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Guided

Puglia Bike Tour

Puglia is one of the least explored regions of Italy, offering a coastline bathed by two crystal blue seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian. The region has the rustic tranquility of the Italian countryside mixed with cities that were canvases for Baroque architectural grandeur. We stay in spectacular hotels; five-star resorts with spas and private beaches. We cycle to secluded sandy beaches and swim in a grotto. We explore the trulli (conical beehive houses) of Alberobello. We visit a mozzarella producer and an olive oil mill. We spend an afternoon with Italian mammas at hand's on cooking class. Our route takes us through sun drenched whitewashed coastal villages that feel more Greek than Italian. We combine breathtaking scenery, over the top accommodations, and cultural events to make for a perfect Italian vacation.

​Highlights

  • Luxurious accommodations

  • Cooking class

  • Mozzarella farm tour

  • Olive oil farm tour

  • Swimming in natural grotto

  • Whitewashed coastal villages

Price
Prices vary from low to high season. Please email us for a price quote.

2021 Dates

Email us your dates. We can schedule the tour when you want.


Single Supplement
Prices vary
 

Length
7 Days, 6 Nights


Meet / Finish
Bari / Bari

Route Rating
Moderate: 6-34 miles (10-55 km) per day over hilly terrain. Extra miles available.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 5:  Otranto

A short ride leads to an ancient farm, or masseria in Italian. Standing under millennial olive trees we learn about the history of Pugliese olive oil. The tour ends with a guided tasting. After the farm we shuttle by van to a cooking class in a small country town. This school employs Italian mothers who love to share their culinary traditions. Cycling after lunch we arrive at a seaside grotto and swimming hole. Legend has it that a Greek goddess used to bathe in the translucent waters of the Grotto della Poesia. Today, you can join exuberant Italians and leap into the azure waters. Our ride ends at the Palazzo Papaleo in the historic center of Otranto. Our hotel has a panoramic rooftop garden and is just steps from the seaside.

Day 6:  Leuca

We follow a coastal road south past secluded beaches and steep limestone cliffs. We stop in Castro, a seaside town with a medieval center and marina full of fishing boats. Our destination is Leuca, the southernmost tip of Puglia. Bring your bathing suit for a cool break. For a long ride, cycle back to Otranto. For a more leisurely day shuttle back in the van.

 

Day 6:  Shuttle to Bari

After breakfast we shuttle you back to the Bari airport or train station.

Day 1:  Monopoli

We rendezvous at the Bari airport and shuttle to our accommodations. Don Ferrante is a luxury five-star hotel located in on the water's edge in the center of Monopoli. A warm-up ride takes us down a coastal road with views of sand and sea.

Day 2:  Polignano al Mare

A loop ride takes us through olive groves and farmland on our way to Polignano a Mare, a whitewashed village with a blue flag sandy beach. Blue flag is the gold standard for beaches. Bring your bathing suit if you want to test the waters.

Day 3:  Savelletri di Fasano

While famous for its baroque masterpieces, Puglia is also known for simple stone farmhouses called trulli. These beehive shaped buildings have a cylindrical base with a conical limestone-tiled roof. We cycle to Alberobello, the ultimate trulli town. We visit the historic center and then ride to a mozzarella farm to learn how fresh dairy milk is transformed into Italy’s favorite cheese. We have lunch at the farm with copious amounts of fresh mozzarella.  After lunch we ride to Borgo Egnazia, considered to be Puglia's finest hotel.  The hotel has everything, a private gold course, a private beach, multiple pools, restaurants, and a spa.

Day 4:  Ostuni
A long gradual climb leads to Cisternino, a delightful whitewashed coastal town often described as one of the prettiest towns in Italy. Continuing south we arrive in Ostuni, the “White City” par excellence with an exceptional location overlooking the sea. The city of Ostuni is a jumble of staircases, pedestrian streets, alleys, and arches. Exploring the town will be easy from our hotel in the historic center.

Daily Distance

Lodging

 
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Hotel Don Ferrante
Monopoli (2 nights)

Once an ancient fortress, Don Ferrante now offers luxury accommodations in a panoramic location on the cliffs in the center of Monopoli.

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Borgo Egnazia
Savalletri di Fasano (1 night)

The Borgo Egnazia Hotel has four swimming pools and a spa center. The luxurious rooms all have a private balcony facing the hills, the sea, or the golf course.

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Casa D'Autore
Ostuni (1 night)

Casa d'Autore is a restored 18th-century building located in Ostuni’s city center. The elegant rooms have views over a lush garden.


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Palazzo Papaleo
Otranto (2 nights)

Offering a rooftop terrace with hot tub, just a few steps from the sea. This historic building now has a contemporary design with marble, mosaic and chrome. 

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What's Included

  • Luxurious accommodations

  • Cooking class

  • Mozzarella farm tour and tasting

  • Olive oil farm tour and tasting

  • One picnic lunch

  • Swimming in natural grotto

  • Whitewashed coastal villages

  • One friendly bilingual guide

Departure from Bari, End of Tour

On the last day of your tour we will shuttle you to the Bari Airport or train station.

 

Want to Save?

Consider one of our self-guided bike trips. We can schedule a self-guided bike tour whenever you want March 1 to October 31.

Our Dates Dont Work?

We may be able to offer the dates you want. Email us with the dates you prefer.

Why Puglia?

This tour has it all, high-end accommodations, gorgeous coastal scenary, a cooking class, a mozzarella maker, and an olive oil farm.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.