Sassi and Trulli – Puglia and Basilicata Cycling Tour

Sassi-and-Trulli

A week cycling around the two wonderful UNESCO sites of Alberobello and Matera.

Leaving from Matera’s “Sassi”and the rock caves and stone houses, you will reach the Itria Valley, a karstic land also called the Valley of the Trulloes due to the thousands of “trulli”, limestone dwellings that are remarkable examples of drywall constructions offering a prehistoric building technique which is still in use in Apulia. All around you there is an explosion of colour, olive trees and ancient farmhouses. Back to the mysterious land of Basilicata, a slow ride from the rolling hills of the Bradano Valley, to the natural oasis of San Giuliano Lake and back to Matera.

The South of Itay’s natural beauty, ancient culture, deeply-rooted local traditions, genuine Mediterranean food and above all the warmth and hospitality of its people, will capture you and leave you with an unforgettable feeling.


Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Self Guided Tour Dates: Any day from March to October (July and August upon request).
Guided Tour Dates: Any Saturday in May, September and October with a min. of 4 participants
Characteristics: 6 days by bicycle on hilly terrain of easy to medium difficulty.
Total length: 280 km, with stages from 25 to 64 km to be done in 3 – 8 hours within the day.
Hotels: Cave hotels, Trulli houses and holiday farms

Day 1 – Matera

Arrival in Matera and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon: guided tour around the Sassi – a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993 – with its small streets and squares, caves, rock churches and cellars. Two districts built from the Medieval age through to the last century. We suggest you have dinner at one of the Sassi’s typical restaurants. Overnight stay.

Day 2 – From Matera to Alberobello

Distribution of bicycles, briefing and departure for Alberobello. You will pass through the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, the capital town of “trulloes” and a UNESCO world heritage site. Accommodation in the historical centre in a trullo dating from 1600. Visit of the city and overnight stay.
Length: 69 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Day 3 – Alberobello Loops

Cycle Option n. 1

The Itria Valley loop to Locorotondo and Cisternino
Length: Approx. 45 km
Grade: Easy

Cycle Option n. 2

A trip to the underground world of the Castellana Caves
Length: Approx. 40 km
Grade: Easy

Day 4 – the land of ravines

Heading south into the Taranto province, you will cycle along deserted roads and among vineyards. You will pass through the Land of the Ravines and the villages of Mottola and Palagianello. The Ravines are deep precipices, often more than 100 metres deep, similar to canyons. Overnight stay in Castellaneta Marina, on the Ionian Sea or in a farm along the Bradano River.
Length: Approx. 70 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Day 5 –the Bradano Valley

Today you will continue to cycle along the Bradano River through vineyards and orange trees. After a light ascent on the Montescaglioso hill (a visit to the Benedictine Abbey is a must), back to the valley again and overnight stay at a holiday farm specialized in producing vegetables. Relax in the swimming pool.
Length: Approx. 55 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Day 6 – enjoy a rest day or…

Today you have time to enjoy a circular cycling trip in the valley or relax in the swimming pool.

Cycle option n. 1: The Ancient Via Appia

Riding along the ancient “Via Appia” (an old Roman road), you will pass through the charming village of Miglionico, with a nice view of the valley. Back to your holiday farm to relax and have dinner. Overnight stay.
Length: Approx. 35 km
Grade: Easy

Cycle Option n. 2: San Giuliano Lake and Matera hills

This route will take you along the wonderful, deserted road around the San Giuliano Lake, a peaceful natural oasis, the destination of many migratory birds from Africa. We suggest you take some time to enjoy bird watching, spotting grey herons, cormorants, storks and fish hawks. Optional stop at the Crypt of Original Sin (with the oldest frescoes in the area). Back to your holiday farm to relax and have dinner. Overnight stay.
Length: Approx. 40 km
Grade: Easy

Day 7: back to Matera

The route will take you back to Matera skirting the Park of Rock Churches again. (On guided tour only: after 12 km. you’ll leave your bikes to reach the Gravina canyon on foot. Picnic in the caves of Cristo La Selva, an amazing Rupestrian village in the heart of the Park). Head on to Matera and get settled in at your hotel. Free afternoon. Farewell dinner and overnight stay.
Length: Approx. 25 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Day 8 Breakfast and end of tour

Prices per person based on double room occupancy

Casual tour

€ 660,00
Single room supplement: € 170.00

Comfort tour

€ 900,00
Single room supplement: € 240.00

What’s included

7 nights in double rooms with breakfast, luggage transfer, technical and emergency assistance, road book and maps.

What’s excluded

Medical/Luggage insurance, minivan assistance, drinks, lunches and dinners, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “the fee includes”.

Supplements

Half Board: upon request (7 dinners, drinks excluded)
Hybrid bike rental with 24/27 speed (Shimano Alivio/Deore gear) with rear pack frames and side bags: € 80.00 (7 days)
E-Bikes and Road bikes: € 150.00 (7 days)
Guided tour (2 hours) in the Sassi of Matera: € 30,00 pp
Transfer from Bari APT to Matera: € 35.00 (2 pax)
Transfer from Matera to Bari APT: € 35.00 (2 pax)

Prices per person (Comfort Guided tour, HB)

€ 1.150,00 (8 pax min)
€ 1.350,00 (4 pax min)

 

Guided Tour Dates:  Any Saturday in May, September and October with a min. of 4 participants

 

What’s included

7 nights in double rooms, 7 dinners, all transfers from/to Bari airport, cycling guide, luggage transfer, guided tour in the Sassi of Matera, technical and emergency assistance, road book.

What’s excluded

Medical/Luggage insurance, minivan assistance, lunches, drinks at dinners, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “the fee includes”.

Supplements

Minivan assistance : € 150,00
Single room: € 240,00
Hybrid bike rental with 24/27 speed (Shimano Alivio/Deore gear) with rear pack frames and side bags: € 80.00 (7 days)
E-Bikes and Road bikes: € 150.00 (7 days)