Nine (9) Day Self-Guided Trip 2012This is a beautiful Southern Visions nine (9) day self-guided cycling trip through the region of Puglia,Italy, which lies in the heel of the boot, along the sun-drenched Adriatic Sea. Puglia offers access tothe freshest seafood, crowd-free open spaces, irresistible desserts and pastries, distinct wines, andthe 50 million olive trees that make Puglia the world’s leading producer of olive oil. Come to Pugliaand hear the voices of the past call out over the trulli houses…we promise, once you discover it, Pugliawill leave a lasting impression.Trip Highlights Exceptional cycling routes that pass through fishing villages, country lanes, ancient olive groves and vineyards, hidden coves, golden beaches, and the unparalleled Itria Valley A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello with its ancient trulli houses Optional guided walking tours of Monopoli and Alberobello Insider look at the region’s hidden treasures All luggage transfers2012 Flexible Trip Dates Guests may choose to start their trip any day from Monday to Saturday, during the months of March, April, May, June, September, October and November 2012.At the beginning of your trip, a Southern Visions team member will meet you at the Monopoli trainstation at a predetermined time. You will find your representative holding a Southern Visions sign. (Ifyou choose, we can provide optional shuttles from and to the Bari or Brindisi airport or train station foran additional fee – ask a Southern Visions/Active Cultures representative for details.) After we meet, wewill have a briefing, custom fit you to your bikes, and provide you with proprietary, exceptional mapsand route notes to help you navigate your way along the countryside and find special hidden gems tostop, explore, and dine. (Guests are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Puglia. See theend of this itinerary for recommendations on arriving to and departing from the area).Prior to arrival we will send you a very a brief guide on the region of Puglia, which we suggest youread thoroughly. Welcome to Puglia!
Day 1: Arrive in MonopoliCycling: Monopoli-Egnazia loop 35km/22mi (optional)Lodging: Tenuta Chianchizza www.tenutachianchizza.itYou will be met at the Monopoli train station and led to your first hotel, Tenuta Chianchizza, for yourbriefing. Your trip starts with a perfect, easy, flat, circular ride heading south from Monopoli, pastancient olive groves and along the Adriatic coast to the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the locationof a Greco-Roman town dating as far back as the 4th century BC. Guests can choose to visit the localmuseum and archaeological park or explore the nearby beach. We will make several suggestions onstops along the route for dining and exploration. Have a great first day!!Day 2Cycling: Monopoli to Conversano 29km/18miLodging: Hotel Corte Altavilla www.corte-altavilla.comToday, you will embark on a charming route along stunning the Adriatic coastline from Monopoli toConversano. We will suggest a stop en route to visit the small but vibrant fishing village of Polignano aMare, idyllically perched on the side of the rocky limestone cliffs. Pay attention to your route notes, aswe will suggest a stop at one of the great gelato shops in the region, Il Supermago del Gelo – the SuperMagician of Ice! You will continue through the quaint, picturesque village of San Vito, with its multi-coloured boats moored up in the tiny port, and finish your journey in the sleepy, beautiful little town ofConversano, set amid a landscape of olive and cherry trees, with its rambling alleyways and sun-bakedpiazza dominated by the Norman castle and Romanesque cathedral. Wow, what a day!!Day 3Cycling: Conversano to Alberobello 38km/24miLodging: Trulli e Puglia www.trulliepuglia.com/en/index.htmToday, you will leave Conversano and cycle towards the Valle dItria, or Itria Valley, and the old town ofAlberobello with its plethora of unique trulli houses, the most famous