Experience more in Puglia

Make the most of your time in Puglia and spoil yourself with one of our pre-bookable activities or experiences. We’ll take care of the details, so you can enjoy the moment. For more information and prices, please contact experiencemore@simpsontravel.com or call us on 020 8392 5747


Charter a speedboat

The dramatic coastline between Polignano a Mare and Monopoli is home to a myriad of fascinating caves and rock formations, with elegant architectural wonders perched precariously atop the cliffs. We’ll arrange a skippered speedboat (minimum three hours) to whisk you across the azure blue waters and take in the spectacle. Snacks and drinks are provided, and all boats have on-board facilities. Drop anchor and swim off the back of the boat or simply lie back and soak up the sun. 25ft, 42ft and 52ft boats available for a maximum of 12.

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Traditional Puglian cooking class

Learn how to cook the Puglian way. Our private chef will visit your villa and teach you how to prepare a selection of delicious local delicacies over the course of your three-hour cookery class. Source the ingredients yourself or, if you prefer, add on a tour of the local market and your chef will help you find the very best the region has to offer. Prepare three dishes using traditional recipes (yours to keep) and transform some of Puglia’s renowned home-grown produce into a feast fit for a king.

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Cook and dine in Conversano
Available for guests staying in and around the Valle d'Itria, Monopoli a Mare (excludes Salento).

Prepare a mouth-watering evening meal inside Masseria San Pietro in Conversano and enjoy the fruits of your labours the Puglian way; slowly and accompanied by some delicious Apulian wine. Your cookery class begins at 5.30pm, with aperitifs and local nibbles served at 6.30pm and your four-course dinner served at 8pm. All ingredients, wines and homemade liqueurs are included, and you’ll receive a little booklet containing all the recipes so you can relive the experience when you get back home.

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Sail away

Take to the sea from either Villanova (up to four people) or Monopoli (up to six people) and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Adriatic. Your skipper will show you the ropes and if you’re making a day of it, they’ll even drop anchor and prepare your lunch on board while you swim off the back of the boat.

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Go cycling

Whether you’re after a mountain bike for some serious off-road exploration, or an electric bike to do a little of the work for you, we’ll take the hassle out of cycle hire. Delivered to your door or ready to collect in Ostuni, it’s the ideal way to enjoy the magical landscapes and charming villages of Puglia.

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*please see notes below regarding safety helmets


Private Chef

Fed up with cooking? Sit back and leave it to an expert. Our private chefs are happy to cater in the privacy of your villa, tailoring their expertly crafted menu to suit your tastes. 

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Call us on 020 8392 5747 for further information and to make a booking.


Stay longer...

If you're really looking to experience more in Puglia, why not consider adding 3-nights in a boutique hotel to your 7-night villa holiday?




Simpson Travel activities and experiences are provided by independent local companies which are neither owned nor controlled by Simpson Travel and for whom we act only as an agent. Whilst every effort is made to keep the description of our experiences and activities up to date, the provider may cancel or amend your experience at their discretion for many reasons, including where it considers there may be a risk to your comfort, health or safety. Some excursions/activities (e.g self-drive boat hire, diving etc.) may contain an element of risk or require a good level of physical fitness, and, if in doubt, you should contact us so we can put you in touch directly with the local provider before you decide to confirm your booking. Please also check that you are covered for the activity(ies) in question by your travel insurance policy.

*Protective headgear is required or recommended for some activities, including, though not restricted to, horse riding and cycling. The availability of protective headgear varies from destination to destination and therefore we cannot guarantee that headgear will be provided or will be to the same standard as that which is available in the UK. If you plan to enjoy activities where protective headgear is required or recommended, you may wish to bring own helmets from the UK.

In acting in the capacity of an agent on behalf of the provider, your contract will be with that provider and will be subject to their standard terms and conditions, and it will not form part of your contracted holiday arrangements with us. Any complaint (including any allegation of breach of contract or negligence) should be taken up with the excursion/activity provider directly. We will do our best to assist you but will have no liability in relation to the performance of that contract.

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