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Sv puglia premier guided cycling 2011

  1. 1.           Seven  (7)  Day  Premier  Guided  Cycling  Trip  2011    This   is   a   luxurious   Southern   Visions   seven   (7)   day   premier   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   to   the   freshest   seafood,   crowd-­‐free   open   spaces,   irresistible   desserts   and   pastries,   distinct  wines,  and  the  50  million  olive  trees  that  make  this  region  the  world’s  leading  producer  of  olive  oil.    Come  to  Puglia  and  hear  the  voices  of  the  past  call  out  over  the  trulli  houses…we  promise,  once  you  discover  it,  Puglia  will  leave  a  lasting  impression.    Trip  Highlights   • Professionally  guided  cycling  each  day   • Walking  tours  of  Bari,  Alberobello,  and  Lecce   • Pugliese  cooking  demonstration   • Several  DECADENT  dinners  at  famous  local  establishments   • Farewell  party  with  local  band    2011  Trip  Dates   • April  22-­‐28  (featuring  Masseria  Torre  Coccaro  in   place  of  Masseria  Torre  Maizza)   • June  11-­‐17  (featuring  Tenuta  Cento  Porte  in  place  of  Masseria   Montelauro)   • September  10-­‐16  (featuring  Tenuta  Cento  Porte  in  place  of  Masseria   Montelauro)   • Custom  dates  also  available    Day  1    We   will   meet   in   the   lobby   of   Bari’s   Palace   Hotel   at   9:30   a.m.     You   will   find   your   guide   holding   a  Southern   Visions   sign.     Guests   are   expected   to   make   their   own   travel   arrangements   to   Puglia.     We  suggest   you   arrive   no   later   than   the   night   before   the   start   of   your   tour.     Please   see   the   end   of   this  itinerary   for   information   on   arriving   to   and   departing   from   the   area,   as   well   as   Bari   hotel  recommendations.    Bari  walking  tour  Pugliese  cooking  demonstration  &  buffet-­‐style  lunch  Cycling:  Polignano-­‐San  Vito-­‐Conversano  loop  30km/19mi  Dinner  &  Lodging:  Polignano  –  Borgo  Bianco  Resort  and  Spa  
  2. 2.  Your   adventure   begins   with   a   walking   tour   of   beautiful   downtown   Bari,   which   may   be   Italy’s   most  underrated  and  vibrant  urban  center.    We  will  then  immerse  you  in  the  art  of  flavor  and  freshness  that  is  Pugliese   cuisine   with   a   cooking   demonstration   and   buffet-­‐style   lunch   at   Bari’s   signature   culinary  education   facility.     After   lunch,   we   will   shuttle   you   to   the   absolutely   stunning   brand-­‐new   five-­‐star   Borgo  Bianco  Resort  and  Spa,  where  you  will  have  time  to  settle  into  your  sublimely  appointed  room  before  joining  us  for  a  custom  bike  fitting  and  magical  first  ride  up  to  beautiful  Conversano,  the  city  of  artists.    There,   you   will   have   time   to   explore   the   ancient   Aragon-­‐style   castle   and   enjoy   your   first   espressino  (Puglia’s  signature  coffee  drink).    A  leisurely  ride  downhill  and  along  the  sea  will  bring  us  back  to  Borgo  Bianco  for  a  well-­‐deserved  elegant  dinner  at  the  hotel’s  lovely  sea-­‐view  restaurant.    Day  2  Cycling:  Polignano-­‐Castellana  loop  50km/31mi      (long  option  to  the  Grottoes  70km/43mi,  pro  option  to  Noci  90km/56mi)  Afternoon  wine  tasting  &  talk  Dinner:  Pasha  in  Conversano  Lodging:  Polignano  –  Borgo  Bianco  Resort  and  Spa    Today’s  ride  will  take  us  into  the  northern  reaches  of  the  Itria  Valley,  filled  with  ancient  olive  groves  and  distinctive   trulli   houses   hidden   among   nut   and   cherry   trees.     We   will   begin   with   a   slight   climb   back  towards   Conversano   before   turning   to   Putignano   and   continuing   to   Castellana   Grotte,   where   we   will  offer   an   optional   tour   of   the   amazing   caverns   and   give   you   some   time   for   lunch.     Afterwards,   those  desiring  a  relaxing  afternoon  can  return  to  the  hotel  to  hit  the  pool,  take  a  nap,  or  even  indulge  in  some  fabulous  spa  treatments.    Meanwhile,  our  more  ambitious  riders  can  continue  to  the  beautiful  town  of  Noci  before  heading  home.    Our  group  will  rejoin  in  the  early  evening  for  a  guided  tasting  with  a  local  winemaker   or   sommelier.     