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Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast

Cycle along stunning coastal roads overlooking the Adriatic Sea and discover a different side of Italy, where local life moves at a gentle pace. Along the way we’ll learn about local culture through home-hosted meals, olive-oil tastings and a visit to the iconic trulli houses of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered Coast

Cycle through a corner of Italy well off the beaten path. Slip through Adriatic fishing villages by day and by night sleep in intimate masserie, authentic 16th-century fortified farms. We’ll savor the subtle flavors of a medley of olive oils, cultivated by our local hosts. Clusters of cone-roofed trulli homes will beckon us as we pedal past. We’ll wander the narrow alleys of the walled sea town of Otranto and follow the limestone cliffs of the Salento Coast. Join VBT in discovering the people and places of Puglia, Italy’s best-kept secret.

Cultural Highlights

  • Stay at several luxurious masserie, centuries-old, fortified villages transformed into country hotels
  • Explore the town of Otranto and its mysterious mosaic
  • Taste a variety of fresh olive oils along with a delicious home-hosted lunch at Il Frantoio
  • Cycle on peaceful country roads along the glimmering coast
  • Relax in wonderfully restored farm hotels and a 5-star country resort
  • Marvel as our local host in Alberobello explains the unique construction of a “trulli” house

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is ideal for beginning cyclists.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 - 4 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Otranto Feb 53° Mar 55° Apr 60° May 68° Jun 75° Jul 80° Aug 80° Sep 75° Oct 68° Nov 60°
Average Rainfall (in.) – Otranto Feb 2.6 Mar 3.0 Apr 1.7 May 1.0 Jun .9 Jul .3 Aug .3 Sep 2.5 Oct 3.8 Nov 4.5

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels and authentic masserie
  • 12 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels and authentic masserie
  • 14 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Matera – 2 nights for only $345 • Post-trip: Rome – 3 nights for only $545

 Both Vacation Options Include

  • Free use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two local, bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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