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7 Days Road Cycling Tour in Valle d'Itria, Italy
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Masseria Santa Teresa, Contrada Santa Teresa, 43, 70043 Monopoli, Bari, Italy

Sightseeing and Cycling Tour Italy

Apulia On Bike proposes a discovery of the suggestive Puglian landscapes of the Valle d’Itria and the Murgia, offering bicycle lovers the opportunity to experience unforgettable moments in contact with the most uncontaminated nature. Journey through the enchanting historical landscape views of Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Putignano, Alberobello and the “Valley of the Trulli”. This tour offer a healthy and relaxing physical activity, with a good attention to every little detail to ensure the full well-being of cyclists.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Hilly, mostly flat
  • Starts in and ends in: Monopoli
  • Difficulty level: Moderate(Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 155 Miles / 250 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 100 EUR per week
  • Maximum 10 participants

Highlights

  • 5 days of road cycling
  • Cycling through scenic routes in Puglia
  • Road bike rental with helmet and under helmet
  • Fitobios hydration supplements
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Injury insurance

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
20:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

During this cycling tour, you will be accommodated in Masseria Santa Teresa in Monopoli, Italy.

Program

Cycling along the typical small streets of Puglia, you will discover the architectural beauties that characterize this land as well as breathtaking landscapes. Moroever, you can enjoy moments of absolute relaxation. This region offers a varied landscape that alternates relaxing flat paths to the most characteristic ups and downs decorated with expanses of centuries-old olive trees.

The mild climate allows you to visit and appreciate the beauties of Puglia even in autumn and winter. Apulia on Bike offers itineraries for every lover of nature and cycling, combining the needs of young folks as well as adults and by making the tours available also to less experienced cyclers through the support of electric bicycles.

The discovery of the most hidden corners of Puglia is guaranteed by the presence of a deep connoisseur of the territory that takes care - along the way - to illustrate the historical, cultural and enogastronomic roots of the Valle d’Itria.

First route

This route, about 50 kilometers long, is certainly one of the most evocative itineraries of the Valle d’Itria. You will be immersed in nature among olive trees, trulli, and wonderful landscapes that are unique in the world. These are the real ingredients of this cycling experience. Departure is at 10 a.m. from Masseria Santa Teresa (Monopoli).

The first part of the route, characterized by a panorama of ancient olive trees, leads to the town of Coreggia. Along the “Panoramica” of Monopoli, a small climb of about five kilometers, it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view between the intense blue of the sea and an expanse of olive trees that stretches from the coast to the hills of the Murgia. At the end of the slight slope, you will enter the district of Monopoli, bounded by dry stone walls and Trulli, and from there reach Locorotondo.

Locorotondo is a small town in the Valle d’Itria, between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. It is defined as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is characterized by a breathtaking view. Positioned on a hill, it owes its name to the particular roundish morphology of its inhabited center. It is pleasant to visit the historic center and take a short break and enjoy the view. After Locorotondo, continuing for about 10 kilometers along the districts, you will cycle towards Alberobello, capital of Trulli and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will be surprised by the peculiarity of the houses of Alberobello: you will have the opportunity to visit the quaint streets of the village, full of souvenir shops and dining options where you can taste the local delicacies, allowing yourself a relaxing lunch break. After lunch, you will cycle for about 25 kilometers along the districts of Valle d’Itria and then return to Masseria Santa Teresa.

Second route

This itinerary, about 50 kilometers long, will lead you to the historic centers of Castellana Grotte and Conversano, and ends in the wonderful town of Polignano a Mare. Departure is at 10 a.m. from Masseria Santa Teresa (Monopoli).

Along the “Panoramica” of Monopoli, you will cycle towards Castellana Grotte for about 17 kilometers to arrive in the small historical center of the town. Immediately afterwards we will continue to Conversano, an ancient agricultural center, built on a high ground of the south-eastern Murge, famous above all for the production of excellent cherries. You will visit its historic center where you can admire the castle of Norman origin, the cathedral and the convent of San Benedetto.

In the beautiful Piazza, you can also take the opportunity to have a coffee break. You will get back in the saddle and, covering about 10 kilometers - mainly downhill, you will approach the sea and visit one of the most fascinating points of Puglia, Polignano a Mare.

