Apulia, Olive Groves and Crystal Clear Seas 75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
Price : £573
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 199m/320km
Tour Code : GL017
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

In the heal of Italy’s boot lies the picture perfect region of Apulia. With hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline, it has fast become a popular cycling holiday destination, particularly among those in pursuit of everlasting sunshine. Characterised by its whitewashed hillside towns and centuries-old farmland; this is a truly stunning setting for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable cycle tour around Italy’s south eastern tip.

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In the heal of Italy’s boot lies the picture perfect region of Apulia. With hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline, it has fast become a popular cycling holiday destination, particularly among those in pursuit of everlasting sunshine. Characterised by its whitewashed hillside towns and centuries-old farmland; this is a truly stunning setting for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable cycle tour around Italy’s south eastern tip.

You can’t cycle Italy without encountering some of the countries vast and impressive historical sites, and this tour certainly won’t disappoint on that front. Arriving in Matera, the prehistoric town of Sassi di Matera awaits you – thought to be among the first ever human settlements in what is now known as Italy – and on day four you’ll pass through Lecce, whose rich Baroque architecture has earned it the nickname ‘The Florence of the South’. Pedalling your way over rolling hillsides and along uninterrupted coastlines, there’s also ample opportunities to take a refreshing dip in the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

For the food and drink lovers among you, the region is well known for its traditional handmade pasta dish – Orecchiette – and deep toned earthy wine – Negroamaro. It’s safe to say that cycling tours in Italy have never looked, felt, and tasted quite so good!

  • Alberobello and Trulli – ancient dry-stone “huts”

  • Adriatic and Ionian Sea – clean waters, crags and fine sands

  • Orecchiette – traditional handmade pasta dish

  • Negroamaro – red wine

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Matera

Day 2: Matera – Alberobello: 70km

Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni: 45km

Day 4: Ostuni – Lecce – Gallipoli: 70km train & 50km cycle

Day 5: Gallipoli – Santa Maria Di Leuca: 50km

Day 6: Santa Maria Di Leuca – Otranta: 50km

Day 7: Otranto – Lecce: 55km

Day 8: Departure from Lecce

Day 1: Arrival in Matera

Independent arrival in Matera. The city is best known for its prehistoric centre – Sassi di Matera – where over millennia, inhabitants of the region have hand carved dwellings directly into the tufa (honey-coloured soft stone) ravines and gullies. It is in its own right a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Matera – Alberobello: 70km

Leaving Matera, the first stage of your tour takes you to the famous trulli, generally constructed as dwellings and storehouses. Today’s final location, Alberobello, is situated upon two hills. On the western hill you’ll find a cluster of trulli, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni: 45km

Making your way through the stunning countryside today you’ll end your day in Ostuni – an architectural hub known commonly as ‘the White Town’ for its white walls and buildings.

Day 4: Ostuni – Lecce – Gallipoli: 70km train & 50km cycle

Today’s stage starts with a train transfer to Lecce, whose rich Baroque architecture has earned it the nickname ‘The Florence of the South’. From here you’ll peddle deep into the ‘salentinian countryside’ before reaching the Ionian coast and your home for the evening, Gallipoli.

Day 5: Gallipoli – Santa Maria Di Leuca: 50km

Continuing south along the coast your destination today is Santa Maria di Leuca. Ancient Greek sailors who came from the east, seeing it lit up by the sun named it ‘leukos’, meaning ‘white’, and today it is a famous seaside resort.

Day 6: Santa Maria Di Leuca – Otranta: 50km

Heading north today along the Adriatic coast, you’ll arrive at Italy’s most eastern point – Otranto – where a visit to the stunning Cathedral and Aragonese Castle come highly recommended.

Day 7: Otranto – Lecce: 55km

Today’s stage starts with a blissful ride through the unique Mediterranean bush that surrounds the Alimini Lakes. This will take you back to Lecce, where you have some more time to explore some of the Baroque architecture for which it has become so well known.

Day 8: Departure from Lecce

After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. However, it is possible to book extra nights at your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Breakfast buffet

  • Welcome briefing in English

  • Daily luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7-days Hotline service;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire

  • Local taxes (approx €10-15)

  • Train Transfer Ostuni–Lecce (approx. 60 min, €9 per person)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Available transfers (to be confirmed when booking the tour): Bari-Matera (min. 2 persons) €45pp. Also available upon request are transfers from Brindisi–Matera, Lecce–Bari or Lecce–Brindisi

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Matera

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Lecce

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Bari

From Bari airport get a train to Matera via Bari Centrale (approx 1 3/4 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Brindisi

From Lecce get a bus directly to Brindisi airport (35 minutes).

