Italy's Puglia to Basilicata Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
From Ancient Matera to the Adriatic Sea
From $3,699 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights
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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.
- 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 delicious 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
Day 1 Pedal accompanied by remarkable views of whitewashed villages, olive trees 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.
Day 2 Ever wondered how mozzarella is made? It's your family's 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 ride to historic Ostuni, known as the White City, which spans three hilltops and is crowned by a Gothic cathedral | Taste regional wines, learn to make pasta and enjoy a family dinner of home-cooked Pugliese specialties at a local masseria (fortified farmhouse).
Day 4 Enjoy a bicycling journey through peaceful farmland and along 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 Get ready for superb coastal vistas, extraordinary grottoes and opportunities to swim in the blue 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 ride over undulating terrain toward Otranto | Delight in an evening of lively traditional music and folk dancing | Your family trip ends in historic Lecce, a city famed for its beautiful baroque architecture.
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. View cancellation policy.
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2020 Private Trip Pricing
- 10 or more guests: from $3,699 pp dbl occ
- 9 Guests: from $4,199 pp dbl occ
- 8 Guests: from $4,399 pp dbl occ
- 2-7 Guests: Give us a call or reach out here!
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