8 Days Self-Guided Cycling Tour in Puglia, Italy

Road Cycling Holiday Italy

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Discover the southeast end of Italy. On this bicycle tour, you will not only experience the unique countryside between the Adriatic and the Ionic Seas, but also the friendliness and hospitality of the southern Italians. The countryside is rich in culture. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Habsburger, and the Bourbons have all left their mark in the region.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Mostly paved, mostly flat
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 190 miles / 307 kilometers
  • E-bike: Available for rent at 190 EUR
  • Road bike: Available for rent at 85 EUR

Highlights

  • Self-guided cycling rides
  • Fantastic views and breathtaking landscapes
  • Exploration of scenic and historical nearby areas
  • Cycling on the well-planned routes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be provided seven nights of accommodation in three-star and four-star hotels or at the Agritourist farm in a room with bath, shower, and WC. FUNActive Tours carefully choose all the hotels and guesthouses, mainly three-star establishments. All rooms are with shower or tub bath and toilet. As you will only ever stay one night in any hotel, some changes may occur. In this case, you will be told about it upon arrival.

FUNActive Tours Italy Cycling Holiday Program

Characteristics of the route

Easy touring, and apart from a few slight ascents and descents along the route, most of this tour is along flat, tarred roads. As you are travelling out of the main season, most of the roads are mainly free of traffic. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

As far as possible, FUNActive Tours use bike paths. If there are no bicycle paths, they use quiet side roads. In some exceptions, and only when really necessary, they use busier roads. You can also encounter more traffic when going into and leaving a town. Please comply with the traffic regulations.

Bike information

All rental bikes are 21-speed freewheel tour bikes especially built for tours (ladies’ or men’s bike). A limited number of seven speed bikes with back pedalling brakes (only unisex bikes) is available on request for some tours. The bikes will be handed at the starting hotel. Please state your height when booking the tour.

Equipment

  • A high-quality saddle bag: This waterproof rear pannier has a roll closure that allows you to customize the size of the bag and seal it so that it is watertight. Thanks to the symmetrical construction, it can be mounted on either the left or the right side (per bike).
  • A handlebar bag: This waterproof handlebar bag is ideal for storing everything you want to keep an eye on, and might need at a moment's notice. Practical details: detachable map compartment, Klickfix attachment, and shoulder strap (per room).
  • Repair kit and inner tube (per room)
  • Pump (per room)
  • Bicycle computer: easy-to –use bicycle computer which keeps track of average speed, distance, time (per room)
  • Bicycle lock (per room)

At the end of the tour, you can depose the rental bikes at the last hotel and close it with the lock.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Alberobello

You will arrive at your hotel in Alberobello. This small town in the province of Bari is famous for Trulli stone constructions. The Trulli of Alberobello are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites list since 1996.

Day 2: Alberobello to Ostuni (approximately 35 kilometers / 22 miles)

Enjoy a tour through the Valle d‘Itria, one of the prettiest cultural landscapes of the south, with a stop in the famous vineyards in Locorotondo to taste some of the local wine. The next stop is Ostuni, the “white town”, offering breath-taking views of the sea. A longer variant over Martina Franca is possible at approximately 45 kilometers.

Day 3: Ostuni to Avetrana (approximately 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

From Ostuni, you will continue through olive groves, wine-growing areas, and fruit crops to Avetrana, a historic small town on the Via Appia. This ancient Roman road led once from Rome via Taranto and Oria to Brindisi. Today, there are preserved parts of the ancient cobbled paths as Via Appia Antica.

Day 4: Avetrana to Gallipoli (approximately 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

You will leave Avetrana to reach the sea in the shortest possible time. After a short ride to Torre Colimena, you will continue along the coastal highway with its numerous defense towers to Porto Cesareo. Along the Ionic coast, you will carry on to Gallipoli. This Greek kale polis (beautiful town) awaits you on the Ionic Sea.

The old Gallipoli is situated at the end of what seems to be an impregnable rocky island that stretches far out into the sea. There is a fantastic view both from the north and the south. The town itself has many churches, lanes, and interesting museums, and you can watch the fishermen at work. The town was the largest exporter of lamp oil made from olives in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Day 5: Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca (approximately 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

On this day, you will reach the southernmost point of Salento andz at the same time the watershed to the Ionic Sea at Santa Maria di Leuca. The town is well known for its church and pilgrimages.

At the turn of the century, many opulent villas were built and their fantastic and sometimes absurd forms are now an absolute architectural highlight. The people who lived here were eccentric people who loved the peace and quiet and wanted to enjoy the sea and the town.

Day 6: Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto (approximately 52 kilometers / 32 miles)

The tour takes you along the south coast of the Adriatic Sea, and up to the Messapian town of Otranto, one of the nuggets in the charming landscape. The old part of the town is surrounded by a mighty wall and contains the impressive Habsburger Castle. On the way to Otranto, you have the chance to visit the famous Grotta Zinzulusa, the only coastal “grotta” open to the public.

The Santa Cesarea Thermal Spa is well known for its hydrotherapeutic cures and radioactive mud therapy and is well worth a visit.

Day 7: Otranto to Lecce (approximately 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

You will carry on along the coast through innumerable olive orchards to Lecce. If you want to stop on the way, the best place is at Torre dell’Orso beach, which is surrounded by limestone cliffs. Lecce, the capital of Salento, is a town with lots of appeal mainly due to its buildings and churches.

The cities of Naples and Lecce are the Baroque metropolises of the south. There are over 30 churches and innumerable palaces. Do not forget to visit the amphitheater and the Roman theater, both built under Kaiser Augustus.

Day 8: Departure

This day marks the end of the tour, and you will depart to your onward flight home or plan an extension of your stay.

Location

This cycling tour will be held in Italy, and it will cover places including Alberobello, Bari, Valle d‘Itria, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Martina Franca, Avetrana, Via Appia, Torre Colimena, Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli, Salento, Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto, and Lecce.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the cost of the packages. You will be served breakfast buffet or a full breakfast during the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Have a stopover at the famous vineyards in Locorotondo and taste some of the local wine
  • Visit the Santa Cesarea Thermal Spa
  • Explore the Torre dell’Orso beach
  • Visit the amphitheater and the Roman theater

What's included

  • All cycling tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places of interest, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for during the entire tour

What's not included

  • Extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All items not expressly mentioned under inclusions

How to get there

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Lecce, Monopoli, or Alberobello train station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • May 1 to June 2, June 25 to August 25, and September 10 to December 31

 

High season

 

  • June 3 to June 24 and August 26 to September 9

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