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Italy - Puglia 7 Nights Cycling Tour
Bike tour in Puglia - where is that you say? This region of Italy is found in the 'boot heel' area of Italy and on this tour we more or less follow the coast from the inland town of Conversano and go to Otranto. The coast here overlooks the Adriatic just across from Croatia and Albania. Gateway to and from the East, it has been conquered by legions of foreign rulers, most of whom were careful to live elsewhere. The notable exception was Frederick II (1194-1250), the last Emperor of the Hohenstaufen line. An enlightened man, he built many castles which still grace the region, along with acres and acres of vineyards and olive groves. Apulia produces one-tenth of the wine consumed in Europe; and its olive oil is renowned. And for the unique architecture; Alberrobello and Lecce. The cycling is moderate with rolling hills, but not long hills like in Tuscany. Best months are April/May/June and Sept/October. Self guided cycling in Puglia offers all the freedom modern couples seek in a vacation!
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Day 1 | Arrival in Conversano

Day 1 | Arrival in Conversano

Arrival in Conversano, just inland from Polignano and a short distance from Bari. To get here, you first need to come to Bari, the capital city of the region. You can reach Bari by plane from Rome (1 hour 20) or by train (4 hours+). Arrive on your own to Conversano at the hotel Corte altavilla, or we can arrange a taxi for 85 euros (up to 3 persons). Trains from Bari are possible except on Sunday when it is only bus or taxi. We meet for bike fitting. The beautiful little town of Conversano is set amid a landscape of olive and cherry trees, and has rambling alleyways and a sun-baked piazza dominated by the Norman castle and Romanesque cathedral. If you arrive early you will have the time for a short ride to the small, but vibrant fishing village of Polignano a Mare, a postcard perfect whitewashed village overlooking the seaside: be sure to explore the old towns narrow winding streets and marvel at the incredible views of the bright blue sea. We will also recommend the best gelato stop in the region on this route!! 29km ride (option to go as far as 54km) To do the ride, plan to arrive by 1pm at the hotel - please advise us at time of booking. Lodging at Corte Altavilla. Dinner on your own.  

Hotel Corte Altavilla

Conversano (Bari) Puglia

Hotel Corte AltavillaCorte Altavilla hotel with restaurant and meeting rooms is waiting for you. Share with us a wonderful experience in Southern Italy among the flavors of our typical cuisine and the smells of our popular tradition. Corte Altavilla is on of the most estimed 4-star-hotels in Apulia with its comfortable rooms and suites. In the morning you wake up wrapped by a unique quiet, served breakfast in room service or in our stone wall restaurant will welcome you. During the day a private and enchanted solarium/spa with a great view will give you unique emotions and relax.

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Day 2 | Alberobello (38 km)

Day 2 | Alberobello (38 km)

Today, you will leave Conversano and cycle towards the Valle d Itria (Itria Valley) and reach old town of Alberobello, with its unique plethora of Trulli houses, the most famous architecture and symbol for which this region is known. Pedal through rolling countryside to the sweet aroma of mint that grows by the roadside and stop to enjoy the little towns of Putignano and Noci, with their characteristic whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways. On arrival in Alberobello, you will meet our local expert Mimmo who will check into your accommodation in one of this unique houses. Dinner on your own. (B)  

Trulli e Puglia

Alberobello

Trulli e PugliaTrulli e Puglia, by Mimmo Patrizio Palmisano, welcomes you to Apulia! Trulli e Puglia’s beautifully restored trulli vacation rentals and unique shop offering gastronomic specialties from the region, allow you to experience Apulia’s authentic architectural, cultural and culinary heritage in the enchanting setting of Alberobello’s historic center. Alberobello is the perfect, central location from which to base yourself during your vacation in Apulia. Day trips to the region’s quaint towns are just a short distance. In the evening you can return to the magical atmosphere of Alberobello and enjoy tasting local gastronomic delicacies with your host, Mimmo, in his trullo. Taste the best wines of Apulia, fresh dried meats, organic cheeses, extra virgin olive oils, pasta, taralli (the typical bread “rings” of the region), delicious marmalades and spreads, biscuits and sweets made from delicious local almonds. You can taste our famous “rosolio”, a liqueur made from roses.

