Secrets of Southern Italy (May 2023)

Polignano a Mare, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy

Sierra Busch
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May 20 - 28, 2023
Group size: 5 - 7
Secrets of Southern Italy (May 2023)
Polignano a Mare, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy

Sierra Busch
  • Email address verified

May 20 - 28, 2023
Group size: 5 - 7

About this trip

Apulia (or Puglia in Italian) is dotted with white-washed villages hugging sea front cliffs on the Adriatic. Beneath this gorgeous facade is an ancient history that pulls you into the core of this magical region. Here in the heel of Italy's boot, we will experience authentic places still wild with mystery and alive with tradition! We will step back in time to discover an abandoned abbey circa 500 AD, learn the secrets to making gelato that have lasted generations, and unwind in untouched nature with unparalleled sunsets! With only 7 people per trip, Creative Edge Travel aims to bring you an exclusive and personally-curated trip where you'll create meaningful travel memories with your new friends in authentic Italy.

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Please note, we require at least 5 confirmed guests to run this trip. In the event that minimum requirements are not met within 2 months of the trip start date, you will have the choice to receive a full refund of your trip cost or credit applied to another trip within the next year. Flight costs and other costs outside of the trip itself would need to be reimbursed by the travel insurance which you are required to purchase. 

Meet Your Trip Leader

Ciao! My name is Sierra and I'm the founder of Creative Edge Travel and the leader for your trip in Apulia! I fell hard for Italy in 2011 and have never stopped exploring its many regions since. From the tall mountains in the north to the sunny heel of the boot in the south, I scoured maps for Italy's hidden secrets, connecting with locals and soaking up the authentic everyday life along the way. This passion led to a career in travel in NYC, where I worked for top agencies and startups, planning luxury vacations for VIP clients. Now living half the year in Italy, my goal is to bring my guests meaningful travel experiences that will forever connect them to the genuine spirit of Italy.

Travel with Heart


We also believe our impact on this earth should be light. Your trip's carbon footprint will automatically be offset through MyClimate programs which take a bigger picture approach to not only reduce carbon emissions in the first place but also help underserved communities. Project examples are: 

-installing energy efficient cookstoves in Rwanda

-building solar power installations in the Dominican Republic

-or partnering with indigenous communities in the Solomon Islands to create alternative income opportunities to avoid deforestation of the pristine rainforest (while supporting Women's Savings Clubs).

What’s included

  • Transportation
    Arrival and Departure
  • 8 nights accommodation
    Private room at 3 B&B's located in historic center with nearby beach and/or mountains
  • Private Driver
    Private driver throughout the trip
  • Experiences
    All activities, workshops, and visits
  • Trip Leader
    24/7, English and Italian-speaking trip leader
  • Flight-Booking Assist
    Our flight expert will help you find the best routes and fares to make this step easier for you.
  • Meals Included:
    All breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 extra special dinners, including wine
  • Pre-trip Prep
    Cultural and Italian language guidance, packing tips, and additional resources to fully connect you with what you'll experience!
  • Tips
    for guides and drivers
  • Local Recommendations
    Insider suggestions for each location.
  • Carbon Footprint Offset
    Project to lower carbon emissions will be funded.
  • Flights
  • Incidental expenses
  • Travel Insurance
    Mandatory, we highly recommend a Cancel For Any Reason policy. Click for more details:
  • Meals not described

Available Packages

Double Room
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This package is for two people traveling together in one room. (SELECT 2 TRAVELERS in the dropdown above.)

Deposit: $500
Single Room
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This package is for one person in a private room.

Deposit: $500


Day 1
Let's Get This Party Started!

After a long journey, we'll meet at Bari Airport and head to our first base; the charming seaside town of Polignano! Here you can relax at our B&B (located in the beautiful historic center) or wander the village which is known for its winding, cobblestone streets and incredible sea views. In the evening, we'll have a welcome aperitivo to get to know each other, followed by a group dinner in a special seafood restaurant

Meals Included: Aperitivo, Dinner

Your Organizer

Sierra Busch
Creative Edge Travel is about slowing down to connect with what makes Italy Italy— its people. We know from experience that what you'll remember most are the interesting locals you meet on your adventure. That's why we couple unique activities with opportunities to connect with locals in a meaningful way. We go beyond the typical tourist sites to off-the-beaten-path villages and farms where our friends and artisans are waiting to share their way of life with you!