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Mediterranean Flavours of Puglia

Our Mediterranean Flavours of Puglia Bike tour is a journey that reflects all that is authentic, culturally rich, sustainable and superlative in the world of travel today.

Pulgia Trulli

http://sarajohnson-art.co.uk/links/ Alberobello ~ Ostuni~ Lecce
7 Day/ 6 Night, Guided Tour

From Euro 2800.00 per person sharing. 

This southern corner of  Italy’s ‘heel’ is an exotic and unique region due to its historic interaction with Greek, Norman and Arab cultures . These blended influences can still be seen today, most notably in the surviving vernacular architecture – with  its Romanesque churches Baroque towns and charming Trulli, squat houses of whitewashed stone and unusual conical roofs.  This culturally rich and authentic heritage has led in part to Puglia being named one of National Geographic’s Best of the World travel experiences. This trip takes you along coastal roads through Adriatic fishing ports then inland past olive groves, vineyards and grazing sheep. It also offers you the chance to enjoy the region’s exceptional cuisine with its abundant seafood, fresh vegetables, homemade pasta and outstanding bread.

Day 1: Welcome to Puglia!

Arrive in Monopoli, a coastal town with a beautiful aragonese castle before setting off to check into your rooms at your first luxury hotel in the countryside. Meet and greet with your guides during your bike-fitting session. Overnight at il Melograno, Monopoli, a beautiful 17th century Masseria. Distance: 20 km/12,5 miles

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Day 2: Polignano & Castellana grotte

After setting off from Monopoli we pedal through groves of olive trees to the spectacular cool limestone caves of Grotte di Castellanna . Following this, we cycle to Polignano a Mare, a postcard perfect whitewashed village overlooking the Adriatic: be sure to explore the old town’s narrow winding streets and marvel at the incredible views of the bright blue sea. Return to your charming Masseria for a poolside apertif. Distance: 50km/31 miles

Day 3: Alberobello & Ostuni

Cycle along rolling country roads lined with ancient stone walls through the fertile Valle d’Itria (Itria valley). Your goal is Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its unique historic architecture consisting of whitewashed trulli with conical roofs dating back to the 13th century. Afterwards, follow the coastal panoramic road through the towns of Savelletri, Torre Canne and up to Ostuni. Overnight at Ostuni Palace, a four star luxury hotel in the centre of charming Ostuni. Distance 58km/ 36 miles.

Day 4: Martina Franca & olive oil  tasting

Your highlight today is a loop bike ride to the picturesque Martina Franca.  This historic walled hill town is reached following a ride along roads  dotted with olive groves, vineyards, maquis shrub and ancient oak trees to Carovigno and Ceglie Messapica, and is  a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo. This region is famous for the quality of its olive oil, which you will get to sample following a ride to Frantoio d’amico, for a tasting and lunch. Return to Ostuni for dinner at Taverna della gelosia.  Distance 95km/ 59 mikes.

Day 5: Winery Liveli & Lecce 

Take a leisurely ride from the Ostuni to Cellino San Marco and Liveli, one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries. After a tour with the vineyard’s expert oenologist,  enjoy lunch & wine tasting in a dining room overlooking the aging barrels. Following this, continue on to the pink city Lecce, often referred to as the gem of Apulia. In Lecce, you stay at the luxury heritage residence, the Risorgimento Resort. Distance 62 km/38,5 miles.

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Day 6: Santa Cesarea & Zinzalusa

Today, take a coastal route along the Adriatic, pausing at the wonderful historic seaside town of Otranto. Discover beautiful spots and striking views including brightly painted houses and the fortress walls overlooking the south bank of the harbor.  Pedaling on we pass Santa Cesarea, famed 16th century since the  for its hot springs and  the striking Grotta Zinzalusa sea cave. Return to Lecce for your overnight stay. Farewell Dinner at Le due Corti, known for its authentic local food. Distance 55 km/34 miles.

Day 7:  Arrivederci ancora!

After a farewell breakfast, enjoy sightseeing in  the beautiful baroque town of Lecce.

2019 departure: October 20th – 26th

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Masseria Cervarolo

The Masseria Cervarolo complete with trulli is a fortified Puglian working farm, built in the 16th century, just 6 km from Ostuni village.

Ostuni, Puglia, Italy                                                                                      Tel. +39.0831.303729, Email: info@masseriacervarolo.it

The Masseria Cervarolo was once  a residence and a working farm and has been lovingly restored, respecting the original architecture and materials, the trulli, the courts, the walls, the altar, the fireplaces and floors. The surrounds ignite your senses: the sight of the white stone contrasting with the cobalt-blue sky; the scent of orange trees; the comforting sounds of nature; the taste of fresh, local cuisine. Come evening, personable owners, Teo and Patrizia, may join you for a craft beer or a glass of local wine before you settle down to superb fresh Puglian produce. What is not to love!!

Each of the 6 trulli, once a peasant’s workshop, is now a serene bedroom. Every one of the hotel’s  18 rooms have been furnished with restored furniture and have been embellished with traditional fabrics and handmade crafts.

Activities include wine and olive oil tastings, cookery classes, spa treatments and, of course, biking in the beautiful surrounding country side. Unwind with a yoga session, explore the historical region, hike or bike the much-conquered Puglian plains, or take a quiet moment in the Masseria’s baroque chapel.  The masseria is home to a small church, dedicated to Our Lady Of Sorrow Virgin Mary (1798), with a wonderful polychromatic baroque altar and several frescos.

The hotel has been awarded an EU Ecolabel for its environmentally sustainable practices, and power is supplied by solar panels. Food served on site is all locally grown or hand-made.

