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Gay Running & Hiking Tour

Salento

From €990 or USD $1190

28 April-5 May 2018
22 – 29 September 2018

  • Running/Hiking Tour along beautiful sandy beaches and amazing landscapes
  • Stunning running/trekking through Salento
  • Meet like-minded people and share experiences
  • All evening meals included
  • Experience Puglia like a local
  • Free time to explore the beautiful beaches
  • Optional Holistic and Sports Massage services available
  • An array of activities including cycling, hiking, sightseeing, city visits and the beach
  • Make new friends from all over the world: great group atmosphere
  • Join your Italy Gay Travels hosts, Sergio and Kendall

Salento, Puglia

€990 or USD $1190 in double room. Solo traveler? You will share a double room with a fellow runner/hiker.
If you prefer your own room, please add a Single supplement of €490 or USD $549

Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

4-8 people

Fly to Bari or Brindisi Airport.

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Price per person (based on shared double room)

  • Price per person (based on shared double room) €990
  • Single supplement: €490

Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

Services included

  • 7 nights with breakfast and Dinners
  • All Evening Meals
  • Information material
  • 24-hour phone assistance

Services not included

  • Return flights
  • Some meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Sports/holistic massage services
  • Guided tours
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as Included

Optional Extras

  • Sports Massage €65 per hour

Single supplement per person

  • €490 or USD $549 in single room

Transfers To/From Bari/Brindisi airport

Duration

  • 8 days / 7 nights (7 days of activities)
This tour is accessible to anyone with a basic running/hiking ability. You need to be in relatively good shape. There are around 15 km a day. The running pace is between 4 minutes 30 seconds and 5 minutes 30 seconds a kilometer. The hiking is at walking pace.
Selection of Bed and Breakfast and 3/4* Hotels. 7 breakfasts and all evening meals included.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted and briefed to the activities for the week ahead. You will be provided with an assistance number, you can call us at any time during your stay.

Join Italy Gay Travels on an exclusive Gay Running & Hiking Tour in the southeasternmost tip of Italy, Puglia.

Spend a full week running or hiking along some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. The Gay Running and Hiking tour strides along stunning beaches and hectares of ancient olive groves. You set the pace, choose to either run or hike. Our experienced guides are there to ensure that you have the best experience. Starting from the land of Primitivo wine, we head SouthWest, seaward. We surpass soft sandy dunes, covered by bushveld and finally  follow the way of the beach and the sea. The winds may be with us or against us but they will bring fragrances of aniseed and typical Puglian smells that will captivate your heart. Stop to se the lagoons with pink flamingos and ancient crumbling towers typical of a bygone era.

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Day 1: Saturday

Welcome to Puglia

Welcome to Puglia, the Southeasternmost tip of Italy. Fly to either Bari or Brindisi airport. Make your way to Campomarino Maruggio, home to the most beautiful gay beach in Puglia: D’ayala.  Here we stay in a gay-only bed and breakfast, moments away from the beach.

Meet your hosts Kendall and Sergio and get your Gay Running Tour Welcome pack. Spend your afternoon as you like: have a dip in the pool or head to the beach. In the evening, join your fellow Gay Runners and hikers and your tour hosts, Sergio and Kendall, for a Complimentary Welcome Dinner by the pool. This will be your opportunity to get to know each other and have a full briefing on the adventure that lies ahead.

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Day 2: Sunday

Beach Day – Campomarino

After breakfast, feel free to spend the day at your leisure: this is not a compulsory running day, not yet! Relax by the pool, or put your shoes on and make your way on your own to explore the beautiful surroundings of the area. In the afternoon we will make our way to Commenda D’ayala beach: clothes are optional! You will experience one of the most beautiful gay beaches: crystalline waters and golden sand in a Maldivian environment! For dinner, we will head to a local Braceria: you will enjoy fresh cuts of the best local meat, vegetarian options also available!

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 3: Monday

Campomarino – Torre Colimena

Get fully charged at breakfast as we start the first chapter of this amazing Gay Running and Hiking Tour! 15km by the sea! From Campomarino’s beach we embark into a world of tranquility by the dunes. Set along the backdrop of the beautiful Ionian Sea we head south. We will take a break to have a dip in the beautiful sea. Upon arrival at our accommodation around Torre Colimena, you have the rest of the afternoon to relax by the beach, take a stroll, gran a massage or sleep! We all meet for dinner. Italy Gay Travels takes you to the best seafood in town.  Savour the catch of the day and reminisce the days achievements!

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 4:Tuesday

Torre Colimena – Porto Cesareo

After breakfast, it’s time for the second stage of this amazing Gay Running and Hiking Tour.  We head to Porto Cesareo, 15 km away. We run along Punta Prosciutto with its crystaline waters. After passing through Torre Lapillo we make our way into the lively town of Porto Cesareo, famous for its long sandy beaches. At dinner, you will once again experience local cuisine in the best spots in town.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 5: Wednesday

Rest Day – Cooking Class in Porto Cesareo

We are sure your muscles need some break! This Gay Running and Hiking Tour is not a Tour de Force. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to learn to cook like a local from the master chefs of Puglia. Learn the secrets of Puglia’s world renowned food! Cooking in Puglia is a very intimate experience (but you can keep your clothes on)! Recipes have been handed down from generation to generation and truly represent the Mediterranean diet. Naturally we eat what we’ve made. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area on your own, doing some shopping or relaxing by the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 6: Thursday

Porto Cesareo – Nardo’

After breakfast we start the 3rd stage of our Gay Running and Hiking Tour: from Porto Cesareo we make our way to the enchanted town of Nardo’. This trail heads inland: through small woods and undulating downhill passes through a parade of hedges and gates that hide antique mansions, the remains of Salento’s aristocracy. The arrival in the Cathedral Square of Nardò is a worthy end to today’s journey.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to taste some of the best local wines around. Do Primitivo and Negroamaro ring a bell? We will visit a local winery and learn the secrets of winemaking from the masters of the art.

For dinner, Italy Gay Travels will treat you to an authentic local dinner right in the centre of the beautiful Nardo’.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 7: Friday

Nardo’ – Gallipoli

After breakfast, we embark on the final stage of this amazing Gay Running and Hiking Tour: from the enchanted town of Nardo’ we will head to the gay capital of Southern Italy: Gallipoli. It is a smooth 20 km glide through the beautiful seaside towns of Santa Caterina, Santa Maria al Bagno and Lido Conchiglie. We finish in Gallipoli, famous for its beaches, its Old Town and gay summer nightlife.

After checking in into the hotel, the afternoon as you wish. Make sure to join us for the Farewell Aperitif by the Beach.

We will finish the night in Led Cafe: the gay bar, boasting our achievements and mingling with the local talent.

Meals included: Breakfast and Farewell Aperitif

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Day 8: Saturday

See you soon!

After breakfast, we all say goodbye (no tears hopefully) and hope that we see you the next time