Puglia Bike Tour

The Breadbasket of Italy: the Beginning of Something Delicious

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,695Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle along Italy’s most stunning coastal road to the lighthouse of Leuca at the tip of the Italian peninsula
  • In the UNESCO-listed town of Alberobello, visit our friend Mimmo for lunch at his family’s trullo—the conical stone dwelling unique to Puglia
  • Taste olive oil from 600-year-old trees at a working olive mill
  • Take a cooking class at our friends’ masseria and learn to make orecchiette pasta
  • Sleep in a restored trullo at a hip new boutique hotel in the heart of the Valle d’Itria

Eat

Artisanal olive oils, fresh seafood, orecchiette pasta, mozzarella cheese, grilled lamb and vegetables, and hand-crafted breads

Drink

Light, refreshing whites like Fiano and powerful regional red wines including Salice Salentino and Primitivo

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Puglia

    Meet at the Brindisi airport for a transfer to the start of our Puglia tour near the enchanting seaport of Otranto. After a bike fitting and safety talk, we’ll set off on our bikes through a sea of olive trees. You’ll soon realize why Puglia is the biggest olive-producing region in Italy as you cycle through this stunning landscape. Stop at a local cantina for a wine tasting and lunch before looping back along the coast into Otranto. Tonight we’ll experience the famous Southern Italian hospitality during our first Pugliese dinner.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Otranto, Minervino, Uggiano la Chiesa
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 165 meters
    Shorter Option: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 85 meters
    Accommodations: Masseria Tenuta Centoporte or Palazzo Ducale Venturi

  • Day 2

    Seacoast, Sanctuaries, and Seafood

    Today we’ll ride one of the most stunning coastal roads in Europe with breathtaking views of cliffs, bays, and the endless sea. Pass through fishing villages like Porto Badisco and Santa Cesarea Terme. Stop for a seafood lunch at our friend’s restaurant overlooking a small fishing port. After lunch you can opt for a longer ride to Leuca where the land ends at a lighthouse and sanctuary that has drawn pilgrims for centuries. From Leuca you can transfer back to the hotel or continue the pilgrimage, cycling back to your hotel for an epic total of 100 kilometers. This evening, explore historic Otranto; your guides are happy to recommend their favorite local restaurants for dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Porto Badisco, Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro, Tricase Porto, Santa Maria di Leuca
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 544 meters
    Shorter Option: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 197 meters
    Longer Option: 63 miles / 101 km, elevation gain: 759 meters
    Accommodations: Masseria Tenuta Centoporte or Palazzo Ducale Venturi

  • Day 3

    Locorotondo and the Valle d’Itria

    This morning we’ll transfer north to the stunning Itria Valley and the picturesque village of Locorotondo, known for its maze of white-washed streets and considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Stop for lunch at our friend Franco’s local trattoria, then ride through the rolling hills and stunning green farmland of the Val d’Itria to our trulli hotel, created from the restoration of an abandoned rural hamlet or borgo. Spend the afternoon by the pool, or opt for a longer ride to the historic white city of Ostuni before regrouping for dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Locorotondo, Itria Valley, Ostuni
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 180 meters
    Longer Option: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 423 meters
    AccommodationsBorgo Canonica or La Sommità

  • Day 4

    Alberobello, Mimmo, and Masserie

    Begin the day with a tour and olive oil tasting at a family-run Pugliese olive mill. Then ride across the Itria Valley through pastures and vineyards, past Puglia’s trulli houses on our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello. Here, our friend Mimmo will show us around his town before inviting us to a home-cooked lunch in his family’s trullo. After lunch, transfer or cycle to our next hotel, enjoying spectacular views of the coast. Our final hotel is a countryside masseria, or fortified farmhouse, that has been transformed into a five-star luxury resort. Tonight, we dine alongside locals at an unforgettable traditional restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Savelletri
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 315 meters
    Longer Option: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 431 meters
    Accommodations: Masseria San Domenico or Il Melograno

  • Day 5

    Cooking and the Canali

    Cycle along the coast through the quaint fishing village of Savelletri, past the Roman ruins of Egnazia, and down tiny roads that wind through endless, centuries-old olive groves. We’ll visit the beautiful masseria of our friends Chiara and Filippo where we’ll prepare our own lunch at a cooking class. After lunch opt to go directly back to the hotel, or bike up the ridge for a stunning view of this colorful canvas: the bright blue Adriatic set against the rich brown and vibrant olive green hues. This evening we’ll celebrate this amazing region with a farewell dinner at our hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Savelletri, Torre Canne, ruins of Egnazia, Pezze di Greco
    Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 127 meters
    Longer Option: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 160 meters
    Accommodations: Masseria San Domenico or Il Melograno

  • Day 6

    Goodbye to Puglia

    After breakfast on the terrace, enjoy a stroll on the grounds of the masseria or take a morning dip in the pool, play some tennis, or visit the beach. Your guides will then transfer you back to Brindisi as you head on to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Rome or Brindisi, Italy Pick-Up Location: Brindisi Airport Pick-Up Time: 10:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Rome or Brindisi, Italy Drop-Off Location: Brindisi Airport Drop-Off Time: 11:15 am

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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