Italy - Puglia - The Beautiful South - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Enjoying the panoramic coastal road between Santa Maria di Leuca and Otranto
- Admiring the baroque style churches of Lecce
- Exploring the gnarled olive groves in the countryside around 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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|1||Arrival: Bari Airport||Non Riding Day|
|2||Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto||34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.||650 Metres approx.||B L|
|3||Otranto to Lecce||37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.||300 Metres Approx.||B L|
|4||Visit Lecce Ostuni to Alberobello||25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.||600 Metres Approx.||B|
|5||Alberobello Loop Ride||40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.||750 Metres Approx.||B L|
|6||Alberobello to Matera||46 Miles / 75 Kms Approx.||650 Metres Approx.||B L|
|7||Matera Loop Ride||56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.||900 Metres Approx.||B L|
|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
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
Great end of season treat...
This was our second Skedaddle holiday this year, and a great end of season treat. Circular trip to Monopoli was my favourite day, and all guides were superb, working as a team and sharing responsibility. Wally is a great team leader.
Peter, North Yorkshire, UK
This definitely won’t be our last trip with Skedaddle!
We just want to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Puglia cycling, it was everything we had hoped for and more. The countryside, scenery and most of all the weather were all fabulous! The rest of the group were great people and the leaders Antonio, Wally and Christina who later joined us were all brilliant, they knew exactly where we were going (no wrong turns!), were super helpful and booked great restaurants in the evenings! We were the newbies on the trip, everyone else were repeat customers, but this definitely won’t be our last trip with Skedaddle! So pass on our thanks and regards to everyone concerned.
Elaine and Phil, Northumberland, UK
An excellent holiday!...
An excellent holiday with the Matera Loop Ride standing out in particular as a favourite. Tour leader Wally was very supportive in every respect. Particularly appreciated was the sorting-out of restaurants, dinner menus, ordering, and what payment for each person was. I took my own bike but Antonio, one of our guides, was excellent in identifying and remedying a small mechanical glitch.
Gerard, London, UK
Our week in Puglia with Saddle Skedaddle was fabulous!
Our week in Puglia with Saddle Skedaddle was fabulous. The guides were exceptional, very attentive and fun to be around. I will certainly look to use Saddle Skedaddle again. My favourite was day 3 – Alberobello to Matera – stunning scenery, lovely country roads and some challenging rides!
Our accommodation in Matera was exceptional – despite our group being in two hotels, they were very close and of equal quality. The rooms were fabulous, the hosts friendly and helpful. Our tour guides made excellent recommendations for our dinner locations and provided us with delicious and fresh lunches and snacks that were just perfect for each day! The bikes were fantastic and the guides did an excellent job of making small repairs, adjusting fittings, breaks and gears in a timely fashion. I would definitely recommend renting bikes vs all the effort/hassle to travel with ones own cycle.
Our tour leader worked tirelessly, helping us with our luggage, with hotel check ins, preparing for each days rides and ensuring the safety of our group at all times. She was fun to be around, made time for each of us and was a true professional and accomplished cyclist! She was flexible with the schedule and adapted it to suit the needs of our group. Our other guide was also exceptional – working around the clock to ensure we were all taken care of and safe. He helped with the luggage, hotel check in and departure, cycle checks and repairs, preparing for each days rides and also ensure ensuring the safety of our group at all times. I would absolutely recommend Skedaddle to a friend and we are already looking at a family holiday this summer with Saddle Skedaddle!
As seen in the press...
One of the best ways to see a country is on two wheels and now you can explore Italy’s heel — the beautiful Apulian region — on an eight-day, guided road-cycling holiday with Saddle Skedaddle. You’ll trundle through medieval towns such as Locorotondo and Alberobello (seeing the latter’s cute trulli houses along the way), and take high coastal clifftop routes that offer striking views over the Adriatic. The tour ends in the charming and unusual cave town of Matera, one of this year’s capitals of culture.
Metro (2019), The Hot List: Rafa’s resort and cycling sights
Many thanks to the Skedaddle team for their guidance along the way, their good humor, their safety consciousness, their local knowledge, their knowledge of bikes, their fitness, their patience and their care. Probably the best skedaddle team I have cycled with in the last 4 years.
Rick, Cambridge, UK
Really enjoyed the trip.
I really enjoyed the trip and loved the Trulli and Sassi experience. The bike I used was excellent – as requested and well maintained. The guides were all passionate about Puglia. Really nice people with a kind, helpful and positive nature. They really gave the trip a local flavour!
Peter, Cambridge, UK
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