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 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

From $4,649 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

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

Casual & 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 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

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

Casual & 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: Jun

From Ancient Matera to the Adriatic Sea

The map says Italy. The "heel of the boot." Though you may feel you've strayed into Greece. And that's 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've found your family's perfect escape.

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Highlights

  • Visit the World Heritage sites of Alberobello and its 1,500 trulli, and Matera, with a fascinating maze of prehistoric caves
  • Learn to make fresh pasta with an expert and enjoy family dinners of irresistible home-cooked Pugliese specialties
  • Bike from coast to coast, from the Ionian to the Adriatic, with opportunities to relax en route over coffee and gelato
  • Relish superb coastal vistas and unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
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Italy

Start Bari

End Lecce

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

As you ride, take in mesmerizing views of lost-in-time villages, olive trees and traditional farmhouses • Travel to Matera, a World Heritage site and one of Italy's most captivating towns • Humans inhabited this canyon’s caves some 9,000 years ago, creating what UNESCO calls "the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean" • Immerse yourself in the authentic feel of this remarkable town, with its intriguing history and spectacular sights.

Accommodations

Night 1

Palazzo Viceconte
Matera
Casual Plus Hotel

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

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

Days 2-3

Description

Master the art of mozzarella-making in a hands-on demonstration • Admire unusual round stone buildings topped with conical gray slate roofs in the World Heritage site of Alberobello • Bike into the surrounding landscape, where a vibrant palette of reddish brown soil, green grass and blue skies inspires • Savor a mid-ride espressino freddo, Puglia's delicious cold sweet coffee • Ancient olive groves line the way as you ride to historic Ostuni, known as the White City, which spans three hilltops and is crowned by a Gothic cathedral • Sip regional wines, learn to make fresh pasta and enjoy a family dinner of Pugliese specialties prepared at a local masseria (fortified farmhouse).

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Masseria Cimino
Savelletri di Fasano

Surrounded by century-old olive groves and ancient Roman ruins, this historic farmhouse has been transformed into a luxurious hotel on the Adriatic. (pool)

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

Days 4-6

Description

Journey by bike through tranquil farmland and along scenic roads down the coast • Delight in views of the azure Adriatic and its postcard-perfect white-sand spiagge (beaches) • Sample local produce and freshly caught seafood • Unforgettable coastal vistas, extraordinary grottoes and opportunities to swim in the blue sea await • Ride to the heel of Italy's boot-shaped land • Arrive in the tiny hamlet of Santa Maria di Leuca • Bike one last time over undulating terrain toward Otranto • Celebrate with an evening of lively traditional music and folk dancing • Extend your family vacation in historic Lecce, a city famed for its beautiful baroque architecture.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Tenuta Centoporte
Otranto
Casual Hotel

This luxury Mediterranean retreat is built from classic Italian dry stone walls and highlights the greenery of the Puglia countryside. (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.

From $4,649 /person

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Hotels

Adventure-Ready Hotels

Ideally located with ready access to trip activities, our Casual hotels are also known for their character and charm.

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

Night 1

Palazzo Viceconte
Matera

Casual Plus Hotel

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

Nights 2-3

Masseria Cimino
Savelletri di Fasano

Surrounded by century-old olive groves and ancient Roman ruins, this historic farmhouse has been transformed into a luxurious hotel on the Adriatic. (pool)

Nights 4-5

Tenuta Centoporte
Otranto

Casual Hotel

This luxury Mediterranean retreat is built from classic Italian dry stone walls and highlights the greenery of the Puglia countryside. (pool, spa)

From $4,649 /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 $4,649 /person

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