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Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy tour
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Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycle through UNESCO historic towns, olive groves and past white-coned trulli
  • Ride along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
  • Enjoy fine seafood and wine

Short Description

In the heart of the Mediterranean lies Puglia, a unique landscape sandwiched between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. We explore the very best of this captivating region and begin by cycling through two towns that both possess UNESCO world heritage sites. The region is mainly flat, which lends itself perfectly to the self-guided cycle ahead; filled with spectacular views; beautiful coastline and mouth-watering cuisine.Cycle at your own pace through UNESCO historic Italian villages and idyllic coastline

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Matera

Activities

Cycling Independent

Age Requirement

14

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Itinerary



Land Only

Day 1 Start Matera. Make your own way from Bari or Brindisi to Matera by train or bus

Make your own way from Bari or Brindisi airport to Matera by train (see joining info below).

Day 2 Ride through the historic ‘Sassi’ houses of Matera before heading to the town of Alberobello

On leaving Matera you will pass through what makes this town so special. For millenia, inhabitants of this region have carved dwelling directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called 'Sassi' and are as today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago. From one famous world heritage site to another, heading towards Alberobello, you will pass the famous fairy-tale trulli houses that have also made Alberobello a recognised world heritage site.

Day 3 Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria, past the picturesque fairy-tale Trulli houses to hilltop-town of Ostuni

Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria and one of the prettiest cultural landscapes of the south past more trulli houses to Ostuni - offering breathtaking coastal views. Along the way we pass the famous wine town of Locorotondo, regarded as one of Italy's most beautiful villages. After sampling some of the local sparkling white wine, the route heads to the white city of Ostuni - famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses.

Day 4 Train to Lecce; cycle through the countryside to Gallipoli on the Ionian Coast with its old town situated on a rocky island

In the morning you will take a train transfer with your bike to the the fascinating baroque town of Lecce. From here we cycle deep into the Salentinian countryside before approaching the Ionian coast. Here you will reach beautiful Gallipolli, known as the 'Ionian Pearl' with its old town situated on a rocky island and offering fantastic views both from the north and the south. The town itself has many churches, narrow alleys and was the largest exporter of lamp oil made from olives in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Day 5 Reach the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuca

Today you cycle to the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuca, where the crystal waters of the Ionian and Adriatic seas merge. This village is home to one of the most important lighthouses in Italy and the architectural delights of numerous villas built at the turn of the century. Inhabitants of this area were quite eccentric people who loved the peace and quiet and wanted to enjoy the sea and the town.

Day 6 Follow the south coast of the Adriatic Sea to the ancient town of Otranto

Our route continues along the south coast of the Adriatic sea through charming landscape to the ancient Messapian town of Otranto. The old town is surrounded by a mighty wall containing the impressive Hapsburger Castle. En route to Otranto there is the opportunity to visit the famous Grotta Zinzulusa, the only coastal grotto that is open to the public, and also the thermal baths of Santa Cesarea Terme.

Day 7 Continue along the shoreline through innumerable olive groves to the Baroque city of Lecce

We follow the shoreline through innumerable olive groves to the Baroque metropolis of Lecce. A relaxing way to end the week is at the beach of Torre dell'Orso surrounded by limestone cliffs and with many ancient caves to discover. The final destination is Lecce, the capital of Salento, and as well as being home to over 30 churches and countless palaces, there is an ampitheatre and Roman theatre dating back to Emperor Augustus.

Day 8 End Lecce

Finish your trip in Lecce and make your own way back to the airport for your flight home.

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Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy

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Varied and interesting landscapes

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
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Meals5.0
Every day delivered a new experience and interesting cycling challenge. The
bikes were excellent quality - though at first I was a bit concerned about
the weight of it and the traditional style - but they were robust! No one had
a puncture and given how rough the roads were, that was impressive. The
hotels were all a high standard and in good locations. It was good that it
was B&B as it meant the accommodation was central and left you free to do
your own thing in the evening. The guide notes were good and the yellow
arrows on posts along the route were a reassurance. The route and places we
visited were all very good and certainly on anyone's list for Puglia. Every
cycle was rewarding and we felt we had achieved something every day.
Difficult to pinpoint one moment as the trip offered so many different places
and scenery. The coastal routes were the most interesting and the views
amazing.


N/A it was self guided


Book an extra day at the start in Matera - our friends (who have done this
trip) advised us to do that and it was worth it. Maybe consider staying an
extra night in Lecce at the end - that city had to more to it than we
expected.


The first day was the longest and probably the most difficult. It would have
been better to have that on say day 3 so that people will have got used to
the bikes and gear changes - and to how to interpret the notes. It was hot
and quite a few of us were a bit dehydrated by the end.


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Great way to see the unique landscape and towns of this part of Italy

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
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Meals5.0
There is great variety on this trip with a good combination of towns, beach
and countryside. The architecture is stunning, from baroque churches in
Lecce, to the sassi in Matera, the trulli around Alberobello and the little
squares in villages like Acaya. The beaches vary from tiny, like the ones in
St Caterina or Tricase Porto, to big expanses around Otranto and then the
coves around St Foca - something to suit everyone. The hotels are high
standard with good breakfasts to set you up for the day.
Probably cycling through Riserva Naturale delle Cesine with just the sound of
cicadas and birdsong for company. Although each town you cycle into is more
breathtaking than the last!


N/A as self-guided. But Marco who did the briefing before the trip was very
informative and gave a good overview of what to expect.


Definitely stay a few nights in Matera before you start as there is so much
to see there. A couple of nights in Lecce at the end is a good idea too.
Get on the road early as there is a lot to see every day.


The info provided was great and easy to follow route notes and maps.


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Puglia cycling

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A very well organised trip. A good pace visiting the main sites. All instructions clear and detailed.
Arriving in Matera at start of trip was breathtaking

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Do some research to decide how much time you may want to explore en route each day as there never seemed enough time at the end of the day to explore the overnight destination. Make sure you follow all instructions for the route.

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Puglia cycling

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Very well organised. Lovely scenery and locations. Unfortunately had poor weather the week we were there - but no fault of anyone!
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A fabulous way to see a less travelled part of Italy

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A great tour of some unique and interesting towns, all with something to see and explore.
The cycling was mostly easy and fun on empty roads (in May).
The hotels were all different and of a really good standard, and the food and wine was excellent.
Arriving every day in a completely different and interesting place

Self Guided

The days are easy enough to spend time having lunch on route or go right through to the destination and have more time to explore and eat there. Everything is cheaper than in other parts of Italy but they do close up in the afternoon and some of the potential lunch stops are very small so don't have many options.

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Cycling in Pulia

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Beautiful scenery, comfortable hotels, excellent route maps and written instructions. Very interesting and picturesque stopovers. Loved every minute of the trip we were also very lucky with the weather.
The days we cycled by the clear blue sea.

Self guided but good instructions on how to follow the route.

Take your time to enjoy the views and to get to know your fellow cyclists.

Would happily recommend exodus to my friends and family.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Accomodations

7 nights in comfortable en suite hotels
6 days self-guided, independent cycling with luggage transfers
99% asphalt, 1% unpaved roads
Route follows quiet roads with a few ascents and descents

Age Notes

Min. Age: 14

Additional Information:

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 99% asphalt, 1% unpaved roads
  • Gentle undulations throughout
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14 yrs

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - from GBP150 (compulsory)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers

Meals Included:

Breakfast: * All breakfasts * All accommodation (see accommodation section) * Train ticket from Ostuni to Lecce * Luggage transfers * Maps and route notes * Local bike hire

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