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Matera to Monopoli Cycling

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $2299per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays, Mondays & Wednesdays from 24 Apr '21 to 24 Oct '22
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Tandems available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, coastal routes
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Mr Browne says...
The hotels and the area generally were beautiful. However some of the cycle routes were along busy highways , particularly around Bari and were not ...
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Italy: Puglia

Matera to Monopoli Cycling

  • Two nights in the UNESCO town of Matera
  • Cycling through the Alta Murgia National Park, the largest natural park in Italy
  • Charming hotels, all full of character

This seven-night self-guided cycling holiday takes in some of the highlights of Basilicata and Puglia in Southern Italy. Starting in the UNESCO-listed Matera, known for its rock churches and Sassi houses, you'll have a free day here to explore before setting off on your bike to head to the neighbouring region of Puglia. You'll ride to Gravina, one of the most important Roman cities along the Appian Way and continue on through the Alta Murgia National Park (the largest natural park in Italy) with a stop at Castel del Montewith its iconic castle. Your cycle route then heads to the Adriatic coast, to Trani, one of the oldest and liveliest cities along this stretch of coastline. Follow the coastline for the last two days stopping in Bari and Monopoli.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive in Matera

Arrive in Matera, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, with an overnight stay at Palazzo Viceconte.
Stay overnight at Palazzo del Duca

Day 2: Free day exploring

Enjoy the stone city of Matera, named the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Situated in the Basilicata Region, stroll through its beautiful Palaeolithic cave dwellings, intricate cathedrals and museums.
Meals included: Breakfast
Stay overnight at Palazzo del Duca

Day 3: Matera to Gravina 43km/26.5mi

Leave Matera and cycle a few kilometres to enter the beautiful region of Puglia. Ride on gentle slopes towards Gravina, one of the most important Roman cities along the Appian Way, and Altamura, located on the hills of the Murge plateau.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at B&B Le Stanze del Console

Day 4: Gravina to Castel del Monte 42km/26mi

Today, our route winds across the largest natural park in Italy - the Alta Murgia National Park. Our final destination is an iconic castle in the southern region, commissioned by Frederick II, with its unique octagonal structure making it worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Overnight at Agriturismo ai Pilieri di Bagnoli

Day 5: Castel del Monte to Trani 43km/26.5mi

Today's ride continues though the Alta Murgia National Park, with a pleasant descent towards the Adriatic Sea and Trani, one of the oldest and liveliest cities on the Apulian coast. Known as the 'Pearl of Pugila', the city is characterised by its breath-taking cathedral that sits right on the water's edge. Afterwards, wander around its Jewish quarter, hidden between it's glossy limestone streets.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Palazzo Filisio

Day 6: Trani to Bari 55km/34mi

Explore the historic town centres of Bisceglie, Molfetta and Giovinazzo, admiring their Romanesque style architecture. Arrive in Bari, a bustling, coral-fringed port town, and ride along one of the longest promenades in the Mediterranean to the old city.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at B&B Les Suites

Day 7: Bari to Monopoli 50km/31mi

Ride towards the metropolitan city of Mola and continue on a narrow path between its towering fortified castle and the Adriatic Sea. Reaching the turquoise shores of Polignano a Mare, you move on through the historical centre towards Monopoli's picturesque harbour.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Albergo Diffuso

Day 8: Leave Monopoli


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. 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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Palazzo del Duca, Matera

Set in the heart of the Matera Sassi, Palazzo Del Duca is the result of an important and accurate restoration and redevelopment project, which has revived the structure in all its glory respecting the original system.


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B&B Le Stanze del Console, Gravina

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Set just outside the historical centre of Gravina in Puglia, this B&B offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. Santa Maria Assunta Basilica is 550 yards away.

Rooms at Le Stanze del Console have classic style furnishings and fully equipped private bathroom. Each includes a TV and minibar.

Homemade cakes and pastries feature at breakfast, along with fruit juice and a choice of hot drinks. Restaurants, bars and cafés are a short walk away.

Set in a 17th century town house, Stanze del Console is a 5-minute walk from Hammam thermal baths. The property is 7.5 miles from Altamura and a 25-minute drive from the UNESCO site at Matera.


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Agriturismo Ai Pilieri di Bagnoli, Castel del Monte

Ai Pilieri di Bagnoli is an elegantly restored structure which dates from the 17th century, and which preserves the architectural features typical of the bourgeois farms of the Alta Murgia. It offers pleasant and comfortable independent rooms, all of which are characterized by pitched roofs with wooden beams and white stones walls. The rooms, which are all named for flowers typical of the National Park of the Alta Murgia, overlook a grove of ancient oaks. A restaurant has been created in the nineteenth-century wine cellar.


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Palazzo Filisio, Trani

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Set in an ancient 18th century palace, the Palazzo Filisio is located in the historic centre of Trani, near the peaceful pedestrian area and just a short walk from famous monuments. The elegantly decorated rooms overlook the Duomo, the centre, the harbour or the Adriatic Sea. The hotel has a nice restaurant, just 50m from the sea or take a stroll and choose one of the many eateries available in this bustling town.


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B&B Les Suites, Bari

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B&B Les Suites is located in the centre of Bari in a renovated building.
Rooms have flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a safe. The private bathroom is complete with a hairdryer, toiletries and slippers.


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Albergo Diffuso Monopoli, Monopoli

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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 the hotel's central cafe and dinner will be in a good local restaurant.

Local tourist tax not included (pay hotel locally)


Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Travel

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Bari Airport at 11:15 and back to Bari Airport at 09:10

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 Browne, 30/09/2020

The hotels and the area generally were beautiful. However some of the cycle routes were along busy highways , particularly around Bari and were not particularly enjoyable. The GPS guide app was particularly helpful in keeping us on the right track. The local agents were very helpful and on hand if we needed any assistance.



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 and 1 evening meal

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

RideWithGPS navigation app

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

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

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

Departures
Selected Saturdays, Mondays & Wednesdays from 24th Apr 2021 to 24th Oct 2022, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts and 1 evening meal

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

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Bari Airport at 11:15 and back to Bari Airport at 09:10

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.