Culinary Adventures in Puglia & Basilicata with Lyndey Milan

Australian home cook hero and TV personality Lyndey Milan leads a luxurious week of culinary discovery in Puglia 11-18 May 2024

  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Central Puglia
  • Basilicata
  • Matera - Central Puglia

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Trip Overview

Culinary Adventures in Puglia & Basilicata with Lyndey Milan
Spend an unforgettable week learning the secrets of a deeply passionate and undiscovered region of Southern Italy. Puglia is the sun-drenched heel of the boot that spans two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian. Basilicata is its neighbor to the west. Both agricultural regions with abundant healthy soil, over 50 million olive trees and a tradition of wine growing that has seen a fabulous dynamism in the last ten years, this area produces some of the most exciting wines in on the planet. 

LYNDEY MILAN OAM, a familiar face on television and in print, has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think about food and wine for four decades via her own nine bestselling cookbooks, nine TV series and influence as former Food Director of the iconic Australian Women’s Weekly. She is an award-winning multi-media presenter, MC, speaker, food & wine teacher, consultant, debater, judge and regional Australian specialist who makes numerous TV & culinary appearances. She maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine and has an ability to connect with all audiences.
She is also an experienced international tour host with experience across the globe in the Mediterranean, Morocco, Puglia, Japan and Australia. During her years as co-host of Fresh TV on the Nine Network, she hosted such visiting chefs as Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay. She travels regularly, is a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and has an extensive knowledge of all Mediterranean food and wine.


  • An in-depth visit to the UNESCO site of Matera
  • Bakery visit in Altamura at a DOP bakery
  • Visit to the Trullo Capital, UNESCO Heritage Site, Alberobello
  • A hands-on cooking class with Lyndey
  • Insider’s look at burrata cheese making 
  • Salsa di Pomodoro tomato experience
  • Olive grove tour and oil tasting at an ancient olive oil estate
  • Private lunch at Li Veli winery


AUS $7439 per person based on double occupancy 
Single supplement $1999

Cost includes

  • A truly authentic wine and gastronomy experience
  • Enthusiastic, full-time tour hosting by Lyndey Milan
  • 7 nights lodging at 4 star hotels (standard rooms – upgrades available at a supplement)
  • Peace of mind knowing you are with the most professional travel and tour company in Puglia
  • Access to the up-and-coming vineyards and small local producers
  • Walking tours of the region’s most characteristic towns with certified local guides
  • 7 special breakfasts
  • 5 memorable lunches
  • 6 extraordinary dinners (of which one light aperitif)
  • Guest shuttles and transfers
  • Accompaniment by Pugliese locals & guides

Cost Excludes

  • City tax at your hotels (approx €3 per person per day)
  • Tips and gratuities

Day 1The Bread Day

We recommend you arrive into Bari Aiport no later than 11am. Our driver will shuttle you to Matera for check in at your first hotel just next to the famous "Sassi" district. Our tour kicks off with a visit to a bakery in the nearby town of Altamura for an in-depth look at the making of this extraordinary DOP bread. Back in Matera tonight we will enjoy an unforgettable meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Palazzo della Fontana, Matera

Day 2Visiting the Sassi and Wine Experience

This morning we will stroll around the heart of Matera to experience the Sassi with our local expert guide, who will bring to life this unique and ancient city perched high on a beautiful hillside. The famed UNESCO World Heritage Site has been the location of several recent blockbuster movies including James Bond: No time to die, Wonder Woman and Ben Hur.
After the tour you enjoy some free time for shopping and lunch (lunch not included).
In the late afternoon we will have our first introduction to the beautiful wines that this land has to offer. We will visit an old cave where wine was made many centuries ago and enjoy an in-depth tasting of a selection of wines from the region of Basilicata. Some wines are grown in volcanic soil with a very distintive flavour! After the meal we'll enjoy a delicious dinner in the same location, which has been converted into a restaurant. Buon appetito.
Overnight: Palazzo della Fontana (B. D)

