Sassi and Trulli – Puglia and Basilicata Cycling Tour

A week cycling around the two wonderful UNESCO sites of Alberobello and Matera.

Leaving from Matera’s “Sassi”and the rock caves and stone houses, you will reach the Itria Valley, a karstic land also called the Valley of the Trulloes due to the thousands of “trulli”, limestone dwellings that are remarkable examples of drywall constructions offering a prehistoric building technique which is still in use in Apulia. All around you there is an explosion of colour, olive trees and ancient farmhouses. Back to the mysterious land of Basilicata, a slow ride from the rolling hills of the Bradano Valley, to the natural oasis of San Giuliano Lake and back to Matera.

The South of Itay’s natural beauty, ancient culture, deeply-rooted local traditions, genuine Mediterranean food and above all the warmth and hospitality of its people, will capture you and leave you with an unforgettable feeling.

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Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Self Guided Tour Dates: Any day from March to October (July and August upon request).
Guided Tour Dates:  Any Saturday in May, September and October with a min. of 4 participants
Characteristics: 6 days by bicycle on hilly terrain of easy to moderate difficulty.
Total length: 280 km, with stages from 25 to 64 km to be done in 3 – 8 hours within the day.
Hotels: Cave hotels, TrullI houses and holiday farms

Day 1 – MATERA
Arrival in Matera and transfer to your hotel.

Suggested (not included): guided tour around the Sassi – a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993 – with its small streets and squares, caves, rock churches and cellars. Two districts built from the Medieval age through to the last century. We suggest you have dinner at one of the Sassi’s typical restaurants. Overnight stay.

Day 2 – from Matera to Alberobello
Distribution of bicycles, briefing and departure for 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 world heritage site. Accommodation in the historical centre in a trullo dating from 1600. Overnight stay.
Length: 69 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Day 3 – Alberobello Loops
Cycle Option n. 1: – the Itria Valley loop to Locorotondo and Cisternino
Length: Approx. 45 km
Grade: Easy

Cycle Option n. 2: – a trip to the underground world of the Castellana Caves
Length: Approx. 40 km
Grade: Easy

Day 4 – the land of ravines
Heading south into the Taranto province, you will pedal through deserted roads and vineyards. You will cross the Land of the Ravines and the villages of Mottola and Palagianello. The Ravines are deep precipices, often more than 100 metres deep, similar to canyons. Overnight stay in a farm not far from the Bradano River.
Length: Approx. 70 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Day 5 –the Bradano Valley
Today you will continue pedalling along the Bradano River through vineyards and orange trees. After a light ascent on the Montescaglioso hill (a visit to the Benedictine Abbey is a must), back to the valley again and overnight stay at a holiday farm specialized in producing vegetables. Relax in the swimming pool.
Length: Approx. 55 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Day 6 – enjoy a rest day….or
Today you can enjoy cycling loop in the valley or relax by the swimming pool.

Cycle option n. 1: The Ancient Via Appia

Cycling along the ancient “Via Appia” (an old Roman road), you will pass through the charming medieval village of Miglionico, with a nice view of the valley.
Length: Approx. 35 km
Grade: Easy to moderate

Cycle Option n. 2: San Giuliano Lake and Matera hills

This route will take you along the wonderful, deserted road around the San Giuliano Lake, a peaceful natural oasis, the destination of many migratory birds from Africa. Optional stop at the Crypt of Original Sin (with the oldest frescoes in the area).
Length: Approx. 40 km
Grade: Easy

Day 7: back to Matera
Back to Matera with climb skirting the Park of Rock Churches again. Free afternoon for visiting museums, walking in the Sassi and enjoy your dinner in a cave restaurant.
Length: Approx. 25 km
Grade: Moderate 

Day 8 Breakfast and end of tour.

Prices per person (Comfort Guided tour, HB)

€ 1.150,00 (8 pax min)
€ 1.350,00 (4 pax min)
€ 1.750,00 (2 pax min)

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

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

Supplements:
Minivan assistance : € 150,00
Single room: € 260,00
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)
Carbon road bikes: € 200,00 (7 days)

Prices per person based on double room occupancy

Casual tour

€ 690,00
Single room supplement: € 190.00

Comfort tour

€ 900,00
Single room supplement: € 260.00

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

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

Supplements:
Half Board: upon request (7 dinners, drinks excluded)
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)
Carbon road bikes: € 200,00 (7 days)
Guided tour (2 hours) in the Sassi of Matera: € 30,00 pp
Transfer from Bari APT to Matera: € 40.00 (2 pax)
Transfer from Matera to Bari APT: € 40.00 (2 pax)

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