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Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy

Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy

01606 720199

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From £1019per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1269 per person
  • Departures
    Selected from 31 Oct to 31 Oct 2020 and from 21 Mar to 24 Oct 2021
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Train transfer from Ostuni to Lecce on day 4
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Flights from Heathrow to Bari with Alitalia
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares on request
  • Electric bikes available
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Ebikes
  • 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.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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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 residnets 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 watersof 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 over30 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 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open from 9am today) or email sales@headwater.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

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open from 9am today) or email sales@headwater.com

Air

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Alitalia Heathrow to Bari via Rome Fiumicino 07:25/14:20 then transfer to hotel 50 minutes Return: Transfer not included then Alitalia Bari to Heathrow via Rome Fiumicino 11:15/16:00

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative travel

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Popular alternative routes for this holiday include:

FromToAirline(s)
BirminghamBariLufthansa
London GatwickBariEasyjet
London StanstedBariRyanair
ManchesterBariLufthansa
Other UK AirportsBariVarious airlines

Tour only

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

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Holiday extras

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

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

All breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

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 01606 720199 (we're open from 9am today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open from 9am today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

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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

Singles
Add £162 single supplement

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

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

Departures
Selected from 31st Oct 2020 to 24th Oct 2021, 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

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Alitalia Heathrow to Bari via Rome Fiumicino 07:25/14:20 then transfer to hotel 50 minutes Return: Transfer not included then Alitalia Bari to Heathrow via Rome Fiumicino 11:15/16:00

Alternative Air
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

Upgraded air travel
Business/club/first class fares on request.

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 01606 720199 (we're open from 9am today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open from 9am today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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