Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Italy - Trail to Table in Puglia

from €3,379

Spend an unforgettable week experiencing the passionate culture of Southern Italy. Puglia is the sun drenched heel of the boot that sits between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Basilicata is the neighbor of Puglia to the west. Both of these agricultural regions are abundant with over 50 million olive trees ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Multisport Food Adventure 6 Nights
  • Availability
    April 22, May 7, September 19, October 3, 2018 (Private departures available)
  • Duration
    Authentic Puglia, Adventure and flavor in southern Italy
  • Distance
    40km/day

Day 1 - Welcome to Basilicata.

  After arriving in Bari, you will be transferred to stunning Matera, a UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the ancient cave dwellings known as "sassi" with your guide. Later, you will be treated to an aperitivo and dinner at an award-winning trattoria. Welcome to Southern Italy! Meals: D

Hotel Palazzo Viceconte


Matera

Hotel Palazzo Viceconte

Welcome to Palazzo Viceconte Matera , where you can enjoy the luxury of a break in a seductive and calm atmosphere of the past. The recently restored Matera Palace is located in the oldest part of the city, from which you can see the most beautiful panorama of the Sassi and the surrounding area of Matera .

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Restaurant ';
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

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Day 2 - The Bread and Hiking Day.

  Today starts with a visit to a bakery in Altamura to get an up close and personal experience on how bread is made here by the locals. After a light lunch, you'll hike through the ravines around Matera, covered with ancient caves, many of which contain breathtaking frescoes inside. Tonight you will be on your own for dinner. Of course, our local guides will give you the inside scoop on the best places to eat. Meals: B, L

Hotel Palazzo Viceconte


Matera

Hotel Palazzo Viceconte

Welcome to Palazzo Viceconte Matera , where you can enjoy the luxury of a break in a seductive and calm atmosphere of the past. The recently restored Matera Palace is located in the oldest part of the city, from which you can see the most beautiful panorama of the Sassi and the surrounding area of Matera .

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Restaurant ';
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

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Day 3 - Conversano, Sea Caves and Biking.

  Be sure to eat a good breakfast today. After checking out of the hotel, you'll be transferred to the hilltop town of Conversano. Here you'll be fitted to your bicycle and start a memorable bike ride down to the charming coastal town of Polignano a Mare. Here you will explore the striking coastline and and visit sea caves by boat, followed by a light lunch. Then, you will ride your bike back up to Conversano (uphill but with a gradual grade). Your hotel here has a wonderful spa. You're free to explore the town's restaurant scene on your own with recommendations from your guides. Meals: B, L

Hotel Corte Altavilla


Conversano (Bari) Puglia

Hotel Corte Altavilla

Corte 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.

Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

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Day 4 - Monopoli, Cooking and Cycling.

  Today's ride goes into the northern stretches of the Itria Valley, filled with nut and cherry trees along with the traditional dry stone trulli houses specific to the region. If time permits, you will stop at the farmers' market to collect ingredients for tonight's cooking class. You will then descend to the coastal town of Monopoli with seawalls, a beautiful castle, and cobblestoned streets. You'll have free time to explore, shop, and have lunch before the ride back to Conversano. Tonight you will be fully immersed in Pugliese cuisine and traditions at the country kitchen of our friends Mara and Marina. Marina is also a sommelier, so rest assured you will have perfectly paired wines with your authentic dinner! This experience involves the freshest seasonal ingredients available, traditional techniques and recipes, and fine wine, all designed to immerse you in the heart and culture of southern Italy. Meals: B, D

Hotel Corte Altavilla


Conversano (Bari) Puglia

Hotel Corte Altavilla

Corte 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.

Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

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Day 5 - The Burrata and Trulli Day.

  After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will take a short transfer to Alberobello for a short hike among its trulli houses. Then it's back on your bike for one of the most picturesque rides in all of Puglia. You will stop at a dairy farm to learn the secrets of mozzarella cheese making and enjoy tasting delicious burrata cheese. (this activity can change if a custom departure has this day fall on Sunday) The ride will then turn back to the coast, with dramatic vistas all along the way. Your accommodation for the night is in a stunning castle and estate. Relax by the pool or go into the kitchen for another hands-on culinary experience. Either way, dinner will be delicious! Meals: B, D

Hotel Masseria Salamina Agriturismo


Pezze di Greco

Hotel Masseria Salamina Agriturismo

Masseria Salamina, an agricultural center and noble residence since the end of the 1600s, once fortified to defend itself against the attacks of the Saracen pirates, has for over twenty years been home to a farm rich in history and charm, in which the ancient agricultural vocation joins a 'Authentic hospitality. The De Miccolis Angelini family, owner since 1986, will take care of your hospitality and well-being, bringing you in the charm of the past and reviving the simple life of the farm, rich in wonderful environments, with a divine Mediterranean humanity.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Tennis '; Internet Access '; Restaurant ';
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

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Day 6 - Pezze di Greco, Hiking and Olive Oil.

