Apulia and Matera

The bike tour starts off and finishes by the sea; it goes inland towards Matera, crossing the wonderful countryside, full of olive groves, almond trees, trulli and charming white towns.

guided tour
From

€ 1.130,00

  • From 29 April to 6 May 2018
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • average
  • Min. 14 participants
  • Porto di Monopoli
  • Trulli in Valle d'Itria
  • Matera, i Sassi al tramonto
  • Campagna pugliese in fiore
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The tour starts off by the sea, develops in the inland, in the marvelous Apulian countryside with olive and almond trees, gardens and beautiful typical houses, white villages that witness a rich artistic culture, and finishes by the sea again.

We start cycling from Trani, featuring a wonderful cathedral facing the sea, then we visit the most spectacular castle built by Frederick II during the Holy Roman Empire – Castel del Monte – a UNESCO World Heritage Site built on the top of a hill.

We reach Murgia, a karst plateau that lays between Apulia and Basilicata, crossing an undulating territory covered by thousands of red poppies in bloom. Then, we arrive to the city built in the stone: Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is the city of the “Sassi”, ancient houses dug in the chalky stone: most of them have been renewed and inhabited. We also visit the park of the ancient rupestrian churches, built into the stones, featuring beautiful frescos and partly underground.

After Matera we cycle in the countryside among the Trulli (typical and bizarre stone-made houses with a conical roof). They are sometimes grouped in village, as in the unique Alberobello: here we actually stay in a real trullo for the night. We ride on small countryside roads up to the village of Ostuni, “the white city” with a nice view over the sea, then we cross charming towns such as Cisternino and Locorotondo. We head again towards the sea, crossing hundred-year old olive groves through the Parco Naturale delle Dune Costiere, and finally we flank the coast, that alternates low cliffs and narrow sand bays: here our tour comes to an end, admiring the beautiful blue sea in front of us.

 

  • DAY 1 / Arrive to Trani

    Arrive to Trani
    • Individual arrival to Trani. Meeting with the agency at the hotel: briefing and bike delivery.

      Overnight in Trani: “Albergo Diffuso” in different B&Bs in the city center

  • DAY 2 / Trani > Ruvo di Puglia

    Approximately 60 km – altitude 550 m
    • We cycle on slightly undulating roads towards Murgia, a karst plateau that crosses Puglia and Basilicata. We visit Castel del Monte, overlooking the flatlands from the top of a hill, and then we get to Ruvo di Puglia, that features a tiny cathedral built with white stone.

      Overnight in Ruvo di Puglia - Hotel La Pineta ****

       

  • DAY 3 / Ruvo di Puglia > Matera

    Approximately 68 km – altitude 500 m
    • We cycle through the vast and isolated countryside until Altamura, the village famous for its bread and cathedral. Final destination of the day is Matera, where we overnight for two nights.

      Overnights in Matera – Albergo Italia ***S

  • DAY 4 / Free day in Matera

    Free day in Matera
    • Free day in Matera, visit to the city and the Park of Rupestrian Churches. 

      Overnights in Matera – Albergo Italia ***S

  • DAY 5 / Matera > Alberobello

    Approximately 70 km – altitude 200 m
    • Leaving Matera behind, we ride among the trulli in Itria Valley. We may find many trulli on our way, some are abandoned, others are still inhabited. In Alberobello, a village composed of trulli, we overnight in one of them.

      Overnights in Alberobello – "Albergo diffuso" in the Trulli in the city center

  • DAY 6 / Alberobello > Ostuni

    Approximately 50 km – altitude 150 km
    • We cross many white and lively villages, such as Cisternino, Locorotondo, Noci and many more, that will amaze us with their beautiful buildings. Then we head to the coast following small country roads and we reach Ostuni, the white city, built on a panoramic hill.

      Overnights in Ostuni – Hotel La Terra ****

  • DAY 7 / Ostuni > Porto Ghiacciolo (Monopoli)

    Approximately 45 km – slightly down-hill and flat road
    • We ride down from Ostuni to the large hundred-year olive groves, passing through the Park of the Coastal Dunes, and finally we get to the sea, flanking a beautiful coast that alternates low cliffs and small sand beaches. We finish our tour in Bari, visiting the old city. After a long break on the beach, we move to Bari with a minibus transfer. There we visit the old city and we spend the last night together.

      Overnight in Bari: – Palace Hotel Bari **** 

  • DAY 8 / Departure from Bari

    Departure from Bari
    • Breakfast in the hotel, free day and individual trip back.

Fee per person
  • € 1.130 in double room
  • € 1.310 in single room
  • € 1.100 in triple room

The route

The tour starts in Trani and finishes near Monopoli, it’s an itinerant trip composed of 5 biking days. The trail follows secondary roads with low car traffic, some stretches with medium car traffic and a few sections in country roads. The road bank is mostly asphalt; rarely we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path has few hills and few easy climbs.

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  • Included
    • 7 overnights with breakfast in three / four stars hotels, and in “Albergo Diffuso”
    • 7 city taxes
    • 6 three-course-dinners with local recipes, side dishes and drinks (½ l water, ¼ l wine or 300 cl beer). Fish dinners with an alternative for those who don’t have fish.
    • 5 pic-nics with bread, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, dessert and ½ l water
    • 2 tour guides: one on bike and one on the support vehicle; 3 tour guides from 17 participants
    • Visit of Castel del Monte
    • Guided tour of Matera old town and Parco delle Chiese Rupestri
    • Guided tour of Alberobello
    • Support vehicle with luggage transportation, pic-nic service and assistance
    • Transfer by bus from Porto Ghiacciolo to Bari
    • Medical and luggage insurance
  • Not included
    • Bike rental
    • Entrance to museums or monuments
    • Tips and everything not mentioned in the section “included”
  • Extra
    • € 100 bike rental
    • € 200 e-bike rental
    • € 80 for bike transport on the agency’s van
    • € 5 helmet rental
    • Transfer upon request

Please note

Bike rental

Padlock and one waterproof side bike pannier “Ortleb” are included in the bike rental. Bike delivery and retired on the spot. Discover our bikes here.

Hotels

Details about the hotels are written on the program; due to reason of force majeure, hotels may be substitute with others of the same (or higher) category.

Participants numbers

Minimum 14 – maximum 24 participants.

Information about the price, booking, substitution and penalties

250 € needs to be deposited as downpayment at the moment of the enrolment. Once the tour is confirmed, balance needs to be deposited not later than 30 days before the departure.

Customer renouncing may be substitute by another person if the organizer receives written notice. The substitute must satisfy all the conditions necessary to the service fruition. The substitute must reimburse the organizer for all the secretarial allowances, 20 € are to be deposited plus any extra costs related with the substitution.

If the customer withdraws from the contract, penalties are applied. Penalties may be refunded by the withdraw insurance, if taken out. Penalties are: from the moment of the enrolment to 46 days before departure, the downpayment; 45 days before departure, 50% of the cost of the tour; 30 days before departure, full cost of the tour.

Information and program changes

Full information will send via email before the departure, with tour leaders’ name and contacts. Due to logistic or weather problems, there might be some program changes.