architectural symbol for whichthis region is known. Pedal through rolling countryside savouring the sweet aroma of mint that grows bythe roadside and stop to enjoy the little towns of Putignano and Noci, with their characteristicwhitewashed houses and narrow alleyways. On arrival in Alberobello, you will meet local superstarMimmo, who will guide you to your own private trullo in the centre of town. Well done on today’sactivities!Day 4Cycling: Alberobello-Locorotondo-Martina Franca loop 49km/31mi (optional)Lodging: Trulli e Puglia www.trulliepuglia.com/en/index.htmSpend today roaming around the historic centre, navigating your way through narrow streets, browsingin kitsch souvenir shops, and tasting local products or maybe visit the museo del territorio to discoverthe history of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also suggest riding a circular route(49km/31mi) deep into the Itria Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo - nicknamed “città del vino” for itsexcellent dry white spumante (sparkling) wine made from local Verdeca grapes. Here in Locorotondo,meander the atmospheric alleyways bedecked with geraniums and citrus plants. Continue on to MartinaFranca – a must-see town for its marvellously intact historic centre, beautiful Baroque architecture, and
stunning palazzi; a jewel splendidly positioned on the hillside with wonderful panoramic views acrossthe Itria Valley.Day 5Cycling: Alberobello to Pezze di Greco 43km/27miLodging: Masseria Salamina http://www.masseriasalamina.it/eng/index.uk.htmlToday, you will leave the lovely town of Alberobello and our friend Mimmo and cycle to Pezze di Greco,pedalling down beautiful scenic country lanes lined with weathered stone walls. After progressing oversome rolling hills to the edge of the plateau, you will enjoy a long downhill run with panoramic views ofthe Adriatic coastline and the lower fertile plains. This incredible descent will bring you down to Capitoloand south along an ancient farming road, finishing through a patchwork of almond orchards, olivegroves, vineyards, and gloriously coloured fields of fresh tomatoes and peppers. Your home for the nexttwo nights will be the pastoral farmhouse Masseria Salamina, situated only 7 km from the sea withnatural food and old-time charm.Day 6Cycling: Pezze di Greco-Cisternino-Ostuni loop 65km/40mi (optional)Lodging: Masseria Salamina http://www.masseriasalamina.it/eng/index.uk.htmlToday, you ride from the Masseria Salamina to Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop townsin Puglia. Here you will soak in sweeping views of the Itria Valley below and see firsthand why this townis starting to gain some serious international repute. We will then ride past olive groves and rock-strewnfields to the stunning “città bianca” or “white city” of Ostuni. Here you can enjoy a fabulous lunch onyour own while breathing in the clean air from the sea just 6km away. Then you will pedal back down toPezze di Greco and your lovely Masseria home.Day 7Cycling: Squinzano to Otranto 68km/42miLodging: Relais Valle dell’Idro http://www.otrantohotel.com/hotel/en/home.htmlToday you will catch the train to Squinzano and then cycle along the beautiful Salento coast to Otranto.Along the way you can have a lovely local lunch in the picturesque castle town of Acaya. From there,you will ride through numerous olive groves and nearly empty roads to reach the coast before pedalinginto one of the best jewels of all Puglia: Otranto. Here you will lodge in the gorgeous Relais Valledell’Idro. Thanks to its unique location, you will enjoy a panoramic view of all Otranto, including the seawith its pristine beach, the old town centre, architectural beauties such as the Martyrs’ Cathedral andthe Byzantine Church of Saint Peter, and much more. There are numerous options for a lovely dinner aswell as one of Puglia’s best pizza joints right in the giant main piazza. Welcome to Otranto!Day 8Cycling: Otranto-Santa Maria de Leuca loop (optional) 55 or 110km/34 or 68miLodging: Relais Valle dell’Idro http://www.otrantohotel.com/hotel/en/home.htmlWe have saved the best ride for last! You will pedal along the coast south and west of Otranto whereyou will see the easternmost and southernmost points of Puglia both on the same day. You can also visitthe Castel di Salve winery on your way to the city of Santa Maria de Leuca, which appears gleamingwhite as you approach from the sea and is known for its position as De Finibus Terrae (“the end of the