You will discover the superb landscapes of the Valle d’Itria while participating in our Cooking and Cycling in Puglia bike trip,  that leads you from Alberobello to Ostuni and Lecce. Enjoy!!

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Italy ~ Tailor Made For You

Create your very own tailor made bike tour in Italy that includes everything you want – and nothing you don’t. This is your vacation – where, when, and how you want it, to share with whomever you choose. Select any existing Italy itinerary and turn it into a private trip, or design your own adventure – we’ll apply our style and customize it to be everything you dreamed of, and more.

Our guides in Italy have an indepth local knowledge, enabling  us to develop a trips that offers the best il meglio! Our experience means we have a firm grasp of what is possible.  We take the worry out of your trip so that you can relax and enjoy the freedom of biking or the pleasure of walking the countryside!

Celebrating an anniversary or wish to Honeymoon in Italy? Or simply planning a small group getaway for family and friends? We look after all the logistics; van hire, luggage transfers, booking of special events, hotels & villa rental, restaurants, quiet roads.

Create your own tour!

Before proceeding you may want to go through our list of guided and self guided bike tours in all Tuscany, Elba island, Umbria, Sardinia island, Dolomites and southern Italy Puglia. Decide upon the region you want to spend time in. Fancy some walking as well as biking? Stay in a villa or a bed & breakfast, boutique hotel or spa?

Contact us today and get your private trip in Italy underway!

Enchanting Puglia

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.

il Melograno

Il Melograno, Puglia, overlooks the Adriatic Sea and lies on the green hills that are directed towards the Murgia. Here you will find trulli (cylindrical homes with cone roofs in Southern Italy) and caves, the hills and the sea, the olive groves and woods, traditions and flavours, smells and vibrant colours.

Monopoli, Puglia, Italy                                                                                 Tel: +39 080 6909030, Email: info@melograno.com

Located between the majestic olive trees of the Puglia countryside, halfway between the green hills and the blue of the Adriatic Sea, the 5 star hotel Il Melograno enjoys a location of rare and striking beauty.  Built in the sixteenth century as a commission of the Order of the Knights of Malta, the farmhouse, known as “La Torricella” (the little tower) due to its shape which is reminiscent of a fortified tower, has for centuries been at the heart of the district where it is located so much so that it has given it its name. A careful restoration, begun in 1986, has transformed the farmhouse into a 5-star hotel. The owner Camillo Guerra, a known antique dealer, personally oversaw the restoration, which has been faithful to the building’s original appearence.

Nestled in a square draped with bougainvillea, between the jasmine and wayfaring trees, the 31 rooms and 6 suites are beautifully decorated by the owner. Guests can relax at il Melograno’s private beach ‘Lido Tamerici’ 8 km from the farmhouse or remain at the hotel and enjoy the newly built and highly refined “Wellness Workshop” SPA which offers a wide selection of personalised treatments for the face and body. Two floodlit tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and jogging track satisfy guests who prefer outdoors physical activity.

In the hotel restaurant you can enjoy typical dishes of Mediterranean cuisine prepared with great skill to enhance the simplicity of the carefully selected ingredients. The flavor of fresh garden vegetables and its self-produced olive oil, give the dishes a genuinely authentic taste. Puglia, known in ancient times as Oenotria, thanks to a mild and temperate climate, produces well-known high quality wines in the inland areas, which are exported all over the world and can be tasted in the hotel cellar, along with a wide selection of Italian wines.

Il Melograno is one of the luxury hotels as part of  the Mediterranean flavors of Puglia bike tour.

Il Melograno can also be booked as part of a tailor made itinerary in Puglia.  Please contact us as tours@cycleswest.com for more information.

Guided Bike Tours in Italy

Would you like a bike adventure where you can join a group of fellow cyclists?

Every tour is a  hand-crafted experience by our elite team of trip designers, highlighting the best of each region.

Our guided tours offer a level of flexibility that gives you individual attention. For example if you wish to skip an afternoon ride and head directly to the spa or perhaps you wish for  just one more epic climb before getting out of the saddle? For those who prefer additional miles and more challenging options, we can offer this flexibility.

With our average group size of 10-14 travelers, we are able to provide a high level of personal attention and  service. Our accommodations have been selected for authentic charm and modern comforts. Wonderful meals, local cuisine  & wine is part of our culture.

Self Guided Bike Tours in Italy

Discover Italy by bike, at your own pace, without having to join a group. We have the perfect solution for you: self guided Bike Tours offer you detailed itineraries. Our self-guided bike tours offer you the independence to travel at your own pace on the dates you choose, over time tested routes while staying in delightful lodgings along the way and exploring the culture and the cuisine at your leisure.

Our self guided tours in Italy include sightseeing & restaurant recommendations, marked maps for five or six glorious days of bike touring over hill and dale, through one enchanting hill town after another, past miles and miles of classic vineyards and silvery olive groves. Off the beaten track routes that will keep you away from traffic.

Culinary Bike Tours in Italy

Our culinary bike tours in Italy create a total immersion in the art of Italian cooking. Each day your bike tour has a special destination that will satisfy your palate: a wine tasting in the cellar, pecorino or mozzarella cheese tasting at a farm or olive oil tasting at a local mill.

Each day your bike tour will include a hands-on cooking class or a visit to a local food artisan.  Be inspired, not only with new recipes, but also with the enthusiasm to merge these lessons into your lifestyle.

Sample world-renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, Parma and San Daniele ham, Modena balsamic vinegar, Genoa’s pesto, buffalo mozzarella from Campania, Alba truffles  andlocal cured meats ~ just some of the symbols that make Italy the land of good food.