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The panoramic view of Abruzzo

Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera Experience

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The panoramic view of Abruzzo
Experience the best of what southern Italy has to offer during this exciting, 10-day tour of the beautiful regions of Abruzzo, Puglia and Matera.
Cultural
Bespoke small groups

Highlights

Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites (Castel del Monte, Alberobello and Matera)

2 hands-on cooking classes

Wine, olive oil, confetti (sugar coated almonds), focaccia and mozzarella cheese tastings
 

Fishing demonstration on a trabucco (traditional fishing platform)

Unveil the true nature and soul of Italy, experiencing the best food and wine specialties of different regions, through this 10-day escorted tour. Enjoy a traditional breakfast in Sulmona, composed of freshly baked bread, fruits, cake and pastries, coffee, tea and freshly-squeezed juice. Explore the ancient town of Sulmona, visit the Confetti Museum, chomp some sugar-coated almonds, and get to taste varieties of wine paired with cheeses, salami and other specialties. Drive across stunning mountains and national parks to Vasto, a town on the Adriatic coast, and get ready for an exclusive cooking class in the countryside. Learn how easy it is to make homemade pasta and other meat and vegetable dishes. Travel to the breathtaking Trabocchi coast for a cooking demonstration on a traditional fishing hut and enjoy fish-based dishes for lunch. Continue to Puglia to take part in a guided tour of Trani and Polignano a Mare, followed by a cooking class in an ancient masseria or Apulian farmhouse. Visit the UNESCO-protected site of Alberobello, famous for its unique houses called trulli, and then move on to Bari to taste wines, mozzarella cheese, and extra virgin olive oil. Journey to the medieval city of Matera to sample authentic focaccia in a very old bakery. Delight in a sumptuous farewell dinner before concluding your unforgettable trip.

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Included

9-night accommodation
Daily breakfast & all meals as per itinerary
Guided tastings of wines, confetti, olive oil, mozzarella cheese and bread and visits to the producers
1 wine tasting class with a professional sommelier, personalised cooking booklet and apron
2 hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
Daily trips, excursions and guided tours
All entry fees for castles and museums
All transport for daily trips and excursions in an air conditioned bus
Art experience with a local artist
English-speaking professional tour directors and licensed local guides as per itinerary
Pick up in Rome Fiumicino airport and drop off in Bari airport in an air conditioned bus

Itinerary

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Day 1
Rome (Sulmona)

Join a group transfer from Rome Fiumicino airport to the ancient Roman town of Sulmona. Check into your hotel and relax before the welcome dinner.

Dinner
Day 2
Rome (Sulmona)

After traditional breakfast, you will discover the Confetti (sugarcoated almonds) Museum. After confetti tasting, you’ll discover Sulmona and see the Roman aqueduct on Piazza Garibaldi and the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata with its majestic bell tower. In the late afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting class with a professional sommelier.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Rome - Vasto

Following breakfast, you’ll drive across the Abruzzo Mountains and through National Parks to the ancient Roman town of Vasto which is located on the Adriatic Coast. You’ll be staying here for the next 3 nights. In the afternoon, join a guided tour of Vasto’s historic centre. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Vasto

This morning, visit the weekly market to get seasonal products, you'll have an exclusive cooking class with a housewife in her house and learn how to make pasta. Lunch will be the dishes you have prepared in the morning. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Punta Aderici

After breakfast, you'll explore the Abruzzo coastline and have a fish cooking demonstration on a traditional trabucco fishing house. After lunch, the host will show you how to fish from the trabocco.

In the afternoon, drive to the little hilltop village of Lentella at Ettore’s “Fattoria d’Arte”(Ant farm). You'll have an artistic experience with Ettore where you may create your personal postcards or a little sculpture. In the evening, you'll have an aperitif and dinner with Ettore.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Vasto - Puglia (Castel del Monte)

This morning, you'll make your way to Puglia where you'll have a guided visit of the beautiful town of Trani. In the afternoon, join a guided tour of Castel del Monte and a walking tour in Conversan followed by dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Polignano a Mare - Alberobello

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Polignano a mare and its wonderful sea, followed by a visit to an ancient masseria (typical Apulian farmhouse) in Monopoli for a cooking class with traditional recipes. Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared during the morning's cooking class. This afternoon, join a guided tour of the UNESCO site of Alberobello.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Bari

This morning, you will enjoy a guided tour of Bari visiting San Nicola’s church, Frederick II’s castle and the city centre followed by a visit to a small olive oil mill in the countryside of Gioia del Colle.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9
Matera

Today, you’ll enjoy focaccia tasting in Altamura, a town famous for its DOP bread, and a guided tour of spectacular Matera and its UNESCO site “the Sassi” (cave houses and rocky churches where time seems to stop). This afternoon, you will have free time for lunch and to explore the city on your own. Tonight will be the farewell dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Bari

After breakfast, leave for Bari airport or your next destination.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Currency
EURO
9 nights
from AUD4,937
per person, twin share
Rome (Sulmona)
15 April & 6 October 2020
Italy Brochure
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