Apulia Cycling Tour – 8 Days

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 8 Days Cycling Tour in Apulia – Italy


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8 Days Guided Cycling Holidays in Apulia

MEDIUM ROUTE

Difficulty 2 (scale from 1 to 5 )

Total km 382 (53 km to 74 km per day)

This tour is designed for those who like to explore the cuisine, culture and history of Apulian region,
while riding through the amazing hilltop towns, seaside ports.

DAY 1 : Welcome in Apulia!!!
We will meet at Bari Airport, presentation and transfer to your accommodation in Matera.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Matera is unique in the world because the original town was dug into a canyon.Matera is also a lively city, and is also awarded the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019.Presentation of the itinerary, Dinner and Overnight stay in Matera.

DAY 2 : Bike from Matera to Alberobello – with mozzarella tasting (km.74 gap.150m )
Cycling across the countryside between Basilicata and Puglia. Today our destination is Alberobello.
Visit an organic cheese factory set in the middle of a stunning landscape among grazing cows, olive groves, and almond trees.
Savor a cheese tasting that will include mozzarella, provolone, and other local specialties (light lunch). Overnight stay in Alberobello.

DAY 3 : Bike and “capocollo” in Valle D’Itria – with Capocollo tasting (km.70 gap. 150m )
Round trip from Alberobello crossing the Itria Valley (a sub-region situated between Brindisi,
Taranto and Bari,it’s also known as the trulli Valley), in a bright landscape of vineyards,
olive groves and vast gentle slopes.You will have the possibility to admire and tasting Capocollo,
a typical cold cut of Apulia regionand Slow Food Presidium,directly in company (light lunch).
Overnight stay in Alberobello.

DAY 4 : Alberobello – Manduria Primitivo wine tasting (km.65 gap. -230m )
+ Transfer service from Manduria to Gallipoli.
From Alberobello crossing Ceglie Messapica, we cycle up to Manduria.
Founded by the Messapians, still bears vestiges of its ancient past, including:the megalithic walls,
the remains of the moat and the necropolis.Here we will stop to one of the oldest cooperative Wineryof Puglia, for tasting “Primitivo wine of Manduria” and other typical products (light Lunch);
we will visit the museum of primitive wine and admire the old works machines.
After a little transfer you will reach the nice city of Gallipoli.
Overnight stay in Gallipoli.

DAY 5 : From Gallipoli ride up to the extreme heel of Italy (km. 53 gap. -156m )
Today’s destination is Leuca the southernmost tip of Puglia.
The stage starts from Gallipoli the “beautiful city” in Greek,a very charming and lively holiday destination. Here you can admire “the meeting” between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea,
the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Fini- bus Terrae,with its height of 48.60 meters
and its location at 102 meters above sea level,is among the most important in Italy.
Overnight stay in Leuca.

DAY 6 : From Leuca to Otranto (km.60 gap.130m)
Today, the sea will be the leitmotif of the journey.
You cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto,the top eastern point of the Italian,
and a city that was for centuries the meeting point of different cultures and the crossroads between
the Mediterranean and the Orient.
The rocky bays where one can dip, are a continuous temptation difficult to resist.
Before to arrive at Otranto famous for its beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Overnight stay in Otranto.

DAY 7 : From Otranto to Lecce (km.60 gap.59m )
The final step will take you up to Lecce one of the most elegant and refined towns of southern Italy.
Pedal along the Adriatic coast,through the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush,
to reach “the Florence of South”: Lecce.
Halfway you will meet Acaya, a charming town characterized by massive and impressive walls,
towers and walls built in order to protect the coast and the hinterland against the incursions of the Ottoman Empire.
Overnight stay in Lecce.

DAY 8 : Arrivederci Puglia!!! See you soon
Transfer service to Bari o Brindisi APT. End of Service.

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object : Puglia Cycling Tour
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