Classic Puglia Cycling

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  • Sun-drenched, unspoilt region; contrasting cycling routes taking in the rugged coast and lush green countryside
  • Vibrant fishing villages, white-sand beaches, historic wine towns and ancient olive orchards
  • Stunning Salento coast - visit Otranto and Baroque Lecce
  • Hand-picked accommodation including five **** hotels and a unique trullo house in UNESCO Alberobello
  • Excellent regional wines and Mediterranean cuisine

What's included?

  • NEW for 2016
  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Selected Mons, Weds & Sats from 1 Oct '16 to 15 Oct '16
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 86%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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Classic Puglia Cycling

New for 2016, this self-guided, ten-night cycling holiday explores Italy's beautiful, sun-drenched Puglia region with its vibrant fishing villages, sandy beaches and beautiful, rolling hills, all above the mesmerising blue of the Adriatic Sea.

Puglia offers a wonderful contrast of landscapes, from the fertile farming hamlets, vineyards and orchards of its interior to its dramatic, rocky coastline. Your holiday begins in the picturesque coastal town of Monopoli, from where you follow the coast north, passing white sandy beaches and secluded coves with wonderful opportunities for seafood lunches along the way. Head inland and you'll be blown away by a rich landscape of vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and fields of tomatoes and peppers alive with colour. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello with its unique trulli houses - emblematic of the region - and the glistening, whitewashed village of Ostuni. After a transfer to San Cataldo you'll discover the delights of the stunning Salento coast, taking in Puglia's easternmost and southernmost point - an amazing sight - and the Baroque masterpiece that is Lecce, renowned for its stunning C18 architecture and known as the 'Florence of the South'.

You'll stay in an excellent variety of accommodation on this holiday, including five **** hotels and an authentic trullo house in Alberobello! In Conversano your elegant boutique hotel is just a short walk from the mediaeval streets and Romanesque cathedral of this historic town; in Otranto your base is a stylish hotel boasting stunning views over the old town and the Idro Valley from the spectacular roof terrace complete with panoramic jacuzzi and bar; while in Lecce you stay in the heart of the beautiful old town, close to the Roman amphitheatre and Baroque palazzi, with the hotel's roof garden offering one of the best views there is over the city.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Monopoli

Arrive at your hotel in Monopoli. After a welcome briefing there's time to discover the town before dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 - Monopoli to Conversano 30km/19mi or 55km/34.5mi

Today you follow a beautiful coastal route from Monopoli towards the sleepy, inland town of Conversano. On the way you'll have chance to visit the charming, colourful fishing village of Polignano a Mare which is beautifully located, clinging to the limestone cliffs. It's then onward through the pretty village of San Vito, with its tiny harbour full of multi-coloured boats, before arriving in Conversano.

Day 3 - Conversano to Alberobello 39km/24.5mi

Today you'll cycle through the Valle d'Itria, a valley of rolling hills and wooded slopes where the beautiful scent of wild mint and herbs fills the air. Take a break in the small towns of Putignano and Noci, with their typical whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways. It's then off to UNESCO-recognised Alberobello, filled with the quirky trulli houses so symbolic of the region. Mimmo, or one of his staff, will meet you and show you to your own, personal trullo house.

Day 4 - At Alberobello

Take some time to explore the narrow streets of historic Alberobello. Browse the quirky souvenir shops or sample the local cuisine in one of the bars or restaurants; perhaps learn about the town's history at the Museo del Territorio. If you fancy cycling, a circular route (45km/28.5mi - route notes provided) takes you into the heart of the Itria Valley and spectacular Locorotondo, with its 360 degree views of the valley. The town of Martina Franca lies a little further ahead - continue on to discover its stunning Baroque architecture and palazzi.

Day 5 - Alberobello to Pezze di Greco 39km/24.5mi

This morning you'll follow winding country lanes before a long downhill stretch takes you to Capitolo (enjoy panoramic views of the Adriatic coastline on the way), ending in a beautiful collection of almond and olive orchards, vineyards and vividly coloured fields full of peppers and tomatoes.

Day 6 - At Pezze di Greco

The choice is yours today. You could head to the local beach or simply spend time unwinding by the hotel pool. If you fancy something a bit more challenging, we provide route notes for a circular cycle ride (48km/30mi) which takes you to Ostuni with its dazzling whitewashed houses sitting beautifully above olive groves and vineyards.

Day 7 - Pezze di Greco to Monopoli 37km/23mi

Follow an easy route to the Adriatic coast, passing the vibrant fishing village of Savelletri, a perfect stop for a tasty lunch or traditional Italian coffee. You'll cycle past the archaeological ruins of Egnazia, the site of a Greco-Roman town which dates back to 4BC, before reaching the pretty seaside town of Monopoli and your **** hotel. Tonight you can choose from a wonderful selection of restaurants in the old town.

