Italy - Puglia - Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday
- Cycling through wonderful landscapes of ancient olive groves, vineyards and stunning coastlines
- Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello and the Baroque city of Lecce
- Discovering the traditional Trulli houses of Puglia
- Relaxing each night in comfortable 3 and 4* hotels in authentic Apulian towns and villages
- Stopping at beautiful sandy beaches with turquoise seas
- Tasting delicious Apulian produce, like orecchiette and extra virgin olive oil
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|1||Arrival into Bari Airport - Transfer to Lecce|
|2||Lecce to Otranto||34 Miles / 54 Kms Approx.||B L|
|3||Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca||35 Miles / 57 Kms Approx.||B L|
|4||Santa Maria di Leuca to Gallipoli||33 Miles / 53 Kms Approx.||B L|
|5||Gallipoli to Lecce (Train to Ostuni)||33 Miles / 53 Kms Approx.||B L|
|6||Ostuni to Alberobello||26 Miles / 42 Kms Approx.||B L|
|7||Alberobello to Polignano a Mare||30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.||B L|
|8||Departure from Polignano - Transfer to Bari Airport||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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A guided cycling holiday exploring the Apulian region of Italy, located in the Southeast, known as the heel of Italy’s boot. The region is steeped in history, governed by the Greeks, Romans and Spaniards, each leaving their own mark. It’s a heady concoction of rich culture, delicious local produce and stunning coastline, and there’s no better way to explore Italy’s best-kept secret than by bike!
Our trip begins in the prestigious city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” and the capital of the Salento region. We’ll discover awe-inspiring architecture and traditional restaurants, as we wind our way through the city. The route from here will take us along the Adriatic coast and the heel of Italy, as we explore Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca, and take in incredible views from our coastal route. Gently looping back up north along the Ionian coast, we’ll head to Gallipoli, a popular fishing port and beach destination on the Salento peninsula.
In the second part of the week, we’ll leave the Salento region, making our way through the glorious Valle d’Itria. Our first stop will be Ostuni, the White City, renowned for its dazzling white-washed buildings. Our route will then take us cross country, as we pedal through ancient olive groves and rustic hilltop villages, on country lanes that are scattered with traditional Trulli houses. We’ll soon arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello, a town made up of these Trulli houses, where we’ll spend an evening. Our ride will finish in the beautiful town of Polignano a Mare, perched on limestone cliffs, with panoramic views of the Adriatic.
We'll be exploring on touring bikes, through a mixture of flat and rolling countryside, mainly on quiet country roads with coastal views.
For more information download our trip notes
It was hard to pick out a favourite day or place as everywhere had something to offer, but the countryside after leaving Gallipoli was just how I imagine Italy and I have never seen anywhere quite like Alberobello – the Trulli town is truly amazing!
I would also like to compliment our local guides – not just for keeping us together, keeping us safe and keeping us fed and watered throughout, but for their good humour, knowledge and evident love of their region that shone through and helped make it a very enjoyable week.
Tom, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Every day was fantastic!!
The cycling was excellent – I just loved the varied scenery. Everything was organised to the last detail with wonderful personal service from the team at Saddle Skedaddle.
I felt very looked after and Tour Leader Alastair was always one step ahead. Saddle Skedaddle are brilliant – I really feel I know the team and have every confidence in them.
A big thumbs-up from me!
I had a really great time, and I’d definitely recommend (in fact already have!) the tour to others. Alastair was fantastic, so helpful and enthusiastic, and very good at managing the different requirements of the group. Everything felt very well organised, which was great for someone like me, who had never done a cycling holiday before, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Things like your pre-tour phone call checking to see if I had any questions (even though I didn’t!) were much appreciated too.
An excellent holiday!
Our 3 support staff were all very good. Accommodation was clean and comfortable with good sized rooms which were well furnished.
Very difficult to pick a favourite day… all days had something special. Already contemplating Sardinia next spring!
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7 nights hotel accommodation
6 days riding
Breakfast and lunch
Guided with vehicle support
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