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Our most recommended Apulia Day Trips

Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

1. Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

Your tour lasts about 1.5 hours with departure and arrival at the small port of San Vito (Abbazia di San Vito and Polignano a Mare). Included is a visit to the main caves, with a break to swim in one of the most evocative places on the Polignano's coast. You'll also be treated to a tasty Prosecco-based aperitif which will be offered by the crew. The itinerary is divided into stages and includes the visit of the main caves. These caves include Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Statua “Domenico Modugno”, and Grotta Piana, just to name a few. Each boat has a length of 6.5 meters with a capacity of 8 people for each boat. The boat has a parasol, and is equipped with ladders and floats for both adults and children.

Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

2. Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

After meeting with your skipper at the marina in Bari, hop on board your sailing cruise. Enjoy a welcome snack of local focaccia and an excellent Primitivo red wine to start your sailing adventure. Then it's time to cruise out to the high sea. Out here, you can admire the imposing lighthouse of Bari. If you're lucky, you'll spot dolphins who often come up close to the boat. If you'd like, the skipper will even give you the opportunity to temporarily maneuver the boat yourself. If sea conditions allow, take a dip in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the refreshing temperatures. Your skipper will cast anchor at the old navy of Bari where you'll be able to take another swim and take panoramic photos of the promenade. Finally, visit the historic center's ancient fish market and admire the Basilica of San Nicolas.

Bari: Matera Day Trip

3. Bari: Matera Day Trip

Your tour will begin as a comfortable minivan picks up you from Bari, at which point you will travel to Matera. Once having arrived, meet your licensed tour guide that will show you this stone city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is one of the most evocative cities in Italy, and was actually chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Characterized by the famous caves that were inhabited up until the first half of the 900s, Matera consists of two old neighborhoods: Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Through these areas you will enjoy a guided walk, with views over the Murgia Materana Park. Your tour guide will show you houses and churches built in the caves, as well as the recently restored cathedral, which was edified starting from the year 1230. In the afternoon, you will travel back to Bari by minivan.

Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

4. Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

You’ll travel with an expert guide through unspoiled landscape boasting centuries-old vineyards that have produced the famous Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello, and Aglianico e Bombino Bianco wines. This full-day excursion begins in Gioia del Colle. You’ll be taken on a tour by one of the owners of the organic vineyard, where focus is on the fantastic Primitivo wine. We will take you through the organic wine production process. Before lunch you’ll head to the ancient city of Matera, which is home to movie director Francis Ford Coppola. Matera has been the setting for a number of well-known films including Mel Gibson’s The Last Passion of Christ. You’ll enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the old town and afterwards visit the famous Sassi cave dwellings. In addition, you’ll have free time to explore the city at your leisure. If your accommodation is in Bari, Ostuni, or Lecce, you may be able to arrange pick-up. You’ll travel in fully-equipped, private transport, and enjoy the service of an expert bilingual (English/Italian) tour guide. Visits to a vineyard, with wine tastings, are included. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase wine and other products from the vineyard you visit.

Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

5. Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

Take a day to explore Alberobello, a small town famous for its trullo buildings, a truly unique sight in Italy.  Your tour will begin from Bari, where your driver will pick up you at the organized meeting point. Following this, a licensed tour guide will greet you in Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. If you book the private option, you'll enjoy a driver and tour guide for your group only throughout the excursion. Alberobello truly is one of a kind, due to the notable presence of typical conical stone buildings which people still inhabit to this day. Your guide will show you the Rione Aia Piccola and the Rione Monti, the two most important neighborhoods of the town. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Trullo Museum and an authentic stone house, and to enjoy a tasting of a traditional wine. Before leaving the town, you'll have time for a walk through the charismatic streets, where there are small shops filled with souvenirs and typical local products. The driver will wait for you and will take you back to Bari at the end of the day.

Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

6. Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

Spend the day at sea on this sailboat tour around Salento. Explore caves and have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in them. Enjoy lunch with an Apulian appetizer, pasta with fresh fish, and more. Have the chance to learn the basics of sailing and assisting in steering with open sails. Your sailing tour begins at 10:00 AM from the Tourist Port in Santa Maria di Leuca (Apulia). Sail to the point where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. Then see the natural caves along the Adriatic Coast until Marina di Novaglie. Stop at the Grotta del Lago cave and stop for some swimming and snorkeling inside. Then cruise to the Ionian Sea coast and see the Grotta del Diavolo and Grotta delle Tre Porte caves. Have another stop here to go inside and snorkel. During this stop, lunch will be offered. For lunch enjoy a typical Apulian appetizer, spaghetti with fresh fish, fresh fruit, espresso, coffee, water, and white wine. Your last stop will be in San Gregorio. Enjoy a last swim in crystal clear water here before heading back. Arrive back at port at about 6:00 PM.