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Day 3 | Locorotondo & Martina Franca (49 km)

Day 3 | Locorotondo & Martina Franca (49 km)

Spend today roaming around the historic center (UNESCO WHS): Alberobello a world heritage site and known for nearly conical shaped white 1,000 Trulli dating back to the 13th century, this particular houses are painted with strange symbols on their roofs and framed by rich green farmland. The bike ride we propose is a circular cycle route deep into the Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo - nicknamed citta del vino for its excellent dry white spumante (Italian champagne) wine made from verdeca grapes. Here in Locorotondo, meander the atmospheric alleyways bedecked with geraniums and citrus plants. Spin past Martina Franca, a not to be missed town for its marvelously intact historic center, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzi, an architectural jewel, splendidly positioned on the hillside. Back to the same hotel with dinner on your own. A guided walking tour of Alberobello is possible, as well as a mozzarella cheese making/tasting; ask for a quote to add this on. (B)  

Trulli e Puglia

Alberobello

Trulli e PugliaTrulli e Puglia, by Mimmo Patrizio Palmisano, welcomes you to Apulia! Trulli e Puglia’s beautifully restored trulli vacation rentals and unique shop offering gastronomic specialties from the region, allow you to experience Apulia’s authentic architectural, cultural and culinary heritage in the enchanting setting of Alberobello’s historic center. Alberobello is the perfect, central location from which to base yourself during your vacation in Apulia. Day trips to the region’s quaint towns are just a short distance. In the evening you can return to the magical atmosphere of Alberobello and enjoy tasting local gastronomic delicacies with your host, Mimmo, in his trullo. Taste the best wines of Apulia, fresh dried meats, organic cheeses, extra virgin olive oils, pasta, taralli (the typical bread “rings” of the region), delicious marmalades and spreads, biscuits and sweets made from delicious local almonds. You can taste our famous “rosolio”, a liqueur made from roses.

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Day 4 | Ostuni (39 km)

Day 4 | Ostuni (39 km)

Today cycle down beautiful scenic country lanes lined with weathered stone walls, beginning with some rolling hills to the edge of the plateau, before enjoying a long downhill run with panoramic views of the Adriatic coastline and the lower fertile plains. As you progress to Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, you will soak in sweeping views of the Itria Valley below and see firsthand why this town is starting to gain some serious international repute. You will then ride past olive groves and rock-strewn fields to the stunning citta bianca or white city of Ostuni. Your home for the next two nights will be the lovely Palace Hotel, situated in the pastoral community with old-time charm. Palace Hotel, dinner on your own. (B)  

Palace Hotel Ostuni

Ostuni

Palace Hotel OstuniThe Ostuni Palace Hotel is located in the suggestive frame of Ostuni featuring the old town with white streets, the silvery green olive trees and the crystalline blue sea. The 34 elegant and refined rooms, finished in every detail, are equipped with private bathroom with tub or shower, air conditioning, independent heathing, satellite tv, bar, safe with personal code, internet, direct phone line and room service on demand. You will enjoy a stunning sight of the suggestive old town of Ostuni and its completely white houses, evoking a dreamy atmosphere that seems to stop the time.

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Day 5 | Loop tour: Carovigno & Ceglie Messapica (42 km)

Day 5 | Loop tour: Carovigno & Ceglie Messapica (42 km)

You will start from the Palace Hotel, and embark on a circular bike ride to Carovigno and Ceglie Messapica. This ride will take you along rolling country roads lined with ancient stone walls within the fertile Itria Valley. Along the ride, we recommend you stop at the sanctuary of St. Maria del Belvedere, a beautiful historic landmark that must be viewed. Next, you will cycle toward Ceglie Messapica, which is a lovely town on a hill, and is protected by a 5 kilometer wall that surrounds this cherished town. Within the town of Ceglie Messapica is the Castle of the San Severino, which is very famous for enogastronomic events, making it a global food and wine capital. Your rich day will surely be rewarded with a final nights rest at Palace Hotel, after a final cycle back to the lodging. Dinner on your own. (B)  

Palace Hotel Ostuni

Ostuni

Palace Hotel OstuniThe Ostuni Palace Hotel is located in the suggestive frame of Ostuni featuring the old town with white streets, the silvery green olive trees and the crystalline blue sea. The 34 elegant and refined rooms, finished in every detail, are equipped with private bathroom with tub or shower, air conditioning, independent heathing, satellite tv, bar, safe with personal code, internet, direct phone line and room service on demand. You will enjoy a stunning sight of the suggestive old town of Ostuni and its completely white houses, evoking a dreamy atmosphere that seems to stop the time.

