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Italy's Apulia region 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2

  • 8days
  • Italy

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Apulia Self-guided Cycling Tour Coastline and Culture

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.

Included in the Tour:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation (3 or 4*)
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Luggage transportation
  • Travel guide + maps + Roadbook
  • 7-day Hotline service
  • Train transfer Ostuni-Lecce on day 4

Not Included in the Tour:

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 EUR)
  • Transfers (to be confirmed when booking the tour): 50 EUR per person Bari-Matera (min. 2 persons)
  • Brindisi–Matera, Lecce–Bari, Lecce–Brindisi: on request

Departures:

  • Saturdays 21 March to 27 June, 22 August to 31 October
  • Fridays available from 24 April to 26 June and 21 August to 2 October 

If you would like to rent a bike (85 EUR) or e-bike (195 EUR) or helmet (15 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Matera

    Individual arrival. Over millennia, inhabitants of the region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called “Sassi”, today a World Heritage site.

  • Day 2

    Matera – Alberobello 70km

    You cycle to the famous trulli which were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills. On the eastern hill is the new town. On the eastern hill is the new town. On the western hill , the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both World Heritage sites.

  • Day 3

    Alberobello – Ostuni 55km

    You 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.

  • Day 4

    Ostuni – Lecce – Gallipoli 70km by train + 50km by bike

    After a short train transfer and a few kilometers through the town of Lecce, you go deep into the “salentinian countryside”, before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.

  • Day 5

    Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca 50km

    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.

  • Day 6

    Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto 50km

    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.

  • Day 7

    Otranto – Lecce 55km

    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.

  • Day 8

    Lecce

    Departure after breakfast.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen: in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Mar 21 2020 Mar 28 2020 8 Single rooms 770€
Double rooms 590€
Mar 28 2020 Apr 04 2020 8 Single rooms 770€
Double rooms 590€
Apr 04 2020 Apr 11 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Apr 11 2020 Apr 18 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Apr 18 2020 Apr 25 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Apr 24 2020 May 01 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Apr 25 2020 May 02 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
May 01 2020 May 08 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 02 2020 May 09 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 08 2020 May 15 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 09 2020 May 16 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 15 2020 May 22 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 16 2020 May 23 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 22 2020 May 29 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 23 2020 May 30 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 29 2020 Jun 05 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
May 30 2020 Jun 06 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 05 2020 Jun 12 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 06 2020 Jun 13 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 12 2020 Jun 19 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 13 2020 Jun 20 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 19 2020 Jun 26 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 20 2020 Jun 27 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 26 2020 Jul 03 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Jun 27 2020 Jul 04 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Aug 21 2020 Aug 28 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Aug 22 2020 Aug 29 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Aug 28 2020 Sep 04 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Aug 29 2020 Sep 05 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Sep 04 2020 Sep 11 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Sep 05 2020 Sep 12 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Sep 11 2020 Sep 18 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Sep 12 2020 Sep 19 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Sep 18 2020 Sep 25 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Sep 19 2020 Sep 26 2020 8 Single rooms 920€
Double rooms 740€
Sep 25 2020 Oct 02 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Sep 26 2020 Oct 03 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Oct 02 2020 Oct 09 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Oct 03 2020 Oct 10 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Oct 10 2020 Oct 17 2020 8 Single rooms 870€
Double rooms 690€
Oct 17 2020 Oct 24 2020 8 Single rooms 770€
Double rooms 590€
Oct 24 2020 Oct 31 2020 8 Single rooms 770€
Double rooms 590€
Oct 31 2020 Nov 07 2020 8 Single rooms 770€
Double rooms 590€

Car rental in Italy

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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