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Puglia Italy Luxury Gay Tour

May 9 - 19, 2019

Itria Valley, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Polignano a Mare, Bari, Altamura, Salento, Otranto, and more!

11 Days from $5999*

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Matera, Puglia gay tourAffectionately referred to as the heel of Italy’s “boot,” Puglia is known for its whitewashed hill towns, ancient farmland, delicious cuisine, and hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline. It is in Puglia where one can achieve the “old world” experience one often sees in movies. The pasta at even the most casual restaurants is handmade, wines are crafted with pride and care, the mozzarella is perfection, and thousand year old olive groves create olives, the likes of which you may not have ever tasted.

And Puglia certainly doesn’t have a shortage of sights. One of the most beautiful towns is Lecce, known as “Florence of the South” for its baroque architecture, will surely be one of your highlights, as well as Alberobello and the Itria Valley, home to the fairytale-like “trulli,” stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.

Finally, we leave Puglia for neighboring Matera, a city on a rocky outcrop in the region of Basilicata, best knows for its cave dwellings carved into the mountainside.

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Puglia Italy Gay Tour Highlights

• Fully escorted with the services of a Zoom Vacations Concierge throughout the trip

• 4 nights at TENUTA MONACELLE

• 1 night at BORGO EGNAZIA

• 4 nights at PATRIA PALACE HOTEL (Lecce)

• 1 night at SEXTANTIO GROTTE DELLA CIVITA (Matera)

• Private coach service for the entire tour & driver

• Private tour with English speaking guide where specified

• Final party with local folkloristic group at Tenuta Monacelle

• All “tastings” mentioned in the program

• Lunch in Alberobello/Locorotondo

• Boat tour of the marines caves around Polignano a Mare

• Lunch at “Grotta Palazzese”

• Lunch at “Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo”

• Lunch and dinner in Lecce (or dinner in Minervino di Lecce at the famous “Origano”)

• Private FD boat trip around Otranto Coast

• Cooking class in an historical Villa in Casarano

• Dinner in a typical Cave restaurant in Matera

 

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Puglia Italy Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, May 9, 2019
Arrive in Bari, Italy
• Arrival at Bari airport and transfer to your accommodation in the Itria Valley

Welcome dinner party.

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle Hotel, Chateaux & Hotels Collection, Itria Valley

Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

 

Day 2 - Friday, May 10, 2019
Alberobello and Locorotondo
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• After breakfast start your excursion of the Itria Valley.

• Meet your guide and head on to Alberobello and Locorotondo.

• Lunch in a “Organic Italian Trattoria” in Alberobello, with its small botanical garden where the owners grow the vegetables and spices they use to prepare their dishes in Trattoria!

• In the afternoon visit to an ancient Masseria with underground oil mill dittoing back to Roman times and century-old olive trees (2000 years old). The owner will welcome you and you will visit the estate and have an olive oil tasting.

• Visit of Ostuni and back to the hotel. Dinner on own account

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle Hotel, Chateaux & Hotels Collection, Itria Valley

 

Day 3 - Saturday, May 11, 2019
Polignano a Mar & Bari
Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Your day will start with a visit of Polignano a Mare and a boat tour on small boats to visit the amazing marines caves.

• A lunch at “Grotta Palazzese” known as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world.

• In the afternoon visit of Bari town and its historical centre, you will also have a street food experience, tasting al the typical street food in Bari: focaccia, panzerotto, olives, “sganozze” and much more…and you also be shown the preparation of typical “orecchiette” by the ladies sitting out of their houses.

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle Hotel, Chateaux & Hotels Collection, Itria Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 4 - Sunday, May 12, 2019
Altamura & Wine Tasting
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Today you will head on to Altamura, where you will visit a local bakery and taste the famous “Altamura bread dop”. Visit of a local winery "Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo" and its wineyards ... tasting and lunch.

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle Hotel, Chateaux & Hotels Collection, Itria Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 5 - Monday, May 13, 2019
Borgo Egnazia
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Transfer to Borgo Egnazia.

• Day free at leisure.

Accommodations: Borgo Egnazia Hotel, Fasano

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 6 - Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Lecce
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Check out and transfer to Salento.

• On the way stop in Lecce and visit of “The Florence of the South”

• Lunch included during the tour

• Visit of a private old Palazzo dating back to XVI cent. Where the owner himself will welcome you and show his house telling the stories and anecdotes of his family. At the end final lunch with the owner!

• Check in at the hotel

• Dinner in Minervino di Lecce at the restaurant of Cantine Menhir “Origano”

Accommodations: Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 7 - Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Otranto & Marina Caves
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Departing to Otranto where you’ll get a private FD boat trip on a yacht along the coast, do some snorkeling, swim and visit marine caves. Have lunch on board with local food and wines!

