Check out of hotel. Private car and morning trip to Metaponto. The draw here: Greek ruins from the 6th century BC plus their archaeological museum.
After lunch, our private car takes us to Matera about an hour drive. Check into our hotel followed by a tour of sassi, cave dwellings . Many luxury hotels,r estaurants and even a spa are built into caves.
Morning tour of Matera.
Matera lunch .
Lecce – Baroque Basilica di Santa Croce
Mary Ann Zimmerman, president of SWT Tours, with Felicia, a favorite client, who made Best of Puglia, her 6th SWT tour. Read below her comments on two Lecce cooking schools:
Stile Mediteraneo and The Awaiting Table.
A word from Felicia: "The cooking classes were amazing. Both instructors were so informative about the food culture of the region. This was definitely a highlight. Each was great on its own, but together, I learned so much."
I have always taken cooking classes in Europe from the Cordon Bleu in London to French inspired food in Montreal.
The cooking classes in Lecce are in a class all their own. Awaiting the Table cooking class with Silvestro excels with a totally different inspired way of teaching that works.
Morning: Visit Gallipoli with its fascinating old city and beautiful beaches. We will picnic near the beach. Private tour
5 to 9pm Cooking class owned by Cinzia, a Lecce native with an MBA from harvard and dinner at Stile Mediterraneo cooking school , owned by a Lecce native and MBA from Harvard.
Felicia & Cinzia making pasta. Stile Mediterraneo led by Cinzia ,
taught us how to make fish with a salt crust and a great tomato sauce.
Day 7 Return home
Learn how we put this unique tour together…
How we put together our Puglia My Way Tour illustrates how we create our tours
STUDY THE COMPETITION & EVALUATE
In Puglia, I studied many tours…Yale University has a Puglia tour. I like the fact that they use one hotel as a base. Don’t like the big bus concept of 36 people.
A Butterfied & Robinlson bicycle tour, pricey at $6400 for 5 nights, a bicycle tour limits by its very nature just how much ground can be covered.
Another tour, built on good fellowship and the flow of wine that never stops, some serious holes in itinerary.
Another well crafted tour, by a native to Puglia, takes us to many less known cities but dismisses Matera , everyone’s favorite city, what is virtually a drive through.
CONCLUSION : CREATE MY OWN TOUR THAT INCLUDES AN IN DEPTH EXPLORATION OF PUGLIA within the framework of a 7 DAY TOUR
WHAT’S MORE: WE GO TO Basilicata, a not-to-be missed region just outside Puglia.