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Italy Coastal Puglia Hiking

Sun-Kissed Landscapes & Rich Culture from Brindisi to Gallipoli

 

Situated strategically on the spur and heel of Italy's boot, Puglia has been a crossroads of cultures for millennia, creating a unique blend of Eastern and Western art, architecture, food, and lifestyle. On this magical 8-day hiking adventure, explore the Salentina Peninsula's ancient port cities and breathtaking nature, from otherworldly grottos and canyons to sun-kissed meadows and sandy beaches. Hike to Alberobello, known for its UNESCO-listed limestone dwellings (trulli), and visit the spectaular cities of Brindisi, Ostuni, and Lecce. With fresh, local farm-to-table fare wherever you go, you can savor truly everything Puglia has to offer on this fascinating new adventure.

  • Discover Puglia's Salentina Peninsula through the backdrop of Brindisi, Ostuni, Lecce, Otranto, and Gallipoli

  • Explore ancient port cities and hike hidden trails through olive groves, canyons, and grottos

  • Savor the flavors of Puglia with an olive oil tasting and local farm-to-table fare

Arrive:

Brindisi, Italy

Depart:

Brindisi, Italy

Price: from $5,495

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-16 Guests

Min Age:

18 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

You should feel comfortable hiking distances of 6-9 miles per day over the course of 4-7 hours. The terrain is mostly flat with very little elevation change.
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  • Welcome to Puglia & Hike in Torre Guaceto

    Day 1

    Meet your guides at the Brindisi airport in the morning, or at the Hotel La Terra in the historic town center of Ostuni. Take time to check in and enjoy the grounds before a warm up hike inside the Natural Marine Reserve of Torre Guaceto, just north of Brindisi. Hike along fragrant trails among the Mediterranean shrubs until we will reach the Guaceto Tower, built in 1531 to protect the commercial traffic headed inland from the Brindisi harbor. After our hike, we'll return to the hotel in Ostuni, stopping along the way for our first taste of the region's fresh cuisine.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Terra

    Set in a 13th-century building, this 4-star hotel is ideally situated in the historic center within walking distance of the Cathedral of Ostuni. Featuring period architecture, the individually styled rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a minibar. Other amenities include a lovely Mediterranean restaurant in the cellar with vaulted ceilings, lounges with decorative tiled floors and antique furnishings, as well as spa treatments and yoga lessons.

    Activity: 2 hours/2 miles hiking at sea level

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike the Murge Ostunesi & Explore the Whitewashed City of Ostuni

    Day 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, start your adventure sipping coffee with the locals in the town of Cisternino. From Cisternino, hike onto the Ostunnesi Plateau towards Ostuni. In the woods, on hidden trails, walk past centennial olive trees, one of the most genetically diverse species in the olive family. In the afternoon, explore the three-hilled city of Ostuni, with its whitewashed houses and verdant surrounding countryside. Return to Brindisi in the afternoon with some time to relax before a gourmet fish dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Terra

    Set in a 13th-century building, this 4-star hotel is ideally situated in the historic center within walking distance of the Cathedral of Ostuni. Featuring period architecture, the individually styled rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a minibar. Other amenities include a lovely Mediterranean restaurant in the cellar with vaulted ceilings, lounges with decorative tiled floors and antique furnishings, as well as spa treatments and yoga lessons.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with marginal elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike to Magical Alberobello & Taste Olive Oils at a Local Farm

    Day 3

    After another memorable breakfast at our hotel, transfer west to the farming town of Noci, located in the middle of the wooded Itria Valley, past scattered fortified farmhouses. Stop to visit the historic Barsento Farm and its 6th century church, founded by Sant' Equizio. Continue hiking through fields of almond trees, wildflowers and playful donkeys. After picnic on the trail, hike to Alberobello, known for its trulli, the region's charming stone huts, and taste olive oils at a local farm.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Terra

    Set in a 13th-century building, this 4-star hotel is ideally situated in the historic center within walking distance of the Cathedral of Ostuni. Featuring period architecture, the individually styled rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a minibar. Other amenities include a lovely Mediterranean restaurant in the cellar with vaulted ceilings, lounges with decorative tiled floors and antique furnishings, as well as spa treatments and yoga lessons.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles hiking with marginal elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Lecce

    Day 4

    Say arrivederci to Brindisi as our group heads towards Lecce, the main town of Salento, known as one of the capitals of the Baroque style in Europe for its unique churches and elegant buildings. Enjoy a private, guided tour of historic Lecce. Then, take some free time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own. This afternoon, transfer to Otranto to experience its Greek and Byzantine influences from the seaside Masseria dei Monaci, your home for the next two nights. Dine on the Masseria's delicious local farm-to-table fare.

    Accommodation: Masseria dei Monaci

    Within eyeshot of the sparkling Adriatic Sea, the Masseria dei Monaci is the picture of Mediterranean tranquility - well deserved after having been an ancient defense against Turkish invaders. Taking its name from an ancient nearby abbey, the farm was occupied for centuries by the Basilian Monks. Today, it boasts 13 well-appointed loft rooms and a renowned restaurant showcasing local cuisine.

    Activity: 3-hour guided walking tour

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Hike from Orte to Palascia

    Day 5

    Enjoy a relaxing day hiking the idyllic coastal trail from the Masseria Orte to the lighthouse in Palascia. The region's bauxite soils paint the landscape red, creating a spectacular scene of contrasts between the emerald green lake and the abandoned bauxite quarries. Learn to identify rare trailside plants such as the yellow salvione, thyme and the Adriatic vincetossico. End the hike on a high note at the Palascia Lighthouse with unforgettable views of the Adriatic Sea. Return to Otranto late afternoon to enjoy a glass of Negroamaro before dinner.

