fun and traditional Apuglian dance Pizzica. A trip to JORCHE vinery with famous Apuglian wines tasting. A trip to an agricultural farm, where national cheese is being produced, with a treat of cheese tasting. And… small surprises and presents from tour organizers.
Accommodation
We will stay in the heart of the Italian south in an antic masseria-manor house JORCHE, built in XVI century between the sea and land, among centuries-old olive trees, vineyards and Mediterranean odours. Impressive cotton-white walls of the masseria, built on a small hill, keep the everlasting magic of the past, telling a story of these lands. The masseria estate covers the area of 100 hectares, where you have everything for a chilled rest: a swimming pool, numerous walking paths, a tennis court, a yoga site, an open terrace for dinners and entertaining evening programmes along with wi-fi, covering the entire estate.
Tour organizers
Alyona and Franco
Creators and organizers of the tour
The inspiration to create a unique private tour came to me when I visited the native region of my husband Franco for the third time. I was astonished how he equally loves and cherishes all historical and architectural landmarks, enlisted in the World Heritage Sites list, and regular local people, resting next to their homes in the evenings. Franco would always take me to the most secret places of "his" Italy and treat me to simple authentic food, cooked from the freshest produce. His eyes were filled with joy when he saw how deeply I was falling in love with this incredible and marvellous land, Puglia, rural and simple, with open-hearted and merry people, not familiar with the high pace of city life and enjoying every minute of their lives. That is why we decided that this is Puglia we want to share with travellers, willing to become native Apuglians for a week, treating themselves to gastronomic temptations and living the Dolce Vita!
Tour programme
Day 1. Buongiorno and welcome to Puglia!

We will meet you at Brindisi or Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, get acknowledged with all participants and together head to our masseria in a comfortable minivan. It takes ~45 minutes to reach the site from Brindisi airport and ~1.5 from Bari airport. Hospitable owners of the masseria, the Gianfred family, will meet us with a welcome drink. Following accommodation and viewing of the territory we will enjoy a festive dinner with traditional dishes of Puglia. We will enjoy the taste of fresh produce from Salento region, grown at the masseria fields. And of course we will raise glasses of Primitivo di Manduria and other wines, famous all over Italy, to celebrate the start of the tour!

Day 2. Otranto, the pearl of the Adriatic. APE tour. Boating to natural grottos and caves, marvellous sea sceneries.

After a delicious and unhurried breakfast with a cup of full flavoured Italian coffee, we will head to Otranto, which is the easternmost point of Italy, where the Ionic and the Adriatic Seas meet. We will see the primevalness of the nature and the architecture of the city, which is among top 5 most clean Italian resorts and World Heritage Sites. We will hear a story on the complicated past of the city and learn why it is the location of one of the most unassailable castles of the Italian south, the Aragonese Castle of Otranto.

Then we will feast our eyes on a XVI century cathedral with a unique and mysterious floor mosaic. We will walk along narrow and mazy streets, feeling the beat of the sea at each step we make.

The day will be continued with a boat trip from the Otranto port. The rocky coast of Porto Badisco consists of unbelievable naturally formed bays. We will see water caves and bays of Capo D`Otranto, Porto Miggiano, Zinzulusa and AcquaViva. This beauty cannot be described, you should see it with your own eyes!

Then we can go back to the masseria, where a delicious hot dinner and well-deserved rest will be waiting for us!



Day 3. Alberobello. Polignano a Mare. The Abbey of San Vito.
As usual, our day will start with an Italian breakfast.
After the meal we will head to an incredible place, which is considered to be one of the World Heritage Sites, the town of Alberobello. Unusual houses, trulli, made this place world famous, as it was recognized as a site of historical and humanitarian heritage of the mankind. There are around 1400 trulli and some of them are still residential, like all of them were 400 years ago. We will learn how these quaint trulli with cone-shaped roofs appeared, enter one of them and see how a trullo looks and feels from the inside. Also we will see trullo hotels, trullo restaurants and trullo cafes, where we will taste local Panini or Focaccia. Don't miss trillo stores, where you can get souvenirs to keep the memory of this incredible town.

