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Puglia - Italy

Cycling Matera and Puglia – Self Guided 🇮🇹

8 days | Italy | $1818

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.

Distance
380 km

Gain
2760 m

Road
Road

Temp
21°C

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Overview

Overview

EXPLORE THE HEEL OF ITALY BY BIKE AT YOUR OWN SPEED

Flying in:

Bari

Start point:

Matera

Flying out:

Brindisi

End point:

Lecce

Cycling through Italy’s Matera and Puglia region takes you to several UNESCO heritage sites. Start from the wonderful city of Matera which is literally carved into the soft limestone rock. Then head to the picturesque Trulli of Alberobello. The tour goes down to the far south, taking in the physical and cultural influences of the eastern Mediterranean.

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

This self-guided tour includes GPS tracks and detailed maps on all the routes for you to follow the itinerary at your own pace. All your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel by our support van. If you run into any issues, the helpful team will be there to assist.

Highlights of your trip

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 is carefully selected in dreamy locations. You'll feel well rested after each day in the saddle throughout your trip. Every hotel is of a high standard with fantastic facilities to make the trip even more memorable.

Self Guided

Pedal at your pace following the maps and tracks provided during the pre-tour briefing at your arrival. We'll advise you where to stop for lunch and sightseeing along the way. Technical assistance will be available throughout if needed.

Destination

Destination

PUGLIA - ITALY

Puglia is one of Italy's most famous regions. From ancient towns with a tangible past to extravagant churches dreamt up by Europe's finest architects, you can follow the footprints of an endless procession of conquerors and cultures. Take in the sea of olives and vineyards along with the olive-green ocean of the Meditteranean. The region's food is the equal of any in Italy and will leave you craving more.

Weather

Boasting warm and mild weather all year round, Puglia really is a dreamy destination. The height of summer can get too hot for some in the midday sun. So if you prefer slightly cooler temperatures, perhaps book spring or autumn dates for a more comfortable ride.

Terrain

Dusty, hilly, and rolling. The roads run beautifully through southern Italy with challenging climbs and fun descents to tackle. Hot summer days really do kick up the dust. Don't forget your glasses and a face covering if you are normally at the back of the peloton!

Culture

Warm and welcoming. Italian hospitality is famous across the globe. Be prepared to be blown away by hearty food and rich flavours, incredible wines, and the all-important family feeling that runs throughout the region. Puglia will leave an imprint on you after your visit.

40.7928° N, 17.1012° E

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Hand Selected Hotels

3-4* Accommodations

Rest and recover from full days on the bike in comfortable hotels throughout the tour. All hotels have been carefully selected to provide maximum comfort keeping in mind location and access for cyclists, complete with bike storage.

A support vehicle will support you for the duration of the trip, transporting your luggage from hotel to hotel. This allows you to fully relax when you get to each location.

Accommodation

Breakfast Included

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

Once you reach the stop for the day, continue the independence of the tour with your evening dining. Choose your own spot for a delicious dinner when you arrive at the next accommodation to wind down from the day’s adventures. (Dinners on days 1 and 7 are included.)

Lunches and cafe stops along the route are at your own expense, as are any alcoholic drinks from the bar or minibar.

Program

Program

Day 1

Arrival in Matera

We meet at your first hotel in enchanting Matera. Join the tour introduction and briefing while enjoying a good glass of local wine.

After getting your bikes ready, you are left to explore this wonderful city, a UNESCO site since 1991, and the 2019 European Capital of Culture. The historic centre of Matera, known as “I Sassi”, is literally carved into the limestone rock. UNESCO has defined Matera as “the most extraordinary and intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem”.

Overnight: Matera
Included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 2

Matera to Alberobello

Distance

75 km

Altitude Gain

620 m

Distance

75 km

Altitude Gain

620 m

Day 3

Alberobello to Manduria

Distance

75 km

Altitude Gain

490 m

Distance

75 km

Altitude Gain

490 m

Day 4

Manduria to Gallipoli

Distance

70 km

Altitude Gain

380 m

Distance

70 km

Altitude Gain

380 m

Day 5

Gallipoli rest day

Day 6

Gallipoli to Santa Cesarea Terme

Distance

90 km

Altitude Gain

820 m

Distance

90 km

Altitude Gain

820 m

Day 7

Santa Cesarea Terme to Lecce

Distance

70 km

Altitude Gain

450 m

Distance

70 km

Altitude Gain

450 m

Day 8

Departure from Lecce

Essentials

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

What’s included in your trip

Breakfast and Accommodation

Standard accommodation is shared with one other person on the tour with ensuite facilities and some meals (breakfast and some dinners)

GPS Tracks Access

Access to tracks of the route 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

Extra

Bike rental

Only €130 for the entire trip

High quality carbon bikes are available for rental from €130 for the tour duration as not always is getting your own gear to another country suitable for you. To make sure you get the maximum from your tour, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of kit.

Tailored to your body size and in perfect technical condition. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. Price includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.

CARBON ROAD BIKE

Fitted to you and in perfect condition

More things to maximise your 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.

What's not included.

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.

Choose when you want to travel

After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

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

Saturday

21 May 2022

Saturday

28 May 2022

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Price

$1,818

Saturday

4 Jun 2022

Saturday

11 Jun 2022

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$1,818

Saturday

18 Jun 2022

Saturday

25 Jun 2022

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$1,818

Saturday

3 Sep 2022

Saturday

10 Sep 2022

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$1,818

Saturday

17 Sep 2022

Saturday

24 Sep 2022

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$1,818

Saturday

1 Oct 2022

Saturday

8 Oct 2022

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$1,818

Saturday

15 Oct 2022

Saturday

22 Oct 2022

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$1,818

Saturday

29 Oct 2022

Saturday

5 Nov 2022

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Price

$1,818