Cycling Puglia in Southern Italy

Cycling Puglia in Southern Italy

On the Adriatic Coast, Puglia occupies the "heel" of Italy's boot. Here, ancient Greek and Italian culture mingle in hillside vineyards, olive groves, and whitewashed villages nestled against the blue of the Mediterranean. Join us as we pedal through a landscape filled with unique conical shaped dwellings known as trulli, explore a fabulous limestone grotto, and visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Castel del Monte, Matera, and Alberobello. Along the way, we enjoy meals prepared with Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern influences and discover the warmth and hospitality of Southern Italy's friendliest people.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 7 Days
  • Total Distance / 301 km (187 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / Average per day mileage 61 km (38 miles). per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Trani/Ostuni
  • Price / From USD$3550
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Mixture of Greek & Italian cultures
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    • Classic Puglian landscapes
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    • Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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    • Matera
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    • Vast Olive Groves
  • Includes
    7 days, 6 nights accommodation; 5 dinners with wine, 6 breakfasts; wine tasting; guided walk in Matera and the trulli

  • Arrive / Depart
    Bari Airport (BRI), Rome (FCO) or Naples Airport (NAP)
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.0 difficulty level 1.0

    Expect some climbing most days and several optional opportunities to take a day off the bike.

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Daily Itinerary
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DAY 1: Tour begins in Trani, Southern Italy

Highlights: Romanesque cathedral of Trani, introductions & bike fitting, welcome dinner

We gather today on the Adriatic Coast in Trani, at one time the principal commercial port in southern Italy. Trani's Romanesque cathedral, dating to the late 12th century, is not only one of the finest early Romanesque churches in Puglia, but its position at the edge of the sea makes it especially unique. We'll fit bicycles this afternoon and then enjoy dinner together this evening.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Lodging: Hotel Regia

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Bicycle Trani to Ruvo

Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site at Castel del Monte, wine tasting

The classic Apulian landscape unfolds before us today as we cross the Appian Way and pedal past centuries-old olive groves and hillside vineyards. We'll suggest a lunch stop at Castel del Monte, built by the Emperor Federico II. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle is unique in Europe for its simple octagonal shape and for the eight octagonal towers that ring it. Arriving in Ruvo mid-afternoon, we'll enjoy a wine tasting before dinner together.

Distance: 62 km (39 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Pineta Ruvo

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Bicycle Ruvo to Matera

Highlights: Ceramics & 13th century cathedral in Ruvo, hilltop towns of Gravina and Matera

During the 3rd and 4th Centuries, Ruvo was the principal supplier for classical Greek pottery. You can visit the National Ceramics Museum and the town's spectacular 13th century cathedral this morning. Then, we'll enjoy a ride through fields of wheat and hay as we cross the high Murgia plains to the hilltop towns of Gravina and Matera.

Distance: 77 km (48 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel San Domenico

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Rest day in Matera with optional ride

Highlights: Caves of Matera, guided walk through UNESCO World Heritage Site

Matera is unique in all of Italy for the cave dwellings that ring the central city. Inhabited by refugee clerics and monks from Greece and the Balkans during the 8th and 9th centuries, the cave churches and domestic dwellings carved into the town's sandstone cliffs at one time housed as many as 25,000 people. Today, the churches and caves are preserved as a World Heritage Site. We'll take a walking tour of the area together, then you're free to spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, to take a loop ride, or to do both! .

Distance: Your choice on optional ride: 43 km (27 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel San Domenico

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5: Bicycle Puglia's Trulli Country

Highlights: Enjoy the unique scenery and landscape of Puglia's countryside

Heading out across the Murgia plains again today you'll enjoy a gentle downhill ride to Gioia del Colle and into the heart of the trulli area. Trulli are conical shaped rural dwellings unique to this part of Italy. Originally used as storage sheds for farmers, they quickly became popular as temporary shelters. Today the landscape in central Puglia is dotted with these unique structures, now used as weekend retreats and permanent homes. We'll have a guided tour today to learn more about these conical shaped buildings and the people who built these stone houses. With your newfound knowledge, you'll enjoy tonight's accommodation inside one of these unique trulli in the heart of Alberobello.

Distance: 70 km (44 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Trulli e Puglia

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Bicycle to Ostuni

Highlights: Trulli, vineyards, olive groves, la cittá bianca

Our ride today will take you first through vineyards and olive groves to the whitewashed town of Ostuni. Our hotel is in the center of this amazing village which spans three hilltops and is crowned by a gothic cathedral.

Distance: 69 km (43 miles) or more. Meals: B, D

Lodging: Ostuni Palace

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: Farewell


We'll say good-bye after breakfast today. Spend a few days exploring this wonderful town or head on for further explorations. Whatever you decide, thanks for cycling Puglia with us. Buon viaggio!

Meals: B

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  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
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  • Final payment is due 90 days (120 days for Bike &Barge/Boat tours) prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

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  • Sailing the boat, every afternoon relaxing on the boat after biking and swimming, lovely dinners, hearty breakfasts, bee keepers, traditional dinner out, rides through the islands (up and down!), guides, fellow passengers, crew on the boat-- really it was ALL great.

    Cheryl A., Colchester, VT - June 2021
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