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Puglia - Italy

Discover Sicily: Matera and Puglia Self Guided Bike Tour

Self-Guided 8+ days

Explore the heel of the Italian boot by bike. Start in the wonderful city of Matera and discover the picturesque Trulli. Pedal through olive groves and vineyards with elegant villages in the background.

Style
Road cycling
Gain
2760 m
Distance
380 km
Level
Medium

Tour overview

EXPLORE THE HEEL OF ITALY BY BIKE

Cycling through the Italian regions of Matera and Puglia takes you to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin in Matera, a wonderful city literally carved into the soft limestone rock. Then visit Alberobello’s picturesque Trulli. The tour follows the eastern Mediterranean’s physical and cultural influences all the way down to the far south.

As you alternate between the elegant white-washed villages in an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Mediterranean, olive groves and vineyards dominate the landscape as far as the eye can see. The tour concludes in Lecce’s alleys, a true jewel of Baroque architecture.

This self-guided tour includes GPS tracks and detailed maps of all routes so you can travel at your own pace. Our support van transports all of your luggage from hotel to hotel. If you have any problems, the helpful team will be there to help.

Start point
Matera
End point
Lecce
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Bari
Flying out
Brindisi

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Medieval town - Matera, Italy

Historical Landscapes

Puglia's landscape is dreamy and full of rich history. The rolling roads beg to be ridden and lead to some of Italy's oldest cities. Trust us when we say you will definitely fall in love with the south of Italy here.

Charming Accommodation

Each hotel has been carefully chosen for its idyllic setting. Throughout your journey, you'll feel well rested after each day in the saddle. Every hotel is of high quality, with fantastic facilities that will make your trip even more memorable.

cyclist in the Tuscan countryside - Italy

Self Guided

Pedal at your own pace, following the maps and tracks provided during the pre-tour briefing. We'll recommend places to stop for lunch and sightseeing along the way. If technical assistance is required, it will be provided throughout the event.

Tour destination

PUGLIA - ITALY

Puglia is a well-known region in Italy. You can trace the footsteps of an endless procession of conquerors and cultures, from ancient towns with a tangible past to extravagant churches designed by Europe's finest architects. Take in the sea of olives and vineyards, as well as the olive-green Mediterranean sea. The food in the region is on par with that of Italy and will leave you wanting more.

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  • Weather

    Puglia is a dreamy destination all year round, with warm and mild weather. Summer can be oppressively hot in the midday sun for some. If you prefer slightly cooler temperatures, consider booking in the spring or autumn for a more comfortable ride.

  • Terrain

    Dusty, hilly, and rolling terrain. The roads in southern Italy are beautiful, with challenging climbs and fun descents. Summer heat really kicks up the dust. If you normally ride at the back of the peloton, don't forget to bring your glasses and a face mask!

  • Culture

    Warm and inviting. Italian hospitality is well-known around the world. Prepare to be blown away by the region's hearty food and rich flavours, incredible wines, and the all-important family feeling. Puglia will leave an indelible impression on you.

Accommodation during your tour

Hand Selected Hotels

3-4* Accommodations

Throughout the week you’ll be staying in beautiful three & four-star hotels. Each one has been specifically selected to make sure you are able to rest and relax after a full day of exploring. They also have all the facilities you will need as travelling cyclists.

Included Breakfast

Start your day off with a strong breakfast to kick off the day and fuel your riding. You’ll need the calories and every drop of coffee!

Once you reach the stop for the day,  choose your own spot for a delicious dinner and wind down from the day’s adventures.

 

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Matera to Alberobello
  • Distance
    75 km
  • Altitude Gain
    620 m

From the ravines of Matera to the typical Trulli of Alberobello.

Leave Matera and Basilicata behind and enter Puglia, where you’ll find yourself on the Murgia plateau, surrounded by green and colourful fields in the spring and golden yellow in the summer. In Gioia del Colle, admire the beautiful Norman-Swabian Castle, which houses the interesting Archaeological Museum, but don’t miss the fantastic cheeses such as scamorza, stracciatella, and the delectable burrata.

The path then takes us through the countryside of Putignano, where we recommend taking a short detour to visit the rural sanctuary of Barsento, which was built in the sixth century with simple and soft shapes that blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

The day concludes in Alberobello, among its friendly and lively alleys. Alberobello is famous throughout the world for its Trulli, or cone-shaped rural houses built without cement mortar using the tholos technique and plastered with very white lime. Born for practical and economic reasons, they are now a symbol and a source of wealth for the region, having been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And you’ll be staying in an ancient Trullo for the night.

Overnight stay: Alberobello

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport options: Bari

When best to arrive: in the morning the day the tour starts

Where the tour starts: we meet in the afternoon in Matera

Transfers: not included, but you will be able to book your transfer as an extra option

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Brindisi

When best to depart: in the evening of the day the tour ends after 17:00

Where the tour ends: in the afternoon in the town of Lecce

Transfers: not included, but you will be able to book your transfer as an extra option

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Hotel Room
    Breakfast and Accommodation

    Standard accommodation is a double room shared with one other person on the tour with ensuite facilities. Breakfast and some dinners are included in the tour.

  • GPS Routes

    Access to routes of the tour through the RIDE WITH GPS mobile application.

  • Daily Luggage Transfers

    Support vehicles will transport your luggage on to the next hotel, so you only have to carry your essentials.

Cycling bottle

What’s not included in your cycling trip.

  • Transfers

    Transfers upon arrival and departure are not included. Please contact us for more information on how to add these to your tour.

  • Flight

    Flights are not included in the tour package. Please follow our advice about which flights will be best suited for this tour. Reach out to us if you have any questions about flights.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is essential and we always recommend you carry out your own insurance search for your specific needs.

Extra
Bike rental
Only €130 for the entire trip

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, carbon road bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. To make sure you get the maximum from your bike for your trip, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of equipment.

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every hire so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

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Brands and models may vary

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • EXTRA
    Single accommodation
    €196 per person for entire trip

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €196 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

  • EXTRA
    Airport transfers
    €240 per person with bike (2 transfers upon arrival and departure)

    Transportation for you and your bike from Bari Airport to Matera and back from Lecce to Bari or Brindisi Airport. We meet you and we drive you back, so you can have full peace of mind. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

Booking options

Choose when you want to travel

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

  • Guarantee a spot during busy periods
  • Only 30% down payment to secure your place
  • Fair & Transparent Cancellation Policy
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