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Tour type: Self-guided Tour Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Departures: any day in the week all year long. Participants: Minimum of 2 Level of difficulty: easy / medium - 394 kilometers Bikes: Road Bike Offered Service: Bed and Breakfast Luggage Transportation: Your luggage will be delivered to your next accomodation every day.
Day 1 :
Individual Arrival in BARI. We suggest you to visit the city, cultural crossroads since ancient times. Bari is an ideal starting point, a city where two souls meet: the old town, surrounded by an imposing wall and crossed with narrow streets that lead to the discovery of its rich heritage; and the modern city, built at the beginning of the 19th Century and having endured several changes over time. Don't forget to visit the Basilica of San Nicola, a wonderful example of Apulian Romanesque. Overnight stay in Bari.
Day 2 :
Bike and road map delivery, route description. Today you will discover the beauty of the Apulian Romanesque cathedrals cycling toward the towns of BITONTO, TERLIZZI, RUVO DI PUGLIA and TRANI, your final destination. Trani's cathedral, regarded by some as the “Queen of cathedrals in Puglia”, exhibits a finely decorated portal with a marvellous bronze door work of Barisano da Trani, comprising of 32 panels each portraying a biblical character. (About 68 Km). Overnight stay in Trani.
Day 3 :
Today you'll cycle across the Apulian inland. Your first stop is ANDRIA, where you can enjoy the famous Burrata (mozzarella that's formed into a pouch and then filled with soft, stringy curd and cream). Then you'll continue for about 10 kilometers reaching the Alta Murgia National Park. Among hills, pastures, olive trees and vineyards, on a hill of the Murge Plateau, you'll finally get to the most important example of Swabian architecture: Castel del Monte (UNESCO World heritage site). (About 55 Km). Overnight stay in MINERVINO MURGE/Area.
Day 4 :
Today you are still in the Murgia Plateau: Expanses of grassy terrain is broken up by the whiteness of the rocks, while a dense woodland changes color according to the seasons, and a network of canals through which creeks once ran are today marked by expansive, cultivated fields. Your destination for the day is GRAVINA IN PUGLIA, a land of natural galleries, caves and ravines carved out by an underground river and used as human dwellings in centuries past. (About 65 Km) Overnight stay in Gravina in Puglia.
Day 5 :
Leaving Gravina, you will ride up to ALTAMURA. The town can be spotted on a spur overlooking the plateau, with the Cathedral towers standing out against the sky. Don't miss the chance to taste the famous Altamura bread and Focaccia. At the end of the stage your tour will lead you to another famous UNESCO world heritage site: MATERA. Famous for its Sassi and stunning landscapes, Matera, located on the border of Basilicata and Puglia, is not only breathtaking, but fascinating. (About 45 Km). Overnight stay in Matera.
Day 6 :
Heading out of Basilicata, you will enter Apulia again. Crossing GIOIA DEL COLLE, home of the mozzarella, and NOCI, you will reach ALBEROBELLO, universally-known as the capital of the Trulli, distictive, small, dry-stone buildings with a conical roof. There are about 1500 trulli scattered in Monti and Aia Piccola districts, both listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996. If you want you can spend the night in a Trullo. (About 79 Km). Overnight stay in Alberobello.
Day 7 :
Today you will discover on your bike the stunning beauty of the Apulian countryside and not only that. You will ride towards CASTELLANA GROTTE, known for its intriguing underground caves. Amazing stalactites and stalagmites give shape to a fascinating and mysterious scenery, provided with an evocative play between light and shade. Then you'll start the downhill run towards the sea, until you'll reach POLIGNANO A MARE, a shining gem on the coast of the Valle d’Itria, perched atop a 20 metre-high limestone cliff above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. At this point you can choose wether to reach Bari by train (Ticket price is not included; your bike travels for FREE on regional rails ), or by bike. (up to Polignano 35 Km; up to Bari 82 Km). Overnight stay in Bari.
Day 8 :
End of services and Goodbye!
Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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