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Heel of Italy Cycling

Heel of Italy Cycling

Heel of Italy Cycling

  • Sun-drenched, unspoilt region; contrasting cycling routes taking in the rugged coast and lush green countryside
  • Vibrant fishing villages, white-sand beaches, historic wine towns and ancient olive orchards
  • Stunning Salento coast - visit Otranto and Baroque Lecce
  • Hand-picked accommodation including five **** hotels and a unique trullo house in UNESCO Alberobello
  • Excellent regional wines and Mediterranean cuisine
  • Holiday type10 nights, Self-guided cycling
  • Activity rating
  • Please call for prices
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  • Holiday details
  • Departs selected Mon's, Wed's & Sat's from 20 Mar '17 to 14 Oct '17
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 86%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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This self-guided, ten-night cycling holiday explores Italy's beautiful, sun-drenched Puglia region with its vibrant fishing villages, sandy beaches and beautiful, rolling hills, all above the mesmerising blue of the Adriatic Sea.

Puglia offers a wonderful contrast of landscapes, from the fertile farming hamlets, vineyards and orchards of its interior to its dramatic, rocky coastline. Your holiday begins in the picturesque coastal town of Monopoli, from where you follow the coast north, passing white sandy beaches and secluded coves with wonderful opportunities for seafood lunches along the way. Head inland and you'll be blown away by a rich landscape of vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and fields of tomatoes and peppers alive with colour. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello with its unique trulli houses - emblematic of the region - and the glistening, whitewashed village of Ostuni. After a transfer to San Cataldo you'll discover the delights of the stunning Salento coast, taking in Puglia's easternmost and southernmost point - an amazing sight - and the Baroque masterpiece that is Lecce, renowned for its stunning C18 architecture and known as the 'Florence of the South'.

You'll stay in an excellent variety of accommodation on this holiday, including five **** hotels and an authentic trullo house in Alberobello! In Conversano your elegant boutique hotel is just a short walk from the mediaeval streets and Romanesque cathedral of this historic town; in Otranto your base is a stylish hotel boasting stunning views over the old town and harbour from roof sun terrace ; while in Lecce you stay in the heart of the beautiful old town in sumptuous *****hotel, close to the Roman amphitheatre and Baroque palazzi, with the hotel's roof garden offering one of the best views there is over the city.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Monopoli

Arrive at your hotel in Monopoli. After a welcome briefing there's time to discover the town before dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 - Monopoli to Conversano 27km/17mi or 55km/34.5mi

Today you follow a beautiful coastal route from Monopoli towards the sleepy, inland town of Conversano. On the way you'll have chance to visit the charming, colourful fishing village of Polignano a Mare which is beautifully located, clinging to the limestone cliffs. It's then onward through the pretty village of San Vito, with its tiny harbour full of multi-coloured boats, before arriving in Conversano.

Day 3 - Conversano to Alberobello 39km/24.5mi

Today you'll cycle through the Valle d'Itria, a valley of rolling hills and wooded slopes where the beautiful scent of wild mint and herbs fills the air. Take a break in the small towns of Putignano and Noci, with their typical whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways. It's then off to UNESCO-recognised Alberobello, filled with the quirky trulli houses so symbolic of the region. Mimmo, or one of his staff, will meet you and show you to your own, personal trullo house.

Day 4 - At Alberobello

Take some time to explore the narrow streets of historic Alberobello. Browse the quirky souvenir shops or sample the local cuisine in one of the bars or restaurants; perhaps learn about the town's history at the Museo del Territorio. If you fancy cycling, a circular route (45km/28.5mi - route notes provided) takes you into the heart of the Itria Valley and spectacular Locorotondo, with its 360 degree views of the valley. The town of Martina Franca lies a little further ahead - continue on to discover its stunning Baroque architecture and palazzi.

Day 5 - Alberobello to Pezze di Greco 39km/24.5mi

This morning you'll follow winding country lanes before a long downhill stretch takes you to Capitolo (enjoy panoramic views of the Adriatic coastline on the way), ending in a beautiful collection of almond and olive orchards, vineyards and vividly coloured fields full of peppers and tomatoes.

Day 6 - At Pezze di Greco

The choice is yours today. You could head to the local beach or simply spend time unwinding by the hotel pool. If you fancy something a bit more challenging, we provide route notes for a circular cycle ride (48km/30mi) which takes you to Ostuni with its dazzling whitewashed houses sitting beautifully above olive groves and vineyards.

