On this self guided bike tour, you will discover two sites declared World Heritage Site by Unesco: Matera, the city of the Sassi, and Alberobello with typical roofs of the houses cone-shaped. You will cross the Itria Valley and its typical villages with whitewashed houses, until you will reach the Salento, with its Baroque palaces, the beautiful countryside and beautiful beaches.

Tour programme

Day 1
Upon your arrival you will reach your hotel in MATERA and visit the city of the Sassi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ovenight stay.

Day 2
Bike delivery and briefing of the route. You will start your tour riding through the southern part of the Murgia and, after about 69 km, you will reach ALBEROBELLO, another UNESCO Worlds Heritage site, known for its trulli, typical cone-shaped houses.
Overnight stay.

Day 3
Today you will explore the Itria Valley and its beautiful white villages: Locorotondo and Cisternino. Lunch in a typical butcher shop is recommended: you can choose the meat you want to eat and it´s cooked there and then.
Final destination of the day is OSTUNI, the so called White City, which is about 35km away and where you can visit its whitewashed old town on top of the hill.
Overnight stay.

Day 4
In the morning you will take a train from Ostuni to LECCE (journey time 55 minutes, € 5.50 not included); bicycles travel FREE on regional trains.
You have the afternoon at leisure to explore the beautiful Baroque city, with its amazing palaces, churches, squares and amphitheater.
Overnight stay.

Day 5
Cycling across the countryside of SALENTO, after about 10 km from Lecce, you will reach the fortified town of Acaya, where you can visit the castle. Moving on along the Adriatic coast you will get to the seaside town of Torre dell’ Orso, 25 km away, where you can relax on the beach and take a bath.
In the afternoon you will cycle along the Laghi Alimini, and after approximately 25 km you will reach Otranto. A great dinner of fish will give you the energy to walk through Otranto old town, the easternmost city of Italy.
Overnight stay.

Day 6
Today you will pass from the Adriatic coast to the Ionian coast, passing through the towns of Melpignano, home of the ‘Notte della Taranta’, a traditional music festival, and Corigliano d´Otranto with its wonderful castle, town where they still speak the ‘ancient griko’.
You will then reach GALLIPOLI (about 50 km) in the late afternoon where you may enjoy a drink at sunset in one of the many cafes overlooking the sea.
Overnight stay.

Day 7
On your final day, you will cycle to Galatone and the Sanctuary of the Crucifix, before moving on to Galatina, about 25 km, where you can visit the Chiesa Madre in Baroque style and the Basilica of Santa Caterina d´Alessandria with 400th frescoes.
Cycling for about 25 km you will reach LECCE and spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Ovenight stay.

Day 8

Breakfast and departure.

Tour highlights

  • The stones of Matera (Sassi di Matera)
  • The Trulli of Alberobello
  • The white towns of Cisternino and Ostuni
  • The Basilica of Santa Croce and the amphitheater in Lecce
  • The town of Gallipoli
  • The beaches in Ugento
  • Oak Vallonea in Tricase
  • The Aragonese Castle, the cathedral with its impressive Renaissance rose window and the village surrounded by walls Aragonese in Otranto

Price includes

  • Hotel/Guest House accommodation in bed and breakfast;
  • Bicycles for the duration of the itinerary, equipped with side pockets, water bottle, lights, anti-theft, helmet;
  • road map;
  • GPS for two people with pre-loaded routes;
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel.

Price doesn’t include

  • city tax, where applicable, to be paid onsite;
  • medical insurance / baggage;
  • lunches and dinners;
  • entrees.

Technical details

  • Journey time: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Departures: Individual daily (min. 2)
  • Level of difficulty: medium / easy - 254 kilometers
  • Type of bike: city bike with gear or tourism
  • Accommodation: bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel

Extras

Single room supplement: 30%
Triple room reduction: 15%

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