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A Lazy Pugliese Week

7 Days / 6 Nights

Bari, Monopoli, Lecce, Bari

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Ever wondered where the Italians go on vacation? They often head south, to Puglia. The heel of the boot has much to offer, from cosy coastal towns like Monopoli and the baroque gem of Lecce, a city with millennia of history. You'll be able to relax the whole way, as you're driven around by English-speaking drivers. We'll arrange for expert local guides to tell you the stories of their towns and cities but there's also time for relaxation, and enjoying some of Italy's best seafood.

One of our team in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Bari, Monopoli, Lecce, Bari tour

Day Stop in Bari

Day Stop in Bari

1 days in Bari
1 days in Bari

Day Stop in Bari

At first glance, stepping off a ferry or a train, Bari might seem anything between unexceptional and ugly. But hidden away is a beautiful historic city center that rewards the curious traveler with a number of gems. The final resting place of the bones of St Nicholas, the saint who inspired the Father Christmas legend is in the Basilica that bears his name. Wander through the centro storico and most afternoons you'll find the local ladies sitting outside their homes making orecchiette, the 'small ear' shaped pasta that Puglia is famous for. If you have time a visit to the Norman castle, approaching its thousandth birthday now and still in rude health is worth an exploration to see whatever the current exhibit is.

At first glance, stepping off a ferry or a train, Bari might seem anything between unexceptional and ugly. But hidden away is a beautiful historic city center that rewards the curious traveler with a number of gems. The final resting place of the bones of St Nicholas, the saint who inspired the Father Christmas legend is in the Basilica that bears his name. Wander through the centro storico and most afternoons you'll find the local ladies sitting outside their homes making orecchiette, the 'small ear' shaped pasta that Puglia is famous for. If you have time a visit to the Norman castle, approaching its thousandth birthday now and still in rude health is worth an exploration to see whatever the current exhibit is.

Day 1 - Day Stop in Bari

Day 1 - Day Stop in Bari

You can reach Bari with regular inexpensive flights from several locations within Italy, by changing planes in Rome or Milan after a direct flight from the US, or by direct trains from Rome.

Today our driver will pick you up from your accommodations in Bari and take you to Monopoli. The journey will take about 1 hour.

3 Nights in Monopoli

3 Nights in Monopoli

4 days in Monopoli
4 days in Monopoli

3 Nights in Monopoli

The heel of the Italy's boot, Puglia has long been off most foreign travelers' radar, but not so for the Italians. This is where they love to go on their own vacations, particularly in summer, because the food down here is just that good. In Puglia you'll find a distinctly Mediterranean approach to life, the clear blue waters of the Adriatic and some fantastic food and wine with cuisine changing almost every few miles. One of our favorite spots on the coast is the small town of Monopoli. The whitewashed and white stone buildings of the old town and the marble-smooth limestone paving have a relaxing effect. Monopoli is popular with Italian vacationers too, but the fact that almost everyone's speaking Italian adds to that "for-locals" feeling. All the bounty of the sea is on menus around the old town, but we'll share the best places with you. You're ideally placed here for day trips either along the coast or inland to some of Puglia's small hilltop towns, the trulli of Alberobello, or the caves of Castellana Grotte.

The heel of the Italy's boot, Puglia has long been off most foreign travelers' radar, but not so for the Italians. This is where they love to go on their own vacations, particularly in summer, because the food down here is just that good. In Puglia you'll find a distinctly Mediterranean approach to life, the clear blue waters of the Adriatic and some fantastic food and wine with cuisine changing almost every few miles. One of our favorite spots on the coast is the small town of Monopoli. The whitewashed and white stone buildings of the old town and the marble-smooth limestone paving have a relaxing effect. Monopoli is popular with Italian vacationers too, but the fact that almost everyone's speaking Italian adds to that "for-locals" feeling. All the bounty of the sea is on menus around the old town, but we'll share the best places with you. You're ideally placed here for day trips either along the coast or inland to some of Puglia's small hilltop towns, the trulli of Alberobello, or the caves of Castellana Grotte.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Monopoli

Monopoli's Old Town is mostly pedestrian and access for cars is restricted. Your driver will bring you as close as technically possible to the accommodation. The hotel will arrange a pick-up by their courtesy vehicle directly at your parking spot, and will help you with luggage.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Monopoli

Monopoli Private Walking Tour

Small Town, Long Story

Included in your vacation package price.

