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– MOUNTAIN BIKE –
bike trip in the “heel of the boot”
(For Groups)

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A Mountain Bike trip on the best off road itinerary of Puglia, one of the must beautiful and naturally area of the South of Italy.

We start the trip riding in the shadow of the Umbra Forest, the heart of the Gargano National Park, to jump, downhill, on the charming bays of his coast ;   then we cross the Alta Murgia National Park, a huge limestone plateau full of biodiversity and history, visiting two UNESCO SITES: the mysterious CASTEL DEL MONTE and the oldest city of the world, still inhabited, MATERA (the next European Capital of Culture 2019). We will finish with a mountain bike tour into thriving mediterranean vegetation of Itria Valley starting from Alberobello, another UNESCO site famous  for the Trulli Houses (strange conical houses made by dry stones), and ending in Ostuni “THE WHITE CITY” with is charming old town. In the last day we will visit two incredible places: the Pomona Garden (one of the biggest botanical conservatory of fig trees, with more then 600 different species…during the visit we can taste these sweet fruits  picking them directly from the branch!!) and the huge Castellana Caves, one of the most amazing natural wonders of a wonderful Puglia!…but you can be pretty sure that the surprises are not finished!!

 

  • Holiday Type
    Bicycle travel
  • Activity Level Tough
    6/8
  • Group Size Min People
    6
All about the – MOUNTAIN BIKE –
bike trip in the “heel of the boot”
(For Groups).

A Mountain Bike trip on the best off road itinerary of Puglia, one of the must beautiful and naturally area of the South of Italy.

We start the trip riding in the shadow of the Umbra Forest, the heart of the Gargano National Park, to jump, downhill, on the charming bays of his coast ;   then we cross the Alta Murgia National Park, a huge limestone plateau full of biodiversity and history, visiting two UNESCO SITES: the mysterious CASTEL DEL MONTE and the oldest city of the world, still inhabited, MATERA (the next European Capital of Culture 2019). We will finish with a mountain bike tour into thriving mediterranean vegetation of Itria Valley starting from Alberobello, another UNESCO site famous  for the Trulli Houses (strange conical houses made by dry stones), and ending in Ostuni "THE WHITE CITY" with is charming old town. In the last day we will visit two incredible places: the Pomona Garden (one of the biggest botanical conservatory of fig trees, with more then 600 different species...during the visit we can taste these sweet fruits  picking them directly from the branch!!) and the huge Castellana Caves, one of the most amazing natural wonders of a wonderful Puglia!...but you can be pretty sure that the surprises are not finished!!

PRICE: 2.260 EURO (minumu 6 pax, maximum 15 pax)

                                          

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Insurance
  • 6 night (Refuge b&b and Hotels)
  • 6 breackfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 packet lunches
  • Professional Local Guide Following
  • Second guide closing the group for the two bike tour in the Gargano National Park
  • Visit to Pomona Garden
  • Visit to Castellana Caves
  • Cooking class
  • All Transfers by private bus shuttle, starting from and returning to the Naples Airport 
  • Mountain bike Hire: Specialized Pitch
  • 24 hours van support
  • Guided visit to Castel del Monte

 

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

All not included in the voce: "What is included in this tour?"

  1. Day 1 Arrivo a Barii Airport - transfer to Umbra Forest

    Arrival in Bari Airport, bus transfer from the airport to the center of the Umbra forest (National Park of Gargano)
    accomodation, delivery of the bike, briefing around the trip -

    Dinner and Overnight accommodation: Rifugio Sfilzi

  2. Day 2 Mountain bike tour in Romandato Canyon and Peschici

    MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR OF THE DAY, DOWN IN THE ROMANDATO CANYON AND THEN TO THE COAST OF PESCHICI:
    53 KM (positive gap: +1053 / negative gap: -1715)
    Wake up, breakfast and departure of the bike tour directly from the refuge. The first ride start in the shadow of the beeches of the Umbra Forest (in italian the word UMBRA comes from OMBRA that means SHADOW). We ride down in the Canyon of the Romandato River, one of the most natural place of interest of the Gargano National Park. Passing through the canyon you can understand the geological history of this area, written in the different layers of the rocks. Getting out from the canyon we pass through two the little town of VICO DEL GARGANO where we can have a rest with a fresh drink before to restart our riding to the Peschici Coast. At the end of the down hill we reach a magic place: the TRABUCCO OF MIMì (look the photo gallery) A trabucco is a massive construction built from wood, which consists of a platform anchored to the rock by large logs of pine of Aleppo, jutting out into the sea, from where two (or more) long arms called antennae stretch out suspended some feet above the water and supporting a huge, narrow-meshed, net (called trabocchetto). On the TRABUCCO OF MIMI' we'll have a delicious fish dinner looking the sea combined with inevitable white apulian wine.
    Return to the refuge by bus shuttle
    HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
    THE UMBRA FOREST Leggi tutto...
    VICO DEL GARGANO Leggi tutto...
    PESCHICI Leggi tutto...
    Overnight accommodation: Refuge