Then   we   will   shuttle   into   Conversano   for   dinner   at   Pasha,   one   of   the   most  fabulous  restaurants  in  all  of  Puglia.    Wow,  what  a  day!    Day  3  Alberobello  walking  tour  Lunch:  Il  Poeta  Contadino  Cycling:  Polignano-­‐Monopoli-­‐Alberobello-­‐Locorotondo-­‐Savelletri  60km/37mi    (long  option  to  Martina  Franca  80km/50mi)  Dinner  &  Lodging:  Savelletri  –  Masseria  Torre  Maizza|1&lang=en    Our  first  big  moving  day  features  some  seriously  great  riding!    We  will  head  inland  around  the  western  side   of   Monopoli   (the   home   base   for   Southern   Visions   in   Puglia!)   and   than   uphill   through   the   forests  toward  the  UNESCO  World  Heritage  Site  of  Alberobello.    This  ride  will  take  us  a  little  time,  as  we  must  navigate   through   an   amazing   array   of   ancient   olive   trees   and   medieval   dolmens   and   around   the  occasional   Ape   (traditional   Italian   three-­‐wheeled   farm   truck).     As   you   approach   the   1500+   trulli  (whitewashed   buildings   with   conical   stone   roofs   unique   to   Puglia)   that   make   up   the   historic   center   of  Alberobello,  it  will  become  readily  apparent  why  this  town  is  the  postcard  capital  of  the  region.    Here,  we  will  meet  local  superstar  Mimmo,  who  will  guide  us  in  an  exploration  of  the  region’s  history,  culture,  and   artisanal   products   and   set   our   appetites   in   motion   for   a   feast   at   Il   Poeta   Contadino,   a   singular  restaurant   known   for   its   use   of   grass-­‐fed   meats   and   local   produce.     After   an   amazing   lunch,   we   will  continue  toward  the  Cummerse  buildings  (rectangular  with  pitched  stone  roofs)  of  Locorotondo,  which  is  also  known  for  its  light  white  wine  and  beautiful  views  of  the  entire  Itria  Valley.    From  here,  our  group  
  3. 3. will  diverge,  as  the  more  energetic  riders  head  for  the  town  of  Martina  Franca  on  the  next  hilltop,  and  the   others   dive   down   toward   the   sea.     Either   way,   your   journey   will   end   at   the   spectacular   Masseria  Torre  Maizza,  where  you  can  relax  in  absolute  luxury  while  your  dinner  is  prepared  in  their  renowned  kitchen.    Day  4  Cycling:  Savelletri-­‐Cisternino-­‐Ostuni  loop  55km/34mi      (long  option  along  the  sea  to  Torre  Canne  75km/47mi)  Dinner:  La  Peschiera  Lodging:  Savelletri  –  Masseria  Torre  Maizza|1&lang=en    This  morning  begins  with  a  lovely  climb  into  the  chic  and  beautiful  hilltop  town  of  Cisternino,  where  you  will  enjoy  sweeping  views  of  the  Itria  Valley.    You  will  have  time  for  a  coffee  or  gelato  to  recharge  your  batteries   before   continuing   your   lovely   ride   along   the   ridge   to   La   Città   Bianca   (the   white   city)   of   Ostuni,  a   stunning   hilltop   jewel   with   breathtaking   sea   views.     In   Ostuni,   you   will   have   many   options   for   a  delicious   lunch   on   your   own,   including   the   opportunity   to   sample   one   of   many   preparations   of   the  ubiquitous  orecchiette  (little  ear-­‐shaped)  pasta.    The  long  option  today  will  reward  diligent  cyclists  with  a  gorgeous,   breezy   ride   along   the   sea   before   they   make   their   way   back   to   the   hotel.     The   evening   will  begin   with   a   refreshing   white   wine   aperitivo   followed   by   a   memorable   seafood   meal   at   La   Peschiera,  where   the   very   best   of   the   day’s   catch   is   prepared   with   grace   and   aplomb.     La   Peschiera   will   offer   an  amazing  finish  to  your  journey  through  the  heart  of  the  Itria  Valley.    Day  5  Transfer  to  Salento  (the  heel  of  the  heel)  Lunch  at  the  lovely  Trattoria  Acaya  Cycling:  Squinzano-­‐Acaya-­‐San  Foca-­‐Otranto  35,  50,  or  70km/22,  31,  or  43mi  Lodging:  Otranto  –  Masseria  Montelauro    After   a   lovely   last   breakfast   at   Torre   Maizza,   we   will   shuttle   you   to   the   beautiful   Masseria   Melcarne,   the  starting   point   for   an   amazing   day   of   cycling   through   the   stark   and   contrasting   beauty   of   the   Salento  area,  home  to  Puglia’s  best  wines.    With  the  warm  sun  overhead  and  the  sea  almost  always  in  view,  this  is   one   of   the   coolest   days   to   be   on   a   bike!     