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Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast

Explore a different side of Italy, where local life moves at the gentle pace of the lapping sea.

  • 10 Days
  • 127 Reviews Recommended by 125 of 127 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered Coast

Cycle along stunning coastal roads overlooking Adriatic shores. Glide past ancient olive groves that whisper secrets of the ages—and sample their oils with a local family. Explore the iconic trulli homes of Alberobello with a local specialist. And end each thrilling day at cozy masserie, authentic 16th-century fortified farms with their own Puglian tales to tell. Join VBT in uncovering a corner of Italy that may be less-familiar, but is by no means less inviting.

Cultural Highlights

  • Stays at masserie, ancient fortified farms
  • The mysterious mosaic of Otranto
  • A home-hosted lunch and olive oil tasting with a local family
  • Peaceful country roads tracing a glimmering coast
  • Wonderfully-restored farm hotels and a 5-star country resort
  • Learning about the unique construction of a trulli house

What to Expect

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

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

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  • 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 $495*

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Post-trip Rome is $545, single supplement is $295.

 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
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Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Bari

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

DAY 2: Arrive in Savelletri

You arrive at the airport in Bari, Italy, where a VBT representative meets you and helps you transfer (approximately 1 hour) to your first masseria in Savelletri. 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.

Upon arrival in Savelletri, you have the rest of the day free to discover the peaceful countryside and relax at our luxurious 5-star 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.

DAY 3: Land Program begins / Warm-up ride to Egnatia

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at 2:00 pm in the lobby of our first masseria. To get to the masseria, we suggest that you contact the hotel and ask for their shuttle. The shuttle is available at special rates for our guests, and must be booked in advance, directly with the hotel. If your arrival at the masseria is scheduled later than 2:00 pm, or if you are delayed, please contact the hotel and the staff will pass your message along to your VBT Trip Leaders. A taxi to the masseria from the Bari railway station is approximately 100 euros/$150 USD; from the Bari airport, the cost is approximately 110 euros/$165 USD. Alternatively, you may consider traveling from Bari (or even Rome) by train. The closest railway station to the masseria is FASANO. Note that if you take a train from Rome to Fasano you may need to connect in Bari. Once in Fasano call the masseria to arrange for a taxi or shuttle pickup (approximately a 10-minute drive). VBT highly recommends flying to Italy at least one day before the tour begins; this allows you to rest and recover from jet lag before you begin sightseeing and cycling.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Extension guests: This morning continue exploring the surroundings on a self-guided walk, or maybe join in an optional cooking class organized by the masseria. Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at 2:00 pm in the main lobby; they will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please plan to eat lunch before you meet them.

The Masseria Torre Coccaro, and its sister Masseria Torre Maizza, are 5-star resorts set alongside each other on the kind of historic fortified farms for which this region is known. Masseria is the local name for these large farms, which were fortified around the 16th century to ward off attacks by pirates and brigands. Masserie feature high boundary walls, angular towers, drawbridges and watchtowers. Inside the walls, families worked and lived alongside their own church, oil mill and oven to bake bread. These farms would also house cisterns for water, storage rooms for tools and hay, stables, and everything else needed for day-to-day life.

After meeting your VBT Trip Leaders, join them for a safety and bike-fitting session. Then take a short warm-up ride along quiet country roads past 800-year-old olive groves to Egnatia, an ancient Messapican (and later Roman) coastal town of great economic and military importance in the 10th century. A short stop at its archaeological museum reveals precious finds such as sculptures, jewels, funeral equipment and the particular pottery produced here, called gnathia.

Later, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception on the elegant hotel patio. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant and is prepared with local products and herbs produced on the farm.

DAY 4: Cycle to Savelletri and Monopoli

After breakfast we cycle along the coast on quiet roads, completely surrounded by ancient olive trees. Puglia ranks first in Italy in the production of olive oil, wine, and hay, and second for almonds. Continue to Monopoli, where you stop to visit the beautiful cathedral and the fish and fruit market. Spend free time here exploring and eating lunch on your own. Walk the maze of pedestrian streets in Monopoli's old city center and see why they make the city so intimate and unique.

In the afternoon, ride along the coast to your beautiful hotel and enjoy its numerous amenities. Tonight, dinner is in the hotel restaurant.

DAY 5: Alberobello / The Itria Valley

This morning we shuttle to Alberobello in the Itria Valley where we visit with a local expert to learn about ‘trulli’ and why they have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A trullo is a unique type of building, characteristic of this region, consisting of a whitewashed, round house topped by a large cone of local stones—all assembled without mortar. It is believed that trulli originated as storage sheds built for agricultural implements. Much later, they became dwellings, with adjoining buildings added as families grew. Many trulli are still used and inhabited today, and some of their roofs show mysterious chalk marks, either to protect from evil or to bless the house. After our visit and lunch in Alberobello we continue cycling mostly downhill through the gorgeous countryside to our next masseria. Tonight dinner is at the hotel restaurant.

DAY 6: Ride to Ostuni / Olive oil tasting

This morning we ride along the coast and on our way we will see many different masserie, like the 17th-century fortified Masseria San Lorenzo with its church.

