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– MTB or ROAD BIKE –
The Transmurgiana: a bike travel in Puglia through the Alta Murgia National Park
(Self Guided)

HIGH SEASON 720,00
OFF SEASON 610,00

Bike journey  discovering the wildest side of the Alta Murgia National Park, slow rhythm, good for everybody.

High – Season: €  720 euro  per person (up to 4 travellers) – € 670 per person (5 and 6 travellers) – € 630 per person (over 6 travellers)

Off-Season price (March, November):  €  620 euro  per person (up to 4 travellers) – € 570 per person (5 and 6 travellers) – € 540 per person (over 6 travellers)

DEPARTURES: EVERY FRIDAY FROM THE 14TH OF MARCH TO THE 30TH OF OCTOBER

 

    • LOW COST VERSION PRICES:

      € 440  per person (up to 4 travellers) € 360 per person (from 5 travellers and over)
      (ALL HOSTELS AND CAMPING except for the first night in B&B
      – no breakfast included)
      More info in OFFER DETAILS session below
      :

 

  • Holiday Type
    Bicycle travel, Self - guided tour
  • Activity Level Moderate
    3/8
  • Group Size Min People
    1
All about the – MTB or ROAD BIKE –
The Transmurgiana: a bike travel in Puglia through the Alta Murgia National Park
(Self Guided).

If you want to discover the wildest part of Apulia, by bike, you need to live this adventure in the heart of this unique biodiversity cradle of Italy, fulfill your eyes with its bright colors, your nose with the scent of thousands of wild plants and spoil your mouth with the local food, renowned all over the world!<br>
Go through the “Parco Nazionale dell’alta murgia”, visit the historical centres of Altamura, Gravina in Puglia, Ruvo di Puglia and two of the best U.N.E.S.C.O. sites: The fascinating Matera (European Capital of Culture 2019) and the mystical castle of Federico II, Castel del Monte.<br>
Get to the coast and visit Trani, one of the most beautiful cities of Apulia, called “The pearl of the Mediterranean”, and the precious historical centres of Giovinazzo and Santo Spirito.<br>
A journey of freedom : you can manage speed and timing of every visit enriching the program as you like with the local experiences we selected for you.

 

 

 

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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.

 

  • 7 night (b&b and Agriturism)
  • 7 breackfast
  • Road map of the itinerary of the self guided trekking in the Murgia Materana Park
  • Lagguage transport
  • GPS with preloaded tracks of the itinerary (1 GPS device if group booking)
  • Information document about the Highlights of the travel (restaurant, monuments and traditions)
  • On-line Assistance 24h/24h

LOW COST VERSION DETAILS:

  • AVAILABLE: from the 1st of May to the 30th of July and from the 1st of September to the 30th of October
  • this offer is available only for customers who travel renting our bicycles
  • when the camping accomodation is planned, we supply the tent and set up it for you, included in the price
  • for this low cost offer the single traveller version is not available

 

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • City taxes to pay on site, where required (Alberobello, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Matera) = 4,80 euro about
  •  The luggage transfer service is supplied only for the bike stages of the trip, it's means that the service ends with the redelivery of the bike and it's not supplied for the 1st and 8th day trip.

OPTIONS:

GUIDED TOUR OF MATERA

Booking in advance

(every day 10:00 AM) - at least 2 pax

Languages:

Italian: 20 euro (per person);

English: 25 euro (per person);

OTHER LANGUAGES:

120 (divided among the travellers)

GUIDED BIKE TOUR OF BARI WITH FOOD AND DRINK TASTING

at least 2 pax

Languages:

English: 35 euro (per person);

OTHER LANGUAGES:

120 (divided among the travellers)

GUIDED TOUR OF GRAVINA IN PUGLIA

Booking in advance

120 (divided among the travellers)

GUIDED TOUR OF TRANI

Booking in advance

(every day 10:00 AM) - at least 2 pax

Languages:

Italian: 20 euro (per person);

English: 25 euro (per person);

OTHER LANGUAGES:

120 (divided among the travellers)

GUIDED TOUR OF CASTEL DEL MONTE

Booking in advance

(every day 10:00 AM) - at least 2 pax

Languages:

Italian: 25 euro (per person);

English: 30 euro (per person);

OTHER LANGUAGES:

120 (divided among the travellers)

Visit to a Winery and wine and food taste in a farm near Ruvo di Puglia or Trani [ at least 2 persons] (ask to verify availability):20 euros per person
Lunch + Cooking class of apulian kitchen (learn how to make a perfect "panzerotto" and "orecchietta" with a real local teachers): (booking in advance) (at least to people): 37 euros per person
Lunch in old farm after the self guided trekking in the Murgia Materana Park (wine or other drink included):30 euros per person
Bike Hire + Helmet: 100 euro
E-bike: (high level motor): 220 euro
Single traveller extra:110 euro
Single room extra:240 euro
Medical and luggage insurance: On demand
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PAY ON SITE:

Day 7: Visit to a oil mill with food and wine tasting:  € 5,00

Private exclusive transfer from Trani to Bari Airport (book in advance, pay on site):

-          Up to 4 people 70,00€;

-          from 5 to 8 people 90,00€;

-          from 9 to 20 people: 180 euro

(all prices must be divided among the passengers)

Private exclusive FAST transfer from Matera to Gravina (book in advance, pay on site) (suggested!)

