3 days in Puglia : Salento vacation


In the heart of Salento discover the art of Apulia in Italy

In the heart of Salento discover the art of Apulia in Italy

Discover our Puglia holiday package in Salento. Tours of characteristic towns, tiny villages and a boat trip to Santa Maria di Leuca make up this special offer. Come and visit the jewels of baroque art and the gastronomic and artisanal traditions of Salento. You will inevitably marvel at the sheer beauty of Salento’s landscapes and culture.

 
 
Are you thinking of visiting the Apulia region in Italy? 
Wonderful, you are in the right place. 
Turistinpuglia.it is a tour operator created in Puglia by two Apulians women. Tailor made travel is our passion and never ending love. Our first-hand knowledge of the region enables us to carefully craft itineraries and Puglia package holidays.
We can imagine, design and realize any kind of travel and ultimately we strive to create the best Puglia travel experience.
Book our services or holiday packages, choosing among the best private local English speaking tour guides, who will lead you through the discovery of the most beautiful cities and villages.  
 
Contact us now and tell us how you imagine visiting our marvellous Puglia region in Italy.
 
 
 
⇒ POPULARITY: 9/10
 
⇒ THIS TOUR IS FOR those who love art and local culture, who want to relax, take their time, and finally for those who are history lovers and who fancy discovering new places. This tour is also for those who want to stay in a typical Lecce style historic mansion.
 
⇒ YOU WILL BE MOVED by the authenticity of Salento’s inhabitants. The Apulian craftsmanship is still very present throughout many workshops. You will uncover a wealth of artistic treasures that you would never have expected. It is an incredibly rich province of Apulia in Italy, and its reputation is well-known all over the world. Travel to Puglia Italy and discover with us why.
 
⇒ DIFFICULTY: Easy
 
⇒ DURATION: 3 days/2 nights
 
⇒ TO PUT IN YOUR SUITCASE: comfortable shoes, a camera or mobile phone to capture the astonishing scenery and monuments. And of course, a curious mindset and a craving for all local delicacies.
 
⇒ TOUR IN BRIEF: During the tour you will visit the three main cities of Lecce, Otranto and Galatina in the company of a Puglia guide who will tell you all about their compelling history and share fascinating anecdotes with you. A Puglia vacation spiced up with small tastings, which are a specialty of ours. 
 
You will embark on a boat trip to Santa Maria di leuca. You will also stay in a B&B Dimora or Palazzo storico, in the charming historic center, almost all pedestrian, where you can take a stroll after dinner. Visit Puglia Italy and return home with unforgettable memories!
 

3 days in Puglia : Salento vacation:  WHAT IS THE COST?


SPECIAL OFFER HOLIDAY IN PUGLIA + EXPERIENCES 2021 - 2022

 

PRICES PER ROOM "HOTEL + GUIDED TOURS"   
This option includes a two-night stay with breakfast and guided tours as per the program. You will then have to reach the locations mentioned in the program with your car.   
 
Price per room   
€450 single room   
€700 double room     
 
PRICES PER ROOM "HOTEL + GUIDED TOURS + TRANSFER"   
This option includes a two-night stay with breakfast, guided tours and transfers by car with driver as mentioned in the program. The tour starts and ends in Bari.   
 
Price per room   
€1300 double room   
€1000 single room       
 
 
METHOD OF BOOKING:   
You can book online by selecting the date on the cart or you have the option of paying a deposit of 100€ when you book the tour. The remaining amount will have to be paid 15 days before departure. For this type of booking contact us by sending an e-mail or on Whatsapp     
To pay the deposit contact us at info@turistinpuglia.it
 
 
CANCELLATION POLICIES:
The tour can be cancelled free of charge 15 days prior to your departure date. After this time, a 50% cancellation fee will be applied.
 
 

3 days in Puglia : Salento vacation: WHAT IS INCLUDED:

- Local English speaking Puglia guides in Lecce, Otranto, Galatina
- Boat tour to Santa Maria di Leuca
- Tastings
- 2 nights with breakfast in a B&B or a historical mansion in Lecce
- transfers to reach the locations mentioned in the travel program (if you choose this option)
 
What is not included
- lunches or dinners
 
 
 
It is possible to customize every aspect of your Puglia vacation in Salento by adding other destinations such as Maldive del Salento, Zinzulusa, Masserie del Salento… If you wish to extend your Puglia trip in Salento have a look at these other tours.
 
Find out what else we can offer by contacting us now on Whatsapp and filling out this Form. Whatever your destination may be, we will always aim to be your best Puglia travel guide.
 
Your next Puglia Italy holidays await! 
 
 

HOLIDAY IN SALENTO, 3 DAY MINI TOUR : THE FULL PROGRAM

Day 1 Lecce (B&B/dimora storica in Lecce)
 
Independent arrival in Lecce and check in at the Dimora Storica in the heart of the historical center. Guided tour at sunset on foot or by bike, admiring the elegant Lecce baroque facades of churches (il Duomo, Sant’Irene, Basilica di Santa Croce), mansions, enjoying the sight of craftsmen working traditional papier-mâché. Followed by a typical aperitif (puccia, rustico) at a bar on the main town square.
 
 
Day 2 Otranto and boat tour to Santa Maria di Leuca (B&B/dimora storica in Lecce)
 
After breakfast, transfer to Otranto and a 2 hours guided-tour of the Cathedral which holds a wonderful 12th century mosaic floor. Lunch break at leisure. In the afternoon, boat trip to Santa Maria di Leuca at 2 pm or at 5 pm at sunset. The trip lasts 1 hour and a half while you can discover the beautiful coast made of caves and take a dip in the crystal clear blue  waters. Dinner at leisure.
 