earth”). You can make today as relaxing or as challenging as you like, as your route notes cover a loop of110km but also make it easy for you to turn around and head back at any time. Or you can cycle to SantaMaria di Leuca and then catch a shuttle back (must be pre-arranged). And, of course, whatever optionyou choose, it will be easy to find places to stop for food and sightseeing along the way!Day 9You will depart for your flight home or next destination. The Southern Visions team is happy to shuttleyou back to Monopoli (upon request) or help you extend your stay in the Puglia area. We are sure thatyour time in this region will have changed your life for the better, as it has all of ours!WHAT YOU GET!!! An outstanding adventure travel experience Peace of mind that you are with the most professional cycling company in Puglia 8 nights lodging at 3- and 4-star hotels and Bed & Breakfast-style establishments 8 breakfasts All luggage transfers Use of the finest and best-maintained bikes in Southern Italy Welcome drink and snack Thorough briefing and bike fitting Exceptional, detailed maps and route notes Local city maps and dining suggestions$2219 per person based on double occupancy$750 single supplementServices available at additional cost Optional shuttles from/to Bari or Brindisi airport or train station Room upgrades Rental of prepaid local cellular phone Cooking classes (see details below) Alberobello walking tour and tasting with native guide Mozzarella making demonstration and tasting with local cheese artisan
Cooking Classes with Laura Giordano Local chef and food expert Laura Giordano will pick you up from your hotel one morning after breakfast and take you to a local market to select ingredients for your lunch. There she will introduce you to local vendors and products. Your day could also include a visit to a local bakery, an olive orchard for a grove walk and oil tasting, or a cheese factory for a fresh mozzarella making demo & tasting!Then, Laura will take you to the Southern Visionscooking school, La Cucina at Gelso Bianco, or toan authentic trullo house owned by our friendGiacomino for your hands-on cooking adventure.Have you ever dreamed of making your ownricotta? What about fresh crudaiola sauce onhandmade orecchiette pasta? Laura can make ithappen! She will share secrets of local dishes asyou help her chop fresh tomatoes and choosethe perfect olives. Don’t forget to gather somebasil leaves from the onsite garden! After theclass, you will all enjoy a delicious lunchtogether, and Laura will introduce you to someof her favorite local wine.Number of Participants Price per Person Total Price What’s Included 2 € 139 € 278 Chef Fee 4 € 99 € 396 Souvenir Spatula 6 € 79 € 474 Recipe Booklet 8 € 69 € 552 Food & Wine for Lunch Arrival and Departure LogisticsAfter reviewing the following information, please inform us of your arrival and departure plans. Pleasebe sure to note these important contact numbers, in case you need assistance before, during, or afteryour trip – Puglia: +39 340 264 4128 or +39 392 185 7704; USA +1 800 737 5760.Flight arrangementsWe recommend flying into Milan or Rome. You can catch a flight to Bari (airport code: BRI) or Brindisi(airport code: BDS) from either city. Or, if you prefer to see the countryside and perhaps enjoy a pre-tour stay in another Italian destination, you can make your way to Puglia by train. The trip from Rometakes about 5 hours; from Florence, it’s about 7 ½ hours; from Milan, expect approximately 8 ½ hours oftravel.
