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Puglia

The Heel of Italy on the Adriatic Coast

With dramatic beaches and quiet roads lined by majestic olive trees, Puglia, the “heel of Italy’s boot,” will captivate you with its wild beauty and culinary secrets. This largely undiscovered region rewards you at every turn, from the ancient trulli dotting the landscape to the spectacular white sand beaches of both the Adriatic and Ionian coastlines, this is so much more than just a cycling trip. Indulge yourself in a luxurious tour of Puglia overflowing with discovery. Enjoy private olive oil and wine tastings, ancient architectural marvels and private historic walking tours, all complemented by Michelin-starred dining, magnificent local wines and luxurious accommodations.
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$4499 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Enjoy unforgettable riding along the coast to southern-most portion of Italy
Savor Puglia's remarkable wines with a private wine tasting, followed by a Michelin-starred dinner
Marvel at the centuries-old Trulli - the iconic conical stone houses in Puglia and visit Otranto Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its famed mosaic floor.
Stay at the sumptuous Borgo Egnazia, Voted “Best hotel in Italy” in 2018.
Savor the cultural landscape of this largely un-touristed region, including genuine hospitality, fresh, excellent food, and regional olive oils and wines.
This trip was better than anticipated and I had high expectations based on previous participants' reviews! I am now convinced that this is THE way to see a new country and experience its culture; by the sights, sounds, and smells only obtainable by cycling through its countryside. The support of the Trek guides made it exceptionally easy and enjoyable. A perfect way to spend our 15-year wedding anniversary! We'll be back!
-Kath

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Welcome to Puglia! Your Trek Travel guides will give you a warm welcome at the Bari train station at 11:30 AM. After a 45-minute private shuttle, you'll arrive at Masseria Garrappa, an ancient masseria close to the Adriatic Sea, to enjoy a homemade gourmet lunch prepared by the owner’s mother. Afterward, your guides will provide a comfortable fit on your Trek bike before we wind our way through quiet roads surrounded by olive trees to our hotel, Borgo Egnazia. Take some time to wander its beautiful grounds before gathering for an aperitivo on the hotel terrace. This evening, you’ll learn how to spin your own pizza dough and make the pie of your choice with a trained pizziolo.

Today's Ride:

Masseria Garrappa to Savelettri
Approximately 19 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Borgo Egnazia

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll head out into the countryside surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and the ubiquitous trulli. Take a moment to get an up-close look at one of these ancient stone structures. Back on the bike, you will cycle to Alberobello, home to over a thousand trulli and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will delight in a farm-to-table lunch at Trattoria Terra Madre. We’ll get the chance to eat in an old Trullo with the majority of our meal coming from their own garden. Afterwards, we’ll meet a local tour guide that will walk us through the narrow streets and explain the history of this unique city. After, choose to shuttle back to the hotel to enjoy the pool or the spa, or enjoy a scenic ride back to the hotel. Tonight, explore charming old city of Monopoli for dinner.

Today's Ride:

Savelettri to Alberobello
Approximately 23 miles with 1,950 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Savelettri to Alberobello with Shuttle
Approximately 17 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Savelettri to Alberobello Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Borgo Egnazia

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Today you’ll cycle into the stunning region of Salento, enjoying the scenic coastal roads as you head down the "heel of the boot”. Our destination is Ostuni, la Città Bianca, a whitewashed village high on a hill with astonishing views of the Adriatic sea. There are great shops in the old town and narrow, winding streets that are enticing to explore. Enjoy lunch at the trattoria of your choice and afterward check in to our hotel: 5 star Relais La Sommita. This afternoon relax by the pool, enjoy the spa or wander the streets of this photogenic hilltop town. Tonight we’ll join our own sommelier who will lead us through a journey and tasting of wines of Apulia in the ancient winery of the hotel. Tonight’s dinner is a Michelin starred gastronomic delight served in an ancient Spanish garden under orange and olive trees providing a perfectly charming backdrop.

Today's Ride:

Savelettri to Ostuni
Approximately 31 miles with 770 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Savelettri to Masseria Brancati
Approximately 15 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Savelettri to Ostuni with afternoon climb
Approximately 29 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Relais La Sommita

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning after the perfect cappuccino and warm brioche, we’ll leave the tranquil surroundings of your hotel and take a short private shuttle continuing our journey south to Torre Rinalda. From here we cycle the coastline of the Adriatic, enjoying views of rocky beaches and brilliant blue waters. You’ll head to Torre del’orso, where you can enjoy a dip in the warm waters of the Adriatic followed by lunch highlighting the local specialties of Salento at a casual seaside restaurant. Don’t miss the local burratta cheese or orecchiette with garlic. Then hop back on your bike for the final few miles along the coast to Otranto. This port city has Greek origins and a range of influences over the centuries, from Roman to Norman to Turkish to Spanish. Otranto’s quiet streets, clean beaches and vibrant dining scene are just part of its charm—the magnificent cathedral and imposing fortress add a palpable sense of history to the mix. Tonight, you’ll stroll through Otranto with Trek Travel’s local guide and savor the multicultural flavors of Puglia. Among other highlights, you’ll discover the hidden meanings of the remarkable mosaic-tiled floor of the 11th-century cathedral, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterwards explore the many local options for dinner—trattorias serving everything from pasta and pizza to freshly caught seafood abound.

