Puglia, Italy

Italy's sun-drenched heel

Puglia, Italy

Italy's sun-drenched heel

Puglia, Italy

Italy's sun-drenched heel

Puglia, Italy

Italy's sun-drenched heel

Puglia, Italy

Italy's sun-drenched heel

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Highlights

  • Custom itineraries and uniquely personal service
  • Ride from village to village in Italy’s less discovered heel
  • Breathtaking coastline where blue skies meet the emerald Adriatic
  • Timeless beauty with 1,000-year old olive groves
  • Remnants of Greek, Roman, Turkish, and Spanish architecture

Seasons

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Starting / Ending City

Bari

Tour Length

3 to 14 days

Trip Types

 

◊ Self-Guided
With our Self-Guided tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

◊ Guided Group
Our Guided tours allow your group to explore a destination with an expert local guide with a dedicated support vehicle. You will also have GPS units, maps and a detailed guidebook to help learn about both the major sights and the hidden gems. Your guide takes care of both you and all the logistics – from route advice to bottle washing.

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    In the heel of Italy, Puglia is undiscovered and untouched relative to the rest of the country. The people are warm and authentic with life here fitting around slow, pastoral rhythms unique to Italy’s deep south. The whitewashed villages and emerald waters of the Adriatic are reminiscent of Greece. Indeed, the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Turks and Spanish have all left their marks on the region’s architecture, the culture and the cuisine.

    A network of quiet country lanes and gentle terrain make this a great destination for beginner and intermediate riders.

    TOUR LENGTH

    6 Days / 5 Nights

    ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

    Budget  

    Classic  

    Luxury  

    START & END

    Bari

    SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Private transfer from your hotel with full route briefing and bike fitting at the start of your ride
    • Accommodation and breakfasts
    • On-call roadside assistance and guide available via phone
    • Optional transfers along the routes
    • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
    • Expert guides delivering superior service

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    • Alternate start/end location at Bari Airport
    • Cooking classes
    • Customize your route

    BIKE AVAILABILITY

    DAY-BY-DAY FLOW

    Day 1: Bari to Alberobello

    Day 2: Alberobello Loops

    Day 3: Alberobello to Ostuni

    Day 4: Ostuni Loops

    Day 5: Ostuni to Monopoli

    Day 6: Monopoli to Bari

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    Day One - Bari to Alberobello

    The Intermediate ride starts with a van transfer to Castellana Grotte; a town famous for its spectacular limestone caves. Your route starts out over rolling farmland with vibrant green fields in spring and golden wheat fields in the summer. The network of tiny byways, bordered with drystone walls, makes this ideal cycling territory for those who like to explore at a gentle pace.

    With a mid-morning start you will easily reach Noci for lunch. Noci is an attractive and relatively undiscovered town. The small, historical center is a maze of winding cobbled streets and small courtyards. Noci is also famous for its mozzarella and there are several good cheese shops in the town. From Noci, it is back onto the small lanes for a gentle ride on to your overnight destination of Alberobello.

    The Leisure ride starts in Noci and then follows the intermediate route described above.

    The Challenge starts at the coast in Polignano a Mare. This adds 10 miles and some extra climbing.

    Nothing quite prepares you for the bizarre wonder of the Zona di Trulli in Alberobello

    Bari to Alberobello Italy cycling tour past Zona di Trulli and more

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    10 miles with 500 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    20 miles with 1,000 feet

    Challenge
    40 miles with 1,950 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Alberobello

    The Zona di Trulli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of this pretty provincial town. The zone is a dense mass of hundreds of beehive-shaped cottages built from flat stones without mortar. This is an exceptional example of a building technique that has survived from prehistoric times.

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    Day Two - Alberobello Loops

    You could spend several contented days in and around Alberobello and its UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding countryside is also full of fascinating villages and sites. There are two good intermediate rides.

    The first Intermediate ride heads to the spectacular towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca. Locorotondo is a sparkling white city on a hill. The old town is bedecked with blood-red geraniums set against the whitewashed walls. Martina Franca makes a great lunch stop – it is famous for its local cuisine and has impressive Baroque architecture.

    The Leisure ride follows the above route but loops back from Locorotondo.

    The second Intermediate ride heads east to Savelletri on the coast. This charming fishing hamlet has a couple of great seafood restaurants clustered around the small harbor. The coast here is spectacular with rocky cliffs and small coves.

    The Challenge ride combines the two intermediate routes.

