Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 9 days

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Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 9 days

Days / Nights
9 / 8
Type
Guided
Difficulty

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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Puglia Bike Itinerary

Guided tour – 9 days

A guided bike itinerary to discover the most beautiful and unspoiled corners of Puglia.
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 9-day/8-night cycling holiday is the perfect choice to become familiar with the beating heart of Puglia, the country of the trulli (the conic-roofed rural houses) and the masserie (local fortified farmhouses).
At the end of the journey, Puglia will have no secret for you anymore – or at least a few kept for your next tour!

Itinerary

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DAY 1: MATERA

Arrival in Matera and check-in. Take a day off to discover this unique town, Unesco World Heritage and European Culture capital of 2019. You will be caught by its thousand-year old history, the “Sassi” district and cave churches, and its famous bread!

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DAY 2: MATERA

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

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DAY 3: MATERA – SAN BASILIO

+/- 60 km

The first stage runs almost entirely in the Ravines Regional Park, in the middle of wheat fields and wide panoramas. You will have the chance to visit the town of Laterza, famous for the tasty bakery products and the beautiful pottery. Enjoy your stay in San Basilio hamlet, in a noble mansion of the XIX cent.

+/- 650 meters of climbing

Sassi of Matera – Museum of ceramics in Laterza – old town of Laterza – Laterza bread

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DAY 4: SAN BASILIO – ALBEROBELLO

+/- 55 km

You still cycle the first kilometres in the “Terra delle Gravine” ( Ravines Land), amongst deep canyons, carved by rivers over millions of years. You will even cycle upon one of them, over a stone bridge! Leaving the ravines it’s time to discover the iconic Puglia scenery: dry stone walls, old masserie (fortified stansteads) and trulli, our typical rural houses with a conic roof, built without any cement or mortar. To reach Alberobello, 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

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DAY 5: (LOOP) ALBEROBELLO

+/- 50 km

Let’s play a game: are you able to cover even a single stretch of the daily route without spotting a trullo? They are everywhere in the Itria Valley, the very heart of our region. Cycle along the Apulian Aqueduct cycling route, the “Ciclovia dell’Acquedotto”, towards Locorotondo, one of the “borghi più belli d’Italia” (most beautiful villages of Italy). Then before riding back to Alberobello, pass by 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)

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DAY 6: ALBEROBELLO – MONOPOLI

+/- 45 km

It’s time to say goodbye to the lovely Alberobello and its trulli! You slowly ride down to the Adriatic coast and reach one of its most fascinating town: Polignano a Mare, perched on the side of a cliff; explore the old town and reach one of the terraces, with their stunning view overlooking the sea. Riding further on the coast, you get to Monopoli, a perfect mix between beautiful sea and history. Your accommodation is in the old town, a few steps away from the old fishermen port 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

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DAY 7: MONOPOLI – OSTUNI

+/- 45 km

Your today cycle starts through the courtyards and arches of the old town of Monopoli, then continues along shores and little coves, arriving in a marvelous scenario: an expanse full of century and thousand-year old olive trees. 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 alleys and white stairs, getting lost in the light of sunset.

+/- 350 meters of climbing

Adriatic Sea beaches – the white old town of Ostuni

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DAY 8: OSTUNI – LECCE

+/- 15+30 km

After a short ride by train from Carovigno station, you will reach Lecce, one of the most important cities of the South. From Lecce, you cycle in the most authentic countryside, passing through the fortified village of Acaya, dry stone walls and imposing “pajare” (Salento typical “trulli” with a square base). Then you will continue riding a while, next to the imposing “pajare” – Salento typical “trulli” with a square base – and before coming back to Lecce and indulge with a night in the “Florence of the South” as a final treat to say goodbye to Puglia.

+/- 300 meters of climbing

Castle of Carovigno – fortified town of Acaya – pajare (Salento trulli with square base) –Lecce Baroque –“pasticciotto leccese” (typical Salento pastry)

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DAY 9: LECCE

After breakfast, end of services.

Prezzi generali
  • March 15 and 29: € 1490,00 per person
  • April 19 and 26: € 1590,00 per person
  • May 10, 17, 24 (on request), 31: € 1690,00 per person
  • June 7 and 14: € 1690,00 per person
  • August 30: € 1690,00 per person
  • September 13, 20, 27: € 1690,00 per person
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25: € 1590,00 per person
  • November 1 e 8: € 1490,00 per person
High season
  • May 10, 17, 24 (on request), 31
  • June 7 and 14
  • August 30
  • September 6 (on request) 13, 20, 27

General price
  • March 15 and 29
  • April 19 and 26
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1 e 8
  • 8 nights in 4/5* hotels with breakfast
  • 1 dinner at the hotel (beverage not included)
  • 2 local food tastings on the route
  • English-speaking guide
  • Luggage transport
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • FULL assistance

City taxes to pay on site, where required.

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

  • Hybrid bicycle rental: € 90,00
  • E-bike rental: € 210,00
  • 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. Only one stage one stage is longer (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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