From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

7. From Lecce: Full-Day Salento Tour with Professional Guide

Explore Salento and its picturesque towns on a small group, full-day tour from Lecce, traveling by air-conditioned coach with room for no more than 7 passengers. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive to Galatina, a real gem of art, history and traditions. Of extraordinary beauty is, in particular, the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, second only to the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi for the presence of many frescoes inside, which were created by Giotto's disciples. Other monuments to visit include the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the ancient "courtyard houses" and the buildings situated in the historical center. Otranto is Italy’s easternmost town and is well-known as “Porta d’Oriente” (literally, “Door to the Orient”). The splendid cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the castle, the towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions and the walls that surrounded the whole ancient city make Otranto one of the most interesting cultural destinations in the south of Italy. Santa Maria di Leuca sits on the southernmost tip of the Salentine peninsula, bathed by two seas, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Santa Maria di Leuca is a tourist center famous for its colorful natural landscape that blends in with its majestic architecture. Located on the Japigo promontory is the Basilica of Santa Maria De Finibus Terrae (at the ends of the Earth). From the basilica, you can reach the old port on foot via two ramps of 300 steps each. Gallipoli is considered the pearl of Salento. This Greek city can be divided into two areas: the old city and the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise. The old part of the city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. It is surrounded by defensive walls built mainly in the 14th-century. It is characterized by a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets, home to traditional shops of local handicrafts, numerous impressive Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the cathedrals dedicated to St. Agatha, one of the best examples of the Baroque in Salento, the Angevine Castle built in the 13th-century and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy.

From Lecce: Full-Day Valle d'Itria Tour with Guide

8. From Lecce: Full-Day Valle d'Itria Tour with Guide

Alberobello, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1996, has the largest number of Trulli in the town of Puglia. With destinations that attract millions of tourists to its narrow streets, Alberobello offers visitors a unique scenario. Two particularly striking districts include: "Rione Monti" with its local handcrafts shops and "Aia Piccola", where the most ancient Trulli and little museums are situated. Martina Franca is in the eastern hills of the Murge. It is a melting pot of history and art.Very charming and quaint, its historical center, with a unique artistic beauty, is presented to visitors in a spectacular maze of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, charming streets, old churches, valuable Baroque buildings, and wrought iron balconies. Among the structures that characterize the Old Town are the Palazzo Ducale, the  Palazzo Stabile, the Basilica of San Martino, Piazza XX Settembre, and Piazza Roma. Ostuni is known as the “White City" par excellence. It is situated on the Murge Hills with steep walls and its historic center, painted only in white, is a proliferation of plans, of ups and downs, of alleys and stairways, of tangled streets that cross arches and squares. On its summit stands the monumental Cathedral, in late Gothic style. Please note that the order of the visits may change.

Alberobello: Full–Day Private Trulli Historical Tour

9. Alberobello: Full–Day Private Trulli Historical Tour

After hotel or port pick–up, travel to Alberobello by minivan on this private tour. Walk through the quaint neighborhoods and side streets of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the famous trulli, and marvel at the interesting limestone dwellings composed without mortar. Learn how the thickness of the walls regulates the internal temperature, what the symbols painted on the cone–shaped roofs mean, and hear about the unique interior living spaces. Visit at your own leisure. Choose to visit some of the museums during your stay, enjoy tasting some of the local delicacies, like a Paqualino sandwich or a traditional gelato, or spend some time shopping, before you return to your hotel at approximately 6:00 PM.

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

10. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 meters. Observe the beautiful park that surrounds you from above. On clear days, you can see the sea and the Gargano, a spectacle of nature. Learn about this emblematic octagonal castle, designed by Emperor Frederick II. Walk through the rooms inside the castle and discover the many mysteries and secrets that lie within its walls. Conclude the tour with a return transfer to Matera.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 225 reviews

Our guides were so accommodating and gave us a wonderful experience. We had trouble finding the meeting location and we were about to give up when one of the guides got in their car to find us! Truly kind and generous people plus they are very knowledgeable about the area! There’s enough room on the boat for 12 people easily, with shade coverage for about 6. I highly recommend!

Absolutely to be redone, impeccable booking management. We had a blast! The only drawback, for those who are not local, is to reach the meeting place ..... for the rest, fantastic!

Very nice trip on a very nice boat. Vito is an enthusiastic and funny guide, I would definitely book this trip once again. Thanks for the great experience!!

Super crew in maneuvers with the boat, prepared and very nice. Braviiiiiiiiiii !!!!!!!!!

Good atmosphere on the boat, 2 swims in the sea and the caves are very beautiful