Five (5) Day Self-Guided Trip 2011This is a beautiful Southern Visions five (5) 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 transfers2011 flexible trip dates Guests may choose to start their trip any day from Monday through Saturday, during the months of March, April, May, June, September, October and November 2011.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 the 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 your arrival we will send you a very a brief guide on the region of Puglia, which we suggestyou read 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 the stunning 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 unique plethora of trulli houses, the most famous architectural symbol for whichthis region is known. Pedal through rolling countryside savouring the sweet aroma of mint that growsby the 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, beautifully restored trullo in the centre of town. Welldone on today’s activities!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 discover
the history of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also suggest riding a circular route deep intothe Itria Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo - nicknamed “città del vino” for its excellent dry whitespumante (sparkling) wine made from local Verdeca grapes. Here in Locorotondo, meander theatmospheric alleyways bedecked with geraniums and citrus plants. Continue on to Martina Franca – amust-see town for its marvellously intact historic centre, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunningpalazzi; a jewel splendidly positioned on the hillside with wonderful panoramic views across the ItriaValley. Make sure to soak up all the activity of this final active day with us, taking advantage of all thesuggestions made in your route notes.Day 5You 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 knowing you are with the most professional cycling company in Puglia 4 nights lodging at 3- and 4-star hotels and Bed and Breakfast-style establishments 4 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$1149 per person based on double occupancy$450 single supplementServices available at an additional cost Optional shuttle from/to Bari or Brindisi airport or train station Room upgrades Rental of prepaid local cellular phone Cooking classes Alberobello walking tour and tasting with native guide Mozzarella making demonstration and tasting with local cheese artisan
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.Start of the tourThe cost of your tour includes a transfer from the Monopoli train station to the first hotel. If you wouldprefer a more full-service experience, we would be happy to arrange a shuttle for you from the airportor train station in Bari or Brindisi (at an extra charge). Please let us know during the booking process ofyour intentions so that we can make all the necessary arrangements.Conclusion of the tourOn the final day of your tour, we can shuttle you from the last hotel back to the Monopoli train station,where there are frequent trains leading to all points in Italy. We can also return you to the Bari orBrindisi airport or train station or make suggestions for continuing your journey in Puglia.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. There are regular train connections to Monopoli from both Bari and Brindisi.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 travelling 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 ticket inspector immediately to avoida supplementary 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.com
MATERALA 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.itLOCANDA DI SAN MARTINO HOTEL IN PIETRAVia Fiorentini 71 Via San Giovanni Vecchio 2275100 Matera 75100 MateraTel +39 083 525 6600 Tel +39 083 534 4040www.locandadisanmartino.it/en/hotel/ www.hotelinpietra.it/page/home_e.php ALBERGO ITALIA Via Ridola 5 75100 Matera Tel +39 083 533 3561 www.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/