Authentic bike tour Puglia

Olive groves, Baroque cathedrals and iconic trullis. Southern Italy- Mediterranean flavors of Puglia: This corner of Italy boot shaped is an exotic area due to Greek, Norman and Arab influences. We bike coastal roads through Adriatic fishing ports, then venture inland past olive groves, vineyards and grazing sheep. And enjoy country cuisine: abundant seafood, fresh vegetables, homemade pasta and outstanding bred pane. Romanesque churches and charming Trulli, squat houses of whitewashed stone unique conical roofs. All this in a week on 2 wheels.

Highlights

  • A visit to Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where our local friend Mimmo will show you the town and told you all about the history
  • Taste olive oil from 600-year-old trees at a working olive mill Frantolio
  • Cycling along Italy’s most stunning coastal road to the Otranto, Baia di Enea
1

Welcome Puglia

Meet at Bari station at 14.00 and Transfer to relais il melograno in the countryside of coastal town Monopoli, with a beautiful aragonese castle.
Check into your rooms at our hotel in the countryside. Meet your guides during a bike-fitting session. Depending on time schedule there will be a test bike ride 32 km/20 miles and go to explore spectacular Polignano a Mare, a postcard perfect whitewashed village overlooking the Adriatic with old town’s narrow winding streets and marvel at the incredible views of the bright blue sea.
Welcome dinner at your Masseria
2

Alberobello & trulli

Distance 50 km/31 miles
From Monopoli pedal through groves of olive trees to follow rolling country roads lines with ancient stone walls through the fertile Valle d’Itria. Our goal is 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. Once at Alberobello an historic local guide Mimmo will welcome us introducing the trulli world - after you will be free to wander in this magic town. Back to your charming Masseria for pool side aperitif and reayd for another gourmet dinner in town.
3

Ostuni

Today you will move to Ostuni – the ride from Melograno is amazing: you reach the coastal panoramic road and you will skirt the seaside until the last uphill to Ostuni. On the coats pass Torre egnazia, Savelletri, Torre Canne
Ostuni is a charming hamlet whose whitewashed arches and houses are neatly piled like sugar cubes with beautiful examples of Baroque and renaissance architecture.
4

Martina Franca & olive oil tasting

loop ride to Martina Franca, all baroque – Distance 62 km/38,5 miles
Highlight today is Martina Franca and olive oil tasting in Cisternino.
Start the ride on little road to Ceglie Messapica, this lovely town on a hill is protected by a 5 km perimeters of walls the town acropolis one dominated the surrounding area, on to Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo. Back in the saddle and after 10 km we arrive at frantoio d’amico where we have the olive oil tasting and lunch. There is also a museum where you may learn about the region most abundant product.– Dinner at Taverna della gelosia.
5

Winery Liveli & Lecce

: Cellino san marco – distance 60km/37,5 miles
Special event : wine tasting
We could not let you spend a week with us in Puglia without sampling one of its most sensational and up-and-coming products – wine! Our destination is Lecce, the capital of the Salento Province for an tour of the incomparable baroque architecture.
Bike ride from the Ostuni to Cellino San Marco at our favourite winery, the cycling is easy, all flat, all secondary road. Cappuccino Espresso stop could be in Carovigno. Continue to Mesagneand enter in Salento area with all wineyards around - Liveli is one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries. After a fascinating tour with the vineyard’s expert oenologist, we will be treated to a private lunch and wine tasting in a dining room overlooking the ageing barrels of wine. After lunch transfer to Lecce, the pink city, the Florence of the Baroque, the gleaming gem of Apulia.
6

Santa Cesarea & Zinzalusa

Distance 70 km/43,5 miles
Cycle skirting coast and ride passing Otranto: the old town center is the first compulsory stop to discover beautiful spots and views striking for the southern aspect of the houses, painted in bright colors and enclosed in the wall fortifications overlooking the south bank of the harbor. We pass Santa Cesarea hot spring and Grotta Zinzalusa it is a fantastic grotta on the seaside where is possible have a great view overlooking the panorama. You will love the tiny roads that sometimes seem like bike paths.
Farewell dinner at Le due Corti authentic local food.
7

Arrivederci ancora!

After a farewell breakfast all together and sightsee in Lecce.
Ostuni Palace
The Ostuni Palace Hotel is a 4 stars luxury hotel in the centre of Ostuni, is astylish places, ancient atmospheres and a suggestive elegance: the most modern comforts with an excellent service will make your visit to this wonderful land spec
il Melograno - Monopoli
Il Melograno: a 17th century "Masseria" or fortified farmhouse built originally as a defence against Saracen and Byzantine invaders.
Today, after an impeccable restoration, it is a luxurious five star Relais & Chateaux hotel, nestled in a sea of olive trees bent by breezes from the Adriatic and gnarled by the passing centuries
Risorgimento Resort - Lecce
Located in the heart of Lecce’s dolce vita the Risorgimento Resort offers guests all the allure of its ancient traditions as well as a wealth of refined details, without overlooking the intimacy of a luxury heritage residence www.risorgimentoresort.it

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Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 2950 per person in double occupancy
single room supplement euro 550

Inclusions
Six nights in superior hotels and breakfast
Four dinners, two lunches & one wine tastings
Snacks and drinks along the way
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
All Shuttles and technical assistance
Support Van, all transfer baggage
Services of 2 experienced bilingual guides
Cicloposse water bottle

Not included
Airfare to Italy, 4 lunches, 1 dinner, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature.

Bike Rental for entire tour
Hybrid bike   euro 180
Race bike       euro 210
E-Bike            euro 210

 

Tour Reviews

15 ottobre 2016

Ciao Giuliana. I wanted to tell you that we really enjoyed our bicycle tour of the Puglia region. The bikes where very good, the scenery was pretty, the hotels where superb and the weather (except for one day with rain) was great. we would gladly recommend this tour to others, especially for the good service from you and your team. Thanks again, Arrivederci

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