Up to 4 people: 50 euro

(this price must be divided among the passengers)

+ 5 euro for each bike

Train ticket from Bari to Pescariello Station: 3,20 euro

(duration= from 1 h to 1:20  h, it depend from the train)

Train ticket from Matera to Gravina in Puglia: 2,5 euro

(duration= 1 h about)

Train ticket from Trani to Bari:3,6 euro

(duration= 0:45 h about)

Train ticket from Bari to the Airport: 5 euro

(duration= 0:17 h about)

Train ticket from Santo Spirito to Trani:2,5 euro

(duration= 0:30 h about)

Train ticket from Trani to Giovinazzo:1,80 euro

(duration= 0:20 h about)

GUIDED VISIT TO “GRAVINA UNDERGROUND” (duration 1:30 h):10 euro per person

Booking in advance (ask to verify availability) - at least 2 pax

  1. Day 1 Arrival to Bari

    Arrival in Bari, accomodation, bike, tour briefing
    Bari is the regional county seat, a city on the sea, full of life both day and night, with an historical centre, a cathedral and a castle, you can’t skip visiting while tasting some of the many typical street foods (panzerotti, sgagliozze, popizze) with a nice and cold Peroni beer...a must if you really want to be an apulian!
    Overnight stay in bari

    Optional (not included in the tour price) guided tour in the historical centre with street food-tasting, with a Peroni

  2. Day 2 Altamura - Matera

    LENGTH: 1km (Level: easy)
    Train transfer from Bari To Pescariello train stop (1 hour: the stop before Altamura on the Bari/Matera “Appulo Lucane” line):
    This bike tour crosses the Parco Nazionale dell’alta Murgia and lets be submerged by the colors and the scents of this biodiversity nest; visit on of the biggest sinkholes of the south of Italy and then get to Altamura, the perfect place to stop, visit one of its old bakeries and try the “focacce” and the d.o.p. bred:
    Next stop: Matera, one the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age.
    It is the european capital of culture 2019 and it will leave you breathless of its lifestyle and for the uniqueness of its houses digged in the stone: the famous “Sassi di Matera”.
    Overnight stay in Matera.

  3. Day 3 Matera

    A day of relax in Matera. We offer two options:
    1) Do you want to pedal? Ring path (41 km; medium level) with a visit to the belvedere of the “Parco della murgia Materana” with the possibility to add a light lunch in a farm, on the way (lunch not included in the price of the tour)
    2)You do not want to pedal? You can have a walk exploring the fascinating “Parco della murgia materana” and its ancient rock churches with a self guided tour. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of this corner of Basilicata, really close to Apulia, from the most unusual possible spots; you can add a lunch in a farm on the path. (lunch not included in the tour price) Overnight stay in Matera

  4. Day 4 Matera - Gravina in Puglia (by train) - Gravina - Castel del Monte (by Bike)

    LENGTH: 54km (Level: medium/hard)
    Breakfast; train transfer to Gravina in Puglia
    We suggest to request a private car transfer (bike included, for e50 to share with the other passengers + e5 per bike), it’s more comfortable and, most of all, it’s FASTER than the train. Once in Gravina in Puglia, in can choose to visit the Subterranean Gravina (this visit is not included in the tour price) which is almost” a second city” digged right under the ancient buildings of the historical centre. The fascinating thing of Gravina, as much as for Matera, is the position it was built, on the edge of a deep canyon (from where its name “gravina”, derives).
    The path consists of crossing the entire National Park, south to north, ideally joining the two U.N.E.S.C.O. world heritage beauties: Matera and Castel del Monte. You’ll be entirely surrounded by the pseudo-steppe unique landscape (in Italy, the only other place where you can find such a thing, is Sardinia). The National Park is also a Rural Park because it was created to protect both the biodiversity and the relationship between humans and nature; this is why you will find many ancient agro-pastoral structures (old farms, tanks and many kilometers of dry walls) , in perfect harmony with the natural environment.
    In the late afternoon you can reach the structure where you will have dinner and spend the night.
    Overnight stay in a structure near Castel del Monte.

