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Puglia 2017

10/14/17 – 10/24/17

THE SCOOP

Everything you need to know...

Puglia is a flat, fertile, sun soaked region in southern Italy. Puglia’s iron rich soil makes it one of the most productive agricultural regions in Italy. Puglia has the longest coastline of any region in mainland Italy and is often referred to as ‘Italy’s undiscovered coast’. Puglia produces olive oil (more than any other region in Italy), wine, tomatoes, artichokes and wheat. Puglia is also full of remarkable historical ruins, cathedrals, Baroque cities, harbors and picturesque villages like Alberobello (capital of the famous trulli buildings).

Puglia’s comforting country cuisine may not be as famous as that of some other Italian regions, but it is full of locally sourced goodness. Local produce includes durum wheat, tomatoes, artichokes, beans, , courgettes, fennel, peppers and onions. The coastline and farming tradition bring lots of seafood, beef and lamb to the table On the tour, you’ll enjoy traditional dishes from set menus featuring a variety of fresh, local, in season ingredients. Inclusive in the trip are all breakfasts, three lunches and nine dinners (including wine). For meals on your own, a list of suggested restaurants will be provided. If you have any food allergies, or foods that you can not eat, please inform us during the registration process and Gioacchino will work hard to accommodate your needs.

Secure your spot on this tour by downloading the Reservation Form. Send all completed forms to cindy@palmerstours.com.

$5,900 per person

11 DAYS IN PUGLIA*
10/14/17 – 10/24/17

TOWNS:
Brindisi, San Gregorio, Depressa di Tricase, Gallipoli, Miggiano, Lecce, Otranto, Ostuni, Polignano a Mare, 
Pomarico, Matera, Altamura, Alberobello

PRODUCERS:
Wine, Cheese & Olive Oil

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Cooking class with personal chef
– Tastings
– Historic Sites
– Market Tour
– Shopping Tour
– Paper Mache

MEALS INCLUDED:
Breakfast Daily
5 Lunches
7 Dinners

$5,900 per person

ITINERARY

10/14/17 – 10/24/17
DAY 1

BRINDISI AIRPORT > SAN GREGORIO
Saturday, October 14th

  •  AM transfer from Brindisi Airport to Hotel Montecallini in San Gregorio.
  •  Enjoy free time at the hotel until dinner.
  •  08:00 PM Welcome dinner at Restaurant La Fulana 
  •  Overnight at Hotel Montecallini 
DAY 2

SAN GREGORIO/DEPRESSA DI TRICASE/GALLIPOLI/SAN GREGORIO
Sunday, October 15th

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 11:00 AM Visit/tasting at Castel di Salve Company, wine producer.
  • 03:00 PM Van transfer to the hotel
  • 04:40 PM Van transfer from the hotel to Gallipoli (driving time approx. 40 mins.).
  • 05:30 PM Guided tour of Gallipoli.
  • 08:00 PM Dinner at Restaurant Trattoria Portolano 
  • Overnight at Hotel Montecallini

 

DAY 3

SAN GREGORIO
Monday, October 16th

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 09:30 AM Shopping at the market to buy all the ingredients for the cooking class.
  • —Light lunch at the hotel—
  • 03:00 PM Cooking class with a professional chef. They’ll work with your group and you’ll be responsible for preparing a traditional Puglia meal. You will start in the morning by going to the local market and shopping for ingredients. In the afternoon the chef will assist you in the preparation of the dishes.
  • 08:00 PM Cooking class dinner at the Hotel Montecallini Restaurant.
  • Overnight at Hotel Montecallini. 
DAY 4

SAN GREGORIO/MIGGIANO/SAN GREGORIO
Tuesday, October 17th

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 11:00 AM Visit at Società Agricola Merico, including a stroll through their historic olive groves.
  • 12:30 PM Snack in the olive groves.
  • 03:00 PM Bus transfer from Miggiano to the hotel.
  • Free time at the hotel.
  • 08:00 PM Dinner at Società Agricola Merico (extra virgin olive oil producer).
  • Overnight at Hotel Montecallini.
DAY 5

