2020
Cycling Tour in Puglia

Cycling Tour in Puglia

Olives and wine in Southern Italy

 Alberobello – Gallipoli – Lecce

  • Beautiful landscape between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

days
8

km / day avg.
55

Setting off on this cycling tour you will get to know Puglia, which is on the Salento peninsula, and has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. With sea on both sides, the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic, the countryside is also known for its olive groves, fields of corn and vineyards. But Puglia also has a lot to offer culturally, too, as you will find traces of the lives led by the Illyrians, Greek, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans and Staufer people here. And to top it all, you can enjoy some magnificent wines when the weather back home is cold and uninspiring! Enjoy the picturesque towns, blue sea and the hospitality of the Southern Italians: have fun on your cycling tour in Puglia!

Cycling Tour in Puglia
  • Booking code
    IT-APUL7
  • Start / Destination
    Alberobello / Lecce
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 305 / 315 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 60 km, Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Alberobello

Your tour starts in the small town of Alberobello, which was founded in the 15th century in the middle of an oak forest. It is famous for its Trullo houses. These white painted, dry stone buildings with a conical roof were built without using mortar. This meant they could be easily taken down to avoid paying taxes levied when new settlements were erected.

Day 2: Alberobello – Ostuni, approx. 35 / 45 km

The route takes you to Locorotondo first today. One of Puglia's best wines comes from the Verdeca grape. Cycling via the pretty baroque town of Martina Franca, you pedal to Ostuni, the Citta Bianca or white town. You will love its wonderfully preserved historic streets and buildings and in the city museum you can find out more about pre-Roman agriculture.

Day 3: Ostuni – Avetrana region, approx. 60 km

Pedalling through olive groves and orchards, your route takes you from Ostuni to Avetrana. There used to be an old Roman road here from Rome via Taranto and Oria to Brindisi. As one of the most important trading routes of the Roman Empire, it was nicknamed Regina Viarum, Queen of the Roads. The historical buildings are witness to Avetrana's long history as a settlement.

Day 4: Avetrana – Gallipoli, approx. 60 km

Today's section takes you to the sea. Passing the medieval Torre Colimena tower, you cycle along the coast road to Porto Cesareo. You continue on along the Ionian Sea to Gallipoli. The town was founded as Kale Polis – beautiful town – by Greek colonists. In its over 2500 years of history, Gallipoli has seen numerous rulers come and go.

Day 5: Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca region, approx. 50 km

The places you pass today all include the words Marina or Torre in their names and mark the fact that your route takes you along the coast and past old Greek, Roman and Norman fortifications. A swim in the sea is a must, and afterwards you should definitely try some of the local culinary specialities. Your accommodation today is at the southernmost point of your holiday and is also an important place of pilgrimage.

Day 6: Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto, approx. 50 km

The sea has a different name but is still the same colour blue. Now you will be cycling along the Adriatic Coast, which is a delightful mixture of rocky cliffs and sandy bays. You will discover impressive grottos and stalactite caves in Andrano and Zinzulusa; Santa Cesarea Terme has become a spa town because of its sulphur springs. At your destination, Otranto, you can go exploring through the old Byzantine part of town.

Day 7: Otranto – Lecce, approx. 50 km

Shortly after you set off today, you will pass the Alimini Lakes. One of them is sweet water and the other is seawater. In Roca Vechcia you will find the cave of the Poesia Piccola. It has cult status dating back to Messapian times. Thousands of people have left inscriptions in all kinds of languages. Pedalling through nature reserves and pine forests, you finally arrive in Lecce. Enjoy a good glass of wine in the Florence of the South.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

You cycling tour in Puglia ends after breakfast. We would be happy to extend your stay here if you wish.

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Season times and prices 2020

Arrival on Wednesdays and on Sundays from 12.04.2020 to 21.06.2020 and from 23.08.2020 to 11.10.2020

In addition on Saturdays in May, June and September

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Season A

12.04.

Season B

13.04. - 30.05.
07.09. - 11.10.

Season C

31.05. - 21.06.
23.08. - 06.09.

Single room supplement 189

All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 3*/4* level or Agriturismo
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Lecce
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not inlcuded is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the altitude profile we don't recommend this tour for children.

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Additional bookable services

All prices are per Person

Additional fee single room

189 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Alberobello

59 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Lecce

69 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Alberobello

79 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Lecce

99 €

Rental Bikes

Free child seat. All prices per person in double bike, except Rental Bikes Rental Bikes
Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
195 €

Insurance

The GuteFahrt protection includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at www.allianz-assistance.de/pib or call: +49 89 - 624 24 - 460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!

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Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
195 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
  • Electric bike
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit
On request: drink bottle mount (order with booking)

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Rental Bikes

21-gear Rental Bike

85 €

E-bike

195 €

Cycling Tour in Puglia
  • Booking code
    IT-APUL7
  • Start / Destination
    Alberobello / Lecce
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 305 / 315 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 60 km, Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Parking information
    Parking available at the hotel in Alberobello, must be paid on site.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Arrival to Alberobello
    Optional by mini van from Airport Bari / Brindisi (daily), up to 2 persons, price per person 40 €.
  • Returning to Alberobello
    Optional to Alberobello by mini van (daily), price per person 55 €.
    Optional from Lecce to Airport Bari / Brindisi (daily), price per person 95 € / 40 €.
    For all transfers there is a minimum number of 2 persons to take place. Please include any transfers in your booking.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
55