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Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy

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Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy - Exodus Travels
Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Matera
+8 Destinations
Puglia
Ends
Lecce
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Highlights

  • Cycle through Valle d'Itria
  • Discover the Adriatic sea's south coast
  • Relax on the Torre dell'Orso beach
  • Explore Lecce
Age range
14 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Bicycle
Start in Matera and end in Lecce! With the bicycle tour Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Matera, Italy and 8 other destinations in Italy. Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy reviewer 1
    Written on October 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A lovely holiday in this beautiful unspoilt part of Italy. The accommodation and breakfasts usually excellent.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Eating grapes donated by friendly farmers during their harvest What did you think of your group leader?Self guided tripDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring a phrase book as not much English spoken.Is there anything else you would like to add?My husband had a faulty cycle computer which they failed to put right. This was very much a necessity on this self guided trip.

  • Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy reviewer 2
    Written on May 3, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    The hotel in Alberobello was SUBSTANDARD- BAD.  Mucky, shower over the toilet, no bedside lights, bedding not clean- in fact appaling.  The other accomadation very good and luggage transfer excellent,What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The wild flowere in the fields were magic - just a dream.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do take your own map as the road book supplied has it right and left turnings muddled.  I used my own map as often the road map didn't work as traffic lights have been replaced by roundabouts and new road replacing older ones.Is there anything else you would like to add?All in all a good trip.

  • Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy reviewer 3
    Written on May 3, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    The hotel in Alberobello was SUBSTANDARD- BAD.  Mucky, shower over the toilet, no bedside lights, bedding not clean- in fact appaling.  The other accomadation very good and luggage transfer excellent,What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The wild flowere in the fields were magic - just a dream.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do take your own map as the road book supplied has it right and left turnings muddled.  I used my own map as often the road map didn't work as traffic lights have been replaced by roundabouts and new road replacing older ones.Is there anything else you would like to add?All in all a good trip.

  • Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy reviewer 4
    Written on June 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really lovely part of the world and even nicer to see it from a bike!Each hotel base was in an interesting town with plenty to see and lots of great restaurants.Instructions were mostly easy to follow, we only made one mistake!Bikes, hmmm if you like orange boneshakers, ok!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling from Leuca to Opurto along the coast. Admittedly the bright sunshine helped!What did you think of your group leader?We were self guidedDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Arrange a private transfer before you go. We didnt realise the airport busses are few and far between and spent two hours at Bari airport when we could have been in the hotel pool.If its hot, drink water as often as you can. In England we rarely get dehydrated, so were a bit blase about drinking enough.Carry a thin long sleeved shirt in your panniers. There's no shade on many roads, and your arms get very exposed.Is there anything else you would like to add?We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. My only gripe would be the bikes were heavy and had no front suspension. I would have preferred to pay more for a better one. If this was possible, it wasnt clear.

  • Puglia: Self-Guided Cycling in the Heel of Italy reviewer 5
    Written on June 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really lovely part of the world and even nicer to see it from a bike!Each hotel base was in an interesting town with plenty to see and lots of great restaurants.Instructions were mostly easy to follow, we only made one mistake!Bikes, hmmm if you like orange boneshakers, ok!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling from Leuca to Opurto along the coast. Admittedly the bright sunshine helped!What did you think of your group leader?We were self guidedDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Arrange a private transfer before you go. We didnt realise the airport busses are few and far between and spent two hours at Bari airport when we could have been in the hotel pool.If its hot, drink water as often as you can. In England we rarely get dehydrated, so were a bit blase about drinking enough.Carry a thin long sleeved shirt in your panniers. There's no shade on many roads, and your arms get very exposed.Is there anything else you would like to add?We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. My only gripe would be the bikes were heavy and had no front suspension. I would have preferred to pay more for a better one. If this was possible, it wasnt clear.

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  1. Day 1: Start Matera. Make your own way from Bari or Brindisi to Matera by train or bus
  2. Day 2: Ride through the historic ‘Sassi’ houses of Matera before heading to the town of Alberobello
  3. Day 3: Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria, past the picturesque fairy-tale Trulli houses to hilltop-town of Ostuni
  4. Day 4: Train to Lecce; cycle through the countryside to Gallipoli on the Ionian Coast with its old town situated on a rocky island
  5. Day 5: Reach the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuca
  6. Day 6: Follow the south coast of the Adriatic Sea to the ancient town of Otranto
  7. Day 7: Continue along the shoreline through innumerable olive groves to the Baroque city of Lecce
  8. Day 8: End Lecce

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 323 km.
    • Matera (Italy)
    • 55 km
    • Alberobello (Italy)
    • 8 km
    • Locorotondo (Italy)
    • 21 km
    • Ostuni (Italy)
    • 66 km
    • Lecce (Italy)
    • 36 km
    • Gallipoli (Italy)
    • 42 km
    • Santa Maria di Leuca (Italy)
    • 40 km
    • Otranto (Italy)
    • 12 km
    • Santa Cesarea Terme (Italy)
    • 43 km
    • Lecce (Italy)

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