Itria Valley – 5 days Cycle Tour

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Itria Valley – 5 days Cycle Tour

Days / Nights
5 / 4
Type
Self-guided
Difficulty

Level 1: Easy

For those looking for relaxed cycling, ideal for beginners or those who haven’t ridden their bike in a while and prefer plenty of time to go at their own pace and explore the destination. Only 3 days of cycling on mostly flat terrain is a perfect way to give cycling holidays a try and start discovering Puglia.

per person from
520,00

Biking Tour in Puglia Italy – Itria Valley

Self-guided Tour – 5 days

The charm of the Itria Valley is recognized worldwide, but probably not everyone knows that this area in the heart of Puglia is even more fascinating by bicycle! Its elegant villages, quiet countryside dotted with trulli and olive groves surrounded by dry stonewalls, the multitude of flavours, scents and colours of its cuisine will captivate you and make your cycling trip a continuous discovery!

Itinerary

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DAY 1: ALBEROBELLO

Arrival and accommodation in Alberobello.

2

DAY 2: (LOOP) ALBEROBELLO – MARTINA FRANCA – LOCOROTONDO – ALBEROBELLO

+/- 45 km

The tour starts from a UNESCO heritage site before taking you in the heart of the Itria Valley – a unique landscape and worldwide famous destination for those who seek beauty and good living. Leaving Alberobello, you will then ride towards Martina Franca to admire the elegant baroque old town. A few kilometres later, you will come across the first Apulian cycle route: the “Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto” (Apulian Aqueduct cycle route) running on the maintenance track of a more than a century-old Aqueduct and still the second biggest one in Europe. The cycling route will take you to Locorotondo, one of the “borghi più belli d’Italia” (the most beautiful villages of Italy). Before coming back to Alberobello, you’ll still have time to ride across some “contrade” (built up areas in the countryside, often full of trulli, which are the most peculiar and distinctive features of the Itria Valley). There you’ll have the possibility to admire a big trullo-shaped church standing out among trees and rural houses.

+/- 500 meters of climbing

Alberobello – Locorotondo – Martina – Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto – Church of San Marco – Slow Food presidium: “capocollo di Martina Franca” (typical charcuterie product)

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DAY 3: ALBEROBELLO – CISTERNINO – OSTUNI

+/- 40 km

The day-2 stage again starts form Alberobello. It will be a full immersion in the most authentic but varied landscape of this corner of Puglia – maybe the very heart and soul of the region. Gentle wooded hills, dry-stone low walls, imposing “masserie”, whitewashed medieval old towns, oak woods, the contrasts between the blue, the green and the red deeply colouring such an enchanting setting. Itria Valley is a triangle whose vertices are Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Cisternino – towns belonging to three different provinces, which cross in the Valley. You’ll already have visited the first two and now it’s Cisternino’s turn! You will discover another outstanding mixture between spontaneous architecture and the elegance of big churches and palaces. The last daily kilometres are a gentle and extraordinarily panoramic ride down to Ostuni. This “white town” on the hill overlooks the sea, exactly as you’ll have the chance to do at the end of this stage.

+/- 400 meters of climbing

The most authentic Itria Valley – Cisternino – the panoramic route of the gentle hills – Ostuni – extra virgin olive oil

4

DAY 4: (LOOP) OSTUNI – CAROVIGNO – CEGLIE MESSAPICA – OSTUNI

+/- 50 km

The third stage is dedicated to the best-kept secrets of this land. Just when you will be thinking you have seen all that the Itria Valley can offer you, we will show you more unspoiled roads to ride and wonders to visit. Don’t you think for instance that a castle is missing among all these trulli? Today you are going to visit two very different but both very scenic castles: “Dentice di Frasso” Castle of Carovigno and “Castello Ducale” of Ceglie Messapica. In Ceglie, you will be on the Apulian hills’ edge. From here you can look south and, when it’s sunny (and that happens very often!), feel like you are on a ship’s bow ploughing through the olive trees’ sea towards the Salento. Ceglie is the silent capital of Apulian cuisine, too: it has been hosting the international Mediterranean Cooking School in an old monastery and some of the best Apulian restaurants. You will drop in around noon…Are we perhaps suggesting something?

+/- 500 meters of climbing

Castle of Carovigno – Castle of Ceglie – Ceglie Old Town – Slow Food Presidium: “il biscotto cegliese” (Ceglie’s biscuit)

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DAY 5: OSTUNI

After breakfast, end of services.

Tour available all year from March to November. Write to us and ask for a customized quote.

  • 4 nights in typical guest houses or 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • GPS device with uploaded tracks
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • ONLINE assistance

City taxes to pay on site, where required.

Below are some extra services you can add to your tour. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.

  • Hybrid bicycle rental: € 60,00
  • E-bike rental: € 120,00
  • Pannier rental: € 25,00 each
  • Helmet rental: € 10,00
  • Single room supplement: € 80,00
  • Half board supplement (dinners): on request
  • Private Transfers: on request

We have selected for you the best typical guest houses or 4-star hotels (depending on availability), bike-friendly accommodations equipped with all the comforts a bicycle traveller may need. Here are the typologies:

  • Alberobello: you have the possibility to enjoy sleeping in a Superior Trullo in the heart of the town
  • Ostuni: 4-star hotel in the centre of the “white city”

[actual accommodation could based on availability]

On request and upon availability we can offer 5-star accommodations, too.

See the accommodations on this tour

This is a self-guided tour, i.e. you are free to ride at your own pace. We will book your hotel, we will provide assistance and the Garmin GPS Edge Touring navigators with which you will be able to follow the path that we have planned for you.

During the tour, you will probably meet other guests lodging in the same accommodations for the same tour or similar. Aside from the pleasure of getting to know other bicycle lovers, you will always be free in departure and arrival times.

The tour has three stages. The daily distances are about 40 up to 50 kilometres with no relevant differences in height, at most just some funny ups-and-downs. You will ride on asphalt roads most of the time and on white roads for short stretches. The tour is suitable for anyone who is relatively used to cycling.

Alberobello is easily connected with Bari airport. A metro and several shuttles (but also trains, taxi and hire cabs) let you get to Bari central train station in a few minutes. Here you can take one of the many daily trains of the Ferrovie Sud Est, (F.S.E.) to Alberobello. The same is the case for Bari port, located a few steps away from the Central Station.
Alberobello is also 80 km far from Brindisi, where you can find both an airport and a port with several international routes, too.
If you are travelling by car, take the “Gioia del Colle” exit on the A14 highway.
Anyway, a private transfer service with driver from all Apulian airports, stations and ports is also available on request.

ONLINE assistance
We provide customers with a 24-hours-a-day active telephone number. According to the problem, the assistant shows by phone the closest bicycle repair shop or suggest how to get to the hotel as easily as possible. He can intervene to personally assist the clients only in exceptional cases. On the day of arrival, there is a meeting to explain route features to the clients and supply them with the equipment (maps, GPS device, etc.). The briefing is set up to show how the GPS device works too.

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