The Adriatic Sea shimmers with clear, turquoise waters and the whitewashed walls of the medieval towns will glimmer in the sunlight during your custom-tailored tour of Italy’s classic coastline. Fascinating grottoes take shape inside soaring limestone cliffs, and private beaches wind around hidden coves. History dates back to ancient Greek settlements, and medieval lanes create photogenic images worthy of a postcard. Embrace the immersive ambiance of Puglia along the southeastern tip of Italy’s...
Vieste – Arrive at Bari Airport for a Scenic Transfer to Quiet Vieste
The much loved but often-overlooked city of Bari boasts grand boulevards, a fabulous opera, and an ambiance of sophistication and youthfulness alike that emanates from the popular university. The Basilica of San Nicola, in the historical center of the city, holds relics of St. Nicholas and Castello Svevo was erected in the 12th century over ruins of a Byzantine fortress. The port bustles with commercial activity and ferries shepherding tourists to Greece against the backdrop of the glistening Adriatic Sea. Your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival at Karol Wojtyla Airport ready to escort you to the charming Gargano promontory and the seaside town of Vieste.
The scenic drive will take you along the naturally diverse landscape as it juts out and into the Adriatic to contrast with the verdant trees of Umbra Forest and accentuated by the combination of sandy beaches and historical villages. The colorful tower homes of Vieste descend down the hillside over the eastern shores of the Gargano promontory with steep cobbled lanes that are filled with the aromas of fresh espresso and grilling squid topped with freshly squeezed lemon juice. The narrow alleyways lead to open vistas where you will marvel over the Pizzomunno cliffs. Locals swim in the harbor waters or venture into the scenic protected paths of the Parco Nazionale del Gargano for a day spent cycling or hiking along the craggy slopes.
The remainder of the day will be yours to immerse yourself in the comforts of the enchanting seaside destination. The medieval center exemplifies the warren of lanes with friendly cats shuffling between the homes. The blend of history and scenery welcomes you to Vieste with a breathtaking first impression.
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Vieste – Transfer to Bari and Depart for Home
- Relax in the comforts and charm of the coastal town of Vieste, located on the cape of the verdant and rugged Gargano promontory
- Wander the narrow medieval lanes between captivating whitewashed homes that crown the hillside in the charismatic town of Ostuni
- Sample the prestigious flavors of the diverse grades of olive oil crafted in the pristine countryside of Puglia during a private farm tour and tasting
- See the embodiment of classic medieval architecture during a visit to the preserved towers, gates, and grounds of Castel de Monte
- Discover the true flavors of Puglia with a private cooking class to teach you the art and culture that stems from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients
- Embrace the unique Baroque architecture of Lecce, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and the Florence of the South
- Snorkel, boat, and walk around the natural grandeur of San Nicola and San Domino, two of Tremiti islands beloved for crystal waters and lovely scenery
The coastline of Puglia brings the gorgeous landscape, vibrant coastal life, and unique history relatively unknown to tourists for an authentic and enchanting adventure. Your 7-day Italy vacation will be enjoyed as the Adriatic Sea and Ionian seas wrap around the region’s more than 308 square miles for marvelous views of azure waters against rocky cliffs, jutting promontories, and distinctive antique towns. The interior woodlands carry captivating folklore while the cafes overlooking the water host fishers retelling historical tales of the town that edge into myth.
Your gorgeous escape to Italy will begin with your arrival at Bari’s international airport. The beauty of the Adriatic coastline quickly comes into view with layers of sparkling azure, turquoise, and cobalt waters. Norman castles and Spanish forts bring a touch of the past before your reach into the present in the quiet clifftop town of Vieste. Settle into the comforts of the narrow walkways and breathtaking panoramas with six nights spent nestled into luxurious accommodations in town. The beauty of using Vieste as a home-base is that you can experience all of the pleasures of exploring the Puglian coastline and countryside without the hassle of moving to a new hotel every few nights. This will allow you to soak up the charm and bask in the sunlight as it pours over the whitewashed walls of the old city and across the sandy beaches.
The region of Puglia opens a new vision of Italy absent of Roman ruins and medieval towns replaced by warm southern waters, verdant olive groves, magnificent seafood, and a breadth of history that spans the Phoenicians to the Spanish. Whitewashed homes overtake the image of structures crafted from brick, and the images of old women dressed in black perusing the produce at the farmers market fade to teenagers leaping from the cliffs into the depths of the sea.
Visit impressive castles and wander through the narrow medieval lanes before arriving at beautiful basilicas situated in the heart of town. Snorkel in the secluded coves of the Tremiti Islands and then bask in the shade of an olive tree before sampling the distinct flavors of the different classes of olive oil. Dive deep into the art of Southern Italian cooking by learning the array of dishes to separate the quality, consistency, and tastes of Puglia from other regions of Italy. Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ Italy vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.
$1,920 per person (excluding international flights)
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