For lunch, we visit Armando and his wife, Rosalba at Il Frantoio, a family-run masseria. The estate extends over 150 acres and includes a “secret garden” planted with orange and lemon trees, and a well-preserved underground oil mill. Our hosts have collected many interesting novelties over the years. From ancient dresses and hats to precious books and a gramophone, each piece has its own story.

Lunch is prepared using produce grown on the farm and we'll have the opportunity to try a sampling of five different extra-virgin oils that Rosalba uses to flavor her focaccia, pickles, preserves and delicious laganari pasta. Afterward, shuttle or continue cycling to our hotel.

In the afternoon, choose the long or short option to bike back to our agriturismo-masseria.

This evening, stroll Ostuni's narrow, limestone streets before having dinner on your own. Admire the graceful towers, staircases, arches, balconies and carved doorways, many of which are adorned with colorful pots of flowers or garlic and tomato crowns left to dry in the sun.

DAY 7: Cycle to Otranto / Discover Otranto

Leave Ostuni and take a morning shuttle further south to discover another area of Puglia, Salento. Begin biking at Melpignano. In Curzi, notice the impressive quarries where big ivory sandstones (called chianche in the local dialect) are extracted for use in local construction. Continue your ride into a quiet park, shaded by big olive trees and old oaks, as you head toward the sea to Otranto. Lunch is on your own in Otranto, in one of the many simple fish restaurants or pizzerias.

After lunch, discover this picturesque town on the Italian coast. Founded by the Greeks, Otranto is surrounded by great ramparts and walls. From late spring onward, its atmosphere is extremely lively with local craft studios selling clay whistles, baskets, hand-dyed fabric and ceramics. The city's highlight is certainly the huge, 800-square-meter floor mosaic representing the Tree of Life, created in the year 1163 by a monk in the Otranto cathedral.

After our visit, cycle flat, country roads catching sight of menhirs and dolmens, ancient monoliths and tombs before arriving at our last accommodations. After settling in, you may want to swim or relax with a good book. This evening we shuttle to Otranto for dinner on your own at one of the many outdoor cafés or restaurants. Or, if you prefer, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

DAY 8: Discover the Coast of Salento

After breakfast we set out on one of the best bike rides in Italy. Starting in the interior of Salento, we then continue cycling on gentle, rural pathways through little villages to the coastal town of Castro Marina. Relax on the way with a picnic lunch prepared by your Trip Leaders.

Continue to Santa Cesarea, a quiet town set on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Then follow the cliffs to the town of Porto Badisco, famous for its azure waters and prehistoric Cervi Grottoes. In Porto Badisco, take time for a dip before continuing to Cape Otranto, the easternmost tip of Italy. We cycle back to the hotel in time to freshen up before a special farewell dinner at the masseria's restaurant.

DAY 9: Transfer to Lecce / Free day in city / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer to the Brindisi airport, arriving at approximately 11:30 am. Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served. Important: Flight departures from Brindisi prior to 1:30 pm are not recommended; those departing earlier must make transfer arrangements at their own expense from the last hotel in Otranto to Brindisi (approximately 1½ hours). Taxi cost to the Brindisi airport is approximately 80 euros/$102 USD.

VBT Air Package and Post-Trip Extension guests: Transfer to the Hotel Patria Palace in Lecce, an elegant and centrally located 5-star hotel, arriving at about 10:30 am. A local guide will be there to offer an informative hospitality introduction and take you on a walking tour of the city. Lecce is a beautiful Baroque city, called “the Florence of the South” thanks to the skill with which local builders and stonemasons worked the soft, pink-tinged local stone called pietra dorata.

With our guide, explore the Piazza Sant'Oronzo, the city's main square and the heart of local activities for centuries. The square's centerpiece is the Roman amphitheater. From here, narrow streets fan out into the city's charming quarters.

The gem of Lecce is Piazza Duomo, closed on three sides by the cathedral and two palaces belonging to the church. Though this is one of the largest squares in Europe, it has an intimate feel that invites lunch and people-watching from a local café or bakery. Your VBT Information Packet will provide useful information for exploring on your own for the rest of the day. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the Brindisi airport for your flight to Rome or your flight back to the U.S. VBT recommends that you check the transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder” the night before your flight. The transfer is prearranged with the reception desk and is prepaid by VBT.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

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Accommodations

Tenuta Centoporte

The 4-star Tenuta Centoporte is a peaceful oasis on the old road between Otranto and ancient Giurdignano. This recently opened property is surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and is only a few miles from Salento’s southern coast. It is located close to the ruins of Le Centoporte (“100 Doors”), an ancient abbey built during the 5th and 6th centuries, after which the hotel is named. With its seaside color scheme of bright whites and aqua-greens, Tenuta Centoporte is the perfect place to enjoy Mediterranean culture. Each tastefully appointed room has a private entry and features telephone, television, minibar and private bath with shower and hair dryer.
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Patria Palace Hotel

The Patria Palace Hotel enhances the baroque scenery of Lecce’s historical center, called “the Florence of the South” for its beautiful buildings, churches and squares. The hotel brings to life an 18th-century marquis palace. Each room is unique, personalized with original frescoes and equipped with all modern comforts.
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Masseria Torre Coccaro

