We welcome you take part in our Puglia Food & Wine Tour!
This unique region offers the ideal setting to experience the best in Italy’s gastronomical assets. Each day provides an opportunity to try the best wines and food served by the wineries and restaurants in the region. You will meet Puglia’s local chefs and wine producers; see your menus prepared, take part in a hands-on cooking class, in addition to excursions and tours to visit local food markets and tour the scenic surrounding countryside to see first hand the many sources of the ingredients so important for great Italian food and wine.
Our Puglia Food & Wine tour is for those who wish to enjoy the culinary and wine opportunities offered by this most unique region. The tour is 10 days, 9 nights. See the dates, prices and what’s included in the sections below.
Tour Starting Dates
May 27, 2017
Sept 9, 2017
- Select Accommodations for 9 nights in Puglia
- Special Dinners with custom menus
- Winery Tours – Tastings
- Visits to local food production and markets
- Cooking Class with local chef
- Guided excursions + Regional City tours
- Daily Breakfast
- Transportation and Transfers
Tour Does Not Include:
Meals not specifically mentioned
Entrance fees to museums (to be paid locally)
Gratuities and extras of any personal nature
The tour is offered for May or September dates this year. Custom dates can be arranged. Below is the program over the 10 day / 9 night itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive to Bari / Trani
Typical arrival city for the region is Bari (airport or train station); from here your private transfer will take you to the city of Trani for hotel check in. Later in the afternoon, after all participants have arrived, we will hold a “meet and greet” to give overview of the program while having our first introduction to the local wines. The evening offers the also first opportunity to sample the local food with the welcome dinner. (W, D)
Day 2: Trani – Local Wine / Food Production
Morning breakfast and then your day offers a guided tour of the local wine production, vineyard and wine cellar; then afterwards lunch at the winery. Later a visit to a local “molino” for their Puglian, oven baked bread and an olive oil tasting. Afterwards, return to Trani and take the evening at your leisure. (B, L, W, O)
Day 3: Day Tour – Cooking Class
Morning breakfast and then your day will begin with a visit to a local “Masseria” (stone farmhouse) for a cooking class. You will experience a real Italian country kitchen and learn how to make the local pasta, “orecchiette” and focaccia. Then, of course the lunch follows the class in order to savor the fruits of your labor! After the culinary experience move on to visit the historical Castel del Monte (UNESCO site). The intriguing octagonal castle was built by the regions famed emperor, Federico II. After this full day, return to the Trani and evening at your leisure. (B, L, W)
Day 4: Bari City Tour Winery
Morning breakfast and depart to Bari for a visit to the historical town with its famed cathedral and basilica. Afterwards a light lunch on your own, then a guided tour of a nearby wine factory in the “Alta Murgia National Park”; for a demonstration of production and tasting of the wines. In the evening a special dinner for the last evening in a local restaurant in Trani. (B, D, W)
Day 5: Alberobello – City Tour
Morning breakfast and depart to Alberobello, site of the famed “trulli” – white washed, pointed-top houses; a UNESCO site and signature trademark for the region. A guided tour of this unique city, then the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B)
Day 6: Alberobello – Winery Excursion
Breakfast, then a guided tour to Martina Franca (the city of the Itria Valley Musical/Opera Festival). Free time for lunch, then on to a nearby wine factory and tasting of wine on site. Aferwards for the last evening in Alberbello, a special dinner at one of our select restaurants. (B, W, D)
Day 7: Ostuni (Citta’ Bianca)
Morning breakfast and then you will depart for the Ostuni, or otherwise affectionately known as the “White City”. Time will be taken to visit a medieval stone mill and the museum to reflect on the methods of construction for this architecturally unique city. Lunch will be provided in one of the select, local restaurants; then afterwards we move on to Lecce, hotel check in and the evening is yours to relax. (B, L, W)
Day 8: Lecce – Baroque City
Breakfast and then a morning city tour of Lecce, visiting the main highlights of this baroque architectual styled city, which has been commonly called, “the Florence of the South”. After the tour the day is mostly for your enjoyment and free time, but also provided is a special lunch at one of our select restaurants. (B, L, W)
Day 9: Guagnano – Wine Museum
Morning breakfast and then an excursion to visit the museum for the local wine, Negroamaro. The local history for the old “tools of the trade” are on display; you will also visit nearby fields where you can see and feel the history with their 50 to 70 year old trees; then in one of the winery a tasting of the local production. Afterwards, it is back to Lecce; then in the evening dinner at a special Osteria in the city center. (B, D, W)
Day 10: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and check out; your transfer will take you to Bari. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, W=Wine Tasting, O=Olive Oil Tasting
Base price includes accommodations for 9 nights, arrival/departure transfers from/to Bari; transportation as needed for excursion activities, plus meals and cultural activities as indicated.
