Premium Puglia

8 Days | Kick up your heels in the heel of Italy’s boot

4.8 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
EUR €3,720
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Dreamy beaches, inspiring architecture and ancient wonders come together on an 8-day Premium adventure through Italy’s Puglia region. Understated and unbelievably beautiful, this lesser-visited corner of Italy delivers in historical, cultural and natural sights. Begin in the coastal town of Polignano a Mare, admire unusual trulli buildings in Alberobello, stay in a former palace in Nardo, explore ancient sassi homes in Matera and discover the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. With a local leader by your side and expert guides joining you along the way, you’ll really get a kick out of this adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Puglia including Italy
Polignano a Mare, Italy
Naples, Italy
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 42 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Spend two nights at your spectacular Feature Stay accommodation in Nardo. Once a 13th century Baronial Palace, then a 17th century Carmelite monastery, the historic property has been converted into a fabulous hotel with modern comforts.
  • Join an expert local guide to learn about and explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD.
  • Explore the truly unique town of Alberobello under the guidance of a local expert. Alberobello is famed for its thousands of fairy-tale trulli homes built in the 14th century.
  • Discover an awe-inspiring maze of ancient sassi homes in the town of Matera, believed to be the third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world.
  • Visit a local olive oil producer on a farm that has been active since Roman times. Learn how production techniques have changed over the centuries, taste the farm’s olive oil, and dine on delicious regional specialties.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Cooperativa Coraggio. Donations help them regenerate 22 hectares of unused public land to create local jobs and produce organic food in Italy. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in this region (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.


Map of Premium Puglia including Italy



7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Private vehicle


Comfortable Hotel (5 nights), Feature Stay (2 night)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Polignano a Mare - Welcome Dinner
  • Alberobello - Half Day Trip
  • Ostuni - Olive Oil Tasting
  • Nardo - Walking Tour
  • Lecce - Walking Tour
  • Matera - Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - Guided Walking Tour
  • Pompeii - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Pompeii - Archaeological Site

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room? on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip? and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
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Jane · Traveled May 2024
We can certainly recommend the perfect Puglia trip with Intrepid. It is such an interesting and beautiful area. The food was great and our tour guide Vincenzo made everything so much fun.
Review submitted 23 May 2024

Sally · Traveled May 2024
Traveling with Intrepid on a Premium Puglia tour will alway be one of my most memorable vacations! Especially with Vincenzo as my guide! Fabulous!
Review submitted 26 May 2024

Deborah · Traveled May 2024
The Puglia Premium Adventure, with our guide V, was a wonderful experience.. Appreciated learning more history and about the previous inhabitants. . Had the opportunity to see a 3,000 year old olive tree, taste wonderful food, olive oil and wine; and be initiated to Jefferson. Met wonderful new friends and loved the overall experience with dear friends.
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Peggy · Traveled May 2024
I recently completed the Premium Puglia trip with Intrepid Travel. It was an awesome experience. I knew very little about this region and walked away with a wealth of knowledge and appreciation for this area of Italy. The history, food, wine and beauty of this region did not disappoint. Matera was fascinating . Our tour leader,Vincenzo, was the best!!! His knowledge, enthusiasm and leadership was exceptional.
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Brett · Traveled May 2024
We had a wonderful first trip to Italy with Intrepid travel. Our tour to Puglia region was a great introduction to this wonderful country and people. Our tour leader, Desire, really made the trip enjoyable with her excellent leadership and organisation as well as her obvious love of Puglia and everything associated with that region.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024
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