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Self-Guided

Puglia Bike Tour

Puglia is a holiday destination for Italians. The region is less explored by other tourists who tend to focus on Rome, Florence and Venice. This domestic tourism gives Puglia a more genuine, less touristy feel. The region produces full-bodied red wines, tangy olive oils, and creamy mozzarella cheeses. Sea food lovers will delight in the local specialties. On this tour you stay in charming accommodations in the historic centers of whitewashed villages, including a night in a trullo house in the center of Alberobello. You cycle along coastal roads with spectacular sea views. You set your own pace while we take care of the details. The proximity to the Bari and Brindisi airports makes getting to and from this tour relatively easy. If you want to experience the south of Italy by bike, this tour is for you.

​Highlights

  • Beautiful accommodations

  • Mozzarella farm tour

  • Overnight in trullo hotel

  • Delightful whitewashed coastal villages

Price
March 1 - May 31, 2023
US$ 1,400 per person, double occupancy
+ US$ 300 for single room occupancy

June 1 - August 31, 2023
US$ 1,600 per person, double occupancy

+ US$ 400 for single room occupancy

September 1 - October 31, 2023
US$ 1,400 per person, double occupancy

+ US$ 300 for single room occupancy

Dates
Any date, Mar 1 to Dec 1
 
Length
5 Days, 4 Nights


Meet / Finish
Monopoli / Ostuni


Route Rating
Moderate: 17-28 miles (27-45 km) per day over hilly terrain. Extra miles available.


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Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

Daily Distance

Day 1:  Monopoli

We rendezvous at our waterfront hotel in Monopoli. Don Ferrante is a luxury five-star hotel built in what was once an ancient fortress. A warm-up ride takes us down a coastal road and past a sprawling archeological site of ancient Roman ruins.  The ride has beautiful sand and sea views. We enjoy a group dinner at local restaurant. If you like fresh fish, you won’t be disappointed.

Day 2:  Monopoli

A loop ride takes us through olive groves to a hill town with an 11th Century castle. After a cafe break, we descend 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:  Alberobello

We ride to a family-run mozzarella farm. We tour the farm and see how fresh cow’s milk is transformed into soft, silky cheese. You can dip your hands in fresh curds and have a go at making mozzarella. Lunch at the farm is included. 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. After lunch we cycle to Alberobello, the ultimate trulli town. Tonight our hotel rooms are located in ancient trulli in the center of town.

Day 4:  Ostuni

A rolling ride takes us to Martina Franca. We stop for refreshments and admire its elegant Baroque architecture. Our next stop is Cisternino, where we enjoy a picnic in a panormic piazza. 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.

Day 4:  Ostuni

A rolling ride takes you to Martina Franca, a graceful whitewashed town bursting with Baroque buildings, charming narrow streets and beautiful piazzas. Further down the road you enter Cisternino, a small town that has been designated as one of the Italy's borghi più belli (most beautiful towns). From the town’s panoramic terrace, you have views over the sprawling d’Itria valley below. Continuing south you 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 your hotel in the historic center.

Day 5:  Ostuni

Your bike tour will end at your hotel in the center of Ostuni. The Ostuni train station is 1.7 mi (2.9 km) from the hotel. The train trip from Ostuni to the Bari Airport is approximately 1 hr 30 min while the train trip from Ostuni to the Brindisi Airport is approximately 45 min. We will be happy to assist you with your travel planning.

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.

Daily Distance

Lodging

Lodging

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Palazzo Indelli
Monopoli (2 nights)

The Palazzo Indelli is located just steps from the harbor of Monopoli and a 4-minute walk from a small sandy beach. The hotel has modern, air-conditioned rooms.

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Trulli Suave
Alberobello (1 night)

At Trulli Suave you stay in your own historic trullo house. The houses are in the historic center of Alberbello and have all the comforts of a modern hotel room.

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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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What's Included

What's Included

  • Four nights in charming centrally located accommodations

  • Luggage transfers

  • Bike rental is included. For ebikes add US$ 35 per day.

  • Helmet, water bottle, lock, spare tube, mini pump, and tire levers

  • All breakfasts

  • Mozzarella farm tour and tasting

  • Electronic route notes, read with a cell phone app

Departure from Ostuni, End of Tour

Your bike tour will end at your hotel in the center of Ostuni. The Ostuni train station is 1.7 mi (2.9 km) from the hotel. The train trip from Ostuni to the Bari Airport is approximately 1 hr 30 min while the train trip from Ostuni to the Brindisi Airport is approximately 45 min.

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.

Why Puglia?

This tour has it all, beautiful accommodations, gorgeous coastal scenery, inviting beaches, superb southern Italian cuisine, and a mozzarella maker.

When to go?

The south of Italy is hot in June, July and August. Go in the Spring or Fall and you will spend less and find better weather for cycling.

How hard are the rides?

The rides are not long, buy they are hilly. If you are concerned about the hills consider renting an ebike for US$ 35 per day. You don't need ebike experience to ride an ebike.

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