A group of 4 friends (2 couples) went cycling in Puglia for one week to explore the beauty of Itria Valley.
Stanislas called us on Google Meet at the agreed time after we had contacted him on the Velstana website. We discussed for about 30 minutes, which was sufficient to address all important details and build our upcoming tailor-made tour.
We told him that we wanted to spend a cycling holiday in Puglia. We preferred staying in one comfortable accommodation for the whole journey and making cycling loops each day. We wanted a balanced package focussed on the region’s cultural and natural wonders and culinary delights. Given our fitness level, we thought that the distance of each stage should not exceed 60 to 70 km. We wanted to rent e-bikes as well, and to take part in an original outdoor activity to enjoy beautiful Apulian sceneries.
Stanislas suggested a one-week cycling holiday across Itria Valley, which is renowned for its trulli, landscapes, and food and wine. The routes should be relatively flat and use cycle paths and secondary roads with very little traffic. He floated the idea that we could do horse riding in the countryside and along the coast, regardless of our riding experience. We agreed it would be a nice activity.
Concerning accommodation, we would stay in a comfortable guesthouse with an on-site swimming pool. The guest house would be composed of trullo and located a couple of kilometres away from Locorotondo, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. We could have dinner in town or stay at the guest house, as it also served dinner upon request.
Stanislas emailed us a detailed description of our tailor-made journey and a quotation the following week. It included all the elements we discussed and agreed upon during our call. He also sent us helpful advice for purchasing our flight tickets on our own.
As a result, we approved and signed the quotation electronically and paid a deposit. As soon as we booked our flight tickets, we forwarded our flight details to Stanislas so that he could arrange a smooth private transfer from the airport. We were looking forward to discovering Puglia by bike !
Two weeks before departure, we received a comprehensive travel book setting out the complete itinerary by email. It included a link to an app displaying the routes we should follow on our smartphones. In addition, we received further information, such as travel advice and suggestions of bars and restaurants and local food to try.
In addition, thanks to a specific reference number sent by Velstana, the travel book was also available online via a link and on a handy free app – that could be used offline – available for iOS and Android devices.
Arrival in Itria Valley
Exploring the trulli (stage distance: 40 km, 400m elevation gain)
Discovering the white city (stage distance: 44 km, 400m elevation gain)
A well-deserved break
An incredible cave (stage distance: 63 km, 650m elevation gain)
Unforgettable horse riding (stage distance: 40 km, 500m elevation gain)
Last day in South Italy
Pricing and services for this journey: €860 per person
- 6 nights in a 2-bedroom suite in a high-end guesthouse with an on-site swimming pool (breakfast included)
- E-bikes rental for 5 days, including equipment (saddlebags, helmet, repairing toolkit) and delivery/pick-up at the accommodation
- Round-trip private transfer between the airport and the accommodation
- Wine tasting in Locorotondo
- Horse riding excursion
- Travel Book accessible anywhere, anytime, including a one-of-a-kind cycling itinerary available on a smartphone app
- Flight tickets
- City tax
- Museum and church entry tickets
- Meals other than those listed above
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
The abovementioned sample prices are for guidance only and are not binding. The total cost of your holiday will depend on a number of factors, including time of year of travel and choice of accommodation and transport. The actual cost of your holiday is as set out in the Booking Confirmation.