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Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $1879per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected from 16 May to 24 Oct 2021 and from 21 Mar to 24 Oct 2022
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Train transfer from Ostuni to Lecce on day 4
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Tandems available
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, coastal routes
      from 2 reviews

Mr Paul says...
Excellent holiday with good hotels, great scenery and realistic riding days for the described activity level. The bikes were excellent and comfortable.
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Italy: Puglia

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

  • Matera's ancient cave dwellings and Alberobello's fairy-tale trulli houses
  • Olive groves, towering limestone cliffs and Roman amphitheatres
  • The white city of Ostuni, the majestic castle of Otranto and Baroque Lecce

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.
This holiday is offered with a choice of mainly 3 Star, or mainly 4 Star accommodation. The 3 Star accommodation is listed on the hotels page.



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Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Matera

Make your way to Matera, 2019's European Capital of Culture, and one of the oldest inhabited human settlements in the world.
Breakfast included

Day 2: Matera to Alberobello 70km/44mi

On leaving Matera, ride past its beautiful UNSECO recognised honey-coloured stone houses. Called 'Sassi', these dwellings have been housing residents for the past 9,000 years. From one famous world heritage site to another, head towards Alberobello, where you can admire its distinctive trulli houses made from local limestone.
Breakfast included

Day 3: Alberobello to Ostuni 55km/34.5mi

Cycle through the lush Valle d'Istria, passing more white-tipped trulli houses on the way. Boasting beautiful coastal views, the route takes you through the famous wine town of Locorotondo, regarded as one of Italy's most stunning villages. After sampling some of the local sparkling white wine, continue to the white city of Ostuni - so called for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses.
Breakfast included

Day 4: Ostuni/Lecce to Gallipoli 50km/31.5mi

Take a train to the fascinating Baroque town of Lecce. From here cycle deep into the Salentinian countryside before appraoching the Ionian coast. Here you will reach Gallipolli, known as the 'Ionian Pearl' with its Old Town situated on a rocky island.
Breakfast included

Day 5: Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca 50km/31.5mi

Cycle towards the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuce, where the crystal waters of the Ionian and Adriatic Sea meet. This village is home to one of the most important lighthouses in Italy, as well as numerous villas built at the turn of the century.
Breakfast included

Day 6: Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto 50km/31.5mi

Pedal along the south coast of the Adriatic Sea, stopping off at the famous Grotta Zinzulusa and the thermal baths of Santa Cesarea Terme. Your final destination is Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy with a stunning cathedral and Aragonese castle.
Breakfast included

Day 7: Otranto to Lecce 55km/34.50mi

We follow the shoreline through olive groves to the Baroque metropolis of Lecce. Known as the 'Florence of the South', Lecce is home to over 30 churches, an amphitheatre and a Roman theatre dating back to Emperor Augustus.
Breakfast included

Day 8: Leave Lecce


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. If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £ per adult per day and £ per child per day.

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


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Hotel Sassi, Matera

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The Hotel Sassi is situated in the heart of Matera Sassi UNESCO site and is the first hotel in the region Sassi (1996) that was refurbished a series of dwellings spread out over an area, some of them partly built up and partly dug, going back to the 1500s.

It is located in the Sasso Barisano quarter, between via san Giovanni Vecchio at the top and via Fiorentini down below, just a short distance away from Matera’s main square, Piazza Vittorio Veneto.

The hotel has a breathtaking panoramic view and, being situated in a pedestrian area, a peaceful quiet atmosphere is guaranteed. Each room at the hotel is unique, it is a so-called “albergo diffuso” that is to say, a hotel that spreads out on various levels to include rooms facing onto an outdoor area known as “vicinato” (neighbourhood).


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Trullidea, Alberobello

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A unique and authentic experience staying in a trulli, a traditional 15th century Apulian stone building with conical roof.

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

The trullis are located in the centre of historic Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site, within walking distance of cafes, restaurants and shops.


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Incanto Hotel, Ostuni

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Hotel Incanto is a whitewashed Mediterranean style building located on a hill and is a short walk into the white city of Ostuni.

Rooms are traditional and comfortable.


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Hotel Joly Park, Gallipoli

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Located in the centre of Gallipoli and only a short walk from Corso Roma, Hotel Joli Park is modern and comfortable.

The rooms are well equipped and contemporary. The hotels offers guests a private shuttle service to take you to and from the private beach “Lido delle Sirene”.


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Hotel Terminal, Leuca

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Hotel Terminal is nestled among the eclectic villas, on the central nineteenth-century seafront dedicated to Cristoforo Colombo, the heart of the town, with a beautiful view on Punta Ristola and Punta Melis.

The hotel has it's own private beach that can be reached by a picturesque underpass. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped.


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Hotel Albania, Otranto

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Located in the centre of Otranto, Hotel Albania owes its name to the majestic Albanian mountains which on a clear day offers guests breathtaking views and are visible from the hotel terrace.

Rooms are comfortable and modern.


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Eos Hotel, Lecce

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Situated just outside of the historic town of Lecce, Hotel Eos is a modern hotel with modern facilities.

Rooms are contemporary and fully furnished.

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

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Bari Airport at 14:20.

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

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 an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Paul, 13/11/2019

Excellent holiday with good hotels, great scenery and realistic riding days for the described activity level. The bikes were excellent and comfortable.


Mr Partridge, 30/10/2019

This was our first cycling holiday (we are in our seventies) We had the most enjoyable time, meeting up with fellow cyclist from other countries on route

The towns we stayed in and the hotel were all very good. The cycling was almost all on quiet roads. We would certainly like to book another trip. Mary and Tim



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.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

RideWithGPS navigation app

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels

Train transfer from Ostuni to Lecce on day 4


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 locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Selected from 16th May 2021 to 24th Oct 2022, 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 £215 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tandems
It is possible to hire tandem bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £292 per bike. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Other details
This holiday is also available with mainly 4 Star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Bari Airport at 14:20.

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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