Italy’s Puglia Bicycle Tour

Italy’s Puglia Bicycle Tour

Southern Italy by Bicycle

Puglia, an emerging destination in southern Italy, is now being touted as the next Tuscany.

Southern Italy’s Puglia Bicycle Tour is an ancient world its hills and small coastal towns are steeped in history.

Located on the eastern coast this a place deep in the heartland of Greek mythology.

Puglia does have a distinctly Greek feel, but its ruins also feature Gothic and Byzantine architecture, among others. What better way to explore this mysterious region of olive groves and emerald waters than by bicycle?

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Italy’s Puglia Bicycle Tour

“The guides were superlative, giving us the history as well as shepherding us from experience to experience. Alberbello and Matera were high points of the tour, as well as the spontaneous lunch we had on the beach. It was a culinary highlight, as arranged by the guide.” 

Wayne – Calgary, Alberta

We love venturing off the beaten path to discover ancient footpaths and isolated villages.

Seeing the Italy Hannibal knew, and tasting truly authentic food. 

This is Puglia, and it awaits modern-day adventurers. Cycle past castles both small and grand, and old stone trulli dwellings. 

You’ll swim in the Adriatic and Ionian seas and view the Strait of Otranto.

You’ll sleep in ancient Masseria

Fortified country homes renovated into elegant inns and explore cities with histories that stretch back thousands of years. With all that surrounds you, you might even feel that you’re in some bewitching fairy tale.

Italy’s Puglia Bicycle Tour is

the best cycling way for discover the Salento land

Day by Day

Day One — City tour of Alberobello 

We’ll meet you early morning at the Brindisi Airport and shuttle you to our first city tour in Alberobello. Those who have arrived the day before will be met at your accommodations near Brindisi. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home of the famous trulli. Unique to Puglia, these circular stone homes are topped with conical roofs of gray limestone, and Alberobello alone has 1,500 of them! After a refreshing lunch, we’ll van a few more kilometers to arrive at our peaceful rural inn. Once you’re settled in to your rooms you’ll have your bicycle adjusted and we’re off on our first ride. You’ll appreciate their hospitality as we wind along its back roads and take in the view of the sea before retiring back to the inn. Once back at your inn we’ll partake in a tasting of local olive oils before tucking into a catered dinner.

Distance 25 km altitude 410 mt

Day Two — loop Ostuni

After a hearty breakfast, you will head out on a loop ride through the towns of Cisternino and Ostuni. After the initial uphill (better to get it over with early in the day!), you’ll meet astonishing views of the surrounding countryside and Adriatic as you cycle along the scenic ridge road to Ostuni. Known as The White City, Ostuni is built on the remains of a prehistoric town destroyed during the final throes of the Second Punic War. Its labyrinthine alleyways and cobblestone streets are ideal for exploring on foot or bike. A stop here is not complete without a visit to the Spanish-influenced, 15th-century cathedral, built under the auspices of the Sforzas, an aristocratic Milanese Renaissance family. Then it’s back to our inn to prepare for another prodigious dinner.

Distance 53 km altitude 580 mt

Day Three — Ride to Otranto

After a van shuttle, you’ll begin your travels through the Salento Peninsula. Today’s breathtaking scenery is characteristically Mediterranean, and not surprisingly, there’s a distinctly Greek atmosphere. Just some of the gems you’ll spot on today’s smooth ride: white sand beaches, the Alimini Lake Oasis, dozens of small, ancestral olive groves and vineyards. You’ll have lunch at a funky seaside trattoria before continuing onward to Otranto, a thriving port town and jewel of the Adriatic. Experience the elegant ambience and breezy night life of Otranto’s well-preserved historic center. Take your pick from one of the many trattorias for dinner and explore the town at your own pace. Don’t miss the Byzantine frescoes and the Castello Aragonese.

Distance 60 km altitude 410 mt 

Day Four — Ride to Santa Maria di Leuca

Awe-inspiring coastal vistas, hidden grottos, undulating cliffs — just a small part of what our ride has in store for us today. You’ll cycle along the spectacular high coastal road down to the southernmost point of Puglia, Santa Maria de Leuca — home of the famous lighthouse — where you’ll see the Strait of Otranto. This marks the point where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. En route, you’ll pass Grotta Zinzulusa, a fantastic seaside cavern lined with stalactites and stalagmites, and if the tide is right, you’ll be able to tour it. You’ll savour your lunch among the cliffs with stunning views over the Adriatic, then cycle onwards just past Santa Maria Leuca, your home for the evening.

Distance 59 km altitude 775 mt

Day Five – Ride to Gallipoli

Today you leave the Adriatic behind and explore Puglia’s Ionian coast. You’ll encounter flat countryside and a lush panorama as you journey along the western tip of Italy’s heel. Perhaps we’ll stop for a swim with the Naiads in the sparkling sea; if we do, keep your eyes peeled for fossils. With luck, the winds will be in our favour and you’ll end your day with an afternoon ride along Gallipoli Bay.

