Cycle Puglia

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Cycle Puglia information and booking

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$1260
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels, B&B and the typical Trulli in Alberobello
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. Insect repellent is also useful, especially in summer. (A detailed gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Cycling along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts
  • Staying overnight in a typical Trulli in Alberobello
  • Discovering the ancient cities of Gallipoli and Leece
  • Enjoying the local delicacies including olive oil, fresh vegetables and wine
  • Exploring the Puglia region which is largely unspoiled by tourism

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Puglia in south eastern Italy encompasses the heel of Italy's boot and is bordered by the sea on two sides (the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast). The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. This cycle tour delves into this region of scenic beauty, which is still unspoiled and retains a rich cultural legacy. From Matera and Alberobello where you can marvel at the traditional Trulli and Sassi houses the route follows both the Ionian and Adriatic coast and spans the distances between ancient cities. Ending in Lecce, often referred to as the Florence of the south, this is an ideal holiday for those seeking the less known pockets of Italy with all the historic highlights. Staying in atmospheric hotels, including a typical Trulli in Alberobello, ensures you gain a full appreciation of this special region.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts - varied buffet breakfasts are served in each hotel
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels, b&b and the typical trulli in alberobello on a twinshare basis with private facilities
  • Luggage transfers
  • 27 gear bicycle rental with puncture resistant tyres, pannier, gel saddle and helmet
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • 7 day hotline service

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Matera
Make your own way to Matera (local train from Bari). For a millennia, inhabitants of this region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-coloured soft stone. These houses are called "Sassi" and are today a World Heritage site. Take the time to walk around the historic centre before returning to your comfortable hotel.
Day 2 Cycle to the famous Trulli of Alberobello (70km, +400m)
Today you will cycle to the famous Trulli of Alberobello and Locorotondo. Trulli were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills which were 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 districts are National Monuments from 1930 and are today World Heritage sites.
Day 3 Cycle through the countryside to Ostuni (45km, +280m)
A fabulous cycle through winding country lanes, past trulli, vineyards and olive groves to Ostuni, which is a reputed architectural jewel. Ostuni is commonly referred to as "the White Town" for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Day 4 Train transfer to Lecce then cycle to the Ionian coast and Gallipoli (50km, +70m)
A train transfer will bring you to Lecce (tickets cost approx 8 Euro per person(bike free), travel time is about 1hr). Continue to cycle through this amazing Baroque town and then head deep into the "Salentinian countryside" before approaching the Ionian coast and your destination for today, Gallipoli. An ancient Greek city, named the "beautiful city" is a fishing town divided into two parts: the new town and the old town which is connected by a 17th century bridge to the mainland. Total distance by train: 70km.
Day 5 Continue along the coast to Santa Maria di Leuca (50km, +50m)
Continue cycling further along the coast and you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. The name Santa Maria di Leuca was given to this town by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They say this town was enlightened by the sun and therefore called it "Leukos", meaning white. Santa Maria di Leuca is a famous seaside resort and fishing area. There is ample opportunity to swim at the beach in the afternoon.
Day 6 Cycle along the Adriatic coast to Otranto (50km, +550m)
Another superb day of cycling as you follow the Adriatic coast. Passing by small towns, impressive grottoes, inlets for swimming and small cafes, you soon arrive at Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Day 7 Cycle to Lecce along the Alimini Lakes (55km, +100m)
Today's cycle will take you along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush as you enter into Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, Lecce has earned the nickname of "Florence of the South". You'll come to appreciate the rich sculpted motives made 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.
Day 8 Trip concludes
After breakfast the trip concludes. Lecce is well connected by train with the airports of Bari and Brindisi.