At first glance Monopoli might seem like a run-of-the-mill quaint fishing village but dig beneath the surface (literally) on a walking tour with a Monopoli native and you'll discover that there's more to this city than meets the eye. Given the labyrinthine nature of the narrow streets in the town you'll also find it a helpful way to get oriented and avoid getting lost later on! The tour concludes with a visit to a shop specializing in Apulian products for a tasting of typical foods of the area.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1.5 Hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Monopoli

Alberobello and Polignano a Mare Private Excursion

Alberobello and Polignano a Mare Private Excursion

Included in your vacation package price.

Don't miss the highlights and gems of northern Puglia, explore them with a private driving tour! Your English-speaking driver will bring you to the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello with its gorgeous, world-famous Trulli, together with the countryside, and the seaside wonders of Polignano a Mare, one of Puglia's most famous spots for swimming. This is an eight hour tour, so you will have plenty of time to not just discover the two towns, but also relax and swim!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Lecce by Private Transfer

The journey to Lecce takes about one and a half hours and we'll have a driver meet you at your accommodation in Monopoli to drive you there. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for a swim along the coast, a snack or even a full day of exploration like for example a visit to Ostuni, the "white city". You can make these arrangements for an extra fee with your local JayWay contact nearer the time of your trip and they'll let you know the additional costs involved.

We also offer the following excursions in Monopoli

Bike Tour Among Olive Trees, Farms and Grotto Churches
Strenuous4-5 hours
Castel del Monte and Altamura Private Excursion
Light8 hours
Full Day Private Boat Trip from Monopoli to Polignano a Mare (with possible Gourmet on-Board Meal)
Light8 hours
Half-Day Culinary and Fishing Experience
Moderate4 hours

3 Nights in Lecce

3 Nights in Lecce

4 days in Lecce
4 days in Lecce

3 Nights in Lecce

Lecce is the most important town on the Salentine peninsula, the very heel of Italy. The town's rich history, stretching back to the times of the ancient Greeks, is one of the main attractions. The centerpiece of the old town is a 2nd century Roman amphitheater. The amphitheater was only rediscovered in the early 1900s during construction work for the Bank of Italy building and remains half buried. It is now used for concerts. Much of Lecce's historical center's architecture dates from the Baroque period and has earned the city the nickname 'Florence of the South'. These beauties stand in stark contrast to some of the edifices erected during Mussolini's reign.

Lecce is the most important town on the Salentine peninsula, the very heel of Italy. The town's rich history, stretching back to the times of the ancient Greeks, is one of the main attractions. The centerpiece of the old town is a 2nd century Roman amphitheater. The amphitheater was only rediscovered in the early 1900s during construction work for the Bank of Italy building and remains half buried. It is now used for concerts. Much of Lecce's historical center's architecture dates from the Baroque period and has earned the city the nickname 'Florence of the South'. These beauties stand in stark contrast to some of the edifices erected during Mussolini's reign.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Lecce

Your driver will bring you directly at your hotel in the city center of Lecce.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Lecce

Lecce Private Walking Tour

Lecce Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Get to know the charming town of Lecce with your local guide. Splendid historic and artistic attractions of the center of Lecce await, spanning through over 2000 years of glorious history and with a spectacular scenic effect. An experienced guide will show you the main attractions of the Roman and Baroque times.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Lecce

Gallipoli and Otranto Private Tour

Otranto and Gallipoli Private Tour

This experience will lead you to discover the gems of the Salento region: Otranto and Gallipoli, which face Puglia's two seas. You'll start the day with a walking tour of Otranto, the easternmost "medieval citadel" of Italy, renowned also for its splendid seaside and its historic center, protected by mighty walls and located on an enchanting portion of the Adriatic coast. While there, you'll visit the cathedral, which displays hundreds of skulls. An hour's drive will take you across the Salento peninsula, to the Ionian Sea. There, you'll visit Gallipoli, an ancient Greek colony (its name means "beautiful city" in Greek), home to monuments from different eras, many baroque churches, and a castle.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Bari by Private Transfer & Private Car

Today our driver will pick you up from your accommodations in Lecce and take you to your next destination, Bari. The journey takes about 2 hours depending on the traffic. Along the way, for an extra fee, we can arrange a stop to visit some additional attractions like the magnificent hilltop city of Ostuni.

