DAY 1 – Oct 3

Arrive Barri Airport – transfer to Trani

 Referred to as the “heel” of the “boot” of Italy, Puglia is a region with spectacular landscapes and a treasure-trove of culinary traditions. Whitewashed hilltop villages dot a countryside that boasts stunning coastlines, from the golden sands of the Ionian Sea to the rocky shoreline of the Adriatic, both with azure colored water. This trip will include visits with local artisans and winemakers, a cooking class emphasizing specialties of the region, guided historic tours of some of the ancient cities here and delicious meals of the region. 

Upon arrival, check-in to your room at Mare Resort, a restored 18th-century palazzo, a minute’s walk from the Trani harbor. Time to freshen up and enjoy a late afternoon stroll in the old-town where you’ll discover the Jewish Quarter, the Templar Church and fisherman stalls along the seafront, dominated by a glorious, bleached-out Romanesque cathedral.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the finest tables in town.

Accommodation: Trani – Mare Resort
Check In Date: 3-Oct-2020
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Oct 4

Focaccia Tasting – Fish Cooking Class – Bari Pizza

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart for an off-the-beaten-path adventure to Bitonto, a former Roman agricultural settlement. Stroll in the old town where ancient communal ovens have been continuously cranking out focaccia, loaves of bread and taralli for over 4 centuries. Next we visit Giovinazzo and enjoy a fish cooking class with Chef Francesco, followed by lunch of what you prepare.

Continue to Bari, for an afternoon stroll and experience orecchiette making in the street. Return to Trani and pizza dinner in one of the top pizzerias of Italy.

Overnight in Trani.

Day 3 – Oct 5

Trani Harbor – Castel del Monte – native varietals

Early morning walk along the Trani Harbor to see fishermen working on the docks; unloading and selling freshly caught fish. Afterwards, we’ll depart for a dive deep into the heart of the countryside to see olive groves in their natural setting. We’ll visit a former Benedictine monastic agricultural settlement and Castel del Monte, the castle of Frederik 11, King of Sicily and Germany in the 13th Century. Get to know the native varietals, Nero di Troia and Bombino at a local organic estate, set in a national park. Learn about vegetable growing then enjoy them for lunch at a Slow Food Osteria.

Bombino at a local organic estate, set in a national park. Learn about vegetable growing then enjoy them for lunch at a Slow Food Osteria.

Return to Trani and dinner at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 4 – Oct 6

Olive Oil and almonds – Polignano – Artisanal GeLAto – Alberobello – Ostuni

Accommodation: Masseria il Frantoio
Check In Date: 6-Oct-2020
Meals: Breakfast at Trani hotel, then check out, Lunch, Aperitivo

A panoramic drive along the Adriatic coast where we’ll enjoy an introduction to extra virgin olive oils, almonds and fig wine before reaching the beautiful village of Polignano a Mare, for a lunch by the water. Afterwards, we’ll stroll in the alleys of Polignano for a caffè speciale and gelato tasting.

This afternoon, visit Alberobello, an astonishing Unesco World Heritage site known for its trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. We’ll have an aperitivo and a light dinner in town before driving to your hotel, Masseria il Frantoio.

This hotel is set in 16th and 19th century farm buildings. Traditional rooms showcase vaulted ceilings and period-style furnishings.

Day 5 – Oct 7

Lecce, the Baroque capital – Ostuni 

Accommodation: Masseria il Frantoio
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Departure to Lecce for a morning tour of the Cathedral, Basilica di Santa Croce, Chiesa di San Matteo, Roman theatre and Piazza Sant’ Oronzo. Lunch is at one of the oldest trattoria in town

Drive through the beautiful Valle d’Itria, and glimpse Ostuni long before you arrive; the vast ‘White City’ rising high above the ocean of olive trees that sweep through this verdant area of Puglia. Built atop a hill as protection from invaders, Ostuni is a labyrinth. A maze of alleyways, staircases and arches, of houses built upon houses, of hundreds of years of history; dead ends and pretty little gardens, glimpses of the Adriatic Sea, green doors and bright blue skies, everything and nothing may lie around the next corner you take. Return to the hotel and dinner at leisure.

Day 6 – Oct 8

itria valley burrata making – martina france – organic wines – grottagli0 ceramics

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning, we will learn about the stretched cheese tradition of Puglia, and experience what burrata is like compared to mozzarella. Continue to Martina Franca and enjoy a walk in the historical capital. Stop for an espresso at one of the oldest cafes in Italy. Lunch in the area of Manduria includes a tasting of a Primitivo organic wine.

A refreshing stroll in the town of Grottaglie, sets the stage for a little shopping in some beautiful ceramic shops. Our farewell dinner in Ceglie Messapica will take place in the piazza.

Day 7 – Oct 9

Departure Day.

Breakfast at hotel and checkout. Transfer to Bari Airport. 

Tour Includes

Accommodations as indicated; tour guide and driving service every day; visits and tastings as indicated in the program; lunch and dinner with selected wines as indicated in the program.

Tour Does not Include

Airfare; airport transfers; travel insurance; meals not specified in the program; anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Terms & Conditions

Please read the following Terms and Conditions carefully.

1. $4,999 per person based on double occupancy (land only)

2. $950 single supplement

3. Maximum 12 passengers plus Chef Mark and Sara Pridgen (trip will not depart unless at least 12 passengers are confirmed)

4. 50% deposit/payment required to reserve your space (first come first serve) no later than 2/10/20. This trip will sell out; please contact Susan Hammond with Endless Travel to drop off your check. Email: susan@endlesstravel.net or office number is 303-674-6616, extension 1.

5. Final payment due no later than 5/31/2020 paid by check or credit card.

6. Mandatory travel insurance not included.

7. If you prefer to pay by credit card, then a 3.6% credit card processing fee will be applied.

8. Minor changes to this itinerary are possible due to availability.

Registration and Payment

Receipt of initial payment confirms your space on the culinary tour. The check needs to be made out to “Endless Travel” and will be held until you are notified that the trip is “a go.” Once your reservation deposit has been paid, you will receive a confirmation email and further information to help you plan your trip. Your deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited if you cancel your trip reservation. Cancellations must be in writing by either letter to Endless Travel or email to susan@endlesstravel.net. Cancellations become effective on the date they are received by Endless Travel.

We reserve the right to cancel reservations that are not paid in full at any time after the final payment is due. If you make your reservation after the final payment due date, payment in full will be required immediately. The check for your deposit should be mailed to: ATTN: Susan Hammond, Endless Travel, 28265 Hwy 74, Unit A, Evergreen, CO 80439.

Changes to Your Reservation If you make any changes to your reservation from 30–59 days before the trip start date, a $100 per person administrative fee will apply. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy, you will be charged the single occupancy rate.

 

Mandatory Trip Insurance
For your protection and because the trip’s cost is based on the number of participants, it is the policy of Endless Travel that each participant purchase travel insurance. Upon receipt of your deposit and the trip is a “go”, we will send you an insurance quote. If the travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your deposit, pre-existing medical conditions may be covered.

Arrival and Departure Dates
It is your responsibility to make sure you arrive in Seattle on the specified trip start date. We cannot refund part of your trip if you arrive late or leave early. Upon request, Susan with Endless Travel will assist you with booking any pre/post trip accommodations. One Group Transfer to and from the airport will be provided,

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