The famous <i>trulli</i> in Alberobello, Puglia, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Guldem Ustun

<i>Pane e Pomodori</i> in Puglia, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Caspar Diederik
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Heel of Italy

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Bike Italy in breathtaking Apulia!

  • This bike tour in Apulia is the best way to see this land full of history and tradition with natural and architectural wonders, friendly hospitality, a magical atmosphere complete with a warm sun, blue sky, clear blue seas and a dreamlike coast. The region is also 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 region still retains testimony of its great and ancient culture.

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  • 2019 Prices
    8 day tour
    Season 1: £ 551 $ 945 690 NOK 6613 kr 6104 $ 794 Season 2: £ 631 $ 1,082 790 NOK 7571 kr 6988 $ 909 Season 3: £ 679 $ 1,164 850 NOK 8146 kr 7519 $ 978 Single supplement: £ 160 $ 274 200 NOK 1917 kr 1769 $ 230 6 Day Tour
    Season 1: £ 451 $ 774 565 NOK 5415 kr 4998 $ 650 Season 2: £ 515 $ 883 645 NOK 6181 kr 5706 $ 742 Season 3:  £ 555 $ 951 695 NOK 6660 kr 6148 $ 799 Single supplement: £ 120 $ 205 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173

    extra options

    2019:
    Bike helmet: £ 12 $ 21 15 NOK 144 kr 133 $ 17 Electric bike 8-Day Tour: £ 89 $ 153 112 NOK 1073 kr 991 $ 129 Electric bike 6-Day Tour: £ 76 $ 130 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109 Discounts
    3rd person in triple room (8 day tour): £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 3rd person in triple room (6 day tour): £ 56 $ 96 70 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81 Extra Nights
    Matera (per person/night): £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86 Single room: £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121 Lecce (per person/night): £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 Single room: £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 Transfers (minimum of 2 people required):
    Bari to Matera (min. 2 persons): £ 36 $ 62 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52 Brindisi to Matera, Lecce to Bari, Lecce to Brindisi: on request

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Bari, and train to Matera takes about 1½ hr. Train travel in Italy is very economical.

    Local Travel

    A short taxi ride from the Matera train station to your hotel.

    Climate

    The average high/low temperatures in °F for the area are: March, 58º/44º; April, 63º/48º; May,71º/58º; June, 78º/62º; July, 83º/67º; August, 82º/66º; September, 77º/61º ; and October, 70º/55º


Tour Dates

2019 Dates
8 Day Tour

Saturdays, March 23 to June 15 and August 24 to October 19, 2019
Fridays, May 10 to June 7 and September 6 to September 27, 2019
Season 1: March 23 and October 19, 2019
Season 2: March 24 to April 28 and September 29 to October 18, 2019
Season 3: April 29 and June 15 and August 24 to September 28, 2019
*Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of at least 5
6 Day Tour
Monday, March 25 to June 17 and August 26 to October 21, 2019
Season 1: March 25 and October 21, 2019
Season 2: March 26 to April 29 and October 1 to October 20, 2019
Season 3: April 30 and June 17 and August 26 to September 30, 2019
*Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of at least 5

Skill Level

This Puglia bike tour in Italy is considered easy to moderate. Cycling is mostly on flat terrain in the lowlands, but sometimes the path is hilly. The itinerary is almost always on asphalt roads and bike paths. Traffic is almost non-existent in Apulia except during the high holiday season. The route includes very beautiful stretches along the coast, and a train transfer from Ostuni to Lecce. Total vertical distance is 450 m.

Where You’ll Stay

Great 3 star to 4 star hotels, B&B’s, and in a typical trullo or residence in Alberobello, mostly within city centers. Very comfortable rooms with private facilities, and mostly in city centers. In the trullo accommodations there is no air conditioning.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 5 or 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Route descriptions & maps (one set per booked room)
  • 27-speed hybrid bicycle
  • 7 day service hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Local hotel taxes, approximately €10 - €15 per person (for the entire tour)
  • Remaining meals
  • Train transfer Ostuni - Lecce, ± €10/person
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Matera and Lecce available by request.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length6–8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Matera
Day 2: Matera – Alberobello, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 4: Ostuni – transfer to Lecce - Gallipoli, 31 mi. (50 km) (+ 44mi./70km train transfer)
Day 5: Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuca, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Santa Maria di Leuca - Otranto, 35 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Otranto – Lecce, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Departure from Lecce.

