Puglia to Albania cultural tour, small group

“Two countries in two weeks – explore pretty Puglia in Italy, then take the ferry to Albania to see its ancient sites, on this small group, guided cultural tour.”

Highlights

Italy: Bari | Conversano | Polignano a Mare | Nature walk and butterfly safari | Ostuni | Grottaglie pottery workshop | Alberobello | Monopoli | Brindisi | Albania: Durrës | Berat | Apollonia | Butrint | Gjirokastra | Bunk'Art

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Accessible overview:
We aim to accommodate as many people as possible so if you have a specific requirement please talk to us and we will see what we can do.
'Free from' food:
We have gained experience regarding special dietary requirements:
- gluten free
- shellfish allergy
- no salami, ham and other dry meats or pork casing
- other intolerances: tofu, coffee, tea, spicy food, lamb, veal, quinoa, pineapple, fava bean, almond. On our tours vegetarian meals are not at all a problem, but it is important that we know it in advance.
In the case of vegan meals, we need to change some restaurants and need at least four months in advance to arrange with all restaurants.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
As a young tour operator, we are passionate and enthusiastic about our regions, organizing journeys that benefit both local communities as well as our guests. Through this travel you will discover Apulia (Puglia) region and Albania through their traditions and cultures: Our main purpose is to propagate a sustainable Tourism, as a possibility of sociality, exchange and economy improvement.

Even if every day you enjoy new places, the driven distances are reduced to the essential, making possible a variety of landscapes and experiences by a low hydrocarbon impact.

All meals are based on seasonal local food for the transport minimizing and the preservation of traditional farm and biodiversity.
Furthermore the tour leader recommends at any purchase to avoid single-use-plastic-bag and in general single-use-packaging.

In our office: We started from our working place by lowering resources consumption, in fact we just use materials with longer life; we reduce as much as possible wastes and use the corresponding differentiated collection.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

This travel is organized in cooperation with an Albanian tour operator to be sure of involving local communities also in Albania for pleasant interactions between guests and local people as a path for intellectual enrichment in both directions.

We also encourage new perspectives to the natural and artistic heritage of South Italy and Albania, as a new way of enjoying unknown places, monuments and sites.

During last decades the tourist flow in Puglia increased and today it is difficult for travelers, especially for foreigners, to discern touristy places from shops and restaurants favorite by locals, as we do. Moreover, by escaping mass tourism places, we contribute to avoid the visitors concentration that represent actually a serious problem in some part of Italy.

The family run accommodation on the country side ensures also the proximity to the land and its slower rhythm; in general we only collaborate with local companies and local guides to guarantee a sustainable further use of tourist incomes.

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4 Reviews of Puglia to Albania cultural tour, small group

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Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Too hard! It was all so good! The ancient sites were particularly engrossing, the food was fabulous.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to sample everything. Have plenty of energy as there's not much free time.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It benefited local people through the provision of work. The principal and guides were environmentally aware.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An excellent experience and good value.

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


A greater understanding of the culture and history of Puglia and Albania.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Reading up some basic information before going would enhance the vacation - this would enable you to tap into the knowledge and commitment the guides have towards their countries.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Accommodation and restuarants appeared to be owned by local people and not part of international chains. In Puglia we were encoraged to consider water conservation and to be as plastic-free as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Not only did we come away with a greater understanding of Puglia and Albania but our guides were great companions too.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you, Mike, for your comments! It was our pleasure to show you our culture, in Puglia as well as in Albania and exchange our mind regarding interesting subjects: It was an enrichment for us, too! Moreover we are very proud of results from our efforts against single-use-plastic in Puglia.

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This tour was a most interesting and enjoyable vacation. The most memorable part of the vacation was the quality of our Italian and Albanian guides. Both men
were excellent in making sure we enjoyed fantastic food and came away with an understanding of the history and culture of the areas as well as contemporary issues, They were also very willing to be flexible with the itinerary and to answer our questions.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We found it useful to have done some pre reading, particularly about the history of Albania, to provide a context for what we saw.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Piero, our guide in Puglia is very committed to supporting local conservation in the area and it was great to meet his colleagues and see how passionate they
are about responsible tourism with a reduced environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a great vacation where we came away having seen interesting places, learnt a lot and been very well fed.

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I really enjoyed this trip to places I had never been before. Each part of the trip was well planned with a variety of things to see and do. Our guides, Luigi Piero
in Puglia and Geri in Albania were outstanding. They were knowledgable, passionate about the areas they were taking us to, and very considerate. They both went out of their way to be helpful to us and were very good company.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - both areas we visited are not particularly wealthy and it was good to feel we were contributing to the local economy. Our guide in Puglia, Peiro Luigi was
very keen about preserving the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

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