Polignano a Mare is a point of attraction for the fans of the “Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series” and it is a village overlooking on the cliff. Once you enter the old city, you can admire the typical architectural and narrow streets that lead to the characteristic panoramic balconies. Continuing along the coast, you will return to the Masseria Santa Teresa.

Third route

This itinerary, about 50 kilometers long, will lead you to the discovery of the typical colors and scents of Puglia, the Adriatic Sea will be the frame. Departure is at 10 a.m. from Masseria Santa Teresa (Monopoli).

After a morning bike ride of approximately 12 kilometers of road, you will arrive in the fraction of Capitolo, a well known local bathing area. Cycling further along the coast, you will head for the excavations of Egnazia, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of Puglia which those interested may optionally visit.

After the break, in a few kilometers, you will arrive to Savelletri, mainly known for its characteristic port and for the presence of ancient buildings on the cliffs called the “White Houses”. Along the costline, after about 12 kilometers, we will arrive in Monopoli: where you will visit the historic center of high medieval origin.

You will cross the high perimeter walls, to discover its fabulous architecture, until you reach the suggestive Giuseppe Garibaldi Square which is full of places where you can have a local snack. After enjoying the stop and the delights of Monopoli, you will return to the Masseria along the last eight kilometers.

Fourth route

This itinerary, about 60 kilometers long, will lead you to discovery of Puglian traditions and will be a also good opportunity to taste its dairy specialties.

Departure is at 10 a.m. from Masseria Santa Teresa (Monopoli).

After cycling along the “Panoramica” of Monopoli, you will enter a dense network of historical districts and from there pedal for about 20 kilometers to arrive in Putignano. Putignano is known for its manufacturing companies and for karstic caves. Yet its main reputation comes from the the historic Carnival during which period the senior paper-makers are showing off their art. Along the alleys and the typical narrow stone streets, you will take the opportunity to make a short break.

Continuing for about seven kilometers, crossing a fascinating stone bridge, you will reach the town of Noci that rises on the southern Murge hills. Noci is particularly famous for its dairy products - mozzarella cheese, burrata cheese, ricotta cheese etc. - which you will be able to taste. At the end of the visit and the break, you will return to the Masseria Santa Teresa.

Fifth route

This itinerary, about 50 kilometers long, is one of our most scenic routes. You will cycling accross the green Apulian countryside to arrive in suggestive places like the world famous Grotte di Castellana and the Grotta del Trullo, which guarantee a unique and exciting experience! Departure is at 10 a.m. from Masseria Santa Teresa (Monopoli).

Passing through the locality Antonelli, you will cross the “Panoramica” of Monopoli; from there we will continue for a few kilometers on a provincial road, and then go back into the dense network of the districts of Monopoli. After about 20 kilometers through the scenic Puglian landscapes, you will reach the “Grotta del Trullo”. This cave, protected by a trullo, is of karstic origin and characterized by the formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Is the first cave in Puglia to be opened for open to the public. Upon arrival, you will first have some time to relax in the park tat surrounds the cave.

Hereafter, it is possible to visit the cave (optionally, price not including). Standard tours take about 30 minutes. Finally, you will resume your bike ride and return to Masseria Santa Teresa.

Location

This cycling tour will take you through different sightseeing spots in the region of Puglia in Italy.

Selva Di Fasano

La Selva di Fasano, located about 450 meters above sea level, stretches along the high hill of the Murgia. An area full of fantastic views, Mediterranean vegetation, trulli and caves. In the heart of the Selva di Fasano stands the characteristic church in the shape of a trullo, an impressive architectural monument as well as the Municipal House, used, especially during the summer, for cultural events.

La Selva di Fasano is known for the Safari Fasanolandia zoo, one of the largest zoos in Europe where animals live in freedom and in contact with nature.

Alberobello

Alberobello, a town in the province of Bari, is better known as the "capital of the Trulli". The historical center is entirely made up of original conical buildings made with the prehistoric technique of "dry stone slabs". The roofs of the buildings are characterized by the frequent presence of mythological or religious symbols, made with the use of white ash. The extraordinary construction of the trulli has meant that the town of Alberobello was part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Conversano

The town of Conversano rises south of Bari, at 219 meters above sea level. Built on a pleasant hill of the Murge, just 8 kilometers from the sea, it is surrounded by lush green countryside characterized by expanses of orchards, olive groves, vineyards, almond groves and especially ciliegeti. Conversano is also rich in monuments to visit, including the Aragonese castle, the cathedral and the convent of San Benedetto.

