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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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of the tour, you can depose the rental bikes at the last hotel and close it with the lock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This day marks the end of the tour, and you will depart to your onward flight home or plan an extension of your stay.
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.
Daily breakfast is included in the cost of the packages. You will be served breakfast buffet or a full breakfast during the tour.
Please arrive at Lecce, Monopoli, or Alberobello train station.