Grade

Easy

When

All year round

Accommodation

4**** Hotels

Trekking bike

€80

All road bikes

€130

E bike

€150

7 breakfasts

Included

Single supplement

On request

From: 850

Description

Unesco Cycling Tour Puglia

Unesco Cycling Tour Puglia
Every day all year long
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Unesco Cycling Tour Puglia, in the southern part of the heel of Italy’s “boot”. The region is better-known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. This cycling Tour is designed to connect the three Unesco sites of Castel del Monte, Matera and Alberobello. You’ll ride some of the most scenic locations in the world that Unesco has decided to preserve and the bike distances are incredibly reasonable. Charming towns and incredible rocky landscapes, spectacular mansions and fairy trulli along the way, underground caves and coastal villages where the daily routine is never boring.

This bike Tour among the Unesco beauties is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 25 to 50 daily kilometers. A week to appreciate all aspects of a territory that holds within it not only evidence of significant historical, archaeological and palaeontological interest, but also environmental and landscape phenomena of great importance. The bike will be a way to work off the good food and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be strictly cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia

Cycling in the heel of Italy’s ”boot”

  • The Folklore of Bari and its animated streets
  • Discovere local culture and traditions: the Matera local durum wheat bread or the Polignano fish soups
  • Visit Castel del Monte, the prehistoric Church of San Magno or the Madonna della Stella
  • Taste the food and local wine Italy has to offer during this cycling Tour
  • The climate is typically Mediterranean with hot, dry and sunny summers
  • Explore the Murge plateau, the archaeological site of Matera Rock Churches and the Trulli area
  • The amazing Castellana Caves in Bari
  • Enjoy the beaches of Polignano a Mare

Savour every moment of a beautiful journey, full of adventure, generous breakfasts, peaceful wellness moments in the spa, food and wine tastings, cool dips in the most beautiful seas in the regions of Salento and Puglia. Walk in total relaxation to enjoy the best moments of Italy.

Day 1
Arrival
The lovely regional capital and its charming old town will welcome you. Bari has become an important cultural destination thanks to the restoration and renewal of recent years. “Bari vecchia”, that means old Bari, is called this bustling city centre, that offers historic sights and local folklore clippings. It offers charming squares and old palaces next to grannies making orecchiette pasta in the street, noise and colours of the fish market near the firm candor of the countless churches. The Basilica of San Nicola stands out among the religious buildings: one of the main destinations of medieval pilgrimage, innovative and masterful example of Puglia Romanesque style.
Day 2
Bari to Ruvo di Puglia via Bitonto - distance 25km
After breakfast private transfer to Bitonto, lively town developed around its Romanesque Cathedral. Away from the city you'll cycle from immense cultivation of olive trees to expanses of almond trees and vineyards leading to oak forests and “wooded” pastures. The route leads up to Ruvo di Puglia, a small agricultural centre of peuceta origin, pre-Roman inhabitants of these lands destroyed by the Goths. The Normans returned value to Ruvo and enriched it with important monuments, including an imposing Cathedral, known for its unique façade with slanted slopes.
Day 3
Ruvo di Puglia to Castel del Monte - distance 30km
A full immersion in the Alta Murgia National Park during these cycling holidays, a nature reserve that encompasses a unique biodiversity to safeguard, full of cattle tracks and hidden trails. After few kilometers you'll reach Castel del Monte, a brilliant example of medieval architecture, today Unesco heritage, universally known for its peculiar octagonal shape. The building preserves ancient mysteries and legends so that, still now, the exact purpose of the imposing building is unknown. After reaching your accommodation, very close to the fortress, you can spend the rest of the day visiting this fascinating and mysterious place.
Day 4
Castel del Monte to Gravina in Puglia - distance 50km
From Castel del Monte the journey continues through extensive pastures of outcropping rocks and almost desert. Reach the prehistoric Church of San Magno, building consisting of unequal masses, mastering of an open space surrounded by extraordinary tombs of the Bronze Age; the old structure was once used for preserving the snow becoming an important source of water in summer. Be careful not to get lost in the charm of these places, because there is more to ride before arriving at Gravina in Puglia, town of authentic and unexpected beauty.
Day 5
Gravina in Puglia to Matera - distance 40km
Before leaving Gravina we recommend a stroll between Piaggio and Fondovico, the two districts in the historic heart of the city that host the major attractions. To explore the surroundings follow the long bridge over the stream leading near the rocky crypt dedicated to the Lady of the Star, Madonna della Stella. Between Gravina and Matera you'll cross Altamura. Some say that the goodness of its bread is due to the water! Test the quality filling your water bottle from one of the public fountains and tasting the delicious baked goods. If you also want to satiate your hunger for culture, visit the Cathedral, another building bequeathed to these earth from Puer Apuliae, Emperor Frederick II of Swabia title. Finally in Matera, unique, with its neighborhoods overlooking the canyon of the river Gravina.
Day 6
Matera to Alberobello via Gioia del Colle - distance 40km
Unesco site since 1991 and European Capital of Culture 2019, Matera is simple and genuine. Spend the first hours of the day in the City of Rocks, to discover an historic centre unique in the world and extraordinary landscapes. Late morning you will reach with private transfer the town of Gioia del Colle, unanimously recognised for the excellent quality of its dairy products, mozzarella and cheeses. Here you'll visit a small cellar for a tasting of excellent local wines. After passing Putignano, the path follows to Alberobello. Try not to “get off” too quickly, because you would miss the detour to Barsento hill, bucolic environment home to a rural church built in the 6th century.
Day 7
Alberobello to Polignano via Castellana Grotte - distance 40km
The last stage is dedicated to the largest karst caves in Italy and the sea of Polignano, beautiful village birthplace of the great Domenico Modugno … and excellent fish soups! With Alberobello behind you'll cycle gently downhill up to the Castellana caves, hollows that run underground for just over 3 kilometers in an atmosphere suspended between evocative power and magic, surrounded with stalagmites and stalactites grown with ancestral rhythms. They are the result of the erosive action of surface water that for millennia have continued to dig into the rock opening a passage to the sea. After the visit, back to the “blu dipinto di blu” of sea and sky of Polignano. After a pleasant afternoon boat trip, take time for a relaxing dip in the most famous beach of Polignano, Lama Monachile.
Day 8
Departure
Departure from Polignano a Mare. The Tour ends after breakfast.  



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  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • 7 breakfasts and 1 tasting
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Private transfers day 2 and 6
  • Tasting day 6
  • Boat trip from Polignano day 7
  • Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
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