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Italy's Apulia region 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2
Apulia is a region in south-eastern Italy that includes the heel part of Italy’s boot, suspended between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. The region is characterized by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. You start cycling in Matera, UNESCO world heritage site with its “sassi” and European capital of culture 2019, and arrive in Lecce, also known as “Florence of the South” because of its magnificent baroque architecture. This bike tour will lead you into a region of scenic beauty, which is, by today’s standards, still unspoiled by the unattractive aspects of tourism and still retains testimony of its great and ancient culture.
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Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Individual arrival. Alberobello is a unique and inimitable city as it is the only urban settlement of the so-called trulli (cone buildings) in the whole world. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996..
Alberobello – Ostuni (55 km)
You will cycle through the countryside to Ostuni, which is reputed as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Ostuni – Manduria area (60 km)
Today you will leave Ostuni and the Murge hills behind you and will start cycling on the Salento plain, characterized by green and red colours, given by its olive trees and its red soil. Along the way you will have the chance to visit Oria, with its beautiful historical centre and the castle built by emperor Federico II. Today’s destination is the Manduria area, the capital of the Primitivo grapes.
Manduria area – Gallipoli (70 km)
From now on you will head towards the seaside, which will accompany your bike tour between ancient coastal towers and fine sand. You will now reach Porto Cesareo, where we suggest to enjoy a good fish-based lunch. Rolling south, our destination will be the Greek Kale Polis, today’s Gallipoli, with one of the most beautiful historic centres of Salento. Enjoy a stroll in its streets and the views of the sea that surrounds it.
Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (50 km)
Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. Its name was given by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They saw this place lightened by the sun and therefore called it “leukos”, meaning white. The town is today a famous seaside resort.
Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto (50 km)
Today you will cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Otranto – Lecce (55 km)
Riding along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush you will enter Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has earned the nickname of Florence of the South.
Departure after breakfast.
Tour program variations: Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen. In this case please follow the indications you will find on site.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 20 2023||May 27 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|May 27 2023||Jun 03 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Jun 03 2023||Jun 10 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Jun 10 2023||Jun 17 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Jun 17 2023||Jun 24 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Jun 24 2023||Jul 01 2023||8||Single rooms||1,240€|
|Jul 01 2023||Jul 08 2023||8||Single rooms||1,240€|
|Jul 08 2023||Jul 15 2023||8||Single rooms||1,240€|
|Jul 15 2023||Jul 22 2023||8||Single rooms||1,240€|
|Jul 22 2023||Jul 29 2023||8||Single rooms||1,240€|
|Sep 02 2023||Sep 09 2023||8||Single rooms||1,240€|
|Sep 09 2023||Sep 16 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Sep 16 2023||Sep 23 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Sep 23 2023||Sep 30 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Sep 30 2023||Oct 07 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Oct 07 2023||Oct 14 2023||8||Single rooms||1,200€|
|Oct 14 2023||Oct 21 2023||8||Single rooms||1,140€|
|Oct 21 2023||Oct 28 2023||8||Single rooms||1,040€|
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