DAY 1: Arrival in Matera.
Arrival in Matera. Visiting Matera is a unique experience. For millennia, inhabitants of this region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. Most of the houses are excavated on two ravines and are called "Sassi", which is a World Heritage Site. The rock-hewn churches are very ancient, often Byzantine.

DAY 2: Matera – Alberobello, 44 mi. (70 km)
We cycle to the famous trulli of Alberobello and Locorotondo. Trulli were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills, once separated by a riverbed. On the eastern hill is the new town, with modern architectural features. On the western hill, the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both National Monuments from 1930, and today World Heritage Sites.

DAY 3: Alberobello – Ostuni, 35 mi. (55 km)
We cycle through the countryside to Ostuni, which is a reputed architectural gem, and is commonly referred to as the “White City” due to its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Today’s stretch is through hilly terrain.

DAY 4: Ostuni – transfer to Lecce - Gallipoli, 31 mi. (50 km) (+ 44mi./70km train transfer)
A train transfer (not included) will bring you to Lecce.  The ride is about 1 hour, costing approximately €10 per person.  After a few kilometers through this amazing baroque town, you go deep into "Salentinian countryside" before approaching the Ionian coast and your destination, Gallipoli.

DAY 5: Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuca, 31 mi. (50 km)
Cycling Apulia further along the Ionian coast, you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. The name Santa Maria di Leuca 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 small town is a famous seaside resort and fishing area located on a part of the coast alternated by cliffs and small sandy coves.

DAY 6: Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto, 35 mi. (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, 34 mi. (55 km)
Today you will cover the coastal region of the Adriatic, riding along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush. At the end of the day, you'll enter into Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has deserved the nickname of Florence of the South. You'll come to appreciate the rich sculpted motives done in the 17th-century with the tender stone from Lecce. The old town enclosed by what is left of the ancient walls bears the impression of that exuberant period. In Lecce, the presence of several religious orders gave rise to a procession of churches of which the façades are magnificent, like open-air altars, real windows into the society of that period.

DAY 8: Departure from Lecce.
Your Puglia bike tour will end following breakfast. Lecce is well connected by train with the airports in Bari and Brindisi.

Shorter 6 day version possible, round tour from Lecce. 

Day 1: Arrival in Lecce 
Day 2: Lecce - Gallipoli, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 3: Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuca, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Santa Maria di Leuca - Otranto, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Otranto - Lecce, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: Departure from Lecce

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Customer Feedback

  • Ida A. 7 months ago

    Ostuni was a lively, great city- a major contrast to the rest of the region which is apparently deserted until summer is in full swing. I also really appreciated having my bike replaced, but I obviously wish the standard bike I got in the first place were more appropriate for long distance rides.

  • Shelia P. 1 year ago

    Scenery on the day from Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto was spectacular. Overall excellent trip. Would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Jan H. 1 year ago

    Fabulous Trip. Well signposted for being a self guided tour. Hotels great in good locations. Beautiful scenery.

  • Monika M. 1 year ago

    Matera, the town where the bike tour started was an unexpectedly positive surprise and experience: breathtakingly beautiful!!

  • Jacqueline A. 2 years ago

    Scenic Coastal ride. The most memorable part was visiting and staying overnight in unique and incredible towns and sites.

  • J Murphy 3 years ago

    The maps and route details were hard to follow at points, but the trip was very good: the ride, hotels and fellow cyclists.

  • Ruyter Aquino 4 years ago

    Gostaria de salientar o quanto foi positivo nosso passeio, desde a bike, hospedagem, transporte de bagagem e roteiro. A Tripsite e a Girolibero estão de parabéns pela parceria. Ano que vem acredito ter mais viagem pela Tripsite. Obrigado

  • Caroline Thompson 7 years ago

    This was a very interesting tour. Two cities have UNESCO World Heritage sites, and one day, riding along the coast, had one of the most stunning rides we have ever been on. (This was our 16th bike trip.)

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