Amazing Apulia!

Enchanting villages & landscapes

Amazing architecture. Ancient olive groves. Seaside villages.

A truly wonderful cycling vacation. Gentler landscapes make way for the discovery of ancient lifestyles – magical stories take the form of homes and villages, transporting you to another world. Take advantage of the slower pace along golden fields, olive groves, and coastal towns. Discover a wonderful combination of peasant breads and traditional cooking along with fresh seafood.  A beautiful pace. A beautiful place. A beautiful Italian bike tour! 

Enjoy an article by Margo Goodhand, Editor of the Edmonton Journal, sharing her Siciclando experience in Apulia.

2012_Apulia

General Info

Price

$ 4660

Duration

8 days/7 nights

Start/End

Matera/Otranto

Cycling Ability

Leisure to Active Cyclists

Siciclando Equipment

Choose Your Bike!

2017 Tour Dates

April 22

CONFIRMED – FULL

May 20

Open/awaiting reservations

September 25

CONFIRMED – FULL

September 27

Open/awaiting reservations

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Enjoy easier biking in Italy and a great ride for all bike levels
Discover beautiful Matera and the ancient sassi cave dwellings
Fantastic regional breads, including focaccia, and also buttery, fresh mozzarella cheese
Explore the white ocean-side villages of Otranto and Ostuni
Learn to make fresh pasta with our friends Gianna and Giorgio.
See the sweet trulli houses of Alberobello and the region

Amazing Apulia

Itinerary

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.

Ciao!

Actual tour itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen circumstances.

Pricing

Additional options and fees

Included
  • One English-speaking trip leader
  • Seven nights in double rooms, six nights in a 3 star hotel and one night in a 4 star hotel
  • Seven breakfasts and four dinner (D1, D2, D5, D7)
  • Guided tour of Matera
  • Guided tour of Lecce
  • 1 Cooking class
  • Baggage transportation between hotels
  • Detailed route information and maps
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Van support
Not included
  • Admission to museums and archaeological sites
  • Tickets for trains or any public transportation
  • Wine or beverages
  • Airfare
  • Transfers to the starting point or from the finishing point unless specified; we can assist you in planning and arranging for any necessary shuttles
  • Transport of bike case (for guests who bring their own bike)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, personal supplies, phone calls, etc.)
  • Gratuity
Testimonials

“The trip was more than we expected in every way. Thanks to Dario and the group for a wonderful and memorable holiday! I really enjoyed that it was perhaps more “low key” than some competitors, but feel we may have had a more genuine and rich experience and better value for the cost. I don’t feel we compromised on anything.”

Harold F

 

“Siciclando is the only way to see the magic and beauty that Southern Italy offers. It’s the difference between being a tourist and becoming a traveler.”

Kendra F

 

Hotels

Siciclando carefully chooses every aspect of a tour, including the accommodations.

Our choices are based on comfort and quality. We often choose hotels that are family-owned and operated because they provide a richer experience and because it is important to us to support the efforts of these individuals. We have developed relationships with many wonderful hotel operators. Here is a sample of the hotels on this tour for the “guided” version (please, ask us the hotel list for the “self guided” version which, due to the logistic, may be different).

Tour accommodations will be based on availability and the time of year. Once you have made your final payment for the tour, we will send you a confirmation letter that includes daily accommodations and contact information.

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Meet The Team!
Dario CarzanCompany FounderDario is the master of tiramisu and the visionary behind Siciclando. H...
Giuseppe CrinòCompany FounderGiuseppe loves to bike and he is responsible for our custom tours &...
Ilaria PontonioTour Leader, Tour Designer, Tour Operator LiasonIlaria brings Italy to life on our tours. She has a magic touch!...