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Italy - Puglia - Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling through wonderful landscapes of ancient olive groves, vineyards and stunning coastlines
  • Exploring the UNESCO heritage town of Alberobello and the Baroque city of Lecce
  • Discovering the traditional Trulli houses of Puglia
  • Relaxing each night in comfortable 3* hotels in authentic country towns and villages
  • Beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise seas
  • Meeting friendly locals and tasting traditional Apulian culinary specialities

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Arrival into Bari Airport - Transfer to Altamura    
2 Altamura to Matera Long 31 Miles / 50 Kms - Short 23 Miles / 37 Kms Approx B  
3 Matera to Alberobello 43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx B  
4 Alberobello Loop 29 Miles / 50 Kms Approx B  
5 Alberobello to Ostuni 29 Miles / 50 Kms Approx B  
6 Rest Day Non-Cycling Day B  
7 Ostuni to Polignano a Mare 33 Miles / 53 Kms Approx B  
8 Departure from Polignano - Transfer to Bari Airport   B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

A self-guided cycling holiday exploring the Apulian region of Italy and Matera in Basilicata, located in the southeast in what is commonly known as the heel of Italy’s boot – (and it’s also its best kept secret!)
This interesting and eclectic region is steeped in history and has been governed by the Greeks, Romans and Spaniards over the centuries, each leaving their own distinctive mark, from local dialects and flavoursome cuisine to unique architecture.
This is a cycle tour that will take you into a region of stunning unspoilt beauty, following sections of the EuroVelo 5 route. Starting in Altamura, located in the Murgia region and famous for its churches that have been carved out of the limestone rock, your first ride will take you to Matera (set to be the European Capital of culture in 2019), where there will be plenty of time to explore the famous quarter of Sassi, now a heritage site, where you'll discover dwellings carved out of the tuff (tufa). Riding on through ancient olive groves and narrow country lanes, you'll reach Alberobello, a town made up of Trulli houses where you'll stay for two nights.
After exploring this fascinating Trulli region you'll carry on to Ostuni, where you'll have the opportunity to take the train to Lecce and visit the “Florence of the South”. Heading north you'll reach the Adriatic coast, enjoying coastal views and exploring the coast towns of Monopoli and Polignano sul Mare.

For more information download our trip notes

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Duration: 8 days
Return: 08/01/2050

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Holiday Details

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7 nights hotel accommodation

5 days riding

1 rest day



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Minimum 2 people

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