The ancient, fortified Masseria Torre Coccaro was built in the 16th century. It is known for its watchtower and the centuries-old olive groves and carob trees that surround it. Today it keeps the simple and characteristic whitewashed look of old masserie, but this 5-star resort is a relaxing oasis of tranquility where food is still finely prepared from local products grown on the property. The onsite Aveda Health Club has a unique setting in a series of caves. Its Jacuzzi pools are kept at different temperatures and its hammam bath offers beauty treatments and relaxing massages. Its beautifully designed swimming pool is nestled among the olive trees and palms, perfect for a refreshing dip.
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Masseria Torre Maizza

This 5-star resort is part of a large hillside estate overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, just one mile from the coast and its beaches. In the 16th century it was used as a garrison and watchtower against the raids of Ottoman and Saracen Turks. Beautifully restored and refurbished, the estate includes its sister farm Masseria Torre Coccaro (another ancient watchtower restored into a 5-star country hotel), a 9-hole golf course, a small lake, and 10 hectares of land cultivated with centuries-old olive trees, carob trees, vineyards and orchards that provide fresh vegetable and fruit to the masseria’s restaurant.
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Hotel Giulio Cesare

The Giulio Cesare is a family-run hotel in Rome, quietly located a few steps from the Tiber River and a 10-minute walk from Piazza Del Popolo. Once a patrician villa, this hotel has been recently redecorated in an elegant, classical style. You’ll enjoy the garden, where breakfast is served, and a quiet lounge with an antique fireplace. These and other touches keep this 4-star hotel feeling very much like a family home. Breakfast is said to be one of the best in Rome, because many of the products are grown by the owner in his fields north of the city. Internet is available for guests at the reception desk and a free WiFi connection is available throughout.
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Relais La Casa di Lucio

The small, intimate Casa di Lucio – located in the fascinating Sassi district of Matera – is comprised of two renovated ancient palaces and their courtyards. Its ten adjacent guestrooms surround the courtyard, and the hotel itself is nestled among the stone city’s narrow lanes and network of stairs. Each room is designed to mirror the Sassi’s houses, with the front dug from tufa and the rear carved into the rock. The guest rooms feature a large, modern bedroom and ample amenities. Its sister property, the Hotel Sant’ Angelo Sassi, is just a few steps away and has a restaurant and spa. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.  
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  • Excellent all the way around

    This was our first VBT trip, and our expectations were high based on many friends' recommendations. Happy to report that the entire experience, other than a miserable AlItalia flight (which VBT has little control over), was outstanding. From our initial phone contact while doing research to our final contact with the home office, the entire VBT experience was 5 star. If you've never taken a VBT trip, start dropping the name around the people you know: Guaranteed at least one person will have heard of them and most, likely will have had a fantastic experience with them. We rode with people who have used other bike tour companies and paid considerably more for the same experience. They all, without exception, said the VBT experience was far superior to even their most pricey rivals'.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2014
    Posted by: Monique26
    From: Colorado, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wow!

    This was our first VBT biking vacation (and won't be our last). What an experience! It was the perfect balance of biking, sightseeing, relaxing, wining and dining. Everything about this trip was perfect, from the accommodations to the scenery and our lovely, sweet and wonderful guides, Debora and Martin. While in Ostuni, we were looking for a pizzeria and ended up finding one off the beaten path, down an alley and were seated outside. What a treat we had eating our pizza, drinking our wine and watching and listening to the locals live their lives! It was really special and I will always remember that evening. Thanks VBT for the trip of a lifetime!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2014
    Posted by: lala52
    From: Georgia, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best Cycling Trip yet!

    We spend a lot of time in Itay but had never been to Puglia. Puglia ia like Tuscany 25 years ago! Unscathed by tourists but very upscale resorts. We would start in the morning riding along the ocean and then weave through beautiful bike paths lined with 2000 year old olive trees, poppies, ancient walls and rolling hills. I had a drop bar road bike and I am not sure i ever used my 'easy' gears because the cycling was so perfect. The resorts were the best yet on any of my 4 cycling trips, I could have just stayed at the resorts all day. The meals beginning with breakfast were beautiful, dining was a highlight. The planned stops, olive oil producing fattoria was gorgeous and lunch like a Michelin star restaurant, the ancient ruins of Egnatia,the town of Alberobello and the guide Nemo who told us the history of the whitewashed Trullo. it was all so well planned and intertwined with the cycling. We really did cover "the heel of the boot" , beginning in Bari, Fasano, Ostuni, Alberobello, and eventually down south to Otranto, Lecce (the Florence of the south). The guides were from the area, both fantastic people who love their homeland and both very equipped to be totally in charge and assist us in every way. The only regret we have is that we did not take the pre-trip to Matera, as the group had so much fun there and did so many amazing things in such a short time. Because of that, after the cycling trip, my husband and I rented a car and went to Matera to do what they had done, it was a fantastically beautiful place! We have told so many friends about this trip, we may even do it again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2014
    Posted by: Sharky
    From: Arizona, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • great trip...best leaders..

    puglia....our new favorite part of Italy...great ride through old olive groves, beautiful wild flowers, and along the sea...and the leaders were the best, clearly love what they are doing...we have been on many bike trips, this was among the best...

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 10, 2014
    Posted by: gabagg
    From: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great accommodations

    My wife and I are repeat VBT travelers. The guides as always were extremely helpful and professional. The entire trip was well planned out , the routes, accommodations were tremendous. VBT should be commended. The best part was the people we met on the trip, I would recommend this vacation to anyone.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 30, 2014
    Posted by: FarmerJim
    From: Massachusetts
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The Perfect Trip!

