Puglia, from Sassi to Salento

This self-guided tour covers a small, but stunning part of Italy. Discover the beauty of Basilicata and Puglia in the south of Italy. Vibrant and green, the Puglia region forms the “tacco” or heel in the boot of Italy. Its eastern borders runs along the Adriatic Sea. Nested in the curve of the boot, the wild earth of Basilicata is bathed by two seas: the Tyrrheninan in the Gulf of Policastro and the Lonian in the Gulf of Gecko. During this trip, you will have the chance to discover six beautiful cities in those regions, taste traditional Italian food.

Price from : 1050 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Basilicata
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrival in Matera

Arrive at the hotel on your own schedule. Use the time at your disposal for visiting the city of the Sassi (suspected to be among the earliest human settlements in Italy) a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay. (If you will arrive late in the evening, we suggest an extra night in this wonderful and unique city).

Day 2 :   Matera to Alberobello

Distance 1 : 43 Miles - 69 Km 

Orientation in the morning: bike delivery and briefing of the route. Riding through the southern part of the Murgia, with its wonderful colors, you will reach Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This town is known worldwide for its typical cone-shaped houses. Overnight stay.

Day 3 :   Alberobello to Ostuni

Distance 1 : 31 Miles - 50 Km 

Today you are in the Itria Valley. You will cycle through the beautiful white towns of Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Cisternino. We suggest a stop for lunch in a typical butcher shop with a ‘fornello pronto', where you can choose the meat you want to eat and to have it cooked. Your final destination is Ostuni, the white city, where you can visit its whitewashed houses and the Chiesa Madre on the highest point of the city. Overnight stay.

Day 4 :   Ostuni to Lecce

Departure in the morning with a short ride to the train station in Ostuni in the direction of Lecce, you will take the train with your bikes to Lecce (journey time is 55 minutes; cost of ticket is not included, but bicycles travel FREE on regional trains). In the afternoon, explore the beautiful baroque city at your leisure. Do not forget to visit the Cathedral Lecce and its square, the Church of Santa Croce, and the Amphitheater. Overnight in Lecce.

Day 5 :   Lecce to Otranto

Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km 

Cycling across the countryside of Salento, after about 10 km you will reach the historical stronghold of Acaya. After a short stop to visit the town and its castle, you will cycle to the Adriatic Coast and the seaside town of Torre dell’ Orso, 25 km away, where you can relax on the beach. In the afternoon continue along the Laghi Alimini and after approximately 25 km you will reach Otranto. This evening will have the chance to stroll in the old town of Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy. Overnight stay.

Day 6 :   Otranto to Gallipoli

Distance 1 : 31 Miles - 50 Km 

Today you will pass from the Adriatic Coast to the Lonian Coast, passing through the towns of Melpignano - home of the Notte della Taranta, a music festival celebrating ‘la Pizzica’ (a folk style popular in Apulia) - and Corigliano d'Otranto (a town where they still speak the ancient “griko”) with its wonderful castle. When you arrive in Gallipoli in the late afternoon you will have time for a drink at sunset on one of the many bars in the old town overlooking the sea. In the evening you may decide to take a walk in the typical streets of the old town. Overnight stay.

Day 7 :   Gallipoli to Lecce

Distance 1 : 31 Miles - 50 Km 

Your first stop is in the town of Galatone to visit the Baroque style Sanctuary of the Crucifix. Continue on to Galatina where you should visit the Chiesa Madre and the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria with its Romanesque facade, Gothic interior and numerous frescoes. When you reach Lecce take a walk in the beautiful historical center, losing yourself among its baroque palaces. Do not forget to visit the cathedral and its square, the Church of Santa Croce and Amphitheater. Overnight stay.

Day 8 :   Departure from Lecce

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

Average / Day :
Distance : 55.80 Km / 34.60 Miles

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Day : 1

Welcome to the Hotel Palazzo Viceconte, an early 17th century historic Palazzo in the heart of the ancient city of Matera, Italy. Recently renovated and with the best panoramic views over Sassi and its surroundings, sleeping in Hotel Palazzo Viceconte means splendid hospitality in the captivating charm of a historic Palazzo.


Day : 2

In the heart of the Itria Valley, in Alberobello, Apulia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Alcove is a charming luxury resort in the trulli. Located in the main square of the town, the resort origins date back to the second half of the sixteenth century when the small fief called "Silva Arboris Belli" began to populate. Under the rule of the Acquaviva Counts of Conversano the peasants had to reclaiming and cultivating the land and were authorised to build dry-stone wall houses only...


Day : 3

With its impressive façade, Ostuni Palace fits in perfectly in the White City of Ostuni. It offers a spa, an elegant piano bar, and an Italian restaurant. All rooms are air-conditioned and have free wired internet. Offering panoramic views across the town's whitewashed buildings, the Ostuni Palace is 10 minutes' walk from the main square.


Day : 4, 7

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 : 5

Tenuta Centoporte is a modern resort, surrounded by olive groves and just 5 minutes' drive from the seaside town of Otranto. It features a swimming pool with hydromassage, a sun terrace, and free Wi-Fi throughout. Traditional recipes from the Salento region are served in the Centoporte's bright dining hall or in the garden with panoramic views.


Day : 6

Dive right in – this property is only a 4-minute walk from the beach. Offering a rooftop terrace facing the Bay of Gallipoli, Palazzo Mosco Inn is located in a historical building with frescoes in the old town of Gallipoli. WiFi is free at the property. An extensive breakfast is served out on the terrace daily, including freshly baked pastries, salads, and savoury pies made with organic vegetables coming directly from the property owner's farm.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books 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 road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all 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
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 7 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 GARMIN OREGON for 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
  • 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.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Standard 1050 € 350 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included


Arrive to the Bari Airport. From the airport you have a few options to get to the start of the tour.

  • Direct bus connection from Bari Airport to Matera (about 75m).
  • From the airport of Bari to the Central station of Bari: There is a local train every 30m that connects the airport to the Central Station (about 15m); then you can take a train from the Central Station of Bari to Matera (about 90m).
  • From Bari Airport to Bari Central Station with Shuttle Bus Tempesta  (About 30m, departures every hour); then train from Bari Central Station to Matera.

Bot scann is mandatory