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Puglia Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
  • The World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters at Torre Canne or simply laze on the beach
  • Bike from coast to coast, from the Ionian to the Adriatic
  • Superb coastal vistas and opportunities to relax en route over coffee and gelato

Call 800-462-2848, Every day 6am-6pm,PST

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Bike Italy's Sun-Drenched Adriatic Coast

The map says Italy. The heel of the "boot." Though at times you may feel you've strayed into Greece. And that's certainly a part of Puglia's distinctive appeal. Endless groves of silvery-gray olive trees. Low drystone walls hugging agricultural plots the size of throw-rugs. A rugged coastline and sparkling blue-green waters of the Adriatic. And the typically Pugliese profusion of conical-roofed stone trulli - the region's unofficial architectural emblems. Here you'll find the people welcoming and down-to-earth. The cuisine fresh, rustic and satisfying. Welcome to your perfect escape. Welcome to Puglia.

Straight Talk 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. Read the Straight Talk

Navigating Bike Routes

All 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.

Straight Talk
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 Routes

All 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.

Day 1 Unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses Pedal to the sun-bleached fishing town of Polignano a Mare, with narrow winding streets and limestone cliffs Savor stunning coastal scenery before spinning inland toward Conversano.

Day 2 The World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli, unusual round stone buildings topped with conical gray slate roofs Bike into the rolling hills of the Val d'Itria, a fertile patchwork of almond orchards, olive trees and vineyards Ever wondered how mozzarella is made? It's your chance to learn.

Day 3 Swim in the crystal-clear waters at Torre Canne or simply laze on the beach  Pedal to historic Ostuni, "the white city," which spans three hilltops and is crowned by a Gothic cathedral Taste regional wines, learn to make pasta and enjoy home-cooked Pugliese specialties at a local masseria (fortified farmhouse).

Day 4 A two-wheeled journey from coast to coast, from the Ionian to the Adriatic Spin over undulating terrain toward Otranto, an important historic and artistic center perched at the easternmost point of Italy Along the way, delight in views of the azure Adriatic and its picturesque white-sand beaches.

Days 5-6 Superb coastal vistas and opportunities to relax en route over coffee and gelato Bike to the "heel of the boot" on a spectacular seaside ride to the tiny village of Santa Maria de Leuca  Take a final ride through sunbaked hills before the trip ends in historic Lecce, a city famed for its beautiful Baroque architecture.

Casual & Premiere Inns*

Corte Altavilla
Corte Altavilla

Conversano (1 night) This former nobleman's home dates back to the 11th century and features private balconies that look out onto Conversano, "La Città d'Arte" (The City of Art). (spa)

Masseria Torre Coccaro
Masseria Torre Coccaro
* Premiere Inn

Savelletri di Fasano (2 nights) Set just a short distance from the sea, this onetime refuge for pilgrims and the Knights of Malta offers unique guest rooms, each with its own private garden. (pool, spa, golf)

Masseria Panareo
Masseria Panareo

Otranto (2 nights) A 15th-century country house perched on a hill, with great views of the Adriatic and the Cape of Otranto. (pool)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This trip was really a great one. The routes were truly on back roads with little traffic and beautiful scenery. Our trip seemed to be filled with extra experiences from exploring a sea grotto to olive oil tasting to dancing with a local band. I cannot think of one thing that I was unhappy with.
Barb Tokunaga
This was my first Backroads trip, and it exceeded all my expectations. There was a wonderful balance of biking, cultural, and culinary activities...as well as ample time for relaxation. Each day was so full, and the week passed too quickly. Yet, it was the perfect trip length. The guide at Alberobello is perhaps the most memorable. Again, it is that love and passion for his home that comes through and makes the tour so enjoyable. That, and the limoncello, rosecello, meloncello, almondcello, etc. that we got to sample!
Andrea Wang - Washington, DC
By far the best vacation I have ever had. The people in our group were wonderful and the Puglia region is definitely somewhere I would never have gone without Backroads. I really enjoyed riding with a small group and working together to follow the map, to encourage each other and to take turns leading. It was a fabulous experience.
Tammy Than - Birmingham, AL

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
September 2014
October 2014
2014 SINGLES-SOLOS DATES
September 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
April 2015
May 2015
September 2015
October 2015
2015 SINGLES-SOLOS DATES
September 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 17 900
2 23* 1100 45 1300 60 1700
3 27* 1200 40* 800 44 1500 62 1700
4 23* 300 48 1000
52 1300
5 30* 900 58 1800
6 10 200
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Crank it down While this trip is best for ratings 2-4, you'll find that you can still have a great time on this trip even if you're looking for an easier ride and fewer miles than your traveling companions. For instance, you might want to shuttle to a point closer to the next hotel, or even take the day off on a layover day. Please understand that your room may not be ready for your early arrival, but you can always use the spa or pool facilities.

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)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Puglia tour experts. See our award-winning Europe Italy biking tours, Europe Italy walking and hiking tours and Europe Italy multisport tours.

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Bari, Italy/Lecce, Italy

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Trip Notes

All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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