Cycle Puglia

Cycle Puglia

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Cycle Puglia

8 Days Starting in Alberobello and ending in Lecce

Visiting: Italy

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

PUG

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 15

Physical rating:

moderate

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Tour Overview

Puglia in south eastern Italy encompasses the heel of Italy's boot and is bordered by the sea on two sides (the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast). The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. This cycle tour delves into this region of scenic beauty, which is still unspoiled and retains a rich cultural legacy. From Alberobello where you can marvel at the traditional Trulli houses, the route follows both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts and spans the distances between ancient cities. Ending in Lecce, often referred to as the Florence of the south, this is an ideal holiday for those seeking the less known pockets of Italy with all the historic highlights. Staying in atmospheric hotels, including a typical Trulli in Alberobello (subject to availability), ensures you gain a full appreciation of this special region.

Highlights

  • Viewing typical trulli in Alberobello and the surrounding countryside

  • Cycling along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts

  • Discovering the ancient cities of Gallipoli and Leece

  • Enjoying the local delicacies including olive oil, fresh vegetables and wine

  • Exploring the Puglia region which is largely unspoiled by tourism

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Alberobello

Alberobello is known for its trulli, which were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. It is situated upon two hills which were once separated by a riverbed. On the eastern hill is the new town, with modern architectural features, and on the western hill, the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola. Both districts are World Heritage sites. On arrival please make your way to your accommodation.
Please note we cannot guarantee you will stay in a Trullo this evening (it's subject to availability). The alternative is a comfortable hotel in walking distance of the main centre.

Day 2 : Cycle Through The Countryside To Ostuni (45Km/28Mi)
Meals Included: B

A fabulous cycle through winding country lanes, past trulli, vineyards and olive groves to Ostuni, an architectural jewel. Crossing the last part of Murge, you will pass through the towns of Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Cisternino before arriving at the white city of Ostuni. The most challenging part is between Locorotondo and Cisternino.
Elevation +460m/1509ft

Day 3 : Cycle To The Manduria Area (60Km/37Mi)
Meals Included: B

The cycle route takes you away from Ostuni and the Murge hills and on to the Salento plain, characterized by green and red colours, given by its olive trees and its red soil. Along the way you will have the chance to visit Oria, with its beautiful historical centre and the castle built by emperor Federico II. Today’s destination is the Manduria area, the capital of the Primitivo grapes.
Elevation +270m/889ft

Day 4 : Cycle To The Ionian Coast And Gallipoli (70Km/43.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

From now on you will head towards the seaside, which will accompany your bike tour between ancient coastal towers and fine sand. You will now reach Porto Cesareo, where we highly recommend a good fish-based lunch. Rolling south, our destination will be the Greek Kale Polis, today’s Gallipoli, with one of the most beautiful historic centres of Salento. Enjoy a stroll in its streets and the views of the sea that surrounds it. Gallipoli is an ancient Greek city, a fishing town divided into two parts: the new town and the old town, connected by a 17th century bridge to the mainland.
Elevation +70m/230ft

Day 5 : Continue Along The Coast To Santa Maria Di Leuca (50Km/31Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today you'll continue cycling along the coast to Santa Maria di Leuca. It is the easiest day of the tour, completely on paved roads and mostly flat with some short ups and downs at the end of the stage. Santa Maria di Leuca was named by ancient Greek sailors: they said it was enlightened by the sun and therefore called it "Leukos", meaning white. Today it is a famous seaside resort and fishing area. There is ample opportunity to swim and relax at the beach in the afternoon.
Elevation +50m/164ft

Day 6 : Cycle Along The Adriatic Coast To Otranto (50Km/31Mi)
Meals Included: B

Another superb day of cycling as you follow the Adriatic coast northwards. The most challenging stretches are a short climb to leave town and a continuous but regular slope after Santa Cesaria Terme. Following the coast road, you'll pass by small towns, impressive grottoes, inlets for swimming and small cafes and soon arrive at Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy. Here you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Elevation +460m/1509ft

Day 7 : Cycle To Lecce Along The Alimini Lakes (55Km/34Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today is an easy stage. Leave lovely Otranto to discover the Alimini Lakes nature reserve, the old hunting ground of the Swabians and the Aragonese. With their unique Mediterranean scrub the area is an important habitat for migratory species such as white storks, flamingoes and cranes. Continue to Lecce which, thanks to its Baroque style, has earned the nickname "Florence of the South". You can appreciate the rich sculpted motifs from the 17th century made with the local stone while exploring its old town, enclosed by what is left of ancient walls.
Elevation +100m/328ft

Day 8 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

The trip concludes after breakfast. Lecce is well connected by train with the airports of Bari and Brindisi, or we can assist with booking extra nights' accommodation if you'd like to linger.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights in mainly 3 star hotels

  • 7 breakfasts - varied buffet breakfasts are served in each hotel

  • 7 nights accommodation in mainly 3 star hotels and a typical trullo in Alberobello (subject to availability) on a twin share basis with private facilities (upgrade to mainly 4 star hotels - supplement applies)

  • Luggage transfers

  • 27 gear bicycle rental with puncture resistant tyres, pannier, gel saddle and helmet (ebike available on request - supplement applies)

  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps and navigational App (can be used offline) with GPS Tracks per room booked (smartphone required)

  • Emergency Hotline

  • Bike insurance against theft and damage

  • 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess

  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps and navigational App (can be used offline) with GPS Tracks (smartphone required)

  • Luggage transfer - 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess

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What's Not Included

  • Travel to Alberobello and from Lecce

  • Local hotel taxes approximately €10-15

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Guide - this is a self guided cycle

  • An arrival transfer from Bari or Brindisi airport to Alberobello is available. A departure transfer from Lecce to Bari or Brindisi is also available. Supplement applies, please ask your consultant for details.

