Vom 07 April 2013 bis 29 November 2013
SPECIAL OFFER GREEN TOUR IN APULIA
The price of the tour starts from 950 Euros per person
Among the many ways to discover the beauties of Apulia, we offer to passionate supporters of a sensitive, environmentally sustainable and green tourism, the possibility to enjoy our guided walking and cycling itineraries. We start to discover beautiful paths of the rural, archeological and seaside landscape, to embrace the wellness yoga and an authentic, unspoiled and fascinating nature. Our proposal provides a journey into the heart of Apulia, in the ‘Alto Salento’ area, passing through the fragrant Mediterranean vegetation paths, leading to quiet beaches along the tracks of secular olive groves. Moreover, we will pass through little bridges surrounding the ponds where migratory birds and protected plants can be observed easily. It will be like traveling back in time, discovering rare plants and wildlife sanctuaries, guiding you into places where the breath will become more subtle, alternating with calls and silences of our well preserved landscapes surrounded by bright colors.
Day 1: Transfer from Bari or Brindisi airport. Arrival at Masseria Il Frantoio within 14h. Welcome drink. Transfer and guided tour at the Botanical Conservatory 'The Gardens of Pomona', in the heart of 'Valle d'Itria'. The design of this Botanical Conservatory combines the conservation of nature to a low impact tourism, in a landscape of great charm. The main collection concerns Figs, with over 250 species. The other major collection concerns Pomegranates, with 30 species. We will discover and taste other fruits. Transfer to the charming and authentic Cisternino (Unesco Heritage) for a relaxing visit of the historic centre. Return to the masseria and special dinner on the basis of different wild, organic, medieval courses including great Apulian wines, olive oils tasting and ‘rosoli’. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Continental breakfast buffet with jam tasting. Starting from the masseria, we will walk along the paths of our farm to reach the Archeological Site of Santa Maria d'Agnano. Once there, an experienced guide, will explain intriguing details about the Cave in Agnano, belonging to the Paleolithic period, in which rites and cults where dedicated to a female figure. Indeed, in this cave, it has been discovered the skeleton of the ‘Donna di Ostuni’, a pregnant woman of 25.000 years ago. Return to the masseria for a picnic in one of our cozy gardens.
In the afternoon, transfer to Monopoli for a yoga lesson. Anja Reuffel, a qualified teacher of Iyengar Yoga, will expect us in the center of movement therapy. Thanks to her experience, knowledge of different languages and sympathy, we will be hosted in her home for a relaxing lesson. It will be even interesting to meet her for those who normally don’t practice this discipline. Cradled in the peace of the countryside, surrounded by olive groves and magnificent view of the sea, Anja will also tell about her choice to move in our land. Return to the masseria. In the evening, transfer to Ostuni for a relaxing visit of the 'white town' and its historical centre, characteristic for the charming alleys to explore until you reach the Cathedral. Free dinner, transfer to the masseria. Overnight stay.
Day 3: Continental breakfast buffet. Transfer to ‘Casa del Parco’ of ‘Dune Costiere’. An experienced guide will expect us to the discover very charming places. We can choose between 2 activities, one that provides a ciclotrekking path and the other a trekking one. The first expects the possibility of a bicycle tour along the trails that wind along the Traiana way passing through karst blades, caves, historic farms and Bronze Age megalithic monuments, such as the Dolmen of Montalbano. The path is 4 km long, for a duration of 3 hours. While the hiking trail begins in the wetlands of the ‘Fiume Morelli’, where there’s an ancient and traditional system of fish farming. After walking the path parallel to the river and a stretch of white beach of the Park, we arrive at the fossil dunes. In springtime they will surprise for the enormous biodiversity of colorful species, like wild orchids. This path has a duration of 3 hours for about 4km. After the packed lunch, we will move to the Eganzia’s excavations, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of Apulia, which is ideally located for its beautiful natural environment. There will be an experienced guide who will show us also the Archaeological Museum, which stands outside the walls of the ancient Gnathia, in the area of the ‘Necropoli Messapica'.Transfer to the masseria, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Continental breakfast buffet. Transfer to ' WWF protected Oasis in Torre Guaceto’. With a knowledge local guide, we will have the possibility to choice between 2 activities, hiking and ciclotrekking. The first concerns a walk along the fragrant Mediterranean vegetation paths, leading to quiet beaches. We will reach then the Aragonese Tower, from which we can enjoy a beautiful view, concluding crossing the silent paths of the mysterious reed. The duration of the excursion is approximately 3 hours. While the ciclotrekking is characterized by the pleasure of a bicycle tour, exploring the landscapes of the Park, pedaling along the paths of the bush and tracks passing through the olive grove. The excursion lasts 3 hours for a total of 10km. Packed lunch. Return to the masseria and in the afternoon transfer to Polignano a Mare, the little and charming village, famous for its terraces overlooking on the sea. Dinner in one of the cozy restaurant, well known for its sea specialties. Return to the masseria and overnight stay.
Day 5: Continental breakfast buffet. Departure transfer to Bari or Brindisi airport.
Number of participants: from 4 to 6 people.
The starting price refers to the total cost per person, tax included.
The fee includes:
• Transport in a cross-over 7 seats throughout the tour
• Friendly member of the Il Frantoio team throughout the tour
• Accommodation in a Classic double/twin room
• Bed and breakfast, 2 dinners in masseria on the basis of specialties from Apulia
• Packed lunches and dinner in Polignano a Mare
• Guided Tours: I Giardini di Pomona, all green excursions, excavations and Museum in Egnazia, yoga lesson
The fee does not include:
•Supplement in a Superior double/ twin room
• Flight not included in the price
• Transfer on request for free excursions
• Drinks and meals free, anything not specifically mentioned in "Price includes"
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