Southern Italy Coast to Coast

A challenge Road Bike Tour into the silence, light and history of Puglia and Basilicata

After the first 2 days in the Murgia Plateau, you will reach a really unbeaten but perfect land for cyclists: no traffic and terrific landscapes. You will cross valleys, climb the Apennines, and reach the Pollino National Park, the largest natural area in Italy, ending in Maratea, where there is a breathtaking view of the Tyrrhenian Coast.

Day 1 – Trani

Arrival and get settled in at your hotel in Trani, an old town facing the Adriatic Sea. There is a lovely historical centre, Romanesque Cathedral, castle, gardens and old port where we suggest you to have dinner, choosing from the fish menu at one of the small restaurants. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.

Day 2 – Across the Alta Murgia National Park – The Moors

Move inland to the Unesco Heritage site of Castel del Monte, an outstanding example of Medieval architecture. Passing over the Alta Murgia and through Gravina you’ll reach Matera, known for its “Sassi”. The Sassi are houses dug into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Puglia. Many of these “houses” are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi are often located on the rooftops of other houses. The ancient town grew in height on one of the slopes of the ravine. The ravine, that was created by a river but is now a small stream, is known locally as “la Gravina”. Dinner on your own and overnight at your Hotel in the Sassi district.
Length: about 115 km
Grade: moderate

Day 3 – The Appennines

You will pass along the Lake of San Giuliano, cycling through the rolling hills of Valle del Basento you reach the mountains in the Park of Piccole Dolomiti Lucane. Overnight in Accettura. We suggest you have dinner at Pezzolla restaurant, our favourite in the region.
Distance: about 90 km
Grade: moderate to challenge

Day 4 – The Calanchi Valley

Enter the Agri River valley and from the woods you’ll suddenly find yourself in the middle of the astonishing landscape of the Calanchi, which are deforested, sandy soiled hills. Stop in Tursi for dinner (on your own) and overnight stay.
Distance: Approx. 80 km
Grade: moderate

Day 5 – To the Pollino National Park

After visiting Santuario di Anglona, continue through the orchards of the Costa Jonica. After that, start climbing to the Pollino National Park: one of the prettiest and biggest in Italy. Dinner on your own and overnight stay at Terranova del Pollino.
Distance: about 80 km
Grade moderate to challenge

Day 6 – On the peaks of the massif

This is possibly the hardest stage of the tour. Through forests, long climbs, wide valleys and pretty villages to reach San Severino Lucano and Viggianello. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Distance: about 45 km
Grade: challenge

Day 7 – Maratea

Through the Valle del Noce you reach the coast of the Tyrrhaenian Sea. A beautiful coastal road leads you to Maratea. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Distance: about 80 km
Grade: moderate

Day 8 – End of tour

Breakfast and transfer to Bari airport.

Altitude Profile


Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Grade: Moderate/ High
Characteristics: 6 days by bicycle covering hilly and mountainous courses where there is an increasing level of difficulty.
Total length: 460 km with stages from 40 to 95 km to be done in 4 – 8 hours within the day.
Hotels: 3* hotels


Self Guided Tours

Any day from May 1 to October 15

Guided Tours

May 15 and 29, June 13 and 27, July 11, August 28, September 11 and 25, October 9.
Any other date upon request with a minimum of 6 participants.


Prices per person based on double room occupancy

€ 780,00 (4 participants minimum)
€ 980,00 (2 participants minimum)

What’s included

7 nights in double rooms with breakfast, luggage transfer, transfer back to Bari at the end of the tour, technical and emergency assistance, road book.

What’s excluded

Medical/Luggage insurance, city taxes, drinks, lunches and dinners, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “what’s included”.


Half Board: upon request
Single room: € 210,00

Bike rental

Gravel Road bike: € 170,00 (7 days)
Hybrid bike: € 80,00 (7 days)
E-bike: € 170,00 (7 days)
Full carbon road bike: € 210,00 (7 days)

Transfer from Bari APT to Trani

€ 40.00 (per person, 2 pax min)
€ 20.00 (per person, 4 pax min)

Extra nights

Upon request

Extend this tour on demand

It is possibile to extend this tour with 2 extra (or more) nights to visit Matera or The Pollino National Park. Extra night in the amazing Maratea coast is suggested. Please ask or contact us.


Prices per person (Comfort Guided tour)

€ 1.400,00 (6 pax min)

What’s included

7 nights in double rooms (4* hotels mainly) with breakfast, all transfers from/to Bari airport + van assistance, cycling guide, luggage transfer, technical and emergency assistance, gpx tracks.

What’s excluded

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


Single room: € 260,00
Half Board (7 dinners): € 240,00
Hybrid bike with 27 speed (Shimano Deore gear) with rear pack frames and side bags: € 80,00 (7 days)
Gravel Road bike and E-bikes: € 170,00 (7 days)
Full carbon road bike: € 210,00 (7 days)

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