Salento Guided Bike Tour – 8 days

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Salento 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 Salento 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.

Salento Guided Tour

Guided tour – 8 days

A guided bike itinerary to discover the most beautiful and unspoiled corners of Salento.
You don’t have to take care of anything except pedal along the most beautiful bike routes of Salento area.
Our guides will be looking after you at any time, thanks to their experience, professionalism and knowledge of the area.
The tour starts and ends in Lecce, the famous baroque city.
This 8-day/7-night cycling holiday is the perfect choice to become familiar with the beating heart of Salento area, the Puglia region famous for ‘lu sule, lu mare, lu ientu‘ (the sun, the sea, the wind).
At the end of the journey, Salento will have no secret for you anymore – or at least a few kept for your next tour!

Itinerary

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DAY 1: LECCE

Arrival in Lecce and check in.
Welcome briefing and bike fit with your Puglia Cycle Tours guide.
Enjoy your first day in Lecce with a 1 hour tour of the city in rickshaw!

 

 

lecce  – baroque city – rickshaw – guided tour

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DAY 2: LECCE - AVETRANA

+/- 45 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.

+ 80 meters of climbing

avetrana – salento – hinterland

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DAY 3: AVETRANA - GALLIPOLI

+/- 60 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.

+ 120 meters of climbing

gallipoli – south salento – ionian coast

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DAY 4: GALLIPOLI - LEUCA

+/- 50 km

This stage is as easy as it is enchanting: just get on your bike and enjoy one of the most breathtaking stretches of the Ionian Coast of South Salento, characterised by watchtowers and sandy beaches with crystal clear water. Your destination is Santa Maria di Leuca, also known as ‘De Finibus Terrae’ because, according to some, here the currents of the Adriatic and Ionian seas mix. In fact, geographers claim that it is more precisely at Capo d’Otranto that they meet. What is the truth? Once you get to the bottom of the heel of Italy, the choice will be up to you!

+ 80 meters of climbing

leuca – the finibus tarrae – sea

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DAY 5: 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!

+ 700 meters of climbing

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DAY 6: 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.

+ 390 meters of climbing

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DAY 7: OTRANTO - LECCE

55 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!

+ 150 meters of climbing

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DAY 8: LECCE

After breakfast, end of services.

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  • 7 nights in 4/5* hotels with breakfast
  • Van support from 6 people on
  • 1h rickshaw tour in Lecce
  • 1 dinner at the hotel (beverage not included)
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 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 Salento 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!

Lecce is easily connected with Brindisi airport. Several shuttles (but also trains, taxi and hire cabs) let you get to Lecce central train station in half an hour.

If you arrive in Bari airport, you just need to take the internal shuttle from Bari airport to Bari Central station and finally take a regional train (about 2 hours) to arrive in Lecce!

Anyway, a private transfer service with driver from all Apulian airports, stations and ports is also available on request.

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