Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 12 days

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Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 12 days

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12 / 11

Level 3: Moderate

For the regular cyclist that wants to discover more of Puglia and doesn’t mind some steeper and varying terrain. These tours offer between 6 and 9 days of cycling with a maximum of 60km a day.

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Apulia by Bike – Grand Tour

Guided Tour – 12 days

A guided Apulia bike tour to discover the most beautiful and unspoiled corners of Puglia Italy
You don’t have to take care of anything except pedal along the most beautiful bike routes of our region. Our guides will be looking after you at any time, thanks to their experience, professionalism and knowledge of the area. The tour starts in Matera, the famous UNESCO city of the “Sassi” (“Stones”, i.e. the old town full of cave dwellings) and future European Capital of Culture for 2019.
This 12-day/11-night cycling holiday is the best option to know Puglia far and wide, starting from its beating heart, the country of the trulli (the conic-roofed rural houses) and the masserie (local fortified farmhouses). To top off the tour, you will ride on the flat back roads of Salento, staring at one of the most beautiful coasts in Italy.

At the end of the journey, Puglia will have no secret for you anymore – or at least a few kept for your next tour!


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Arrival in Matera and check-in.



Briefing and bike fit with a member of Puglia Cycle Tours crew.



Your first ride is in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site: Matera, the Town of The Sassi (literally: “stones”, i.e., the ancient cave dwellings of the old town). It is one of the most scenic and fascinating cities in the world and, at the same time, the perfect synthesis of its surrounding area. Once on your way out of Matera, you will deeply relish such an amazing landscape, entering Matera’s surroundings.
The first stage runs almost entirely in the “Parco Regionale delle Gravine” (Ravines Regional Park), in the middle of wheat fields and wide panoramas. You ride through other towns, whose atmospheres will remind you of the Town of The Sassi. But above all, you have the chance to visit the town of Laterza, famous for the tasty bread and the beautiful pottery. The accommodation is in San Basilio, a hamlet between the “Terra delle Gravine” (Ravines Land) and the Murgia of Trulli.

+/- 650 meters of climbing



+/- 55 km

The second stage could be a trip by itself, because it takes you into two very different landscapes on the same day. You still cycle the first kilometres in the “Terra delle Gravine”: the “Gravine” (ravines) are deep canyons carved by karst rivers over millions of years). You will even cross one of them by bike riding over a big stone bridge, where there’s now a scenic bicycle path in place of the old railway. Before crossing the bridge, your path passes through Castellaneta, the birthplace of the Hollywood legend Rodolfo Valentino. After pedalling through the ravines, you ride past the Murgia of Trulli, surrounded by more and more oaks, dry-stone low walls, masserie (local fortified farmhouses) – and trulli, of course, Puglia’s iconic rural houses with conic roof built with the dry-stone technique (i.e., without any cement or mortar!). To reach the UNESCO capital of the Trulli, the daily destination, you cycle in a beautiful countryside and through Noci, as well: this town is like a temple of good food – good to know in case you get hungry along the way!

+/- 600 meters of climbing

old town and Rodolfo Valentino Museum in Castellaneta – bicycle path on the Gravina Grande (big ravine) in Castellaneta – Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie and Castle of Palagianello – food and wine shops in Noci



+/- 50 km

Let’s play a game: are you able to cover even a single stretch of the daily scheduled kilometres without spotting a trullo? They are everywhere in the heart of Itria Valley – a unique landscape and worldwide famous destination for those who seek beauty and good living. You will even come across a trullo-shaped church cycling from Alberobello towards Locorotondo, one of the “borghi più belli d’Italia” (most beautiful villages of Italy). Leaving the town, you have the chance to pedal along the main Apulian cycling route: the “Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto” (Apulian Aqueduct cycling route), which runs on the service track of a more-than-a-century-old Aqueduct that is still the second biggest one in Europe. Before riding back to Alberobello, you get to the quaint town of Martina Franca, known for its baroque architecture.

