SINCE OUR FIRST JOURNEY TO MYSTERIOUS PUGLIA, The Travel Club has discovered there’s even more to explore in this southern, sun-soaked province. Join us in “the real Italy” as we reveal the art, culture, tradition and cuisine of Puglia. From our home-base in Martina Franca—whose old quarter is a picturesque maze of winding alleys, blindingly white houses and blood-red geraniums, airy piazzas and curlicue ironwork balconies—we’ll start with a to visit Locorotondo, one of Puglia’s prettiest towns. Elegant Lecce is an “open air exhibition” of Baroque architecture where we’ll enjoy a cooking lesson in an old Palazzo. We’ve included lunch in a fishing village near Bari, a visit to seaside Polignano a Mare, an excursion to Matera—famous for its extensive rock dwellings—where we’ll have lunch in a “cave” restaurant. Our last tour days include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Trulli of Alberobello—the world-famous picturesque cone-shaped houses—lunch at a country agriturismo and a winery visit. Explore the unique character and charm of this “mostly undiscovered” slice of Italian heaven!
Round-trip regularly scheduled ITA Airways flights from Boston to Bari, via Rome (land only pricing available if you prefer to make your own air arrangements)
Seven nights’ four-star accommodations: Park Hotel San Michele, Martina Franca (or similar)
Welcome cocktail and tour presentation
Sixteen meals: seven buffet breakfasts, five lunches, four dinners with wine
Escorted, private, round-trip airport/hotel transfers
Services of professional local Tour Manager
Martina Franca tour. Lunch in a countryside Trullo. Excursion to Locorotondo. Excursion to Lecce including cooking lesson and lunch in an old Palazzo. Bari tour, Mola di Bari fishing village lunch, visit to Polignano a Mare. Excursion to Alberobello, lunch and wine tasting at Masseria Brancati estate, tour of Ostuni. Excursion to Matera including visit to the “Sassi” and lunch at a cave restaurant. Excursion to Trani followed by wine tasting with snacks at Cantina Torrevento winery.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Includes round-trip airfare, fuel surcharge and all air taxes and fees. Single supplement is $235.We have a limited number of single supplements available at just $150. Call to reserve. Triple accommodations may be available upon request. Fuel surcharge, air taxes and fees subject to change. Passport required. Per person deposit is $300.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR DEPARTING AND RETURNING TO THE U.S.
As many international destinations have introduced vaccination requirements for indoor experiences (museums, restaurants, attractions, etc.) even though the entry requirements for that destination do not require vaccination, vaccination will be required to travel on all international tours starting on September 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022. We will continue to review and update our policies as restrictions are lifted.
All passengers are required to complete the DPLF Digital Passenger Locator Form (https://app.euplf.eu/). We will be sending out specific instructions for this form as we get closer to departure.
The following link provides additional helpful information: https://ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/ambasciata_washington/en/sala-stampa/dall_ambasciata/ingressi-in-italia-dagli-usa-e.html
Currently masks are still mandatory outside, on public transportation, restaurants, museums and attractions. This may change by October as vaccination levels increase.
Negative Test Requirement
All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.
We have made arrangements for our group members to get tested at a local lab with minimal interruption to the tour schedule. The lab will deliver the test results to our hotel. The cost of the test is to be paid by the traveler at the lab. The exact date and price will be included in your final documents.
We will continue to provide updates related to mask and test requirements as we get closer to departure.
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