Apulia has a whole interior rocky soul, just waiting to be explored by bike. Our Mountain Bike Holiday in Puglia is an adventure from the “Sun Mountain” (Gargano National Park) to Matera and the Itria Valley through the breathtaking plateau of the Alta Murgia National Park. Ready for your next adventure off-the-beaten-track?
Apulia’s climate, mild even in March and November
All the Apulian UNESCO sites in one journey
Explore the wilderness of the 2 National Parks of Apulia
Every day a different route with our crew just a phone call away and a bikeshuttle or train to get to the starting point of the daily route.
Enjoy the taste of adventure without giving up the comfort of an organized vacation plus tailor-made tour grades.
|1||Arrival in Bari||Bari|
|2||morning train Bari - Ruvo | itinerary Castel del Monte Trani | train Trani - Bari||Bari|
|4||morning train Bari - Pescariello | itinerary Pulo di Altamura | train Gravina - Bari||Bari|
|5||morning train to Alberobello - itinerary Via Verde dell'Acquedotto until Ostuni - train Ostuni - Bari||Bari|
|6||morning train transfer Bari - Foggia --> bus transfer Foggia - Foresta Umbra | meet the staff | itinerary Foresta Umbra & Trabucchi||Vieste|
|7||bikeshuttle Vieste - Foresta Umbra | itinerary Wild Paradise||Vieste|
|8||End of services after breakfast||-|
€ 700 p.p.
Accommodation and local support
You will spend the first five days in city of Bari, Apulia’s capital city where you can easily reach the train stations for the morning transfers and the airport at the end of the holiday.
The second part of the journey you will stay in the beautiful city of Vieste with its unedendless sandy beach and a small harbour with daily boats to the Tremiti Islands and the marine caves. Vieste is one of the most complete all-in-one South’s destination with a vibrant movida during summer and tranquillity during the rest of the year. Don’t miss to discover the inland on foot or riding a horse. Sports lovers can surf or climb the cliffs of Gargano.
We do know that a mountain bike jourmey may is not as easy ad road one. That’s why we designed the formula self-guided + local support. Thanks to our two bike-centers in the Gargano (Gargano Cycle Hub, our own base) and in the Alta Murgia (Ciclomurgia, our partner) you will have the assistance always close to you!
The first riding day begins with a train transfer to Ruvo di Puglia. You will follow the route to the UNESCO site of Frederick II’s Castel del Monte, on the top a hill overlooking the Apulian plateau. You’ll have the time to pay a visit to the castle, then you will follow a track beginning just at the feet of the mount riding past drystone walls and olive trees to the city of Trani, a pearl on the Adriatic coast. You can chill out in front of the charming romanique cathedral of Trani before taking the train to Bari.
The second riding day begins with a train transfer to Pescariello, a small station in the middle of the Alta Murgia halfway from Bari and Matera. Imagine a endless plateau and a trail ending at the horizon! That’s the Alta Murgia. Bike past sheep tracks and follow the footsteps of the Roman Way until the bridge Gravina.
Itria Valley and Apulian Acqueduct Cycle Route
Once arrived to the station of Alberobello, you shall visit the UNESCO site of the Trulli. Alberobello is a privileged place to reach the Acqueduct cycle route, an off-road greenway traversing the whole Valle d’Itria. From Locorotondo quiet backroads will lead you to the “white city” of Ostuni on the top a hill and then all the way down on dirt roads towards the sea. The train station is nearby the coastline.
Halfway of your journey, you will deserve a rest day. You may spend it as you like: going to beach, visiting Matera (we reccomend you an hiking tour) or … just another bike ride.
Gargano, the Sun Mountaun
The fourth riding day begins with a morning train transfer to Foggia (we’ll book it), where the bike-shuttle will be waiting for you to bring you to the Gargano. In the Foresta Umbra our guides will introduce you in the naturalistic aspects of this primeval wood, a Southern wood with Northern trees, bearing a broad network of trails suitable to riders of all kinds. After a cross-country tour, you will get to your accommodation in Vieste, where we dropped off your luggage.
The fith riding day we will transfer you to a mountain hut up in the Foresta Umbra and show you a downhill track to Peshici and, after visiting the small fisherman’s village, you’ll ride all along the Trabucchi coast back to Vieste.
7 nights in double room in farmhouses (agriturismo), B&B or 3/4 hotels with breakfast
5 riding days and 1 day-off
luggage transport during the journey
logistic support (2 bike-shuttle rides)
GPS device with preloaded itineraries
infosheets with points of interest (natural and cultural sites, folklore, etc.)
What’s NOT INCLUDED
transfers from/to the starting/ending point of the journey
bicycle hire (MTB € 100; E-MTB: € 150)
tourist taxes (about € 10, pay on site)
train tickes (about € 30, pay on site)
middle season: + € 100 p. p.
high season: + € 200 p. p.
Single room supplement
in the low season: + € 100 p. p.
in the middle season: + € 200 p. p.
in the high season: + € 300 p. p.
Are you a group over 4 persons or a family with children?
Ask us for a discounted quote!