Puglia Active Gourmet | Guided Cycling Tour

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Cycling from Locorotondo and Alberobello, throgh Ostuni and Savelletri. Final stage in Lecce, the hearth of the Barocco di Puglia

Puglia, The spur and heel of Italy’s boot with its predominant flatness, is an ideal cycling territory. In this food and wine bike tour you will enjoy and learn how to cook regional specialties with a local chef: nothing matches the handmade Orecchiette
Dishes are enlivened with seafood, fruity green olive oil together with fresh green vegetables and huge, bursting tomatoes, considered one of the most enviably healthy diets in Europe!! Cycling creates appetite and perhaps nowhere else in Italy it is produced a food as fresh and good as it is here.
What about wine? You will find the Primitivo di Manduria, a distant cousin of California’s Zinfandel grape, another amazingly successful red wine is Salice Salentino, a powerful red wine made primarily with Negro Amaro.
Discover the unique trullo dwellings in the Itria valley, roaming the rural countryside, where you will see the whitewashed houses with conical stone roofs and will realize how they blend with the well-tended orchards and vineyards of the vast landscape. You can get a sense of what it might have been like to live in a Trullo hundreds of years ago.

Tour Details
Informations
Tour namePuglia Active Gourmet
Type of tourGuided, Luxury, cycling & cooking
Duration6 nights, 7 days
DeparturesScheduled and Private dates
DifficultyModerate
Total Distance313km / 194mi
Daily mileage55 to 64km / 35 to 40mi
StartLocorotondo
EndLecce
Suggested AirportsIn /Out: Bari

Highlights:

  • Unbeatable views of ancient olive groves, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
  • Ride on quiet one-lane orchard roads, cooled by sea breezes, under big blue skies
  • A sommelier-led tasting of full-bodied primitivo and other notable Pugliese vini
  • The World Heritage sites of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli and overnight in authentic Trullo
Inclusions
Not Included
Optional Services
  • 6 nights in Luxury resort and Country Masseria
  • 6 Breakfast, 6 Dinners & 2 Lunches
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • 1 Wine Tasting
  • 1 Olive Oil Tasting
  • All maps, Trip Notes and detailed Route Directions
  • All Shuttles and Technical Assistance
  • Support Van and all Baggage Transfers
  • Services of experienced Guides
  • Transfer from Bari train station to first hotel on day one
  • Transfer from hotel to Lecce train station on day seven
  • Keepsake BTS water bottle
  • Sales taxes
  • Airfare to Italy
  • Bike Rental
  • Train to Bari
  • Alcoholic / non-alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry expenses
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Pre and Post Additional Nights
  • Transfers to/from other destinations on the Island
Itinerary

Day 1Benvenuti in Puglia! Welcome in Southern Italy

Meeting in Bari train station and transfer to Leonardo Trulli resort
After everyone arrives at the villa, we will have a briefing and custom fit you to your bikes. Depending on time arrival we will have the time for a short test ride.
First cooking class with local Chef who will share secrets of local dishes as you help her chop fresh tomatoes and choose the perfect olives. After the class, we will all enjoy a delicious dinner together paired with some of our favorite local wine.
The first cooking lesson at Leonardo trulli followed by dinner

Lodging: Leonardo Trulli Resort
Meals included : Dinner

Day 2 Loop to Alberobello

Distance 55 km/34 miles

We start our cycling week with the nice ride to highlight of Alberobello.
After breakfast at the resort, start the bike ride inland: you will cycle through the peaceful countryside ride past olive groves and rock-strewn fields to the stunning Alberobello with its flood of unique trulli: whitewashed houses with conical stone roofs, the most famous architectural symbol for which the region is known, a guide will introduce in the trullo world. Once you have explored enough ride back to trulli resort – only 14 km or transfer by van –
Tonight dinner in Locorotondo – pizza

Lodging: Leonardo Trulli Resort
Meals included : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3Loop to Martina Franca

Distance 69 km /43 miles

Highlight today is Martina Franca and olive oil tasting at Frant’Olio.
We start form the resort and all on small secondary road – passing the village of Noci, we will get in Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo- First stop for a cappuccino in one pasticceria in the center.
Back in the saddle and reach Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, you will soak in sweeping views of the Itria Valley below and see firsthand why this town is starting to gain some serious international repute
Now is time to go at frantoio d’Amico where we have the olive oil tasting and lunch. Shuttle back to Resort or cycle. Back to villa by van in time tonight ready for a memorable cooking class followed by dinner!

