7 Day Authentic Puglia Self Drive incl. Mt Vesuvius, Wine Tastings, Ape City Tour, Lecce, Car Hire, + more

7 Day Authentic Puglia Self Drive incl. Mt Vesuvius, Wine Tastings, Ape City Tour, Lecce, Car Hire, + more

7 Days
Naples

Discover Puglia, Italy's latest travel trend, on a 7-day self-drive tour. Uncover the allure of 'white' cities like Ostuni against mesmerising blue sea, explore the unique trulli of Alberobello, and immerse yourself in the ancient charm of Matera. An enchanting blend of cultural richness, stunning landscapes and architectural wonders.

6 Experiences
1 Country
5 Inclusions
2 Room options

About This Trip

Italy’s best kept secret is the jaw-dropping coastline of the heel of Italy’s boot, the glorious region of Puglia. Treat yourself to an exploration of one of the most incredible corners of Italy, as you travel from one impossibly white city to another. Packed with history, breathtaking architecture and unique gastronomy, Puglia is a region begging to be uncovered. 

 

Your trip begins on the west coast, in Naples, where you collect your car, and head towards the magnificent Vesuvius Mountain. Take in some of the most breathtaking views in Italy just hours after landing as you drive through the picturesque Salerno area, taking in the rich history that surrounds you.

 

From here you will make your way across the country and into Puglia proper. You will drive to Matero, one of the oldest cities in the world, where you will be taken on a city tour in a unique little 3-wheeled Ape. You will visit Alberobello, marvelling at the pointy roofs of the traditional Apulien Trulli houses, before visiting the stunning white city of Ostuni, the baroque city of Lecce and the capital of the region, Bari. The blend of ancient architecture and modern luxury in this region creates a very unique ambiance. Indulge in local flavors including wine tastings in Alberobello and Manduria, and a light lunch on the slopes of Vesuvius.

 

Throughout your trip, you will be guided by a unique virtual tour guide on your phone. You can dip in and out of your guide, using it more in the places that interest you most and leaving others alone. We’ll also include an Italian SIM card, with 5GB of data, so you have no worries when navigating, or accessing your Smart Guide. 

 


What's Included
6 nights in 4* hotels across Italy

We have sourced the very best accommodation in Puglia to ensure you have a comfortable bed at the end of your day's adventure.

7 days comprehensive car rental

From day 1 to 7 you will have access to an intermediate category rental car (e.g Fiat Tipo, BMW Touring or similar). The package also includes the one-way supplement, unlimited mileage and basic standard insurance coverage.

Incredible included experiences

To showcase the culture and gastronomy of the region, we have included the following:

  • Tour in an Ape Calessino in Matera 
  • 1 wine tasting in the Alberobello area
  • 1 wine tasting at the Wine Museum in Manduria
  • Entrance ticket to Mt Vesuvius National Park
Virtual Guide & Italian SIM

A guide in your pocket is the way to go with self-driving. You can access your guide at any point and they will let you know all about the region, town or city you are in, what to see and do and how best to spend your time. And, with an included SIM card, you need not worry about using up data. 

6 breakfasts & 1 lunch included

We include a delightful lunch on the slopes of Mt Vesuvius to get you into the spirit of Italian dining, as well as fueling you up every morning with a sumptuous breakfast.


Top Local Experiences

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Trip Itinerary

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Where You'll Stay

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4* Accommodation Double/Twin Share Basis

The following 4-star accommodation is provided throughout your tour, offering comfort and luxury to enhance your travel experience. Please note that any accommodation listed is subject to change due to availability at the time of booking. Any unavailable accommodation will be replaced by a similar standard or higher.

 

4* Vila Rizzo  - Salerno Area

4* Corte Altavilla - Conversano

4* Grand Hotel di Lecce - Lecce

4* Una Regina Hotel - Bari

 

Amenities Include:

 

  • Free Wi-Fi access in all areas
  • On-site dining options including restaurants and bars
  • Comfortable and well-appointed rooms with modern facilities
  • 24-hour front desk service for guest convenience
  • Fitness centers and wellness facilities in selected hotels


These accommodations have been carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable and memorable stay during your tour.

Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room

Improve your room's comfort

Optional
4* Accommodation Solo Basis

The following 4-star accommodation is provided throughout your tour, offering comfort and luxury to enhance your travel experience. Please note that any accommodation listed is subject to change due to availability at the time of booking. Any unavailable accommodation will be replaced by a similar standard or higher.

