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A Short Escape in Apulia: From Bari to Brindisi
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Apulia Self-guided trip: Starts any day year-round in 2019
3 nights/4 days
Daily mileage: From 49 km (30 miles) to 61 km (38 miles) on easy terrain
Trip starts from Bari and ends in Brindisi
Accommodation in 3- or 4-star properties
Level: 2/3 (Easy/Moderate)
From 340 euros per person sharing a double room
A minimum of 2 riders is required for this tour

A Short Escape in Apulia: From Bari to Brindisi — 3 nights/4 days

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Visit white villages filled with trulli.
 
Ride along the gorgeous Adriatic Coast.
  No region of Italy can pack so much “wow!” into four days like Apulia. Accessible by train and air (particularly low-cost carriers), Bari makes a great gateway for a getaway, to start you off with an urban adventure. The mix of nature — olive groves, caves, wild greenery, and turquoise coastline — with man-made masterpieces — formidable castles, baroque halls, and unique conical houses — provides a steady stream of surprises throughout your cycling tour.

As a self-guided rider, you’re free to spend hours at the local beach or delve into Apulia’s history at every stop on your itinerary. Pick up fresh bread and cheese at a market for a roadside picnic, if it pleases you, or use your route notes to find the best restaurant in town. Enjoy all the beauty and variety of Italy without the tourists for a true escape!

For a more thorough trip in Apulia, you may want to consider our week-long trip, Matera to Lecce.

 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Bari

Arrive in Bari at the time of your choosing. History lovers may wish to pass their time in Bari Vecchia, the old medieval town center. We recommend arriving before dinner so you can kick off your tour with a taste of Bari’s renowned cuisine.
Day 2: Bari — Alberobello (61 km/38 miles, 709 meters/2,326 ft of climbing)

After your briefing and bike outfitting this morning, the countryside of Apulia awaits you! You'll ride past the groves of olive trees to Conversano, an ancient town dominated by a castle fortress. Since this is a self-guided tour, you can stop to explore if you’d like, or ride on to Castellana Grotte, an impressive network of caves. You’ll conclude your ride through nature in Alberobello, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Its trulli — huts with conical roofs — are what earns the city its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
Day 3: Alberobello — Ostuni (49 km/30 miles, 644 meters/2,113 ft of climbing)

Ride up to the old section of Albero called Rione Monti, where over a thousand trulli are clustered. Then it’s time to wheel through the Itria Valley. Locorotondo, one of Italy’s ‘most beautiful villages’ is home to more trulli, but it’s best known for its unusual circular city center and the local white wine. Cisternino, another village, is covered with various piazzas offering unsurpassed views of the countryside. Martina Franca is the last village on the route — make sure to save enough camera battery for the old town center! Or, if you prefer to pedal straight to Ostuni, the hilltop citadel and dramatic coastal views will be waiting for you.
Day 4: Ostuni — Brindisi (59 km/37 miles, 262 meters/860 ft of climbing) and Departure

Say arrivederci to Ostuni as you set out on a scenic cycling route to Carovigno and San Vito dei Normanni, two towns boasting azure shorelines and imposing castles. Pedal on through olive groves to Torre Guaceto, a World Wildlife Fund nature reserve along the coast. Truly a safe haven (it’s accessible only by bike or on foot!), it’s the perfect place for sunbathing or swimming. Dry off in the sunshine and ride to Brindisis, where your luggage will be waiting for you at the railway station.
Booking & Pricing
From 340 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:

Option A: 1 night in a 3-star hotel and 2 nights in guesthouses of character

  • 340 euros per person in January through April; October through December. Single supplement is 120 euros
  • 385 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 140 euros
  • 460 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 170 euros
  
Option A+: 1 night in a 5-star hotel and 2 nights in 4-star hotels

  • 505 euros per person in January through April; October through December. Single supplement is 180 euros
  • 660 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 230 euros
  • 795 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 275 euros
   
These prices include:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 80 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 165 euros per bike (these prices include the drop-off fee).

For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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