Cycle Puglia


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    Puglia in south eastern Italy encompasses the heel of Italy’s boot and is bordered by the sea on two sides (the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast). The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. This cycle tour delves into this region of scenic beauty, which is still unspoiled and retains a rich cultural legacy. From Matera and Alberobello where you can marvel at the traditional Trulli and Sassi houses, the route follows both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts and spans the distances between ancient cities. Ending in Lecce, often referred to as the Florence of the south, this is an ideal holiday for those seeking the less known pockets of Italy with all the historic highlights. Staying in atmospheric hotels, including a typical Trulli in Alberobello (subject to availability), ensures you gain a full appreciation of this special region.

    Highlights

    • Cycling along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts
    • Viewing typical trullo in Alberobello and the surrounding countryside
    • Discovering the ancient cities of Gallipoli and Leece
    • Enjoying the local delicacies including olive oil, fresh vegetables and wine
    • Exploring the Puglia region which is largely unspoiled by tourism

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive Matera
    Make your own way to Matera (local train from Bari). For millennia, inhabitants of this region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-coloured soft stone. These houses are called “Sassi” and are today a World Heritage site. Take the time to walk around the historic centre before returning to your comfortable hotel.

    Day 2 Cycle to the famous trulli of Alberobello (70km)
    Today you will cycle to the famous trulli of Alberobello. Trulli were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills which were once separated by a riverbed. On the eastern hill is the new town, with modern architectural features, and on the western hill, the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola. Both districts are National Monuments from 1930 and are today World Heritage sites. Overnight in a trullo (subject to availability) or alternatively a hotel in walking distance of the main centre. (B)

    Day 3 Cycle through the countryside to Ostuni (55km)
    A fabulous cycle through winding country lanes, past trulli, vineyards and olive groves to Ostuni, which is a reputed architectural jewel. Ostuni is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. (B)

    Day 4 Train transfer to Lecce then cycle to the Ionian coast and Gallipoli (50km)
    A train transfer will bring you to Lecce, travel time is about 1hr. Continue cycling through this amazing Baroque town and then head deep into the “Salentinian countryside” before approaching the Ionian coast and your destination for today, Gallipoli. An ancient Greek city, it is a fishing town divided into two parts: the new town and the old town, which is connected by a 17th century bridge to the mainland. (B)

    Day 5 Continue along the coast to Santa Maria di Leuca (50km)
    Continue cycling further along the coast and you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. The name Santa Maria di Leuca was given to this town by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They say it was enlightened by the sun and therefore called it “Leukos”, meaning white. Today it is a famous seaside resort and fishing area. There is ample opportunity to swim and relax at the beach in the afternoon. (B)

    Day 6 Cycle along the Adriatic coast to Otranto (50km)
    Another superb day of cycling as you follow the Adriatic coast northwards. Passing by small towns, impressive grottoes, inlets for swimming and small cafes, you soon arrive at Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle. (B)

    Day 7 Cycle to Lecce along the Alimini Lakes (55km)
    Today’s cycle will take you along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush towards Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, Lecce has earned the nickname of “Florence of the South”. Appreciate the rich sculpted motives from the 17th century made with the tender stone from Lecce. The old town, enclosed by what is left of the ancient walls, bears the impression of that exuberant period. (B)

    Day 8 Trip concludes
    After breakfast the trip concludes. Lecce is well connected by train with the airports of Bari and Brindisi. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 7 breakfasts
    • 7 nights accommodation in mainly 3 star hotels and a typical trullo in Alberobello (subject to availability) on a twin share basis with private facilities (upgrade to mainly 4 star hotels – supplement applies – not available on summer itinerary, based in 3 and 4 star hotels)
    • Luggage transfers
    • 27 gear bicycle rental with puncture resistant tyres, pannier, gel saddle and helmet (ebike available on request – supplement applies)
    • Bike insurance for loss or damage – does not cover negligence
    • Route descriptions and maps per room booked
    • Train Transfer Ostuni to Lecce
    • Emergency Hotline
    • Welcome briefing

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