 

4* Vila Rizzo  - Salerno Area

4* Corte Altavilla - Conversano

4* Grand Hotel di Lecce - Lecce

4* Una Regina Hotel - Bari

 

Amenities Include:

 

  • Free Wi-Fi access in all areas
  • On-site dining options including restaurants and bars
  • Comfortable and well-appointed rooms with modern facilities
  • 24-hour front desk service for guest convenience
  • Fitness centers and wellness facilities in selected hotels


These accommodations have been carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable and memorable stay during your tour.

 

Total p/p price+$800
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy1 Adult
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementSingle Room
Other Info
highlights

What makes our package truly special are the inclusions that enhance your self-drive experience. The car rental allows for the freedom to explore at your own pace, while the inclusion of wine tastings and a light lunch on the slopes of Vesuvius indulge your senses in the local flavors. The virtual tour guide and the provided Italian SIM card with 5GB of data ensure that you're never out of touch with the world you're exploring. It's these thoughtful touches that transform this self-drive tour into an immersive journey, inviting you to uncover the heart and soul of Apulia, or Puglia as it’s commonly known.

 

The contrasts of the white cities and cliffs rolling down to the intensely blue waters is something that will stick in your mind forever, just like the landscapes of the interior, punctuated by endless olive groves and vineyards. 

 

However, for individual highlights, we would point to Ostuni, a glorious white city that seems like something from Game of Thrones, rather than a place on our own earth. Its ancient crumbling beauty is a true marvel. For a natural highlight, there is one that dominates all others, quite literally. We include a pass to the Vesuvius National Park and here you get to explore the slopes of this giant active volcano, to feel its might and revel in the extraordinary views and the sublime landscapes that surround it.

Accommodations throughout the trip are a highlight in themselves. Each 4-star hotel has been chosen for its blend of comfort, location, and regional character. From the Villa Rizzo with its panoramic views to the historic charm of Corte Altavilla, these hotels are more than just places to stay; they're gateways to the region's history and culture. In Lecce, the Grand Hotel di Lecce provides a luxurious retreat in a city celebrated for its baroque architecture, while in Bari, Hotel Oriente situates guests in the bustling heart of the region's capital. These accommodations are carefully selected not just for their quality, but also for how they echo the spirit of Puglia - a region where the past and present coexist in harmony.

Our Authentic Puglia Self-Drive package stands out for its blend of culture, history, and unique experiences, carefully curated to offer an intimate exploration of Italy's southeastern gem.


location

Starting from Naples International Airport, a convenient gateway to your first destination just over an hour's drive from the airport. As it’s so close we recommend you take all day to explore Vesuvius Mountain National Park and take a leisurely drive through Salerno, your hotel is nestled in the picturesque surroundings of the Salerno region. This proximity offers a comfortable and straightforward start to your journey, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of southern Italy shortly after your arrival.

 

Your adventure concludes in Bari, Puglia's vibrant capital. The final leg of your journey from the last hotel to Bari Karol Wojty?a Airport is approximately 30 minutes by car. This closeness to the airport ensures a convenient and relaxed end to your tour, with no need for additional taxi or transfer arrangements, giving you the flexibility to enjoy every moment of your Puglian experience.


facilities

Stay in comfortable 4-star accommodations, including Villa Rizzo, Corte Altavilla, Grand Hotel di Lecce, and Hotel Oriente, or similar. Expect amenities like:

  •  
  • En-suite facilities
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Convenient locations

important info

Exclusions

  • Return international flights
  • Visas
  • International Driver License (Clients who selected self-drive option must arrange the international Driver License before arrival)  
  • Optional activities/tours, personal expenses/transfers not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips & gratuities

Age restrictions

  • Minimum age for rental car drivers is 21 yrs 
  • For drivers aged between 21-24 yrs they may incur a young driver surcharge
  • Maximum driver age is 70 years

Occupancy

  • The minimum number for this tour to commence is two people
  • Double bed/twin share

Passport & visa requirements

  • All visitors require a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months beyond your return travel date is required for all passengers (including children and infants)
  • It is the visitor's responsibility to ensure they are holding the correct and current visa for the countries they are visiting
  • If the visitor is a non-Australian passport holder, a valid re-entry visa may be required
  • Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours and processing times

Travel Insurance

  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package

Health & vaccination

  • As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So whilst you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel for the next 12-18 months.
  • We highly recommend our travellers to look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional at least 30 days before departure or get in touch with our team for travel advice.
  • Health care such as a doctor’s surgery, dentist and optometrists may not always be accessible on this tour
  • It is advised that you ensure you have adequate health insurance cover as part of your travel insurance

Porterage

  • Porterage is not available on this trip. 

