Day 1 – Welcome to Matera!
Arrival in Matera with time on your own. In the afternoon, join us for a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sassi cave dwellings and churches.
Day 2: The Bradano river valley and the Via Appia (37.6 miles/62.7 km)
Today we leave Matera to reach an authentic agriturismo, farm hotel. After a picturesque stretch along San Giuliano Lake, an oasis for fauna and a resting place for migratory birds coming from Africa, we will enter the Lucanian countryside.
Day 3: Thick forests and stone villages (30.5 miles/50.8 km)
Today we enter the heart of the tour. We will approach the mountainous heart of Lucania, reaching the Park of the Little Dolomites of Lucane. We will see what remains of the ancient thick oak forests which were so abundant centuries ago.
Day 4 – Pietrapertosa loop (31 miles/51.6 km)
A loop ride that is challenging but rich in panoramic views as you climb to the picturesque town of Pietrapertosa. Then an awe-inspiring route through the dense oak forests.
Day 5 – Accettura and the calanque hills (47.5 miles/79.2 km)
Our route takes us from the thick forests around Accettura to the arid landscape of the calanques, a fascinating landscape with hills created by erosion of the cream-colored soil.
Day 6 – Journey through the Pollino National Park (51 miles/85 km)
Today’s trip will take us to the Pollino National Park. We will first cross the arid region of the calanques, its harsh beauty will make a strong impression. After a brief stop at the oldest Marianist sanctuary in the region, Santa Maria d’Anglona, we will enjoy a long stretch over rolling terrain that will take us to the lovely town of Terranova del Pollino.
Day 7 – Pollino Park and Viggianello (29 miles/48.3 km)
Immersed in the lush Pollino Park, we will reach the town of Viggianello. A stretch which is initially challenging and then softens into a wonderful winding decline. We will pass through an amazing variety of landscapes before we reach our destination.
Day 8 – Maratea (48.2 miles/80.4km)
A long beautiful ride as we head to Maratea along the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will bike over rolling terrain, with more emphasis on the downhill.
Day 9 – Departure Day
Departure with pre-arranged transfers (if included in the tour package). Ciao!
Actual tour itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen circumstances.