+/- 550 meters of climbing

Trulli and masserie – old town of Locorotondo – Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto – baroque architecture in Martina Franca – “capocollo di Martina Franca” (typical charcuterie product of Martina Franca)



+/- 45 km

Today, you will probably wonder if we set all Puglia highlights, one next to another, on your way just for you! You start in the UNESCO town of Alberobello and you head to Barsento, a naturalistic and archaeological site with a lovely 12C little abbey. Other beautiful churches are dotting your itinerary: San Biagio first, at the beginning of a nice tree-lined cycle path; then San Nicola di Genna, another 12C church at the crossroad between 7 “contrade” (country districts). You cycle along sleepy country roads close to Castellana Grotte, catching sight of the sea! You slowly ride down to the Adriatic coast and reach one of its most fascinating spots: the town of Polignano a Mare, perched on the side of a cliff (the incredible Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series take place here!). It is the hometown of the famous Italian singer Domenico Modugno, “Mister Volare”. Enter the old town by bike and pedal next to the terraces overlooking the sea; then stop to taste a delicious homemade “gelato” (ice-cream) or a panini filled with super-fresh fish! Riding further on the coast, you get to Monopoli, an increasingly popular tourist destination thanks to the interesting mix between its beautiful sea and its fascinating history. Your accommodation is in the old town, a few steps away from the harbour and the Castle.

+/- 350 meters of climbing

church of Barsento – balconies overlooking the sea in Polignano a Mare – ice cream and fish Paninis in Polignano – harbour and old town of Monopoli



+/- 45 km

Monopoli will say goodbye to you in an unforgettable way. After breakfast, you start pedalling through the alleys and then through an archway to reach the old harbour. Continue riding only imches away from the water past the Castle of Charles V (16C) and along the old Castle walls and discover the first of the tiny coves that dot a twisting cycle path just outside the old town. Are you sure you want to leave Monopoli?! We suggest you make this effort if you don’t want to miss other enchanting places. Get to the “Abbazia di Santo Stefano” (St. Stephan Abbey) and enter an expanse of olive trees, a sort of outdoor museum full of century- and thousand-old olive trees, a wonderful landscape in perfect harmony between man and nature. Little by little, you will spot a white outline amid the hills: it is Ostuni, known as “the white town” because of its whitewashed houses and walls. To perfectly end the day, indulge a stroll in its old town, a sort of Mediterranean Kasbah of narrow lanes, full of cafes and nice shops.

+/- 350 meters of climbing

Adriatic Sea beaches – the white old town of Ostuni – sea urchins



+/- 15+20 km

This stage is divided into two stretches. The first one is the shorter one: starting from Ostuni and after visiting the imposing and elegant Castle of Carovigno, you reach the little Carovigno rail station, hidden among olive trees. Here you can take one of the many trains of “Ferrovie dello Stato” (Italian state Railway) to get to Lecce in less than one hour (in Puglia you can bring the bicycle with you on the train for free). Then, you pedal into the Salento capital, visiting one of the most beautiful Italian old towns. Riding away from Lecce, you directly head to Acaya, an fortified little enchanting town between Lecce and Otranto, once an ancient stronghold against Saracens’ attacks. You will then continue riding towards your accommodation in the country side.

+/- 200 meters of climbing

Castle of Carovigno – Lecce Baroque – fortified town of Acaya –“pasticciotto leccese” (typical Salento pastry)



+/- 45 km

The Apulia Tour goes on leading you to the coast, a few kilometres away from Acaya. You will catch a sight of the sea once stopped at the Cesine Natural Oasis, an important humid zone where several bird species stop during their migration from Africa to Europe. Herons and cormorants are just a few of the flying visitors of the oasis’ watercolour landscape. From now on, you will explore the most impressive and varied part of the south-easternmost Italian coast, with both cliffs and sandy beaches. The “Grotta della Poesia” (Cave of the Poetry) is one of its gems, ranked among the 10 most spectacular natural pools in the world by the National Geographic. A few metres away, you find the Archaeological Park of Roca Vecchia, which has been an important settlement from the prehistory to the Middle Ages. From now on, you follow trails overlooking the sea on the side of the cliffs between Torre dell’Orso and Sant’Andrea. But you will also unexpectedly discover two small coastal lakes, the Alimini Lakes, before getting to Otranto. The town where you will end your day is known as the “pearl of the Mediterranean” and included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage.

+/- 300 meters of climbing

“Grotta della Poesia” natural pool – Roca Vecchia archaeological Park – cliffs of Sant’Andrea – Alimini Lakes – Castle of Otranto – Negroamaro (Salento vine)



+/- 50 km

Leaving the famous Castle of Otranto behind you, you cycle following the coast southwards for more than 40 km. But first a stop just outside of the town to discover another gem of the area: a small lake of emerald waters at the bottom of an old bauxite quarry creating stunning colour contrasts between green, red and blue. Let’s head to Leuca now, the “finibus terrae”, since it is the southernmost spot of the Italian mainland where the Adriatic and the Ionian sea meet and their currents cross. The route that leads you there is one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Italy: it is inside a natural park and it was once a stage of the “Giro d’Italia”. You will enjoy the view of the deep blue sea, breath-taking panoramas, tiny fishing villages and quaint tourist towns. You will top off this unforgettable day with the final stop in the square of the Leuca shrine, like the pilgrims on the Via Francigena.