From this fairy town we will head to coastal Polignano a Mare, where long promenades are harmoniously mixed with panoramic view sites. Blue sky and fifty shades of the sea, from azuline to royal blue, line with buildings, paved ways and cathedrals, built from white, ochre, brown and grey stones. Polignano is a very artistic, sometimes a bit floppy town but still very charming and eye-catching. We are going to enjoy the most impressive view on the town from the high bridge of via San Vito. In the evening, following a day full of new experiences and a delicious dinner, we will relax at a pool of our manor house, drinking tasty wine, having long talks and looking at pictures of the day.
Day 4. Lecce. Grotta della Poesia.

It is impossible to imagine Puglia without Lecce. The Florence of the south, the birthplace of baroque, the capital of Salento region – these are the well-deserved names of this breath-taking city, which welcomes its guests with baroque magnificence, spilt on villas'portals and facades of numerous churches. We will find out what a Lecce stone is, visit Basilica di Santa Croce, the Cathedral square and will time travel to the very beginning of the XX century, being at the walls of the Lecce amphitheatre, which is a landmark of the Roman architecture, located on the Piazza Sant'Oronzo.

Then you will have 1,5 hours of free time when you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of this incredible town, taking instagrammy pictures, spending time in an authentic café, wondering at places you like the most.

If you feel like you are overwhelmed with joy, we will prove it wrong! Once you've seen grotto della Poesia, Roca (the Cave of Poetry) and heard a fascinating legend about it, you get unflagging inspiration for quite a long time.
The midpoint of the adventure will be marked with a master class, held by the chef of our cosy masseria, who will teach us how to cook the famous orecchiette and other national dishes. You will learn how to cook the main Apuglian dishes and other Italian snacks, discover the proper way of mixing the ingredients, serve dishes and enjoy food the way Italians do! Later we will sit at a big table at the verandah and eat what we will have cooked, drinking fine bouquet Salento wines to the accompaniment of live music.
Day 5. Majestic Gallipoli.
Paradise beaches of the Ionic Sea. Wine tasting at a local winery.

We will spend this day in one of the cosiest and picturesque places - Gallipoli. The name "Kale polis", meaning "a beautiful city" in Greek, speaks for itself: the beauty and queerness of the architecture, marvellous sceneries and blue surface of the sea are breath-taking. This seaside town is located at the Ionic coast of Salento. No wonder that Gianni Morandi spends his vacations in Lido Pizzo Gallipolo, a charming place close to nature and a bay with crystal clear water, white dunes and a green cape of Mediterranean shrubs.

The Belgian royal couple, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, chose this resort for celebration of 21st birthday of Princess Luisa Maria and invited more than two hundred of aristocrats from all over Europe.

We will be walking along the streets of this peaceful place and feel like we belong to royal families too.


After lunch we will go to Jorche winery, sitting among its own vineyards. Winery employees will tell us the secrets of the industry and show the entire process of winemaking. Later we will taste the wine, which we will have learnt so much about.

Delicious wine will probably tempt our appetite, so later we will come back to our masseria to have a nice dinner and chats in a pleasant company and friendly atmosphere.
Day 6. Matera a cultural capital of year 2019.
A dancing show and Pizzica dance.

A wonderful morning with an Italian breakfast will give us a boost of positive vibes, and after drinking a cup of aromatic cappuccino, like true Italians do, we will travel to the most controversial town, Matera. Once the "shame of Italy," this town made a long way to be included into the World Heritage. Matera is the town, chosen by Mel Gibson for his film the Passion of the Christ shooting, and the place where the latest Bond movie with agent 007 was made, starring Daniel Craig.
We will come back to the estate a little bit earlier to get enough rest before a night of a passionate Southern Italian dance, Pizzica. To become a true Apuglian, you need to learn this exotic type of tarantella, the Pizzica dance.
Day 7. Taranto, a town of two seas.
Excursion to a farm and a cheese factory.
Farewell dinner.

