Puglia Bike Tours
Smitten with coastal riding? Then say buongiorno (good morning) to Puglia, your beautiful new seaside paramour, featuring sun-soaked villages, glorious secular olive groves, delicious all-organic food and mile upon mile of soul-stirring biking. After an intimate dinner at a 12thC castle, an exclusive olive oil tasting (the region produces more wine and olive oil than any other in Italy), a visit to the UNESCO-protected trulli and a glass (or two) of prosecco in the shadow of a famous cathedral, you’ll receive the experience you seek—and then some.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
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Day by Day
Ride into Otranto, then take a historic walking tour of this former Byzantine stronghold. Dine regally at an exclusive catered event in the local castle.
Cycle along the coast past ancient stone villages, prehistoric menhirs and Byzantine crypts, stopping for lunch in a masseria. Learn to make orecchiette, the regional pasta, at a hands-on cooking demo.
Spend the first of two nights in the heart of Lecce, a baroque marvel. See the city through the eyes of a local expert, finishing with a cocktail under the façade of the cathedral.
Head back toward the sea to the hamlet of San Cataldo and on to the splendid Tenuta Monacelli, a fortified farmhouse that will host us for an olive oil tasting and then lunch in its former olive mill.
Enjoy a quick tour of the Ostuni, or the “White City” with our local guide Paola. Traverse through olive groves and unwind at the stunning Torre Maizza, a B&R exclusive.
Watch the creation of fresh mozzarella at a cheesemaker’s. Explore Alberobello, the “city of trulli” and a UNESCO site, with our local guide.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast in Savelletri, then arrivederci in Bari.
Masseria Montelauro, Otranto
Located just outside of Otranto, this recently restored masseria incorporates styles from around the Mediterranean. The main building is an old original fortified farmhouse, while the furnishings are an appealing blend of Moroccan and Italian. The hotel is family owned, and we are bound to feel like guests in a southern Italian home, where hospitality is paramount. View hotel wesbite »
Il Risorgimento Resort, Lecce
Situated in the heart of historic Lecce’s old town and vibrant shopping district, this newly restored 18thC property has maintained its historic splendor which is visible throughout the building's magnificent façade and interiors. With beautifully appointed spacious rooms, fitness centre and the luxurious Salus per Aquam Spa you will feel cared for and right at home. View hotel website »
Masseria Torre Maizza, Savelletri di Fasano
The charming Masseria Torre Maizza is an oasis among the olive groves with its 26 spacious rooms, tranquil pool and panoramic rooftop bar. Aside from the splendid and relaxing common areas of the main masseria, an Aveda spa is available for those seeking extra pampering, while in finer weather visits to its private and relaxing beach club are only a short shuttle away. View hotel website »
Our first four days of biking are on rolling coastal and flat interior roads winding through olive groves. Our last two days are along rolling terrain through vineyards and groves. Daily distances range from 46 to 80 km (29 to 50 mi.).
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches and five dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“The bike ride from Otranto south to the southern tip of Italy is one of the most extraordinary days of biking I've had in my life. Additionally, Judith and Alex are simply phenomenal guides and great people.”
— Noah Harlan,
Puglia Biking 2013
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