Day 1 – Welcome to the Apulia Tour!
Even if this is the Apulia tour, we begin in nearby Matera, in the region of Basilicata. It is one of the most fascinating historic centers of Italy with the ancient town carved out of the rock cliffs, known as the Sassi. Discover its mystery on a relaxing walking tour with our local guide to discover the town and its history. Later in the afternoon we’ll go to a favorite restaurant for dinner.
Day 2 – From Matera to Gioia del Colle (25 miles/40km)
Our first day on the bikes will take us on an enjoyable ride to Gioia del Colle, literally meaning Joy of the Hill. From Gioia del Colle we will transfer by bus to a comfortable country hotel near Fasano. Dinner is together tonight!
Day 3 – Fasano loop, Trulloes and Itria Valley (35 miles/56 km)
Today we’ll ride the only real climb of the tour; it allows us a beautiful view of this spectacular countryside. Along this loop we’ll stop in Alberobello, one of the most famous places of Italy, highlighting the magical trulli architecture known only to this region. Enjoy lunch on your own in a local cafe. As you continue biking to our hotel, consider a stop in Fasano for a gelato!
Day 4 – Fasano to Ostuni and private transfer to Lecce (19 miles/30 km)
Get ready for a lovely ride through fields of old olive trees lined by stone walls. Our destination for the day is Ostuni, “the white town” overlooking the sea. So called because of the houses and buildings all painted with white lime. It is a charming town. 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. You will enjoy strolling along the open plazas and by the baroque cathedral of this town.
Day 5 – Lecce bike loop (31 miles/50 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 – From Lecce to Otranto (30 miles/48 km)
Our route will take us deeper in the Salento area, which is the most easterly part of Apulia. Then on to Otranto, a beautiful town that hovers above the ocean and is located about 30 km from Lecce. It was first a colony of the Magna Graecia and then a Roman municipality. It was the political, cultural and trading center of Salento, known as the “Terra d’Otranto”. The ride will pass through little lovely villages giving you an opportunity to experience the local life and people. As we get closer to our hotel, you may want to stop along the walkways overlooking the ocean…another good stop for a gelato.
Day 7 – Loop ride: Otranto – Porto Badisco –S. Cesarea – Otranto (27 miles/43 km)
The Salento coast is characterized by a variety of landscapes: the clear, fine sand beaches of Santa Cesarea seafront and the beauty of the grottos. We will stop in Catro Marina for a swim and lunch. Bike back to Otranto where we will all meet for dinner.
Day 8 – Departure Day
End of the tour.
Actual tour itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen circumstances.