Our select hotels are known for their stylish accommodations and high level of personal services. You will enjoy a daily buffet breakfast and the convenience of their respective locations. The hotels below represent those we will use on a particular set of tour dates, in part based on availability and or the number of group participants on a respective tour.
Hotel Mare’ Restort **** Palazzo Antonacci Telesio looks over the white and bright Piazza Quercia, next to the sea. The building is structured over several floors: the underground, the atrium, the first, or “noble” floor and the second floor, where today are located the 13 rooms (made of classic, deluxe and junior suites). Every room is furnished with a comfortable king-size double bed (or 2 single french beds) large walk-in shower, plus satellite-tv.
Le Alcove *** With its 9 unique rooms and ideal location in the main square of Alberobello, (capital of the trulli and the UNESCO World Heritage) the past and present come together and take shape with “Le Alcove Resort”.
La Dimora dei Celestini *** An historical palace from the 18th century, directly in front of the monumental Santa Croce cathedral, la Dimora is a family owned and managed B&B located in the historical heart of Lecce. All our rooms, spacious and comfortable, are equipped with air conditioning, SAT-TV, free wi-fi, minibar and showered bath.
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Prices: Tour prices are generally quoted per person, double occupancy, ‘land only’. Single supplements may apply. Airfare is not included. Prior to Final Payment, Prices are subject to change. Notification will be given if necessary. Prices are guaranteed once final payment is made.
Reservations and Payments: For any Group Tour (i.e. Opera Tour, Food & Wine Tour), Special Event Ticket Package (i.e. Palio or Carnival) or Property Rental (“Rental”) reservation, the initial deposit is due from the confirmation of its availability or on receipt of invoice. Day Tours and Transportation services are to be paid in full at the time of the request. Payment of any remaining balance due, unless otherwise stated, must be paid no later than 60 days prior to designated Starting or Travel Date. For Deposit Reservations, the Balance Payment will automatically be charged to the credit card provided, unless the reservation is otherwise cancelled or notice is given to use an alternate form of payment. For Group Tours no changes are allowed less than 60 days prior to departure. Before final payment, prices are subject to changes in currency exchange rates and prices can be adjusted if necessary before any final payment. Changes to the original reservation or Cancellations will result in a $100 Change Fee per reservation. Payments can be made by credit card or by Euro bank transfer. Credit card payments are completed in USD currency at current exchange rates. Payments can also be made through the online payment service provider, PAYPAL.
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Waiting List: If a Group Tour is fully booked at the time you submit a Reservation Request, you will be offered a ‘Waiting List Option’. If you chose this option, it will require a deposit. Upon any cancellation you will be automatically added to the primary tour group or confirmation of your special package. If you cancel while on the waiting list, or we reach the 60-day final payment period before you can be confirmed, then your deposit will be returned in full, net of any credit card services charges.
Refunds and Cancellations: The Company reserves the right to cancel any Group Tour, Day Tour, Property Rental or Cooking Class at any time if sufficient reservations are not received or for other unforeseen reasons that impair the success or enjoyment of the tour, event, activity, or use of rental property, as the case may be. In these cases all deposits and or payments will be returned in full.
