Cycling Puglia & Matera

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Cycling Puglia & Matera - Exodus Travels
Cycling Puglia & Matera - Exodus Travels
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Start and end in Bari! With the bicycle tour Cycling Puglia & Matera, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Bari, Italy and 7 other destinations in Italy. Cycling Puglia & Matera is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  • AL
    Written on October 5, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    We thoroughly enjoyed our cycle tour. Most hotels were comfy and we had great nights out for supper where Antonio Desantis booked when we arrived in a new place. Antonio was a friendly, sincere young man who had a lot of responsibility taking care of us. He was a good cyclist and watched over us like a shepherd his flock. Pierrot, our driver was also very friendly and helpful and kept our precious things safe enroute. They were considerate of our needs and Antonio joined in our evenings when he didn't have to. Our gear was in good condition and overall the cycling was pleasurable. We had 3 days of rain and I became a better cyclist as a result of the people on the trip who were more experienced or familiar with bike tours. We had one cyclist hurt himself on day one but it was through no fault of Antonio's. Just bad weather and slippery surfaces. This has a very sobering effect on the group which was not a bad thing. The two guides handled this injury very well I thought! Our hotels were mostly great. Hotel Albania was our least favourite and we could only access WiFi in the lobby. My husband was not pleased! I also felt there was a lack of washing and drying facilities considering these hotels cater to thousands of cyclists. Too few places to dry our wet gear or wash off the mud. I think Albania was the only place with a drying rack in the corridor. So out of 10 we would give the trip a 9.
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  • Cycling Puglia & Matera reviewer 2
    Written on October 16, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Lovely villages especially Matera and Otranto.  It was an expensive holiday as there were no lunches/dinners provided.  According to the Exodus write-up you would only need approximately

  • Cycling Puglia & Matera reviewer 3
    Written on October 9, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Generally good trip with excellent and thoughtful guide. However due to the size of the group two guides may have been more appropriate, considering the rather expensive cost of the trip in total. beautiful scenery good company and the right level of cycling for a relative novice like me (possibly with the exception of the 70 km first day.

  • Cycling Puglia & Matera reviewer 4
    Written on May 26, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a fabulous trip that really exceeded my expectations. I knew that the region would be very nice but it was just stunning and the countryside was beautiful to cycle through. The accommodation was really lovely also...especially in MateraWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views mainly...The lovely little towns we visited were great but the real delight was the contrast between the countryside and the coastal pathsWhat did you think of your group leader?we had an Italian guide Michele who was wonderful....very helpful (especially sorting out bills at the end of meals etc) and really organised to ensure we made the most of our tripDo you have any advice for potential travellers?April/May was a wonderful time to visit....hardly any tourists.....I would just say Go before this region gets too busyIs there anything else you would like to add?missed my little orange bike at the end of the trip.......

  • Cycling Puglia & Matera reviewer 5
    Written on May 12, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This was a really enjoyable cycling holiday:  the roads chosen were predominatly little trafficked by cars, the countryside was a lush green, with roadsides and fields covered in masses of wildflowers, the villages and towns presenting aspects ranging from rural tranquility to urban liveliness and architectural interest.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Not a moment, but a few inspirational hours: the spectacular scenery of the Adriatic coast from Santa Maria de Leuca towards Otranto. What did you think of your group leader?Michele did everything possible - and always with a smile and good humour - to make the holiday a good experience for everyone in the group.  He also ensured that we sampled the special/traditonal dishes of each region.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure to take with you a good guide book for the region!

  • Cycling Puglia & Matera reviewer 6
    Written on May 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Perfect spring cycling, beautiful scenery, wonderful foodWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting the caves (sassi) in Matera, cycling through the countryside around Alberobello with fields of red poppies surrounding white trullis and groves of olive trees, the coast ride north of LeucaWhat did you think of your group leader?Michele is a really great guide: tireless and always cheerful, he couldn't do enough for us and even went to the trouble of preparing a local dish himself for our lunch at a bar on the beach on the last day. He knew the best places for views along the route and performed a dive from the cliffs into the sea - very impressive! He was also very flexible so we were able to stop at a beach and swim one very hot afternoon instead of continuing to ride.You can't go to Puglia and not try the local foods and he always had recommendations for us. Thanks to his thoughtfulness settling individual bills after meals was also very simple and quick. If anyone didn't want to carry on riding he and the driver Antonio were always ready to load the bike on the roof and never made anyone feel they were being difficult.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The bikes are good touring bikes with computer, pannier and a bag with map holder for the handlebars so no need to bring bike backpacks etc. Exodus also provided waterbottles. Bring padded shorts - the roads can be bumpy:-)Try to stay an extra night in Matera at the start - it is well worth it. I also stayed an exta night in Lecce and took the train back to Bari for just €18.You need good sun protection!Is there anything else you would like to add?I'd wanted to visit this area for a while and it certainly lived up to my expectations. Cycling was really enjoyable - with the long winter here some of us were concerned about stamina for the long first day but it was all doable. The most uphill stretches were on day 5 but none were too hard and Italian car drivers are much more considerate of cyclists than British ones.


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  1. Day 1: Start Matera.
  2. Day 2: Ride past the historic 'Sassi' houses of Matera before heading to Alberobello.
  3. Day 3: Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria, past the picturesque fairytale trulli houses to the hilltop-town of Ostuni.
  4. Day 4: Ride through quaint villages and country lanes to a typical Masseria - a renovated farmhouse - where we spend the night.
  5. Day 5: Cycle to the coast and swim in the crystal clear sea before continuing towards Gallipoli with its old town situated on a rocky island.
  6. Day 6: Follow stunning stretch of coastline leading to the ancient town of Otranto.
  7. Day 7: Continue along the shoreline to the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce.
  8. Day 8: End Lecce.

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  • Transport

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Can we visit any of the caves?

      We do not offer a visit to the Caves on this itinerary.

    • What are distances per day?

      Daily distance in km/miles below:
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      Day 4
      Day 5
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    • What is included in the tour price?

      What's included:
      All breakfasts
      All accommodation
      All transport and listed activities
      Tour leader throughout
      Local bike hire - a 27 speed bike included in the trip price

      7 nights in comfortable charming hotels
      6 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
      99% tarmac, with one very short section of gravel
      Quiet roads with a few ascents and descent
      All breakfasts included

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    Start and end in Bari.
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    Covering a total distance of approx 441 km.
    • Bari (Italy)
    • 55 km
    • Matera (Italy)
    • 55 km
    • Alberobello (Italy)
    • 8 km
    • Locorotondo (Italy)
    • 21 km
    • Ostuni (Italy)
    • 83 km
    • Gallipoli (Italy)
    • 44 km
    • Otranto (Italy)
    • 36 km
    • Lecce (Italy)
    • 140 km
    • Bari (Italy)

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