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966 West Campus Lane
Goleta, CA 93117
USA

916 217 0935

Bringing you the flavors of Puglia through imported foods and olive oil, & exclusive getaways.

Puglia is a magical place. As the "heel" of Italy's boot,  a peninsula within a peninsula, it is a place where travelers must choose to go. Off the beaten path, trains traversing Italy North to South end their journey here, even the last cobblestones of the ancient Roman Via Appia are laid here.

Thick olive groves, rocky soils, and sea waters on three sides have created a land of unique culture, language, and history. Puglia harbors Italy's best olive oil, ancient vineyards, and some of the best culinary traditions Italy has to offer.  Italians are well acquainted with this "secret", but outside travelers rarely journey to this southern corner of Italy.

We are two sisters with family roots in Puglia. Our mother was born here and so was her mother and her mother. Our family's roots in Puglia are as deep as those of the centuries old olive trees. We have come to appreciate the many gifts Puglia has to offer - from food and wine to its ancient customs. Our mission is to share these with you, to bring you into the fold of Pugliese hospitality so that you too may experience the treasures of this ancient land.

 

 

 

Tour FAQ

What does the tour include?

 

 

Included:

 

10 nights in lovely boutique hotels, breakfast included,

4 multi-course lunches and 5 multi- course dinners in Puglia's finest restaurants with selected regionalwines, mineral water and coffee,

All historical site and museum entrance fees,

Wine tasting,

Private car (or minivan) with driver for all the excursions listed in the program,

English speaking tour guide,

All tips for guides and driver,

Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit,

Assistance with your pre- or post-tour travel plans,

 

Not included:

 

Flight ticket,

Personal expenses,

Everything not written in the program,

Cancellation insurance,

 

See our Terms and Conditions

 

 

How large are your tour groups?

 

Our tours groups average between 10 and 15 people -  a quarter the size of most tours. We keep our tour groups small so that all aspects of your travel with us will feel more personalized - from dining with the chef to accommodating any personal requests.

 

What language will the tour be in?

 

While most of the tour will be conducted in English. Le Sorelle guides are fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian. We welcome travels from all parts of the globe!

 

How do I book and pay?

 

You can book and pay for your tour on our website. See the Shop and Travel tab of our menu. You may pay in full for your trip or place a down payment. Full payment must be made by the stated deadline.

 

How do I get there?

 

Our tour begins in Polignano a Mare, Puglia.

 

If you fly into Rome's Fiumicino Airport (FCO)  we recommend taking a Eurostar train from Rome's central station to Bari (43km north of Polignano) or Monopoli (5km south of Polignano). Regional trains to Polignano depart Bari and Monopoli regularly.

 

 

If you choose to fly directly to Bari's Palese Airport (BRI) located about 50km north of Polignano, local taxis are available for transport to Polignano. Alternatively, a taxi may be taken to Bari's central station where regional trains run regularly to Polignano.

 

 

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations. We are also happy to advise you further on arrival options.

 

 

When should I arrive?

 

We recommend arriving at least a day or two before the tour begins in order to sleep off some jet lag. Not only does it give you the chance to acclimate yourself to your new environment, but it also allots you extra time to get to the tour's starting location.

 

What should I bring?

 

Pack light and only what you can carry. We will often be transferring between hotels. Do bring a swimsuit and hat as the sun can feel especially bright and intense reflected off of the whitewashed walls of most Pugliese towns. Sun lotion is available in all pharmacies and nearly all grocery stores, or you are welcome to bring your own.

 

We like Rick Steves' advice on packing: http://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/packing-light

 

However, we're glad to assist you with any questions you may have as to what to bring.

 

What about money?

 

Italy uses the Euro as its currency. ATMs are readily available in any bank for cash withdrawals. We recommend leaving travelers checks at home as this system will only cost you valuable time in one of Italy’s most notoriously inefficient institutions - banks!

 

In Italy, cash is by far the preferred method of payment though credit cards are becoming ever more widely accepted. Visa and Mastercard are the most recognized and accepted forms of credit. Other cards - AMEX, DISCOVER, etc are rarely accepted or altogether unknown. Always carry some cash in your money belt. Don't assume vendors will accept credit!

 

 

Can I bring my electronics?

Yes. Keep in mind Europe uses a different voltage and that you will most likely need converters and adapters. We also like Rick Steve's advice here:

http://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/phones-tech/electric-adapters-converters

 

What if I have dietary restrictions?

We can accommodate dietary restrictions as long as you inform us at least 30 days in advance. If you have severe food allergies, consult your doctor before booking the tour and bring any medication you may need during your travels. While we can speak to the chef at any dining location on the tour, we are not responsible for food preparation in the kitchen.

 

What's the weather like?

 

September is a beautiful month in Puglia! Daytime highs average in the 70s and normally there are only a few days of rain during this month. Lows in the evenings can range from the 50s to 60 depending on location and elevation.

 

What kind of transportation will be available?

 

We will travel in minivans or private cars rather than a large tour bus.

 

Do I need travel insurance?

 

We highly recommend travel insurance to cover any unexpected medical needs or cancellations.

 

How much does the tour cost?

 

Our total cost for the tour per person is:

  • Double Occupancy (if you will be sharing a room) = $2700.00
  • Single Occupancy (if you will have a room of your own) = $3400.00

The $600 deposit to reserve your space on the tour will be subtracted from the total cost upon final payment.

 

For any other questions contact us at info@lesorelle.com