For any reason IF YOU DECIDE TO CANCEL A RESERVATION, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE COMPANY IN WRITING OF YOUR INTENT TO CANCEL. If you cancel a reservation and the written cancellation is received within 30 days from the date you made the reservation, then all fees paid will be refunded, with exception to the provisions for Tickets stated below and otherwise net of credit card service charges. After the first 30 days of your reservation period, deposits and payments will follow the refund schedule below. If you cancel after the first 30-day period and someone takes your place, then administrative cancellation fees may apply, in addition to Ticket costs, which will be deducted from your deposit or payments.
After the 30 day initial reservation period, but
Prior to 90 days before Start Date: Refund, less 25% of total cost, net of Tickets;
Prior to 60 days before Start Date: Refund, less 50% of total cost, net of Tickets;
Prior to 45 days before Start Date: Refund, less 75% of total cost, net of Tickets;
45 days or less before Start Date: No refunds.
No refunds are made for unused portions of any reservation, including but not limited to missed meals, missed guided tours, Tickets (includes airline tickets), or non-use of hotel room or property rental.
Hotels: Room charges, unless you are otherwise informed, will be incurred by the Company and then passed on as invoiced to your credit card either prior to or on your arrival. Any hotel room cancellation and subsequent refund is subject the refund schedule provided herein. This schedule may override any that exists or that is generally provided by the hotel. Hotel room VAT taxes are included in the prices we provide to you (unless stated otherwise). City Taxes (a/k/a “bed taxes”), now required in most major Italian cities, are separate and paid by you directly to the hotel. Details of these taxes will be included in your reservation confirmation invoice.
Transportation: Group Tours – the Company will provide ground transfers from/to airports or central city train stations as needed to accommodate the travel group. Transportation will also be provided on daily excursions as noted in the respective tour itinerary. All vehicle fees and fuel costs are included in the cost of the tour. The cost of these service may be adjusted or the service eliminated if the group size is not sufficient.
Hotels & Meals: Group Tours – Hotels are selected based on quality and our own personal experience. Our minimum requires that the hotel has been listed for 3 stars as rated by the Italian Government. Air conditioning is standard for all rooms and they are equipped with shower, telephone, and TV and in most cases a mini bar. Breakfast will be served each day, the content variable based on each hotel. Customer is responsible for expenses associated with personal items incurred while staying at the hotel (i.e. mini-bar items, telephone calls). Other than breakfast, additional meals will be provided as noted on each itinerary by “group lunch” or “group dinner”. The combination of dinners and lunches may depend on your tour itinerary and group size.
Itinerary: Group Tours – The Company reserves the right to alter the itinerary or substitute hotel accommodations or transportation services as it may become necessary to provide for a tour that meets with our requirements.
Tour Guides: The Company has arranged for expert tour guides to accompany your group on the various city tour segments of the itinerary. Each maintains their official status, Guida Turistica Autorizzata, with the tourist boards and local authorities. They also speak several languages (Italian, German, English, French) should you need help with translation.
Travel Suggestions: So that we can accommodate the transfer of all parties and their luggage, please limit yourself to one piece of luggage, in addition to one carry-on type bag. Reasonable baggage sizes should apply. If this cannot be accomplished, please notify us at the time of your reservation. A nominal surcharge may apply in order to transport your luggage.
Group Tour Members: The tours require each participant to provide their cooperation to unexpected situations that may occur during the tour. Also each member should be prepared for walking during the guided city tours and be mentally alert during such group activities. If you have any physical or other health concerns, we suggest that you speak to your doctor and for him/her to access you ability to partake in the itinerary. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests for wheel-chairs or individuals that require special assistance. The Company reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of a tour, or require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time should such person becomes a risk to the health or safety of himself or other tour members.
Travel Insurance Protection: To cover costs associated with your reservation, the Company encourages you to consider purchasing a travel insurance policy. The Company does not supply or support any one company in this regard but can make suggestions as to the companies that provide this service.
