Puglia Family Bike + Adventure Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Puglia
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Two
  • Price From: $3995
  • Single Supplement: $400


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Designed with all ages in mind, this Puglia Family Bike + Adventure Tour contrasts recreation on the Adriatic Sea with landscapes of olive groves, lush vineyards, and whimsical architecture. Explore pristine coastlines and spectacular sea caves on snorkeling and kayaking excursions and harvest ingredients from the kitchen garden during a fun cooking class. Sleep in a unique trullo dwelling in Alberobello and ride horses through the countryside at sunset. Enjoy family dinners of regional specialties that include fresh seafood, orecchiette pasta, delicious pizza, and, for the adults, a glass of Salice Salentino—the powerful red wine from Lecce.


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Puglia
Our guides meet you at the Brindisi airport and transfer you to the enchanting seaport of Otranto where our adventure begins. After we cover the essentials at a safety talk and bike fitting, we’ll set out for our first ride. As you pedal past endless olive groves, you’ll quickly understand why Puglia is the biggest olive oil-producing region in Italy. After passing through a series of small towns, our ride leads us back to the coast. Swim to your heart’s content in the bright, clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, then get settled into our elegant hotel which was once a monastery. Tonight we’ll experience the famous local flavor during our first Pugliese dinner.

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Otranto, Minervino, Uggiano la Chiesa
Accomplished: 13 miles / 20 km, elevation gain: 105 meters (Longer option: 17 miles / 26 km)
Accommodations: Masseria Tenuta Centoporte

Day Two: Sea Coast, Sanctuaries, and Seafood
Today we ride on one of Europe’s most stunning coastal roads punctuated by breathtaking views of cliffs, bays, and the endless sea. Pass through fishing villages like Porto Badisco and Santa Cesarea Terme and explore sea caves before stopping for lunch at our friend’s seaside restaurant. Dive into the Adriatic for a swim or opt to take an additional ride back to Otranto. This afternoon, experience the Pugliese countryside as it has been seen for centuries: on horseback. Gallop off at sunset, then head into Otranto this evening for dinner on your own. Your guides will be happy to recommend their favorite local restaurants for a special family dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Porto Badisco, Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro, Tricase Porto
Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 280 meters (Longer option: 38 miles / 62 km)
Accommodations: Masseria Tenuta Centoporte

Day Three: Exploring the Sea
Trade your pedals for a paddle on today’s kayaking adventure. We begin near Otranto, exploring the rocky coastline dotted with sea caves. After a lunch break ashore, return to the sheltered waters for an afternoon snorkeling expedition then transfer north to Alberobello, famous for its unique conical stone buildings called trulli. We’re greeted by our friend Mimmo and his family who welcome us to stay in their renovated trullo at the heart of the historic town center and serve us a home-cooked meal highlighting the best of Southern Italian hospitality.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Otranto, Alberobello
Accomplished: Watersports
Accommodations: Trulli e Puglia

Day Four: Mazes and Masserie
Back on our bikes, we ride through the whitewashed Itria Valley on quiet country lanes to the village of Locorotondo. The picturesque, narrow streets are a real-life labyrinth that lend themselves to our signature high-speed scavenger hunt. Once you’ve found the treasure, we move on to the town of Cisternino. Lunch is served at a traditional rosticceria, a combination butcher shop and restaurant that is a beloved Italian experience in itself. After lunch, keep riding or opt for a lift in the shuttle to our final farmhouse hotel. Our hosts Filippo and Laura are passionate about local agricultural traditions and organic farming, making them the perfect teachers for our cooking class. We’ll pick fresh produce from the garden, mill our own flour, then dine on the fruits of our labor!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino
Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 159 meters (Longer option: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 228 meters)
Accommodations: Masseria Salamina

Day Five: Mozzarella and Ostuni
No trip to Puglia is complete without a taste of fresh-pulled mozzarella. Head straight to the source at our friend’s farmhouse to see how mozzarella is made, then sample the fresh cheese while it is still warm. Once we’ve had our fill, we head to the nearby hilltown of Ostuni, known as the “White City” for its idyllic bleached-white architecture. Eat lunch inside the city walls, then spend the afternoon as you choose: either take a final bike ride back to the masseria or head to the beach at nearby Coastal Dunes Park. This evening, we toast to our final night together over a Pugliese feast.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Ostuni, Dune Costiere
Accomplished: Optional ride: 18 miles / 28 km
Accommodations: Masseria Salamina

Day Six: Goodbye to Puglia
After breakfast, use your last morning in Puglia for a leisurely stroll on the masseria grounds, a morning swim, or a trip to the beach. Your guides will then transfer you back to Brindisi and send you off to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast