Bicycle Tours in Italy: Cycling Puglia's White Villages Plus! the Salento... World Heritage Sites & Mediterranean Climate

   
 

Bicycle Tours in Italy: Cycling Puglia's White Villages Plus! the Salento... World Heritage Sites & Mediterranean Climate

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5 months ago

DURATION

10 Days

SEASON

April-May & September-October

RATES

USD 4,495.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2018
Bicycle Tours in Italy: Cycling Puglia's White Villages Plus! the Salento... World Heritage Sites & Mediterranean Climate
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Beautifully situated on the Adriatic Coast between the spur and heel of Italy's "boot" lies Puglia. Nestled against the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean, ancient Greek and Italian cultures mingle among hillside vineyards, olive groves, and whitewashed villages. Join us as we begin our bicycling journey in Matera, a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, where dwellings carved into limestone caves create an enchanted and ancient stone city. We'll pedal east toward Alberobello, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, through a landscape filled with unique conical shaped dwellings known as trulli. Continue to the striking “Città Bianca” or “White City” of Ostuni before heading south to Grottaglie, famed for its ceramics, and the important coastal towns of Gallipoli and Otranto where you'll revel in impromptu stops at some of the beautiful beaches that attract visitors from all over Italy. Our final stop brings us back inland to Lecce, the baroque Florence of Southern Italy where palatial streets welcome us. Along the way you'll enjoy meals prepared with Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern influences and discover the warmth and hospitality of Southern Italy's friendliest people.

If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 10 days, check out the Cycling Puglia's White Villages tour, which features the first 7 days of this itinerary.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Single Supplement: $650

*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome To Matera
Matera, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Welcome drink, bike fitting, dinner in the “Sassi” of Matera

Day 2: Matera
Matera, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Guided walk of the Matera's “sassi”, lunch at rural agriturismo, swimming pool

Day 3: Locorotondo
Locorotondo, Basilicata, Italy
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Highlights: Cheese tasting, trulli, vineyards

Day 4: Loop Ride To Alberobello
Alberobello, Basilicata, Italy
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Highlights: Guided tour of Alberobello and learn more about trulli

Day 5: Bicycle To Ostuni
Ostuni, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Ostuni - La cittá bianca

Day 6: Loop Ride Through Valle D'itria
Itria Valley, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Ancient Olive Oil mill, Ride to the beach and Carovigno

Day 7: Gallipoli
Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Ceramics of Grottaglie, Ionian Coast, Ancient Gallipoli

Day 8: Masseria Ruri Pulcra
Gulf of Taranto, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Scenic beaches, overnight in a working farm or “Masseria”

Day 9: Otranto
Otranto, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Riding along the Adriatic Coast, and between ancient fortresses and guard towers, Otranto

Day 10: Tour Ends In Lecce, Southern Italy
Lecce, Apulia, Italy
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Highlights: Lecce, nature reserve

This evening, we'll celebrate the end of our journey with a farewell dinner.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Use of a Quality 27 to 30-Speed Bicycle
  • 11 Days, 10 Nights' Accommodations
  • 7 Dinners with Wine, 1 Lunch and 10 Breakfasts
  • Van Support
  • 2 or 3 Bilingual Tour Leaders
  • Guided Visit of Matera
  • Guided Visit of Alberobello
  • 1 Wine, 1 Cheese Tasting
  • An Olive Mill Visit

NOTES

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Total Distance: 417-437 km (257-269 miles).

Daily Distance: Average daily mileage 49km (29 miles).

What to Expect: Mixture of Greek & Italian cultures, Classic Puglian landscapes, The beautiful scenery of the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, Hillside villages, World Heritage sites. Gentle hills that will require that you use your gears to reach the top. Pavement may be rough or uneven in places.


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