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SV Puglia 5 Day Self Guided Cycling v2.0


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This is a beautiful Southern Visions' 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 to the freshest seafood, crowd-free open spaces, irresistible desserts and pastries, distinct wines, and the 50 million olive trees that make Puglia 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.

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SV Puglia 5 Day Self Guided Cycling v2.0

  1. 1. Five (5) Day Self Guided Trip 2010 This 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 to the freshest seafood, crowd-free open spaces, irresistible desserts and pastries, distinct wines, and the 50 million olive trees that make Puglia 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  Exceptional Cycling Routes that pass through fishing villages, country lanes, ancient olive groves, 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 Alberobello, Locorotondo, and Monopoli  Insider look at the region’s hidden treasures  All luggage transfers 2010 Flexible Trip Dates  Guests may choose to start their trip any day from Monday through Saturday, during the months of April, May, June, September, October and November 2010. At the beginning of your trip, a Southern Visions Team Member(s) will meet you at the Monopoli Train Station at 11:00 a.m. You will find your Southern Visions representative in a red and orange shirt, or holding a sign with you name. (If you choose, we can provide optional shuttles from and to the Bari or Brindisi Airports for an additional fee – ask a Southern Visions/Active Cultures representative for details.) After we meet, we will have a briefing, custom fit you to your bikes, and provide you with proprietary, exceptional maps and route notes to help you navigate your way along the countryside, and find special hidden gems to stop, explore, and dine. (Guests are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Puglia. See the end of itinerary for recommendations on arriving 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 you read thoroughly. Welcome to Puglia!
  2. 2. Day 1. Arrive in Monopoli Cycling: Egnazia loop ride 35km/22mi (optional) Lodging: Tenuta Chianchizza You will be met at the Monopoli train station, and led to your first hotel, Tenuta Chianchizza for your briefing. Your trip starts with a perfect, easy, flat, circular ride heading south from Monopoli, past ancient olive groves and along the Adriatic coast to the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the location of a Greco-Roman town dating as far back as the 4th century BC. Guests can choose to visit the local museum and archaeological park, or explore the nearby beach. We will make several suggestions on stops along the route for dining and exploration. Have a great first day!! Day 2 Cycling: Monopoli to Conversano 29km/18mi Lodging: Hotel Corte Altavilla Today, you will embark on a charming route along stunning Adriatic coastline from Monopoli to Conversano. We will suggest a stop en route to visit the small, but vibrant fishing village of Polignano a Mare, idyllically perched on the side of the rocky limestone cliffs. Pay attention to your route notes, as we will suggest a stop at one of the great gelato shops in the region, Il Supermago del Gelo – the Super Magician of Gelato! 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 of Conversano, set amid a landscape of olive and cherry trees, with its rambling alleyways and sun-baked piazza dominated by the Norman castle and Romanesque cathedral. Wow, what a day!! Day 3 Cycling: Conversano to Alberobello 38km/23mi Lodging: Grand Hotel Olimpo Today, you will leave Conversano and cycle towards the Valle d'Itria, or Itria Valley, and the old town of Alberobello, with its unique plethora of Trulli houses, the most famous architecture and symbol for which this region is known. Pedal through rolling countryside to the sweet aroma of mint that grows by the roadside and stop to enjoy the little towns of Putignano and Noci, with their characteristic whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways. On arrival in Alberobello, you will check into your second hotel, Hotel Olimpo, a perfectly situation 4-star hotel in the city. Well done on today’s activities. Day 4 Cycling: Alberobello Loop 49km/31mi Lodging: Grand Hotel Olimpo Spend today roaming around the historic centre, navigating your way through narrow streets, kitsch souvenir shops and tasting local products or maybe visit the museo del territorio to discover the history
  3. 3. of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also suggest riding a circular cycle route (49km/31mi) deep into the Itria Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo - nicknamed “città del vino” for its excellent dry white spumante (sparkling) wine made from verdeca grapes. Here in Locorotondo, meander the atmospheric alleyways bedecked with geraniums and citrus plants. Continue on to Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvellously intact historic centre, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzi, an architectural jewel, splendidly positioned on the hillside with wonderful panoramic views across the Itria Valley. Make sure to soak up all the activity of this final, active day with us, taking advantage of all suggestions made in your route notes. Day 5 You will depart for your flight home or next destination. The Southern Visions Team is happy to help you shuttle back to Monopoli (upon request), or help you extend your stay in the Puglia Region. We are sure that this trip 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 you are with the most professional cycling company in Puglia  Local, native guides with knowledge of the secrets and mysteries of the region  4 Nights lodging at 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts  All luggage transfers  The finest and best maintained bikes in Southern Italy  Welcome drink and snack  Professional Bike demo and fitting  Exceptional, detailed Maps and Route Notes  Local city maps and dining suggestions €499 per person based on double occupancy €300 single supplement Services available at additional cost  Optional Shuttles to/from Bari or Brindisi Airport(s)  Alberobello Walking Tour and Tasting with Native Guide  Pre-paid cellular phone
