Self guided Cycling

Cycling Puglia: Trulli and green fields

Murge & Itria valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
Easy
Self guided · CyclingDuration: 6 daysCode: bs009
from 730 €per person

Highlights

Cycling Puglia in the green heart of Italy's heel, riding in the Valley of Trulli and through the Natural Park Dune Costiere.
Follow the gentle ups and downs of the southern Murge, on the edge of the Salento plain.
Overnight stays in Alberobello, a UNESCO heritage site for its magnificent trulli, among the sloping roofs of Locorotondo, and in the historic center of Ostuni.
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 most famous caves in Puglia

  • Slow Food presidia and DOC wines

  • Coastal Dunes, Beaches and Mediterranean Maquis

  • The bright Ostuni

  • Cisternino, Martina Franca and Locorotondo

Program

Day1

Benvenuti!

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 to Castellana Grotte

about 35km

This first ride will let you explore the fairytale territory surrounding Alberobello.
Gentle ups and downs will add even more zest to the day, and passing forests, cultivated fields, centuries-old olive trees and vineyards you will reach the Castellana Caves, which we highly recommend a visit! As you will see, there is another world underground, and you will discover the fascinating karst stone and its rock formations along a route of approximately 3 kilometres.
Along the way you will find the beautiful Putignano, famous for hosting the oldest Carnival in Europe.
You will return to Alberobello to enjoy the suggestive sunset among the trulli and stay overnight.

Day3

By bike to Locorotondo via Martina Franca

about 20km

Today you will begin to explore the green heart of Puglia, savoring its beauty and gastronomic specialties.
In Martina Franca, in addition to a splendid historic center made up of airy squares, large porticoes, churches and palaces decorated with typical Baroque splendor, some delicious attractions await you! Like the tasty capocollo, the fresh burrata, the aromatic bocconotto ... immersed in a Baroque that becomes almost Rococò and combining with the white lime creates an entirely unique style full of exotic charm.
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.
Overnight among the typical "cummerse".

Day4

Cycling from Locorotondo to Ostuni

about 30km

Another day immersed in a fairy land, which in spring explodes in colours and scents of almond trees in bloom.
Down from Locorotondo you will follow the continuous undulations between Murge hills and Trulli, finding 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 continue to Ostuni, which stands out for 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.
Overnight in Ostuni.

Day5

Cycling between land and sea

about 30 km

From Ostuni you will arrive at the sea through the nature and history of these places.
You will pass the evocative environments of the Dune Costiere Regional Park, a unique corner of paradise of around a thousand hectares. The territory of this area preserves numerous natural habitats, fundamental for migratory species. Not only dunes, but also long beaches, Mediterranean scrub, bodies of water and wetlands, archaeological sites of historical-cultural importance, historic farms and rock settlements will fill your eyes and your heart with beauty and relaxation.
You will return to the White City for the last overnight stay.

Day6

Ostuni

After breakfast end of services.

 

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 in shared double/twin room
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Olive oil tasting and guided visit
  • Winery visit and wine tasting
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
  • Phone assistance 08:00-20:00

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Bike rental
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Insurance and what's not listed as Included

Departures and prices

Low Season01/02/2024 => 23/03/2024
Superior730 € /p
Mid Season24/03/2024 => 21/06/2024
Superior820 € /p
High Season22/06/2024 => 01/09/2024
Superior980 € /p
Mid Season02/09/2024 => 26/10/2024
Superior820 € /p
Low Season27/10/2024 => 30/11/2024
Superior730 € /p

Supplements per person

4 days Trek bike rental
Superior80 € /p
4 days Gravel bike rental
Superior120 € /p
4 days E-bike rental
Superior150 € /p
Transfer Bari/Brindisi Apt-Alberobello (min 2 pax)
Superior75 € /p
Transfer Ostuni-Bari Apt (min 2 pax)
Superior95 € /p
Transfer Ostuni-Brindisi Apt (min 2 pax)
Superior58 € /p
Single room | Low Season
Superior250 € /p
Single room | Mid Season
Superior285 € /p
Single room | High Season
Superior320 € /p
Extra night in double room | Low Season
Superior80 € /p
Extra night in double room | Mid Season
Superior90 € /p
Extra night in double room | High Season
Superior110 € /p
Extra night in single room | Low Season
Superior120 € /p
Extra night in single room | Mid Season
Superior140 € /p
Extra night in single room | High Season
Superior160 € /p
Solo traveller
Superior180 € /p

Other Information

Grade

This bike tour among the white cities of Puglia is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 20 to 35 daily kilometers, and you can stop at your leisure, or according to our advice, for visits and refreshments.
Mainly wavy.
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, widespread hotels and 4* hotels.
All rooms are ensuite.

  • 2 nights in trullo in Alberobello
  • 1 night in Locorotondo
  • 2 nights in Ostuni

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 briefing with Bike fitting.

We will take care of your luggage while you are cycling.
For the whole duration of the tour, you can contact our assistance numbers.

Travel documents

A few days before departure you will receive by email the Service List with instructions for using the Travel App.

During your Welcome briefing you will receive:

  • updated Service List;
  • Luggage labels;
  • requested rental bikes.
Arrival and Departure

Getting there
Alberobello is easily reachable by public transport, car and by air.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Buses and trains of the Trenitalia easily connect Alberobello with the railway stations of Bari, Taranto and Lecce.

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 from here continue with Trenitalia to Alberobello.

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.

Back to Alberobello
From Ostuni you can reach Alberobello with buses and trains Trenitalia, probably with 1 or 2 train changes. NB: On Sundays and public holidays many train rides are replaced by bus rides.

If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.

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