Passports & Visas: All customers must posses a valid passport and/or any visas or special travel documents that can be used a proof of citizenship. The Company accepts no liability for clients improperly documented. For holders of U.S. passport: the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure. ie. if you leave the U.S. on February 10, 2017 then the expiration date would need to be August 10, 2017 (or after).
General Conditions & Disclaimers: Confirmation and payment of any reservation constitutes acceptance of the financial agreements between the Company and the Customer and the provisions of this agreement are in effect. The Company is acting as a tour operator responsible for arranging reservations for the services as outlined in the website paliotours.com. All suppliers providing transportation, guided tours, and lodging for the Company are not associated with, nor are they employees of the Company. The Company assumes no responsibility or liability for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss, whether to person or property, arising from, but not limited to, injury, accident, death, delay, alteration or inconvenience, by whatever cause, including airline scheduling, default, strike, terrorism, war, hostility, civil disturbance, quarantine, or resulting directly or indirectly from any other acts of nature. Under no circumstances is the Company to be construed as a Common Carrier under contract for safe carriage of the passenger or his/her baggage and personal belongings.
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It is recommended that clients arrange travel insurances for medical, personal, property, or cancellation.
Travel Insurance Options
We advise customers to consider insurance needs in relation to travel, accident, medical and personal coverage. You may wish to consider travel insurance, especially a policy with CANCELLATION PROTECTION.
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Most premiums cost very little, but if needed the policy can be very useful for travel to a foreign country or even before departure in case you need to cancel a trip. We do not supply insurance coverage, however, we can suggest companies for your own review.
Embassies and Consulates issue passports for emergencies requiring immediate travel. Emergency passports are limited in validity, and cannot be extended. Passport holders are required to exchange their limited validity passports for a full-validity photo-digitized passport upon completion of their emergency travel, either through passport facilities in the U.S. or at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad.
If your passport was lost or stolen, you are advised to report the loss/theft to the local Italian police in the area in which it occurred. Although filing a police report is advised, it is not a requirement to apply for an emergency passport. In order to replace the passport, you must apply in person at the appropriate Consular office for the district you are in and submit:
• proof of citizenship (a certified, sealed birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization or expired passport) if possible, or
• one valid form of photo identification (e.g. foreign passport, driver’s license, military ID, etc.) if possible, and
• two passport photographs
No appointment is required.
U.S. Passport Requirements:
Now your U.S. passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure. ie. if you leave the U.S. on August 10, then the expiration date would need to be February 10, 2017 (or after).
Details on this change found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/italy.html
Applications for Renewals: http://www.uspassportnow.com/passportapplicationservices
Mobile App for Renewals: itseasy.com
Change in U.S. Passports for Children:
As of February 1, 2008, the two-parent consent requirement for all passport services was extended to include all children under age 16. Either both parents must be present to provide signatures at the time of passport application, or in the event one parent cannot attend, s/he must send a notarized statement of consent and valid identification. Alternately, the applying parent may present a death certificate or sole custody order for the child.
Passports – What to do before you go
Identification – make 2 copies of your passport and driver’s license, medical insurance, bank credit cards (that you will take with you on the trip) and proof of travel insurance (if purchased). Leave one set with a friend or family member, so they can access this information if needed. Take the second set of copies with you, but keep them separated from the original identification.
Emergency contacts include:
For a 911 Call in Italy – dial 118 on any telephone
Local Hospitals – by major city listed below
Embassy of the United States in Rome – Italy
via Vittorio Veneto, 119/A
00187 Roma, Italy
Tel. (+39) 06.4674.1 (switchboard)
Fax (+39) 06.4674.2356
Consulate General of the United States – Milan
Via Principe Amedeo 2/10
20121 Milan, Italy
Tel. (+39) 02-290351
Fax (+39) 02-29001165
Consulate General of the United States – Florence
Lungarno Vespucci, 38
50123 Firenze, Italy
Tel. (+39) 055.266.951
Fax (+39) 055.284.088
Consulate General of the United States – Naples
Piazza della Repubblica
80122 Napoli, Italy
Tel. (+39) 081.5838.111
Fax (+39) 081.7611.869
CONSULAR AGENCY PALERMO
via Vaccarini, 1 – 90143 PALERMO
Tel: (+39) 091.305.857
Fax: (+39) 091.625.6026
CONSULAR AGENCY VENICE
Venice Marco Polo Airport General Aviation Terminal
viale Galileo Galilei, 30 – 30030 TESSERA (VE)
Tel: (+39) 041.541.5944
Fax: (+39) 041.541.6654
GENERAL HOSPITALS (with emergency room)
OSPEDALE “NIGUARDA”, Piazza Ospedale Maggiore3, tel. 0264441, emergency room: tel. 0264442496. Anti-poisoning center: tel. 0266101029, www.ospedaleniguarda.it.
