The Heel of the Boot – Matera and Puglia Cycling Tour

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New Tour 2017

An easy tour through the Heel of the Boot. From Basilicata with round trips starting from the Sassi of Matera and the Park of Rupestrian Churches, you will head on to the Apulian land.

Cycling through the Murge plateau (a territory that encloses an astonishing variety of landscapes: caves, sanctuaries, defensive strongholds, churches and rock settlements, small towns and big cities), you will stay in the Itria valley, characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand. These are cultivated in masserie lands, 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: Any Saturday in May, September and October with a min. of 4 participants
Characteristics: 6 days by bicycle on easy and sometimes 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.
Upon request: guided walking visit of the Sassi (ancient Matera districts) and the Park of Rupestrian Churches. Dinner (on your own) in a typical Sassi restaurant carved out in the Rock. Overnight stay.

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.
Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Distance: about Km. 69
Grade: Hilly route on stretches that are almost flat with brief climbs

Day 3 – Ostuni “the White”

Cycling trough the Selva (forest) near Fasano, you follow the Adriatic coast and 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. Get situated at your Hotel.
Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
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. We continue through the countryside to a Masseria, a typical Apulian converted farmhouse and our 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.” Get situated at your Hotel near the seaside.
Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
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. Dinner on your own. Back to your hotel and overnight stay.
Distance: about 71 km
Grade: easy to 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. Get situated at your Hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Distance: about 45 km
Grade: easy

Day 8 – breakfast and end of services

Prices per person based on double room occupancy

Casual tour

€ 1120,00 (minimum of 4 participants)
Single room supplement: € 240.00

Comfort tour

€ 1470,00 (minimum of 4 participants)
Single room supplement: € 390.00

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

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”.

Other supplements

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)

Prices per person based on double room occupancy

Casual tour

€ 750,00
€ 690,00 – Saturday departures only
Single room supplement: € 195.00

Comfort tour

€ 1090,00
€ 990,00 – Saturday departures only
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 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)
Transfer from Bari APT to Matera: € 35.00 (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
Comfort tour: € 70,00 in double room – € 95,00 in single room

Post tour extra night in Lecce

Casual tour: € 45,00 in double room – € 75,00 in single room
Comfort tour: € 70,00 in double room – € 95,00 in single room