DAY 01 SEVELLETRI DI FASANO
Basic Option: Savelletri di Fasano Countryside
Approximately 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
After a 45-minute shuttle we will enjoy a welcoming Pugliese lunch, featuring fresh local specialties. Your guides will then spend some time familiarizing you to the Trek bicycle you’ll be riding and make sure that you and your bike are a comfortable fit. Then we take to quiet roads surrounded by olive trees, and spot our first trulli—conical stone dwellings dating from the Middle Ages, unique to this small area in Puglia. After winding through spectacular countryside dotted with these distinctive structures, we make our way to the sea and your hotel for the next 2 nights. Wander its beautiful grounds before gathering for an aperitivo and a discussion of the week ahead. You’ll enjoy the first dinner of the trip at the hotel’s own remarkable restaurant that specializes in flavorful, local cuisine prepared with a modern twist.
DAY 02 ALBEROBELLO
Basic Option: Alberobello Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: Alberobello with shuttle
Approximately 25 miles with 500 feet of climbing
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll head out on quiet country roads, surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and the ubiquitous trulli. Take a moment to get an up-close look at one of these ancient stone structures. Back on the bike, you will cycle to Alberobello, home to over a thousand trulli, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can wander narrow streets lined with trulli, or perhaps visit the fascinating Trulli Museum, before sitting down to lunch of your choice. Afterwards, you have the option to shuttle back to the hotel to enjoy the pool or the spa. However, if you are ready to keep riding, your Trek Travel guides have a spin through more quiet roads for you to enjoy. This evening, we explore the art of pizza making in a traditional Puglian pizza oven and then enjoy the feast to follow.
DAY 03 SAVELLETRI DI FASANO / OSTUNI
Basic Option: Savelletri di Fasano to Ostuni
Approximately 25 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Avid Option: Savelletri di Fasano to Ostuni to Casalabate
Approximately 75 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Today you’ll cycle into the stunning region of Salento, enjoying beautiful country roads as you head down “the heel of the boot”. Our first stop is Ostuni, la Città Bianca, a whitewashed village high on a hill with astonishing views of the Adriatic. There are great shops in the old town and narrow, winding streets that are enticing to explore. After uncovering the town’s attractions, enjoy an espresso at an inviting cafe then continue on the ride to lunch and olive oil tasting. Afterward, for those who elect to continue cycling, the terrain flattens as we head south to our hotel for the night, Tenuta Monacelli. This ancient farmhouse now offers luxurious accommodations amidst ancient olive groves, just a short distance from the coastline. Enjoya wine tasting of the local varieties. If you’d like, relax by the hotel’s infinity pool after your ride. Tonight you’ll reconvene with the rest of the group to dine on delicious, inventive fare along with a wine tasting at the hotel’s restaurant.
DAY 04 CASALBIATE / SAN FOCA / OTRANTO
Basic Option: Casalabate to San Foca to Otranto
Approximately 35 miles with 300 feet of climbing
Short Option: Casalabate to San Foca
Approximately 25 miles with 200 feet of climbing
Today, you’ll leave the tranquil surroundings of your hotel after a replenishing breakfast. Continuing your journey south, we cycle the coastline of the Adriatic, enjoying views of rocky beaches and brilliant blue waters. You’ll head to San Foca, where you can enjoy a dip in the warm waters of the Adriatic before we sit down to lunch at a casual seaside restaurant. Then hop back on your bike for the final few miles along the coast to Otranto. This port city has Greek origins and a range of influences over the centuries, from Roman to Norman to Turkish to Spanish. Otranto’s quiet streets, clean beaches and vibrant dining scene are just part of its charm—the magnificent cathedral and imposing fortress add a palpable sense of history to the mix. Tonight, explore the many local options for dinner—trattorias serving everything from pasta and pizza to freshly caught seafood abound.
DAY 05 OTRANTO / SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA
Basic Option: Otranto to Grotta Zinzulusa Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Short Option: Otranto to Grotta Zinzulusa
Approximately 25 miles with 100 feet of climbing
Avid Option: Otranto to San Maria Leuca Return
Approximately 65 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
This morning, the sea is never out of sight as we make our way along the some of the most breathtaking coastline in all of Italy. To your right, stone fences crafted centuries ago from local limestone adorn windswept fields, while the shimmering clear waters of the Ionian Sea beckon from your left. Opt to ride as many seaside miles as you wish this day and choose an inviting town along the way to explore and enjoy a bistro lunch. Our guides highly recommend Grotto Zinzalusa; relax on the beach or enjoy a swim before enjoying an awesome pizza al fresco; or continue riding all the way to the easternmost tip of Italy, San Maria Leuca for a most scenic metric century ride. Afterward, jump back on your bike and continue your seaside explorations. Or, shuttle back to Otranto, where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the charming town. This evening we’ll toast our week together as we dine on fresh local seafood and ribbons of homemade pasta paired with the region’s best wines.
DAY 06 DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.