Lodging: Leonardo Trulli Resort
Meals included : breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 From Locorotondo to Ostuni: Coastal Road & Torre Egnazia

Distance 55 km /40,5 miles

Today skirt ocean, the starting point for a perfect, easy, flat ride which heads north past ancient olive groves and along the Adriatic coast to the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the location of a Greco-Roman town dating as far back as the 4th century BC. From trulli Resort you will reach Savelletri on the coast then torre a canne still on the coast. You will be instantly charmed by the sky blue of the sea, that melts onto the white of the calcareous rock dotted here and there by the fichi d’india prickly pears. Last part is uphill to get in Ostuni village.

Dinner at Taverna della Gelosia
Lodging Ostuni Palace Hotel &
Meals included : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5Ostuni to Lecce + WIne tasting

Distance 56 km /35 miles

Bike ride from Ostuni to Cellino San Marco where winery is, the cycling is easy: all flat, all secondary road pasing through San Vito dei Normanni and Mesagne.
Liveli is one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries in Salento area. After a fascinating tour with the vineyard’s expert oenologist, we will be treated to a private lunch and wine tasting in a dining room overlooking the ageing barrels of wine. After lunch transfer to our Masseria just u of Lecce, the pink city, the Florence of the Baroque, the gleaming gem of Apulia.

Tonight dinner is at Osteria degli Spiriti
Lodging Lucia Giovanni Masseria & SPA
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6Loop to Santa Cesarea & Zinzalusa

Distance: 64 km/40 miles

Cycle skirting coast and ride passing Otranto: the old town center is the first compulsory stop to discover beautiful spots and views striking for the southern aspect of the houses, painted in bright colors and enclosed in the wall fortifications overlooking the south bank of the harbor. We pass Santa Cesarea hot spring and Grotta Zinzalusa it is a fantastic grotta on the seaside where is possible have a great view overlooking the panorama. You will love the tiny roads that sometimes seem like bike paths.

Farewell gourmet dinner at Masseria
Lodging hotel Masseria&spa LuciaGiovanni
Meals included : breakfast & Dinner

Day 7Farewell breakfast and Arrivederci! Good bye!

In Lecce train available to Bari or Brindisi Airport or fast train to other Italy destination
Meals included: Breakfast

Map

Map

Rates & Dates
Guided Bike Tour
Tour Price: 2900€

Price based on double accommodation, it can change according to the period.

Single occupancy: 490 €

2021 Departures

  • April 23th to 29th
  • September 24th to 30th
  • October 22nd to 28th

2022 Departures

  • April 21st to 27th
  • September 22nd to 28th
  • October 20th to 26th

Private & Custom departures at any time

Bike Rental: (price/week)
Touring/Hybrid Bike€ 180
Race Bike € 210
E-bike€ 210
Tandem

€ 360

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Lodging
Cycling Puglia Leonardo Trulli resort
Day 1, 2, 3 – Leonardo Trulli Resort, Locorotondo

Leonardo Trulli Resort welcomes their guests in their fabulous trulli houses for a relaxing holiday in north Salento in the most authentic Apulia, where nature, traditions and sensation mean a unique unforgettable experience.

Day 4 – Ostuni Palace, Ostuni

With its impressive façade, Ostuni Palace fits in perfectly in the White City of Ostuni. It offers a spa, an elegant piano bar, and an Italian restaurant. All rooms are air-conditioned and have free wired internet.

Masseria Lucia Giovanni Cycling hotel
Day 5 & 6 – Lucia Giovanni Masseria & SPA, Lecce

Although a mere 7 kilometers lie between the hotel and the sun drenched beaches of Puglia, guests are often unwilling to leave the comfort of the Masseria; preferring to while away the hours lazing by the resort’s spectacular 1600sqm swimming pool or topping up their tan in the solarium.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVELS

All our tours are Eco Friendly. Our job is focused on how to reduce the environmental impact of Your unforgettable Cycling Trip, in harmony with our World. Travel with us and support local producers.

EXPECT EXCELLENCE

We provide excellent customer services from booking to the end of Your trip.  Great bikes and Superior accommodations are key to your Mediterranean Active Holiday.

E-BIKE HOLIDAYS

The hills won’t be so hard with our new E-bikes. They are available on our Guided & Self guided bike tours and on bike rental as well. The feeling is like always having the wind behind you.

We are an Italian local cycling tour operator; we provide and organize guided-assisted bike tours and self guided biking trips in the Mediterranean area.

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