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Italy Cycling Holiday

Cycling along quiet provincial roads we discover the cultural and natural highlights of the 'heel' of Italy in the sun-drenched region of Puglia. On easy cycle rides we enjoy wide panoramas and big skies as we traverse a gently rolling land with endless fields of grain, gnarled olive trees and ancient vines. We explore Alta Murgia National Park, the famous ancient 'sassi' troglodyte town of Matera, whitewashed villages and the rugged Adriatic coastline. Along the way we introduce the superb Pugliese cuisine with cheeses from a local 'caseificio', a visit to a family-run bakery and wine tasting.

Tour Highlights

  • Alta Murgia National Park - Ride through a perfect example of Mediterranean Steppe to impressive castle
  • Matera - Ancient city 'sassi' cave dwellings, one of Europe's oldest settlements
  • Local delicacies - Primitivo wine, mozzarella di bufala, fresh antipasti
  • Tastings - Visit, explanation and tastings of local bread, cheese and wine
  • Centenary olive groves - Gnarly odd-shaped olive trees
  • Alberobello and Monopoli - Whitewashed towns with the fairytale-like 'trulli' dwellings
  • Adriatic coast - Superb coastal vistas and crystal-clear waters

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour in Bari Airport

  • 2
    Castel del Monte and the Alta Murgia National Park

  • 3
    Cycle South to Matera

  • 4
    Discover the Sassi of Matera; afternoon ride to Alberobello

  • 5
    Loop ride to Locorotondo and Cisternino

  • 6
    Cycle Alberobello to Monopoli

  • 7
    Loop ride to Savelletri

  • 8
    Tour ends at Bari Airport

Tour notes

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Puglia on Two Wheels
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Why Book this tour
Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
Included meals 7 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Bicycle
Accommodation
7 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader / Driver
Cycling Information
On this tour we cycle 241 km over six days (an average of 40 km per day). Two of the cycling days are circular routes and therefore optional. We travel mainly on quiet country roads, on flat or gently undulating terrain. The Tour Leader accompanies on bike on each day except for day 5 when they drive a support vehicle. Maps and route notes are provided so you can choose to cycle individually or in groups. We have graded the route as easy.
Included Bike
21 gear Lombardo Taranto 400 hybrid bikes
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16