+/- 650 meters of climbing

lake in the ex-bauxite quarry – Zinzulusa Cave – Ciolo Fjords – Santa Cesarea Terme (seaside resort) – Shrine of Santa Maria di Leuca



+/- 55 km

The last stage is a postcard to say goodbye to – and see you soon in – Puglia! It’s a sort of collage showing you the best of Salento: sea, olive trees, history, Baroque architecture, small villages, bright colours and strong flavours. You start from the easternmost spot in Italy, following the Idro Valley to discover Salento’s hinterland. You are in the most authentic and unspoiled corners of this land. While riding, you will often come across some megalithic monuments: the menhirs. You cycle along enchanting countryside lanes to head to the “Grecìa Salentina”, an area of Salento where a dialect having its origins in medieval Greek is still spoken. You then ride through the towns of Cursi, Melpignano, Corigliano and Sternatìa. Melpignano and Corigliano will surprise you above all, thanks to their wonderful “palazzi” and castles. From Sternatìa, past olive groves deep in the countryside, you get to Lecce through Porta San Biagio. The elegant Baroque old town will still be waiting for you!

+/- 350 meters of climbing

Menhir area – Grecìa Salentina (Greek-dialect-speaking area) – iced coffee with almond milk



After breakfast, end of services.

Low season
  • March 15 and 29 from € 1990 per person
  • April 19 and 26 from € 2190 per person
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25 € 2190
  • November 1 e 8 from € 1990 per person

High season
  • May 10, 17, 24 (on request), 31 from € 2290 per person
  • June 7 and 14 from € 2290 per person
  • August 30 from € 2290 per person
  • September 6 (on request) 13, 20, 27 from € 2290 per person
High season
  • May 10, 17, 24 (on request), 31
  • June 7 and 14
  • August 30
  • September 6 (on request) 13, 20, 27

Low season
  • March 15 and 29
  • April 19 and 26
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1 e 8May 10, 17, 24 (on request), 31
  • 11 nights in 4/5* hotels with breakfast
  • 2 dinners at the hotel (beverage not included)
  • 2 local food tastings on the route
  • English-speaking guide
  • Luggage transport
  • Transfer by bus from Leuca to Otranto (Day 9)
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • FULL assistance

Below are some extra services you can add to your tour. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.

  • Hybrid bicycle rental: € 120,00
  • E-bike rental: € 300,00
  • Pannier rental: € 25,00 (each)
  • Helmet rental: € 10,00
  • Half board supplement (dinners): on request
  • Single room supplement: € 30,00 per night
  • Private Transfers: on request

Actual accommodation could based on availability

See the accommodations on this tour

This kind of tour is thought for those who love pedaling in a group and discovering Puglia in the company of expert local guides.
Every guided tour includes select 4* and 5* hotels; a cycling guide throughout the tour; the luggage transport from hotel to hotel; dinners and tastings as scheduled in the programme. All you have to do is choose a departure date among those we offer and, once in Puglia, start to pedal!

Our guided cycling tours tell about Puglia in every way – in the altimetry, too! Puglia is a hilly region surrounded by the sea: that’s what you will find stage by stage. Some of these stages are almost completely flat; others are funny up-and-down paths; some have short climbs and sprints, which will bring out the cyclist inside you, if even only for some hundred metres.

The average daily path is between about 40 and 50 kilometres. One stage is even shorter (around 30 km) and only one around 60 km.

We thought up an itinerary achieving the very difficult aim of showing you the most beautiful corners of our region, by riding on the most impressive paths. The tour is suitable for anyone who is relatively used to cycling, whatever the age.

Anyway, it is always a pleasure for us to listen to your needs and customise the tours offering you the best experience ever!

Matera is easily connected with Bari airport. A metro and several shuttles (but also trains, taxi and hire cabs) let you get to Bari central train station in a few minutes. Here you can take one of the many daily trains of the Ferrovie Appulo Lucane, (F.A.L.) to Matera. The same is the case for Bari port, situated a few steps away from the Central Station.
Matera is also 140 km far from Brindisi, where you can find both an airport and a port with several international routes, too.
If you are travelling by car, take the Bologna-Taranto highway until you get to the exit “Bari Nord”. Keep driving to the “zona industriale” (industrial area) and then to Altamura-Matera, i.e. SS96 and then SS99.
Anyway, a private transfer service with driver from all Apulian airports, stations and ports is also available on request.

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