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Italy - Puglia - The Heel of Italy - Self-Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoying the panoramic coastal road between Santa Maria di Leuca and Otranto
  • Admiring the baroque churches of Lecce
  • Exploring he gnarled olive groves in the countryside of Alberobello
  • Enjoying the sights at ‘Alberobello’ famous for the ‘trulli’
  • Visiting 3 UNESCO heritage sites; Lecce, Alberobello and Matera
  • Savouring the deep red wine of the Salento region and the crisp whites of Locorotondo

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival: Bari Airport Non Riding Day    
2 Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto 35 Miles / 55 Kms Approx. 650 Metres Approx. B  
3 Otranto to Lecce 37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx. 300 Metres Approx. B  
4 Visit Lecce Ostuni to Alberobello 25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx. 600 Metres Approx. B  
5 Alberobello loop ride 37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx. 750 Metres Approx. B  
6 Alberobello to Matera 46 Miles / 75 Kms Approx. 650 Metres Approx. B  
7 Matera Loop ride 50 Miles / 80 Kms Approx. 900 Metres Approx. B  
8 Departure: Bari Airport Non Riding Day   B  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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Holiday Information

A self-guided cycling holiday exploring the Apulian region of Italy, located in the southeast of what is commonly known as the Heel of Italy’s Boot, and also its best kept secret!
 
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 route starts in the very southern tip of Puglia, at Santa Maria di Leuca. From here you will head north along the Adriatic Coast to Otranto and to Lecce, the 'Florence of the South', located in the heart of the Salento area. After a visit to the old town of Lecce you will transfer by train to the 'White Town' of Ostuni from where you cycle through ancient olive groves to Cisternino, reaching Alberobello in the evening, a town made famous by its ‘Trulli’ houses. From Alberobello you explore the local countryside passing by Putignano and Monopoli. Your final destination for this week is Matera, just over the border into Basilicata, famous for the 'sassi', a whole town's houses carved out of the soft rock where people have lived for over 9,000 years! 

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Duration: 8 days
Return: 08/01/2050

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Holiday Summary

Duration:
8 days
Prices From:
£1,095
Estimated flight price:
£200

Optional

Bike Hire:
£275
Hotel Upgrade 7 nights:
£220
Hotel Upgrade 7 nights:
£220
Single Room:
£210
Single Room:
£210
Single Room Hotel Upgrade:
£285
Single Room Hotel Upgrade:
£285

Holiday Details

Place to place

7 nights hotels & masserie

6 days riding

Breakfast

Self-guided

Route notes and maps provided

Luggage transfers

Airport transfers

Daily departures

Minimum 2 people

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Last Updated: 27/03/2019