Today's Ride:

Torre Rinalda to Otranto
Approximately 31 miles with 770 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Torre Rinalda to Torre dell'Orso with shuttle
Approximately 22 miles with 470 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Masseria Muzza

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

The sea is never out of sight today, as we make our way along the some of the most breathtaking coastline in all of Italy. To your right, stone fences crafted centuries ago from local limestone adorn windswept fields, while the shimmering clear waters of the Ionian Sea beckon from your left. You‘ll ride to Ciolo, almost at the southernmost tip of Italy, where you'll stop to enjoy a seaside lunch. Afterwards, jump back on your bike and continue your seaside explorations. You may also choose to shuttle back to the hotel, where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool or visit the spa. This evening we’ll toast our week together as we dine on fresh local seafood and ribbons of homemade pasta paired with the region’s best wines.

Today's Ride:

Muzza to Ciolo
Approximately 31 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Muzza to Trecase Porto
Approximately 24 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Muzza to Ciolo Return
Approximately 61 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Masseria Muzza

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

On the final day of your trip, linger over a hot cappuccino and soak in the gorgeous views from the breakfast terrace. Your Trek Travel guides will say farewell at the hotel before you board a private shuttle to Lecce Train Station to arrive around 10:30 AM. Until next time!

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Borgo Egnazia

Savelletri Di Fasano, Italy

Stay at Borgo Egnazia in Puglia on a Trek Travel Bike Tour New hotel for 2019. Voted “Best hotel in Italy” in 2018 by Travel and Leisure and a member of the prestigious “Leading hotels of the world” group, this stunning 5-star hotel offers an array of activities and exquisite attention to detail. Enjoy a round of golf, indulgence your senses at the VAIR spa or simply relax with a sunset cocktail at the beach club overlooking the azure blue Mediterranean Sea.
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La Sommita Relais

Ostuni, Italy

Trek Travel hotels awarded the Relaix & Chateaux The 5-star La Sommità Relais, a Relais & Chateaux hotel is discreetly hidden away in the highest part of Ostuni, with a view over endless stretches of olive groves down to the sea and the town’s white rooftops. The interior design of La Sommita borders between aesthetic minimalism and discreet luxury and offers visitors a sense of complete peace and relaxation. The Relais also boasts its own wine cellars and stylish garden restaurant.
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Palazzo Ducale

Minervino di Lecce, Italy

Built in 1500 and once called ‘Castello Nuovo’, Palazzo Ducale Venturi was firstly a settlement for the Templari and then a medieval fortress. Beautifully renovated to maintain its historic charm this 5-star hotel boasts stunning gardens, a salt water pool and a gourmet kitchen garden restaurant.
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Hotel Variation | Masseria Muzza

Otranto, Italy

Located close to the charming town of Otranto, and the beautiful beaches of Salento on the Adriatic Sea, this ancient masseria has been remodeled into a in a chic and exclusive 5-star hotel. With all rooms featuring their own hydro-massage bath, Timobianco SPA, gourmet restaurant and stunning pool and terrace to enjoy a sunset cocktail, we guarantee your stay will be more than memorable. You will stay at this hotel in place of Palazzo Ducale on select dates.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019 we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
35 miles
TOTAL MILES:
138 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
700 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
5,522 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is varied with rolling hills. Hills are short, but can be occasionally steep. We typically cycle along narrow, quiet roads, but surfaces vary, from somewhat rough country roads to smooth, newly paved larger roads. Puglia is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Play tennis or golf, or relax poolside at the hotel
  • Explore "la citta bianca," the white city of Ostuni with its narrow passageways and enticing shops
  • Spend a day at the beach and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic or Ionian seas
  • Tour the cathedral and historic past of Otranto
  • Spend a day in one of the hotel’s luxurious spas

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Bari Airport (BRI)
MEETING TIME:
11:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Bari Train Station, Bari, Italy

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Bari Airport (BRI)
DEPARTING TIME:
10:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Lecce Train Station, Lecce, Italy

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Bari Airport (BRI), which will involve a transfer at a major European airport, or flying into Rome (FCO) and then taking the train to Bari center.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bari Train Station (Piazza Aldo Moro 51, Bari, Italy) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We’ll then shuttle 45 minutes to our scenic starting point. Please have your first day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, packed separate from your main luggage. We’ll enjoy an Italian style bistro lunch together. Then we’ll fit you to your bike and begin our day’s ride through the countryside.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Borgo Egnazia (+39 080 225 5000), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Taxis from the Bari airport or train station are readily available.The ride to our trip start will take approximately 45 minutes and will cost between 80 euros and 120 euros.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at your hotel. You’ll then take a private shuttle to the train station in Lecce, arriving at 10:30 AM. Please do not book seats before 11:30 AM allowing adequate connection time for any ongoing travel or possible traffic delays.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

In springtime, you can expect warm daytime temperatures (70F-80F), with evenings usually 10 degrees cooler. Fall is warmer with daytime temperatures reaching the mid 80s, but evenings remain cooler. Puglia’s seaside location means that it can be hit with the odd cold spell or rain shower. Light layers and a wind/waterproof shell are recommended. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Bari, Italy

Bari is Puglia’s capital and is now one of the south’s most prosperous cities. Once a haven for gangsters and ne’er-do-wells, the city today is surprisingly chic and upscale. Be sure to wander through “Bari Vecchia,” the captivating medieval old town. Here the tiny streets are bustling with cafes, restaurants and boutiques, and beautifully restored churches line inviting piazzas. Or, take a few minutes stroll into “new town” and check out the designer boutiques on Via Sparano da Bari. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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After: Lecce, Italy

Lecce is the crown jewel of Puglia. It’s a graceful, cosmopolitan and high-spirited university town, packed with upscale cafes, boutiques and antique shops. There’s a well-preserved historic center, and the local stone used to construct the flamboyant, intricate baroque architecture dazzles you with its cream and gold tints. Lecce’s got it all—warm, welcoming locals, great shopping, lively bars and the most magical evening “passeggiata,” where the entire town seems to empty onto the streets to greet neighbors and friends. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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