PATH self guided cycling tours: Secret Puglia 8 days bike tour

Cycling                    Puglia, local food, wine & traditions of southern Italy


Cycling Puglia, a tour for active gourmets

A classic bike tour transformed into an extraordinary gourmet experience, a bicycle trip of Southern Puglia to enjoy the best local food, wine and traditions of this unspoiled corner of Southern Italy.

On this trip you will tour southern Puglia cycling trough charming old villages and stone walls, sleeping in luxury Masserie (old farm house) and tasting the best food and wine that Puglia can offer.
You will meet the local and understand more about the Apulian culture and heritage. Professional sommeliers, chefs and artisan will follow you in this extraordinary discovery making this tour an unforgettable gourmet experience .

The trip starts from Monopoli, charming fishing town few km south of Bari, and gives you a chance to explore the itria Valley and Salento area, from Alberobello to Otranto, cycling through Lecce and Gallipoli, along the adriatic and ionian coast and spending 1 or 2 night in each hotel with the possibility to skip some of the rides if you wish.

This bike tours of Puglia will let you enjoy peaceful and leasure rides along back roads, with low or not traffic at all, cycling among ancient olive groves, roman roads and Trulli, rural churches, dolmens and crypts that not all bicycle tours will let you see.




As a local company we support the local community and offer unique bike trips and routes, designed for both the leisure and the avid cyclist, with the option to choose short or long daily rides.
All our guided or self guided bike and gourmet tours are a marvelous combination of field trips & gastronomic excursions, gourmet meals, hands on cookery lessons & practical demonstrations of how the local dishes are crafted, enriched by guided tasting sessions of selected local products with our expert somelier, chefs and confectioners.
All bike tours can be tailor made adding extra days and activities.

Cycling                       Puglia tour program

Day 1, 2 & 3 | Monopoli, Alberobello, Martina Franca & the Valle d'Itria

The valle d'Itria offers suggestive itineraries and views, with green strips of green land with oaks, almonds, carobs and cherries, where the old towns are like white sheets spread out to dry. From here we'll start our marvellous journey through archaeology, history, art and food throughout a land of artists, shepherds, farmers and sailors, exploring the archaeological site of Egnatia, cycling from Monopoli to the Unesco site of Alerobello, exploring the elegant Martina Franca and dining in Ostuni, the white city.

Day 4, 5 | Lecce & Southern Salento
Two days to visit Lecce and explore the surrounding coutryside delighting your sense with the local food & wine, astonishing your view with the Boroque architecture, Castles and Palaces that make this region unique, while our knowledable guides tells you everithing about its history.

Day 6 | Gallipoli & the ionian coast
Explore the ionian coast riding through old and charming villages, fashinating landscapes, to reach the fishing town of Gallipoli enjoying the local food & wine with the people that craft it.

Day 7 & 8 | Otranto, the adriatic coast & Santa Maria di Leuca
Cristalline water, amazing rocky gardens and eclectic villas, intimate wine tastings and more epicurean adventure will disclose the eastern strip of Italy after a coast to coast ride to reach the adriatic sea.

Daily cycling distances from 25 to 65k.

Please ask for a detailed itinerary and program.

Shorter bike tours and breaks also available .

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Trip details

Meet | Depart:Monopoli | Otranto
Trip Length: 9 Days | 8 nights
Activity Level:Easy
Daily Rides:20k to 65k
Dates:every day from March to October
9 days Classic from € enquiry
9 days Luxe from € enquiry

Trip highlights

  • Introduction to the local food & culture
  • Private cultural tours
  • Extraordinary landscapes and sceneries
  • Guided food and wine tastings with local experts and producers

This trip includes

  • Luxury accommodation & buffet breakfast
  • gourmet dinner with wine
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Information pack maps and instruction
  • Free use of top notch hybrid bikes
  • Local support through the tour
  • food & wine experiences
  • Please enquire to know the complete inclusion list

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Not included

  • Flight
  • personal & travel insurance
  • Tips, gratuities and everything not mentioned within the includes list

Accommodation

  • Savelletri > Masseria Torre Coccaro
  • M. Franca > Villa San Martino
  • Ostuni > La Sommita'
  • Lecce > Risorgimento Lecce
  • Otranto > Masseria Montelauro

Notes

  • Fluctuating exchange rate could determine small price changes
  • We reserve the right to operate small itinerary's revisions in an attempt to provide the best possible experience given route conditions and available services
  • 2 days Matera extension available from € 200 pp based on two sharing

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