  5. Day 5 Castel del Monte - Ruvo di Puglia - Trani

    LENGTH: 57 km (Level: easy)
    Before starting this 5th bike tour you can visit the marvellous and mystical Castel del Monte, symbol of the strength of the empire of Federico II.
    The castle still keeps the attention of the scholars around all the mysteries of its function and symbolisms, starting with its characteristic octagonal shape. From the Castle you’ll move to Ruvo di Puglia and then all the way down to Bisceglie on the Adriatic coast and then, in a few minute-ride, you’ll be in Trani, “the pearl of the adriatic”, famous for its white marble stone used to built many precious buildings, the castle and the Apulian-romanesque cathedral overlooking the sea.
    Before getting to Ruvo you can visit a winery: the wine cellar, the vineyards withe the tasting of three wines (a white, a red and a rosé with some “farmer” finger-food (this visit is not included in the tour price)
    Overnight stay in Trani.

  6. Day 6 Trani

    A day of relax in Trani. You can choose between two possible bike paths:
    1) ring path (35 km, level: medium)_ TRANI-ANDRIA-TRANI In Andria you can choose to add an optional walking tour of the city+ a tasting of the famous “burrata” (cheese and sweet confetti of Andria. If you want to leave your bike, the city is 15 minutes away, by bus).
    LENGTH of the walking tour: 2 hours.
    Tour departure: 10 AM (every day)
    Meeting point: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele- Andria (near the bank)
    Price per person: €35 (english language)
    -Visit of the Cathedral and its crypt
    -Burrata of Andria sampling with bruschette tasting with DOC Extra Virgin Olive oil
    -Visit of the “Museo del confetto” with tasting
    The tour is guaranteed every day with at least two participants (booking 48 hours in advance)
    (the tasting is not included in the price of the tour) 2 )Ring pah in the countryside of Trani (20 km)
    On the way, you can choose to add a visit to the winery and a food and wine tasting:
    4 different wines with local snacks (Tarallini, olives, mozzarelline) and almond cantucci with the passito wine, “Villa Schinosa Moscato di Trani DOC” (the visit is not included in the tour price).
    3) If you don’t feel like pedaling we propose a walking tour of Trani (not included in the tour price).
    WALKING TOUR OF TRANI AND A VISIT TO THE SYNAGOGUE
    LENGTH of the walking tour: 2 hours
    Tour departure. 10 AM (every day)
    Meeting point: Piazza Re Manfredi - Trani (near the Castello Svevo)
    Price per person: €35 (english language)
    -Visit of the cathedral
    -A walk in the “giudecca”, the jewish district
    -Visit of the ancient synagogue
    The tour is guaranteed every day with at least two participants (booking 48 hours in advance)

  7. Day 7 Trani - Giovinazzo - Santo Spirito

    TWO OPTIONS:
    1. You’ll reach Bisceglie (7km) by bike and can choose to add a tasting of extra virgin olive oil and a visit to the olive oil mill or complete lunch prepared with many different kinds of flavored oils (infos and costs of these two options, in the details).
    After the visit, or the lunch, you can reach Giovinazzo by train (15 minutes) and visit its fascinating, tiny harbour and the wonderful fortified seafront.
    From Giovinazzo you can ride to Santo Spirito (7 km).
    In Santo Spirito we suggest to eat the “puccia” (local style fish sandwich) with a ice cold beer, of course, in front of the sea!!!!!

    In the afternoon return to Trani from Santo Spirito (30 minutes- ticket: €2,50)
    2. Take the train to Trinitapoli (about 30 minutes - ticket: 2.20 euros) and then cycle on a ring route that in the first part insists on the "Trinitapoli-Mare" cycle path (connected by a series of cycle paths also to the Centre of environmental education "Ramsar house" that you should visit also book a guided tour inside the natural area - for bookings call the following numbers: +39 0,883,636,030 / +393339028972 ). passing by the coastal town of Margherita di Savoia where you will find many beaches and where you can enjoy a lunch of fish and then return to Trinitapoli . take the train back to Trani. (if you like, along the return path you can go down to the town of Barletta, just before Trani, for a ride in the historic center, between the Cathedral and the Swabian Castle and an aperitif at sunset without forgetting to pass underneath the mysterious monument of Antiques: the Colossus of Heraclius It will be easy , after this stage , to take the train back to Trani, the two cities are very well connected and so there are plenty of trains ).

  8. Day 8 Trani - Bari - Palese Airport (by train)

    Restitution of the rented bike and eventual equipment.
    Train transfer from Trani to Bari (42 minutes- ticket: €3,20) and then to Bari Airport, by another train (15 minutes)

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