Tour of Salento, Puglia

Salento, Italy is thevmost Southern area of Puglia, in the heel of Italy. This cycling tour is designedvto show you the architectural beauty of the region, from Lecce to Santa Maria di Leuca via Otranto and Gallipoli. Salento is also known for its magnificent beaches so you can enjoy a swim in both the Adriatic and Ionian seas!
The very tip of Puglia, or Apulia, is completely flat so you don’t need to worry about the level of difficulty.

Price from : 960 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Puglia
Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Level : Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrival in Lecce

Arrive at the hotel on your own schedule. Use the time at your disposal for a walk in the beautiful historical center of Lecce, losing yourself among its baroque palaces. Be sure to visit the Lecce Cathedral and its square as well as the Basilica di Santa Croce and the Roman Amphitheater. Overnight stay.

Day 2 :   Lecce to Gallipoli

Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km 

Orientation in the morning: bike delivery and briefing of the route. Leaving Lecce, you will cycle across the beautiful countryside of Salento. After approximately 25 km you will be in Galantina. Here you can visit the Chiesa Madre, represented in the Baroque style, and the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria with its frescoes dating from 15th century. After lunch, perhaps with a typical ‘rustico Leccese’, stay on the country road headed towards Gallipoli. Enjoy the evening taking a walk in the typical streets of the old town. Overnight stay.

Day 3 :   Gallipoli to Leuca

Option 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km  Option 2 : 44 Miles - 70 Km 

After a bicycle ride in the old town, you will leave Gallipoli and cycle along the beautiful Ionian Sea. Cycling beside the Ugento Coast you will pass through Torre San Giovanni and other quaint little beach towns.

Option 2: A short detour inland brings you to Specchia, one of the most beautiful 'borghi' in all of Italy.

In the afternoon you will continue for another 35 km towards Santa Maria di Leuca, the most southern part of the heel in the boot of Italy. Overnight stay.

Day 4 :   Leuca to Otranto

Distance 1 : 39 Miles - 62 Km 

From the southern part of Puglia you will head north to Otranto with the Adriatic Sea on your right. Passing through Ticase Porto and Castro Marina you will arrive in Otranto. In the evening you will have the chance to walk in the old town of Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy. Overnight stay.

Day 5 :   Otranto to Lecce

Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km 

In the morning you will have a bicycle tour of the town to visit the beautiful Cathedral with its rose window and mosaic interior, and the Aragonese castle and its defensive walls. Coasting along Laghi Alimini, after about 20 km you will reach the seaside town of Torre Dell’Orso. Visiting the beach for a swim in the fantastic blue sea is a must! Before your arrival in Lecce you will pass through Acaya, where you may want to stop for an espresso as you take in the view of the castle. Overnight stay.

Day 6 :   Departure from Lecce

Today is your departure day. You can take your time getting started in the morning, have breakfast and depart at your leisure.

Average / Day : Distance : 61.60 Km / 38.40 Miles

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Day : 1, 5

Palazzo Dei Dondoli is just 200 m from Porta Rudiae and a 5-minute walk from the city center. Featuring a sun terrace and bar, this property also provides free newspapers. With elegant furnishings, rooms and apartments in this b&b include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Apartments are complete with a kitchenette. Breakfast is served buffet style. It consists of both sweet and savory food. Palazzo Dei Dondoli is a 15-minute walk from Lecce Train Station. The beaches along the Puglia coastline are 9.3 mi away.


Day : 2

Al Pescatore**** Hotel & Restaurant, housed in a 17th ancient building, is shining again in its everlasting beauty after a long period of renovation. The building enjoys a strategic position in the historical centre of Gallipoli giving everybody the opportunity to satisfy all kind of requirements and to fully appreciate the so-called “Ionian Pearl”. The Hotel is located along the Riviera Cristoforo Colombo, which is interested in the ZTL ( Limited traffic Zone). That means that You are only allowed for check-in and check out for delivering Your lugguages, than all autos have to be parked in the harbour area which is below the structure and is about 70 meters away.


Day : 3

Approdo Boutique Hotel Leuca is located in sunny Leuca, where the Adriatic and the Ionian seas meet. The hotel is decorated in a characteristic Mediterranean style, and offers panoramic views. The rooms have a balcony. All air-conditioned, the rooms feature an LCD TV, mini-bar, and safe. Their private bathrooms are equipped with shower and hairdryer. The restaurant is popular with many prestigious gourmet guides. It offers tasty fish dishes and Mediterranean cuisine, made with fresh organic produce.


