Bike / Matera

Cycling in Matera and Puglia

Highlights

An EASY tour through the heel of the boot-shaped Italy. From Basilicata  with round trips starting from Sassi of Matera and the park of Rupestrian Churches, you will head on to the Apulian land.

Cycling through the Murge plateau (a territory that encloses an astonishing variety of landscapes: caves, sanctuaries, defensive strongholds, churches and rock settlements, small towns and big cities), you will stay in the Itria valley, characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand.

In the last days you will head south to the Salento. Sun, sea, wind. Nature strikes in the first place, when one gets to this land stretch in balance between two seas. The cities and inland towns expressions of the unique Lecce Baroque with Messapi and Salento Grecìa can still be seen. Its language, songs and feasts still show the culture of Magna Graecia.

Itinerary

Day 1 -  Welcome to Basilicata

Day 2 - Matera to Altamura loop

Day 3 - From Matera to Alberobello

Day 4 - Alberobello, Cisternino / Castellana Grotte loop

Day 5 - Ostuni "the White"

Day 6 - Far East

Day 7 - Otranto - Porto Badisco - S. Cesarea - Otranto loop

Day 8 - Breakfast and end of services.

 

Details

Day 1 - Welcome to Basilicata

Independent arrival to Matera and get settlend in at your hotel.
Upon request: guided walking visit of the Sassi (ancient Matera districts) and the Park of Rupestrian Churches.
Dinner (on your own) in a typical Sassi restaurant carved out in the Rock. Overnight stay.

Day 2 - Matera to Altamura loop

Cross the Murgia plateau to reach the town of Altamura, which is famous for its splendid cathedral and bread. Dont't miss a ride through the streets in the historical centre, beneath the cathedral bell-tower and taste some fresh focaccia baked in an old wood-burning oven. Back to Matera in time for a coffee or a "gelato" in one of the Baroque squares.
Distance: 59 km.
Level: rolling hills with short climbs.

Day 3 - from Matera to Alberobello

You will pass trough the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, the capital town of Trulloes and a UNUESCO's world heritage site. Accommodation in a Trullo house or a restored farmhouse. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Distance: about Km 69.
Level: Hilly route on stretches that are almost flat with brief climbs.

Day 4 - Alberobello, Cisternino / Castellana Grotte loop

Departure in the direction of the Itria Valley, a carsic depression filled with thousands of olive trees. You will pass through Cisternino, one of the whitewashed villages in the valley. A climb over the hill dominating the Itria Valley, will bring you to Castellana Grotte to discover a big karstic caves. Back to Alberobello and overnight stay.
Distance: about 40 Km.
Level: Easy.

Day 5 - Ostuni "the white"

Cycling trough the Selva (forest) near Fasano, you follow the Adriatic coast and reach Ostuni, which is reputed an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as "the white town" for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Get situated at your Hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Distance: about 45 km.
Level: Easy

Day 6 - Far East

A transfer with our van will take you to Lecce, the Baroque town with wonderful facade of buildings and churches. After tasting a puccia (local bread filled with salami or vegetables) or a pasticciotto (delicious pastry), you start pedalling towards Otranto following the coastal route.
Get situated at your Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Distance: about 45 km.
Level: Easy

Day 7 - Otranto - Porto Badisco - S. Cesarea - Otranto loop

Otranto has a wonderful centre with walls and a castle. A masterpiece is the mysterious mosaic, in the Romanesque Cathedral.
The route will take you to the wildest and eastern rocky coast of Southern Italy. The sun and the atmosphere is unique in a place where Turkish and Greeks landed centuries ago. Dinner on your own. Back to you hotel and overnight stay.
Distance: about 45 km.
Level: Easy.

Day 8

Breakfast and end of services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's included

  • 7 nights in double rooms with breakfast
  • luggage transfer
  • technical and emergency assistance
  • road book

What's not included

  • tips
  • medical/luggage insurance
  • drinks
  • lunches and dinners
  • entrance fees
  • city taxes
  • personal extras
  • everything else which does not come under the heading "the fee includes"

Supplements

  • half board: upon request (7 dinners, drinks excluded)
  • single room € 170.00
  • hybrid bike rental with 24/27 speed (Shimano Alivio/Deore gear) with rear pack frames and side bags € 75.00 (6 days)
  • e-bikes and road bikes € 150.00 (6 days)
  • transfer from Bari apt to Matera € 35.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
  • transfer from Otranto to Bari apt € 100.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
Persons
Price per person
3 - 4 pax
€ 950,00
5 - 6 pax
€ 850,00
7 - 8 pax
€ 805,00

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