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Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy

Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1799per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Tuesdays and Saturdays from 5 Oct to 19 Oct 2019 and from 21 Mar to 24 Oct 2020
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, couples, coastal routes

Italy: Puglia

Cycle from the spectacular UNESCO town of Matera along an idyllic coastline to Lecce

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Cycle through UNESCO historic towns, olive groves and past white-coned trulli
  • Ride along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
  • Enjoy fine seafood and wine

In the heart of the Mediterranean lies Puglia, a unique landscape sandwiched between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. We explore the very best of this captivating region and begin by cycling through two towns that both possess UNESCO world heritage sites. The region is mainly flat, which lends itself perfectly to the self-guided cycle ahead; filled with spectacular views; beautiful coastline and mouth-watering cuisine.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Start Matera. Make your own way from Bari or Brindisi to Matera by train or bus

Make your own way from Bari or Brindisi airport to Matera by train.

Day 2: Ride through the historic 'Sassi' houses of Matera before heading to the town of Alberobello

On leaving Matera you will pass through what makes this town so special. For millenia, inhabitants of this region have carved dwelling directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called 'Sassi' and are as today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago. From one famous world heritage site to another, heading towards Alberobello, you will pass the famous fairy-tale trulli houses that have also made Alberobello a recognised world heritage site.
Distance covered: 70 km / 43 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria, past the picturesque fairy-tale Trulli houses to hilltop-town of Ostuni

Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria and one of the prettiest cultural landscapes of the south past more trulli houses to Ostuni - offering breathtaking coastal views. Along the way we pass the famous wine town of Locorotondo, regarded as one of Italy's most beautiful villages. After sampling some of the local sparkling white wine, the route heads to the white city of Ostuni - famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses.
Distance covered: 45 km / 28 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Train to Lecce; cycle through the countryside to Gallipoli on the Ionian Coast with its old town situated on a rocky island.

In the morning you will take a train transfer with your bike to the the fascinating baroque town of Lecce. From here we cycle deep into the Salentinian countryside before approaching the Ionian coast. Here you will reach beautiful Gallipolli, known as the 'Ionian Pearl' with its old town situated on a rocky island and offering fantastic views both from the north and the south. The town itself has many churches, narrow alleys and was the largest exporter of lamp oil made from olives in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Reach the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuca

Today you cycle to the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuca, where the crystal waters of the Ionian and Adriatic seas merge. This village is home to one of the most important lighthouses in Italy and the architectural delights of numerous villas built at the turn of the century. Inhabitants of this area were quite eccentric people who loved the peace and quiet and wanted to enjoy the sea and the town.
Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Follow the south coast of the Adriatic Sea to the ancient town of Otranto

Our route continues along the south coast of the Adriatic sea through charming landscape to the ancient Messapian town of Otranto. The old town is surrounded by a mighty wall containing the impressive Hapsburger Castle. En route to Otranto there is the opportunity to visit the famous Grotta Zinzulusa, the only coastal grotto that is open to the public, and also the thermal baths of Santa Cesarea Terme.
Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Continue along the shoreline through innumerable olive groves to the Baroque city of Lecce

We follow the shoreline through innumerable olive groves to the Baroque metropolis of Lecce. A relaxing way to end the week is at the beach of Torre dell'Orso surrounded by limestone cliffs and with many ancient caves to discover. The final destination is Lecce, the capital of Salento, and as well as being home to over 30 churches and countless palaces, there is an ampitheatre and Roman theatre dating back to Emperor Augustus.
Distance covered: 55 km / 34 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: End Lecce

Finish your trip in Lecce and make your own way back to the airport for your flight home.
Meals included: Breakfast

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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Hotels, Puglia

You will spend 7 nights in comfortable en suite hotels, when available we use traditional accommodation in Alberobello. Most of the towns are close to the seaside.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Additional Accommodation

We can book additional accommodation in Matera or Lecce (subject to availability). Please notify us at the time of booking and we will provide up-to-date prices.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels

All breakfasts

Management by our sister company, Exodus

Route directions and maps

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Departures
Tuesdays and Saturdays from 5th Oct 2019 to 24th Oct 2020, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £100 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.



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