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A Short Escape in Apulia: From Bari to Brindisi

Finding a nice spot for the picnic before heading to Brindisi 6
Finding a nice spot for the picnic before heading to Brindisi Riding through the beautiful trullis near Alberobello Puglia or Apulia is well-known for its gastronomy Riding during the Apulian sunset, traffic-free roads Cycling break by the Adriatic Apulian countryside
Finding a nice spot for the picnic before heading to Brindisi

A Short Escape in Apulia: From Bari to Brindisi

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  • PriceFrom 340 euros
  • DAY3 nights / 4 days

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Description

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 grovescaveswild greenery, and turquoise coastline — with man-made masterpieces — formidable castlesbaroque 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.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Apulia, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival 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.

D2Bari — 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.

D3Alberobello — 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 ValleyLocorotondo, 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 wineCisternino, 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.

D4Ostuni — Brindisi and Departure 59 km/37 miles, 262 meters/860 ft of climbing

 

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

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

  • 340 euros per person in January through April and 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 and 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).

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