Day 1 – Welcome to the Apulia Bike Tour!
Arrival at Bari airport and independent arrangement to get to Matera by taxi, bus, or train. Matera is one of the most fascinating historic centers of Italy with the ancient town carved out of the rock cliffs, known as the Sassi. Enjoy a walking tour of old Matera with our Micheale and Dora. Welcome cocktail in the afternoon and dinner included at our favourite restaurant in town this night. Our hotel is part of the Sassi and is a renovated building carved into the rock. A beautiful beginning to our tour.
Day 2 – Trulli terrific – explore Alberobello (26 miles/43km)
Enjoy a bike ride through the countryside and into Alberobello, the capital of the trulli houses. These charming round structures with a cone-shaped roof are like fairy tale houses dotting the countryside. In Alberobello they are grouped together and painted white, giving the appearance of champagne bubbles spilling over the hillside. Tonight you will experience the life in the trullo at our farm turned hotel. An enchanting stay.
Day 3 – Loop through ancient olive groves and along the sea (35.34 miles/59 km)
This is a relaxing bike ride towards the sea. Pedal through olive groves outlined with dry stone walls. You’ll bike through Fasano first followed by Savelletri, a quiet fishing village which is a perfect stop for a cappucino or gelato as you overlook the sea! Cycle back inland and to our trulli hotel.
Day 4 – Ostuni: the “white town” on the ocean (28 miles/45,3 km)
Our destination for the day is Ostuni, “the white town.” The buildings here are painted with lime, giving it a lovely contrast to the turquoise sea. A charming town and a good place for a seafood lunch. From here we’ll transfer to Lecce by a private shuttle. Once in Lecce we’ll have an interesting walking tour in town with our local guide. Enjoy strolling along the open plazas and by the Baroque cathedral.
Day 5 – Lecce loop ride and cooking with Chef Gianna (22.14 miles/37 km)
The bike loop today will take us on a peaceful route near the coast. In the afternoon we will experience a wonderful cooking class with our friend Gianna as we go from shopping at the market to cooking in the kitchen to enjoying at the dinner table!
Day 6 – Otranto: The “white city” (18.54 miles/31 km)
A lovely ride along the ocean and onto Otranto, a beautiful town that hovers above the ocean. Originally a Greek city, it is the most prominent location on the coast and therefore became an important Roman port to reach the East. And, because of its location it was a much desired port by other kingdoms. It was a signficant political, cultural, and trading center. The ride will pass through little lovely villages giving you an opportunity to experience the local life and people. Views all along the route!
Day 7 – Beach loop ride (35.82 miles/59,70 km)
The Salento coast is characterized by a variety of landscapes: clear, fine sand beaches and beautiful grottos. Take a break at one of the beaches before biking back through the seaside villages of Porto Badisco and Santa Cesarea, then through the countryside and back to the hotel. Once back in Otranto, consider a visit to the Cathedral of Otranto, a Romanesque-style church, which was consecrated in 1088. It is beautifully adorned with mosaic floors depicting months and zodiacs as well as biblical stories. The Church of San Pietro is adorned with impressive Byzantine frescos. Tonight we celebrate the end of our tour together.
Day 8 – Departure Day
Breakfast and end of the tour.