Price : £573
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 199m/320km
Tour Code : GL017
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

In the heal of Italy’s boot lies the picture perfect region of Apulia. With hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline, it has fast become a popular cycling holiday destination, particularly among those in pursuit of everlasting sunshine. Characterised by its whitewashed hillside towns and centuries-old farmland; this is a truly stunning setting for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable cycle tour around Italy’s south eastern tip.

Read More

In the heal of Italy’s boot lies the picture perfect region of Apulia. With hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline, it has fast become a popular cycling holiday destination, particularly among those in pursuit of everlasting sunshine. Characterised by its whitewashed hillside towns and centuries-old farmland; this is a truly stunning setting for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable cycle tour around Italy’s south eastern tip.

You can’t cycle Italy without encountering some of the countries vast and impressive historical sites, and this tour certainly won’t disappoint on that front. Arriving in Matera, the prehistoric town of Sassi di Matera awaits you – thought to be among the first ever human settlements in what is now known as Italy – and on day four you’ll pass through Lecce, whose rich Baroque architecture has earned it the nickname ‘The Florence of the South’. Pedalling your way over rolling hillsides and along uninterrupted coastlines, there’s also ample opportunities to take a refreshing dip in the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

For the food and drink lovers among you, the region is well known for its traditional handmade pasta dish – Orecchiette – and deep toned earthy wine – Negroamaro. It’s safe to say that cycling tours in Italy have never looked, felt, and tasted quite so good!

  • Alberobello and Trulli – ancient dry-stone “huts”

  • Adriatic and Ionian Sea – clean waters, crags and fine sands

  • Orecchiette – traditional handmade pasta dish

  • Negroamaro – red wine

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Matera

Day 2: Matera – Alberobello: 70km

Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni: 45km

Day 4: Ostuni – Lecce – Gallipoli: 70km train & 50km cycle

Day 5: Gallipoli – Santa Maria Di Leuca: 50km

Day 6: Santa Maria Di Leuca – Otranta: 50km

Day 7: Otranto – Lecce: 55km

Day 8: Departure from Lecce

Day 1: Arrival in Matera

Independent arrival in Matera. The city is best known for its prehistoric centre – Sassi di Matera – where over millennia, inhabitants of the region have hand carved dwellings directly into the tufa (honey-coloured soft stone) ravines and gullies. It is in its own right a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Matera – Alberobello: 70km

Leaving Matera, the first stage of your tour takes you to the famous trulli, generally constructed as dwellings and storehouses. Today’s final location, Alberobello, is situated upon two hills. On the western hill you’ll find a cluster of trulli, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni: 45km

Making your way through the stunning countryside today you’ll end your day in Ostuni – an architectural hub known commonly as ‘the White Town’ for its white walls and buildings.

Day 4: Ostuni – Lecce – Gallipoli: 70km train & 50km cycle

Today’s stage starts with a train transfer to Lecce, whose rich Baroque architecture has earned it the nickname ‘The Florence of the South’. From here you’ll peddle deep into the ‘salentinian countryside’ before reaching the Ionian coast and your home for the evening, Gallipoli.

Day 5: Gallipoli – Santa Maria Di Leuca: 50km

Continuing south along the coast your destination today is Santa Maria di Leuca. Ancient Greek sailors who came from the east, seeing it lit up by the sun named it ‘leukos’, meaning ‘white’, and today it is a famous seaside resort.

Day 6: Santa Maria Di Leuca – Otranta: 50km

Heading north today along the Adriatic coast, you’ll arrive at Italy’s most eastern point – Otranto – where a visit to the stunning Cathedral and Aragonese Castle come highly recommended.

Day 7: Otranto – Lecce: 55km

Today’s stage starts with a blissful ride through the unique Mediterranean bush that surrounds the Alimini Lakes. This will take you back to Lecce, where you have some more time to explore some of the Baroque architecture for which it has become so well known.

Day 8: Departure from Lecce

After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. However, it is possible to book extra nights at your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Breakfast buffet

  • Welcome briefing in English

  • Daily luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7-days Hotline service;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire

  • Local taxes (approx €10-15)

  • Train Transfer Ostuni–Lecce (approx. 60 min, €9 per person)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Available transfers (to be confirmed when booking the tour): Bari-Matera (min. 2 persons) €45pp. Also available upon request are transfers from Brindisi–Matera, Lecce–Bari or Lecce–Brindisi

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Matera

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Lecce

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Bari

From Bari airport get a train to Matera via Bari Centrale (approx 1 3/4 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Brindisi

From Lecce get a bus directly to Brindisi airport (35 minutes).

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