Apulia
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8 days | difficulty level

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Puglia, the heart of the mediterranean
Through olive groves and along an idyllic coast

Difficulty Level:
Duration: 8 days
Distance: 305 - 315 km
Landscape:

Discover the southeast end of Italy. On this bicycle-tour you will not only experience the unique countryside between the Adriatic and the Ionic Sea, but also the friendliness and hospitality of the southern Italians.The countryside is rich in culture. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Habsburger and the Bourbons have all left their marks in the region.

Easy touring, apart from a few slight ascents and descents along the route, most of this tour is along flat, tarred roads. As you are travelling out of the main season, most of the roads are mainly free of traffic.

HIGHLIGHTS
ON THE PATH

Alberobello
Trulli quarter Rione Aia Piccola and Rione Monti
Alberobello
The two districts are under the protection of UNESCO.
Ostuni
Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta
Ostuni
Cathedral with a late Gothic façade; on the outer band of the rose window the twelve apostles form a circle, 24 columns form the spokes of a wheel with Christ in the centre.
Gallipoli
Antica Farmacia Provenzano
Gallipoli
Historic pharmacy from the 18th century on the ground floor of Palazzo Pirelli in the old town.
Otranto
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Annunziata
Otranto
The cathedral is located in the centre of the old town and is a prime example of Romanesque-Apulian architecture. Here you can find relics of the 800 martyrs of Otranto and the unique Floor mosaic of the Pantaleon.
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TRAVEL ITINERARY

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1

Individual arrival at the hotel in Alberobello. This small town in the province of Bari is famous for Trulli stone constructions. The Trulli of Alberobello are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites list since 1996.

Day 2

(approx. 35 km, longer option via Martina Franca approx. 45 km)

Enjoy a tour through the Valle d‘Itria, one of the prettiest cultural landscapes of the south, with a stop at the famous wineries in Locorotondo to taste some local wine. The next stop is Ostuni, the “white town” offering breathtaking views of the sea.

Day 3

(approx. 60 km)

From Ostuni you continue through olive groves, vineyards and fruit crops to Avetrana, a historic small town on the Via Appia. This ancient Roman road led once from Rome via Taranto and Oria to Brindisi. Today only some parts of the ancient cobbled paths still exist and are called the “Via Appia Antica”.

Day 4

(approx. 60 km)

You leave Avetrana to reach the sea in the shortest possible time. After a short ride to “Torre Colimena” you continue along the coastal highway with its numerous defence towers to Porto Cesareo. Along the Ionic coast you carry on to Gallipoli. This originally greek „Kale Polis“ (beautiful town) awaits you! The old town is situated at the end of what seems to be an impregnable rocky island that stretches far out into the sea. There is a fantastic view both from the north and the south. The town itself has many churches and interesting museums.

Day 5

(approx. 50 km)

Today you reach the southernmost point of Salento and at the same time the watershed at Santa Maria di Leuca. The place is especially known for its pilgrimage church. At the turn of the century, many splendid villas were created, which are an absolute architectural highlight due to their imaginative and absurd forms. Here eccentric end-of-the-world lovers settled down to enjoy the tranquility and the sea in the remoteness of the place.

Day 6

(approx. 50 km)

Along the southern coast of the Adriatic Sea you will reach the Messapian city of Otranto. It is considered an art historical gem in the midst of a charming landscape. The old town is surrounded by a mighty city wall and impresses with the amazing Habsburg Castle. On the way to Otranto, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Zinzulusa Cave, the only coastal grotto open to the public. Santa Cesarea Terme, known for its hydrotherapeutic treatments and radioactive mud therapies, also deserves a stopover.

Day 7

(approx. 50 km)

First on the Adriatic coast, then it continues through countless olive groves towards Lecce. If you want to take a break on the way, do it best on the high limestone cliffs limited bay of Torre dell‘Orso. Lecce, the capital of Salento, is a city of great charm, which is particularly inspired by the undoubted beauty of its buildings and churches. In addition to Naples, Lecce is the baroque metropolis of the South, not without reason they speak of the „Lecce Baroque“. Here, around 30 churches and countless palaces await your visit. Do not forget to pay a visit to the amphitheater and the Roman theater, both probably built by Emperor Augustus.

Day 8

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

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Prices and dates

Standard
Price in double room with breakfast From 17/04/2021 to 10/10/2021 698 €
Price in double room with breakfast Arrival on 11/04/2021 598 €
High season supplement From 30/05/2021 to 05/09/2021 79 €
Single room supplement 199 €

Il 11/04/21, from 12/04/21 to 29/05/21, from 30/05/21 to 20/06/21, from 22/08/21 to 05/09/21, from 06/09/21 to 10/10/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday, Sunday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Price per night in double room with breakfast Alberobello 59 €
Single room supplement per night Alberobello 20 €
Price per night in double room with breakfast Lecce 69 €
Single room supplement per night Lecce 28 €

Il 11/04/21, from 12/04/21 to 29/05/21, from 30/05/21 to 20/06/21, from 22/08/21 to 05/09/21, from 06/09/21 to 10/10/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday, Sunday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle 85 €
E-bike 190 €
Rental bike TOP 119 €

Il 11/04/21, from 12/04/21 to 29/05/21, from 30/05/21 to 20/06/21, from 22/08/21 to 05/09/21, from 06/09/21 to 10/10/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday, Sunday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

General information

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By plane: airport Bari or Brindisi
By train: By train (train station Lecce, Monopoli or Alberobello – see on: www.trenitalia.com).
By car: directly to Alberobello

Hotels 3*** and 4**** category or “Agritourist farm” in a room with bath/shower and WC.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!

Parking at the starting hotel in Alberobello; cannot be booked at the moment of reservation of the tour; to be paid directly on the spot.

Transfer by shuttle bus on request (bicycle included – reservation and payment upon booking)
Transfer Monopoli train station – Alberobello: € 25.00 per person, daily, minimum 2 pax
Transfer Bari/Brindisi airport/train station – Alberobello: € 40.00 per person, daily, minimum 2 pax
Transfer Lecce – Bari airport: € 95.00 per person (minimum 2 pax); € 50.00 per person (from 4 pax), daily
Transfer Lecce – Brindisi airport: € 40.00 per person, daily, minimum 2 pax
Transfer Lecce – Alberobello: € 55.00 per person, daily, minimum 2 pax.

• 21 gear UNISEX bicycle
• Rental bike TOP
• E-bike (UNISEX bike, 500 W battery, range up to 100 km)

• Accommodation in hotels 3*** and 4**** category or “Agritourist farm” in a room with bath/shower and WC

• Breakfast buffet or full breakfast

• Personal tour information

• Luggage transfer from place to place

• Well planned routes

• Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

• Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

• Arrival to the starting point of the tour

• Departure at the end of the tour

• Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

• Lunch, Dinner

• Not mentioned entries

• Rental bikes and travel insurance

• All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

FAQ

Questions and answers

You can book the respective transfer directly with your booking. We will pick you up with our shuttle bus on arrival.

You can book the respective transfer directly with your booking.
Also there is a good train connection, information on www.trenitalia.it.

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