Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

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4.5 Based on 18 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Food tour
  • City sightseeing
  • Local culture
  • Museum and gallery visits
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Matera, Italy
  • Ends Lecce, Italy
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Baroque Lecce and cristalclear sea in Salento'Trulli' houses in AlberobelloVisit the unique UNESCO town of Matera
The trip "Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy" starts in Matera and ends in Lecce. It is a food tour that takes 8 days taking you through Otranto, Alberobello, Ostuni and 3 other destinations in Italy. "Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation in hotels, transport and others.

Puglia, known for its whitewashed hill towns, traditional farmland, fine cuisine, and the sweeping Mediterranean coastline is the southern heel of Italy, and until recently, its best kept secret. With a focus on art, architecture, traditions, and local cuisine, this trip explores the region’s highlights. From Matera, a UNESCO listed town carved into bare limestone rock, where centuries-old caves are still inhabited, we travel to the elegant white city of Ostuni and on to the medieval coastal town of Otranto and Baroque Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South'.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 18 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 18 2019
5 - Excellent
A wonderful area to explore
“Leisurely was the description....a fairly lively leisurely .... great trips, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful leader. Some amazing places to visit and accommodation to stay at - all comfortable and most very different.”
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 18 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“Very Good”
  • Kristin Sallai
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 18 2019
3 - Average
Average tour with lots of walking
“The included items of the tour did NOT include some of the most beautiful highlights in Puglia such as Polignano a Mare nor Monopoli nor Castel del Monte. So quite a limited introduction to Puglia. The required walking was extensive compared to similiar tours - I had to pay for transfers myself. So with food and transfers NOT being included, this is an expensive tour.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 24 2019
5 - Excellent
A taste of a lesser known region of Italy
“This trip gave a flavour of the region of Puglia in more ways than one... Staying in four different locations across the week, we learned about the importance of olives and wine in the region with visits to a an olive grove for olive oil tasting and a factory for wine tasting, and were encouraged to try local specialities by our leader who at group meals ordered a range of typical dishes so that we could try a variety. Although not specifically a food tour, food has to be a major part of any trip to Italy...”
  • Day 1: Start Matera.
  • Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Matera, including a tour of the UNESCO "Sassi" district; overnight in Matera.
  • Day 3: Drive to Alberobello via the charming fishing town of Polignano a Mare; sightseeing and overnight in traditional 'trullo'.
  • Day 4: Free day. Visit the Castellana Caves or Monopoli by the Adriatic Sea.
  • Day 5: Explore the charming hilltop town of Ostuni; olive oil tasting and pasta-making class in traditional masseria.
  • Day 6: Transfer to Otranto; visit the historic centre; afternoon optional coastal walk or relax at the beach (seasonal); transfer to Lecce.
  • Day 7: Morning guided tour of baroque Lecce; afternoon free time.
  • Day 8: End Lecce.
  • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels,All breakfasts, 1 lunch/cookery class, 1 wine tasting All accommodation
  • 8 days land only / 8 days flight inclusive
  • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus 
  • Group normally 6-18, plus leader.
  • Min age 16 yrs
  • Any international flights to Matera and from Lecce are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 17 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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