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Puglia Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Italy's Sun-Drenched Adriatic Coast

  • Unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
  • The World Heritage sites of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli and Matera with a maze of prehistoric caves
  • Taste regional wines, learn to make pasta and enjoy home-cooked Pugliese specialties
  • Bike from coast to coast, from the Ionian to the Adriatic
  • Superb coastal vistas and opportunities to relax en route over coffee and gelato

The map says Italy. The heel of the "boot." Though you may feel you've strayed into Greece. And that's a part of Puglia's appeal. Endless olive groves. A rugged coastline and the blue-green Adriatic. The people are welcoming and down-to-earth. The cuisine rustic and satisfying. You and your family have found the perfect escape.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses  Journey to the World Heritage site of Matera, one of Italy's most fascinating towns  Some 9,000 years ago, humans inhabited the canyon's caves, creating what UNESCO calls “the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean”  Soak up the authentic feel of this 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. 

Day 2 Ever wondered how mozzarella is made? It's your chance to learn  Explore the World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli, unusual round stone buildings topped with conical gray slate roofs  Bike into the surrounding landscape, an artist's dream, with its vibrant palette of reddish brown soil, green grass and blue skies.

Day 3 Start the day off with an espressino freddo, Puglia's delicious cold sweet coffee  Take in unbeatable views of ancient olive groves as you 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 Enjoy a two-wheeled journey through peaceful farmland and scenic roads down the Adriatic coast  Along the way, delight in views of the azure Adriatic and its picturesque white-sand beaches  Savor local produce, fresh seafood and regional wines.

Days 5-6 Superb coastal vistas, extraordinary grottoes and opportunities to swim in the sea  Bike to the "heel of the boot" on a spectacular seaside ride to the tiny village of Santa Maria di Leuca  Take a final spin over undulating terrain toward Uggiano la Chiesa  Delight in an evening of lively traditional music and folk dancing  The trip ends in historic Lecce, a city famed for its beautiful Baroque architecture.

The landscape in Puglia is pretty flat so the riding on this trip is quite doable for a variety of abilities. There's beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy, intriguing trulli structures to visit (like little stone Hobbit houses), atmospheric whitewashed towns and of course, some of the most delicious seafood and pasta you'll find anywhere in Italy. Hope to see you and your family there!
Carlos Martinez Abad- Regional Manager - Italy
$3,698
pp dbl. occ.
(+$470 for sgl. occ.)

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Palazzo Viceconte

Palazzo Viceconte

Matera (1 night)

This beautifully renovated 18th-century palace offers unsurpassed views of Matera's sassi from its rooftop terrace.

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)

Le Capase Resort

Le Capase Resort

Villaggio Paradiso (2 nights)

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Adriatic, this resort features a stunning infinity pool and walking path to the sea below. (pool)

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The landscape in Puglia is pretty flat so the riding on this trip is quite doable for a variety of abilities. There's beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy, intriguing trulli structures to visit (like little stone Hobbit houses), atmospheric whitewashed towns and of course, some of the most delicious seafood and pasta you'll find anywhere in Italy. Hope to see you and your family there!

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Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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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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 13 1400 23 2400
2 28* 900 36* 1500 57* 2000
3 18 1900 27* 2300 48 2600 60 2900
4 21* 700 36* 1100 51 1900
5 27* 1800 51 3600
6 12 500
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings 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

Sweet Home Bella Puglia

Many Backroads Trip Leaders live in this beautiful southern corner of Italy, including our Trip Expert. Several have even married and started families here. So who better to ensure you enjoy the best culinary, cultural and biking experiences Puglia has to offer – not to mention memorable meetings with our local friends? Welcome to our home.

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.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Puglia designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, 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.

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.

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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 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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

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

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