Puglia to Basilicata Family Bike Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

From $5,599 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Puglia to Basilicata Family Bike Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: May, Sep

Culture & Cuisine from Matera to il Mare

Puglia is genuine. Untouched. And there's no better way to experience it with your family 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.

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Highlights

  • Ride up to unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
  • Join in a fun and informative sommelier-led tasting of full-bodied Primitivo and other notable vini Pugliesi
  • Discover the World Heritage sites of Alberobello, known as the Trulli District, and Matera, with its prehistoric caves
  • Dine on mouthwatering and organic homemade Pugliese dishes with a perfect wine pairing at each course
Italy Puglia Salento to Matera Family Bike Tour map

Italy

Start/End Bari

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Journey on our family bike tour in Puglia 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 otherworldly feel of this ancient town, with its fascinating history and sublime views • Take the afternoon to ride or a walk through Matera with a local expert.

Accommodations

Night 1

Sant'Angelo Resort
Matera
Premiere Hotel

Set in the extraordinary amphitheater of Sassi di Matera, the Sant’Angelo Resort offers sweeping views of labyrinthine houses and staircases and of the rugged Gravina Canyon.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Bike along Italy's Adriatic Coast past tiny fishing villages and the lost-in-time city of Egnazia • Turn your wheels inland and ride among 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 • Celebrate the region's flavors with a family dinner at a traditional farmhouse • Discover charming Monopoli while you stroll its seafront promenade and maze of narrow lanes.

 

Accommodations
Il Melograno

(2 nights)

Nights 2-3

Il Melograno
Monopoli
Premiere Hotel

A tastefully restored 17th-century masseria (fortified farmhouse) surrounded by orchards of olive trees. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

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 • Ride rolling country roads through the fertile Valle d'Itria • A mozzarella master in a typical trullo shows us how this cheese is made • A peaceful cycling route along country roads leads to Ostuni, a historic settlement crowned by a Gothic cathedral • Enjoy a refreshing post-ride espressino freddo with your family in Cisternino, a captivating 7th-century town.

Accommodations
Borgo Egnazia

(2 nights)

Nights 4-5

Borgo Egnazia
Savelletri di Fasano
Premiere Hotel

This opulent hotel effortlessly blends Puglia's architectural elegance with modern amenities and superior comfort. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Biking in Puglia

Roads in Puglia and most of southern Italy are not always as well maintained as those found in other parts of Italy. Although our routes are quiet and picturesque, you can expect some rough patches of road along the way. Also, litter can occasionally be part of the landscape, especially when approaching small villages. For most, these challenges are offset by Puglia's beautiful countryside and warm hospitality.

Service Standards

The slower pace and relaxed approach to life in Puglia is one of the highlights of this spectacular region and is reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe.

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Sant'Angelo Resort
Matera

Premiere Hotel

Set in the extraordinary amphitheater of Sassi di Matera, the Sant’Angelo Resort offers sweeping views of labyrinthine houses and staircases and of the rugged Gravina Canyon.

Nights 2-3

Il Melograno
Monopoli

Premiere Hotel

A tastefully restored 17th-century masseria (fortified farmhouse) surrounded by orchards of olive trees. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

Nights 4-5

Borgo Egnazia
Savelletri di Fasano

Premiere Hotel

This opulent hotel effortlessly blends Puglia's architectural elegance with modern amenities and superior comfort. (pool, spa)

From $5,599 /person

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Racer 2.0
Backroads Next Generation Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Redesigned for 2024
  • Next gen titanium frame with carbon wheels
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike
  • $650 rental fee; subject to availability
  • Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS
  • Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package
  • Built for hard-core riders
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike
  • $400 rental fee
  • Hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed Cro-Moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train
  • Custom upgraded wheelset
  • Best for riders with some tandem experience.

From $5,599 /person

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