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; -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 evening with an Italian chef at an exclusive 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

  • Dinner in seaside cliff restaurant

  • Swimming in natural grotto

  • Whitewashed coastal villages

Price
US$ 4,000 per person, double occupancy

2020 Dates

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


Single Supplement
+ US$ 1,200 for single room occupancy

 

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

We shuttle by van to a cooking class in a small town near Lecce. The school employs Italian mothers who love to share their culinary traditions. After lunch we cycle to a seaside grotto and swim 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 Tenuta Centoporte, a four-star resort and spa near Otranto. For dinner we shuttle you into town. Otranto is a historic port with an inviting beach.

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. Il Melograno is a luxury five-star hotel and spa housed in a 16th Century masseria (stone farmhouse). A short warm-up ride leads to an ancient fishing harbor and fortress in the town of Monopoli. Dinner is in a dazzling location. The Grotta Palazzese restaurant is located in a limestone grotto in a coastal cliff, 23 mt (74 ft) above the sea.

Day 2:  Polignano al Mare

A loop ride takes us through olive groves and farmland on our way to Polignano al 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. Later we shuttle you to winery for a tour and tasting.

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 cycle to a mozzarella producer to learn how fresh dairy milk is transformed into Italy’s favorite cheese. After lunch we ride to Borgo Egnazia, a luxury resort close to the sea.

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, small streets, alleys, and arches. Exploring the town will be easy from our hotel in the historic center. In the late afternoon we visit an olive oil mill. Dinner on your own.

Daily Distance

 

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.

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.

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.
 

Lodging

Hotel Il Melograno
Monopoli (2 nights)

Il Melograno is a five-star hotel located in a fortified masseria from the 17th century. The hotel has an outdoor pool, Turkish bath, sauna, gym and spa.

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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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La Sommità Relais
Ostuni (1 night)

La Sommità Relais is an exclusive property with historic architecture and a peaceful garden. It features a Michelin-starred restaurant and a wellness center.


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Hotel Tenuta Centoporte
Otranto (2 nights)

Tenuta Centoporte is a modern resort located in a 17th Century monastery. It is surrounded by olive groves and has a swimming pool and gardens.

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What's Included

  • Luxurious accommodations

  • Cooking class

  • Mozzarella farm tour and tasting

  • Olive oil farm tour and tasting

  • Winery tour and tasting

  • Dinner in seaside grotto restaurant

  • 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.

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