Day : 4

Relais Valle dell'Idro, your brand-new luxury dwelling in Otranto. For a stay marked by luxury and exclusivity, which will make your journey in Puglia unforgettable. Rooms are sober and refined in minimal chic style, functional and all comforts included, with two typologies available, standard and luxury. Beds with headboards in midollino and leather, doors in crystal and embroidered linen, curtains detailed by stylized corals which recall the logo of the hotel, and again lamps in parchment carved in decapato wood.


Day : 1, 5

Featuring a roof-top restaurant with panoramic views, the Risorgimento Resort is located in Lecce’s Baroque historic centre. It offers free WiFi throughout, large modern rooms, and a relaxing spa. The attentive staff provide a continental buffet breakfast. The 3 restaurants offer both Salento flavours and classic Italian cooking. Drinks and snacks are available all day at the Janet Ross Bar.


Day : 2

Developed from the renovation of two ancient XIX century buildings, the Hotel reflects the love of luxury and attention to detail. It boasts a panoramic terrace with a hydro massage-pool where you can spend relaxing moments, such as sunbathing, having breakfast or brunch, or enjoying a drink at sunset surrounded by the breathtaking view of the sea and the harbor. A visit to the “DolceVita” Restaurant and to the “Wine Time Salento” wine house, which specializes in wines and local products, is a necessary stop-over for our guests. The attentive hospitality and willingness of all our staff will make your stay in Salento’s famous "Città Bella" unforgettable.


Day : 3

Montirò hotel, your resort in the heart of Salento, nearby the seaside. “When we built up the Montirò Hotel we had a vision: a traveler who flees the chaos of contemporary life and comes back to the origins, to the earth, to nature to seek peace and relax. For this reason, we have decided to give voice to the stone and to theSalento’s countryside!“ With a panoramic view on a flourishing Mediterranean garden, the Montirò Hotel is the only estate in over 5 hectares of uncontaminated nature, to the extreme south of Apulia. A path surrounded by verdant olive trees gives access to a small “village” with small stone houses that they recall the shape and charm of the ancient “pajare”, the typical Salento buildings that once gave shelter to the farmers.


Day : 4

In the historic center of Otranto, Hotel Palazzo Papaleo is the charming hotel that you've dreamed of for your vacation in Salento, a historic residence near the sea, carefully renovated with splendid rooms with every comfort. With an intimate and welcoming wellness center, Hotel Palazzo Papaleo 5 stars in Otranto is in a perfect position between the ancient basilica and the sea, right in the historic center, and has a teamthat will make your stay in Puglia charming, romantic and unforgettable.

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
VELO DE VILLE - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

To enable our guests to go on our tours with a peace of mind all our bicycles are equipped with: a cycle-computer, signal lamps, rear pack frame with side bags and an emergency pack (universal tools for small repairs — spare tube). The bicycles we provide come in different sizes so as to satisfy our clients’demands.

  • Gears Shimano 27 speed Deore
  • Wheels/Tube 28” Schwalbe
  • Weight 13,6 Kg
  • Brakes V-Brakes (or disc)
  • Frame Aluminium
  • Fork Rigid (or suspension forks on demand)
  • Saddle Royal gel – Comfortable
  • Handlebar Comfortable adjustable v-zoom
  • Light LED (front/rear)
  • Mud Guard Plastic
  • Rear pack frame Aluminium until 20 kgs
  • 1 new bottle
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Pump frame
  • 1 Handlebar bag with rain cover containing : Tire levers / 2 Spare tubes / Toolkit
  • Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request. If you want to use your bike shoes, you should bring your own pedals + pedal wrench : we will be happy to install them on your bike.

Accessories


INCLUDED

GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people


INCLUDED

Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


INCLUDED

Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

Included

  • 5 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Hotel city taxes
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

information

Arrive to the Bari or Brindisi Airports.

  • Take a train from the Bari Airport to the Bari Central Station (about 20 min) and then a train to Lecce (about 2 hrs). Or take a bus from the Bari Airport to Lecce in about 2h10m.
  • From the Brindisi Airport you can take the train (from central station to Lecce - about 30m) or a bus from the airport directly to Lecce (about 40m)

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Standard 960 € 290 €
Upgraded 1330 € 540 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Accessories

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental
    Standard Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 115 €
Electric assist bike
    Standard 115 €



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.
Bot scann is mandatory