Trullis in Alberobello, Apulia, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Verity Cridland

Harbor of Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:PublicDomain
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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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  • 2017 Prices
    6 Day Tour

    Season 1: October 23: £ 547 $ 851 565 NOK 5744 kr 5302 $ 689 Season 2: October 3 to October 22: £ 600 $ 934 620 NOK 6303 kr 5818 $ 756 Season 3: August 28 to October 2: £ 654 $ 1,017 675 NOK 6863 kr 6335 $ 824

    8 Day Tour
    Season 1: October 21: £ 654 $ 1,017 675 NOK 6863 kr 6335 $ 824 Season 2: October 1 to October 20: £ 707 $ 1,100 730 NOK 7422 kr 6851 $ 891 Season 3: August 26 to September 30: £ 760 $ 1,182 785 NOK 7981 kr 7367 $ 958

    2018 Prices
    8 day tour
    Season 1: £ 658 $ 1,024 680 NOK 6913 kr 6382 $ 830 Season 2: £ 746 $ 1,160 770 NOK 7828 kr 7226 $ 939 Season 3: £ 804 $ 1,250 830 NOK 8438 kr 7789 $ 1,013 Single supplement: £ 194 $ 301 200 NOK 2033 kr 1877 $ 244 6 Day Tour
    Season 1: £ 547 $ 851 565 NOK 5744 kr 5302 $ 689 Season 2: £ 615 $ 956 635 NOK 6456 kr 5959 $ 775 Season 3:  £ 663 $ 1,032 685 NOK 6964 kr 6428 $ 836 Single supplement: £ 145 $ 226 150 NOK 1525 kr 1408 $ 183  

    extra options

    2017/2018:
    Bike helmet: £ 15 $ 23 15 NOK 153 kr 141 $ 18 Electric bike: £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116 Electric bike (2018): £ 107 $ 166 110 NOK 1118 kr 1032 $ 134 Discounts
    3rd person in triple room (8 day tour): £ 97 $ 151 100 NOK 1017 kr 938 $ 122 3rd person in triple room (6 day tour): £ 68 $ 105 70 NOK 712 kr 657 $ 85 Extra Nights
    Matera
    (per person/night) £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79 Single room: £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110 Lecce (per person/night) £ 58 $ 90 60 NOK 610 kr 563 $ 73 Single room: £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110 Transfers (minimum of 2 people required):
    Bari to Matera: £ 44 $ 68 45 NOK 458 kr 422 $ 55 Brindisi to Matera: on request
    Lecce to Bari: on request
    Lecce to Brindisi: on request


     

    please note

    Rates are 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

2017 Dates
6 Day Tour

Departures on Mondays from March 27 to June 19 and August 28 to October 23, 2017
8 Day Tour
Departures on Saturdays, August 26 to October 21, 2017
Departures on Fridays, September 9 to September 29, 2017

*Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of at least 5.

2018 Dates
8 Day Tour

Saturdays, March 24 to June 16 and August 25 to October 20, 2018
Fridays, May 11 to June 8 and September 7 to September 28, 2018
Season 1: March 24 and October 20, 2018
Season 2: March 25 to April 29 and September 30 to October 19, 2018
Season 3: April 30 and June 16 and August 25 to September 29, 2018
*Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of at least 5
6 Day Tour
Monday, March 26 to June 18 and August 27 to October 22, 2018
Season 1: March 26 and October 22, 2018
Season 2: March 27 to May 1 and October 2 to October 21, 2018
Season 3: May 2 and June 18 and August 27 to October 1, 2018
*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.

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)
  • Train transfer Ostuni - Lecce on Day 4 on 8 day tour
  • 27-speed hybrid bicycle
  • 7 day service hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Local hotel taxes, approximately €8 - €15 per person (for the entire tour)
  • Remaining meals
  • Train transfer Ostuni - Lecce, ± €10/person
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip 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, 28 mi. (45 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, 28 mi. (45 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

  • Monika M. 3 months ago

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

  • Jacqueline A. 10 months ago

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

  • J Murphy 1 year 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 3 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 6 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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