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Puglia Bike Tour

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. Our Puglia bike tour offers so much in addition to scenic riding. Indulge yourself in a luxurious tour of Puglia overflowing with discovery as you enjoy private olive oil and wine tastings, ancient architectural marvels, and private historic walking tours, all complemented by simple and delicious cuisine, magnificent local wines, and luxurious accommodations. Book your trip with confidence »
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$5099 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
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Trip Wows
Enjoy unforgettable riding along the coast to the southernmost portion of Italy
Savor Puglia's remarkable wines with a private wine tasting
Marvel at the centuries-old Trulli - the iconic conical stone houses in Puglia - and visit Otranto. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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, Trek Travel Guest

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2020 - June 1, 2021 Departures:
  • 6+ Guests    Price as advertised*
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Welcome to your Puglia bike tour! 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 ensure 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 some 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 who will walk us through the narrow streets and explain the history of this unique city. Afterwards, choose to shuttle back to the hotel to enjoy the pool or the spa, or enjoy a scenic ride back. 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 take a private shuttle to our hotel, a historic 16th-century palazzo: the 5-star Palazzo Ducale Venturi. This afternoon relax and unwind by the pool, or enjoy the spa. Tonight, we’ll be joined by our own sommelier, who will lead us through a journey tasting the wines of Apulia before a delicious dinner highlighting the best of Puglia’s deeply rooted cucina povera.

Today's Ride:

Egnazia to Ostuni
Approximately 19 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

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

Today's Activity:

Tasting of Apulian wines at Palazzo Ducale Venturi

Hotel:

Palazzo Ducale Venturi

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 cycle the coastline of the Adriatic, enjoying views of rocky beaches and brilliant blue waters. You’ll head to Torre Sant Andrea, where you can enjoy a dip in the warm waters of the Adriatic, then hop back on your bike for the final few miles along the coast to our favorite cheese artisan. Here, you’ll learn about the traditions of cheese making and aging, followed by a delicious cheese tasting lunch. This afternoon, choose to ride or shuttle back to the hotel to relax and refresh. Tonight, we’ll board a private shuttle to Otranto. This port city has Greek origins and has had a range of other influences over the centuries, from Roman to Norman to Turkish to Spanish. Otranto’s quiet streets and clean beaches are just part of its charm—the magnificent cathedral and imposing fortress add a palpable sense of history to the mix. Here, we’ll dine at a local’s favorite bistro that specializes in fresh local seafood and ribbons of homemade pasta paired with the region’s best wines.

Today's Ride:

Ducale to Otranto with shuttle
Approximately 25 miles with 880 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ducale to St Andrea
Approximately 36 miles with 1,280 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Palazzo Ducale Venturi

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

The sea is never out of sight today, as we make our way along with 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. Afterward, 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 to our exquisite Puglia bike tour as we enjoy a poolside aperitivo and gourmet dinner at the hotel.

Today's Ride:

Ducale to Ciolo
Approximately 26 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Ducale to Trecase Porto
Approximately 18 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ducale to Ciolo Return
Approximately 50 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Palazzo Ducale Venturi

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

On the final day of your Puglia 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 the Borgo Egnazia on a Trek Travel Puglia bike tourVoted “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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Palazzo Ducale Venturi

Minervino di Lecce, Italy

Built in 1500 and once called ‘Castello Nuovo,’ Palazzo Ducale Venturi was first 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.

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 Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five 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, three lunches, and four dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • 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
  • 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 Electric-Assist Verve+, 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:
22 miles
TOTAL MILES:
112 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,106 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
5,530 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. Our Puglia bike tour 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 our Puglia bike tour are:
  • Play tennis, 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 hotels' luxurious spas

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks 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 start of your Puglia bike tour, 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 Puglia bike tour. 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.

View our pre hotel recommendations

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 ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

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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