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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Puglia on Two Wheels | Guided Group

Total Distance 150 miles (240km) | Average distance per day 25 miles (40km)

Puglia is one of Italy’s most beautiful regions, notably thanks to the unique architecture of the ‘trulli’ style houses in Alberobello and the cave houses in Matera. Cycling along quiet provincial roads you will discover the 'heel' of Italy. On easy rides you will enjoy wide panoramas and big skies as you traverse a gently rolling land with endless fields of grain, gnarled olive trees and ancient vines. You will have the chance to explore Alta Murgia National Park, the famous ancient 'sassi' troglodyte town of Matera, whitewashed villages and the rugged Adriatic coastline. Along the way you will have the opportunity to taste the superb Pugliese cuisine with cheeses from a local 'caseificio', visit a family-run bakery and experience a wine tasting. 

What not to miss

  • Alta Murgia National Park
  • Matera cave dwellings
  • Local delicacies
  • Alberobello and Monopoli towns
  • Dramatic Adriatic coastline

What’s included

  • Meals (breakfast)
  • Transport (touring bicycle, bus)
  • Tour Leader
  • Good quality accommodation
  • Airport transfers
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Puglia on Two Wheels | Guided Group

Day 1

 

Arrival in Altamura.

You will arrive at Bari Airport before transferring to the first hotel base in Altamura. A quaint small town located on the Murge plateau, Altamura is renowned for its cartwheel size bread, Gothic Cathedral and for the nearly intact skeleton of the 'Altamura Man' that was found here dating back 400,000 years. There will be time for an introductory briefing either before or after you settle into your room. Time to relax and unwind and enjoy your first evening meal.

Meals included: none

Day 2

Altamura Round Tour | Distance 33 miles (53 km) | Elevation +560m / -530m.

After breakfast you will have a short bus ride to Castel del Monte - a 13th century citadel situated on a hill, towering over the edge of the Alta Murgia National Park. The imposing castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site and source of inspiration for the novel 'The Name of the Rose'. Around the castle fine wines are produced of the 'uva di Troia' (Troy) grape variety. There will be free time to visit the castle (optional). Your first cycle ride starts from the castle, after which you will make your way along remote roads gently winding through the soft hills lined with ancient stone walls, dotted with small trulli huts and huge abandoned sheep farms. There are not many people around here and the vast open views are spectacular. The route takes you through Alta Murgia National Park and leads eventually to the hotel back in Altamura.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Altamura to Matera | Distance 19 miles (30 km) | Elevation +330m / -450m.

Before leaving Altamura, you will pay a visit to a bakery for a guided visit to learn all about the local art of bread making. You will then pedal south into the wide open countryside and on remote roads, crossing grassy meadows and wheat fields as you ride to Matera. On the way you will enjoy marvellous panoramas of endless fields and immense blue skies. The remote back roads lead you to a natural balcony with commanding views, before heading to Matera. The ancient town of the 'sassi' (stone dwellings) originates from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement that is suspected to be one of the first human settlements in Italy.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

From Matera to Alberobello | Distance 21 miles (33 km) | Elevation +225m / -385m.

This morning is free to explore Matera. Sit down on a terrace of one of the bars for a cappuccino and soak up this magical atmosphere. Around midday you will bid farewell to Matera and drive to Putignano Agri for a visit to a local 'caseificio' (cheese factory). Afterwards you will enjoy a light lunch and can eat the cheese you have produced. In the afternoon you will cycle to the next destination - Alberobello. On tiny hidden back roads bordered by stone walls you will cycle through the quiet countryside passing by 'masserie' (fortified farmsteads), grain fields, olive groves, and encounter many 'trulli' as we near Alberobello. Our hotel with pool at the edge of town is the perfect place to unwind and explore the town's sites.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Alberobello Round Tour | Distance 28 miles (44 km) | Elevation +610m / -610m.

You will head out by bike once more along quiet back roads that wind through rolling hills dotted by endless olive groves. In the town of Cisternino you will take a break to visit the historic centre, before visiting a traditional olive mill to taste some of their 'green gold'. Back on your bikes and nearing the town of Locorotondo, vineyards start to dominate the countryside as this is an area where sublime white wines are produced. It is listed as one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy and its heritage includes several beautiful churches and a labyrinth of whitewashed alleys. Finally, you will continue by bike into the countryside again, where you will make one last stop at a local masserie (farmhouse), before returning the last 10 km to Alberobello.

 Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

From Alberobello to Monopoli | Distance 22 miles (35km) | Elevation +290m / -705m.

In the morning you will be free time to explore Alberobello. Then we set off on the ride to the Adriatic coast. You will cycle along a panoramic coastal road that is a natural balcony overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Adriatic. You will then descend on winding roads, feeling the sea air to arrive at the town of Conversano. The coastal planes are cultivated with a variety of crops and dotted with elegant 'masserie' farmsteads. We cycle on to reach Monopoli - a bustling fishing town, with splendid white-washed houses, narrow alleyways and the charming accommodation positioned in the heart of the old town.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Monopoli Round Tour | Distance 28 miles (45km) | Elevation +50m / -50m.

From Monopoli you will ride south along the rugged Adriatic coastline and will be rewarded with magnificent views of the intensely green vegetation lining the rocky beaches and the deep blue sea waters. It is an easy and pleasant ride to Savelletri and before the quaint little hamlet there is the option to visit the archaeological site of Egnazia, and its museum where finds from the Bronze Age are on display. You can choose to spend some time at the beach or continue this easy ride through the opulent farmland until the lighthouse at Torre Canne.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

We say “arrivederci” and “a presto”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Puglia on Two Wheels | Guided Group

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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Puglia on Two Wheels | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Albergo Diffuso, Monopoli

2-star

This elegant guest house has characterful 12 rooms at each offering all the necessities to ensure a comfortable stay. 

Hotel Cour di Puglia, Alberobello

3-star

The hotel is set 5 minutes' walk from Alberobello’s historical centre. It features an outdoor pool. Rooms are decorated in classic style and come with antique wooden furniture. 

Hotel Sassi, Matera

3-star

Set right in the Matera Sassi UNESCO site, Hotel Sassi offers a terrace with panoramic views across Matera Cathedral. All rooms have air conditioning.

Hotel Svevia, Altamura

3-star

Located in the centre of Altamura, this hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. 

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Puglia on Two Wheels | Guided Group

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price   
09 June - 16 June 7 £1,370 Enquire now
08 September - 15 September 7 £1,489 Enquire now
15 September - 22 September 7 £1,429 Enquire now
06 October - 13 October 7 £1,425 Enquire now

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices

2019 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price   
09 June - 16 June 7 £1,199 Enquire now
08 September - 15 September 7 £1,199 Enquire now
15 September - 22 September 7 £1,199 Enquire now
06 October - 13 October 7 £1,199 Enquire now

Extras

Single Room Supplement: £175

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Puglia on Two Wheels | Guided Group

Total Distance

150 miles (240km)

Average distance per day

25 miles (40km)

Suitability

Two of the cycling days are circular routes and therefore optional. We travel mainly on quiet country roads, on flat or gently undulating terrain. Your Tour Leader accompanies the cycling throughout and there is a support vehicle on days 2 and 5. Maps and route notes are provided so you can choose to cycle individually or in groups. We have graded the route as easy. 

Bikes

Your included bike is a 21 gear Lombardo Taranto 400 hybrid and will be the correct frame size for your height. Female and male frames are allocated accordingly when booking unless you specifically request otherwise. A 20-litre rear pannier and water bottle holder are included as well as the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. A support vehicle accompanies the rides on days 2 and 5. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. All you need to bring is your own helmet. 

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