 
Day 3 Galatina
 
After breakfast, transfer to Galatina to visit the splendid Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, one of the most beautiful monuments of Romanesque and Gothic art. You will stop to admire the frescoes that adorn the interior of the church, every insider’s insights will be revealed to you thanks to our expert Puglia guide. Here you will find a historical Apulian pastry-shop where you will taste the famous Pasticciotto. End of service.
 
 

Visit Puglia Italy: things to know before traveling

 

Is Apulia and Puglia the same?

These two terms refer to the same region in the South of Italy, Puglia. 
Apulia is the former latin name given to the region, still used by English speakers. Nowadays, Italians use the term Puglia to refer to this Southern region.
 

Where is Apulia situated?

Apulia is located in the South East of Italy, on the Adriatic sea, in the heel of the boot. Its capital is Bari. Puglia has an area of 19 223 sq km (7422 sq miles) and it is subdivided in 6 administrative districts ; the metropolitan area of the city of Bari (capital city), the provinces of Foggia, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce.
 
 

What is Apulia known for?

Throughout the region of Apulia in Italy, there are so many beautiful sites and picturesque locations to choose from, so the must-see list can be quite long. Nevertheless, here is a non-exhaustive overview of what Puglia is known for and what your next visit in Puglia Italy holidays could entail; its mesmerizing architecture (the sassi of Matera, the trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte, the myriads of historic centres), its delicious gastronomy (orecchiette, burrata, primitivo wine…), its beautiful landscapes (the Salento coast with its crystal clear water, lush hills filled with centuries-old olive trees, untouched and preserved forests).
 
 

Is Apulia safe for tourists? Is it worth going to Puglia?

 
Puglia is definitely a safe destination. However, we wish to give you some common sense suggestions that can be valid for any destination. If you visit a city, park your car near the historic center. 
Also look out for parking spaces with blue stripes, these spots have a parking fee. In order to avoid fines, make sure you pay the parking meter.
 
At night, it is preferable to leave your car in a monitored-parking. Usually, the personnel of your accommodation or hotel will advise you where to park.
If you go to unsupervised beaches, make sure not to leave any personal belongings in sight. 
 
 

Is Puglia a good family holiday destination?

 
Yes, Puglia is a destination for families. There are many activities to do with children, from boat tours to city tours, bike tours, apecar or rickshaw tours. Your whole family will enjoy visiting the zoo of Fasano, but also farms with animals and taking part in cooking lessons.
In addition, Puglia has beautiful beaches and also nature and wildlife reserves where you can do trekking and bird watching.
 

What is the best time to visit Puglia?

 
The best time to visit Puglia is undoubtedly spring and autumn, when temperatures are mild and there are fewer people. In the summertime, the months of June and September are preferable, because July and August are the most crowded since Italians themselves are on vacation.
 
If you have no choice and you can only travel in the months of July and August, here are some suggestions: if you want to stay on the beach, we recommend that you go early (maybe at dawn, why not?), as after 11 am the beaches start to be very busy. In the hottest hours of the day from 1pm to 4pm, a good idea would be to visit a monument, a park, a winery, an oil mill or a farm. In the early afternoon, a nap is also a good idea, that is what the Apulians do!
 
In the warmer months, the best time to visit a city is at sunset. Another option would be to go to the beach and maybe have an aperitivo while the sun goes down.
In reality, Puglia can be visited all year round.
Winter is mild and sunny. The Christmas period is cheerful and festive - living nativity scenes, Christmas markets, and artist lights that brighten historical centres.
 

How is the weather in Puglia? 

Puglia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The rains are scarce and are concentrated mostly in Autumn and Winter, hence the name of A-pluvia (without rain).
 
The coldest months are January and February but temperatures rarely drop below 32°F (0°C).
Occasionally, it snows in the hilly and mountainous areas (Gargano area and north of Bari). With the onset of spring, temperatures get warmer, even reaching 77 °F (25 °C) at times. June, July and August are the hottest months.
 
On some days, peaks of 104°F (40°C) are reached. September and October are very pleasant months, with temperatures ranging between 64°F (18°C) and 81°F (27°C). Autumn is one of those seasons when, at certain times you can go to the beach, and at others you need a jacket for the evenings are cooler. During the Christmas period it is colder but still pretty mild.
 
 

How many days do you need in Puglia?

 
To visit Puglia in Italy, we recommend at least two weeks of vacation, as it is one of the longest regions in Italy with 800 km of coastline. Puglia has landscapes and places that are also very different from one another. A local historian defined it as a small continent, where you can find mountains, hills, villages, cities of art, sea, lakes, nature reserves, caves, castles and cathedrals.
 
In case you can not afford to spend two weeks, a 6 or 7 day duration is still a decent amount of time that will allow you to visit the main must-see locations. Puglia is a destination that can be easily combined with other Italian regions. On a tighter schedule, you can opt for mini tours which will narrow down specific areas of Puglia, such as Unesco sites.
 
 

How far is Puglia from Rome?

Puglia is located 358 km from Rome. From there, you can reach the capital of Puglia, Bari by train, bus, plane, or by car. By train, there is a high speed line connecting Rome to Bari and other Apulian cities. Taking a Frecce from Rome to Bari, the journey will take you about 4 hours. 
 
By bus, it is the cheapest option but also the longest, approximately 6/7 hours of travel. 
By plane, you can take a direct flight that usually lasts an hour.
If you have a car, it will take you approximately 5 hours, depending on traffic. 

 

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Multilingual tour guide