Puglia Road Bike Tour

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Puglia Road Bike Tour

Days / Nights
12 / 11
Type
Self-guided
Difficulty

Livello 4: Active

For those who cycle regularly, are fit and want a bit of a challenge while still enjoying the surroundings.

per person from
1290,00

Puglia Road Bike Tour

Self-guided – 12 days

A Grand Tour across Puglia, designed to let you discover our region with its variety of colours, landscapes and flavours. Your journey starts from Bari, the region’s capital and town of both saints and seamen. Then it gets to Matera, the magical city of Sassi. From there on, you ride southwards, from the area of the ravines to that of the vineyards, from the famous crystal-clear beaches and baroque churches of the Salento to its more hidden little villages and dry-stone walls. Next up is the white town, Ostuni, between wide fields and thousand-year-old olive trees, followed by the Itria Valley with its “trulli” and “masserie”, until you get back to your starting point, Bari, from where you will travel back home with a piece of Puglia in your heart. Are you ready for your ride?

Itinerary

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DAY 1: BARI

Arrival in Bari and check-in.

2

DAY 2: BARI - CASTEL DEL MONTE

+/- 97 km

Start your ride visiting the old town centre of Bari and the medieval Basilica of Saint Nicholas, before heading north towards the lively seaside towns of Giovinazzo, Molfetta and Bisceglie. Enjoy a walk in the fancy town of Trani, admiring the Basilica, suspended over the sea. From here cycle inland, towards Castel del Monte: you will see it from far away, standing out in the sunset, a silent presence since centuries.

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DAY 3: CASTEL DEL MONTE - MATERA

+/- 100 km

Cycle in the incredible varied landscapes of the Murgia Plateau, the hilly area between the Apulia and the Basilicata region. You will pass by Gravina admiring the ravines surrounding the town, and by Altamura, famous for its PDO bread. You will finish in the UNESCO site of Matera. Discover its unique history and explore the “Sassi” district, enjoying a breath-taking view of the cave dwellings at sunset.

“Alta Murgia” National Park – cave settlements in Gravina – Altamura bread – Matera and “Sassi” district

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DAY 4: MATERA – AMASTUOLA

+/- 83 km

You leave the “Sassi” town, heading to the Ravines land and the town of Laterza, famous for the tasty bread and beautiful pottery. Along the route, you will even cross one of the ravines over a stone bridge! Finally your daily accommodation, Masseria Amastuola: a fortified farmhouse and wine resort, settled in an immense garden-vineyard conceived by the great landscape designer Fernando Caruncho.

Laterza bread – Castellaneta ravine – Palagianello cave churches – Terra delle Gravine “Santa Lucia” bridge

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DAY 5: AMASTUOLA - MANDURIA

+/- 74 km

Pedal in the area of the “100 masserie”: these are typical fortified farmhouses, built even centuries ago, but many of them are still in full activity! You can have your first stop in Grottaglie, the town of the handmade ceramics production, and then continue, surrounded by vineyards to reach Manduria, the town of the Primitivo PDO wine.
Wine tasting highly recommended!

Ceramics districts and museum – Primitivo wine and rural culture museum

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DAY 6: MANDURIA - GALLIPOLI

+/- 82 km

It is time to cycle towards the Ionian Sea: take advantage of the famous sandy shores of Punta Prosciutto, Torre Lapillo or Porto Cesareo along the route.
After crystal-clear waters and the scents of Mediterranean scrub, you will reach Gallipoli. Its name means “beautiful town” in ancient Greek, and it is the perfect place to explore a lovely historic centre, and enjoy a good glass of wine or a savoury seafood by the sea.

Coastal watchtowers – Porto Cesareo and the marine reserve – Gallipoli old town

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DAY 7: GALLIPOLI - OTRANTO

+/- 104 km

Head towards Santa Maria di Leuca, better known as “Finis Terrae”. Take a breath, and gaze at the far end of Italy! Now ride along the Adriatic coast, and make sure to have a stop at Zinzulusa cave or Porto Badisco before finally reaching Otranto. Discover the secrets of the mosaics in the Medieval Cathedral, and admire the sunset on the easternmost city of Italy.

