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Cycle Puglia In Style

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Cycle from Monopoli to the UNESCO Trulli houses of Alberobello
  • Stay in stylish 4* and 5* hotels, including a traditional trulli house
  • Explore the shimmering ‘White City’ of Ostuni
  • Dine on local fresh orecchiette pasta dishes
  • Discover the rocky coves and beaches of the Adriatic Coastline
Cycle Puglia, the heel of Italy, from the Adriatic waters of Monopoli to the UNESCO protected town of Alberobello. Spend each night in stylish comfort, including 2 nights in a lovingly restored trulli house, unique to Puglia. Deep in southern Italy, south of Bari, begin your exploration of Puglia from the coastal town of Monopoli. Ride through olive and almond groves to the medieval castle of Conversano. Pedal along the rugged Adriatic coastline to Greco-Roman hilltop city of Ostuni, and discover its maze of well preserved cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings. Ride across sleepy rural landscapes, peppered with white conical roofed houses to the 1500 trulli houses of Alberolbello. Here you have the option to visit Noci and Putignano by bike or relax and wander the ancient streets of Alberobello by foot. Explore its maze of streets and dine on locally produced creamy burrata cheese and chilled bianco wine.
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What To Expect

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. Each day cycle between 35-50km along quiet country roads and rolls through charming coastal and hilltops towns. Spending 2 nights in Monopoli and Alberobello leaves ample time to relax in the comfort of your chic accommodation and sample the traditional pasta and seafood dishes of Puglia. Perfect for leisure cyclists that prefer a cycling tour with a touch of style!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Cycling | You will spend multiple nights in one or more location on this cycling holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This cycling route follows a combination of quiet country roads and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. 

Navigation

The tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure, and we supply GPX tracks via our easy to use Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app.

Accommodation Information

During this trip you will stay in 5* and 4* hotels and a traditional, stylish Trulli house. We regularly use the following properties but we will accommodate you in a hotel of equal standard should any of the following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.

Meals

5 breakfasts are included. Breakfasts usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats, granola and sweet cakes. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking. Lunches and dinners are not included but you will find suggestions in your route notes of local places to dine.

Like the rest of Italy, Puglia’s cuisine, is fresh, simple and delicious! Signature dishes of the region include orecchiette pasta (pasta shapes resembling little pigs ears), burrata cheese (a creamy mozzarella cheese) and crunchy, dry Frisella bread.

Included
  • 2 nights 5* hotels, 1 night 4* hotel & 2 nights in a tradtional Trulli house
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps, and GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Monopoli / from Alberobello
  • Bike hire (and optional upgrade to e-bike hire)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Arrival or departure airport transfers
  • Bike hire
  • E-bike hire

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day from March to Mid-July and September to November. We recommend making your booking as soon as possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of May-June and September, as the region can be busy limiting accommodation availability. 

Getting to the Start

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com

By Air:  Monopoli does not have an airport but can be easily reached from either Bari or Brindisi Airports. Both have extensive services across Europe. Bari airport train station has regular services to Monopoli via Bari's central train station (journey time 1hr 15mins). From Brindisi Airport take the airport shuttle to Brindisi centre and change here for train services to Monopoli (journey time 1hr 30min). 

Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.

Getting from the End

By Air:  Like Monopoli, Alberobello does not have an airport but is well connected with Bari. From Alberobello change at Bari Central for services to the airport (journey time 2hr 30min). A bus service connects with Brindisi airport, though takes around 3 hours. Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.

Private transfers from Alberobello to Bari or Brindisi Airports can be arranged and can be reserved at the time of booking.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. 

Equipment

Bike hire is an optional extra for this tour as you are welcome to bring your own bike. If you intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.

Rental bikes are 21 speed touring bikes equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Specific male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, we will ask for your height and the frame size you currently ride so we can make sure your rental bike is the best fit. E-bikes are also available (subject to availability) if you would prefer a power-assisted ride.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Monopoli and overnight Day 2 Monopoli loop ride 31 miles / 50 km Day 3 Monopoli to Ostuni 25 miles / 40 km Day 4 Ostuni to Alberobello 25 miles / 40 km Day 5 Free day in Alberobello or loop ride 22 miles / 35 km Day 6 Onward travel

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