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Polignano a Mare: Group Boat Tour to Caves with Aperitif

1. Polignano a Mare: Group Boat Tour to Caves with Aperitif

Excursioni Sofia is a boat trips company in the beautiful Polignano a Mare (BA). It has got two boats of 6.5 meters in possession of a sailing license of pleasure craft with CE marking. Excursions Sofia offers its guests guided tours of the Polignano a Mare caves starting from the new tourist port "Cala Ponte Marina" in via San Vito pier D. With its 11 km of coastline and an enchanting skyline, Polignano has a coastline dotted with cavities karst. The skippers of Sofia, expert navigators and connoisseurs of the area, with their smile and their kindness will accompany you in many of the most beautiful views of the coast and in small hidden coves, perfect places for swimming, sunbathing or enjoying an aperitif. We also offer an English translation which is always available on board. The duration of the excursion is two hours. The standard departures for the excursions begin at 09:00 and proceed every two hours until 19:00. The excursions are available from 01/04 to 31/10. The seats available are ten per boat. In case of adverse weather conditions, excursions may be subject to changing.

Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

2. Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

Your tour lasts about 1.5 hours with departure and arrival at the small port of San Vito (Abbazia di San Vito and Polignano a Mare). Included is a visit to the main caves, with a break to swim in one of the most evocative places on the Polignano's coast. You'll also be treated to a tasty Prosecco-based aperitif which will be offered by the crew. The itinerary is divided into stages and includes the visit of the main caves. These caves include Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Statua “Domenico Modugno”, and Grotta Piana, just to name a few. Each boat has a length of 6.5 meters with a capacity of 8 people for each boat. The boat has a parasol, and is equipped with ladders and floats for both adults and children.

Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

3. Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

After meeting your guide, set out for a sightseeing tour of Alberobello. Follow your guide into the historical center of Rione Monti, which boasts over 1,000 iconic Trulli buildings. Marvel at the unique architecture of these fascinating buildings while learning about their history and significance. Continue the tour with a visit to Rione Aia Piccola, an area that best represents the ancient medieval village where you can stop at the viewpoint to take some beautiful pictures. Your journey ends at the highest point of the city where the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua is located. Notice the similarities between the church and the Trulli buildings and soak up the historical atmosphere of the site as you listen to your guide’s tales and anecdotes.

Apulia: Horseback Riding Trip in Parco Dune Costiere

4. Apulia: Horseback Riding Trip in Parco Dune Costiere

Horseback riding through the Mediterranean vegetation and coastal dunes in the regional Park of Dune Costiere. Along a short stretch of coast, close to the sea, and in the middle of olive oil trees and typical Apulian dry-stone walls. After a short theoretical and practical lessons, horseback riding on the beach: galloping free on the endless sandy expanse, crossing along paths and breathtaking landscapes through the Mediterranean vegetation and coastal dunes.

Lecce: Walking Tour

5. Lecce: Walking Tour

Your tour begins from Sant'Oronzo square, where you will find a Roman Amphitheater which was first discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century. The itinerary goes on to the historic center, which is rich with churches and old buildings decorated by Baroque Art. During the tour, it will be possible to look at papier-machè artisans at work. This kind of art belongs to Lecce from the 17th Century, when it was conceived to decorate churches, back when the paper was the only material available. It continues to adorn the houses and the churches of this magical city thanks to old masters and young people.

Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

6. Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

After meeting with your skipper at the marina in Bari, hop on board your sailing cruise. Enjoy a welcome snack of local focaccia and an excellent Primitivo red wine to start your sailing adventure. Then it's time to cruise out to the high sea. Out here, you can admire the imposing lighthouse of Bari. If you're lucky, you'll spot dolphins who often come up close to the boat. If you'd like, the skipper will even give you the opportunity to temporarily maneuver the boat yourself. If sea conditions allow, take a dip in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the refreshing temperatures. Your skipper will cast anchor at the old navy of Bari where you'll be able to take another swim and take panoramic photos of the promenade. Finally, visit the historic center's ancient fish market and admire the Basilica of San Nicolas.

