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Biking Vacation Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered Coast ​

Activity Level: Easy  |  Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 mi  |  Daily Biking: 2 – 4 hr
Air package plus
10 days from only
$4095
Price includes roundtrip airfare.
Land only
7 days from only
$2895
Pre-trip Extension:
Matera · 2 nights $345

Post-trip Extension:
Rome · 3 nights $495*
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Pre-Trip Extension - Matera

2 nights for only $345

  • 2 nights at Casa di Lucio and Hotel Sant'Angelo
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information Packet
  • Airport transfers
Matera, biking tour Make your own discoveries in Matera, an ancient city of rock-hewn buildings made famous by the movie, The Passion of the Christ. Walk the historic streets to explore the more than 100 churches built into the rocky surface of the city. Admire the magnificent Greek and Byzantine frescoes painted inside these cavernous houses of worship. Visit the Sassi ancient quarters, or tour the Romanesque-Apulian Cathedral. And along the way, learn the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.
 
Single Supplement: $145

Day 1 - Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Bari

Depart the U.S. for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

Day 2 - Arrive in Bari / Begin your Trip Extension

Upon arrival at the airport in Bari, Italy, claim your luggage and clear customs. A VBT representative will meet you and help you transfer (approximately 1 hour) to your centrally located hotel in Matera. If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please have airport staff page our driver with your last name so they may be notified of your delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are only able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
 
VBT provides you with City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet to help guide your independent exploration of this unique city. At the hotel, our local expert will be available at a set time to answer your questions and offer an optional, private-guided walk to help you make the most of the city. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 3 - Independent exploration of Matera

Matera has been made famous in the U.S. by Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ and bears unique signs of history and prehistory. In fact, it is considered one of the most ancient settlements in the world because it has been continuously inhabited as far back as the Paleolithic era. The Sassi di Matera (Stones of Matera) is the city's ancient quarters and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique architecture—homes and churches built directly into the rocky surface of the ancient town.

The town's legacy of 100 rock-hewn churches containing magnificent Greek and Byzantine frescoes adds to its historic allure.

The town is 400 meters (1,312 feet) above sea level and clings to a hillside, half-open like an amphitheater, before extending over a wide plateau. It can be explored by climbing the steps and narrow roads that meander inside the ancient quarters, which cover two distinct valleys. From the uppermost streets, you can admire breathtaking views.

During the day, visit the Romanesque-Apulian Cathedral overlooking the two valleys of the Sassi, see a typically furnished cave-dwelling that shows how the population lived here 50 years ago and explore various crypts and underground churches.

It’s worth noting that our hotels (sister properties) are carved out of the tufa rocks. They are the result of a painstaking renovation of over 1,400 square meters of the Sassi, including cave dwellings, pathways, stairways and courtyards. They are made up of a total 35 historical dwellings and they share the restaurant, main reception and services. The property mirrors a typical Matera neighborhood; its rooms and courtyards laid out on a steep slope and connected by stairways and landings.

Day 4 - Independent exploration of Matera / Join VBT Air Package guests

After a morning on your own exploring more of Matera, transfer to Savelletri and your first masseria. Your transfer is scheduled for 1:30 pm from the Matera hotel reception area.

Upon arrival in Savelletri, you have the rest of the day free to discover the peaceful countryside and relax at our luxurious 5-star deluxe masseria where there are a number of amenities to take advantage of. You can play golf at the 9-hole course, get a massage at the Aveda hotel spa, spend the afternoon relaxing on the private sand beach or stroll through the large orchards, vineyards and olive groves. By contacting the hotel in advance, you may also book a cooking class, rent a boat or practice outdoor sports like tennis, sailing and horseback riding. Whatever you choose, you will be amazed by the simple and quiet rhythm of life and the friendliness of local people here.

Note: On some dates we are using Masseria Cimino. This property is a 4-star hotel and is part of the 101 best hotels selected by Tatler.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

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