Puglia Family Bike Tour
- Unbeatable views of ancient olive orchards, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
- Ride on quiet one-lane roads, cooled by sea breezes, under big blue skies
- A tasting of full-bodied primitivo and other notable Pugliese vini
- The World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli
- Kids learn the secrets to making gelato and mozzarella
Family Fun Along Italy's Adriatic Coast
I spy with my little eye...something white. Is it the caps on the waves of the Adriatic? Could be. What about "the white city" of Ostuni? No cigar. The white-chocolate gelato dripping off your chin? Mom! No, try again. It's not the buildings in that cute fishing village we passed a few miles back? Nope. Matera's pristine troglodyte caves? Guess again. Well, then it's got to be the trulli. Those fun cone-shaped houses? Finally, mom! I'd like to live in one of those houses, they're really cool. Hey, mom. Can we come back to Puglia? The people are super nice and biking every day is really fun. I'd like to come back too, dear. Now, race you to that next trullo!
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Navigating Bike RoutesAll roads lead to Rome - and locals here know the way without the need for street signs along their lovely country thoroughfares. As such, many of our bike routes follow roads with little or no signage, which may require more attention to the directions than you might expect. Be prepared to make a few more stops along the way to ensure you're on the right track.
Days 1-2 Delicious meals of fresh seafood, local produce and homemade pasta are sure to appeal to the tastes of every member of the family Pedal past fields of strawberries and fennel, and a sea of shimmery olive trees Investigate the nooks and crannies of Polignano a Mare, a fishing town with narrow winding streets and limestone cliffs Soak up unbeatable views of whitewashed hamlets and age-old farmhouses The younger set gets the chance to exlore an incredible system of caves.
Day 3 Alberobello: a World Heritage site with 1,500 cone-roofed trulli - kids of all ages love these whimsical dwellings! Join our local guide on a walking tour to learn about these unique stone buildings, constructed without mortar A family spin along rolling country roads leads through the fertile Val d'Itria to Savelletri, a small fishing town with a picturesque setting on the Adriatic.
Day 4 Peaceful lanes lead to Ostuni, la città bianca (the white city), which spans three hilltops and is crowned by a Gothic cathedral Kids connect with their inner artist at a traditional plate painting class by the beach.
Days 5-6 Hey, kids! Ever wonder how mozzarella is made? Learn how it's done during a visit to an agriturismo with a mozzarella master Cooled by sea breezes, pedal beneath big blue skies and along the Murgia, a mighty limestone plateau Uncover the secrets of Matera and discover its sassi, caves where troglodytes once lived! A World Heritage site, Matera is home to the largest number of prehistoric caves in the Mediterranean Youngsters learn the secrets of making gelato at one of our favorite gelaterie.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
For years now, we've been raving about how great the Puglia region would be for a family trip. And we've finally made it happen! The biking is great for a variety of abilities (the landscape here is pretty flat, so quite doable for the younger set). There's beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy, intriguing trulli structures (like little stone Hobbit houses) to check out, atmospheric whitewashed towns and of course, some of the most delicious seafood and pasta you'll find anywhere in Italy. Hope to see you there!- Regional Manager, Italy
Borgobianco Resort & Spa
Polignano a Mare (2 nights) A luxury resort set amid olive groves, with views of the sea. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Masseria Torre Maizza
Savelletri di Fasano (2 nights) Set on an ancient agricultural estate overlooking the Adriatic Sea, this boutique hotel offers a private beach, an inviting spa and warm local hospitality. (pool, spa, golf)
Matera (1 night) This beautifully restored hotel, located in the heart of Matera's historic center, features classic design, modern amenities and a distinctly chic atmosphere. (spa)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests $7,298 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $6,298 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|Kids Castellana Grotto Exploration (1.5 Hours)|
|Kids Afternoon Gelato Tour (1 Hour)|
|Kids Caramics Painting (2 Hours)|
|6||Matera Walking Tour (1.5 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle