- Cycling through lush landscapes of ancient olive groves and vineyards
- Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello
- Discovering the traditional Trulli houses of Puglia
- Relaxing each evening in comfortable hotels in authentic towns and villages
- Stopping at beautiful, sandy beaches with turquoise seas
- Tasting delicious local products, like extra virgin olive oil and Primitivo wine
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Altamura (transfer approx. 1 hour). A local representative will fit you to your bikes (if hiring) and conduct your welcome meeting. It’s a good chance to ask any questions you may have about the week ahead.
If time allows we recommend exploring the historic centre of Altamura. Highlights of the city include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Sanctuary of Madonna del Buon Cammino. The city is also famous for its bread!
- Meals: Breakfast
Heading out on your bikes this morning you’ll loop round through Murgia, as you cycle through a picturesque landscape of open fields and countryside. You have the option today of a longer or shorter ride depending on whether you would like to spend more time exploring Altamura or Matera. The longer ride will take you to Gravina in Puglia, a city of rock-cut churches and the birthplace of Pope Benedetto XIII. It’s well worth a visit.
If you opt for the shorter route you’ll head directly to Matera via the beautiful San Giuliano lake and nature reserve. Your ride today will end with a climb up to the awe-inspiring Matera, perched on a rocky outcrop. Matera, known as the ‘City of Caves’ is a wonderful place to explore. Take a look at the city agenda for events: the town was the European Capital of Culture in 2019 so lots of things to watch out for!
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll leave Matera following quiet, country roads through glorious Apulian countryside. You’ll follow a rollercoaster route, surrounded by olive trees, as you reach the famous area of the Trulli houses. Look out for authentic houses scattered along the route, as you make your way towards Alberobello: the Trulli capital of the world. The town is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved of its type in Europe. The 1,000 Trulli houses, many of which are still lived in, will transport you to an entirely different world. This evening you can wander around Alberobello and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll follow a circular route, leading you through more distinctive Apulian landscape. The Valle d‘Itria, boasts quiet, country roads and cycle paths, that offer relaxed and varied cycling. Your route will lead you through Putignano and Castellana, where you’ll have the option to visit an impressive underground cave system (payable locally). You’ll once again be spending the night in Alberobello, where you can indulge in some delicious local cuisine, as well as visit the impressive basilica.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll be riding through the historically-rich Murgia area along quiet roads surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and traditional masserie (typical farm houses of Puglia). You’ll pass through the medieval towns of Cisternino and Locorotondo, both of which are worth jumping off your bikes to explore their centres. Cisternino has a spectacular viewpoint, from where you can see the lush Valle d‘Itria.
Your destination for today is Ostuni, where you’ll spend the evening. Known as ‘La Citta Bianca‘, or the White City, Ostuni sits majestically on a hill, offering spectacular views out to the Adriatic. Spend the evening exploring Ostuni’s narrow streets within its protective walls, stopping to admire the Gothic, 15th-century cathedral.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today is a day off the bikes, and we’d recommend visiting Lecce! A short ride will take you to Ostuni train station where you can leave your bikes and board the train (tickets not included). Upon arrival into Lecce, you’ll discover a brilliant city full of wonderful palaces and treasures, that will leave you mesmerised. Lecce is known as the “Florence of the South” with magnificent Baroque churches and squares to be discovered. It also offers a range of wine bars and restaurants, serving up fresh, local produce.
Jumping on the train back to Ostuni, you should have plenty of time to spend another relaxing evening in this beautiful city.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll make your way to the coast! Leaving Ostuni behind, you’ll head for the Adriatic enjoying a mix of countryside and coastal riding. En route you’ll have the opportunity to visit the ancient town of Egnazia the best Roman ruins in the region.
Following the coastline, you’ll arrive in Monopoli, with its charming mix of Norman, Venetian-Byzantine and Arabic architecture. Monopoli is a great place to stop for a spot of lunch, and perhaps take a dip in the crystal-clear Adriatic. From Monopoli it’s about 6 miles/10 kms to your destination, as you ride north-west, until you reach Polignano a Mare. Polignano is a vibrant fishing village perched on cliffs and surrounded by clear blue waters. Visit the statue of Domenico Modugno, enjoy a spritz in the historic town centre, or take one last dip in the warm waters! This is the ideal location to enjoy your last evening in Puglia.
You’ll ride on a mixture of flat and rolling countryside, mainly on quiet country roads. Some roads will have local traffic especially leading into the towns, but generally the roads in Puglia are quiet. Please be aware that some roads in this area are not in a great condition.
Day 2 sees some short, steep climbs and Day 3 will be the toughest, with the longest distance and some cheeky climbs. Although this may be a challenge for a grade 2 rider, the majority of the route is gentle, hence the overall grade 2 rating.
We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour, due to some short sections over gravel / dirt roads, however a road bike would suffice (with some minor diversions).
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day
For those looking for an easy-going route
Mainly on the flat
Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual holiday? If you‘re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these holidays might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available. The season prices below are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2021 26 Mar – 30 Oct (excluding dates from 27 Jun – 27 Aug)
Season 1 – £1025 pp – 08 Apr to 21 Apr, 03 May to 26 Jun, and 28 Aug to 30 Oct
Season 2 – £1135 pp – 26 Mar to 07 Apr and 22 Apr to 02 May
2022 26 Mar – 30 Oct (excluding July and August)
Season 1 – £1145 pp – 26 Mar to 14 Apr, 02 May to 24 Jun, and 04 Sep to 30 Oct
Season 2 – £1295 pp – 15 Apr to 01 May, 25 Jun – 30 Jun, and 01 Sep – 03 Sep.
Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled departures below.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double rooms) in good quality 3* hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) English-speaking local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Bari airport (BRI)
G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Bari airport (BRI)
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Single room (available if required)
D) Travel insurance
E) Meals not stated in the itinerary
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions
I) Train tickets from Ostuni to Lecce (Day 6) payable locally (€6 approx.)
J) Possible city tax to be paid locally in cash (approx €15)
K) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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Linda, DerbyshireThank you!
We have never done anything like this before . What an experience and what a great company to do it with. So supportive.
The bikes were excellent. We have very limited cycling experience but they were good quality bikes , well maintained with excellent panniers and front boxes. We had a really thorough briefing from the man who delivered the bikes. Nothing was left unanswered. We had a puncture on day 2 and had to ring the office for a replacement inner tube. Lady on the phone was English so language wasn’t a problem and she arranged a replacement to be delivered . Comforting to know the system for help worked.
Michael, ReadingVery Good
A well planned route to see all the most attractive areas and old towns in Southern Puglia. We expected a lot and were not disappointed. We will always remember the historic centres, the Trulli House and abundance of wild flowers – more than we have ever seen in Spring anywhere.
All the hotels were located close to historical town village centres where there was always a good choice of restaurants for evening dinner. Breakfasts were always good and staff always helpful. The bikes arrived on time and everything was fully explained. We did not have any troubles with bikes or luggage or anything.