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Puglia – Italy’s southern jewel 8AP



Italy's deep south is the perfect cycling paradise, beckoning with sun, summer, beach, history, and culture. And trulli!

From Bari we go down to the tip of the Salento peninsula, which is the heel of the Italian boot. Numerous highly interesting places line our route, along with plenty of vast and often sparsely populated countryside. And there is always an opportunity for a swim!

Start/Finish: Bari // Lecce
Nearest airport: Bari // Lecce
Duration: 10 days vacation, 8 riding days
Route: safe and well-maintained cycle paths, forest roads and roads
Accommodations: charming, carefully selected hotels
Rest day: Matera
Highlights: Castel del Monte, Murgia National Park, Matera, The trulli of Alberobello, The cliffs, coves and beaches along the coast of Salento, The historic city centers of Gallipoli, Otranto, Lecce and others, Genuine Italian cuisine
Minimum number of participants: 8
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Prices start at $ 4.020,-

per person

Included services
10 days vacation
8 day riding route

DAY 1: Arrival in Bari
Welcome to the south of Italy! At 4 o'clock in the afternoon the group meets at the starting hotel in Bari and is welcomed by the tour guides.
DAY 2: Bari - Matera
We could easily have spent a few more days in lively Bari. But there are too many interesting things waiting for us. The batteries are charged, let's go! The lonely plateau of the Murgia National Park awaits us. Our destination for the day is Matera. The city with its Sassi is a World Heritage Site and is located in the neighboring province of Basilicata.
DAY 3: Matera
Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world and is absolutely unique because of the "Sassi", the residential caves where as recently as the 1950s over half the inhabitants lived in desperate poverty. Today the Sassi are a tourist attraction and popular movie set, most recently for James Bond. Close to the city are the regional park of the "Murgia Materana", a wild karst mountain range full of caves, and the San Giuliano protected area with the lake of the same name. So, there is plenty of variety.
DAY 4: Matera - Alberobello
We go back to Apulia, to where it is most "Apulian". The province is world famous for its round huts with pointed roofs called trulli. Nowhere are there so many and so beautiful trulli as in Alberobello. On the way there we ride through endless fields and past sleepy villages - very relaxing!
DAY 5: Alberobello - Torricella
Around Alborello there are many beautiful old towns and lots of wide- open countryside. We cycle south with pleasure, skirting the "little sea" near Taranto and finally reaching the south coast of the arid Salento peninsula, where we take up quarters in Torricella.
DAY 6: Torricella - Gallipoli
The sea will be our constant companion today. Beaches, bays, sand dunes, medieval villages, and watchtowers, even an old salt works can be seen, where salt was mined for centuries. Today it is a protected area. Our destination is Gallipoli, which was once founded by Greek colonists and today impresses us with its picturesque old town and mighty castle. The sunsets here are incomparable!
DAY 7: Gallipoli - Otranto
We are now almost at the tip of the Salento Peninsula. The Greek influence is still recognizable here, even from earlier times there is still remains in the form of dolmens and menhirs. There are imposing lighthouses on the headlands, beautiful beaches, and coves everywhere, and pretty little villages that invite you to take a break. Otranto is known as Italy's "Gateway to the Orient" and can look back on a rich and wild past. Accordingly, there is a lot to see!
DAY 8: Otranto
The east coast of Salento is one of the most beautiful coasts in all of Italy. It consists of jagged cliffs and deeply cut bays, the water is deep blue and very clean. There are numerous caves and many pretty villages where you can enjoy the typical Italian dolce vita. Otranto is in the middle of it all and is perfect for a relaxing day of rest.
DAY 9: Otranto - Lecce
The highlight of the last day of the tour is definitely Lecce, the secret capital of Salento. The buildings, made of white tufa, revel in baroque formal decorations, and created their own style: the Lecce Baroque. The beautiful old town with its large, shaded park invites you to linger...
DAY 10: Departure from Lecce
After a hearty breakfast you will have a relaxed journey home. Or you can stay a little longer in the area and enjoy the beautiful Adriatic beaches.

Prices start at $ 4.020,-

per person

Included services

Tour prices 2024

Included services

Price for rider in double room
Own Bike
$ 4.020,-
Riese & Müller Charger
Riese & Müller Charger Mixte
Riese & Müller Homage
Riese & Müller NEVO
$ 4.350,-
Single room supplement$ 730,-

Tour prices 2025

Included services

Price for rider in double room
Own Bike
$ 4.020,- *
Riese & Müller Charger
Riese & Müller Charger Mixte
Riese & Müller Homage
Riese & Müller NEVO
$ 4.350,- *
Single room supplement$ 730,- *
* Please note the dates and tour prices for 2025 not being confirmed yet. The shown figures are preliminary and subject to change. If the final tour price in 2025 includes an increase of more than 5% compared to the previous year´s tour price, you can cancel your booked participation free of charge until October 31, 2024.

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