Day 3Burrata & Trulli

After checking-out of your lodging in Matera, we are off to discover Puglia's famous trulli houses. These cone shaped dwellings are unique to the region and in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello you will see a concentration of over 1,000 trulli houses. Our expert guide will bring the history of this picturesque town to life. Next visit a local dairy farm to learn the secrets of cheese-making in the ancient traditions of Puglia. You will meet local cheese artisan Giorgio at his farm, where he will demonstrate the art of making fresh burrata and let you try twisting a knot of mozzarella or two! After the visit enjoy a tasting lunch of the farm’s produce in the family’s home. To conclude the day it's time to check in to your next hotel, the beautiful country retreat, Masseria Montenapoleone. Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at Masseria Montenapoleone (B, L, D)

Day 4Salsa di Pomodoro - The Ruby of the Kitchen

Take an authentic deep-dive into the making of the traditional tomato sauce or "salsa di pomodoro" at the home of local chef and food expert Gianna. Walk in Gianna's garden to pick fresh tomatoes together with our farmer who will answer all questions about the cultivation of the different tomato varieties. In the kitchen undertake all the phases of the preparation: Cleaning, washing and squeezing; cooking, passing of the tomatoes through the press, 2nd cooking, sterilization of bottles, canning, cooling and finally, labeling. Typically on this day, locals will eat a spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce and caprese salad, so of course we will enjoy the same! During the waiting times for the cooking there will also be a chance to discovery the aromatic herbs in the Sensory Garden. After your hard work you will have two bottles of tomato sauce to bring home with you. For dinner this evening we will visit the nearby town of Cisternino for a rustic experience at a butcher shop/restaurant for a feast of locally-reared meats and salads.
Overnight at Masseria Montenapoleone (B, L, D)

Day 5Salento Vineyards & Baroque Lecce

We travel to Lecce, the capital of the Salento Province. Known as the ?Florence of the South', the city hosts amazing Baroque masterpieces and treasures of Italy. In Lecce you will embark on a dedicated walking tour where our guide will reveal the secrets of the imposing architecture and millennia of fascinating history revealed before your very eyes. Our guide will take you to visit one of Puglia's most renowned wineries - Li Veli. After a fascinating tour with the vineyard's expert oenologist, you will be treated to a private lunch and wine tasting over-looking the ageing barrels of wine. Back at the masseria this evening, there is the option to have a light aperitif with snacks.
Overnight at Masseria Montenapoleone (B, L, light dinner snack)

Day 6The Montenapoleone Kitchen, Olive Oil & Ostuni

A full tour of the Montenapoleone estate is on the agenda this morning, including the almond groves, the wheat fields and the many different fruit orchards. All the varietals are indigenous to the area and you will already have sampled many of them at the Masseria's delicious breakfast. After the tour you will get busy in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class using the estate's produce. Learn the many secrets of Puglia's long culinary heritage and enjoy a feast of the dishes you have made for lunch. After lunch there will be some leisure time for a swim in the pool or for some relaxation in the gardens. In the late afternoon visit one of Puglia's oldest olive oil estates for a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating olive oil history of the area and of course a tasting of the delicious extra-virgin olive oil. To follow there is a visit of the striking White City of Ostuni, a picturesque old citadel full of winding cobbled-stone streets. You are free to explore the boutique shops and enjoy dinner (dinner not included).
Overnight at Masseria Montenapoleone (B, L)

Day 7The Boat & Seafood Day

There can be few better ways to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic than out on the water. Weather permitting, at the port of Monopoli embark on an imposing gulet-style tall ship, with high masts and a beautiful wooden deck. Just sit back in style and enjoy the sea breeze and the coastal views with a cool glass of prosecco. The captain can weigh anchor for a refreshing swim if you wish. You will sail by the striking cliff top town of Polignano a Mare (which hosts the annual Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship) and see the dramatic sea caves, used by many centuries by smugglers. After 3 hours on the water we will make port to have lunch at a local seafront restaurant including some of the freshest seafood on the planet. For our last evening, we'll enjoy a gala celebration with local musicians and outstanding food for an unforgettable night!

Overnight at Montenapoleone (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure

Group departure to Bari Airport. Time TBD

Private transfers available on request at a supplement


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