    From the start of this trip in the amazing cave city of Matera to the final few days in Rome, this was our ideal trip. The places we stayed at in Puglia, the beautiful towns we visited, the smooth, shady cycle routes through olive groves and the stunning coastline all made this trip so memorable. Oh, did I forget to mention the food? It was wonderful. I have taken five VBT trips to date and there are so many more that I hope to take in the future---but I must admit that I toy with the possibility of taking the Puglia trip again. I know I would love just as much the second time!

    Posted on: May 18, 2014
    Posted by: David773
    From: Toronto, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • We'll be back for more!

    From the first night dining and drinking the local Primitivo wine inside the Masseria to the tours of ancient Rome, this was the trip that my wife and I had been dreaming of! It was so great to cycle from village to village and get a sense of the history of the area. If not for VBT, we never would have found the restaurant on our own or had the dining experience that we had. Superb! We were lucky enough to share this with close friends and we have all booked another one on the other side of the Adriatic in Croatia!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 30, 2014
    Posted by: Matt
    From: Sturgis, SD, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Puglia Discovery

    As I rounded a bend about the 40 kilometer mark I thought I saw an apparition - or maybe it was OZ. High on a hill, surrounded by its wall, rose the pure white city of Ostuni. Legend has it that during the Middle Ages the Plague gripped the entire Puglia region except for Ostuni whose buildings had been painted white. Many Puglians died but no one in Ostuni. It was a miracle. (It may also have been the chemicals in the white paint that did the trick.) Thus the city decided to continue its good fortune by insisting that all buildings be painted white. So the white city of Ostuni sits high on a hill, overlooking miles and miles of olive groves - still white - still beautiful - and still Plague free. But most important of all - still there to be revealed as you round the corner on your bike for another Puglia discovery.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Al321
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A Magnificent, Unique Tour in Italy

    Our 7th VBT Bicycle tour and, as always, an awesome adventure. The heel of the boot has so much culture and history and the picturesque cities and towns are full of charm. The white-walls of Ostuni are breathtaking when you first see them from a distance. Our tour guides, Juliano and Marco, did a superb job in every way. Thanks, VBT, for another "smile till your face hurts" vacation!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: pianogirl718
    From: Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fabulous honeymoon in Puglia

    My husband and I chose the Puglia trip for our honeymoon in 2010. Both of us had taken trips with REI, and we were amazed by how much more value VBT provided. The accommodations were luxurious. Our guides, Edo and Debora, were extremely knowledgeable and gracious. We especially enjoyed their recommendations for the Gelato of the Day. My husband is a hard-core cyclist, and they helped him map out additional rides while the rest of the group relaxed before dinner. Among our favorite activities were visiting the home of Debora's nonna for a pasta-making lesson, eating a amazing lunch at Il Frantoio, and touring a trullo home in Alberobello. Attached is a photo of my husband, Neil Holdway, before our first day of riding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Michelle72
    From: Schaumburg, IL, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Absolutely wonderful!!

    We have traveled many times with VBT and have loved every trip, but Puglia was particularly wonderful. We stayed in beautiful hotels, had delicious meals, had excellent bike trails and loved our guides. The guides were fun, so knowledgeable and very helpful in every way. Each day we had new adventures and traveled through lovely towns, interesting villages and beautiful countrysides often with sheep to keep us company. We were provided with new experiences such as helping a grandmother make pasta, watching a chef make mozzarella cheese and visiting a farm that served amazingly delicious vegetarian food. The pre trip to Matera was worth every minute and was extraordinary.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: Judybug22
    From: New York
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Warmth and wonderful biking

    This was a great trip, masterfully planned. We have never seen a more beautiful countryside, filled with century old olive trees and wonderful towns in which to stay. We will never forget our morning in Alberobello. Out leaders were fantastic as usual.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: Vines368
    From: Chicago
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • By the sea, by the sea...

    I went on the last trip of this year in early November 2013. We were very lucky with the weather - the first few days it was actually pretty warm for cycling! The trip leaders (Marco and Juliano) were great - kept us safe, let us enjoy ourselves at the same time, and had great good humor. The pre-trip in Matera was fantastic, but if you have any sort of issues with stairs, beware! I pretty much blew my knees out before I ever got on a bike! Still, it was totally worth it to spend a few days in such a magical place! The riding was a bit more challenging that what I would call easy. Maybe Easy-Moderate. Still, I'd do it again (with more preparation knowing what I know now) in a heartbeat - what a magnificent coastline and oh the olive trees... and the food was ahhhhmazing! Great group, great fun!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 10, 2013
    Posted by: skater
    From: Austin, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An all-around great trip, especially if you're into food...

    We recently returned after taking the last Puglia tour of the year (November). I highly recommend this harvest season timing as everything seemed especially relaxed and fresh. The days were a bit short, but our guides managed this very well, arranging for evening wine tastings and food demonstrations. The cooking class at our first stop was great -- and the local food experiences just kept coming and were all excellent. The pre-trip extension in Matera is fantastic, and a great way to recover from jet lag before taking to the bikes. We also had a great time during the post-trip extension in Rome, but this was predictable -- Matera was a very happy and interesting surprise.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 08, 2013
    Posted by: PhileasFogg
    From: Texas
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • First bicycle tour ever!