    Locorotondo is a sparkling hilltop city bedecked with red geraniums set against whitewashed walls

    Alberobello Italy cycling tour Loops

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 600 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    20 miles with 950 feet

    Challenge
    55 miles with 3,250 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Alberobello

    The Zona di Trulli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of this pretty provincial town. The zone is a dense mass of hundreds of beehive-shaped cottages built from flat stones without mortar. This is an exceptional example of a building technique that has survived from prehistoric times.

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    Day Three - Alberobello to Ostuni

    Today you leave the fanciful world of Trulli and head to the gleaming white city of Ostuni.

    The Intermediate route meanders past centuries- old olive trees to the slow-paced city of Cisternino – designated borghi più belli (one of Italy’s most beautiful towns). The town is also famous for its fornello pronti – meat grilled by butchers that you eat at a table right in their store. Very tasty and perfect for a picnic lunch.

    After lunch you enjoy an easy ten-mile ride to Ostuni across craggy limestone terrain with expansive views down to the Adriatic. For many, the arid, Mediterranean terrain and whitewashed villages are as reminiscent of Greece as they are of Italy.

    Leisure riders will take a van transfer to start their ride in Cisternino.

    Challenge riders will add on a loop ride down to Ceglie Messapica after arriving in Ostuni.

    In Cisternino eat fornello pronti – meat grilled by butchers that you eat at a table in their store

    Alberobello to Ostuni Italy cycling tour thru cicternino and more

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    10 miles with 650 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 1,000 feet

    Challenge
    45 miles with 2,100 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Ostuni

    Ostuni is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy. The city gleams on its hilltop as you approach it. Inside, the streets criss- cross on multiple levels all linked together by staircases and cobbled alleyways. At every other turn, there are spectacular views down to the sparkling Adriatic.

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    Day Four - Ostuni Loops

    Ostuni has enough to entertain for several days and the old section of the city rewards those who wander without purpose. There are also several good bike rides into the hinterland.

    The first Intermediate ride is to the Torre Guaceto nature reserve: one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Puglia with sandy bays and clear water. The nearby town of Torre Santa Sabina has a couple of good seafood restaurants overlooking the small harbor. The route is via a network of bike paths that pass olive trees that are thought to be over two thousand years old. The Leisure ride follows this route but turns around at the walled city of Carovigno before the coast.

    The second Intermediate ride is inland to Ceglie Messapica. The city dates back to Messapian times (500 BCE) but most of the visible buildings are “merely” 14th century. The sleepy city is a fine lunch stop with pleasant piazzas, Baroque balconies and a medieval castle. Ceglie Messapica is also something of a gastronomic capital in the region with a surprising number of excellent restaurants.

    The Challenge ride combines the coastal and the inland routes.

    Torre Guaceto is one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Puglia with sandy bays and clear water

    Ostuni Italy cycling tour Loops thru Torre Guaceto along the coast in Puglia

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 660 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles / 1,200 feet
    20 miles / 1,100 feet

    Challenge
    50 miles with 2,300 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Ostuni

    Ostuni is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy. The city gleams on its hilltop as you approach it. Inside, the streets criss- cross on multiple levels all linked together by staircases and cobbled alleyways. At every other turn, there are spectacular views down to the sparkling Adriatic.

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    Day Five - Ostuni to Monopoli

    Today you head up the Adriatic coast to the ancient port-city of Monopoli.
    The Intermediate ride starts with a gentle 10- mile descent to the Dune Costiere National Park: an unspoiled stretch of sand dunes and beaches. From here, you ride up the coast alongside a series of small sandy beaches and rocky coves. In several places you are riding just yards from the emerald waters of the Adriatic.

    You pass through small fishing villages with great seafood restaurants: notably Savelletri and Capitolo. Shortly before Monopoli, you reach the Greco-Roman ruins of Egnazia – perhaps the most important archaeological site in Puglia.

    Leisure riders will take a van transfer to Torre Canne on the coast and join the Intermediate ride there.

    Challenge riders will do a loop ride via Conversano and Polignano after arriving in Monopoli.

    Ride past small sandy beaches and rocky coves – just yards from the emerald waters of the Adriatic.

    Ostuni to Monopoli Italy cycling tour segment up the Adriatic coast and thru the Dune Costiere National Park

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    10 miles with 310 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 350 feet

    Challenge
    50 miles with 1,200 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Monopoli

    Monopoli is a charming walled port city. The old town is a maze of alleyways and there is an interesting cathedral which dates back to the 12th century.

