Grand Giro di Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 15 days

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Grand Giro di Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 15 days

Days / Nights
15 / 14
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 10 days of cycling with a maximum of 60km a day.

Grand Giro di Puglia – Guided Bike Tour

Guided Cycle Tour – 15 days

A guided Puglia bike tour to discover the most beautiful and unspoiled corners of the entire Puglia Region.
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 the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
This 15-day/14-night cycling holiday is the best option to know Puglia far and wide, starting from its beating heart, the country of trulli (the conic-roofed rural houses) and 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!

Itinerary

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DAY 1: MATERA

Arrival in Matera and check-in.
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 your Puglia Cycle Tours guide.
We reserved for you an amazing 3 hours trekking to disover this unique city which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site and the European Cultural Capital of 2019.

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DAY 3: MATERA – CASTELLANETA

50 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 Castellaneta accommodation where you’ll have a first taste of Puglia wines in an amazing atmosphere.

+/- 650 meters of climbing

The “Sassi di Matera” and the old town – Laterza bread – Laterza ravine

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DAY 4: CASTELLANETA – MARTINA FRANCA

+/- 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. 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.
You have the chance to visit Alberobello, the UNESCO capital of the Trulli. Your final destination is Martina Franca where the jewel is its lovely historic centre, a memorable maze of winding alleys, where whitewashed simplicity sits side by side with baroque extravagance.

+/- 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: MARTINA FRANCA – MONOPOLI

+/- 45 km

It’s time to say goodbye to the lovely Martina Franca! 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.
Did you know that Polignano is very famous for its gelato? A gelato tasting is part of the tour.
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 6: 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. Today you get the change to visit an old masseria for an olive oil tasting!
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

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DAY 7: OSTUNI - BRINDISI - LECCE

+/- 50 km km

Today we will cycle toward Brindisi that has been an important port city since Roman times and is known as the “Gateway to the East.”
Once there, we will catch tra train to reach Lecce, one of the most important cities of the South.

+/- 300 meters of climbing

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DAY 8: LECCE

Take a day off to relax in Lecce since from tomorrow you are going to pedal towards the amazing Salento area!
This late afernoon, we have reserved for you a 1 hour tour of the city in rickshaw!

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DAY 9: LECCE - AVETRANA

+/- 50 km

Your first stage makes you discover the hidden secrets of Salento hinterland.
Enjoy your stay in Avetrana accommodation where you’ll have a first taste of Puglia wines in an amazing atmosphere.

+/- 650 meters of climbing

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DAY 10: AVTRANA - GALLIPOLI

+/- 55 km

In this  stage , you will ride towards Gallipoli, the “beautiful city” (this is the meaning of its name in Salento-Greek dialect), also known as the “pearl of the Mediterranean”.
After a first part in the Salento hinterland, passing by many little villages, you will reach the Ionian Coast of South Salento, where you will face the first amazing scenaries we have in Puglia where you could take a break on the beach before arriving in the beautiful city.

+/- 600 meters of climbing

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DAY 11: GALLIPOLI - LEUCA

50 km km

In this  stage , you will ride towards Gallipoli, the “beautiful city” (this is the meaning of its name in Salento-Greek dialect), also known as the “pearl of the Mediterranean”.
After a first part in the Salento hinterland, passing by many little villages, you will reach the Ionian Coast of South Salento, where you will face the first amazing scenaries we have in Puglia where you could take a break on the beach before arriving in the beautiful city.

meters of climbing +/- 250

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DAY 12: LEUCA - OTRANTO

55 km

Today it’s time to go up through the Adriatic Coast of Salento! Are you ready to discover the other amazing part of Puglia coast? Open your eyes wide because there are several  coastal attractions in your route like Il Ciolo, Grotta Zinzulusa and Porto Badisco. Your final destination is Otranto, the “pearl of the Mediterranean”, included in the UNESCO cultural heritage. But before reaching Otranto, you will get to the extreme tip of Puglia, where you will enjoy an incredible spectacle!

meters of climbing +/- 700

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DAY 13: OTRANTO LOOP

55 km

A counter-clockwise tour that will introduce you to the most authentic Salento hinterland. You will start from Grecìa Salentina, a linguistic island in the heart of Salento, where the locals still speak a dialect derived from medieval Greek. You will pass through the villages of Melpignano and Corigliano, which will surprise you with palaces and castles of great beauty. Then have a stop in Maglie: strolling through the old town, you can admire its churches and palaces but also do some shopping or enjoy a great pasticciotto! Before returning to Otranto, you will take the way back to the countryside to explore the area of dolmens and menhirs, megalithic evidence of prehistoric times.

meters of climbing +/- 350

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DAY 14: OTRANTO - LECCE

58 km

Your final route contains the best that the Salento area has to offer: sea and olive groves, history and baroque architecture, small villages, bright colors and intense flavors. This would be the best goodbye ever! First of all hidden in nature, you will also find the wonderful Alimini Lakes. Immediately after, you will cycle towards the coast surrounded by centenary olive trees, until you reach the “Grotta della Poesia“, recognized by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful natural pools in the world. A few meters further on, you will also find the archaeological park of Roca Vecchia, an important settlement from medieval times. From here on, the path winds along the sea and the cliffs between Torre dell’Orso and Sant’Andrea. Finally before getting back to  Lecce you will reach Acaya, a wonderful fortified village between Lecce and Otranto, once an outpost against Saracen pirate raids. The elegant capital of Baroque art awaits you for your last day, enjoy it!

meters of climbing +/- 350

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DAY 15: LECCE

After breakfast, end of services.

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  • 14 nights in 4/5* hotels with breakfast
  • Van support from 6 people on
  • 2 dinners at the hotel (beverage not included)
  • 3h trekking in Matera
  • 1h risckshaw tour in Lecce
  • 4 local food&wine 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: € 170,00
  • E-bike rental: € 415,00
  • Road bike rental: € 460,00
  • Pannier rental: € 25,00 (each)
  • Helmet rental: € 10,00
  • Single room supplement: € 30,00 per night
  • Private Transfers: on request

Actual accommodation could based on availability

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. Van support depends on the number of people booked for the tour. 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.

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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