Taranto is the third biggest town in the southern Italy and the location of the major navy base of the country. We will walk along the main waterfront promenade named after Vittorio Emanuele III. We will learn which 2 seas are usually mentioned in talks about Taranto. We will hear a story of the most ancient and majestic landmark of Taranto and Italy, the Aragonese Castle, and see unusual swing bridge Ponte Girevole next to the castle walls.
The day will be continued with a visit to an agricultural farm. We will see how famous and everyone's favourite Apuglian cheese: mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, caciocavallo and scamorza, is made. The cheese tasting will teach us how to taste them apart. And of course we will have a chance to buy some of them as souvenirs for our families and friends.
The farewell dinner will be arranged at a secret restaurant. We will enjoy our new favourite culinary delights: typical home-cooked Salento food mixed with fantasy and inspiration of the chef. And we will raise a glass for new gatherings!
Day 8. See you next time!
We will enjoy the last Italian breakfast, pack treats and souvenirs for family and friends and head to the airport.
My husband and I try our best to show you the region we know so well and love so deeply: charming, positive and unbelievably beautiful Puglia. We believe that now a part of your soul will stay here, making you come back to this welcoming region, full of unexplored wonders, again and again.

Before leaving we will all say: Bravo, Puglia! Ti amo!



*Please, note, some programme alterations may occur, meaning a change of some activities to similar ones. All information, published on this page, does not constitute а public offer and must be considered as advertising.
The price includes:
  • Accommodation in an antique masseria (paired accommodation in rooms with double or twin beds)
  • Transfer from and to an airport
  • Transfer to all locations, included in the tour, in a comfortable minivan, driven by a licensed driver
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners (without drinks)
  • Welcome drink on the day of arrival
  • Excursions and walks in 7 most famous towns of Puglia
  • World Heritage Sites visits
  • Boat trips to incredible grottos and caves
  • Trip to natural beaches of the Italian Maldives
  • Excursion to a vineyard with later wine tasting
  • Trip to an agricultural farm, excursion at a cheese manufacturing site with cheese tasting
  • Cooking master class from a chef followed by an entertained dinner
  • Pizzica dance night
  • Tours by an experienced guide
  • Constant support, provided by the tour organizer
The cost does not include: :
  • Flight tickets from your city to Brindisi or Bari and backwards. We kindly ask you to contact us before purchasing any tickets.
  • Visa fee, if necessary. We will be happy to provide you with masseria booking confirmation following an advanced payment.
  • Medical insurance (mandatory)
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenditures
Cost:
The cost of a tour starts with 1790 euro per person in case of paired* accommodation. A precise price calculation is available upon a request.


*extra 300 euro is charged in case of a single occupancy accommodation.

Frequently asked questions
Why should I travel with you if I can arrange a trip myself?
You have a unique opportunity to have a vacation, which you cannot do in 8 days yourself. Using our service, you don't need to plan any routes, search for locations, where to dine, or worry that you don't speak Italian (lokal people don't speak English)
Can I travel with children?
All tours are 16+.
Families with children can benefit from our summer tours with accommodation in hotels, B&B, villas located along amazing beaches, with excursions upon a request.
Isn't the programme too intense?
Our tour is a reasonable combination of various activities and rest. We designed the itinerary ourselves. Our tour has been designed for people, who appreciate exclusiveness.
How many people will be in a group?
From 4 to 15 people
Where will you meet me?
We will meet you at Brindisi or Bari airport. It takes ~45 minutes to reach the place of accommodation from Brindisi airport, and ~1,5 hour from Bari airport.
How to book a tour?
You make 50% an advanced payment at the moment of agreement signing. The remaining part of the payment must be wirelessly transferred to a bank account 30 days prior to the start of a tour.
Will I get a refund of the advanced payment in case I change my mind?
The advanced payment is needed to book the accommodation, transfers, guides, excursions and other elements of a trip way before the trip to get the best possible price for you. That is why is case you change your mind, we won't be able to refund you.
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