OSPEDALE MAGGIORE (“POLICLINICO”), Via F. Sforza 35, tel. 0255031, emergency room: tel. 0255033255. Website: www.policlinico.mi.it. The Hospital includes the MANGIAGALLI INSTITUTE, a specialized maternity hospital, on Via Commenda 12, which also has a center for rape victims – SOCCORSO VIOLENZA SESSUALE – tel. 0255032489, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSPEDALE “FATEBENEFRATELLI”, Corso Porta Nuova 23, tel. 0263631. Emergency room: medicine/surgery 0263632442. Website: www.fbf.milano.it.
OSPEDALE “SAN CARLO”, Via Pio Secondo 3, tel. 0240221. Emergency room: 0240222900, 0240222938. Website: www.sancarlo.mi.it.
OSPEDALE “SAN GIUSEPPE”, Via San Vittore 12, tel. 0285991. Emergency room: 0285994532. Website: www.fatebenefratelli.it/s.giuseppe.
OSPEDALE “SAN RAFFAELE”, Via Olgettina 60, tel.0226431. Emergency room: 0226432741. Website: www.sanraffaele.org.
OSPEDALE “SAN PAOLO”, Via di Rudini’ 8, tel.0281841. Emergency room: 0281844250. Website: www.ao-sanpaolo.it.
OSPEDALE “LUIGI SACCO”, Via G. B. Grassi 74, tel. 0239041, emergency room: 0239043051. Website: www.hsacco.it.
Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico, Largo Palagi 1, Florence; Tel: 055/427-7111
Istituto Ortopedico Toscano “P. Palagi”, Viale Michelangelo 41, Florence; Tel: 055/65-881
Ospedale di Careggi, Viale Morgagni, Florence; Tel. 055/794-7111
Ospedale “I Fraticini”, Via Massoni 21, Florence; Tel: 055/400-041
Ospedale Oftalmico Fiorentino, Via Masaccio 213 Florence; Tel: 055/578-444
Ospedale di Camerata, Via della Piazzola 68, Florence; Tel: 055/577464-587999
Ospedale di S. Maria Nuova, Piazza S. Maria Nuova 1, Florence; Tel: 055/275-81
Ospedale di S. Maria Annunziata, Via dell’Antella 58, Antella, Florence; Tel: 055/279-41
Nuovo Ospedale di San Giovanni di Dio, Via Torre Galli 3, Florence; Tel: 055/719-21
Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Policlinico Gemelli , Via Pineta Sacchetti 644
Policlinico University Hospital Umberto I (Pronto Soccorso)
Ph: 06-4997-9514 or 9515
Viale del Policlinico, Switchboard Ph: 06-49971, Rianimazione (ICU) Ph: 06-446-3101
Fax Number (Direzione Sanitaria) Ph: 06-4997426
Bambino Gesu’ Pediatric Hospital
Piazza S. Onofrio 4 , Ph: 06-68591
Villa San Pietro-Fatebenefratelli
Ph: 06-33581, Via Cassia 600
- Spirito Hospital
Ph: 06-68351, Lungotevere in Sassia (near St. Peter’s)
- Eugenio Hospital
Ph: 06-51001, Piazzale San Nemesio 21
- Giovanni Hospital (Cranial Trauma)
Ph: 06-77051, Via Amba Aradam (Prof. Interligi)