Introduction
When we ask our Italian guides where they'd most like to take our friends who think they know Italy on a walking tour we get one response: Apulia. And then they use their hands. To paint a vista of gnarled olive trees silhouetted against a lapis lazuli sea. To express the amazing sunlight. To sketch the saw-toothed skyline of a village comprised entirely of "trulli"—the conical stone roofs unique to the region. You should see a good Italian describe the food you'll find—pasta from the locally grown wheat, sea-fresh fish, peppery olive oil. The Italians love the heel of their boot and it's easy to see why. Especially since it's also a land where you're as likely to find a Baroque city as a family of shepherds tending 700 sheep. Best of all, Apulia (pronounced ah-pooh-lya) passes the most important Classic Journeys test—it offers fine leisurely walking…elegant accommodations …and a glimpse into a region and culture that's not quite like any you've encountered before.
Picture yourself...
  • Rambling gentle hills and seaside landscapes
  • Treading gently on mosaic masterpieces
  • Relishing lunch in an ancient olive mill
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - BARI
We gather in Bari (1 night), an important crossroads since ancient Greece, and take a lovely stroll through the port's historic district before settling into our luxurious hotel.

DAYS 2-3 - MATERA
Apulia is one of Italy's most beautifully rural provinces, and we experience that firsthand with a visit to a prosperous family of shepherds near Altamura. Our hosts invite us into their kitchen to prepare and eat a typical local lunch of homemade orecchiette pasta, stuffed peppers and pecorino cheese. Later, we amble in countryside known for its shimmering silver-leaf olive trees.

Matera (2 nights) is a UNESCO world heritage site; an ancient city strung the length of a canyon. From our cliff-side lodgings, we explore nearby Alberobello—a local landmark and the largest collection of conically roofed trulli—a must-see. Later, we'll walk to a walled farm where we are treated to lunch in an ancient olive mill.

DAYS 4-7 - LECCE / BRINDISI
A 16th-century palace in Lecce, the "Florence of the South," is our gracious home for three nights. One of the world's largest mosaic floors is not far away in Otranto's cathedral, so of course we visit. We'll also journey to the frescoes of Galatina…the amazing fish markets of Gallipoli…and journey on foot to visit architect friends and see their stunning renovation of an ancient farmhouse. The last afternoon and morning are reserved for shopping and strolling before we end in Brindisi for departures to Rome or Milan.
Apulia
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Bari – 2:30 pm – Lobby of Palace Hotel Bari

Ending Point: Brindisi – 1:30 pm – Airport

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Guest Reviews
“As we drove into Matera, just as the sun was setting and the lights of the sassi were twinkling, Sergio told us to imagine that we were in a time machine being transported back 2000 years. And then we rounded the corner and took in the breathtaking view. It was magical.”
Penelope H., Centennial, CO

“Sergio was beyond fantastic! Our luggage had been lost in a flight from Paris to Bari. Sergio completely took over the problem, plus assisted in replacing Bernie's lost medications.”
Mary Beth Buescher., Grand Junction, CO

“Classic Journeys has turned out to be a fantastic company to travel with - one I highly recommend. I truly feel as if I have been on vacation this past week, even though I've walked more than I ever thought possible.”
Marcia B.

“We are staying in the loveliest of hotels in Matera. It was once the home of a rich person of Matera that has since been converted to a 5 star hotel. It is like a castle, with vaulted ceilings in every room, winding corridors that twist and turn, and every amenity that you could ever want.”
Marcia B.

“I never felt like a tourist.”
Elizabeth C.

“Classic Journeys excels in providing exceptional guides familiar with the local area.”
Bert and Jo Ann E.

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7 Days / 6 Nights

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You can start our walking tours
of Italy on any day of the year
Let us arrange a private, custom tour adapted from any of these itineraries to fit your crazy schedule and special interests.
Inns that are out of this world
As on every Classic Journey, our Apulia vacations treat you to leisurely stays in the region’s most distinctive lodgings.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
April 24-30, 2016$4395.00$695.00
May 22-28, 2016$4395.00$695.00
Jun 26-Jul 2, 2016$4495.00$695.00
Sep 25-Oct 1, 2016$4495.00$695.00
October 23-29, 2016$4495.00$695.00
April 23-29, 2017$4495.00$695.00
May 28-Jun 3, 2017$4495.00$695.00
Jun 25-Jul 1, 2017$4595.00$695.00
September 24-30, 2017$4595.00$695.00
October 22-28, 2017$4595.00$695.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners and 1 cooking instruction
Apulia
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Apulia has a warm, balmy climate. However, the warm sunshine is moderated by the winds that blow off the Adriatic Sea.

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Hotels
Palace Hotel Bari

Bari's finest luxury hotel, the Palace is perfectly located in the historic heart of the city, near the Basilica and fine shopping. Decorated with fine art and antiques, the rooms are rich with contemporary amenities.

Palazzo Gattini

For more than six centuries, this impeccably restored 5-star palazzo-hotel was the home of Matera's oldest noble family. Gorgeous rooms offer views of the city. From rooftop terrace to the vaulted stone spa, it's an experience in regal hospitality.

Patria Palace Hotel

Originally a princely palace built in the 17th century, this prestigious 5-star hotel has been restored, preserving its original beauty while adding every modern comfort. Each of the hotel rooms is personalized with original fresco paintings.

Apulia
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7 Days / 6 Nights

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You can start our walking tours<br>of Italy on any day of the year
Let us arrange a private, custom tour adapted from any of these itineraries to fit your crazy schedule and special interests.
Inns that are out of this world
As on every Classic Journey, our Apulia vacations treat you to leisurely stays in the region’s most distinctive lodgings.
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