Silversea Luxury Cruises To GALLIPOLI

GALLIPOLI
GALLIPOLI

Kalè polis, meaning beautiful city, is the name ancient Greek mariners bestowed on Gallipoli, with good reason. Situated on a mound, the Old Town with its labyrinth of winding lanes, emerges from the Ionian Sea. It is connected to the mainland and modern Gallipoli via a 17th-century bridge. The area lies on the Salentina Peninsula in the extreme southeast end of Italy, commonly referred to as the heel of the boot. View more

The Salento region was inhabited already in prehistoric times; later centuries were marked by Greek, Norman, Byzantine and Baroque cultures. It is a land of farms, castles, works of art, myths and legends. Many heroic battles were fought; fierce resistance was shown by Gallipoli’s citizens against numerous invaders that included Romans, Vandals, Swabians, Venetians, French and lastly the English in 1809. In addition to its tumultuous history and natural beauty, the city’s claim to fame rests in its art treasures, most notably, the Basilica of Sant’Agata with its majestic 17th-century façade. Inside, the church contains a rich and important art collection with numerous works by its great native son, Giovanni Andrea Coppola.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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  • Departure
    Oct 02 2020
  • Duration
    10 Days
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    Silver Moon
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    Oct 29 2020
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    12 Days
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    Silver Shadow
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Excursions in GALLIPOLI

Cooking Experience & Fish Market with Apulian Chef

From the pier stroll with your local Apulian Guide to the famous Fish Market in Gallipoli, where you will meet an Apulian Chef who will explain the local Market and select the local fish and raw materials to be used during the Cooking Class.


Board the dedicated vehicle and travel for about 60 minutes to reach Lecce, where the cooking class School is located and the Lesson will take place.


Your lesson is a hands-on experience, with sleeves rolled-up, listen to your chef-instructor as she/he leads you through the creation of a Apulian-style fish meal.

Taste your meal prepared during the Cooking Class (4 dishes among which fresh pasta with fish condiment, fish with vegetables, typical Focaccia bread and local dessert); this fantastic tasting will be accompanied by 3 local wines typical of Salento area (white, red and rosé).


At the end of lunch it's time for transfer back to Gallipoli pier.


Please Note:

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Guests must be able to stand during the whole cooking class duration (2 hours approximately). This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Discover Ancient Otranto

Embrace the beauty and charm of the 'Jewel of the Adriatic Sea' during this half-day sightseeing excursion to historic Otranto. Bloodied and bruised by an infamous Turkish massacre in 1480, Otranto's story is best told in its amazing cathedral where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar.


Otranto

Depart the pier by coach for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to Otranto. Located in one of the most charming places in the South East of Italy and at the easternmost point of Italy's 'boot', Otranto was one of ancient Rome's leading ports for its trade with Asia Minor and Greece. Otranto was also the centre of outstanding events and battles that contributed to its storied past. Under the Byzantines, it was an important toehold of the Eastern Empire in Italy. In 1070, Otranto fell under Norman occupation. Turks subsequently attacked and destroyed it in 1480.


Porta Alfonsina and Cathedral

Upon arrival at the parking area, walk to the town centre and begin your guided stroll through Porta Alfonsina. Your first stop is at the Cathedral, which rises at top of the small town and was built to be one of the most outstanding churches in Apulia. Its crypt was erected in 1088, and the church was completed about a century later. Inside the Cathedral, marvel at the magnificent floor mosaic. One of the biggest in Europe, it was made by Priest Pantaleone between 1163 and 1165. During your Cathedral visit, a stop is made in the Chapel of 'Beati Martiri', which houses the mortal remains of over 800 martyrs murdered in 1480, as well as in the crypt.


Aragonese Castle

Next, proceed for an exterior visit to the Aragonese Castle, the old fortress of Otranto, then stroll along the bastions for wonderful panoramic views from the terrace overlooking the sea.


