The Heel of the Boot – Matera and Puglia Cycling Tour

New Tour 2018

An EASY tour through the Heel of the Boot of Italy.

From the Sassi of Matera, in Basilicata, you will head on to the Apulian land.

After crossing the Murgia plateau, you will stay in the Itria valley, characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand. These are cultivated in farms called Masserie, small typical local stone fortresses. Coasts are marked by long, sandy beaches, dunes and protected natural reserves. There are several traces of old Messapi civilizations, rock settlements, castles and not-to-be-missed trulloes made with drystone techniques.

In the last days you will head south to the Salento. Sun, sea, wind. Nature strikes in the first place, when one gets to this land stretch in balance between two seas. The cities and inland towns expressions of the unique Lecce Baroque with Messapi and Salento Grecìa can still be seen. Its language, songs and feasts still show the culture of Magna Graecia.

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Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Grade: easy to moderate
Self Guided Tour Dates: any day (Spring and Fall)
Guided Tour Dates:  May 5, May 26, June 9, September 8, September 29, October 13.
Characteristics
: 6 days by bicycle on easy and hilly terrain.
Total length: 280 km with stages from 38 to 70 km to be done in 3 – 6 hours within the day.

Day 1 – Welcome to Basilicata
Independent arrival in Matera and get settled in at your hotel. Briefing and delivery of bicycles.
Upon request: guided walking visit of the Sassi (ancient Matera districts) and the Park of Rupestrian Churches. We suggest a dinner (on your own) in a typical Sassi restaurant carved out in the Rock.

Day 2 – from Matera to 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’s world heritage site. Accommodation in a Trullo house or a restored farmhouse.
Distance: about Km. 69.
Grade: Hilly route on stretches that are almost flat with brief climbs

Day 3 – Ostuni “the White “
Crossing the Itria Valley, with stops in the characteristic Locorotondo and Cisternino, you will reach Ostuni, which is reputed an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Distance: about 45 km
Grade: easy.

Day 4 – Castles and farmhouses
Cycling south through the quiet country lanes to the charming town of Francavilla Fontana and on to Oria, famous for its 13th Century’s Castle and delightful historic centre. You will reach a Masseria, a typical Apulian converted farmhouse, your accommodation for the night.
Distance: about 55 km
Grade: easy.

Day 5 – Gallipoli and the Ionian Coast
Today your route will pass through Porto Selvaggio and skirt the Ionian coast to reach Gallipoli, derived from the Greek word kalépolis meaning “beautiful city.” Have a picnic on a sandy beach and try to swim if the weather is nice.
Distance: about 60 km
Grade: easy.

Day 6 – Far East
Cycling to Otranto, the route will take you to the wildest and eastern rocky coast of Southern Italy. The sun and the atmosphere is unique in a place where Turkish and Greeks landed centuries ago. Otranto has a wonderful centre with walls and a castle. A masterpiece is the mysterious mosaic, in the Romanesque Cathedral.
Distance: about 71 km
Grade: moderate.

Day 7 – Lecce, the Baroque gem
Last stage will take you to Lecce, the Baroque town with wonderful façade of buildings and churches. Taste a puccia (local bread filled with salami or vegetables) or a pasticciotto (delicious pastry), and enjoy shopping and walking in the city centre.
Distance: about 45 km
Grade: easy.

 Day 8 – breakfast and end of services.

Prices per person based on double room occupancy (4 pax min)

Casual tour

€ 1120,00
Single room supplement: € 240.00

Comfort tour

€ 1470,00
Single room supplement: € 390.00

What’s included:
7 nights in double rooms, transfers from/to Bari airport, cycling guide, minivan assistance, luggage transfer, guided tour in the Sassi of Matera, technical and emergency assistance, road book.

What’s excluded:
Medical/Luggage insurance, all meals, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “the fee includes”.

Supplements:
Hybrid bike rental with 27 speed (Shimano Deore gears) with rear pack frames and side bags: € 80.00(7 days)
E-Bikes and Road bikes: € 150.00(7 days)
Full Carbon Road Bike: € 200.00 (7 days)

Prices per person based on double room occupancy

Casual tour: € 750,00
Single room supplement: € 195.00
Comfort tour: € 1.090,00 
Single room supplement: € 255.00 

What’s included:
7 nights in double rooms with breakfast, luggage transfer, technical and emergency assistance, road book.

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

Other supplements:
Hybrid bike rental with 27 speed (Shimano Deore gears) with rear pack frames and side bags: € 80.00 (7 days)
E-bikes and Road Bikes: € 150.00 (7 days)
Full Carbon Road Bike: € 200.00 (7 days)

Transfer from Bari APT to Matera: € 40.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
Transfer from Lecce to Bari APT: € 90.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
Transfer from Brindisi APT to Matera: € 75.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
Transfer from Lecce to Brindisi APT: € 35.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)

Pre tour extra night in Matera (casual tour):
€ 50,00 in double room  – € 75,00 in single room

Pre tour extra night in Matera (comfort tour):€ 75,00 in double room  – € 95,00 in single room

Post tour extra night in Lecce (casual tour):
€ 45,00 in double room  – € 70,00 in single room

Post tour extra night in Lecce (comfort tour): € 75,00 in double room  – € 95,00 in single room

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