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A masseria is a fortified farm house or country house on a country estate found in the region of Puglia. Masseria lodging ranges from rustic to luxurious and most are set in working farms producing olive oil, wine, or produce.

Italy Experiences

Enchanting Puglia

Enchanting Puglia Bike Tour

Itinerary

Our Enchanting Puglia Bike Tour is a luxury guided tour to a beautiful part of Italy. Puglia, the spur and heel of Italy’s boot, is an ideal cycling territory due to its mainly flat terrain.  It is also a food lover’s paradise, with a cuisine closely linked its local produce such as great olive oil and wine, sea food, chicory and  fava beans.

Alberobello  ~ Ostuni ~  Lecce
Luxury Guided  Tour,  7 Days/ 6 Nights

On this food and wine focused bike tour you will enjoy and learn how to cook regional specialties with a local chef including handmade Orecchiette pasta. With dishes enlivened with seafood, fruity green olive oil, fresh green vegetables and huge, bursting tomatoes, it is easy to see why Puglian cuisine is considered to be one of the most enviably healthy diets in Europe!

Here you will find wine produced from the Primitivo di Manduria, a distant cousin of California’s Zinfandel grape and Salice Salentino, a powerful red wine made primarily with Negro Amaro. Discover the unique trulli dwellings in the Itria valley, roaming the rural countryside: whitewashed houses with conical stone roofs which blend into the well-tended orchards and vineyards of this vast and historic landscape.

Day 1: Welcome to Puglia!

Welcome to Puglia! Following your transfer to the villa, there will be a briefing and a custom fitting for you to your bikes. Take a short test ride to the old town of Ostuni for delicious welcome dinner at restaurant ‘la taverna della gelosia’. You will be based at the stylish and unique Masseria Cervarolo, complete with trulli is a fortified Puglian working farm, built in the 16th century, just 6 km from Ostuni village.

Day 2: Alberobello and a Cooking Lesson

This morning we bike out to Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, soaking in sweeping views of the beautiful Itria Valley. Enjoy the peaceful countryside while riding past olive groves and rock-scattered fields to the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello with its fascinating trulli – stone houses with conical roofed topped with pinnacles or spheres. Distance 60 km/37,5 miles.

Day 3: Castellana grotte

Take a tour to the cool limestone caves of Grotte di Castellana, skirting the ocean on an relaxed flat ride past ancient olive groves and along the Adriatic coast to the pre- Roman and Roman archaeological site of Egnazia, Savelletri & Torre a Canne on the coast. The laid back pace of today’s rides allows you to take time to charmed by the sky blue of the sea which seems to melt into the white of the calcareous rock dotted. landscape. Distance 57km/36miles.

Day 4: Castellaneta and Matera

Today your destination is the ancient (even from an Italian point of view!) cave dwellings centre of Sassi di Matera. Cycle through beautiful countryside in the Murge park, with its many restored and ruined trulli, pausing in Palagianello and Castellaneta, the birthplace of Rodolfo Valentino. Here take a slight detour to see the striking “gravina” or canyon at the edge of town. Finish the day with a guided walking tour of the stunning sassi of Matera, cave dwellings dating back to the troglodyte era. Distance 82 km/51miles.

Day 5: Martina France and Olive Oil Tasting

Take a cycling tour to Martina Franca and the beautiful val d’ Itria. The former is a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, well preserved Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo. This region is world renowned for its high quality olive oil, and so on the way back stop at Frantoio d’amico for a tasting and lunch. Distance 45km/ 28 miles.

Day 6: Lecce and wine tour in Salento

Cycle at a relaxed pace to the pink city of Lecce, taking a secondary road to Cellino San Marco in order to fit in a tasting session at a winery. After lunch transfer 20 minutes to Lecce, the capital of the Salento Province for an tour of the incomparable baroque architecture. After the visit we will return home for a memorable farewell cooking lesson and dinner at your villa accommodation, accompanied, of course by excellent wine. Distance 62 km/38,5 miles.

Day 7: Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour!

After a farewell breakfast all together at your villa we provide transfer to Bari airport/train station.

What’s Included?

Included in this trip:
Six nights luxury accommodation at the Masseria Cervarolo, Ostuni
six dinners & two lunches
Three cooking classes;
One wine tasting;
One olive oil tasting;
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
All Shuttles and technical assistance;
Van support;
experienced English speaking guides;
Water bottles;
Transfer on day one from station;
Transfer to the airport on day seven
Sales taxes

What’s not included?

Airfare to Italy, train to Bari, 3 lunches, alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature, rent of bike

Dates and Pricing

Dates & Prices 2017:  
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Bike rental
Touring/hybrid bike:  €140
High-end race bike: €170

Helpful Notes

Dates & Prices 2017:  
Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for 2017 dates & prices

This itinerary can also be booked as part of a tailor made itinerary throughout most of the year. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Luxury Accommodation
6 nights at the Masseria Cervarolo, Ostuni.

Please see our listing here: READ MORE >  for details about the Masseria Cervarolo

 

Difficulty Level

Our daily itinerary of cycling is designed to be a vacation, not a race! Our pace is relaxed in order to enjoy the scenery gently rolling terrain and  some hills. We will cover an average of 20 to 25 miles a day. Advanced cyclists who want to do more are accommodated, and backup transportation and support is always available. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.