Your tour concludes with some free time to explore the Old Town at your leisure before walking back to the parking area and commencing the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres), at times over flat, sloping and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and some steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedrals and/or sacred sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Headsets will be provided. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a little snack is recommended in order to use facilities. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside churches during services. Guests may have the chance to visit churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not allowed to enter and talk during services. The tour sequence may vary.

Galatina & Wine Tasting

Gallipoli, Galatina, walking tour

Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the charming and historic town of Galatina located North-East from Gallipoli.

Upon arrival, begin your guided walking tour of the Old Town's main square, which is dominated by the elegant façade of San Pietro and Paolo's Church. From here, continue through Via Garibaldi and marvel at the Baroque and Rococò-style aristocratic palaces en route to the impressive Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

One of the most important Franciscan-style Basilicas in Southern Italy, the 14th-century Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria is considered one of the very few examples of structures in the local Apulian Romanesque-Gothic style. The building is divided into five naves, whose walls and vaults are adorned with cycles of breath-taking frescoes.


Scenic drive, winery visit & tasting

Apulia is world famous for its Olive Trees Countryside, the marvelous Seaside Panoramas and crystal-clear Adriatic and Ionian Seawaters, a considerable amount of Churches and Palaces, but most of all for the Olive Oil production, the Negramaro Wine production and the local food, which you will not want to miss on this tour. It's time to re-board your coach for the next portion of this tour: one of the region's most famous wineries for a tour and tasting of three locally produced wines - Negroamaro and Ruah wines- accompanied by local specialities. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please Note:

This tour involves an extensive amount of walking. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services; guests may have a chance to visit the church independently. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Shops in Galatina are closed on Monday mornings, on Sundays and Bank Holidays. In these days souvenir shops may be open. The tour sequence may vary.

Gallipoli - Pearl of The Ionian Sea

Discover the Old World landmarks, architecture and history of the 'Pearl of the Ionian Sea' during this picturesque walking tour of Gallipoli. When visiting Gallipoli travelers usually focus on three main words: pearl, rainbow and gold. Discover a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets that all eventually lead to the broader sea-front promenade with its wonderful views.


Gallipoli Walking Tour

Your guided tour begins at the port, where you may catch sight of local fishermen repairing their nets in a very picturesque setting. Fishing was, and still is, as important as olive oil for the local economy, and Gallipoli's marketplace has always been one of the most characteristic sites to visit. Your tour guide will tell you about the interesting history of the medieval town, of its Castle as well as of its Renaissance-style Fountain.

The word pearl refers to Gallipoli's old town position, located on a very little island dividing the deep Ionian Gulf into two branches, each connected respectively to the main Ionian Magna Grecia city northwards, Taranto, and to the southernmost Apulian town, Leuca.


Gallipoli Cathedral

Enjoy a walk through the labyrinthine island and visit the stunning Cathedral completely covered with wonderful Baroque paintings, as if displayed in a gallery.

The word rainbow refers to the dwellings painted in Mediterranean colours, lively and warm, arranged as to decorate its spider's web-like medieval town dominated by this huge Baroque Cathedral.


Underground Olive Oil Factory

The word gold is a symbol of wealth and is related to the large amount of olive oil produced in the city between the 17th and 19th centuries, and used to give light to the street lamps of the main European cities. Gallipoli's "liquid gold" export was so large that olive oil was stocked in the list exchange, and the ancient island was transformed into an "industrial" area where many underground factories and cisterns were carved out of the local limestone called carparo.

Have the opportunity to learn about the olive oil production techniques used in the past, visiting one of the 35 underground oil factories recently restored. Discover how difficult life was for people working there, living with animals and leaving the factory only at the end of the process, sometimes between 6 and 9 months in total.


Some free time will allow you to stroll around the old town and enjoy local life, before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two miles (about 3.2 kilometres), at times over uneven and sloping surfaces that may be slippery when wet, with five steps to negotiate at the Cathedral, 15 steps at the olive oil factory and approximately 30 steps whilst returning to the pier. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, a hat and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedrals and/or sacred sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a little snack is recommended in order to use facilities. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside churches during services. Guests may have the chance to visit churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not allowed to enter and talk during services. The tour sequence may vary.