SAN GREGORIO/LECCE
Wednesday, October 18th

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 09:30 AM Luggage collection and check out.
  • 10:00 AM Van transfer from San Gregorio to Lecce (driving time approx. 1 hr.)
  • 11:00 AM Check in at Hotel Risorgimento in Lecce.
  • —Free afternoon in Lecce…grab lunch or shop—
  • 08:00 PM Dinner at Restaurant Osteria Degli Spiriti.
  • Overnight at Hotel Risorgimento in Lecce.
DAY 6

LECCE
Thursday, October 19th

  • Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento.
  • 09:00 AM Guided tour of Lecce.
  • —Lunch on your own in Lecce—
  • 04:00 PM Visit at Petra Aurea Company (lime stone.)
  • 05:00 PM Visit at Santino Merico, Cartapesta master.
  • Free time and dinner on your own in Lecce.
  • Overnight at Hotel Risorgimento.
DAY 7

LECCE/OTRANTO/LECCE
Friday, October 20th

  • Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento.
  • 09:30 AM Van transfer from Lecce to Otranto (driving time approx. 30 mins.)
  • 10:00 PM Guided tour of Otranto.
  • —Lunch on your own in Otranto—
  • 03:00 PM Van transfer to the hotel.
  • Free time in Lecce or at the hotel.
  • 08:00 PM Dinner is at Restaurant Blu Notte
  • Overnight: Hotel Risorgimento in Lecce.
DAY 8

LECCE/OSTUNI/POLIGNANO A MARE
Saturday, October 21st

  • Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento.
  • 08:30 AM Luggage collection and check out.
  • 09:00 AM Bus transfer from Lecce to Ostuni (driving time approx. 1 hr.).
  • 10:00 AM Guided tour of Ostuni.
  • 01:30 PM Lunch at Restaurant Osteria del Tempo Perso
  • 03:30 PM Van transfer from Ostuni to Polignano a Mare (driving time approx. 45 mins.).
  • 04:30 PM Check in at Hotel Borgobianco in Polignano a Mare.
  • Free time and dinner on your own in Polignano a Mare.
  • Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco
DAY 9

POLIGNANO A MARE/POMARICO/MATERA/POLIGNANO A MARE
Sunday, October 22nd

  • Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianco.
  • 09:00 AM Van transfer from Polignano a Mare to Pomarico (driving time approx. 2 hrs.).
  • 11:00 AM Visit/tasting at Azienda Agricola Cavalli, Cheese producer.
  • 03:00 PM Van transfer from Pomarico to Matera (driving time approx. 30 mins.).
  • Free time, walking/shopping in Matera.
  • 06:00 PM Van transfer from Matera to Polignano a Mare
  • (driving time approx. 1hr. 30 mins.).
  • Free time and dinner on your own in Polignano a Mare.
  • Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco.

 

DAY 10

POLIGNANO A MARE/ALTAMARU/ALBEROBELLO/POLIGNANO A MARE
Monday, October 23rd

  • Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianc
  • 08:00 AM Van transfer from Polignano a Mare to Altamura (driving time approx. 1 hr. 30 mins.).
  • Free time, discovering the famous bread of Altamura.
  • 10:30 AM Van transfer from Altamura to Alberobello (driving time approx. 1 hr.).
  • 11:30 AM Guided tour of Alberobello.
  • Lunch on your own in Alberobello.
  • 04:00 PM Van transfer to the hotel (driving time approx. 30 mins.).
  • Free time at the hotel or in Polignano a Mare.
  • 08:00 PM Group dinner at the Restaurant Locanda dell’Abbazia.
  • Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco.
DAY 11

POLIGNANO A MARE/ BRINDISI 
Tuesday, October 24th

  • Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianco.
  • Van transfer from Polignano a Mare to Brindisi Airport.

 

YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Gioacchino Passalacqua

Guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners. He has traveled the world in his business as an importer/exporter, taking part in food shows from Paris and San Francisco to Chicago and New York City.

Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!

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