Private tour Cycling

On the Bourbons Way: From Bari to Naples

Puglia, Basilicata & CampaniaDifficulty path:
Moderate
Private tour · CyclingDuration: 8 daysCode: bg014

Highlights

An itinerary to pedal among Puglia, Basilicata and Campania, made for those with an explorer’s spirit, willing to have fun and face the daily climbs.
After every curve we will meet enchanted landscapes, rolling green meadows which are often tinged pinkish colour of gorgeous and unexpected sunsets. All this is the cycle route of the Bourbons, itinerary studied by Fiab and perfected by us to lead lovers of two wheels from Bari to Naples.

 

  • The Old Town of Bari

  • The Unesco site of Castel del Monte and great Views from Murge Hills

  • The Historic village of Melfi

  • The Medieval Village of Castelvetere

  • Avellino and the Picentini Regional Park

  • Naples

Program

Day1

Welcome to Bari

Welcome to Bari, the charming capital of Puglia. With its enchanting Old Town, “Bari Vecchia”, has enjoyed in recent years restoration and renewal, deservedly proving it an important cultural centre. With its history and daily life, this district has a lot to offer in terms of cultural sights and local folklore: take a stroll through picturesque squares and ancient buildings, the fish market and the many churches. Among the religious buildings, stands out the Basilica of San Nicola, one of the main destinations of medieval pilgrimage, innovative and masterful example of the Romanesque style.
Individual arrival in Bari and hotel accommodation. Meeting with the tour guide for a brief presentation of the trip and some hints about the city.

Day2

Bari - Castel del Monte

about 65km

Leaving Bari, we will head to the National Park of Alta Murgia, a natural reserve that still encloses a unique biodiversity, full of sheep tracks and trails to discover.
We will take a break in Ruvo di Puglia, a small farming town of peuceta origin, the pre-Roman population who inhabited these lands. Destroyed by the Goths, Ruvo was brought back to life by the Normans, who enriched it with important monuments, including the original Romanesque Cathedral, known for its unique facade with slanted slopes. Another stop which worth taking is a visit to Castel del Monte, inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage List and world-renowned for its distinctive octagonal shape.

Day3

Castel del Monte - Venosa

about 65km

Cycling towards west, we will leave the Alta Murgia plateau, but not before a visit to one of its most beautiful villages, Minervino Murge, the so-called balcony of the Murgia for the panoramic view offered at the top of its historical centre.
Through the narrow, winding alleys of Scesciola we will reach the cave-church of San Michele, located near the Matitani channel. A few more kilometers before we get to Basilicata: welcoming us from a distance, the proud profile of the Vulture massif. Passed Montemiglione, we will stop in Venosa, an ancient Roman Venusis built on one of the central streets of the empire, the ancient Via Appia, hence acquiring great strategic and economic importance.

Day4

Venosa - Calitri

50km by bike + 25km with transfer Venosa-Melfi

We will not miss the chance to visit Melfi, at the foot of the Vulture. In this town five Vatican Councils took place and the Constitutiones Augustales, strongly supported by Frederick II, were written. The crypt of Santa Margherita, the Castle of the constitutions, the Cathedral and the Diocesan Museum are just some of the many attractions of the city.
We will then cycle around the Vulture massif and cross small villages until getting over the border between Basilicata and Campania: we will enter the lush and bucolic province of Irpinia to spend the night in the quiet Calitri, with its medieval old town enriched by coats of arms and stony gargoyles.

Day5

Calitri - Castelvetere

45km by bike + 25km with transfer Calitri-Teora

After breakfast we will continue our journey along the border between Basilicata and Campania with the background of the WWF reserve Conza Lake, a vast wetland reserve and place of transit for many species along the Tyrrhenian-Adriatic route. From Teora, we will cycle slightly downhill following the SS7, which in some places coincides with the ancient Via Appia. After passing Lioni, we will be surrounded by the lush green of forests, surprising peculiarity of this region. We will cross the river Calore and end the day in Castelvetere, another charming medieval town, where every year, on April 28th, a tribute to Madonna delle Grazie is payed: the whole town celebrates in a superb mix of art and religion.

Day6

Castelvetere - Nola

about 65km

After breakfast we will cycle on the edge of the Plain of Dragone, a reclaimed basin which floods during the rainy season, creating a spectacular landscape. Passed the Picentini Regional Park, we will reach Avellino, the capital of Irpinia, which sums up the distinctive character of this area. Generous and friendly, Avellino was the sad protagonist of a tragic earthquake in 1980, which proved the city and its people to be strong enough to face the aftermaths of a natural, yet huge, catastrophe.
We will then continue our journey towards the Tyrrhenian sea ending up in Nola; Naples is not far away and some of you may seem to feel the salty air of the sea rising on the heights of Nola.

Day7

Nola - Napoli

about 30km

The few kilometres that separate us from Naples will run slightly downhill. Once we reach the city, we will leave the bicycles on a side to spend the afternoon visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world, unique and full of contradictions, by feet.
It will be an intense encounter with a wonderful city, kissed by the sea, between the Vesuvio vulcan and the Campi Flegrei, a perfect place to end an equally unique journey.

Day8

Arrivederci da Napoli

After breakfast, end of services. Goodbye from Naples!

Departures and prices

Departures every day on request01/03/2020 => 31/10/2020

Other Information

Grade

Challenging. The proposed routes are suitable for who is well trained to face hills, long and challenging at times. The mileage varies from 30 to 65 kilometres a day, with scheduled stops for visits and refreshments.

Accomodations & Meals

1 night in Bari
1 night near Castel del Monte
1 night in Venosa
1 night in Calitri
1 night in Castelvetere
1 night in Nola
1 night in Naples

We offer accommodation in facilities suitable for all your needs, preferring the authentic ones and those family-run, close to the historic centres, paying attention to the cleanliness of the rooms, personal curtesy and breakfast.
For this tour you can ask for the accommodation in: B&B or 3/4/5* hotel.
On your request we can include lunches and dinners: we suggest packed lunches, to better live and ride in the environmental context; we propose dinners of local and authentic savours.

Support

One of our expert tour leader will be with you for the whole trip. Sharing with you the love of travel and nature and a great knowledge of the territory, you will live an authentic holiday full of fun and relax.
This trip also includes a total assistance with the support of a vehicle for the luggage transport at your disposal during the days.

Getting There

Reaching Bari is very easy. It is inserted in all the best circuits and roads between North and South of Italy.

BY TRAIN. Trenitalia connects the main Italian cities with Bari. For the timetable visit www.trenitalia.it. On www.viaggiatreno.it you can find update informations about train routes.

BY BUS. Bari is also accessible by bus. Here some links to the major operating companies.
www.marinobus.it, www.baltour.it
For departures and arrivals from Campania, Basilicata, Puglia www.mymiccolis.com
For departures and arrivals from Sicilia, Puglia www.buscenter.it

BY AIR. Bari Palese airport is connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities by the main airlines and the low cost ones.
It is well connected with many flights, to the city centre by Metro and train approximately every 20 minutes.

BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.

 

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Price

The price depends on the services included in the package, the type of accommodation and the chosen period.
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