    Accommodation: Masseria dei Monaci

    Within eyeshot of the sparkling Adriatic Sea, the Masseria dei Monaci is the picture of Mediterranean tranquility - well deserved after having been an ancient defense against Turkish invaders. Taking its name from an ancient nearby abbey, the farm was occupied for centuries by the Basilian Monks. Today, it boasts 13 well-appointed loft rooms and a renowned restaurant showcasing local cuisine.

    Activity: 3 hours/4 miles hiking with minimal elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Santa Maria di Leuca & Learn Pirate Lore in Gallipoli

    Day 6

    Leaving Ottranto, drive along beautiful coastline towards Santa Maria di Leuca, Puglia's southern tip, the Finibus Terrae. Hike to the mystical Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Leuca, the merging point of the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas. Descend 500 steps at the Christian via Petrina, and explore the Canale delle Menghe. Visit the Saracen tower of "Omo Morto" and Grotta Porcinara, and hear legends of its ancient pirates and fishermen. End your hike with a refreshing swim in Gallipoli's Green Bay. Enjoy a free night on your own in Gallipoli.

    Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo del Corso

    This luxury boutique hotel sits right on the harbor, offering beautiful views of the sea, just steps away from old town Gallipoli and the beach. The 19th century façade blends gracefully with modern décor, creating an oasis of peace and calm. The hotel boasts a rooftop restaurant, wine bar, hot tub, sea view terrace, a gym, and a salon.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles hiking with marginal elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Gallipoli and Ravines of Grottaglie

    Day 7

    Today we drive north of Gallipoli to Grottaglie. The name Grottaglie comes from the Greek kriptalus, which means grotto. The presence of an extensive ravine system (a Karstic phenomenon) and the quality of the terrain (tufa), made possible the construction of grottos where, for centuries, people used to live and find protection when invaded by enemies. The rupestrian settlement of the quarries of Fantiano was one of the most important communities of Grottalie during middle Ages. We visit the Ravine of Fantiano surrounded by a pine forest of Aleppo pines and thick Mediterranean scrub. Enjoy a picnic inside a natural amphitheater created by the quarries, before returning to Gallipoli where we will conclude our trip with a special event: a farewell dinner at Chez Zia Marcella, a local lady who will prepare an unforgettable fish dinner for us in her home - the perfect ending to this magical week!

    Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo del Corso

    This luxury boutique hotel sits right on the harbor, offering beautiful views of the sea, just steps away from old town Gallipoli and the beach. The 19th century façade blends gracefully with modern décor, creating an oasis of peace and calm. The hotel boasts a rooftop restaurant, wine bar, hot tub, sea view terrace, a gym, and a salon.

    Activity: 2 hours/2 miles hiking with marginal elevation gain

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Brindisi

    Day 8

    After breakfast, board your van for a transfer back to the Brindisi airport, and bid arrivederci to Puglia.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Italy Coastal Puglia Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This weeklong adventure perfectly blends active hiking with cultural immersion in stunning Puglia - the new Tuscany!

Reason #02

MT Sobek has been operating hiking in adventures in Italy for over 40 years and works with the best local guides in the business.

Reason #03

Savor local delicacies and farm-to-table fare and relax in style elegant hotels by the sea.

Meet your guides

Silvia Giacon

Silvia Giacon

Silvia is an Italian born and raised in Venice. Now she permanently lives in Tuscany. While she is an architect by training and has a master in history of Architecture, she has over 20 years of professional experience as Trip Leader. She lived in Toronto, Canada for over a decade and, since then, she has led both walking and bicycle trips throughout Europe. Now she guides trips in Tuscany and southern Italy sharing her passion for her Country. Languages spoken: Italian, English, French.

Alessandro Perrone

Alessandro Perrone

Born and raised in Puglia, Alessandro has expert knowledge of this Mediterranean region, known as the "heel of Italy's boot" and is a fully licensed tour guide, food lover, olive oil taster, wine sommelier, and naturalistic guide. Known for his empathic personality and enthusiasm for his profession, Alessandro is the perfect host to share with you the beauty, the flavors and the soul of beautiful Puglia.

Activities

Moderate hiking between 4 to 7 miles miles per day with marginal elevation gain and loss, and cultural walking tours.

Lodging

A classic 19th-century hotel in Ostuni is followed by boutique retreats including the luxurious Palazzo del Corso in Gallipoli.

Climate

Puglia boasts a warm, coastal Mediterranean climate, with dry summers. There is often a sea-breeze that helps to keep the summer months bearable.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Arrive at the Brindisi Salento Airport (BDS) on Day 1. Your trip leader will meet you in the arrivals hall and transfer the group to our hotel in Brindisi.

Do I need hiking boots for this trip?

No. The best footwear for this trip would be cross-training shoes or lightweight hiking or walking shoes.

Are there swimming pools at all of the hotels on this trip?

No. There is a swimming pool at our hotel on Days 6 and 7. But, for the first 3 days we are staying at a beautiful hotel that is on the beach. Bring your swimsuit!

I am gluten intolerant. Will I be able to find enough meal choices and variety of foods on this trip?

Yes. Italy and Puglia have plenty of options for gluten free, delicious food.

What type of clothing should I wear in Puglia?

You will want to wear comfortable shoes for walking, and bring a layer for the afternoon. In the evenings, you might prefer to dress smart casual for dinners.

Is Wi-Fi available at all of the hotels?

Yes.

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Additional costs

  • $700 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 4 and Dinner on Days 3 & 6
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $700 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 4 and Dinner on Days 3 & 6
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $700 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 4 and Dinner on Days 3 & 6
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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