Frequently Asked Questions
about our Tours in Puglia
When are your tours?
Dates for our 2018 weeklong tours are sold out. Our tours for 2019 are:
• May 25 - June 1
• September 7 - 14
• September 21 - 28
We also offer private and custom tours throughout the year. These can be fully tailored to your own dates and interests. Or, if you're only in the area for a day or two, join us on one of our Day Tours!Please contact us for further information.
How much do your tours cost?
The Savouring the South tour price is €2950 per person. Prices are based on double occupancy.
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How can I book?
Please send us a message stating you would like to book your Italian vacation with us. We'll respond to you as soon as possible to confirm your booking. Then we can discuss payment of the booking deposit and answer any other questions you might have. We ask for a 25% deposit to reserve your place. You can contact us using the form at the bottom of each page, on the Contact Us page, by phone, email or skype.
What payment methods do you take?
We are happy to accept payments by credit card through Paypal, as well as cheque or bank transfer. When you are ready to book, please contact us. You can use the contact form at the bottom of every page, the Contact Us Page, or you can email, call or skype us.
It's just me. Is there a single traveller supplement?
Yes. While we warmly welcome single travellers, the prices of our tours are based on double occupancy, so we have to charge you the difference in the accommodation. The single supplement is €400.
How many people are on your tours?
We like to keep it small, so the maximum we accept on any tour is 12 people. If you would like to arrange a private Italian tour with a group of friends this is also possible. Please contact us for details.
Can I bring my kids?
Sorry. At present our tours are for adult travellers only. We cannot accept bookings for travellers under 18.
Can I reserve a specific room?
Yes you can. Every room at Mantatelurè is amazing. However, for those looking for something super-extra-special, we have three levels of upgrades (subject to availability). Each upgrade is a single, one-time fee for the whole week (prices below):
Deluxe Suite Upgrade:
The Deluxe Suite is the largest of the suites, with a Spa Bath and four-poster bed, while the Apartment is a beautiful, large space with a private terrace, separate kitchen and bathroom. Price: €150
The lovely Suite has an in-room jacuzzi as well as a deluxe shower and separate seating area. Price: €120
The Junior Suites are larger rooms, with a mezzanine area with a sofa, and king showers. Price: €90
If you’d like to upgrade to one of these rooms as a special treat, please let us know.
Also, please note that only one of Mantatelure's rooms has separate beds, so if this is your preference, please notify us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
If no guests have reserved particular suites all rooms will be assigned on a first booked, first served basis.
I have dietary restrictions. What can I eat?
We’re very flexible when it comes to dietary restrictions. We’ve ensured that every restaurant we visit has either vegetarian or gluten-free options. Similarly, Gianna, our cooking instructor, is comfortable working with students with dietary restrictions. Just let us know when you book if there’s anything you can’t eat and we’ll make sure there’s always something delicious waiting for you.
What's the best way of travelling to Lecce?
Lecce is well served by transport links. Trains run regularly from Rome and take around five and half hours. The nearest airport is Brindisi, which has regular flights to and from London, Paris and Barcelona. Whether you’re arriving at the airport or the train station, we will pick you up and deliver you straight to Mantatelure, and take you back to one or the other to continue your travels at the end of our tour.
If you’re feeling adventurous, a drive from Rome to Lecce is relatively straightforward and would take between seven and eight hours.
Can you help me with travel to/within Italy?
We are not authorised to book air travel. However, we are happy to offer our advice to help you with your travel plans getting to and around Italy. As we have travelled Italy extensively, we would love to share tips and knowledge with you as part of our service. We know that Italy is a long way to travel for many people; if you are able, we highly recommend that you extend your stay, and spend time in Italy before and/or after the tour. Take in the amazing sights of Rome; discover Umbria's beautiful hill towns and verdant spaces; drink Barolo and taste truffles in Piedmont; relax and rejuvenate in a spa on Ischia; island hop in the Aelioans; take an exillarating hike in the Dolomites; see an opera in Verona's Roman arena; or just spend more time in Puglia! Whatever you choose, we're happy to help you make your arrangements and give you the insider knowledge so you can make the most of your Italian vacation experience.
What is your cancellation policy?
First of all, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance as soon as you make your booking.
If a booking is made six months or less before the tour is due to commence we cannot provide refunds. This is why we highly recommend taking out travel insurance.
Now, the fine print:
All bookings require a 25% booking deposit to reserve your space(s).
If you book more than 6 months before the tour start date, your 25% booking deposit is fully refundable one month after the booking date.
If you book 3-6 months before the tour start date, the 25% booking deposit is non-refundable. In some circumstances we may be able to apply your deposit toward a future Espressino Travel tour.
The full balance is due 3 months before your tour start date. If you book a tour less than 3 months before the tour start date we will require full payment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How fit do I need to be to participate in your tours?
Although there are no activities that could be described as strenuous on our tours, travellers with restricted mobility should note that wheelchair facilities are limited in Puglia and many locations have short flights of stairs that can be difficult to navigate.
There is a fair amount of walking on our tours, as we will explore towns on foot. Although most of these towns are relatively flat, Ostuni and Alberobello both have hills, with plenty of steps and some streets that are relatively steep. Also, as some towns are inaccessible by minibus, there are a few longer walks required.
If you have any concerns or would like more specific information, please contact us.