Day 7 - Pezze di Greco to Monopoli 37km/23.5mi

Follow an easy route to the Adriatic coast, passing the vibrant fishing village of Savelletri, a perfect stop for a tasty lunch or traditional Italian coffee. You'll cycle past the archaeological ruins of Egnazia, the site of a Greco-Roman town which dates back to 4BC, before reaching the pretty seaside town of Monopoli and your **** hotel. Tonight you can choose from a wonderful selection of restaurants in the old town.

Day 8 - Monopoli to Otranto 42km/26.5mi

We transfer you and your bike to San Cataldo, from where you'll cycle along the stunning Salento coast to Otranto, taking in ancient olive groves and fishing villages en route. You stay at the 4 star Corte di Nettuno by the harbour in Otranto, close to the old town where there are numerous options for dinner.

Day 9 - At Otranto

A more challenging day's cycling (55km/34.5mi) which takes you along the coast south and west of Otranto, where you'll see the easternmost and southernmost point of Puglia - a spectacular sight! You can also visit the Castel di Salve winery on your way to Santa Maria di Leuca, which is known as De Finibus Terrae, 'the end of the earth', before taking a shuttle back to the hotel.

Day 10 - Otranto to Lecce 37km/23.5mi

Today you head to Lecce on mostly flat terrain amidst endless olive orchards. Tonight you'll stay at the stylish Risorgimento Resort (5*) , just a few steps from some of Lecce's Baroque masterpieces.

Day 11 - Leave Lecce

Please note: This tour has been given a 1 Bike + rating based on ascents/descents and distance; the cycling may feel harder over the hotter months.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Palazzo Indelli, Monopoli (4 Star)

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Palazzo indelli is a 4 star hotel ideally located right in the centre of Monopoli, near the harbour.

The hotel has 22 rooms all furnished in a modern, minimal and functional style with all the amenities of a 4 star accommodation.

Meals are taken in the hotel's restaurant, where you will be able to taste its Mediterranean cuisine with traditional local flavours.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room Junior Suite
22/03/2017 - 14/10/2017 £30 £56

All prices shown above are valid from 24/01/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Superior rooms have got a balcony.
Junior Suites are larger rooms and have got a balcony.

Dates Single Room Double Room
22/03/2017 - 14/10/2017 £62 £122

All prices shown above are valid from 24/01/2017. Prices are per person, per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Albergo Diffuso Monopoli, Monopoli (4 star)

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This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Set in various locations around the historical centre, just a stroll from Monopoli’s seafront and its beautiful beaches, Albergo Diffuso Monopoli offers elegant rooms, all air-conditioned rooms either have a terrace or balcony.

Accommodation has exposed Tuffo-stone walls and quality furniture. There is free WiFi, flat screen TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom with bath or shower.

Breakfast in hotel and dinner will be in a good nearby local restaurant.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Relais Corte Altavilla, Conversano (4 Star)

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The 4-star hotel Corte Altavilla Relais & Charme is located right in the historic centre of Conversano, just off one of the main squares - Piazza Conciliazione. The hotel is in an old medieval building with inner courtyard that once served as an old medieval courthouse for the town.

Following major renovation works in 2002 the hotel opened as an elegant four-star boutique hotel with 32 elegant rooms and appartments, each with its own personality and charm, with white stone walls, wrought iron furnishings, wooden-beams and vaulted ceilings.

All rooms are equipped with modern amenities including: air-conditioning, satellite-TV, direct-dial telephone, safe, Internet and mini-bar/fridge.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Junior Suite or Top standard Room Top Junior Suite Top Suite
22/03/2017 - 14/10/2017 £18 £76 £122

All prices shown above are valid from 07/11/2016. The Junior Suite has charming furniture with a living room and panoramic view.

The Top Junior Suite and Top Suite have charming furniture with a living room, Jacuzzi and panoramic view. The Top Suite has got two rooms and therefore suitable for 4 people whether the Top Junior Suite has only got 1 double bed.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Trulli e Puglia, Alberobello (3 Acorn)

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Whilst in Alberobello you'll have the unique opportunity to stay in your very own private trullo house. You may be asking, what exactly is a trullo? A trullo is a small, quirky, beehive-shaped stone dwelling, traditionally built without any cement or mortar and topped with a conical roof made of impermeable stone.

The trullo house that you'll stay in whilst in Alberobello will be one of eight clean and nicely furnished guest accommodations.

Each trullo house is made up of a double bedroom, small bathroom with shower and a spacious living area with a sofa and small kitchenette.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Trullo Suite
22/03/2017 - 14/10/2017 £30

All prices shown above are valid from 05/01/2017. Prices are per person, per night based on 2 sharing.

The Trullo Suite is 65m2 and has a private patio, a kitchenette and tea/coffee making facilities..