Tipping

  • Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion

Fitness requirements

  • Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility. They must be able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/package tours/cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary

Dietary requirements

  • Any dietary requirements must be received by DealsAway at least 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date. Failure to provide these details by this date may result in an inability to cater for your requirements
  • In most cases, DealsAway can cater for special dietary requirements but please note that on occasion, this may not be possible due to location, lack of availability of ingredients, and other extenuating circumstances. It is always advised to carry supplies with you

Transfers

  • There are no transfers included in this trip.

Documentation

  • Any applicable pre-trip or tour documentation will be emailed to you prior to travelling. Should you have any queries regarding this please feel free to contact us directly via email at support@dealsaway.com

DealsAway savings

  • The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving

Itinerary amendments & changes

  • Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather, public holidays, common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes, and unforeseen circumstances. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time

Availability

  • All DealsAway trips are available on a request-only basis and are subject to availability. Once booked you should receive a payment confirmation and receipt via email, followed by a booking confirmation normally within 72hrs of making a booking, sometimes this can take a little longer subject to supplier delay
  • If you have not received your confirmation within 5 business days of payment confirmation please contact us immediately by email at support@dealsaway.com
  • In the event that your trip is unavailable on the dates you have chosen, we will contact you by telephone to advise the next available dates

Surcharges

  • Any prices quoted exclude specific costs/measures which may be introduced at a later stage as a result of Government changes due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. DealsAway will inform its guests of these changes as soon as possible, these additional charges will be passed on by DealsAway to the guest

AMENDMENTS & CHANGES

 

Name change or corrections

  • Name corrections may incur a fee
  • Name changes are not permitted
  • After bookings are fully paid, any amendment has to be requested in writing and incurs a $69 fee per person from our supplier, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the amendment

Date changes

  • Date changes are not permitted

Refunds

  • Please refer to our booking conditions for all information on refunds

DealsAway reserves the right to modify prices for marketing and commercial reasons. Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to the website's terms and conditions.

 

GENERAL RENTAL CONDITIONS

The rental of vehicles from the company selected by our travel service provider or its affiliates or

Licensees are governed by these general rental terms and conditions, including the privacy policy; the rental agreement will be signed by the customer at the time of pickup. The customer, by signing the

rental agreement, declares that he/she has read and accepted the general rental terms and conditions

and that he/she has approved them. All car models are provided as a guide only and may be substituted

by others with similar characteristics. Minimum age for rental varies from 21 to 25 years with a driver's

license obtained at least 1 to 2 years ago, maximum age 70 years old (age limits valid only for rental

of intermediate/compact category cars) A driver's license and possession of a credit card by the

customer are a mandatory condition for car rental. Electronic type credit cards are not accepted.

Insurance and surcharges must be paid locally by credit card. A security deposit will be required on

the credit card at the time of rental. The owner and/or driver must be the holder of the credit card

used for the rental.

 

RENTAL CATEGORY

Intermediate car category included in packages unless otherwise noted. The car rental company

reserves the right to replace the car with a model of similar or higher category. It may be possible to

upgrade the car category at the time of booking or later at the time of booking or later at the rental

desk, again subject to availability. -Pickup and drop-off details are given in each program.

 

CAR RENTAL INCLUSIONS

  • One-way surcharge
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Liability insurance, road tax and airport taxes

 

CAR RENTAL INSURANCE

Each vehicle has basic standard coverage with liability and kasko insurance with deductible (CDW)

 

PICKUP AND DROP-OFF

details will be given in each program.

 

DRIVER'S LICENSE

Drivers must have at least one year of driving experience and present a valid driver's license issued in

their state/country of residence. The driver's license must be in Latin characters. Otherwise, clients

must provide an international driving permit and a sworn translation of their driver's license.

 

PETROLEUM

Please note that cars are picked up with a full tank of fuel and must be returned with a full tank of fuel.

 

CHILD SEAT

Is never included. it will be possible to add extra.

 

PARKING TIP

Parking space is never included. Considered hotels have adjacent parking lots or garages available.

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