Self guided Cycling

Discover Puglia by bike

Itria valley & Salento - PugliaDifficulty path:
Easy
Self guided · CyclingDuration: 8 daysCode: bs008
from 680 €per person

Highlights

A week by bike in Puglia to appreciate the most beloved lands by local cyclists and to visit some of the musts of this region.
A classic and varied itinerary that puts together the most known places and highlights of Puglia. Everyday discover history and legends, architecture and coastal landscapes of the heel of Italy.

 

  • Sleep among the trulli

  • The green Itria Valley with Ostuni, Cisternino and Locorotondo

  • Lecce and its 100 Churches

  • The Sea of Otranto, Leuca and Gallipoli

  • Salento countryside and the fortified village of Acaya

  • The amazing Cave of Poetry

Program

Day1

Alberobello

You are in Puglia, in the historical Land of Bari.
From the regional capital you will have easy access to Alberobello and its magical Trulli. The town is in an area called "Valley of Trulli" and has an historical centre declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The two souls of Alberobello are divided by Piazza Martellotta: Rione Aia with its streets still authentic and almost always silent, and Rione Monti, most devoted to tourism.

Day2

From Alberobello to Ostuni

about 40km

Today you will cycle between gentle slopes, vineyards and fields from which the inverted cones of ancient Trulli rise into the blue sky.
You will cross the Itria Valley, arriving until the city on the border between the Southern Murge and the Salento Plain: Ostuni, which welcomes you from the top of his Cathedral. Some say its name comes from an ancient Arabic word for "olive." From Ostuni in fact you can well admire the olive trees going from the old city to the long beaches of the Adriatic Sea.
During this first day by bike you will have the opportunity to visit two of the "most beautiful villages in Italy": Locorotondo, famous for its fresh and flavourful white wines, and Cisternino, the Casbah of the Itria Valley.
Day3

From Ostuni to Manduria

about 60km

Leaving Ostuni behind, you will cycle south.
From the Murge hills you reach the immense Salento plain: green with olives and red as its soil, this flat land extends to get lost in a transparent and clear sea.
Today you will get to Manduria, the capital of the Primitivo grapes. Here you can visit the Museum of Primitivo Wine, located within the popular Manduria Winery. The museum collects objects of daily life and working tools of the old peasants telling the social history of the economy of Salento.
Day4

From Manduria to Gallipoli

about 70km

This morning you will reach Torre Colimena and the Salt pan.
You will then follow the coast in the next days by bike. Accompanied by the blue of the sea, between ancient coastal towers and fine sand, you will reach Porto Cesareo, where it is advisable to enjoy a good lunch fish-based: seafood, mussels, clams and the delicious curls will delight your palate.
Rolling south, your present destination will be the Greek Kale Polis, today's Gallipoli, with one of the most beautiful historic centers of Salento and its streets full of shops, shops, restaurants, churches and views of the sea that surrounds it.

Day5

From Gallipoli to Leuca

about 50km

Before leaving the pretty Gallipoli we recommend a morning dip in the small beach of Purità: in the background the island with the lighthouse of Sant'Andrea.
Today you will have kilometers of low and sandy coast washed by a sea that has nothing to envy to the Caribbean beaches: follow your instinct to choose your corner of paradise to enjoy the sun of the Ionian Sea.
At the end of the day you will reach the heel of Italy. From the Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary, you can go down the stairs of the monumental fountain built to honour the end of the Apulian aqueduct, the longest and most complex in Europe.
Day6

From Leuca to Otranto

abot 50km

Along the coast road, which rises and falls following the shape of the jagged coast, it will sometimes seem that you can see the Balkan mountains of Albania in the clouds. The event usually happens if in aid of your ride there will be the dry and fresh Tramontana wind; on the contrary, if the day will be ventilated by the Scirocco, you will have the wind perfectly in favor and also this day will be easy and pleasant.
Choose the descent that will take you to admire and rest in one of the many coves of the coasts. Discover for example the bay of Acquaviva, or if you like snorkeling, try to make you fascinate of the colors of the Grotta Azzurra; then again, a few kilometers from the arrival of Porto Badisco, where the "Grotta dei Cervi", archaeological wonder of Puglia, is located.
After passing Capo d’Otranto, you will then arrive in Otranto, the most eastern city of Italy, where you will stay the night.