• Dinner on your own

Accommodations: Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 8 - Thursdayy, May 16, 2019
Mozzarella, Burrata and Ricotta
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Visit of a local farm producing dairy products. You will be shown the productions of mozzarella, burrata and ricotta. If you wish and ..accept an early wake up in the morning.. you can also take part in the preparation of cheese and if you are lucky also the milking of animals.

• Rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodations: Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 9 - Friday, May 17, 2019
Cooking Class
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Today you will experience a cooking class in a local farm with the owner, Sig.ra Tuglia where you will be given an apron and a booklet of recipes and learn how to prepare local dishes or in an historical Villa in Casarano, where the owner Sig.ra Agnese will learn you local dishes. Final dinner /lunch with the family.

Accommodations: Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 10 - Saturday, May 18, 2019
Manduria & Matera
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Check out and say goodbye to Salento. Drive towards Matera, 2019 Capital of European Culture.

• On the way stop in Manduria, to visit Museo del “Primitivo” (famous wine). Visit and tasting.

• Arrive in Matera check in and visit of the town.

• Until Next time dinner party in a restaurant built into a cave.

Accommodations: Sextantio Grotte Della Civita Hotel, Matera

Meals Included: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Snacks, and Dinner

 

Day 11 - Sunday, May 19, 2019
Bari Departure
• Breakfast included at the hotel.

• Check out of the hotel and transfer to Bari airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

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Gay Friendly, Luxury Accommodations

Tenuta Monacelle Hotel, Chateaux & Hotels Collection, Itria Valley (4 Night)

Tenuta Monacelle HotelTenuta Monacelle is a deep soul place. Its architecture draws on the cultural traditions of Apulia and contains the stone, the stone walls, the red geraniums, the pinnacles of trulli, the natural flavors. Staying here means finding a dimension of relax and authentic pleasure. Among the Valle d'Itria olive trees, close to the Adriatic Sea, in every corner of the estate you can listen to a story of gestures, smells and voices of an authentic land. Many different souls coexist in here. The one of hospitality with suggestions for short and long overnight staying. There’s the cult of catering with traditional but open to innovation cuisine. Always with a close relationship between food and wine.

 

Borgo Egnazia Hotel, Fasano (1 Night)

Borgo Egnazia HotelBorgo Egnazia is like a breathing tale of Puglia, spoken by the ancient culture of the land and by the sheer beauty of its nonpareil architecture. It happens every hour of the year: you come and live your time here, and nature is powerful, peace is intense, harmony is full. It’s a place where you meet your self. It’s Borgo Egnazia: it’s nowhere else. Borgo Egnazia is located in the heart of Puglia, immersed among the ancient olive groves of the Itria valley and only steps away from the crystal blue Adriatic sea of Savelletri. Every room contains either a super king-sized bed or two separate beds, stone bathrooms, and either a balcony or a private garden.

 

Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce (4 Nights)

Patria Palace Hotel, LecceThe Patria Palace Hotel offers a unique stay in the most spectacular location in Lecce, in front of Santa Croce Church. Nestled between palaces, squares, churches, alleys but also faces, sounds, tastes it is the ideal choice discover the capital of Baroque, beautiful and elegant, sumptuous and charming. Lecce amazes and seduces, in a second, forever. The rooms of the Patria Palace Hotel are unique. Each of them is different, original, distinctive. Every one as a different a fresco, elegant furniture and all the services to make your stay comfortable.

 

Sextantio Grotte Della Civita Hotel, Matera (1 Night)

Sextantio Grotte Della Civita HotelRestored from decaying, abandoned ancient caves in the village of Matera in southern Italy, Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita offers guests a new take on authenticity. Swedish-Italian entrepreneur, hotelier, and philanthropist Daniele Kihlgren breathed new life into the caves while honoring the lives spent dwelling in their depths. Situated in the arch of the Italian boot, Matera—a UNESCO World Heritage site—is not widely known by foreigners. Preserving the existing architecture and local aesthetic, Kihlgren has created 18 impeccable rooms in the oldest part of the ancient cave dwellings. In order to provide the proper standards of luxury, he composed a synthesis that integrates traditional design made from local materials with a minimum of contemporary amenities.

 

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Puglia Italy 2019 Luxury Gay Tour Prices

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Land only Introductory rate, based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to change. Need a roommate? Zoom Vacations is happy to match you with someone, at no additional charge. Or, you may pay a single supplement and go as a single.
 

$ 5999

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