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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.

Tour character: Level 2

Mostly in the lowlands, sometimes hilly. Traffic is almost non existent in Apulia except during the high holiday season. The route includes very beautiful stretches on the coast. Leisure to Moderate: some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience. 

  • Total length: 330 km
  • Terrain: 99% tarmac, 1% unpaved
  • Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
  • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2. 

Included in the Tour:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in 3* hotels and BnB (4* hotels available on request)
  • Breakfast
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation
  • App including Travel guide + maps + Roadbook
  • Hotline service

Not included in the Tour:

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 EUR)
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet - 15 EUR
  • Everything not mentioned in 'included'

Notes:

  • Extra nights upon request in Alberobello
  • Extra nights in Lecce: From 75 EUR p.p (120 EUR single person)
  • Departures Saturdays and Sundays - Special departures for min 6 people
  • Room upgrades upon request
  • Transfers on request
  • All rooms have en suite facilities; in the trulli accommodation there is no air conditioning, as their thermal isolation is ensured by the construction method of the trullo itself. 

If you would like to rent a Touring bike (110 EUR) or E-bike (270 EUR) or helmet (15 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Alberobello

    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..

  • Day 2

    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.

  • Day 3

    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.

  • Day 4

    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.

  • Day 5

    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.

  • Day 6

    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.

  • Day 7

    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.

  • Day 8

    Lecce

    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.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Mar 23 2024 Mar 30 2024 8 Single rooms 1,110€
Double rooms 780€
Mar 30 2024 Apr 06 2024 8 Single rooms 1,110€
Double rooms 780€
Apr 06 2024 Apr 13 2024 8 Single rooms 1,110€
Double rooms 780€
Apr 13 2024 Apr 20 2024 8 Single rooms 1,210€
Double rooms 880€
Apr 20 2024 Apr 27 2024 8 Single rooms 1,210€
Double rooms 880€
Apr 27 2024 May 04 2024 8 Single rooms 1,210€
Double rooms 880€
May 04 2024 May 11 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
May 05 2024 May 12 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
May 11 2024 May 18 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
May 12 2024 May 19 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
May 18 2024 May 25 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
May 19 2024 May 26 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
May 25 2024 Jun 01 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
May 26 2024 Jun 02 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Jun 01 2024 Jun 08 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Jun 02 2024 Jun 09 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Jun 08 2024 Jun 15 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Jun 15 2024 Jun 22 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Jun 22 2024 Jun 29 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 06 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 20 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Jul 20 2024 Jul 27 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Aug 31 2024 Sep 07 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Sep 01 2024 Sep 08 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Sep 07 2024 Sep 14 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Sep 08 2024 Sep 15 2024 8 Single rooms 1,410€
Double rooms 1,080€
Sep 14 2024 Sep 21 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Sep 28 2024 Oct 05 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 12 2024 8 Single rooms 1,310€
Double rooms 980€
Oct 12 2024 Oct 19 2024 8 Single rooms 1,210€
Double rooms 880€
Oct 19 2024 Oct 26 2024 8 Single rooms 1,210€
Double rooms 880€
Oct 26 2024 Nov 02 2024 8 Single rooms 1,110€
Double rooms 780€
Nov 02 2024 Nov 09 2024 8 Single rooms 1,110€
Double rooms 780€

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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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