Marina di Pescoluse beach – “Santa Maria de finibus terrae” shrine – Zinzulusa sea cave – Otranto

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DAY 8: OTRANTO – LECCE

+/- 81 km

Today’s bike ride winds through the “Grecìa Salentina“, between ancient menhirs and “pagliare”, typical country buildings used by farmers. Then you will go towards the coast, dotted with numerous 16th century watchtowers and natural caves, among which the wonderful “Grotta della Poesia” stands out. You will finally arrive in Lecce: relax in the narrow streets of the old town centre sipping a refreshing “leccese” coffee, among baroque churches and palaces, and the sparkling of stone.

Grecìa Salentina – Torre dell’Orso – Grotta della Poesia – Acaya – Lecce and the Baroque art style

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DAY 9: LECCE – OSTUNI

+/- 45 km

Not only history and breath-taking landscapes: stop for a glass of wine in Guagnano or Salice Salentino, to discover the most famous wine production areas of our region. After a gentle ride in a countryside full of century-old olive trees, you finally arrive in Ostuni. Its white walls will shine from afar, and once there, it will be a pleasure to get lost in the labyrinth of the old town, among narrow stairs and hidden courtyards.

Negramaro vineyards Guagnano and Salice Salentino – olive groves Carovigno Castle – Ostuni

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DAY 10: OSTUNI – ALBEROBELLO

+/- 93 km

Welcome in the Itria Valley! This is the land of dry-stone walls, olive, almond and cherry trees, oak woods, rolling hills and “trulli”, the conic roof–shaped houses symbols of Puglia. You have the chance to pass by the most representative towns of this area: Cisternino and its grilled specialties, the noble Martina Franca, Locorotondo with its panoramic walk over the valley. Your daily destination is Alberobello, UNESCO site, and world capital of Trulli.

Cisternino and Aqueduct Cycleway – Locorotondo – Martina Franca – Alberobello and Trulli

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DAY 11: ALBEROBELLO – BARI

+/- 94 km

The final stage of your Puglia Road Bike Tour: you head straight to the coast passing first by Putignano, famous for its ancient Carnival, then Castellana and its Caves. You will meet the Adriatic Sea once again in Monopoli, a very lively town thanks to its fishing harbour and old centre. Continuing by the coastline, you cannot miss a stroll in Polignano a Mare and the view from the balconies overlooking the cliff. Only a short effort left, in order to reach your destination: Bari, the city where your tour began.
Here we hope to say “arrivederci”, until you come back to visit our beautiful Puglia!

Castellana Caves – Monopoli port – Polignano a Mare – Bari

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DAY 12: BARI

Check out and end of services

March and November € 1290,00 per person

April and October € 1440,00

May, June and September € 1550,00

Tour available all year from March to November. Write to us and ask for availabilities.

  • 11 nights in typical guest houses or 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • 2 dinners (beverage not included)
  • Luggage transport
  • GPS device with uploaded tracks
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • FULL assistance

Tasse di soggiorno da pagare in loco, ove previste.

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.

  • Road bike rental: € 350,00
  • Smartphone with mobile and GPS Navigation App: € 20,00
  • Pannier rental: € 25,00
  • Helmet rental: € 10,00
  • Half board supplement (dinners): on request
  • Single room supplement: € 30,00 per night
  • Private Transfers: on request

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

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

Our 12 day Puglia Gran Tour is the perfect answer for the avid cyclist that wants to discover more of Puglia, riding an average daily distance of around 90 kilometres with about 750 meters of average daily elevation gain for ten days of cycling. Starting and ending in Bari, this huge loop takes you along both the Ionian and the Adriatic coastline, over smaller countryside roads and through various towns and cities. Despite the lack of real mountains in Puglia, it almost feels like there are no flat roads here, always flowing either up or down with gentle graded slopes, perfect to get rid of the extra calories you will certainly pick up with the delicious local food and wine.

Our 12 day Puglia Gran Tour is the perfect answer for the avid cyclist that wants to discover more of Puglia, riding an average daily distance of around 90 kilometres with about 750 meters of average daily elevation gain for ten days of cycling. Starting and ending in Bari, this huge loop takes you along both the Ionian and the Adriatic coastline, over smaller countryside roads and through various towns and cities. Despite the lack of real mountains in Puglia, it almost feels like there are no flat roads here, always flowing either up or down with gentle graded slopes, perfect to get rid of the extra calories you will certainly pick up with the delicious local food and wine.

There are many low-cost flights to get to Puglia landing in Bari. A metro and several shuttles (but also trains, taxi and hire cabs) let you get to Bari central train station in a few minutes.
Anyway, a private transfer service with driver from all Apulian airports, stations and ports is also available on request.

On-line 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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