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 – Breakfast and transfer to Bari airport. End of tour.