Giro di Puglia 8 days | Alberobello – Lecce

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Giro di Puglia 8 days | Alberobello – Lecce

Days / Nights
8 / 7
Type
Self-guided
Difficulty

Level 2: Gentle

For those looking for an easy-going route, mainly on flat with some undulations and the odd challenge, perfect for the occasional riders. Slightly longer tours, between 4 and 6 days of cycling, require a decent level of fitness.

per person from
690,00

Bike Tour of Puglia Italy

Self-guided – 8 days

Alberobello, UNESCO world heritage site and world capital of trulli, will kick off your cycling holiday in the heart of Puglia. An easy and pleasant tour, between the Adriatic coast and the Apulian hills, from quiet villages out of time and green countryside and through traditional foods and delicious wines. You will pedal to the south, all the way down to Lecce, to discover its world famous baroque historic centre.

Itinerary

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DAY 1: ALBEROBELLO

Arrival in Alberobello and check-in.

2

DAY 2: (LOOP) ALBEROBELLO

+/- 45 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 3: 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 overlookig 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.f

+/- 300 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

4

DAY 4: MONOPOLI – OSTUNI

+/- 40 km

Your today cycle starts through the courtyards and arches of the old town, 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 – sea urchins

5

DAY 5: OSTUNI – BORGAGNE

+/- 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: take some time to explore the town! From Lecce, you cycle in the most authentic Salento countryside, passing through thefortified village of Acaya, dry-stone walls and imposing “pajare” (Salento typical “trulli”), until you reach Borgagne, a quiete and nice village where you will stay for the night.

+/- 200 meters of climbing

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

6

DAY 6: BORGAGNE – OTRANTO

+/- 45 km

It’s time to explore the most impressive part of the Salento area: centuries-old olive trees, the “Grotta della Poesia” (Cave of the Poetry), ranked among the 10 most spectacular natural pools in the world, impressive cliffs overlooking the sea, blue jewels which are the Alimini Lakes, and finally Otranto. 
This town will enchant you, thanks to the flavours of the Mediterranean Sea, its unique history, the feeling of a past which is not vanished yet. You will understand why it is listed 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)

7

DAY 7: OTRANTO – LECCE

+/- 55 km

This last stage is a postcard to say goodbye, but moreover a see you soon, to Puglia!
 From Otranto following the Idro Valley to discover Salento hinterland, where you will often come across some ancient megalithic monuments, the menhirs. Then you cycle along enchanting countryside lanes heading to the “Grecìa Salentina“, where you can still ear ancient greek influences. Lecce, with its elegant baroque old town, will be waiting for you at the end of the trip.

+/- 300 meters of climbing

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

8

DAY 8: LECCE

After breakfast, end of services.

Prezzi generali
  • March, November: € 690,00 per person
  • April, October: € 760,00 per person
  • May, June, August, September: € 860,00 per person
High season
  • May: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
  • June: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22
  • August: 27, 31
  • September: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28

General price
  • March: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • April: 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • October: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
  • November: 2, 5, 9, 12
  • 7 nights in typical guest houses or 4-star hotels with breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • GPS device with uploaded tracks
  • 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
  • Road bike rental: € 250,00
  • Pannier rental: € 25,00 (each)
  • Helmet rental: € 10,00
  • Half board supplement (dinners – beverage not included): on request
  • Single room supplement: € 30,00 per night
  • Private Transfers: on request

We have selected for you the best typical guest houses or 4-star hotels (depending on availability), bike-friendly accommodations in Puglia, equipped with all the comforts a bicycle traveller may need.

  • Alberobello: authentic trullo in the heart of the old town
  • Monopoli: cosy typical accommodation of the historic centre
  • Ostuni: 4-star hotel in the centre of the “white city”
  • Borgagne: B&B in a sixteenth-century building.
  • Otranto: 4* hotel in the city centre
  • Lecce: comfortable Bed and Breakfast in the old town

[actual accommodation could based on availability]

On request and upon availability we can offer 5-star accommodation options, too.

See the accommodations on this tour

This is a self-guided tour, i.e. you are free to ride at your own pace. We book your hotels, we provide assistance and the Garmin GPS navigators with which you will be able to follow the path that we have planned for you.

During the tour, you will probably meet other guests lodging in the same accommodations for the same tour or similar. Aside from the pleasure of getting to know other bicycle lovers, you will always be free in departure and arrival times.

Our tours #GiroDiPuglia 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.

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!

Alberobello 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 Sud Est, (F.S.E.) to Alberobello. The same is the case for Bari port, located a few steps away from the Central Station.
Alberobello is also 80 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 “Gioia del Colle”. Then take the SS 117 to Santeramo and keep driving on the SS604  towards Alberobello. Coming from Brindisi or Taranto, take the SS16 towards Locorotondo until you get the exit “Alberobello”.
Anyway, a private transfer service with driver from all Apulian airports, stations and ports is also available on request.

FULL assistance
Customers have one of our assistants at their disposal 24 hours a day, in case of any problem or need.
On the day of arrival, the guests meet our assistant for a welcome briefing, during which he supplies them with the equipment (maps, GPS device, etc.) giving useful info about the route and the working of the GPS. Moreover, our assistant leads customers at the beginning of the first tour stage to verify that both bicycles and equipment are working a treat.
In the event of a bicycle failure, he will sort the problem out or suggest how to. He is available every morning, to show the day stage and give advice just in case.

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