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Day 6 | Squinzano to Otranto (68 km)

Day 6 | Squinzano to Otranto (68 km)

Today you go via train to Squinzano, and then cycle along the beautiful Salento coast to Otranto. Along the way you can have a lovely local lunch in the Castle town of Acaya. You will ride through numerous olive groves and nearly empty roads to reach the coast and pedal into one of the jewels of all of Puglia: Otranto. Here you will lodge in the gorgeous Relais Valle dell Idro and enjoy lovely evening walks along the giant piazza and the pristine beach. Thanks to its peculiar location, you will enjoy a panoramic view of all Otranto, of the sea and of the old town center, in which it is possible to admire the architectural beauties of the Otranto martyrs Cathedral, the Byzantine Church of Saint Peter, the old city centre, and much more. There are numerous lovely suggestions for dinner as well as one of the best Pizza joints in Puglia right in the main Piazza. (B)  

Relais Valle dell'Idro

Otranto

Relais Valle dell'IdroRelais Valle dell’Idro, your brand-new luxury dwelling in Otranto. For a stay marked by luxury and exclusivity, which will make your journey in Puglia unforgettable. Rooms are sober and refined in minimal chic style, functional and all comforts included, with two typologies available, standard and luxury. Beds with headboards in midollino and leather, doors in crystal and embroidered linen, curtains detailed by stylized corals which recall the logo of the hotel, and again lamps in parchment carved in decapato wood.

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Day 7 | Otranto to Santa Maria de Leuca loop (55km or 110km)

Day 7 | Otranto to Santa Maria de Leuca loop (55km or 110km)

You will pedal along the coast south and west of Otranto where you will see the easternmost and southernmost points of Puglia both on the same day. You can also visit the Castel di Salve winery on your way to the city of Santa Maria de Leuca, which appears gleaming white as you approach from the sea and is known for its position as De Finibus Terrae (the end of the earth). You can make today as relaxing or as challenging as you like, as your route notes cover a loop of 110km but also make it easy for you to turn around and head back at any time. Or you can cycle to Santa Maria di Leuca and then catch a shuttle back (must be pre-arranged). And, of course, whatever option you choose, it will be easy to find places to stop for food and sightseeing along the way! Same hotel tonight back at Otranto. (B)  

Relais Valle dell'Idro

Otranto

Relais Valle dell'IdroRelais Valle dell’Idro, your brand-new luxury dwelling in Otranto. For a stay marked by luxury and exclusivity, which will make your journey in Puglia unforgettable. Rooms are sober and refined in minimal chic style, functional and all comforts included, with two typologies available, standard and luxury. Beds with headboards in midollino and leather, doors in crystal and embroidered linen, curtains detailed by stylized corals which recall the logo of the hotel, and again lamps in parchment carved in decapato wood.

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Day 8 | Departure Day

Day 8 | Departure Day

Departure after breakfast, at your leisure. To depart, we suggest a taxi to Lecce and the train to Bari or Brindisi where you have either flights or trains to Rome. We can also arrange in advance a transfer to Lecce, Bari, or Brindisi. Ask for a quote. (B)  
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Prices

Puglia Biking - 7 nights

Double Occupancy - 2 persons traveling:

1329 €/person

Double Occupancy - 4 persons traveling:

1203 €/person

Double Occupancy - 6 persons traveling:

1133 €/person

Single Supplement: - standard hotels

454 €/person

Puglia Biking - 5 nights - please inquire for itinerary

Double Occupancy - 2 persons:

989 €/person

Single Supplement: - standard hotels

324 €/person

Puglia Biking 8 nights - please inquire for itinerary

Double Occupancy - 2 persons:

1553 €/person

Single Supplement: - standard hotels

519 €/person


Upgrade options exist, please inquire. We can 'curate' custom trips for groups of 6 or more.

