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

$ 5230

Duration

8 days/7 nights

Start/End

Matera/Otranto

Cycling Ability

Leisure to Active Cyclists

Siciclando Equipment

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2019 Tour Dates

2019 Apulia tours are available! Let us know what dates you have in mind.

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Enjoy easier biking in Italy and a great ride for all biking abilities
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 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.

Pricing

Additional options and fees

Included
  • One English-speaking trip leader
  • Seven nights in double rooms
  • Seven breakfasts and four dinner (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!...