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Puglia Bike Tour

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Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc

6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : April to October
Bari
Bari

Overview

If you’ve ever imagined of traveling of the beaten path and through the heel of Italy’s boot, we invite you to explore Puglia on a bike tour with DIGnGO. Bike along the Mediterranean coastline. Ride amid trulli and olive trees. Cycle through the dazzling whitewashed towns that dot the heel of Italy. And Pedal to Ostuni, Matera, Polignano a Mare and Alberobello. Join DIGnGO on a bike trip in Puglia today!

Dates

  • Apr 5 - Apr 10, 2020
  • Apr 12 - Apr 17, 2020
  • May 3 - May 8, 2020
  • Jun 7 - Jun 12, 2020
  • Jun 21 - Jun 26, 2020
  • Jun 28 - Jul 3, 2020
  • Jul 12 - Jul 17, 2020
  • Jul 26 - Jul 31, 2020
  • Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2020
  • Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2020

Don’t see your dates of travel or want to travel with your own group of friends? Contact us today!

Itinerary

Day 1

Start the day with a transfer from the town of Bari and travel to Ostuni, a town that is so blinding with its white-washed homes that your sunglasses are necessary. Hopefully they are easily located for today’s excursion. Ostuni has an “old town”, a citadel built on the high top of a hill and fortified by ancient walls. The town is considered an architectural jewel, which you can explore via its narrow streets. The city still shows hints of the Middle Ages at every corner as you traverse the many levels of staircases and alleys, step under the countless arches or move along the small roads in the area. Ostuni is based on the Greek word Astu-neon, which means “new city.”

Lunch is enjoyed at a typical restaurant in town.

Following lunch, go for a visit of the town while your trip leaders fit your bike. Then, you head off to the coast and your hotel, the Torre Maizza.

The late afternoon’s entertainment is yours to choose, a massage to relax or a bit of time spent by the sparkling hotel pool. These entertainments are a great chance to wind down after the busy afternoon you have had. Dinner is then enjoyed at the hotel restaurant. Evening will again afford time to relax, but you probably want to get some rest for tomorrow’s trek.

Today’s Ride: 26 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Day 2

Today begins with a beautiful ride and a visit to the most famous town in Puglia, the town of Alberobello. The town is the location of more than 1500 Trulli, which were built without mortar, the stones simply sitting on top of one another. The town is home to roughly 11,000 residents today. The residents are proud to share their urban environment with this number of trullo, some of which are used for restaurants, stores and even lodging. The town of Alberobello has been a World Heritage site since 1996. It is also the center of an annual pilgrimage to the Basilica. This pilgrimage is made in honor of the saints Cosma and Damiano.

A local guide and friend to the tour, will teach you all about these impressive structures, which were also found in Provence, Turkey and Sardinia.

A more relaxed schedule is in place for the afternoon. Ride back to your hotel, before dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Today’s Ride: 35 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing
Long Option: 45 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Day 3

Following breakfast, get on your bike on an easy route through the Pugliese countryside going to the town of Noci.

In the afternoon continue riding toward Matera, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993. The city was founded by the romans in the 3rd century BC and if famous for it troglodyte settlement “Sassi di Matera” (meaning stones of Matera). Built by the monks to hide from foreign invaders they are considered to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Note that in the 1950’s there were still many inhabitants living in the sassi!

Later that day you arrive at your hotel, Sextantio le Grotte della Civita, an old-world boutique hotel, set in ancient face dwellings overlooking the town of Matera. Before dinner on your own at one of the nice restaurants join an enthusiastic guide for a walking tour of Matera.

Today’s Ride: 35 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 23 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Long Option: 60 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Day 4

Start the day with a wonderful breakfast served overlooking the town. Set out on a ride that takes you along a beautiful route going through olive groves. Lunch is on your own in the town of Gioia del Colle.

After lunch, keep riding through groves of olive trees, whitewashed farmhouse and stone walls and toward your next destination.

Later, along the way, you may either decide to shuttle back to the hotel for some time off or continue the ride and make your way to Il Melograno, your 17th century Masseria for the next 2 nights.

For dinner you are served typical Mediterranean dishes.

Today’s Ride: 28 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Short Option: 17 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Day 5

Your beautiful, sun-drenched morning will include breakfast on the terrace before heading out on another beautiful ride through olive groves. This area does include some steep but not long climbs that have you more than ready to enjoy lunch on your own in Polignano a Mare. The village’s coves, caves and inlets are its claim to fame, carved by continuous abuse from the wind and waves. Conversano is a pass-through point on the route so take a few moments to rest here and snap some pictures on your way through the town.

In the afternoon, head back to your hotel il Melograno along roads where you see olive groves for miles, no wonder the region has between 50 and 60 millions olive trees.

Celebrate a week of biking through the “Heel of Italy” at Il Melograno restaurant.

Today’s Ride: 36 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Long Option: 53 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

Day 6

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Il Melograno one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the Bari airport marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through Puglia.

Hotels

Torre Maizza

Fasano (2 nights)
www.torremaizza.com

Sextantio le Grotte

Matera (1 night)
www.grottedellacivita.it

Il Melograno

Monopoli (2 nights)
www.melograno.com

What's Included

Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiple daily routes
  • A fully equipped bicycle: the Fuji Absolute
  • Garmin GPS with easy to follow directions
  • Handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Not Included

  • Transportation to & from pick-up/drop-off
  • Pre or post trip lodging
  • Minibar, massages, etc
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Road bike or e-bike
  • Gratuities for your Leaders

Map

Cycling in Puglia map

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4 Reviews
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John L.

Couple Traveller

We had perfect guides. Helpful, informative, easygoing, supportive. Grazie per tutto.

June 6, 2018

John L.

Couple Traveller

We had perfect guides. Helpful, informative, easygoing, supportive. Grazie per tutto.

June 6, 2018

Bob A.

Couple Traveller

This whole cycling tour in Puglia was beautifully organised and we enjoyed every day, riding with Simon and JB, eating outrageously good food and relaxing in the best accommodations.

We had an extraordinary adventure.

October 14, 2017

Anne B.

Family Traveller

We had a great time and loved having a private guide. We certainly would consider going on a trip with you again.

September 17, 2017