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    Day Six - Monopoli to Bari

    There are a couple of choices today – depending on how much time you have. Either have a relaxing day in town or ride north up the coast to Polignano.

    Today’s Intermediate ride takes you north up the coast to Polignano a Mare – via the inland town of Conversano. Conversano is off the beaten track – which is part of its charm along with rambling alleyway and sunbaked piazzas – a perfect place for a late-morning cappuccino. From Conversano you descend to Polignano on the coast.

    Polignano is a small port with a whitewashed medieval center perched precipitously on the edge of limestone cliffs. There are several good restaurants on the edge of these cliffs overlooking the sea. This is a great place to enjoy lunch before being met by your guide for the transfer back to Bari.

    The Leisure ride heads directly up the coast to Polignano.

    Alternatively, enjoy a relaxed morning in Monopoli exploring the narrow streets and small harbor before being met back at your hotel by your guide for your transfer back to Bari.

    Polignano is a medieval city perched precipitously on limestone cliffs overlooking the Adriatic.Monopoli to Bari Italy cycling tour segment thru the medieval city of Polignano

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    5 miles with 200 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 960 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    None

    As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

    Alberobello:

    Hotel Silva
    An unpretentious, family-run hotel towards the edge of this small town. The owners are very friendly and helpful and well-informed about the area. This is not a luxurious hotel but clean, simple and modern. Similarly, breakfast is nice but basic. It is a 10-minute walk to the center of town.

    Ostuni:

    i 7 Archi Guest House
    A series of small apartments clustered into the old town. The rooms are basic, clean and characterful but by no means luxurious. Some have their own terraces, and many have views over the rooftops. You are located right in the heart of the old city. The owners are friendly, welcoming and well informed. They also deliver breakfast right to your door.

    Monopoli:

    Casa Cimino
    This family-run B&B is in an old fisherman’s house in the center of the old town close to all the main restaurants and sites. Rooms are clean and simple with tiled floors and private bathrooms. The property has a shaded roof terrace with views across rooftops to the Adriatic – a perfect place to relax, read or just soak in the atmosphere.

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    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Alberobello:

    Tipico Resort in Trulli
    The guestrooms of this resort are in trulli buildings scattered around the center of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Tastefully converted, rooms are several trulli connected via large open arches. Furnishings are simple but tasteful, walls are exposed stone or whitewashed. Many rooms have separate sitting areas..

    Ostuni:

    Hotel Monte Sarago
    A newly built hotel located just outside of the historic old town on a ridge. The rooms are clean, bright and spacious. The hotel also has a pool along with a terrace with fantastic views of the old town. The hotel is a one-kilometer walk from the center of the old town.

    Monopoli:

    Palazzo Indelli
    This chic, newly refurbished hotel is housed in a converted palace at the corner of a bustling piazza in the heart of the city. Rooms are tastefully decorated with polished wood floors and high ceilings. Rooms at the front of the hotel have balconies overlooking the square – great for atmosphere but can be noisy.

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    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes
    The Palazzo Indelli hotel can sometimes impose a 3-night minimum in high-summer that requires guests to choose a hotel in another category

    Alberobello:

    Le Alcove
    In the heart of the old town, this is a charming luxury resort set among the trulli of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Each room is unique and many of them are in the beautifully-renovated 16th century building. Breakfast is served in a tranquil courtyard. A peaceful retreat yet walking distance to all the main sites and restaurants.

    Ostuni:

    Relais La Sommità
    This exclusive refuge is discreetly hidden away in the highest part of Ostuni. The hotel comprises 15 suites and rooms which ooze discreet luxury. The property’s terraces have outstanding views across ancient olive groves down to the sparkling waters of the Adriatic. Their restaurant, Cielo, is the only one in Ostuni with a Michelin Star.

    Monopoli:

    Don Ferrante Dimore di Charme
    This small, luxury hotel with modern facilities is located in a refurbished 16th-century castle overlooking the Adriatic. The comfortable rooms have vaulted ceilings and limestone floors. A terrace overlooks the sea and an outdoor pool. The property is in the heart of the old town so all the sites and restaurants are easy to walk to.

    Italy luxury hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes
    The Don Ferrante hotel provides a free shuttle to Lido Sabbiadoro: a private beach 7 KM south of Monopoli. There is a charge at the beach of €40/couple.

    BIKE CHOICES

    Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

    Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

    Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

    Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

    eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

    Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

    Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

    If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    Receiving & Assembly
    per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

    Bike Boxes 
    a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

    Tandem Bike 
    a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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