  • A pre-tour extension in Matera is available on request, 1 or 2 nights accommodation with breakfast and transfers: Bari airport to Matera and Matera to Alberobello. Supplement applies, please ask your consultant.

  • We recommend bringing a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed to the handlebar to cycle smoothly following the app

  • A supplement will apply if you book a single room

  • Excess luggage

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Meals not listed as included, drinks

  • Handlebar phone holder – to follow the route more easily using the app / GPX files

  • Local hotel taxes, allow approximately €10-15 - payable directly to the hotel

  • We recommend bringing a handlebar phone holder – to follow the route more easily using the app / GPX files

  • Entrance fees not listed as included

  • Transfers not listed as included

  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage

Grading

This trip involves 6 days cycling with daily distances between 45 and 70km/28 and 43.5mi. The route is mostly in the lowlands, although it is sometimes hilly. You will cycle almost always on asphalt roads. Traffic is almost non-existent in Puglia, except during the high season. The route includes very beautiful stretches along the coast. It requires a reasonable level of fitness to fully participate in this adventure. You need only carry your camera and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Accommodation

7 nights in mainly 3 star hotels
The accommodation chosen is a special feature of the trip. Ranging from an atmospheric trullo in Alberobello (subject to availability) to a cave hotel in Matera (if Matera pre tour option is taken), a seaside hotel in Santa Maria di Leuca with a pool, a historic hotel in Otranto and Ostuni and a modern city hotel in Lecce and Gallipoli*. All accommodation is good quality, with private facilities. Breakfasts are included and are buffet style with a range of food available from breads and cakes to cheese, meats and yoghurts, sometimes cereal and eggs. *accommodation subject to availability. If our first choice is not available a property of equal standard will be used but may not be as described above.

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the pannier provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, mobile phone and water. A small daypack which can be kept inside the pannier is useful for sightseeing.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

J. Flowers(Byron Bay, NSW, Australia)  

Cycle Puglia

31 May 2023

We really enjoyed our cycle Puglia self guided trip. The hotel locations were perfect, scenery fantastic. The route kept us off the main roads. We found finding the starting point each day a little tricky …. But once on the route the app was great. One problem was several areas of road works which required us to navigate detours to get back on route.

N. Burton(Auckland, New Zealand)  

Cycle Puglia

9 Aug 2023

Excellent fun adventure. Well organised and easy to manage using the informative Ride with GPS app.

L. Reaney(Napier, New Zealand)  

Cycle Puglia

20 Jun 2023

We are 4 Kiwis having an adventure and we decided to bike Puglia we had such a great time. Accommodation was great, destinations great, the ride was great, not too challenging for us. We’ve got much bigger hills in NZ it was fab for a holiday and Puglia is a fab destination would recommend to everyone looking for a great ride.

P. Gerstrom(Eastleigh, United Kingdom)  

Cycle Puglia

1 Nov 2022

Excellent organisation, good guidance at start and smooth support during the event.

L. Giddy(Kew, VIC)  

Cycle Puglia

08 Oct 2018

Wonderful trip. Highly recommended

S. Sheridan(Akron, USA)  

Cycle Puglia

13 Jul 2022

Experiencing Puglia by bicycle was wonderful. A much less touristed part of Italy than most other regions, the roads were overall much quieter and the experience more genuine. The bicycle I received worked well, and the agenda and routing for each day was clear. I appreciated the self-guided nature of the trip to allow each of us to go at our preferred pace.

P. Smull(Minnesota, United States)  

Cycle Puglia

4 Jul 2023

Everything went perfectly! They are the best! This was our 2nd self-guided trip with them and it was as smooth as the first! All details went as described. A word of caution, we did this trip in late June and the sun was intense. As someone with northern European skin type, I sustained sun poisoning on my arms even with 2 coatings of sunblock per ride each day. Another caution is that the 5th day was vastly more challenging than all the others due to endless long hill climbs. An electric bike would have made that day more pleasant but not needed for any of the other days. Thirdly, never place your luggage, in the morning, next to a group of other suitcases, assuming it's the correct place. ALWAYS ask at the reception desk where to place your luggage! It was an absolutely remarkable experience!

J. Tabron(Auckland, New Zealand)  

Cycle Puglia

18 Jul 2023

Loved I every minute of this well organised holiday. Top notch!

M. Vickery(Saanichton, Canada)  

Cycle Puglia

3 Oct 2023

We really enjoyed the Puglia cycling. The app provided for directions was excellent and most of the hotels were great with a couple that weren’t 4 stars that we paid for. We really appreciated the thought that went into keeping us safe and where possible off of any busy roads and highways.

M. Hade(Australia)  

Cycle Puglia

3 Oct 2023

All logistical aspects were well covered. Accommodation types were varied but of sound quality. We hired pedal bikes but would recommend e-bikes for Puglia, especially in warmer weather.

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