Day7

From Otranto to Lecce

about 55km

It will be hard to leave the enchanting city of Otranto.
Through the narrow streets that lead to the Cathedral, you will discover the history linked to the 800 Martyrs beheaded by the troops of Gedik Ahmet Pascià after having besieged the city for two weeks. It was 1480 but the fact still echoes in the western world; later Charles V wanted to give the Salento district the name of Terra d’Otranto.
Here the low and jagged coast offers restorative baths in authentic natural pools, such as the wonderful Grotta della Poesia near Roca. Then the last stretch along the path in the WWF coastal reserve "Le Cesine" and then definitively abandon the coast and head towards Lecce. A few kilometers from the arrival you will meet the fortified citadel of Acaya, halfway between Lecce and the sea. The Castle is an example of the first experiments in 16th-century military architecture commissioned by Giangiacomo d’Acaya who also redesigned the entire village, to the point that the city changed its name in his honor, from Segine to Acaya.
Leaving Acaya you will travel the last narrow country roads before reaching your final destination.
Day8

Lecce

After breakfast end of services.
Do not let your holiday end without spending a few hours in Lecce, the Florence of the South: get lost in its historical centre, which will surprise you with a harmonious Baroque style. The stone which decorates many of the old town churches is called "Lecce Stone": white, weather-resistant and easy to work. Many of the most famous stonecutter artisans between 1600 and 1700 came here to work it and to decore palaces and churches facades today still intact.

 

Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each biker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Information package
  • Smartphone offline GPS app
  • Phone assistance 08:00-21:00

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Bike rental
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about €14,00)
  • Insurance and what's not listed as Included

Departures and prices

01/03/2020 => 30/03/2020
Standard590 € /pSuperior790 € /p
31/03/2020 => 17/07/2020
Standard680 € /pSuperior900 € /p
18/07/2020 => 31/08/2020
Standard870 € /pSuperior1080 € /p
01/09/2020 => 30/10/2020
Standard680 € /pSuperior900 € /p
01/11/2020 => 22/11/2020
Standard590 € /pSuperior790 € /p

Supplements per person

Trekking bike
Standard80 € /pSuperior80 € /p
All road bike
Standard130 € /pSuperior130 € /p
E-bike
Standard150 € /pSuperior150 € /p
Single room
Standard185 € /pSuperior320 € /p
Transfer Bari/Brindisi apt-Alberobello (min 2 pax)
Standard65 € /pSuperior65 € /p
Transfer Lecce-Brindisi apt (min 2 pax)
Standard45 € /pSuperior45 € /p
Transfer Lecce-Bari apt (min 2 pax)
Standard90 € /pSuperior90 € /p
Extra night in double room in each overnight stay
Standard70 € /pSuperior90 € /p
Extra night in single room in each overnight stay
Standard95 € /pSuperior120 € /p
Solo traveller in single room
Standard335 € /pSuperior470 € /p

Other Information

Grade

Mostly flat with wavy lines.
This tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 40 to 70 daily kilometers, with programmed pauses for visits and refreshments.
The bike will be a way to work off the good food and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be strictly cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.

Accomodations & Meals

The Standard tour offers accommodation in simple B&B and selected 3* hotel.
The Superior tour offers accommodation in charming B&B and 4* hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.

1 night in Alberobello
1 night in Ostuni
1 night in Brindisi
1 night in Lecce
1 night in Otranto
1 night in Leuca
1 night in Gallipoli

7 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.

 

Support

The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome meeting.
We will take care of your luggage while you are walking. In case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8 to 21. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.

Information Package

During the welcome briefing you will receive your Information Package. The Package contains the following Travel Documents:

  • updated Service List;
  • Vouchers to be delivered to the partners;
  • luggage Labels;
  • Route notes: a summary of daily information.
Getting There

Alberobello is easily reachable by train, car and by air.

BY TRAIN. The Ferrovie Sud-est connects Alberobello with the train stations of Bari, Taranto and Lecce. NB: This service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.

BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities.
From both airports, you should get to Bari train station by shuttle bus service or train, and catch the Ferrovie Sud-est train to Alberobello.

BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you to exit the motorway in Bari Nord and continue along the SS16 to Monopoli and continue on the SP113 towards Alberobello. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.

 

 

Back to Alberobello

From Gallipoli you can reach Alberobello with Ferrovie Sud-est changing trains going from Lecce or Nardò. The train tickets vary from € 10 to € 13, depending on the route; the travel time is about 3 hours. NB: The service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.

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