Day 8 - Monopoli to Otranto 42km/26.5mi

We transfer you and your bike to San Cataldo, from where you'll cycle along the stunning Salento coast to Otranto, taking in ancient olive groves and fishing villages en route. You stay at the 4 star Relais Valle Dell'Idro in Otranto, close to the old town where there are numerous options for dinner.

Day 9 - At Otranto

A more challenging day's cycling (55km/34.5mi) which takes you along the coast south and west of Otranto, where you'll see the easternmost and southernmost point of Puglia - a spectacular sight! You can also visit the Castel di Salve winery on your way to Santa Maria di Leuca, which is known as De Finibus Terrae, 'the end of the earth', before taking a shuttle back to the hotel.

Day 10 - Otranto to Lecce 37km/23.5mi

Today you head to Lecce on mostly flat terrain amidst endless olive orchards. Tonight you'll stay at the stylish Santa Chiara Suite, just a few steps from some of Lecce's Baroque masterpieces.

Day 11 - Leave Lecce

Please note: This tour has been given a 1 Bike + rating based on ascents/descents and distance; the cycling may feel harder over the hotter months.


For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Walks in Puglia and Matera

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Palazzo Indelli, Monopoli   (4 star)

Palazzo Indelli, Monopoli

Palazzo indelli is a 4 star hotel ideally located right in the centre of Monopoli, near the harbour.

The hotel has 22 rooms all furnished in a modern, minimal and functional style with all the amenities of a 4 star accommodation.

Meals are taken in the hotel's restaurant, where you will be able to taste its Mediterranean cuisine with traditional local flavours.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Relais Corte Altavilla, Conversano   (4 star)

Relais Corte Altavilla, Conversano

The 4-star hotel Corte Altavilla Relais & Charme is located right in the historic centre of Conversano, just off one of the main squares - Piazza Conciliazione. The hotel is in an old medieval building with inner courtyard that once served as an old medieval courthouse for the town.

Following major renovation works in 2002 the hotel opened as an elegant four-star boutique hotel with 32 elegant rooms and appartments, each with its own personality and charm, with white stone walls, wrought iron furnishings, wooden-beams and vaulted ceilings.

All rooms are equipped with modern amenities including: air-conditioning, satellite-TV, direct-dial telephone, safe, Internet and mini-bar/fridge.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot

Trulli e Puglia, Alberobello   (3 acorn)

Trulli e Puglia, Alberobello

Whilst in Alberobello you'll have the unique opportunity to stay in your very own private trullo house. You may be asking, what exactly is a trullo? A trullo is a small, quirky, beehive-shaped stone dwelling, traditionally built without any cement or mortar and topped with a conical roof made of impermeable stone.

The trullo house that you'll stay in whilst in Alberobello will be one of eight clean and nicely furnished guest accommodations.

Each trullo house is made up of a double bedroom, small bathroom with shower and a spacious living area with a sofa and small kitchenette.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer

Masseria Salamina, Pezze di Greco   (4 star)

Masseria Salamina, Pezze di Greco

Masseria Salamina is a large 17C fortified farmhouse, set in 173 acres of rich agricultural farmland. The property is surrounded by orchards of secular olive trees that are up to 400 years old, used in the production of their own high quality, extra virgin, olive oil.

Inside the masseria, there's a large and welcoming restaurant where you can taste specialities of sumptuous Southern Italian cuisine, served in the suggestive atmosphere of the open-air courtyard.

The rooms here are simple yet comfortable and with all the necessary amenities and have been created out of the conversion of the masseria's outbuildings. The common areas comprise of the meeting hall, bar, lounge & TV room and the outdoor swimming pool with views reaching across to the sea.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Relais Valle Dell'Idro, Otranto   (4*)

Double room at Relais Valle dell'Idro, Otranto, Salento

Just a stone's throw from Otranto's old town, the Relais Valle Dell'Idro sits in verdant gardens and commands superb views over the old town as well as the Idro Valley which gives the hotel its name. Go up to the spectacular roof terrace, and you'll find the panoramic jacuzzi and bar, complete with sea vistas. The hotel also provides massages and also benefits from a small gym, a tea room and a stylish bar.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Santa Chiara Suite, Lecce   (4*)

Hotel Santa Chiara, Lecce

The stylish Santa Chiara Suite Hotel boasts a superb location in Lecce’s stunning old town, a short stroll from the Roman amphitheatre and its famous Baroque palazzi and cathedral. It boasts a pretty roof garden and bar with arguably one of the best views over the city.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Travel options

Transfers included from Bari airport at 14:45, and back to Brindisi airport at 09:30.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Departure dates & prices

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Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures

Selected Mons, Weds & Sats from 1 Oct '16 to 15 Oct '16, for 11 days (10 nights). We are able to offer non standard departures for this holiday. Please call for details.

Meals

All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Bari airport at 14:45, and back to Brindisi airport at 09:30.

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