Italy - Puglia - luxury - Bike and Hotel Tour. *****
We flew into Bari on the east coast of Italy and spent a night there before meeting the tour guides at the railway station the next morning. We had booked direct with Trek Travel in the USA and as a result this was one of the most expensive tours we have joined as the riders were mostly from the US and costs were set to match equivalent US prices. Opting for the luxury, rather than the standard tour also increased the price as we stayed in 5 star hotels and ate in first class restaurants. To top it off we had two wonderful guides who either drove the minibus or lead the group of eight riders on alternate days. Trek Tours provide all riders with fabulous bikes. Most of us had opted for Trek Domane road bikes with Di2 gears, although a couple opted for hybrid road bikes. This was our introduction to Di2 and we loved the easy to use gear system so much so that on our return home I modified my bike to add Di2 and my partner purchased her Specialized Ruby with disc brakes and Di2. The week riding down the east coast of Italy in the Puglia region was fantastic and showed us what the top end of cycling tours is all about.