Southern Italy Coast to Coast Cycling Tour

Road cycling tour in Puglia and Basilicata

This is a Road Cycling tour crossing the boot through Apulia 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.

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Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Grade: Moderate/ High
Tour Dates: any day from May 1 to October 15
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

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.

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)
Road bike: € 170,00 (7 days)
Full carbon road bike: € 210,00 (7 days)

Prices per person based on double room occupancy:
€ 730,00 (4 participants minimum)
€ 930,00 (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€ 200,00 (7 dinners, drinks excluded)
Single room: € 198.00
Bike rental:

Hybrid bike with 27 speed (Shimano Deore gear) with rear pack frames and side bags: € 80.00 (7 days)
Road 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.

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