  4. 4. ARRIVING AND DEPARTING - LOGISTICS After reviewing the following information, please inform us of your arrival and departure plans on the Personal Information Form. Arrival in Monopoli We will meet you at the town of Monopoli train station and can provide details about how to arrive in Monopoli. If you would prefer a more full service experience we would be happy to arrange a shuttle for you from Bari or Brindisi airports. Please let us know during the booking process of your intentions so that we can make all the necessary arrangements. Conclusion of the trip On the last day of the trip we can make arrangements for you to If you would like a private shuttle to either Bari or Brindisi airort or assist with the best advice to continue your journey in Puglia, Italy, or other parts of Europe. There are frequent trains to that will lead to all points in Italy. Flight arrangements We recommend flying into Milan or Rome. You can then catch a flight to Bari (airport code: BRI) from either city. Or, if you don’t mind the longer travel time and perhaps a pre trip stay in another Italian destination you can take the train to Bari. You can see below. Getting from the Bari train station to the Bari airport A taxi ride from train station to the airport takes 25-30 minutes and costs around €20. An Autolinee Tempesta bus ride to the Bari train station takes approximately 30 minutes and costs €4.15. Taking the train to Bari from Rome, Milan or Florence The trip from Rome takes about 5 hours; from Milan it’s about 8 ½ hours; from Florence, expect approximately 7 ½ hours of travel. Train travel in Italy We suggest purchasing rail tickets and making reservations through your own travel agent. For more information on rail travel in Italy, visit the web There you can purchase tickets and book your seat by using your credit card. There is also a great website called where you can purchase individual rail tickets and also rail passes. You can purchase Italian rail tickets from any train station in Italy, but the best advice is to get your entire ticket from a major train station as there are sometimes unpredicted outages in the smaller stations. Many stations are equipped with automatic ticket machines, from which you can purchase tickets and reservation coupons for travel in Italy and for principal cross-border routes. The machines accept cash, credit card and ATM card with your PIN.
  5. 5. If you travel on one of Italy’s faster trains, including Eurocity, Intercity and Eurostar, you’ll be charged a supplemental fare in addition to the regular ticket price (this will be included in the price when you buy from a machine). If you travel on these trains without your supplemental ticket, you’ll be fined. (it is almost impossible not to get the proper ticket nowadays especially if you buy from a machine) Eurostar and Intercity trains require a seat reservation for travel at all times. For travel on intercity trains, reservations are not mandatory; however, you may want to pay the extra reservation charge for a guaranteed seat, simply for peace of mind. If you know you’ll be taking the train during a peak local travel period, such as a holiday, you’ll definitely want to make reservations or you risk standing for your entire trip. Italy’s slower train (Rapido, Espresso, Regionale, Inter regionale and Locale) don’t require a reservation or a supplement ticket. Boarding the train To find your platform, which will be listed at least 10 minutes prior to departure, check the small TV screens or the larger schedule boards in the main station area. If you are travelling without reservations, you’ll 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 the time on the open ticket to prevent multiple uses). If you forget to stamp your ticket before boarding, tell the on-board ticket inspector immediately to avoid a supplementary fee. WHERE TO STAY BEFORE & AFTER YOUR TRIP BARI PALACE HOTEL HOTEL ADRIA Via Lombardi 13 Via Zuppetta 10 70122 Bari 70121 Bari tel. +39 080 5216551 tel. +39 080 5246699 GRAND HOTEL LEON D’ORO HOTEL BOSTON Piazza Aldo Moro 4 Via Piccinni 155 70122 Bari 70122 Bari tel. +39 080 5235040 tel. +39 080 5216633 HOTEL VILLA ROMANAZZI Via Giuseppe Capruzzi 326 HOTEL VICTOR 70124 Bari Via Nicolai 71 tel. +39 080 5427400 70122 Bari tel. +39 080 5216600
  6. 6. MATERA LA CASA DI LUCIO tel. +39-0835-318811 Via S. Pietro Caveoso, 66 75100 Matera Tel. +39 0835 312798 ALBERGO DEL SEDILE Recinto Sedile n. 4 - Piazza del Sedile Matera HOTEL SANT’ANGELO tel +39.0835.333436 Rione Pianelle - Piazza San Pietro Caveoso 75100 Matera tel. +39 (0)835 314010 HOTEL IN PIETRA Via San Giovanni Vecchio, 22 75100 Matera LOCANDA DI SAN MARTINO tel +39 0835 344040 Via Fiorentini, 71 75100 Matera tel +39 0835 256600 ALBERGO ITALIA Via Ridola 5 75100 Matera HOTEL RIDOLA - Albergo in dimora storica tel: 0835 333561, 0835 337689 Via Morelli 13 75100 Matera LECCE Hotel Patria Palace Grand Hotel Tiziano Piazzetta Riccardi Viale Porto d'Europa, s/n 73100 Lecce (Lecce), Italy 73100 Lecce +39 0832 245111 tel. +390832 272111 Hotel delle Palme B&B Palazzo Rollo Via Di Leuca, 90 Via Vittorio Emanuele II, n°14 73100 Lecce (LE), Italy Lecce +39 0832 347171 Tel. +39.328.9540585 - +39.0832.307152 FINAL THOUGHTS Please be sure to note these important contact numbers, should you need assistance before, during, or after your trip: Puglia: +39.340.264.4128 or +39.080.416.0030 U.S.A: +1.713-540-0989