Landscapes of Matera and Puglia Cycling

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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Self-guided
  • age requirement 12+ yrs
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Matera, Italy
  • Ends Monopoli, Italy
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  • Two nights in the UNESCO town of Matera
  • Cycling through the Alta Murgia National Park, the largest natural park in Italy
  • Handpicked hotels including two nights in a unique trullo house in UNESCO Alberobello
  • Traditional Mediterranean cuisine and excellent wines
The tour Landscapes Of Matera And Puglia Cycling starts from Matera and ends in Monopoli. It is a bicycle tour that takes 15 days taking you through Monopoli, Alberobello, Ostuni and 6 other destinations in Italy. Landscapes Of Matera And Puglia Cycling is a self-guided tour that includes accommodation in hotels, meals and others.

This fourteen night, self-guided cycling holiday takes in some of the highlights of Basilicata and Puglia in Southern Italy [1]. Starting in the UNESCO-listed Matera, known for its rock churches and Sassi houses, you'll have a free day here to explore before setting off on your bike to head to the neighbouring region of Puglia. Firmly tucked away 'on the heel of Italy's boot', Puglia offers extraordinary variety and beauty with a dramatically rugged coast, providing a total contrast to the lush green interior.You'll ride to Gravina, one of the most important Roman cities along the Appian Way and continue on through the Alta Murgia National Park (the largest natural park in Italy) with a stop at Castel del Montewith its iconic castle. Your cycle route then heads to the Adriatic coast, to Trani, one of the oldest and liveliest cities along this stretch of coastline. Follow the coastline for the last two days stopping in Bari before heading inland.Here, you'll be intoxicated by the rich colours of the landscape, olive groves, fruit orchards, vineyards and ruby-red fields, all intensified by the wonderful limpid light of the Adriatic. Highlights include staying in unique Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visiting the postcard-pretty white village of Ostuni as you wind your way back towards the sea.[1] taxonomy/term/310
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Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“This trip was fantastic. The guides, David and Ende were very knowledgeable, and excellent cooks!! They had a trainee, Colly, with them who knew a lot about tracking and local knowledge. We saw so many animals. It was wonderful to see them in their natural surroundings. I really enjoyed the walks, which were varied. However, the weather, and time beat us on Sentinel Peak, which was disappointing, but it is expected as it's winter in South Africa at the moment. A truly wonderful trip. I recommend it wholeheartedly!!”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“My first holiday in South East Asia and my first cycling holiday! I absolutely loved every moment. It won't be my last cycling trip: seeing beautiful countryside, meeting locals, eating delicious food, great accommodation ranging from hotels to homestay, lovely cycling group and great memories that will stay with me!”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“This was my first group adventure trip, and therefore my first trip with Exodus and I couldn't have been more impressed. It was well organised, ran smoothly, covered a great selection and variety of destinations and activities, the group leader was brilliant and the group was lovely. I did the August solo departure and there was a really good range of people (ages ranged from 20s to 70s, with everything in between; and a good mix of fellow 'first timers' to others who had done several other Exodus trips)”
  • Day 1
  • Day 2: At Matera
  • Day 3: Matera to Gravina
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6: Trani to Bari
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15: Leave Monopoli
  • 14 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation , Luggage transfers between hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • 11 days cycling
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • /RideWithGPS/ navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Any international flights to Matera and from Monopoli are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Landscapes of Matera and Puglia Cycling tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Landscapes of Matera and Puglia Cycling tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 05 May 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 05 May 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Landscapes of Matera and Puglia Cycling tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Landscapes of Matera and Puglia Cycling tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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