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Your Cycling Holiday in Puglia

Classic | Pedal Through Puglia | Self-Guided

Explore the heel of Italy and one of Europe's most charming destinations by pedal power, hopping between stunning sites and hand-picked boutique hotels.

This lesser-discovered region combines glistening ocean views, authentic Italian towns and lush olive groves, offering a cycling treat! This interesting and eclectic region is steeped in history and has been governed by the Greeks, Romans and Spaniards over the centuries, each leaving their own distinctive mark, from local dialects and flavoursome cuisine to unique architecture. Your cycle tour will take you into a region of stunning, unspoilt beauty.

We love

Riding past and staying in the iconic Trulli houses near Alberobello.

What's included

• Delightful hand-picked hotels
• Delicious evening meals on 3 nights
• High-quality touring bikes as standard
• GPS navigation tracks provided via 'Ride with GPS'
• Personalised bike fitting and detailed briefing
• Luggage transferred between your hotels
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL

Your Cycling Holidays in Puglia

Classic | Pedal Through Puglia | Self-Guided

Day 1 | Arrival in Matera

Upon arrival in Matera, our local representative will fit you to your bikes (if hiring) and conduct your welcome meeting. It’s a good chance to ask any questions you may have about the week ahead. If time allows, we recommend a stroll through the narrow streets and many stairways of the historical “Sassi” Quarter. Matera, known as the ‘City of Caves’ is a wonderful place to explore.

Meals Included: None

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: San Giuliano Lake | Distance: 31 miles (50km)

Heading out on your bikes this morning you’ll loop round through Murgia, as you cycle through a picturesque landscape of open fields and countryside. The ride will take you to the beautiful San Giuliano lake and nature reserve. On your way, a small detour will lead you to The Crypt of the Original Sin. It is located inside a natural cave on the Murgia plateau, near the old Appian Way. Commonly known as “the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian art”, the paintings on the rough walls of the cave were made by just one artist in the 8th century, depicting biblical scenes. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 | Cycle Matera to Alberobello | Distance: 43 miles (70km)

Today you’ll leave Matera following quiet, country roads through glorious Apulian countryside. You’ll follow a rollercoaster route, surrounded by olive trees, as you reach the famous area of the Trulli houses. Look out for authentic houses scattered along the route, as you make your way towards Alberobello: the Trulli capital of the world. The town is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved of its type in Europe. The 1,000 Trulli houses, many of which are still lived in, will transport you to an entirely different world. This evening you can wander around Alberobello before dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Castellana | Distance: 31 miles (50km)

Today you’ll follow a circular route, leading you through more distinctive Apulian landscape. The Valle d‘Itria, boasts quiet, country roads and cycle paths, that offer relaxed and varied cycling. Your route will lead you through Putignano and Castellana, where you’ll have the option to visit an impressive underground cave system (payable locally). You’ll once again be spending the night in Alberobello, where you can indulge in some delicious local cuisine, as well as visit the impressive basilica.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 | Cycle Alberobello to Ostuni | Distance: 31 miles (50km)

Today you’ll be riding through the historically-rich Murgia area along quiet roads surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and traditional masserie (typical farm houses of Puglia). You’ll pass through the medieval towns of Cisternino and Locorotondo, both of which are worth jumping off your bikes to explore their centres. Cisternino has a spectacular viewpoint, from where you can see the lush Valle d‘Itria. Your destination for today is Ostuni, where you’ll spend the evening. Known as ‘La Citta Bianca‘, or the White City, Ostuni sits majestically on a hill, offering spectacular views out to the Adriatic. Spend the evening exploring Ostuni’s narrow streets within its protective walls, stopping to admire the Gothic, 15th-century cathedral.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 | Rest Day

Today is a day off the bikes, and we’d recommend visiting Lecce! A short ride will take you to Ostuni train station where you can leave your bikes and board the train (tickets not included). Upon arrival into Lecce, you’ll discover a brilliant city full of wonderful palaces and treasures, that will leave you mesmerised. Lecce is known as the “Florence of the South” with magnificent Baroque churches and squares to be discovered. It also offers a range of wine bars and restaurants, serving up fresh, local produce. Jumping on the train back to Ostuni, you should have plenty of time to spend another relaxing evening in this beautiful city.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 | Cycle Ostuni to Polignano a Mare | Distance: 32 miles (53km)

Today you’ll make your way to the coast! Leaving Ostuni behind, you’ll head for the Adriatic enjoying a mix of countryside and coastal riding. En route you’ll have the opportunity to visit the ancient town of Egnazia to see the best Roman ruins in the region.

Following the coastline, you’ll arrive in Monopoli, with its charming mix of Norman, Venetian-Byzantine and Arabic architecture. Monopoli is a great place to stop for a spot of lunch, and perhaps take a dip in the crystal-clear Adriatic. From Monopoli it’s about 6 miles/10 kms to your destination, as you ride north-west, until you reach Polignano a Mare. Polignano is a vibrant fishing village perched on cliffs and surrounded by clear blue waters. Visit the statue of Domenico Modugno, enjoy a spritz in the historic town centre, or take one last dip in the warm waters!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 | Departure

Arrivederci Puglia! Time to head to the airport for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Cycling Holidays in Puglia

Classic | Pedal Through Puglia | Self-Guided

Note: These are the recommended hotel options for this tour. Our experts will tailor make your holiday, so please call to discuss your exact requirements and preferences.

  • Palazzo Viceconte, Matera

    4 Star

    A lovely 4-star hotel in the middle of Matera. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and the hotel offers the full suite of services you would expect from a 4-star property. The roof top terrace offers great views of the surroundings and is a great place for a glass of wine on arrival.

  • Charming Trulli, Alberobello

    Charming Guesthouse

    Stay overnight in one of Puglia's iconic trulli. These traditional buildings have been transformed into tastefully renovated lodgings right in the heart of Alberobello.

  • Hotel la Terra, Ostuni

    4 Star

    A charming 4-star hotel in the historical centre of Ostuni, complete with spa facilities and a great restaurant too. Equally suited as a perfect base for exploring the town as it is to switching off, unwinding and finding relaxation.

  • Giovi Relais, Polignano al Mare

    4 Star

    A delightful spa hotel, perfect for cyclists. Rooms here are airy, light and cool - perfect for a good nights sleep on hot summer nights.

Your Cycling Holidays in Puglia

Classic | Pedal Through Puglia | Self-Guided

Tour Only 2021 Prices

Departure Date 2021 Nights Adult Price  
Standard Season 7 £1495 pp Enquire Now
High Season 7 £1645 pp Enquire Now

2021 High Season Dates: 26th March - 7th April & 22nd April - 2nd May departures

Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Please speak to our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7760 for more details.

*Where tour pricing is displayed in your local currency, please note this is for indicative purposes and your final holiday will be confirmed and transacted at the time of booking with our team in Pound Sterling.

Your Cycling Holidays in Puglia

Classic | Pedal Through Puglia | Self-Guided

Your Cycling Holidays in Puglia

Classic | Pedal Through Puglia | Self-Guided

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