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Puglia

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

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5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£875 P.P.
Italy

Puglia

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£875 P.P.
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This is a self-guided cycling holiday exploring the Apulian region of Italy, and dipping into Basilicata to discover Matera. Located in the Southeast, in what is commonly known as the heel of Italy's boot, this lesser-discovered region combines glistening ocean views, authentic Italian towns and lush olive groves, offering a cycling treat!
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 cycle tour will take you into a region of stunning, unspoilt beauty. Starting in Altamura, located in the Murgia region and famous for its churches that have been carved out of the limestone rock, your first ride will take you to Matera. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture in 2019, Matera is famous for its Sassi quarter, now a World Heritage Site.  Riding on through ancient olive groves and narrow country lanes, you'll reach Alberobello, a town made up of Trulli houses where you'll stay for two nights.
After exploring this fascinating Trulli region you'll carry on to Ostuni, known as 'La Citta Bianca', thanks to it's pristine, white-washed buildings. Your rest day will offer the opportunity to jump on the train to Lecce, the "Florence of the South", where you'll discover awe-inspiring architecture and vibrant streets filled with wine bars. 
Heading north you'll soon reach the Adriatic coast, enjoying stunning coastal views and exploring the idyllic towns of Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. Your final destination, Polignano a Mare, boasts a charming old town, beautiful beaches and culture to boot, making it the ideal spot to reflect on your week of cycling.
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Holiday Highlights

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Bari Airport - Transfer to Altamura

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!

Day 2
Altamura to Matera
Long 31 Miles / 50 Kms - Short 23 Miles / 37 Kms Approx
  • 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!


Day 3
Matera to Alberobello
43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx
  • 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.

Day 4
Alberobello Loop
29 Miles / 50 Kms Approx
  • 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.

Day 5
Alberobello to Ostuni
29 Miles / 50 Kms Approx
  • 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.

Day 6
Rest Day
Non-Cycling Day
  • 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.

Day 7
Ostuni to Polignano a Mare
33 Miles / 53 Kms Approx
  • 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.

Day 8
Departure from Polignano - Transfer to Bari Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

Arrivederci Puglia! Time to head to the airport for flights home. (Transfer approx. 45 minutes.)

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The Cycling

Terrain

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).

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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2
3
4
5
Grade 2: Gentle

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.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Information

Daily departures available between 1 April and 31 October (excluding start dates between 1 July and 31 August). Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled departures below.

Contact us on +44 (0) 191 265 1110 or email info@skedaddle.com to check availability for your specific date.

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End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
08/05/2021
Return Date
15/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£875.00
Start Date
29/05/2021
Return Date
05/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£875.00
Start Date
25/09/2021
Return Date
02/10/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£875.00
Start Date
02/10/2021
Return Date
09/10/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£875.00
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Duration
8 days
Price
£995.00

Whats Included Tick

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) Pre-loaded GPS unit (one per group)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Bari airport (BRI)

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Bari airport (BRI)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (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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The Essentials

Travel Options

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday.

For this tour we ask that you fly into and back from Bari airport (BRI). Please arrive between 09.00 and 16.00 and depart between 10.45 and 19.00.

For those flying from the UK there are regular flights from London Gatwick with British Airways or flights with Ryanair from Liverpool.

If you are joining one of our scheduled departures (see Departures and Prices) you’ll need to arrive into Bari airport before 10.40. At the end of the tour, we will transfer you to Bari airport, with an estimated arrival time of 09.00.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your transfers.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in centrally-located, comfortable 3 and 4* hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses all with en suite facilities, which have been carefully selected for their location, cuisine and service.

We also have an upgrade option available, which will see you staying in 4* hotels that are often located in the historic centre of town. This option will still include at least one stay in a high-quality guesthouse. Please select this option at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically Specialized Crosstrail Sport hybrid bikes (or equivalent). We can provide a helmet locally on request, please let us know if you’d like to hire when you make your booking.

Hire bikes will be provided with a pannier rack and 1 bag, a tool kit, a spare inner tube, a bike lock, a bike pump and a KM counter.

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