Lecce - The Florence of the South

Explore the splendid landmarks and Baroque architecture of the 'Florence of the South' during this half-day sightseeing excursion to historic Lecce. You can still see ruins of a Roman theatre and amphitheater, but the period which led to town's current fame was the 17th century. A period of prosperity led to grand developments and the wholesale construction of palaces and churches. These buildings adapted the fashionable Baroque style to the soft local stone, with decorations and cherubs extravagantly covering facades and doorways, this local style is known as barocco Leccese ('Lecce Baroque').


Lecce Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive through the beautiful Apulian countryside to Lecce. Situated south of Brindisi on the southeastern tip of Italy's 'boot', Lecce is home to sandstone buildings adorned with grand Baroque architecture and lavishly decorated facades featuring fanciful cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruit, beauties, and beasts. The local sandstone, tinged with a warm yellow nuance, is so easy to work that it encouraged the rise of a local style (Lecce Baroque) as ornate and intricate as any the world has seen. More than architects, it was the local stone masons who left their mark on this city.



Lecce Cathedral and Palaces

Your visit to Lecce begins at Porta Napoli, one of the oldest gateways to the town. A guided walking tour takes you through narrow streets filled with exquisite palaces en route to Piazza Duomo where the magnificent Cathedral as well as the Archbishop's Palace is located. The Cathedral was built between 1659 and 1670 by Giuseppe Zimbalo on a pre-existing Romanesque church. The main façade, facing both Archbishop's and Seminary's Palaces, is not so decorated, while the side façade facing the square is an explosion of Baroque architecture with Lecce's patron saint, Saint Oronzo, in a triumphal arch.


Sant'Oronzo's Square and Basilica of Santa Croce

Located in the heart of Lecce, Sant'Oronzo's Square is the site of the most important local Roman remains; a 20,000-seat amphitheater dating from the 2nd century A.D., and a column that originally stood in Brindisi to mark the end of the Appian Way. A stroll through the little alleys of Sant'Oronzo's Square leads you to Lecce's most famous landmark, the magnificent Basilica of Santa Croce. During a visit here, marvel at the variety of statues and ornaments that will capture your eyes and curiosity inviting you to discover the smallest of details.


Your tour concludes with some free time to explore at leisure the narrow and beautiful streets of Lecce's town centre before rejoining the coach and commencing the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles on flat and uneven cobblestone surfaces that can be slippery when wet, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 10 steps at the Cathedral and 10 steps at the Basilica of Santa Croce. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedrals and/or sacred sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a little snack is recommended in order to use facilities. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside churches during services. Guests may have the chance to visit churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not allowed to enter and talk during services. The tour sequence may vary.

Lecce Exploration & Aperitif at a Noble Palace

Lecce Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one -hour drive through the beautiful Apulian countryside to Lecce. Situated south of Brindisi on the southeastern tip of Italy's 'boot', Lecce is home to sandstone buildings adorned with grand Baroque architecture and lavishly decorated facades featuring fanciful cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruit, beauties, and beasts. The local sandstone, tinged with a warm yellow nuance, is so easy to work that it encouraged the rise of a local style (Lecce Baroque) as ornate and intricate as any the world has seen. More than architects, it was the local stone masons who left their mark on this city.


Lecce Cathedral and Palaces

Your visit to Lecce begins at Porta Napoli, one of the oldest gateways to the town. A guided walking tour takes you through narrow streets filled with exquisite palaces en route to Piazza Duomo where the magnificent Cathedral as well as the Archbishop's Palace are located. The Cathedral was built between 1659 and 1670 by Giuseppe Zimbalo on a pre-existing Romanesque church. The main façade, facing both Archbishop's and Seminary's Palaces, is not so decorated, while the side façade facing the square is an explosion of Baroque architecture with Lecce's patron saint, Saint Oronzo, in a triumphal arch.