We   can   stop   for   a   swim   at   one   of   the   amazing   beaches   along  the  route  before  hopping  back  on  our  bikes  and  continuing  our  journey.    We  will  also  stop  in  the  famous  castle   city   of   Acaya   for   a   walk   around   and   a   killer   local   lunch.     Our   destination   is   the   ancient   city   of  Otranto,  a  must-­‐see  that’s  one  part  beach  resort,  one  part  Middle  Eastern,  many  parts  Italian,  and  every  part  enjoyable!    We  will  stay  in  the  beautiful  four-­‐star  Masseria  Montelauro  in  the  peaceful  silence  of  the  countryside  just  two  kilometers  from  the  city  center.    After  checking  into  our  hotel,  we  will  bring  you  into  Otranto  for  a  stroll  by  the  sea  and  dinner  on  your  own  (we  highly  recommend  the  pizza  in  Otranto).    Day  6  Cycling:  Otranto-­‐Santa  Maria  di  Leuca  50km/31mi      (long  option:  loop  back  to  Otranto  100km/62mi)  Farewell  party  with  Maneka  Folklore  Band  Dinner  &  Lodging:  Otranto  –  Masseria  Montelauro    At  Southern  Visions,  we  save  the  best  rides  for  last!    Breathtaking  sea  views,  natural  hot  springs,  hills,  and  pine  forests  make  this  one  of  Italy’s  most  memorable  rides.    We  will  ride  down  to  Santa  Maria  di  Leuca,   which   the   Romans   called   Finnibus   terrae   (the   end   of   the   earth).     Here   you   can   stand   on   the  
  4. 4. southernmost   point   of   Puglia   and   gaze   out   to   the   inviting   sea.     On   the   way   down,   we   will   stop   for   a  lovely  cave  tour  and,  as  always,  for  coffee.    Wine  tastings  and  beach  visits  are  also  options  today.    The  serious  rider  who  wants  a  challenge  can  cycle  back  to  Otranto  and  enjoy  the  feeling  of  accomplishment  that  comes  with  completing  a  full  100km  ride!    Those  of  more  relaxed  persuasions  can  take  the  shuttle  back   to   the   hotel.     Whichever   option   you   choose,   your   day   will   end   with   an   amazing   Pugliese-­‐style  farewell  party  featuring  a  fabulous  local  band  playing  rousing  rhythms  and  a  memorable  dinner  hosted  by  your  guides.    Day  7  Morning  walking  tour  of  Lecce  Farewell  from  the  Southern  Visions  Team    After   breakfast,   we   will   shuttle   to   Lecce,   known   as   the   Florence   of   the   South,   for   a   walking   tour  highlighting  its  amazing  architectural  gems.    We  will  also  enjoy  a  cappuccino  and  Pasticciotto  Leccesse  (a  signature   local   pastry   filled   with   yummy   custard   cream)   at   Caffè   Alvino,   the   oldest   coffee   bar   in   the  region.     We   will   finish   up   around   12:00   p.m.   and   guide   you   to   the   Lecce   train   station,   shuttle   you   to   the  Brindisi  airport,  or  help  you  extend  your  stay  in  the  area.    We  hope  your  time  in  Puglia  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   • Local  guides  with  insider  knowledge  of  the  region’s  secrets  and  mysteries   • 6  nights  lodging  at  4-­‐  and  5-­‐star  hotels  and  resorts   • 6  breakfasts   • 3  lunches   • 5  dinners   • Daily  snacks  and  happy  hours   • Guest  shuttles  and  all  luggage  transfers   • Use  of  the  finest  and  best-­‐maintained  bikes  in  Southern  Italy   • Thorough  briefing  and  bike  fitting   • Exceptional,  detailed  maps  and  route  notes   • 3  professional  walking  tours    Services  available  at  additional  cost     • Optional  shuttles  from/to  Bari  or  Brindisi  airport  or  train  station   • Room  upgrades   • Rental  of  prepaid  local  cellular  phone            
  5. 5. Arrival  and  Departure  Logistics    After  reviewing  the  following  information,  please  inform  us  of  your  arrival  and  departure  plans.    Please  be  sure  to  note  these  important  contact  numbers,  in  case  you  need  assistance  before,  during,  or  after  your  trip  –  Puglia:  +39  340  264  4128  or  +39  392  185  7704;  USA  +1  800  737  5760.    Flight  arrangements    We  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  Rome  takes  about  5  hours;  from  Florence,  it’s  about  7  ½  hours;  from  Milan,  expect  approximately  8  ½  hours  of  travel.    