Puglia Bike Tour
The Unspoiled Coast
Smitten with coastal riding? Then say buongiorno to Puglia, your beautiful new seaside paramour. This Puglia bike tour features sun-soaked villages, glorious secular olive groves, delicious all-organic food and mile upon mile of soul-stirring biking. After an intimate and mouth-watering dinner by the sea, 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. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
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 past ancient stone villages, prehistoric menhirs and crypts into the picturesque seaside town of Otranto, then dinner by the sea in this former Byzantine stronghold.
Explore a scenic cliff-side grotto and cycle along the coast to the southern tip of western Europe with views all the way to the Balkans on a clear day.
Bike past the Alimini Lakes and through the Graecia Salentina, an area famous for its charming, historic villages and the distinctive local dialect, and end the day in the gorgeous city of Lecce.
Ride through an extensive WWF nature preserve and savour lunch and an olive-oil tasting at Tenuta Monacelli, a fortified farmhouse set among the groves.
Arrive in Locorotondo, a city surrounded by Puglia's distinctive trulli, experience a mid-morning mozzarella-making demonstration and ride to beautiful Alberobello.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel in Fasano, then arrivederci in Bari.
Hotel Palazzo Papaleo, Otranto
Located behind the breathtaking cathedral, the 5-star Hotel Palazzo Papaleo stands out for its exclusive comfort, irresistible charm and privileged position in the heart of Otranto. Recently renovated and with a magnificent roof garden facing the historic center, Hotel Palazzo Papaleo offers extraordinary hospitality and the enchanting charm of a historic building. View hotel website »
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 »
Canne Bianche, Torre Canne
This newly opened 4 star resort is perfectly located just steps from the Adriatic sea. Featuring spacious Mediterranean-style rooms, a spa and a large pool overlooking the sea, the hotel transmits a feeling of relaxation and well-being. View hotel website »
Our first four days of biking are on rolling coastal and flat interior roads winding through olive groves. Our last day is along rolling terrain through vineyards and groves. Base daily distances range from 40 to 60 km (25 to 38 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, three lunches and three 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.
“We chose Puglia for all the reasons B&R promoted it--the biking, the food and wine, the hospitality of the people, the fascinating culture, and history; the experience exceeded our expectations in every way.”
— Peggy Mandell,
Puglia Bistro Biking 2013
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