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Puglia Bike Tour

Culture, Cuisine & Historic Sites along the Adriatic Sea

  • Enjoy unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
  • Participate in a sommelier-led tasting of full-bodied primitivo and other notable Pugliese vini
  • Discover the World Heritage sites of Alberobello, known as the Trulli District, and Matera, with a maze of prehistoric caves
  • Dine on mouthwatering and organic homemade Pugliese dishes with a perfect wine pairing at each course

Puglia is genuine. Untouched. And there's no better way to experience it than by bike. Cycle past olive trees and seaside towns. Ride through a sunny paradise between the blue waves of the Adriatic and the flawless green of Basilicata. Share a table with the kindest people on the Italian peninsula. Welcome to Italy less traveled. Welcome to Puglia.

Puglia Italy Biking Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Bike past fields of fennel and a sea of shimmery olive trees | Wander the sun-bleached fishing town of Polignano a Mare, with winding streets and limestone cliffs | Join a cooking demonstration and sommelier-led tasting of well-known Pugliese wines at a traditional masseria (fortified farmhouse).

Day 3 Explore Alberobello, a World Heritage site with 1,500 cone-roofed trulli, on a walking tour with a local guide and learn about these intriguing and unique structures | Pedal rolling country roads through the fertile Val d'Itria | A mozzarella master in a typical trullo shows us how this cheese is made.

Day 4 A peaceful route leads to Ostuni, crowned by a Gothic cathedral | Enjoy a refreshing espressino freddo in Cisternino, an enchanting 7th-century town | Discover charming Monopoli while you stroll its seafront promenade and maze of narrow lanes.

Days 5-6 Journey to the World Heritage site of Matera | Humans inhabited the canyon's caves 9,000 years ago in what UNESCO calls “the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean” | Soak up the ancient town, with its intriguing history and sublime views | Cap off your trip with a ride or a walk through Matera with a local expert.

The 3 guides we had on our trio took our experience to the next level. We are all sophisticated traveler/business people so we need competent, confident (and fun) professionals who are looking out for our safety as well as challenging us. We got that, but so much more from each of our guides. There were funny, patient, engaging and could read the group and it's needs well. We would all consider them friends after spending a week with them as we enjoyed their company so much on and off of the bikes. I am sure all the guides are equally fabulous but we can't help hoping our next trip in Oct 2017 will be with our same three.
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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.

Accommodations

We stay one night at Sextantio le Grotte della Civita, an elegant and simple hotel set within prehistoric caves in the World Heritage cave dwelling site of Matera. Although the hotel offers all the modern amenities and comforts you can expect from a Premiere Hotel, the luxury rooms are quite literally caves with little natural light and unfinished stone surroundings. Rest assured that this hotel offers a truly unique experience and is well worth the stay.
$4,398 - $4,698
pp dbl. occ.
(+$810 to $1,030 for sgl. occ.)

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6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

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Bari, Italy

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Il Melograno

Il Melograno

Monopoli (2 nights)

A tastefully restored 17th-century masseria (fortified farmhouse) surrounded by orchards of olive trees. (pool, spa)

Masseria San Domenico

Masseria San Domenico

Savelletri di Fasano (2 nights)

An Andrew Harper Grand Award recipient with "a winning combination of international comfort and refined rusticity," overlooking the Adriatic Sea. (pool, spa)

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita

Matera (1 night)

A truly unique experience awaits at this elegantly distinctive property, which claims to be the world's only hotel set within prehistoric caves—indeed, the luxury rooms are literally caves with unfinished stone surroundings and little natural light.  

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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5.0

Best trip ever.....well until our follow up Oct 2017!!!!

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from Canada

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Comments about Puglia Bike Tour:

The 3 guides we had on our trio took our experience to the next level. We are all sophisticated traveler/business people so we need competent, confident (and fun) professionals who are looking out for our safety as well as challenging us. We got that, but so much more from each of our guides. There were funny, patient, engaging and could read the group and it's needs well. We would all consider them friends after spending a week with them as we enjoyed their company so much on and off of the bikes. I am sure all the guides are equally fabulous but we can't help hoping our next trip in Oct 2017 will be with our same three.

 
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Amazing Italian Adventure

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from Seattle, WA

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Comments about Puglia Bike Tour:

This was my first trip to Italy, and my first bike tour, so I was unsure what to expect. I loved it! It was wonderful not to have to decide where to stay or where to eat every day, and our trip leaders provided so much interesting information that I never would have gotten if we had traveled on our own. All 3 leaders were approachable, personable, fun, professional and knowledgeable. They also had uncanny timing when we were out biking, turning up exactly when we needed them!

 
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Excellent experience

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from Boston, MA

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Comments about Puglia Bike Tour:

We had a fantastic time - lucked out with (mostly) great weather, but the guides were all excellent - they made the trip. Great routes for the rides to cities I had never heard of but that were drop-dead gorgeous, the accomodations and the meals were all top-notch. The hotel in Matera (the caves) was a highlight for our anniversary evening. Could not possibly recommend this trip more enthusiastically. We will be returning for more Backraods trips!

 
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I love Italy and i love exploring it with Backroads!

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from New York, NY

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Comments about Puglia Bike Tour:

Our 15th trip with Backroads and another amazing vacation! Great biking, great food, great wine, great accommodations, great leaders.

 
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A Beautiful Part of Italy

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from Park City, UT

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Comments about Puglia Bike Tour:

One of the best trips I have taken. Great leaders, wonderful choices of hotels, and a nice diversity of routes, lunches and dinners...great coffee stops, too! Thanks.

 
5.0

Puglia is Perfect!

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from San Francisco, CA

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Comments about Puglia Bike Tour:

Backroads never fails to impress me. This was my 4th trip with them and they pulled out all the stops. Varied riding, excellent wine and food. Such deep roots and connections to the Pugliese culture. I felt like a local!! Plus if you are into veggies and fish -- this is the place for you!

 
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Fantastic Trip

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from Bristol, RI

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My experience biking in the Puglia region of Italy with Backroads was exceptional. The guides were incredibly personable and helpful. The accomadations were first class, the food delicious, and the region breathtaking. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

 
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Alberobella is a delightful town with great views/history

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from Roseville, ca

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The massarias we stayed at and the meals served were exceptional.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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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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 17 700 24 1000
2 21* 700 23* 1400 37 2400 47 3400
3 14* 1700 36 2200 49 2900
4 18* 1200 26* 2300 41 2500 61 3000
5 20* 1000 33* 2600 53* 3000 63 3600
27* 1400
6 11* 1100 23 2200
Matera Walking Tour (1.5 Hours)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Puglia

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Puglia trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Puglia—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Puglia

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Puglia, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Puglia

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Puglia. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Puglia live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Puglia, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Puglia trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,298 pp dbl occ

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