  3. Day 3 Mountain bike tour from the Umbra Forest to the Vignanotica Bay

    MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR OF THE DAY: DOWN INTO THE WILD OF THE FOREST DEEP TO THE BEST BAY OF THE GARGANO: VIGNANOTICA BAY:
    41 KM (positive gap: +834 / negative gap: -1480)
    Wake up, breakfast, checkout and departure of the bike tour directly from the refuge. For this second day riding we explore the south part of the Gargano, going down in the Forest up to the Coast to reach the Vignanotica Bay and his high white cliffs. After the ride and a refreshing swim we'll have a dinner and transfer by bus in the wonderful Trani City (2:30 hours transfer) where we have free nighttime and overnight stay.
    HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
    VIGNANOTICA Leggi tutto...
    TRANI Leggi tutto...
    Overnight accommodation: B&B in Trani

  4. Day 4 From Castel del Monte to Gravina (visiting Matera by night)

    MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR OF THE DAY: FROM CASTEL DEL MONTE TO GRAVINA IN PUGLIA THROUGH THE ALTA MURGIA NATIONAL PARK: 57 km (positive gap: +618 / negative gap: -808)

    Wake up, breakfast, checkout and bus transfer to Castel del Monte (00:30 minutes transfer). After the visit of the Castel we start directly with the ride... if you want to live an adventure inside the treasure chest of biodiversity of Apulia, feel up your eyes with bright colors and your nose with the sweet fragrances of thousands of spontaneous plants…well, then this is the mountain bike tour that suits you. The Alta Murgia is the only place in Italy where is possible to observe how during the centuries the man and the nature have worked together to give the landscape its present shape. Walking or riding throughout this land, which is actually the only left example of Mediterranean steppe in Italy, one can easily find the traces of the men passage. This does not mean that it has been negative: in fact what happened in this territory can be defined as a spectacular example of relationship between men and nature even from the point of view of the social and anthropological science. The population of the Alta Murgia worked for many years to reclaim this land in order to make this hostile ambient more liveable. The land of the highest part of the hills was used as pasture for the ovine as it was not profitable, while the depressions between the hills, where in the past flew the rivers and where now are collected the rainwater, have been changed into agriculture fields after the removal of all the stones. These stones were so important for the local people that they started to use them to create tools, handworks and constructions. From the highest part of the plateau is possible to see up to the Appennino Lucano Mountain. The ride finishes in the city of Gravina in Puglia where we will visit the Underground Gravina a second hiden city dug under the superfical one. After a short bus transfer (15 minutes) we finish the day in the amazing Matera City, having a dinner, a nighttime and a overnight stay there. Walking in The SASSI of MATERA (UNESCO SITE), an old city in the city, take your breath away!!! (look the photo gallery)
    HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
    CASTEL DEL MONTE Leggi tutto...

    GRAVINA IN PUGLIA Leggi tutto...
    THE SASSI OF MATERA Leggi tutto...
    Overnight accommodation: B&B in Matera

  5. Day 5 Transfer to Alberobello and Mountain Bike tour from Alberobello to Ostuni

    MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR OF THE DAY: FROM ALBEROBELLO TO OSTUNI THROUGH THE ITRIA VALLEY: 52 km (positive gap: +446 / negative gap: -637)
    Wake up, Breakfast and, in the late morning, bus transfer to Alberobello, the town of Trulli Houses (UNESCO site). Check in and, light meal and, early in the afternoon, departure of the bike tour into thriving mediterranean vegetation of Itria Valley with some panoramic segments of the itinerary on the edge of a ridge from which is possible to look the amazing "Plain of the olive trees" ut to the Adriatic Sea. The bike tour ends in the white city of Ostuni where we can refresh with a sweet ice cream or granita. Bus transfer to go back in Alberobello for dinner and overnight stay in the Trullo.
    HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
    ALBEROBELLO Leggi tutto...
    OSTUNI Leggi tutto...
    Overnight accommodation: Trullo in Alberobello

  6. Day 6 REST DAY: Visit to POMONA GARDEN - cooking class and Lunch in Masseria Atipica - Visit to Castellana Caves and nightime in Monopoli City

    Wake up, Breakfast and check out
    Bus transfer to Pomona Garden (15 minutes transfer) and visit to this incredibile "trunk" of biodiversity, with 600 different king of fig trees...this is the right season to visit this place, in fact in september you can eat these sweet fruits pick them directly from the tree during the visit. After the visit, transfer by bus to Masseria Atipica (30 minutes transfer) for a cooking class and lunch. You lern how to make the tipical "orecchiete" pasta...you need only a good dough of flour and yeast and knife, sound simple, isn't it?? try to trust to see before believing!! In the afternoon visit to The Enorms Castellana Caves and then transfer to Monopoli where we'll have the last dinner of the week and the overnight stay.
    HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
    POMONA GARDEN Leggi tutto...
    GROTTE DI CASTELLANA Leggi tutto...
    THE CITY OF MONOPOLI Leggi tutto...
    Overnight accommodation: B&B

  7. Day 7 Flight to go back

    wake up, breakfast and check out. Bus Transfer to the Napoli Airport Optinonal: on the way to the Airport pitstop for a short walk and a last Italian ice cream in Polignano a mare (look the photo gallery)

- Wear sport clothes;
- k- way and a change of clothes
- If you have bike shorts, use it!
- hat
- Water supply
- Sun glasses

- If you use quick relase pedal, bring them with you.

- if you prefer, bring with you also your bike seat