Otranto: Coastline Boat Tour w/ Swim Stops & Local Products

7. Otranto: Coastline Boat Tour w/ Swim Stops & Local Products

Get on board and discover with us the coastline south of Otranto, a wild and uncontaminated environment, where the high cliffs alternate with a lot of coves with a rocky seabed, rich in caves. Discover Torre del Serpente, Palombara, Punta Facì', Baia delle Orte, Capo d'Otranto, Sant’Emiliano, Porto Badisco, Grotta delle rose, Grotta della Fraula, Santa Cesarea Terme, Baia di Miggiano, Grotta Zinzulusa, Grotta Azzurra, and Grotta Palombara. Continue to Mulino d’acqua, Imperia, Cale d’Otranto, S. Stefano, Baia dei Turchi, Baia Alimini, Conca Specchiulla, La Punticella, Torre S. Andrea. Swimming breaks and aperitif on board based on typical Salento products are provided, drinks included!

San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

8. San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

The guided tour of San Giovanni Rotondo will take you to visit the places where the remains of Saint Pio from Pietralcina resided, which lived here for about 50 years. The tour itinerary will unite the most significant places, the ancient church, the new church, the monastery, and the new sanctuary. The ancient church, of the mid-1500s, has a very simple façade and inside it is composed of a single baroque style nave. At a second entrance to the convent, is the cell of Padre Pio and the crypt where the body of Padre Pio was housed it was transferred to the nearby sanctuary. The visit continues with the new church, built to accommodate in an appropriate manner the considerable flow of thousands of pilgrims that flowed ever more numerous to San Giovanni Rotondo. Here, the friar celebrated mass and confessed the faithful. After having seen the various utensils that belonged to the friar of Pietralcina inside the convent, head to the cell where the friar lived.  Your tour ends at the Sanctuary, designed by architect Renzo Piano. This is one of the largest churches in Italy, capable of holding up to 7,000 people. You will first visit the upper church, characterized by stone arches and decorations made by some of the best artists of national renown such as Arnaldo Pomodoro. Then through a helical walkway, visit the lower church and the crypt where the remains of Saint Pio rest. 

Bari: Segway Tour & Gelato Tasting

9. Bari: Segway Tour & Gelato Tasting

Learn how to ride a Segway during a short training session, before heading out with your guide on a 1-hour tour of Bari’s old town. Start by visiting the main attractions of the area, such as the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of Saint Sabinus and the Swabian Castle. Continue your ride along the narrow streets of the traditional old town, where children play outdoors and neighbors stop to chat. Discover the modern part of the city, with its opera houses and luxury shopping streets. See the famous seaside fish market, the beach and the lively squares where you can enjoy a taste of local products.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

10. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

Polignano a Mare is the ideal place to plunge into uncontaminated waters and immerse yourself in the marine environment. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, this small town is just over 30 km (18.5 miles) from Bari. After a brief practical lesson, get ready to begin paddling along the coast. Enjoy the scenic coastline as you explore in a stand-up paddleboard. Discover one of Puglia's most beautiful coastal stretches, peppered with hidden inlets and charming sandy bays. Crystal clear waters and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea give Polignano a Mare its uniqueness. Do not miss the opportunity for a dip in these spectacular turquoise waters.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 11 reviews

We didn’t know what to expect of the tour but it was fantastic:) The views and going inside the grottos was amazing but our driver put the experience over the top. The music, popping Prosecco and pointing out all the interesting sights. Don’t miss it! If I had one critique it would be to better arrange the pick up and drop offs. Way more confusing than necessary :(

Stefano was a perfect guide. Knowledgeable, personable and very accommodating. It was a real pleasure to have the chance to see these cities with him as our guide and driver. Cannot recommend him more highly

Beautiful, relaxing view of the town and the caves. Not too many people on the boat. A bargain at the price! Must-do in Polignano a Mare. Way better than seeing it from the beach/street.

It was an amazing day on the sea. I highly recommend. Our captain was superb!!!!

Beautiful caves and a view of the coast from Polignano a Mare. Really worth.