Transportation  between  the  Bari  airport  and  train  station    A   taxi   ride   between   the   airport   and   train   station   takes   25-­‐30   minutes   and   costs   around   €20.     An  Autolinee  Tempesta  bus  takes  approximately  30  minutes  and  costs  €4.15.    Booking  Italian  train  travel    You   can   purchase   Italian   rail   tickets   from   any   train   station   in   Italy.     Many   stations   are   equipped   with  automatic   ticket   machines,   from   which   you   can   purchase   tickets   and   reservation   coupons   for   travel  throughout  Italy  and  for  principal  cross-­‐border  routes.    The  machines  accept  cash,  credit  card,  or  ATM  card   with   PIN.     There   are   sometimes   unpredicted   system   outages   in   the   smaller   stations,   so   we  recommend  booking  your  entire  journey  in  advance  of  your  trip  (see  below)  or  at  a  major  train  station  at  the  start  of  your  trip.    For  more  information  on  train  travel  in  Italy,  visit    There  you  can  purchase  tickets  and   make   seat   reservations   with   your   credit   card.     There   is   also   a   great   website   called   where   you   can   purchase   individual   rail   tickets   as   well   as   rail   passes.     Another  option  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   a  supplemental  fare  in  addition  to  the  regular  ticket  price.    If  you  travel  on  one  of  these  trains  without  a  supplemented  ticket,  you’ll  be  fined.    Don’t  panic,  though;  it  is  almost  impossible  not  to  get  the  proper  ticket   nowadays,   especially   if   you   buy   online   or   from   a   machine,   where   the   supplement   is   automatically  included  in  the  cost.    Intercity   and   Eurostar   trains   require   a   seat   reservation.     Reserving   a   seat   is   not   mandatory   on   other  trains;   however,   you   may   want   to   pay   the   extra   charge   for   a   guaranteed   seat,   especially   if   you   travel  during  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   and  supplemental  tickets  are  not  necessary.        
  6. 6. Boarding  the  train    The  platform  number  will  be  listed  at  least  10  minutes  prior  to  departure  on  the  small  TV  screens  and  larger   schedule   boards   in   the   main   station   area.     If   you   are   traveling   without   a   seat   reservation,   you   will  need  to  validate  your  “open”  ticket  by  stamping  it  at  one  of  the  small  yellow  machines  located  on  each  train  platform  (the  machine  stamps  the  date  and  time  on  the  open  ticket  to  prevent  multiple  uses).    If  you   forget   to   stamp   your   ticket   before   boarding,   tell   the   on-­‐board   inspector   immediately   to   avoid   a  supplementary  fee.    WHERE  TO  STAY  BEFORE  &  AFTER  YOUR  TOUR    BARI        PALACE  HOTEL     HOTEL  ADRIA    Via  Francesco  Lombardi  13     Via  Zuppetta  10    70122  Bari     70121  Bari    Tel  +39  080  521  6551     Tel  +39  080  524  6699      GRAND  HOTEL  LEON  D’ORO     HOTEL  BOSTON    Piazza  Aldo  Moro  4     Via  Piccinni  155    70122  Bari     70122  Bari    Tel  +39  080  523  5040     Tel  +39  080  521  6633      HOTEL  VILLA  ROMANAZZI      Via  Giuseppe  Capruzzi  326      70124  Bari      Tel  +39  080  542  7400        MATERA        LA  CASA  DI  LUCIO     HOTEL  RIDOLA    Via  San  Pietro  Caveoso  66     Via  Morelli  13    75100  Matera     75100  Matera    Tel  +39  083  531  2798     Tel  +39  083  531  8811      HOTEL  SANT’ANGELO     ALBERGO  DEL  SEDILE    Piazza  San  Pietro  Caveoso     Recinto  Sedile  4  (Piazza  del  Sedile)    75100  Matera     75100  Matera    Tel  +39  083  531  4010     Tel  +39  083  533  3436                  
  7. 7. LOCANDA  DI  SAN  MARTINO     ALBERGO  ITALIA    Via  Fiorentini  71   Via  Ridola  5    75100  Matera     75100  Matera    Tel  +39  083  525  6600     Tel  +39  083  533  3561      HOTEL  IN  PIETRA      Via  San  Giovanni  Vecchio  22      75100  Matera      Tel  +39  083  534  4040        LECCE        HOTEL  PATRIA  PALACE     GRAND  HOTEL  TIZIANO    Piazzetta  Riccardi     Viale  Porto  dEuropa    73100  Lecce     73100  Lecce    Tel  +39  083  224  5111     Tel  +39  083  227  2111      HOTEL  DELLE  PALME     B&B  PALAZZO  ROLLO    Via  Leuca  90     Via  Vittorio  Emanuele  II  14    73100  Lecce     73100  Lecce    Tel  +39  083  234  7171     Tel  +39  083  230  7152