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6 Days / 5 Nights

Overview
Savour creamy farm-produced burrata. Sip wine beneath grape-heavy vines. Sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Inspired by the slow food movement, this tour introduces the culinary traditions, tucked away villages and breath-taking architecture in this sublime corner of Italy.

Day 1 - Bari - Matera - Martina Franca
Our first stop entails a drive to Andria followed by our first taste of Puglia food culture: smooth burrata and silky mozzarella cheeses. After lunch, it's on to Matera to enjoy a tour with a local guide. As dusk sets in, it's time to relax into our welcome dinner at a local pub. (L,D)

Accommodation: Relais Villa San Martino

Day 2 - Martina Franca - Castellana Caves - Alberobello - Martina Franca

Our culinary journey this morning offers a short drive before we meet with a local olive grove and oil mill to uncover the secrets of the process, of course sampling the local fare. Next, in Alberobello there's the chance to marvel at the prehistoric cone-topped trulli dotted across the landscape. After lunch, we head below ground to the spellbinding Castellana Caves. Look up to see stalactites and down to find fossils that are hidden throughout these fairy-tale grottos. After that, we return to Martina Franca to rest easy for the night. (B)

Accommodation: Relais Villa San Martino

Day 3 - Martina Franca - Ostuni - Masseria Ferri - Lecce
With its jumble of icing-sugar buildings, pretty Ostuni wholeheartedly lives up to its nickname: the White Village. And it's here that we begin day three of our tour. This pretty hamlet is huddled in quintessential Puglia countryside, so it's only right that lunch today is in a rural masseria - a country estate. After lunch, we drive on to Lecce - our home for the night - where we'll enjoy a walk with a local guide and taste some local products. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara

Day 4 - Lecce - Otranto - Depressa - Gallipoli
Emerald lake. Turquoise seas. Pink-hued hills. The pretty-as-a-postcard harbour town of Otranto is where we swap town and country for a seaside sojourn. When we stop at the beautiful bay of Porto Badisco, be sure to search for the freshly caught sea urchins - a not-to-be-missed treat. We wash them down with a selection of wines at Castel di Salve, famous for its Santi Medici Bianco, Santi Medici Rosé, Armecolo, Cento Su Cento Primitivo. Then it's onwards to the historic fishing port of Gallipoli where the sun sets on day four of our trip. (B)

Accommodation: Relais Corte Palmieri

Day 5 - Gallipoli - Nardò - Manduria - Gallipoli
When in Gallipoli, we do as the fishermen do. That means an early start down at the fish markets where stalls are piled high with a dazzling array of seafood. Here, we'll taste raw shrimp and shellfish, straight off the boat. Then we woo ourselves away from the water with a trip to the old town of Nardo. It's a treasure trove of some of Puglia's finest Baroque architecture and an area renowned for exquisite red wines, and it's only right that we pay a visit to Manduria's Museo della Civiltà del Vino Primitivo for a guided tasting - and pay homage to the celebrated Primitivo grape. (B,D)

Accommodation: Relais Corte Palmieri

Day 6 - Gallipoli - Polignano A Mare - Bari
Within its peaceful honey-stone cloisters and Romanesque architecture are thousands of years of history. When we step inside Santa Maria di Cerrate, we'll discover a monastery with roots deep in Puglia's rich food culture. Leaving the monastery behind, we climb the coastal road up to Polignano a Mare - the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' and our final stop. And with that, it's time to say goodbye to this exquisite region, as we round up our tour back in Bari. (B)