- Cycle through UNESCO historic towns, olive groves and past whiteconed trulli
- Ride along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
- Enjoy fine seafood and wine
In the heart of the Mediterranean lies Puglia, a unique landscape sandwiched between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. We explore the very best of this captivating region and begin by cycling through two towns that both possess UNESCO world heritage sites. The region is mainly flat, which lends itself perfectly to the self-guided cycle ahead; filled with spectacular views; beautiful coastline and mouth-watering cuisine.
Day 1: Start Matera. Make your own way from Bari or Brindisi to Matera by train or
Day 2: Ride through the historic ‘Sassi’ houses of Matera before heading to the
town of Alberobello
Day 3: Cycle through the lush Valle d'Itria, past the picturesque fairy-tale Trulli
houses to hilltop-town of Ostuni
Day 4: Train to Lecce; cycle through the countryside to Gallipoli on the Ionian
Coast with its old town situated on a rocky island
Day 5: Reach the most southerly point of Salento at Santa Maria di Leuca
Day 6: Follow the south coast of the Adriatic Sea to the ancient town of Otranto
Day 7: Continue along the shoreline through innumerable olive groves to the Baroque
city of Lecce
Day 8: End Lecce
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts
- Train ticket from Ostuni to Lecce
- Luggage transfers
- Maps and route notes
- High Quality Bikes
- GPS navigation app
- Travel insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
- Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
- Visas or vaccinations
- Arrival & departure transfers
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 16 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 December 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy 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.Visa
For this Puglia - Cycling the Heel of Italy 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 traveling 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.
- Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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