    This was my first bicycle tour ever and I'm happy to have done it with VBT. The guides were excellent, courteous, professional, knowledgeable and available to help you with any issues that arose not just fixing a slipped chain or adjusting the height of your seat. They were attentive, inventive, creative with a great sense of humor. VBT was a great experience and I'd be happy to recommend them to anyone. I felt pampered during the whole trip, the accommodations were excellent as well. I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. I'll do it again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 05, 2013
    Posted by: Jjaguar
    From: Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This trip had it all!

    This tour had it all! Beautiful scenery - peaceful countryside surrounded by olive groves, medieval towns, and the sea coast. The tour guides were very helpful, informative, and entertaining! Accommodations and food were 5-star. A very satisfying and relaxed way to see Puglia.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 28, 2013
    Posted by: Bruce46
    From: Traverse City, MI, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great balance between structured and free time

    We loved the number and variety of the side visits included on this tour. We experienced so much of this wonderful region of Italy both on and off the bike. The masserias and hotels were top notch and the staff at each were very accommodating. Our tour guides were very attentive to our needs and tailored sections of the trip as needed - they were real pros! The bike routes included unbelievable views of the area, the coast is spectacular!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 24, 2013
    Posted by: ronic
    From: Skaneateles NY
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What a place! What a trip!

    Our son in Minneapolis was leafing through a book on Otranto that we had bought on VBT's Puglia coast tour. "Wow! That looks beautiful!" he said. Oh it all looks like that, I said. Gorgeous town after gorgeous town--Monopoli, Ostuno, Otranto and more. We'd been on three VBT bike trips before and when our other son moved to Rome in March we said "Let's see where VBT will take us in Italy." VBT was our first and only choice for a bike tour. We know we'll get great guides, great scenery and great accommodations. Next year it's Tuscany by the Sea. We've already taken advantage of the Good Buy discount to pay for the trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 23, 2013
    Posted by: Colette
    From: Minneapolis
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Perfect vacation

    VBT does an excellent job! They take care of everything!! The hotels were wonderful and our guides were perfect (Marco and Guiliano)! Puglia was SPECTACULAR!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 16, 2013
    Posted by: skingsbury2013
    From: Essex,CT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A fabulous experience

    I went on this trip with little bicycle experience and little knowledge about Puglia. I was blown away by the experience. It exceeded my expectations in every way. I started with the pre-trip to Matera. I knew little about what I would see but it was wonderful. The hotel was great with rooms built into the rock. Coordination was great. A local host met us and told us about the area. She made an optional tour the next morning which was great. The hotels/masserias were great throughout the trip. They were much nicer than hotels that I would have picked for myself. Breakfasts were provided each day and lunch and dinner about half of the time. There was always a wide choice of delicious food. The cuisine in Puglia was great. The van would stop twice a day for snacks. There was a variety of snacks available including healthy and not so healthy, but delicious, choices. The two guides were wonderful. They were competent, friendly, entertaining, and always willing to help with whatever you needed. One of the members of our group had a broken wrist and a medical problem on the first full day of the ride. Giuliano and Marco arranged for transportation to hospitals on several occasions. I would expect their support for situations like this but I think they went way beyond the expected. The organization of the trip was great. Little things such as getting your luggage to the room was always taken care of. We met each morning to go over the route for the day. The guides went through the route talking about turns and issues where people had problems in the past. We were somewhat on our own during the ride. This allowed groups to form with people who rode at the same level and speed. One of the guides followed the group on a bike. The other drove the van and would sweep back to make sure that no one needed help. Anyone who needed help or didn't want to continue riding could ride in the van the rest of the way. This trip is rated as easy and I think that it is pretty accurate. It is mostly flat. We spent most of the time on beautiful back roads riding through olive groves with trees that were up to 1,000 years old. A good portion of the ride was also along the coast, which was beautiful. On the last day there was a steady uphill climb that was 4-5 km. I found it challenging but doable. Our group of 20 people was great. Everyone got along well. It was fun getting to know a very interesting group of people. I plan to go back and do the Puglia trip again, and bring my wife this time. It was a fabulous experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 14, 2013
    Posted by: Gary
    From: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great food! Easy biking. Matera is a must-see!

    Quite a few amazing food experiences included on this trip. The biking is easy with many quiet back roads and some nice views of the beautiful Adriatic. The pre-trip in Matera is not to be missed - hard to imagine how much of a town could be dug out of a cliffside without seeing it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: KathyS
    From: Winfield, IL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Beautiful coastline

    Had a wonderful time. The tour leaders were fabulous. They always made sure we had what we needed.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2013
    Posted by: Athena61
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Better than expected!

