Heart of Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 8 days

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Heart of Puglia Guided Bike Tour – 8 days

Days / Nights
8 / 7
Type
Guided
Difficulty

Level 3: Moderate

For the regular cyclist who 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.

Guided Tour of Puglia from Matera to Lecce

Guided tour – 8 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 2019 European Capital of Culture.
This 8-day/7-night cycling holiday is the perfect choice to become familiar with the beating heart of Puglia, the country of  trulli (the conic-roofed rural houses) and masserie (local fortified farmhouses).
At the end of the journey, Puglia will have no secret for you 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.

+ 560 meters of climbing      – 820 meters of descent

Sassi of Matera – Museum of ceramics in Laterza – old town of Laterza – Laterza bread – Wine tasting in Castellaneta

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DAY 4: CASTELLANETA - MARTINA FRANCA

+/- 60 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.

+ 750 meters of climbing      – 430 meters of descent

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DAY 5: MARTINA FRANCA – MONOPOLI

+/- 60 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.

+ 450 meters of climbing      – 350 meters of descent

church of Barsento – balconies overlooking the sea in Polignano a Mare – ice cream tasting 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.

+ 400 meters of climbing      – 200 meters of descent

Adriatic Sea beaches – the white old town of Ostuni – olive oil tasting

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DAY 7: OSTUNI - BRINDISI - LECCE

+/- 50 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.

+ 160 meters of climbing      – 360 meters of descent

 

Brindisi –Lecce Baroque – Ost-Bds

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DAY 8: LECCE

After breakfast, end of services.

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Peak Season from € 2250 per person

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  • 7 nights in 4/5* hotels with breakfast
  • Van support from 6 people on
  • 1 trekking in Matera
  • 1 dinner at the hotel (beverage not included)
  • 3 local food and wine tastings
  • 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: € 105,00
  • E-bike rental: € 240,00
  • Road bike rental: € 280,00
  • 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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