ITALY: FOOD & WALKS IN PUGLIA AND AMALFI

SMALL GROUP JOURNEY
Destinations:

United Kingdom & Europe

$10,665.00 per person, twin share (Member)

$10,995.00 per person, twin share (Non Member)

Other Departure Dates

23/09/2018

Includes

  • An intimate group size of no more than 14 guests
  • 5-8km daily walks through breathtaking scenery and varied terrain
  • Baroque architecture, walled towns and World Heritage sites Boutique accommodation full of character and local charm
  • Delicious meals of regional specialities in local eateries with local wines
  • All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities
  • Bottled water during transfers and touring
  • Airport welcome, assistance with luggage and group transportation by private airconditioned vehicle
  • Services of English speaking A&K Host, all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges

Sometimes overlooked in favour of well-trodden Tuscany, Puglia is one of Italy’s most appealing and unspoiled regions. Life passes by at an unhurried pace in this region, which has extraordinary Baroque and Renaissance architecture plus the distinctive yet simple conically roofed white stone huts called trulli. It has a rich and bountiful cuisine and on this exclusive journey you’ll enjoy the local rustic fare wherever you are with plenty of time to walk it off. On the other side of the country the stunning Amalfi Coast and its breathtaking cliff-side landscapes are the focus for the final four days of the journey. Walks are between 5 and 8 km daily with a reasonable level of fitness required. 

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Arrive Bari – Fasano Arrive into the port city of Bari on Italy’s Adriatic coast where you are met and transferred to your charming country house hotel near Fasano. This evening meet fellow companions for a tour briefing followed by a welcome dinner held in the masseria (D). Masseria Don Luigi (Superior Room)

Day 2

Fasano After breakfast transfer to the little church of Santa Maria Barsento overlooking the Canale di Pirro where your walk through the Apulian countryside begins. Today’s walk is approx. 6 km to the 15th century town of Alberobello, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique trulli, the characteristic white-washed conical-roofed houses of the area. A light lunch is included in a local restaurant. Afterwards enjoy a guided walking tour of the town before returning to the masseria later this afternoon (B,L,D). Masseria Don Luigi (Superior Room)

Day 3

Fasano This morning you are transferred to the Agnano for a walk (approx. 5-6 km) around the important archaeological site of Santa Maria di Agnano where Palaeolithic remains have been found. Lunch is in a local restaurant in Ostuni, one of Puglia’s most stunning towns. After lunch enjoy a guided walk. This charming fortified hill town is known as the “White City” due to its whitewashed buildings and city walls which give it a very exotic feel, more Greek or Middle Eastern than Italian. Return to your accommodation later this afternoon (B,L,D). Masseria Don Luigi (Superior Room)

Day 4

Fasano – Lecce Transfer further south to the stunning 17th century city of Lecce with its wealth of Baroque architecture and check-in to your luxe urban resort. Later you are driven into the countryside for a short hike (approx. 4 km.) to the Cerrate Abbey, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Puglia. The limestone church and its 13th century frescoes are under continued restoration. Late this afternoon return to the hotel with dinner tonight at your leisure (B). Hotel La Fiermontina (Run of House)

Day 5

Lecce Today you are transferred to a local farmhouse near Lecce for an Apulian cooking class. Your Apulian ‘mamma’ will share the secrets of the local cuisine as you prepare some typical dishes, including orecchiette with a variety of sauces and dessert. Enjoy the fruits of your labour over lunch. Afterwards return to Lecce for a short guided walking tour. Wander through the square around the Baroque Cathedral, admire the adjoining façade of the Palazzo Vescovile, the Seminario and the town’s major monuments. Lecce is described as the purest Baroque walled town in the whole of Italy - Florence in miniature minus the tourists. It is a lively university town with a population of 97,000. The buildings in the pedestrianised walled centre are made from a special type of soft carved stone called tufigna, which is stunningly floodlit at night (B,L). Hotel La Fiermontina (Run of House)

Day 6

Lecce – Matera Today you are transferred northwest to Matera stopping en route in the central Apulian town of Grottaglie, famous for its ceramics and pottery. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Matera (B). Palazzo Gattini (Deluxe Room)

Day 7

Matera After breakfast you are transferred to the Murgia National Park where this morning’s walk (approx. 6 km.) takes you deep into the rocky Matera countryside. Keep an eye out for the rock churches in the park, most of which date to the Middle Ages. After a rustic country lunch you return to Matera with time to explore on your own. The Matera city centre, whose poverty and isolation in days past saw it cast as the setting for ‘Passion of Christ’ by Mel Gibson, is today a fascinating reminder of the hardships of former times. There are some 120 churches carved from the volcanic rock of the region and many cave dwellings (B,L). Palazzo Gattini (Deluxe Room)

Day 8

Matera – Amalfi Much of today is spent driving across the country to the stunning Amalfi Coast and your glorious cliff-side hotel. In the early evening meet for Sundowners on the terrace with spectacular views over the sea. Tonight’s dinner is at leisure (B). Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi (Run of House)

Day 9

Amalfi This morning you are driven up to the ‘Path of the Gods’, a hilltop trail above Positano which links the tiny town of Agerola with Nocelle, on the slopes of Monte Pertuso. The morning’s walk is approx. 7-8 km with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast scenery and island of Capri. Lunch today is at a beautiful restaurant in Monte Pertuso where a delightful garden setting and breathtaking views will make this a meal to remember. Return to the hotel stopping on the way at a local workshop to see how the famous Amalfi ceramics are produced and decorated (B,L). Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi (Run of House)

Day 10

Amalfi A drive to the Ferriere Valley this morning where the walk takes you through a wood of tall chestnut trees and rare, long leaved ferns. The ruins of the medieval foundries, which gave the valley its name, can still be seen (approx. 6 km). The valley is also known as the Vallone dei Mulini and the final stages of the walk pass a number of water powered mills which once produced Amalfi’s famous paper. Once in Amalfi, make a stop at the Paper Museum and the old 13th century paper factory. The museum library houses more than 3,000 volumes highlighting the history of paper making, an ancient art for which Amalfi is renowned. Afternoon at leisure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant (B,L,D). Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi (Run of House)

Day 11

Depart Amalfi Today you are transferred to Naples Airport or train station for onward travel arrangements (B).

Price based on 12 April 2018 departure. International airfares are additional. Level of Fitness: Walks in Puglia are generally on flat terrain, along paved and unpaved country roads whilst in Amalfi walks are more challenging. Terrain includes narrow unpaved footpaths, steep hills and steps so you can expect plenty of ups and downs. A good level of health and fitness is required. The prices, dates and information supplied are valid at the time of the web page going live, however prices and itinerary are subject to change or may be withdrawn at any time. Please confirm all details and final cost with your consultant at the time of booking. Product is supplied by A&K .For full terms and conditions please contact your travel consultant or refer to the terms and conditions on the supplier’s website.