    There is no better way to see Italy's undiscovered coast than on a VBT cycling tour. The very informative and personable guides brief the group each morning on the day's riding adventure and are sure to point out scenic stops along the way. Bring your cameras as the towns of Ostuni, Monopoli, etc. will provide beautiful scenery for some magnificent photos. Amazing meals, accommodations, guides, and scenery along with a great group of people with whom to travel - VBT has it all. I just can't wait to book my next trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2013
    Posted by: AngelaD
    From: Southbury, CT
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Nothing Better Than Biking Next to the Sea

    While in Puglia we enjoyed biking along the Ionian and Adriatic Seas, what could be better! Flat quiet roads, history, argitourism and wonderful people. Check out Puglia!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 22, 2013
    Posted by: Chum
    From: Sun City West, AZ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • 1st Rate Tour

    Puglia is a place with wonderful masserias, delicious food, great scenery and good biking. We experienced it all on this tour. The memories will stay with me always. As a solo traveler I was welcomed into the group and each of the leaders were always there for me. I am looking forward to the next tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 21, 2013
    Posted by: damlady
    From: Winter WI
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This trip was beyond our expectations..

    Everything about this tour was first class. This was our first VBT trip and it certainly will not be our last. The bicycling was outstanding. The tour leaders were very impressive. Puglia is a beautiful region of Italy that we probably would not of visited had it not been for VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2013
    Posted by: bering
    From: Alpharetta, GA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best vacation ever

    Biking in Italy had been a dream of mine for years. This trip was perfect and exceeded my expectations in every respect. I was concerned that the biking might be too difficult, or even too easy, but it was just right. It was challenging enough to be fun and definitely doable for a casual rider. The guides were knowledgable, helpful and gave our group good cultural information about what we were about to see. It was a great trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2013
    Posted by: JV2826
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great opportunity to explore a unique part of Italy. Terrific balance between hotels in town and the Masserias in the country.

    Puglia is truly an undiscovered gem of Italy. Our rides along the Adriatic Sea could not have offered more spectacular views. Each of the masserias we stayed at were special and led us to think how much we would like to bring our son's and their significant others on a future trip. Our guides were top shelf just as they were on our Burgundy trip. Hats off to VBT for another incredible venture.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 15, 2013
    Posted by: Rick0128
    From: North Carolina
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • My first VBT trip and it won't be my last!

    Absolutely perfect mix of exercise, sight seeing, great food, relaxation and fun. I wish all of my vacations could be the same.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 14, 2013
    Posted by: Katrina24
    From: Salem, OR, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • puglia

    Our tour was wonderful with great people, beautiful terrain/ scenery and top notch guides. I would actually have no problem doing this one again if I was guaranteed the same tour guides, Debora and Fabio! I enjoyed the pedaling, the history, the towns, the camaraderie and definitely the food and wine. We did enough diversions such as the Olive oil tour and others that we were never bored. I recommend this tour highly no matter what the level of cycling you are at.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 02, 2013
    Posted by: TeamIndy
    From: Indiana, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Exactly as Described

    The best part was the unexpected sagra at Masseria Torre Coccaro, the sister masseria to our hotel, Masseria Torre Maizza. The weather was perfect; low 80's and high 70's the entire trip. The trip leaders, both local to the area, were exceptional in preparing us for the routes and avoiding the "tricky turns." Great experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 27, 2013
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    From: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • i loved this trip!

    it combines all of the reasons for biking in Italy: enjoyable terrain: mostly gently rolling, often along the Adriatic or past fields of 1000-year old olive trees, tour leaders who are logistically adept, passionately enthusiastic about the region and good company, great food and wine, charming accommodations, wonderful Baroque architecture and Roman ruins, and warm, friendly Italians. Whenever i tried to use my few words of Italian, i got a warm smile and a generous compliment in response!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 31, 2013
    Posted by: Miles49
    From: Ithaca, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • PUGLIA, NO LONGER UNDISCOVERED

    Our trip would not have been nearly as fun and enjoyable if it were not for our guides, Marco & Sandro. They are on a scale of 5, a 5 plus. Witty, fun, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and just great to be with. The Masserias we stayed at are truly the best in the region. Masseria Torre Maizza the one we stayed at, is fabulous, big rooms, golf course, excellent food, staff that is very helpful, spa, pool, cooking class, and just a neat place. Their sister hotel, Masseria Torre Coccaro, right next door is just as nice and also has all of the aforementioned amenities. Ostuni Palace, very nice, in the heart of Ostuni, but not a Masseria. Masseria Montelauro in Otranto is also very nice, spa, pool good food, big rooms, just really perfect. Patria Palace, in Lecce, our last hotel, is great, in the center of old town, walking streets, good restaurants,, old Roman Coliseum, a fabulous bike store, but one night is too short for this super city. Now for the biking. Riding along the Adriatic Sea to Monopoli and past the Masseria's private beach club is really a good start to the tour. Way too short of a warm-up ride, Monopoli is a super nice town, on the way we rode into Savelletri, also a small village on the Adriatic. Riding through Olive trees that go as far as the eye can see is stunning. Stopping at an old Masseria for lunch one day and taking a tour of it was really cool. Saw Alberobello, where the trulli houses are, was a highlight. We cycled almost around the toe of the boot, where the Ionian Sea meets The Adriatic and from coast, back inland, back to the coast, just good, fun biking. This was a very well thought out route, trip, and our other travelers were fun to bike with and spend a week enjoying their company. We have already planned and signed up for 2014 back to back trips, first to Burgundy, then on to a Bike & Barge on the Moselle river in Germany. Do not hesitate to take this trip, it was great.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 17, 2013
    Posted by: Corvette
    From: California, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great trip

