A bike route designed to connect the three Unesco sites of Castel del Monte, Matera and Alberobello.
A week to appreciate all aspects of a territory that holds within it not only evidence of significant historical, archaeological and palaeontological interest, but also environmental and landscape phenomena of great importance.
Cycling holidays in Italy to discover the extensive Murge plateau and to know its National Park, the archaeological site of Matera Rock Churches, the Trulli area, and ride up to the beautiful sea of Polignano, to be reached downhill after visiting the picturesque Castellana Caves.
Good food and local wine will complete a trip already full of thrills.


Program

Day 1
Welcome to Bari

The lovely regional capital and its charming old town will welcome. Bari has become an important cultural destination thanks to the restoration and renewal of recent years. “Bari vecchia”, old Bari, is called this bustling city centre, that offers historic sights and local folklore clippings: charming squares and old palaces next to grannies making orecchiette pasta in the street, noise and colours of the fish market near the firm candor of the countless churches. The Basilica of San Nicola stands out among the religious buildings: one of the main destinations of medieval pilgrimage, innovative and masterful example of Puglia Romanesque style.

Day 2
From Bari to Ruvo di Puglia

25km

Moving away from the city you will cycle from immense cultivation of olive trees to expanses of almond trees and vineyards leading to oak forests and “wooded” pastures.
Waypoint of the day the lively town Bitetto, developed around the Romanesque Cathedral.
The route leads up to Ruvo di Puglia, a small agricultural centre of peuceta origin, pre-Roman inhabitants of these lands destroyed by the Goths; the Normans returned value to Ruvo and enriched it with important monuments, including an imposing Cathedral, known for its unique façade with slanted slopes.

Day 3
From Ruvo di Puglia to Castel del Monte

30km

A full immersion in the Alta Murgia National Park during these cycling holidays, a nature reserve that encompasses a unique biodiversity to safeguard, full of cattle tracks and hidden trails. After few kilometers you will reach Castel del Monte, a brilliant example of medieval architecture, today Unesco heritage, universally known for its peculiar octagonal shape. The building preserves ancient mysteries and legends so that, still now, the exact purpose of the imposing building is unknown.
After reaching your accommodation, very close to the fortress, you can spend the rest of the day visiting this fascinating and mysterious place.

Day 4
From Castel del Monte to Gravina in Puglia

50km

From here the journey continues through extensive pastures of outcropping rocks and almost desert. Reach the Prehistoric Church of San Magno, building consisting of unequal masses, mastering of an open space surrounded by extraordinary tombs of the Bronze Age; the old structure was once used for preserving the snow becoming an important source of water in summer. Be careful not to get lost in the charm of these places, because there is more to ride before arriving at Gravina in Puglia, town of authentic and unexpected beauty.

Day 5
From Gravina in Puglia to Matera

40km

Before leaving Gravina we recommend a stroll between Piaggio and Fondovico, the two districts in the historic heart of the city that host the major attractions; to explore the surroundings follow the long bridge over the stream leading near the rocky Crypt dedicated to Our Lady of the Star, Madonna della Stella.
Between Gravina and Matera you will cross Altamura. Some say that the goodness of its bread is due to the water! Test the quality filling your water bottle from one of the public fountains and tasting the delicious baked goods. If you also want to satiate your hunger for culture, visit the Cathedral, another building bequeathed to these earth from Puer Apuliae, Emperor Frederick II of Swabia title.
Finally in Matera, unique, with its neighborhoods overlooking the canyon of the river Gravina.

Day 6
From Matera to Alberobello

40km

Unesco site since 1991 and European Capital of Culture 2019, Matera is simple and genuine. Spend the first hours of the day in the City of Rocks, to discover a historic centre unique in the world and extraordinary landscapes.
Late morning you will reach – by bike or with private transfer – the town of Gioia del Colle, unanimously recognised for the excellent quality of its dairy products, mozzarella and cheeses, to taste absolutely before taking the bikes.
After passing Noci, the path follows to Alberobello. Try not to “get off” too quickly, because you would miss the detour to Barsento hill, bucolic environment home to a rural church built in the 6th century.
Overnight in the Capital of Trulli.

Day 7
From Alberobello to Polignano via Castellana Grotte

35km

The last stage is dedicated to the largest karst caves in Italy and the sea of Polignano, beautiful village birthplace of the great Domenico Modugno … and excellent fish soups!
With Alberobello behind you will cycle gently downhill up to the caves, hollows that run underground for just over 3 kilometers in an atmosphere suspended between evocative power and magic, surrounded with stalagmites and stalactites grown with ancestral rhythms. They are the result of the erosive action of surface water that for millennia have continued to dig into the rock opening a passage to the sea.
After the visit, back to the “blu dipinto di blu” of sea and sky of Polignano. Here take time for a relaxing dip in its most famous beach in Lama Monachile.

Day 8
Polignano

After breakfast end of services.

Tour program variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each biker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.


What´s included

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Bike rental
  • Scheduled private transfers day 2 and 6
  • Tasting day 6
  • Boat trip from Polignano day 7
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Information package
  • Phone assistance 08:00-21:00

Not included

  • Flights
  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Insurance and what´s not listed as Included

Self Guided Bike Holidays

 

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E-Bike rental supplement
€140.00 (10%) ( Per week )
  
Private transfer Bari Airport - City centre (per person - min 2 pax)
€40.00 (10%) ( Per week )
  
Private transfer Polignano a Mare - Bari Airport (per person - min 2 pax)
€50.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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