Dates Double Room Single Room
22/03/2017 - 22/10/2017 £58 £114

All prices shown above are valid from 05/01/2017. Prices are per person, per night with breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Masseria Salamina, Pezze di Greco (4 Star)

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Masseria Salamina is a large 17C fortified farmhouse, set in 173 acres of rich agricultural farmland. The property is surrounded by orchards of secular olive trees that are up to 400 years old, used in the production of their own high quality, extra virgin, olive oil.

Inside the masseria, there's a large and welcoming restaurant where you can taste specialities of sumptuous Southern Italian cuisine, served in the suggestive atmosphere of the open-air courtyard.

The rooms here are simple yet comfortable and with all the necessary amenities and have been created out of the conversion of the masseria's outbuildings. The common areas comprise of the meeting hall, bar, lounge & TV room and the outdoor swimming pool with views reaching across to the sea.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Farmhouse Suite Superior Room Junior Suite Deluxe Junior Suite
22/03/2017 - 14/10/2017 £28 £50 £60 £70

All prices shown above are valid from 05/01/2017. Please note it is also possible to upgrade to a Superior Suite for £90 per person per night.

The farm House suites are spacious and comfortable, approximately 50 m², composed of a double room, living room with single bed, wide bathroom with bathtub, and a kitchen. They are located in the south-east wing, of more recent construction (end '800 beginning of '900) but always adjacent to the Masseria, all with a wonderful view and with their own outdoor space.

The Superior Room is in the Manor wing of the Masseria, on the 1st floor, the owner's house since the 17C, it has valuable antique furniture, with marble bathroom, it has a hall and an indoor balcony with view.

The Junior Suite is in the Manor wing of the Masseria, on the 1st floor, the owner's house since the 17C, it has valuable antique furniture, with marble bathroom and Jacuzzi.

Deluxe Junior Suite is in the Manor wing of the Masseria, on the 1st floor, the owner's house since the 17C, it has valuable antique furniture, with marble bathroom, it has a hall and a private balcony with view.

The Superior Suite is in the Manor wing of the Masseria, on the 1st floor, the owner's house since the 17C, it has valuable antique furniture, a living room with fireplace and balcony, and marble bathroom with Jacuzzi and showerbox.

Dates Double Room Single Room
22/03/2017 - 14/10/2017 £60 £94

All prices shown above are valid from 05/01/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast. Half Board prices are available on request. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Corte di Nettuno, Otranto (4 Star)

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This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach. Once a farmhouse, Corte di Nettuno now offers modern rooms and 2 rooftop terraces overlooking the harbour.

Throughout the hotel, you will find a unique marine design with sea-themed mosaics, shipping maps, and other nautical objects as décor. Your room features a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and free internet access.

The restaurant at Hotel Corte Di Nettuno is a great place to sample dishes and wines from the Puglia region. It offers a large buffet breakfast, and all meals can be enjoyed out in the large courtyard. Alternatively you can walk into the centre of town (10 min ) and try one of the cheap local fish restaurants.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Resort Hotel Risorgimento, Lecce (5 Star)

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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.

Rooms are air conditioned and come with a minibar and satellite TV. Each has a marble bathroom with bathrobes and slippers. The attentive staff provide a continental buffet breakfast. The 3 restaurants offer both Salento flavours and classic Italian cooking. Alternatively there are plenty of good restaurants nearby. Drinks and snacks are available all day at the Janet Ross Bar.

The health club offers a Turkish bath and multisensory shower. Massage and beauty treatments are also available.The hotel doesn't have a pool but there's everything else! Its even got it's own golf course (3km away)!

Piazza Sant’Oronzo is just 100 yards from Risorgimento Resort . The Cathedral is a 5-minute walk away.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe Double Executive Junior Suite Garden Suite
20/03/2017 - 20/10/2017 £14 £20 £42 £42

All prices shown above are valid from 24/01/2017.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Bari airport at 14:45, and back to Brindisi airport at 09:30.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Brown
11/10/2016

a great way to see a region ,on the back of a well organised itinerary and high quality accomodation


Dr Macfarlane
18/09/2016

The key is the bikes : they were a little 'tired' and end of season. The support from Mimmo was though excellent


Mr Padfield
15/09/2016

Very disappointing. The poor route notes - sufficiently bad that we abandoned them and found our own way using our own map and Mobile Phone mapping services for 3 days of cycling. A shock since on 4 previous holidays with Headwater there was no such problem.

Dates and prices

The prices quoted below for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and are shown for guide purposes only. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Holiday details

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £152 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Other details
Airport transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Bari airport at 14:45, and back to Brindisi airport at 09:30.

Enquiries

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Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss your requirements in more detail.



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