Cycle Puglia In Style

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  • A relaxed cycling trip staying in stylish hotels, including a UNESCO Trulli house
  • Dine on typical Puglian dishes such as fresh orecchiette pasta and burrata
  • The shimmering "white city" of Ostuni overlooking the Adriatic Sea
  • Sleepy medieval piazzas and castles, field upon field of olive groves
  • Explore rocky coves, golden sandy beaches and pictureque Alberobello
Relaxed cycling through iconic Puglian landscapes of olive groves, sleepy medieval hamlets and views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Stay in stylish accommodations throughout and relish 2 nights in a Trulli house in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello. Pedal along the coast from Monopoli to the "white city" of Ostuni which rises high over the olive-covered plateau. Originally Greco-Roman, discover its cobbled streets and defensive walls, as well as the Gothic cathedral. On your bike rides also discover other smaller places, which are just as stunning; the medieval castle in Conversano, the historic white-washed villages of Noci and Putignano and Locorotondo, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. But what about the food? Fresh, delicious and so tasty. Sample the traditional pasta of the region, orecchiette and delicious creamy burrata cheese.
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This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate and each relaxing day takes you along quiet country roads as you roll through charming coastal and hilltops towns. Spending two nights each 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!

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

E-Biking, Multi Center Biking | E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this tour (subject to availability), to make things easier, You will spend multiple nights in one or more location on this biking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

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

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

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

Navigation

This route is easy to follow with the assistance of the Macs Adventure Smartphone App, which we highly recommend using as you cannot get lost if you just follow the blue dot. We also provide detailed routes notes and maps in the app. More information on how to download the app to your smartphone is in your information pack. 

Accommodations

During this trip you will stay charming, upscale hotels and a traditional, stylish Trulli house. If the properties listed are full on the dates you request we will accommodate you in a hotel of equal standard. 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
  • Overnights in stylish accommodations, including a Trulli house
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Information pack
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps, and GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure Smartphone 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.

Peak Season Availability

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. 

Time of Year

The springs months offer warm sunshine, fewer crowds, and pleasant cycling conditions. May is when most wildflowers are coming into bloom. The autumn months are also a favourable time of year, boasting cooler weather and a striking landscape made up of autumnal colours. It's worth noting that the later in the year you choose to travel the higher the likelihood of rain. Also come late October through November some local shops, and restaurants may have reduced opening times or have closed for the winter. July is a good month to go but can be very hot for cycling and therefore isn’t best suited for everyone. You will have to start early to miss the heat of the day and carry a lot of water (additional weight) with you. Although the towns and villages are buzzing at this time of year which is great to see.

Getting to the Start

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 approx 1H15). From Brindisi Airport take the airport shuttle to Brindisi centre and change here for train services to Monopoli (journey time approx 1H30). 

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

Getting from the End

The closest airport to Alberobello is Bari. From Alberobello you can take the train to Bari Central Train Station and then change for services to the airport (journey time approx 2H30). A bus service from Alberobello connects with Brindisi Airport, though takes around 3H. However this involves 2 buses and a train via Monopoli, so we advise if you are flying from Brindisi, to arrange a private transfer. Contact your Destination and Adventure Specialist should you require this transfer as far in advance of your trip as possible. Please visit www.trenitalia.com for train times, prices and tickets.

Luggage 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. We can rent a bike for you or 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 36 miles / 58 km Day 3 Monopoli to Ostuni 25 miles / 40 km Day 4 Ostuni to Alberobello 22 miles / 36 km Day 5 Free day in Alberobello or loop ride 22 miles / 36 km Day 6 Onward travel

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