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ACTIVO Apulia – Biking Tour - Flavours and colours of the Mediterranean - 7 Days

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- Alberobello and its trulli – UNESCO World Heritage
- Pasta cooking class with light lunch
- Wine tasting accompanied by local delicacies at a Masseria
 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Alberobello – no coach needed
We start from the hotel and cycle through the typical Apulian landscape made of ancient olive trees and Trulli houses. Our goal is Alberobello, an absolutely highlight. Alberobello is famous for its unique, white round buildings with archetypal conical roofs. These little houses give insight into how farming families and communities survived off the land and lived in these tiny villages together. A stroll on its cobblestone streets through the cluster of UNESCO recognized trulli is an unforgettable experience. We will visit the historical ceter with our guide and enjoy time at leisure to explore the many souvenir shops or enjoy a lunch break. Back to the hotel by bike.
Distance covered: about 40 km
Vertical height difference: 300m ↑↓
Degree of difficulty: easy to middle

Day 3: Ostuni and olive oil – no coach needed
We start from the hotel and cycle through the Val d’Itria. With its still expanses of olive trees as far as the eye can see, the Itria Valley is red soil, green groves and vineyards, and white trullo houses under a clear blue sky – essentially, a marvelous chromatic effect that repeats itself several times over. We stop at one of the several oil mill for a tasting of this local delicacy and continue to Ostuni, the “White City” par excellence, and the only one fronting the sea. A splendid medieval village atop a hill, its tangle of streets feature whitewashed houses adorned with flower boxes and tiny shops.
Back to the hotel by bike.
Distance covered: 35 km
Vertical height difference: 460m ↑↓
Degree of difficulty: medium

Day 4: Matera – coach transfer required
Our coach takes us to the small town of Altamura, famous for the typical bread and for the beautiful old town. Here we start our tour to Matera, European Capital of Culture for 2019 and UNESCO world heritage. We spin along the Murgia plain through a bucolic terrain of rolling fields of “grano duro” (the wheat used for pasta) and shady oak groves. We climb to Matera, the city of caves and one of the most extraordinary spots on Earth. The 7,000 year old town is the third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world. Its unique “sassi” caves were carved over time into the tufa limestone in which they are found. The layers of houses are astonishing and are now protected on the UNESCO world heritage list. The area is so incredible that it seems to transport you back to Biblical times, which is, in fact, exactly what various directors have done in filming movies like “The Passion of Christ”, “Ben Hur” and even “Wonder Woman” there. After the visit of the fascinating historical centre we go back to our hotel by coach.
Distance covered: 30 km
Vertical height difference: 350m ↑↓
Degree of difficulty: middle

Day 5: Along the sea to Polignano – coach transfer required
After breakfast we set off for the coast. Our first destination is the picturesque fishing village of Monopoli with its lovely Baroque Church of Santa Maria and Carlo V Castle, one of the remaining signs of Spanish colonization in this area. We stroll through the narrow streets and after a short rest continue to Polignano a Mare, a beautiful spot set on a deep gorge overlooking the crystal-clear sea. The 4th century city of Polignano a Mare displays a nice concentration of many typical Apulian elements: white-washed streets, charming churches, Greek and Roman ruins, crystal clear waters and delicious ice cream. Furthermore, what makes the city a gem on the crown of Italian culture is the fact that the author of the famous “Volare” song hailed from there. Domenico Modugno recalled the colors of his little haven – and which now has extended to described the entirety of Italy – when he sang, “Nel blu dipinto di blu”, over 60 years ago. Back to the hotel by coach.
Distance covered: 55 km
Vertical height difference: 125m ↑ 400m ↓
Degree of difficulty: middle

Day 6: Locorotondo, Martina Franca and wine tasting – coach transfer required
We start from the hotel and we reach Locorotondo, a circular shaped city, built atop a hill around its historic church bell tower. Though just few kilometers from the famous trulli houses in Alberobello, the architecture in the “Round City” is different. The cummerse houses are narrow and have pointed gable roofs, with a Baltic look. The park in the south of the historic district offers marvellous views of the Itria Valley.
Short visit and we continue to Martina Franca, the most populous Comune in the Valley, known above all for its splendid Baroque architecture and for the Martina Franca Music Festival. After a short visit we stop at a winery to taste the local wines. Back to the hotel by coach.
Distance covered: 35 km
Vertical height difference: 350m ↑↓
Degree of difficulty: medium

Day 7: Departure

 

6 x nights accommodation with buffet breakfast
1 x welcome drink
1 x 3-course evening meal with set menu
4 x 3-course evening meals with choice of starter and main course
1 x traditional 4-course evening meal

1 x visit of an oil mill and tasting
1 x tasting of local products and wines at a Masseria

5 x English speaking bike guides
E-bike hire included throughout
Bike transfers as per programme

 

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04-01-2022 - 10-15-2022 | 7 Days

Hotel Lo Smeraldo ****

 
  • per person in double/twin room
    699 €
  • per person in double room WITH GROUNDED TRANSPORT INCLUDED
    799 €

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