Polignano a Mare

The town of Polignano a Mare, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic", rises above the sea. Its characteristic resides in the crystalline waters and in the suggestive coast decorated by sea erosion. It is the birthplace of the singer Domenico Modugno, who inspired his famous song "Nel blu dipinto di blu".

The historical center is rich in Arabic, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman traces.

Polignano a Mare is known for the sea caves and the remains of Roman domination, among which stands out the bridge of the Via Traiana that runs through Lama Monachile, a deep erosion of karstic origin. Very fascinating are the remains of its four defense towers that surround the ancient part of the town.

Savelletri

Savelletri is an enchanting and suggestive landing point on the Adriatic. Its cliff, about five kilometers long, and the sea full of delicacies, make it a very popular tourist destination. In its vicinity it is possible to visit the archaeological park of Egnazia, a precious open-air museum.

The right occasion to taste the excellent swordfish of the place is the patronal feast of San Francesco da Paola, honored with the evocative procession in the sea and the traditional swordfish festival.

Archaeological Park of Egnazia

In the archaeological park, located a short distance from the town of Fasano and a few kilometers from the coast, it is possible to admire the remains, the ruins and the Messapian tombs of the ancient city of Gnathia. The rooms of the archaeological museum, where it is possible to admire the ancient pottery in "Gnatia style", keep the finds dating back to the Bronze Age and the Roman era.

Monopoli

Monopoli is reflected in the Adriatic Sea and is 40 kilometers from the capital of Puglia. Its castle and the ancient walls are the background of the 99 city districts. The terrace of the Loggia del Pilato belvedere dominates a landscape characterized by fortified farms, ancient churches, rock settlements and sumptuous villas.

The fortified farmhouses, characteristic of the area, are widespread in the heart of the marina, in the low hills and in the flat hinterland. The symbol of the city is the Castle of Charles V placed to protect the entrance of the ancient port and built on the seashore during the Spanish domination.

In the countryside of Monopoli, there is also the Lama degli Ulivi Botanical Garden, characteristic for its caves, rock churches and over two thousand Mediterranean plant species.

Putignano

Putignano is a town that is about 40 kilometers from the capital of Puglia and is famous for its Carnival, considered the oldest in Europe.

It extends over three hills, 375 meters above sea level.

It is characterized by elegant palaces, including Palazzo del Balì, the ancient residence of the Knights of Malta, now used as a civic museum.

It is fascinating to explore the underground areas of the surrounding countryside, where lies the Grotta del Trullo, an impressive karst cavity embellished with beautiful crystalline inflorescences and a forest of stalactites and alabaster stalagmites.

Noci

Noci is a real labyrinth of courts and alleys. It is a pretty town halfway between Bari and Taranto, located on the promontory of the Murge, between the towns of Putignano, Alberobello and Gioia del Colle. Immersed in the area of ​​the trulli and caves, Noci is surrounded by an important natural heritage, composed of woods and forests. It is a real green lung, which contains the charming old town, dotted with "gnostre" and original courts.

Grotta del Trullo

The cave of Putignano, known as "Grotta del Trullo", is the first karstic cave open to tourist visits in Puglia. It is one of the most beautiful caves in Italy.

Its discovery dates back to 1931 when, on the occasion of the excavation work, this wide cavity came to light by chance. Of extraordinary beauty and variety in shapes and colors, stalactites and stalagmites, sparkle because constantly affected by the dripping water.

The main cave is divided into two parts: the upper and lower cavities. Considering them together, the total share below the entrance shaft reaches approximately 20 meters.

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be provided with six breakfasts and six dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 days of road cycling
  • Services of a tour leader
  • Organized routes
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • Helmet and under helmet
  • Road bike rental
  • Water bottle
  • Fitobios hydration supplements
  • Injury insurance
  • Assistance
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • Lunches
  • Drinks at dinner
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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