  Puglia is blessed with amazing landscapes, rich history, and phenomenal local produce. On today's hike, you will experience all three first-hand. Your hike begins at the archaeological site of Santa Maria D'Agnano, known for the discovery of 'Delia,' a 20-year old pregnant woman whose ancient remains date back 25,000 years. As you hike past the site, you'll see plains full of olive trees stretching all the way to the coast. You will then hike to an olive oil mill on an estate that has been in use for thousands of years. Learn about the history and tradition of olive oil production before enjoying a tasting and private picnic on the property. Be careful not to eat to much though! Tonight's dinner is very special - a six course meal at the renowned Masseria il Frantoio. Buon appetito! Meals: B, L, D

Hotel Masseria Salamina Agriturismo


Pezze di Greco

Hotel Masseria Salamina Agriturismo

Masseria Salamina, an agricultural center and noble residence since the end of the 1600s, once fortified to defend itself against the attacks of the Saracen pirates, has for over twenty years been home to a farm rich in history and charm, in which the ancient agricultural vocation joins a 'Authentic hospitality. The De Miccolis Angelini family, owner since 1986, will take care of your hospitality and well-being, bringing you in the charm of the past and reviving the simple life of the farm, rich in wonderful environments, with a divine Mediterranean humanity.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Tennis '; Internet Access '; Restaurant ';
Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

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Day 7 - Farewell.

This morning we say 'arrivederci' as your Puglia adventure draws to a close. You'll be transferred to Bari for your departure.  

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

Foodie Adventures In Puglia Italy

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- Personal and professional guides
- 6 nights lodging at 4-star hotels
- Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners (wine extra)
- All luggage transfers
- Well maintained, high quality bicycles
- Thorough tour briefing and bike fitting
- Detailed maps and route notes
- Local city maps and dining suggestions for nights when dinner is not included
- Guided walking tours at UNESCO sites in Matera and Alberobello
- Visit to the sea caves in Polignano by boat
- Two hands-on cooking classes
- Visit to the ancient olive oil estate, with tasting
- Cheese tasting at a mozzarella maker
- Group arrival and departure transfers to and from Bari (individual transfers available for a supplement)

Non included:

Anything not listed above.

Lodging

Accommodations: Stay in deluxe agriturismo and 4-star hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:

- Hotel Palazzo Viceconte standard room**** (two nights)
- Hotel Corte Altavilla standard room**** (two nights)
- Hotel Masseria Salamina, agriturismo, standard room (two nights)
Prices
Italy - Trail to Table in Puglia
Double Occupancy based on 6 persons minimum per group:
3379 €/person
Single Supplement:
767 €/person

Private departures available: Contact us with your dates and we will send a quote.


Transfer to first hotel: information coming - please inquire

Hybrid Bike Rentals are included in the trip price, please see the bike info below for details. Road bikes and E-bikes are also available for a supplement; please inquire.
 

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:
- Guided tour with fixed departure dates: Custom group requests - please inquire.


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:
- 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
Duration & Dates : 6 Nights / 7 Days. April 22, May 20, Sept 23, Oct 21, 2018.

 
 
 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.
 
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    Local Coordinator

    No one smiles more than Michele:
    Michele is the man with the eternal smile and we can safely say that there can never be an unhappy moment with him around. His curiosity and passions drive his fantastic knowledge on ancient civilizations, archaeology, history and the flora and fauna of his native Puglia. He loves the active side of Puglia and can often be spotted cycling through the olive groves of Puglia, so whether he is accompanying you on foot or on 2 wheels you will have a day full of life and laughter with Michele.

    Reviews

      "We had a wonderful time on our Puglia 7 day adventure. Everything was perfect - the destinations, the routes, the scenery and the food & wine. Even though the trip was self-guided it felt like there was a guide with us from the moment we booked to our trip to help with pre-planning to our departure pickup because everything went so smoothly. " Kathy L; 2017 traveler to Puglia on a self guided tour.

    This Trail to Table is a new tour in 2018, reviews will post here soon! We have been offering trips in Puglia since 2008, more reviews show on that bike tour of Puglia.
    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Bianchi bikes - hybrid and road bikes. hybrids are included in the trip price. Road bikes are available for a supplement of 15 and 30 euros/day for aluminum and carbon frame bikes respectively. Ebikes have a 30 euros/day supplement. GPS also available for rent if requested in advance.
    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.

    See spec sheet for each bike for all details.

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