Sant'Oronzo's Square and Basilica of Santa Croce

Located in the heart of Lecce, Sant'Oronzo's Square is the site of the most important local Roman remains; a 20,000-seat amphitheater dating from the 2nd century A.D., and a column that originally stood in Brindisi to mark the end of the Appian Way. A stroll through the little alleys of Sant'Oronzo's Square leads you to Lecce's most famous landmark, the magnificent Basilica of Santa Croce. During a visit here, marvel at the variety of statues and ornaments that will capture your eyes and curiosity inviting you to discover the smallest of details.


Noble Palace Tour & Aperitif

After the guided tour of the city, the highlight of your tour is a visit to a stunning, noble palazzo. Located on a magnificent corner of the Old City, this hidden gem is just steps away from the Cathedral, and listed among the most noble palaces and buildings in this city of Baroque architecture. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the owners of the palazzo, who personally escort you on a tour of this exquisite, noble house. Following your guided tour, proceed to one of the halls of the palazzo for an aperitif and tasting of local specialities surrounded by splendid antiquities and nobility. Following your visit, enjoy a nice stroll through the narrow and beautiful streets of Lecce's town centre back to the parking place.


You will then rejoining the bus to go back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles on flat and uneven cobblestone surfaces that can be slippery when wet, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 10 steps at the Cathedral and 10 steps at the Basilica of Santa Croce. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedrals and/or sacred sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a little snack is recommended in order to use facilities. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, groups are not allowed inside churches during services. Guests may have the chance to visit churches independently, quietly and reverently. Guides are not allowed to enter and talk during services. The tour sequence may vary.

Polignano & Mr Volare's White Cliff

Polignano a Mare is to be considered as one of the most romantic places in Apulia, built at the top of a natural spur and surrounded by marine caves.

Home to Mr Domenico Modugno who wrote his famous song NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU, that is to say VOLARE for most of us, this little town is really worth a visit.

You're not going to explore art and monuments in this case, but you're going to see how mother-nature built up its own masterpieces using local soft limestone and sea waters as its materials.


Try to take a stroll through Polignano's town centre and you will understand the reason why Mr Modugno wrote his song here...

Perched at the top of a rocky cliff, surrounded by a very blue-green sea "working" very patiently upon the soft local limestone, Polignano is a real little jewel.

The sea has actually built up hundreds of deep and high marine caves, whose tops have been paved and transformed into amazing terraces: the result is a very original seafront where you actually will enjoy panoramic views over the shore and the coastal villages around.


Your walking tour begins in a little square where a bronze statue dedicated to Domenico Modugno is welcoming you with his open arms, a few steps and here you go with the first breath-taking view onto the marine caves. From here you will be able to get to the bottom of the cliff and enjoy a pleasant stroll through the so called LAMA MONACHILE, the ancient river bed that many people use to lie in the sun during summertime.


Follow your tour guide and explore Polignano's characteristic town centre, with its winding little streets covered with flowers, a typical Mediterranean atmosphere. Here people are used to decorate their homes both inside and outside, just because climate is so mild that locals are allowed to transform a public open space into family's or neighborhood's garden.

You will bump into narrow paths carved out of the old defensive walls and fabulous panoramic views over the grottoes excavated by the seawater.

Do not forget, during your free time, to taste a delicious "gelato".


It's now time for lunch. Take the bus transfer from Polignano Town Centre to the Hotel Restaurant located in the Northern Area of Polignano to taste a great meal composed of local specialties and handmade pasta accompanied by fresh seafood and do not miss the Caffè Speciale.


Driving back to the pier catch sight of the crystal clear waters as well as of the Apulian old olive trees while "painting" in your mind, again, Mr Volare's white cliffs!


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres), at times over flat, sloping and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and some steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Brindisi at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Brindisi at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Brindisi at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Brindisi at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.