Transportation between the Bari airport and train stationA taxi ride between the airport and train station takes 25-30 minutes and costs around €20. AnAutolinee Tempesta bus takes approximately 30 minutes and costs €4.15.Booking Italian train travelYou can purchase Italian rail tickets from any train station in Italy. Many stations are equipped withautomatic ticket machines, from which you can purchase tickets and reservation coupons for travelthroughout Italy and for principal cross-border routes. The machines accept cash, credit card, or ATMcard with PIN. There are sometimes unpredicted system outages in the smaller stations, so werecommend booking your entire journey in advance of your trip (see below) or at a major train station atthe start of your trip.For more information on train travel in Italy, visit www.trenitalia.com. There you can purchase ticketsand make seat reservations with your credit card. There is also a great website calledwww.raileurope.com where you can purchase individual rail tickets as well as rail passes. Anotheroption is to purchase tickets and make reservations through your own travel agent.If you travel on one of Italy’s faster trains, such as Eurocity, Intercity, or Eurostar, you’ll be charged asupplemental fare in addition to the regular ticket price. If you travel on one of these trains without asupplemented ticket, you’ll be fined. Don’t panic, though; it is almost impossible not to get the properticket nowadays, especially if you buy online or from a machine, where the supplement is automaticallyincluded in the cost.Intercity and Eurostar trains require a seat reservation. Reserving a seat is not mandatory on othertrains; however, you may want to pay the extra charge for a guaranteed seat, especially if you travelduring a peak period or local holiday. Otherwise, you risk having to stand for a part or all of your trip.On Italy’s slower trains (Rapido, Espresso, Regionale, Inter Regionale, and Locale), reservations andsupplemental tickets are not necessary.Boarding the trainThe platform number will be listed at least 10 minutes prior to departure on the small TV screens andlarger schedule boards in the main station area. If you are traveling without a seat reservation, you willneed to validate your “open” ticket by stamping it at one of the small yellow machines located on eachtrain platform (the machine stamps the date and time on the open ticket to prevent multiple uses). Ifyou forget to stamp your ticket before boarding, tell the on-board inspector immediately to avoid asupplementary fee.
WHERE TO STAY BEFORE & AFTER YOUR TOURBARIPALACE HOTEL HOTEL ADRIAVia Francesco Lombardi 13 Via Zuppetta 1070122 Bari 70121 BariTel +39 080 521 6551 Tel +39 080 524 6699www.palacehotelbari.it/eng/index.html www.adriahotelbari.com/english/hotel.phpGRAND HOTEL LEON D’ORO HOTEL BOSTONPiazza Aldo Moro 4 Via Piccinni 15570122 Bari 70122 BariTel +39 080 523 5040 Tel +39 080 521 6633www.grandhotelleondoro.it/e_index.php www.bostonbari.it/index.php?&lang=enHOTEL VILLA ROMANAZZIVia Giuseppe Capruzzi 32670124 BariTel +39 080 542 7400www.villaromanazzi.comMATERALA CASA DI LUCIO HOTEL RIDOLAVia San Pietro Caveoso 66 Via Morelli 1375100 Matera 75100 MateraTel +39 083 531 2798 Tel +39 083 531 8811www.lacasadilucio.it/en/ www.hotelridolamatera.it/index.php?lang=enHOTEL SANT’ANGELO ALBERGO DEL SEDILEPiazza San Pietro Caveoso Recinto Sedile 4 (Piazza del Sedile)75100 Matera 75100 MateraTel +39 083 531 4010 Tel +39 083 533 3436www.hotelsantangelosassi.it/en/ www.albergodelsedile.itHOTEL IN PIETRA LOCANDA DI SAN MARTINOVia San Giovanni Vecchio 22 Via Fiorentini 7175100 Matera 75100 MateraTel +39 083 534 4040 Tel +39 083 525 6600www.hotelinpietra.it/page/home_e.php www.locandadisanmartino.it/en/hotel/ALBERGO ITALIAVia Ridola 575100 MateraTel +39 083 533 3561www.albergoitalia.com/eng/
LECCEHOTEL PATRIA PALACE GRAND HOTEL TIZIANOPiazzetta Riccardi Viale Porto dEuropa73100 Lecce 73100 LecceTel +39 083 224 5111 Tel +39 083 227 2111www.patriapalacelecce.com/eng/index.htm www.grandhoteltiziano.it/index_en.aspHOTEL DELLE PALME B&B PALAZZO ROLLOVia Leuca 90 Via Vittorio Emanuele II 1473100 Lecce 73100 LecceTel +39 083 234 7171 Tel +39 083 230 7152www.hoteldellepalmelecce.it www.palazzorollo.it/palazzorollo/