Single supplement is when 2 people or more are traveling together but require a single room. For Solo travelers, please inquire about supplement.

Private transfers from/to Bari are available, please see other options such as walking tour and cooking class in Tour Details tab.

Hybrid are available for a supplement of 115 euros, regardless of trip duration. Carbon road bikes also available for a supplement, please see rates in bike details.

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- Deluxe lodging 4 stars hotels - double room with private bath
- Buffet breakfast daily
- All luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Local emergency support throughout your tour during daylight riding hours
- Arrival orientation with bike set up
- Bike delivery and return at tour completion
- Smart phone holder and required App navigation tool
- Route maps, route cue sheets with suggestions for visitation and site information
- All pre and post travel planning services
- A package of pre-travel documents sent electronically to help you prepare for your trip.
- Post travel customer incentives


Lodging

Accommodations: Hotels on this tour are usually family owned with a local charm, and in central locations for your convenience. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Some upgrades are possible depending on travel date, please inquire. Hotels include:
- Hotel Corte Altavilla****
- Trulli e Puglia****
- Palace Hotel Ostuni***
- Relais Valley dell'Idro****
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Trulli houses in Alberobello
- Ostuni's architecture, also known as "the white town"
- Santa Maria de Leuca, the southernmost point of Puglia region

Need to Know:
- 5 Night tour is mostly inland routes; coastal riding available on the 7 or 8 Night option
- Tour not available during July and August

Events:
- St. Nicolas Bari Festival (7/8/9 June)

- Monopoli Festivals (July - Sept)
- Alberobello Folk Festival (first weekend in August)

- Locorotondo Street Festival (16th August)
- Ostuni Festival and Procession (26th August)

- Alberobello Festival (27/28th September)

Options:
- Cooking Class - 1 day cooking classes are available to be added into your Puglia cycling tour. These classes may include a visit to a local market (depending the day), olive orchard and oil tasting, cheese maker visit to see and taste fresh mozzarella! In the class you will make fresh, from local ingredients, a typical lunch menu after which of course you get to enjoy your work with an excellent local wine. Rates are subject to number of participants, more people = lower cost per person. Minimum 2 persons at max rate of 155 euros/person.

- Transfers - please book all referenced transfers in advance of travel.

- Airport info for Bari: a taxi from Bari airport to the train station is about 20 euros, and takes about 25-30min.

- A guided walking tour in Alberobello is possible: 120 euros

- Mozzarella making demonstration with tasting: 120 euros
 

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days; also available as 5 Nights/6 Days, or 8 Nights/9 Days.

Guided trips possible for groups of 4 or more. Customize this trip for groups of 4 or more
 
Dates : On request from March to November; July and August are not available. No minimums.
 
 Level 3 Consistently rolling countryside with flatter inland areas; moderate terrain requires regular cycling fitness; longer routes and additional riding possible. Temps vary from 20C to 30C; but can go as high as 40C in high summer.
 
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    Local Coordinator

    On your arrival in Southern Italy, Dave will be on hand with a wealth of local information, charm and enthusiasm. During your thorough bike fit he'll share the many secrets of this undiscovered region to ensure that you get the very best out of your cycling holiday. Along with our team of dedicated bike mechanics and logistics coordinators, he'll make sure your vacation runs smoothly so you have maximum time to enjoy the area on two wheels.

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      Bikes Available on This Tour (note: new bikes coming for 2017):
    Bianchi bikes - hybrid and road bikes. Hybrids rent for 115 euros; road bikes start at 192 euros. Other hybrid models and road models than those shown below are also available. An E-bike is available as well but has limited size.

    Detailed Hybrid Bike Spec Sheet - Bianchi Camaleonte 4

    Detailed Road Bike Spec Sheet - Bianchi Nirone 7

    Detailed E-Bike Spec Sheet - Atala B-Free

    Included with bikes:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Handlebar bag with hybrids and road bikes
  • Panniers optional (supplement) with hybrids and included with E-bike
  • Handlebar bag includes map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour.

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    Italy - Puglia 7 Nights Cycling Tour

    Tour Type: Self Guided Hybrid or Road Cycling Level 3
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    Distance: 50km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: March to June and September to November
    Cost: Starting at €1133





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