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Learning Italian from the Saddle: Language Classes and the Coast of Apulia

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!

New for 2020!
  • 9 nights | 22 miles/day
  • Guided from: €1950
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Cycling along the coastline of Apulia while also enjoying an Italian language course?! Yes!

Enjoy this unique experience--getting in touch with the land, the people, and the wonderful culture on this cycling vacation in the heel of Italy's boot. This guided tour offers a terrific balance between cycling, guided walking tours, stops along the coastline for swimming, and an intensive Italian language course led by professional instructors.

Lessons take place in the shade of olive trees and pines or on the terrace and garden of a farmhouse--informal settings and atmosphere to make the learning experience so pleasant. The best way to learn Italian and to discover south Italy!

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival and welcome to Otranto
Upon arrival to Otranto, check in to your first hotel and have the initial briefing of the trip.
Overnight in Otranto

Day 2: Otranto and surroundings
This morning you will have an entry-level Italian language test in the "Porta d’Oriente" school. Then, after lunch, enjoy a cycling tour of the area surrounding Otranto.

On our first cycling tour we will visit a traditional craftsman fabric workshop, a few pre-historical monuments spread across the area, a marvelous botanical garden in Giuggianello, with a unique collection of Cactaceae, and to conclude the tour, a "Masseria" (a historic fortified farmhouse that produces cheese) in Uggiano la Chiesa.
Overnight in Otranto

Day 3: Otranto – Castro
This day is dedicated to one of the most fascinating portions of the Italian coast, where different towers, originating from the XVI century, rise facing the sea. It is the most eastern spot of the peninsula: when the sky is clear you can see the mountains of Albania and Greece across the bay.
We’ll depart Otranto in the morning, heading for Castro. In Castro, we’ll have our Italian lesson, followed by a swim in the ocean and a packed lunch.

In the afternoon we will visit the Grotta Zinzulusa, a cave proceeding for meters and meters toward the heart of the earth, and the splendid Aquaviva creek, characterized by the underground freshwater river that flows toward the sea. This evening before dinner, we’ll have a second Italian lesson.
Overnight in Castro

Day 4: Castro – Leuca
We carry on through the Otranto-Leuca coast, the so-called “park road, with its outstanding panorama. At the arrival in Marina Serra, an Italian lesson will take place in a coastline pine forest, and then we will rest by a picturesque inlet where it will be also possible to swim.

After lunch, we will have a second Italian lesson before we depart for Tricase. In the small town of Tricase, famous for its churches and small lanes, we will enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic town center before proceeding towards Leuca. This part of the route follows secondary roads lined by century-old olive trees.
Overnight in Leuca

Day 5: Leuca
Today will be jam-packed with an Italian lesson while you cycle through the villages around Capo Leuca. We will see ancient towers, underground oil mills, the ruin of a pre-Roman city, a Mausoleum that holds traces of Byzantinian frescoes, a semi-abandoned castle and an ancient church with incredibly vast sub terrains—all while having a continuous Italian lesson with our teachers!

In the afternoon, we will have a relaxing sailing trip with lunch provided on board! You’ll be able to swim if you wish before we return to port. This evening is a free evening in Leuca, and you will make your own dinner plans.
Overnight in Leuca

Day 6: Leuca – Torre Suda
The day is dedicated to the Salentinian countryside, one of the best-kept secrets of the region, characterized by its olive trees and the Mediterranean vegetation. We’ll leave Leuca and head to the Sarruni Guest Farm, where today’s Italian lesson will take place.

After our lesson, we will enjoy lunch at the farm, followed by the second lesson. From here, we will depart once again across the countryside, where we will see the "Trulli" and the "Pajare" (ancient buildings made with dry stone) and the Tu'rat garden, of Arabian origin. We’ll arrive to Alliste/Torre Suda for our overnight. Dinner and the evening are yours tonight.
Overnight in Alliste/Torre Suda

Day 7: Torre Suda – Santa Caterina
From Alliste/Torre Suda, we head toward the park of Punta Pizzo. The Italian lesson will take place in the coastline pine forest of Punta Della Suina, next to one of the most famous beaches of Italy.

After lunch, we will visit Gallipoli, an ancient city from the Roman era on an island. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Gallipoli, which is currently populated by fishermen. Towards sunset, we will travel to Santa Caterina, where we will stop for the night, in a bed and breakfast with a view of the sea (2 overnights here).
Overnight in Santa Caterina

Day 8: Santa Caterina
Another full day today! In the morning we cycle to the city of Nardó and some of the nearby “masserie” (fortified farmhouses) in the region of Porto Selvaggio.

Then we will go back to our bed and breakfast for the Italian lesson. In the early afternoon, we will go (on foot or by canoe) to the natural park of Porto Selvaggio, a forest next to the sea. Here we will have our second lesson of the day and then a nice swim. Return by sunset to Santa Caterina.
Overnight in Santa Caterina

Day 9: Santa Caterina – Lecce
This morning is dedicated to the final test of our Italian course! After lunch, we will travel towards Galatone, where we will visit the historic town center and the town castle, and then on to Galatina. While there, we will take a guided walking tour and also visit the church of Santa Caterina D'Alessandria, one of the most beautiful masterpieces of medieval art in the south of Europe.

We will enjoy a stop at a local wine cellar to observe the process of winemaking, ending with a wine and cheese tasting. In the late afternoon, we will get the train for Lecce to reach the city in the evening.
Overnight in Lecce

Day 10: Departure
During the morning, guided visit of Lecce on foot and final departure.

Dates

Apr 17, Sep 4, 2020

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Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 1950
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 300
Bike Rentals
Electrically-assisted bike
€ 134
Extra Nights, Lecce
Per person, double occupancy
€ 67
Transfer
Per person, from Bari airport to Lecce hotel (minimum 2 people)
€ 90
Per person, from Brindisi airport to Otranto (minimum 2 people)
€ 45
Per person, from Lecce to Otranto (minimum 2 people)
€ 30
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  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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