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Puglia Biking: Bike Italy's Sun-Drenched Adriatic Coast

Puglia Biking:  The Mediterranean Flavors of Southern Italy Europe Italy Puglia, Italy

from $2,998* per person 6 Days April, May, August-October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
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The map says Italy. The heel of the "boot." Though at times you may feel you've strayed into Greece. And that's certainly a part of Puglia's distinctive appeal. Endless groves of silvery-gray olive trees. Low dry-stone walls hugging agricultural plots the size of throw-rugs. A rugged coastline and sparkling blue-green waters of the Adriatic. And the typically Pugliese profusion of conical-roofed stone trulli - the region's unofficial architectural emblems. Here you'll find the people welcoming and down to earth. The cuisine fresh, rustic and satisfying. Welcome to your perfect escape. Welcome to Puglia.

  • Unbeatable views of ancient olive orchards, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses
  • The World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters at Torre Canne or simply laze on the beach
  • Bike from coast to coast, from the Ionian to the Adriatic
  • Superb coastal vistas and opportunities to relax en route over coffee and gelato

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Puglia Biking: The Mediterranean Flavors of Southern Italy Europe Italy Puglia, Italy

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Itinerary

Day 1 Unbeatable views of ancient olive orchards, whitewashed villages and age-old farmhouses  After a savory Pugliese picnic lunch, hop on your bike for a warm-up ride that offers the perfect introduction to the region Pedal downhill to the seaside village of Polignano a Mare, which sits upon numerous sea caves carved by powerful waves  Enjoy stunning coastal scenery before turning inland and heading to Conversano and tonight's hotel.

Day 2 The World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli Bike into the rolling hills of the Val d'Itria, a fertile patchwork of almond orchards, olive groves and vineyards Discover the region's iconic trulli - unusual round stone buildings topped with conical gray slate roofs Sample locally produced olive oil at a fun and casual tasting.

Day 3 Swim in the crystal-clear waters at Torre Canne or simply laze on the beach Pedal to historic Ostuni, "the white city," and wander its cobblestone streets lined with brilliant whitewashed houses.

Day 4 Bike from coast to coast, from the Ionian to the Adriatic Spin over undulating terrain toward Otranto, an important historic and artistic center perched at the easternmost point of Italy En route, delight in views of the azure Adriatic and its picturesque white-sand beaches.

Days 5-6 Superb coastal vistas and opportunities to relax en route over coffee and gelato Pedal to the "heel of the boot" on a spectacular seaside ride to the tiny village of Santa Maria Leuca  Take a final spin through sunbaked hills before the trip ends in historic Lecce, a city famed for its beautiful Baroque architecture.

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