    Many daily options--wondeful accomodations--Debra and Marco were outstanding. It was if they had been working together for years. If they ever get tired of guiding they can do stand up comedy. First Masseria--great pool--But you'd think for ten Euros you'd get a dcent drink. (ot VBT's problem, I understand) Second Masseria--my favorite of the trip. The Matera pre-trip was fascinating.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 31, 2013
    Posted by: GIII
    From: Fayetteville, AR, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Outstanding

    Everything about this trip was outstanding. The guides, the scenery, the ocean, food wine, historical and cultural opportunities. I would recommend it to anyone. My traveling partner put together an album combining my photos and his. We have sent it to many friends and family. One of my friends are seriously interested. I am anxious to do another bike tour with VBT - eastern Europe, though I would like to see what you have to offer in South America.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 29, 2013
    Posted by: Rosebuds
    From: Santa Fe, NM, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The pre and post trip features helped complete this vacation. I don't think I would have felt as satisfied had we not participated in both.

    First I believe its important to switch off for a while, and two weeks is much better than one. The choice of lodging maximized the cultural experience of the setting. Staying in cave conversions at Matera, Masserias in olive country all enhanced the experience of place. I would recommend stacking the trip with friends if possible but I would also think you would have a lot in common with strangers that choose this way to travel that was certainly true for our group. The flexibility of the itinerary was surprising and unexpected in a very positive way. Some folks wanted a challenge others wanted the day off, both I believe were satisfied. Our trip leaders were remarkable, Deb and Marcos, being from the area, shared their love and knowledge of the area. They were close by and helpful if we needed them without being intrusive.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2013
    Posted by: Karan
    From: Fayetteville, AR, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What a Great trip

    This was our fifth bike ride with VBT. The folks at VBT were great to work with in setting up this bike ride. We had special requests for air travel which were quickly met. Our incoming flights were delayed so we missed our connection to Bari. But VBT's emergency phone number was great to have. The folks there advised the VBT rep in Bari of our new arrival time, and he was there to meet us and take us to the first Masseria. All the Puglia Masserias were wonderful. The properties, the people, the service, the cleanliness of the rooms, the meals and the facilities. Then there are the two trip leaders, Sandro and Giuliano. Two super guys to be with over the next several days. Natives of Puglia, they gave us history lessons, kept us on track on the road, were so very friendly and answered all our questions about the land, the trees, the people et al. and gave great recommendations for places to eat, site see, swim and rest. Their morning discussions of the days' routes were a seamless integration of each other's comments, as if they were reading it on a monitor. The rides each day were through a forest of olive trees on small narrow by-ways with little or no passing cars. Once at the Adriatic, the the olive trees were no more, but the views were spectacular of the deep blue sea, the rugged coastline and the wonderful towns and smooth sand beaches along the shore. We had delicious meals in small outdoor areas, one on a terrace overlooking Monopoli and the sea with Vito, the owner of the ristorante, serving us our delicious repast. And I can’t say enough about the great camaraderie that always develops between the bikers after just a day or two. While the ride was rated “Easy”, the last day consisted of an 8.8 km uphill section that was a bit tough for my wife. But she made it with some help from me pushing her along and walking her bike once in a while. And even though the sag wagon was always available if she wanted to bypass the seemingly never ending incline, she did it on her own! The last night's farewell dinner was another special treat for all with Kevin from California being served the chocolate spaghetti he kiddingly pleaded for on the prior night. The next day we left Sandro and Giuliano with our heartfelt thanks, big hugs and an offer to come see us if ever in our area. We added the Rome post-trip extension and were met at the Rome airport by a VBT rep who led us to our transportation to the hotel in Rome. The ride was interesting enough until in the hustle of Roman traffic the driver says "The Vatican", and we marvel at the tallest inclined wall of old bricks that I've ever seen along the north side of the Vatican. Impressive! Once at our hotel, another VBT rep met us at the front desk and sat us down for a review of what Rome has to offer, a list of restaurants, sites to visit and a map of the city. We were very impressed with VBT's ability to plan and implement such a complete array of services that address most visitors' needs. We'll be back for another VBT bike ride someplace in this wonderful world of sights, sounds, smells and nice folks like VBTers!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2013
    Posted by: BikerDave
    From: Mountain View, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Cycling opportunities, pre- and post-trips, and accommodations far exceeded expectations.

    Among a wealth of good memories, my favorite is riding through ancient olive groves between dry-stack stone walls and hearing insects singing. At night in our massarias, we left the windows open to listen to the night and feel the breezes. The food was delicious, abundant, and varied at every meal. The people in Puglia love their region and are happy to help you get to know it. Shopkeepers were friendly and generous with their time. The lovely roads lull you into relaxation and a sense of well being.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2013
    Posted by: Leonie20
    From: South Carolina, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • great opportunity to see and experience a part of Italy that is "off the beaten path."

    this was a great opportunity to see, experience, and learn about the heel of Italy. Matera is a very interesting and worthwhile trip extension.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 05, 2013
    Posted by: JamesA
    From: Bethesda, MD
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Almost perfect

    The terrain was easy. The scenery was beautiful. The guides were great. The accommodations excellent. The weather was perfect, unseasonable cool (70s) and no rain!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2013
    Posted by: Timon1115
    From: Damascus, MD, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The last day of this tour was the best bike route I have ever ridden.

