Puglia

Hotel & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Italy

Why we love this tour

"We loved the mix of cultural towns in the first half of the tour and the coastal cycling at end of the week. We recommend taking an extra night to explore the amazing cultural cave town of Matera. "

Greek villages, Roman roads and dry-stone huts

Glistening grottos, sparkling seas, sandy beaches & limestone cliffs

Intricate architecture in Lecce and Otranto’s Romanesque cathedral

Cycling through sun-drenched olive groves

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
205miles/330km
Level
Easy to Moderate
Standard
Superior, Comfort
Departs
Sat, Fri
Runs
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct
Code
IT046
Fly to
Bari
Good for
Coasts and Islands, Foodies
Return
Bari

Discover the ancient silver olive groves, hilltop towns and unique coastal villages of south east Italy, a region that extends into the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. Tour the countryside on quiet roads, stopping off at historic towns to try the famous local fare or taking a break on long sandy beaches backed by limestone cliffs.

A region rich in culture, the Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Bourbons all left their mark in Puglia but it's the Greek and quirky local influences that are strongest – expect white washed towns and hobbit-style huts, called 'Trulli'. Cycling through rich vine growing regions, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try some of Italy’s best wines. Towards the end of the tour, soothe your muscles in the thermal spa near Otranto and look forward to the intricate and breathtaking architecture of Lecce.

Read about Head of Freedom Treks, Catherine's time cycling this tour in her blog post. If you are looking for a shorter version of this tour, take a look at our Puglia Short Break tour.

Accommodation

Category A

We use a pool of 3 and 4 star hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

A mix of 3 and 4-star hotels and sometimes in Alberobello a "trullo" hotel

Breakfast included

Secure bike storage

Luggage transferred each day

Category B

We use a pool of 3 star hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

A pool of 3 star hotels and sometimes in Alberobello a "trullo" hotel

Breakfast included

Secure bike storage

Luggage transferred each day

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation in a choice of Category A (3 & 4 star hotels) or Category B (3 star hotels) - sometimes in Alberbello in a "trullo" hotel

Board Basis: Bed and breakfast

Luggage transportation

Electronic maps, route information & GPS tracks

Bike handover (if renting bikes) 

Local contact number for assistance

Train from Ostuni - Lecce 

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Cycle helmets

Tourist taxes (approx €10-15)

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. The bikes are also equipped with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres. One repair kit per room is provided and includes a spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tyre levers. 

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

£73

E-Bike

£166

Extras

(Extra night prices are per room)

Extra Nights

Matera: Double room (B&B) - Category A & B
£148
Matera: Single room (B&B) - Category A & B
£103
Lecce: Double room (B&B) - Category A & B
£118
Lecce: Single room (B&B) - Category A & B
£89

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire

£16

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Bari then take the train from Bari airport to Bari Centrale (14 minutes) then change trains to go to Matera (90 minutes). You will need to change stations in Bari, however the FAL train station (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane) in Bari is located next door (immediately to the left). 

How do I get back?

Take the train (Trenitalia) from Lecce to your return airport. Fly from Bari or Brindisi.

What is an ‘Easy to Moderate’ cycle holiday?

Some days will be flat, other days will have some modest hills. Easy to Moderate cycling holidays are suitable for most ages and degrees of fitness. We recommend that you have some previous cycling experience.

We are always on hand to offer advice, as we have cycled this tour please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

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