We also offer the following excursions in Lecce

Cisternino, Alberobello, and Polignano Full Day Group Tour
Light9 hours
Cooking Class Lunch and Small Group Gourmet Tour
Easy6 hours
Cooking Class and Social Dinner Small Group Tour
Easy6.5 hours
Group Cycling Tour of Lecce and its Countryside
Strenuous8 hours

Day Stop in Bari

Day Stop in Bari

1 days in Bari
1 days in Bari

Day Stop in Bari

At first glance, stepping off a ferry or a train, Bari might seem anything between unexceptional and ugly. But hidden away is a beautiful historic city center that rewards the curious traveler with a number of gems. The final resting place of the bones of St Nicholas, the saint who inspired the Father Christmas legend is in the Basilica that bears his name. Wander through the centro storico and most afternoons you'll find the local ladies sitting outside their homes making orecchiette, the 'small ear' shaped pasta that Puglia is famous for. If you have time a visit to the Norman castle, approaching its thousandth birthday now and still in rude health is worth an exploration to see whatever the current exhibit is.

At first glance, stepping off a ferry or a train, Bari might seem anything between unexceptional and ugly. But hidden away is a beautiful historic city center that rewards the curious traveler with a number of gems. The final resting place of the bones of St Nicholas, the saint who inspired the Father Christmas legend is in the Basilica that bears his name. Wander through the centro storico and most afternoons you'll find the local ladies sitting outside their homes making orecchiette, the 'small ear' shaped pasta that Puglia is famous for. If you have time a visit to the Norman castle, approaching its thousandth birthday now and still in rude health is worth an exploration to see whatever the current exhibit is.

Day 7 - Day Stop in Bari

Day 7 - Day Stop in Bari

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in Bari.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Bari

Bari - Monopoli Private Transfer

Monopoli

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Monopoli Private Walking Tour
Alberobello and Polignano a Mare Private Excursion
Monopoli - Lecce Private Transfer

Lecce

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lecce Private Walking Tour
Lecce - Bari Private Transfer

Bari

The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

5 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Carol Ann & Stephen
Carol Ann & Stephen
Ohio

JayWay Travel provided very good accommodation and tour options. We felt like it was a real service in sorting through and finding hotels and tour guides that we would not have found on our own.

JayWay Travel provided very good accommodation and tour options. We felt like it was a real service in sorting through and finding hotels and tour guides that we would not have found on our own.

Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Montepulciano, Florence, Lecce, Monopoli, Bari
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Montepulciano, Florence, Lecce, Monopoli, Bari
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Mathy, Andrew, Marsha & Steven
Mathy, Andrew, Marsha & Steven
New York

Our trip was outstanding in every sense. With the pandemic as a background, and the need to make changes in the itinerary as we went, JayWay Travel could not have done a better job. Both Nico in the US and Enrico in Rome were outstanding. and we would definitely recommend JayWay Travel to our friends.

Our trip was outstanding in every sense. With the pandemic as a background, and the need to make changes in the itinerary as we went, JayWay Travel could not have done a better job. Both Nico in the US and Enrico in Rome were outstanding. and we would definitely recommend JayWay Travel to our friends.

Year : 2021
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Bari, Monopoli, Lecce, Matera, Bari, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Bari, Monopoli, Lecce, Matera, Bari, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Megan & Roby
Megan & Roby
Florida

From the beginning we always felt like a priority with quick and informative responses. We had the most memorable honeymoon thanks to the JayWay Travel team.

From the beginning we always felt like a priority with quick and informative responses. We had the most memorable honeymoon thanks to the JayWay Travel team.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Bari, Monopoli, Bari, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Bari, Monopoli, Bari, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
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