Self guided Cycling

Cycling Puglia among Trulli and green fields

Murge & Itria valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
Easy
Self guided · CyclingDuration: 6 daysCode: bs009
from 590 €per person

Highlights

Cycling Puglia in the green heart of Italy's heel, riding in the Valley of Trulli and on the boundaries of the Natural Park Dune Costiere.
A round trip cycling in Puglia along the gentle ups and downs of the southern Murge, on the edge of the Salento plain.
White cities, green meadows, crystal clear sea merging with the horizon line, excellent food and wine and much more wait for you in this fairytale land made of inverted cones of mysterious Trulli.

 

  • Alberobello and the History of its Trulli

  • The beautiful Fasano and the ancient Via Traiana

  • The Dolmen of Montalbano

  • Coastal Dunes, Beaches and Mediterranean Maquis

  • The bright Historic Centre of Ostuni

  • Cisternino, Martina Franca and Locorotondo

Program

Day1

Benvenuti ad Alberobello

Welcome to the City of Trulli: ancient rural buildings with conical shape, each distinguished by strange symbols and pinnacles of various forms.
Piazza Martellotta divides the two souls of the city: the more touristic in Rione Monti, and the most authentic in Aia Piccola. Choose what to visit first but do not miss the amazing sunset over the Trulli from one of its terraces.

Day2

Cycling from Alberobello to Montalbano

about 30km

After breakfast you will leave Alberobello to cycle along the so-called "Pirro’s Channel", a wide and fertile karst trough dominated by strictly linear vineyards crops.
Going downhill towards the sea you will reach the beautiful historic centre of Fasano. Here you can relax visiting the original Museum of the Fasano House, that keeps objects and daily utensils once used in the area.
After Fasano you will cycle on a stretch of the Via Traiana bike path, the ancient road once connection from Rome to its main Adriatic port: Brindisi. There is a short detour that will take you to the Dolmen of Montalbano, one of the megalithic monuments best preserved in Apulian lands.
And finally you will reach your Masseria in the middle of olive trees for a well-deserved rest.

Day3

Cycling from Masseria to Ostuni

about 20km

Today’s stage will initially take you to ride within the Natural Park Dune Costiere. The territory of this area preserves numerous natural habitats, is complex and consists of fossil dunes as well as long and beautiful beaches, a thick Mediterranean scrub, water mirrors and wetlands where they lodge migratory species. The area, besides its naturalistic importance, is known for its historical heritage, thanks to the presence of numerous archaeological sites, masserie and underground oil mills, rock settlements, and much more.
From the park beaches you will come up the top of the hill where Ostuni is, the White City par excellence; included a tasting olive oil stop in an ancient masseria-farm.
Ostuni is distinguished by the limestone whitening its houses gathered by mighty walls that gives the contour to its historical centre.
Leave your bicycles to try to move up the road from the Piazza della Libertà to the Cathedral losing yourself without fear among the hundreds of blind alleys, squares and small courtyards.

Day4

Cycling from Ostuni to Martina Franca

about 30km

Another day immersed in a fairy land, which in spring explodes in colours and scents of almond trees in bloom.
Halfway between Ostuni and Martina Franca, following the constant up and down, you will find Cisternino. This incredibly beautiful village recalls the oriental charm, which is reflected in its hidden alleys, unexpected arches, decorated balconies, courtyards and stairways. Nice place for a lunch break or an icecream, or even for a good coffee at a bar table enjoying a wonderful view of the valley.
You will spend the night in the city of San Martino: besides the arch of Santo Stefano along the main street a rich and elegant scenery of striking buildings and churches will open up. Here the typical Baroque becomes almost Rococò and combining with the white lime creates an entirely unique style full of exotic charm.

Day5

Cycling from Martina Franca to Alberobello

about 30 km

One last day cycling in the land of Trulli, surrounded by gentle undulations full of vineyards and cultivated fields.
After Martina Franca you will reach Locorotondo, small white village with a wonderful balcony overlooking the heart of the Itria Valley. Here the lands are devoted to the cultivation of vines, which with the help of the sun produce a fresh and light white wine of high quality: the Locorotondo Doc, that you will taste at a local winery.
Take back your bikes maybe after a careful culinary “research” in one of the small restaurants hidden in the centre. The last part of today will take you back to Alberobello, to spend the night in one of its Trulli house.

Day6

Alberobello

After breakfast end of services.
To learn more about the many stories and legends about the fascinating conical constructions of Alberobello, you can visit the Museum of the Territory.

 

Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each biker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 5 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Olive oil tasting and guided visit day 3
  • Winery visit and wine tasting day 5
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Information package
  • Smartphone offline GPS app
  • Phone assistance 08:00-21:00

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Bike rental
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about € 10,00)
  • Insurance and what's not listed as Included

Departures and prices

01/02/2020 => 23/03/2020
Superior590 € /p
24/03/2020 => 04/04/2020
Superior670 € /p
05/04/2020 => 01/05/2020
Superior760 € /p
02/05/2020 => 12/07/2020
Superior670 € /p
13/07/2020 => 31/08/2020
Superior760 € /p
01/09/2020 => 31/10/2020
Superior670 € /p
01/11/2020 => 14/12/2020
Superior590 € /p
15/12/2020 => 31/12/2020
Superior760 € /p

Supplements per person

Trek bike
Superior60 € /p
All road bike
Superior90 € /p
E-bike
Superior110 € /p
Single room
Superior190 € /p
Transfer Bari apt-Alberobello (min 2 pax)
Superior65 € /p
Transfer Brindisi apt-Alberobello (min 2 pax)
Superior65 € /p
Extra night in double room in each overnight stay
Superior90 € /p
Extra night in single room in each overnight stay
Superior120 € /p
Solo traveller in single room
Superior250 € /p

Other Information

Grade

Mainly wavy.
This tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 20 to 30 daily kilometers, with programmed pauses for visits and refreshments.
The bike will be a way to work off the good food and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be strictly cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.

Accomodations & Meals

This tour offers accommodation in charming trullo house, typical Masseria farm-house and 4* hotels.
All rooms are ensuite.

1+1 nights in Alberobello
1 night in a Masseria near Montalbano
1 night in Ostuni
1 night in Martina Franca

5 breakfasts and 2 tastings included. All other meals are not included.

Support

The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome meeting.
We will take care personally of your luggage and, in case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8 to 21. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.

Information package

During the welcome briefing you will receive your Information Package. The Package contains the following Travel Documents:

  • Updated Service List;
  • Vouchers to be delivered to the partners;
  • Luggage Labels;
  • Route notes: a summary of daily information.
Getting There

Alberobello is easily reachable by car, train and by air.

BY TRAIN. The Ferrovie Sud-est connects Alberobello with the train stations of Bari, Taranto and Lecce. NB: This service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.

BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities.
From both airports, you should get to Bari train station by shuttle bus service or train, and catch the Ferrovie Sud-est train to Alberobello.

If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer with us.

BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you to exit the motorway in Bari Nord and continue along the SS16 to Monopoli and continue on the SP113 towards Alberobello. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.

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