Apulia and Lecce Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £649 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle through olive groves, vineyards and fruit orchards to Avetrana
• Cycle along the Ionian coast to Gallipoli
• Explore the old town of Otranto
• Visit the picturesque town of Lecce where you van visit the amphitheatre and the roman theatre
Mostly this tour is following flat, asphalt side roads, apart from some slightly hilly parts. As Apulia is not a transit country and you travel outside of the high season, the streets almost are free from traffic. The trip is suitable for children from 14 years.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1. Matera.
Arrival. Over millennia, inhabitants of the region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called “Sassi”, today a World Heritage site.
Day 2. Matera–Alberobello (70 km).
You cycle to the famous trulli which were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills. On the eastern hill is the new town. On the western hill, the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both World Heritage sites.
Day 3. Alberobello–Ostuni (45 km).
You cycle through the countryside to Ostuni, which is reputed as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Day 4. Ostuni–Lecce–Gallipoli (70 km by train + 50 km by bike).
After a short train transfer and a few kilometers through the town of Lecce, you go deep into the “salentinian countryside”, before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.
Day 5. Gallipoli–Santa Maria di Leuca (50 km).
Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. Its name was given by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They saw this place lightened by the sun and therefore called it “leukos”, meaning white. The town is today a famous seaside resort.
Day 6. Santa Maria di Leuca–Otranto (50 km).
Today you will cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Day 7. Otranto–Lecce (55 km).
Riding along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean
bush you will enter Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has
earned the nickname of Florence of the South.
Day 8. Lecce.
Departure after breakfast.
Possibility to book extra nights.
Mostly in the lowlands, sometimes hilly. Traffic is almost non existent in Apulia except during the high holiday season. The route includes very beautiful stretches on the coast.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Apulia and Lecce tour stays in, 3* and 4* hotels or agriturismo carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
• Overnights in the listed hotels
• Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
• Personal tour information on spot
• Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
• Best elaborated route
• Detailed documentation (route description, maps, sights)
• Service hotline
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!
Apulia and Lecce, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 23.03. and 19.10.2019
Arrival Saturday and Friday
Season 2: 24.03. – 28.04.2019 | 29.09. – 18.10.2019
Arrival Saturday and Friday
Season 3: 29.04. – 15.06.2019 | 24.08 – 28.09.2019
Arrival Saturday and Friday
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £659 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £759 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £819 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £199
Electric Bike Upgrade: £109
Hotel Category Descriptions
3/4* hotels (in Alberobello in some cases a typical “widespread hotel”, called “trullo.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: From £649
Single Supplement: £199