    The trip title is very accurate--this "undiscovered" area of Italy was a delight. Few tourists, lots of contacts with local people, beautiful scenery and great food. The people were very welcoming and eager to explain their culture and customs. The last riding day--on the plateau over the Adriatic and Ionian Seas--is the loveliest route I have ever ridden. A wonderful experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 24, 2013
    Posted by: Kati
    From: Michigan, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour has it all!

    I could have asked for a more amazing time! I felt quite pampered on this tour, even though we were biking everyday. Beautiful scenery, great accommodations, wonderful support, glorious food, all lead by an energetic and knowledgable pair of tour leaders: Giuliano & Marco. I'd go back in a heartbeat!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 22, 2013
    Posted by: AJP1828
    From: Berkeley, CA, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • magnificent from start to finish!

    the puglia trip was incredible. i was not sure what to expect having done the tuscan coast trip the year before and thinking nothing could possibly top that. not that it was better, but totally different. undiscovered is a good way to bill puglia because that is exactly what it is. anyone wishing to get there before it becomes a more mainstream trip needs to do it now. it is an "off the beaten path" type adventure with the VBT touch. my only dilemma is deciding which VBT trip to do next. don't change a thing!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2013
    Posted by: vespa517
    From: Roanoke, VA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A hidden gem

    A great opportunity to see a part of Italy that we hadn't visited before and that is somewhat off the beaten path. We enjoyed it tremendously! Great accommodations, fantastic biking with beautiful scenery, excellent food and wine.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2013
    Posted by: Dick
    From: Big Sky, Montana
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful Area and Culture but Isolated Hotels Limit Interaction

    It is a great joy to visit an area you know little about, and find delightful people, culture, and history. The guides were, as always, superb. The difficulty level is more appropriately easy/moderate, similar to the Alpilles trip. The rural isolation of the lodgings for five nights did not permit much interaction with local culture. I would have traded the swimming pool and cabana for a hotel closer to local activities. Also, VBT needs to consider the comfort of beds in their selections. At two of the hotels, many in our group were complaining of waking up multiple times in pain from the hard beds. VBT has better choices until these issues are corrected.

    Posted on: June 11, 2013
    Posted by: OldDukeDoc
    From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our first VBT tour, but it won't be our last!

    It's hard to imagine a more wonderful trip. We started with the amazing pre-trip to Matera, don't miss this experience, it was extraordinary! Then, we seamlessly transferred to our first Masseria which was beautiful, to start our biking tour. We met lovely people, our wonderful tour guides and set out on the adventure of a lifetime. We spend 7 days traveling through the unspoiled countryside, it felt like we were living in a postcard. Our guides, Marco and Juliano, were so great. They always appeared when we needed them, guiding us along, supporting us and giving us wonderful advice for dining and gelato in the lovely villages that we cycled through. Our trip was perfect in every respect. We made life time friends and look forward to our next trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 11, 2013
    Posted by: Callie0
    From: Central PA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Bike touring is the ONLY way to see a country you've never been to before!

    This was our first VBT tour and I would highly recommend touring with them. In fact, upon returning home from Puglia, we booked the Tuscany Coast tour for this October and will probably book France for next spring (with VBT)!! You are taken care of from the instant you step foot off the plane. The trip leaders were TERRIFIC!! Very safety conscious, fun and extremely knowledgeable of the area because they were from the Puglia area. I can't imagine all of the wonderful smells and people that we would have missed if we were on a bus tour. Biking a country road and having the farmer wave and greet you in Italian -- it was perfect! The fresh produce was outstanding as was the iced expresso with almond milk - ahhhhhh.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 08, 2013
    Posted by: AZbiker
    From: Tucson, AZ, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Puglia in April 2013

    We happily appended this trip to ours in Sicily. Linking both of these gave us a much broader perspective on southern Italy. The Puglia trip offers many views---ancient Roman urban sites; captivating looks at "masserie", rural areas, villages, small towns, and more; seascapes; modest hills; and distant sights of Albania. Excellent food everyplace and superb guidance from both Debora and Luigi. Also, the guests on this VBT trip, like many others, were just wonderful company for the week plus. For others contemplating this tour, I must underline adding the stop in Matera, as this gives a glimpse of another region and additional historical and cultural perspectives on this compelling area. Finally do all this in the spring was just "perfetto"!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 23, 2013
    Posted by: TomNorthwest
    From: Seattle, WA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Gliding Through the Olive Groves

    I loved the "off-the-beaten-path" nature of this trip, through lovely Italian countryside unspoiled by crowds of tourists. The pace was relaxed, and our guides were top rate: professional, warm and gracious, and SO organized! It was the perfect get-away for outdoor adventure in a leisurely vein. Highly recommended!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 26, 2013
    Posted by: Sfnodak
    From: San Francisco
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Outstanding Tour & Great Leaders

    The Puglia tour is outstanding. One is able to really see a wide variety of Italian towns and get to visit some amazing sites. The tour leaders were great - funny, informative and energizing. The places that we stayed could not have been better - the food, service and rooms were all above 1st class. Can't wait for our next tour - we have already booked for summer of 2013!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 11, 2012
    Posted by: GBBiker
    From: Green Bay, WI, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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