Distance 48 km altitude 150 mt

Day Six — Van shuttle  to Lecce (plus city tour)

The end point of the Appian Way is the refined city of Lecce — the Florence of the South — where cyclists outnumber cars and Vespas. According to local legend, Lecce was founded during the Trojan War, and it’s now the region’s economic and agricultural center, dealing in olive oils, wines and ceramics. As for its own natural resources, they export Lecce stone, a malleable limestone perfect for sculpture and carving, as well as formidable opera singers and footballers. A guided tour of this small city with its particular brand of Baroque architecture, barocco leccese, will wrap up another amazing day. But not before enjoying our final farewell dinner together in one of our favourite restaurants of the area.

Day Seven — Farewell

After our last breakfast together the tour will end with a transfer to the Brindisi Airport, sad that our adventure is ending but glad to have made new friends. 

PRICE & INCLUDED

Price

€ 3350 per person based on double occupancy

€ 450 single supplement

Included

7 nights’ accommodation

6 dinners, 7 breakfasts

Van support, guides, snacks and refreshments

Not Included

Airfare to Italy, lunches,alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature.

Bike rental tour

Road carbon bicycle € 280

E-bike € 280

Trip Details

Type

Guided bike tour

Level

Cycling along the sea

Rolling hills

Best time

June

September

October

Go Private

Custom groups anytime

Accommodation

Hotel 4 starts and Masseria

Begin

Brindisi

End

Lecce

Availability

June 18 – 23

September 08 – 13

October 02 – 08

October 10 – 16

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Excellent
Based on 96 reviews
Manuel König
Manuel König
08/03/2024
I rented the Canyon Gravel bike for the Strade Bianche and felt I had made the optimal choice. The booking process was very easy, Luigi is extremely kind, knowledgeable and helpful, the bikes are beautiful, perfectly maintained and adjusted to your needs and the price is more than fair compared to competitors. 5/5 stars. I would come back any time.
Silvia Dagnoli
Silvia Dagnoli
11/01/2024
Top! Professionalità e disponibilità al 100%. Ho preso una Canyon Gravel a noleggio, mi sono trovata molto bene.
William
William
03/12/2023
Very friendly, speaks good english. The bikes themselves are great. The bikes are nog insured by default.
Matthew Ng
Matthew Ng
04/10/2023
We had 5 excellent days of gravel riding (self guided Tuscany tour). The routes that Luigi provided us were a good mix of paved and gravel, and of course hills! The bikes (Canyon Grizl) were very nice and the luggage was always waiting for us at the next hotel. Luigi was accomodating, modifying the routes based on my requests. I would definitely recommend doing a trip with this company.
Robert Head
Robert Head
15/09/2023
The route was wonderful, with amazing scenery and history at every turn. Our guides, Sarah and Gigi were the best. They are both very accomplished and personable riders, provided interesting history of Tuscany during the tour, and emphasied safe riding while keeping everyone within sight. They are also great dinner companions!
James Twidale
James Twidale
05/09/2023
Luigi and BikeRiding Tuscany were an absolute pleasure to deal with. The bike was in incredible condition, delivered to my hotel and Luigi even arranged for a local mechanic to help with a small mechanical issue after my first ride. The experience from start to finish was brilliant. The communication friendly and quick. Simona was equally helpful on collection of the bicycle. I would love to join Luigi for a cycle tour as he seems very knowledgeable about the area and a good rider. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to explore Tuscany or Siena.
Mark Gatha
Mark Gatha
05/08/2023
Exceptional self guided tour. I highly recommend for all levels (but especially for a road cyclist). This is the tour company to book with! Bikes - excellent high end bikes. I rode a Canyon Ultimate CF SL Ultegra - light and fast and we'll tuned with new tires. My wife road the e-mountain bike which she really enjoyed. Routes - beautiful. We did 50-60km a day. Rapolano de Terme, Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and Castellini in Chianti. Varied terrain, vineyards, great climbs and beautiful medieval towns. Extremely well thought out. All on quiet roads. Hotels - all 3 and 4 stars with loads of character. The ones with pools were our favourites. All of the hotels were able to let us check in very early (it was hot so we rode as early as we could manage). Hotels all came with breakfast. Really great. Service - Luigi was a gem. Easy to contact, quick to communicate (before we came and during the tour) and passionate about cycling. He gave us a lot of great recommendations to help maximize our tour. I cannot say enough positive things about this trip and Bike Riding Tuscany. This was truly memorable. Highly recommended.
Bruce Jenkins
Bruce Jenkins
24/07/2023
I was on a trip around the world and stopped in Italy. A friend recommended BikeRidingTuscany to me for an unforgettable experience and it didn’t let down. They planned a custom 1 day gravel ride for me that took us from Rapolano Terme to Sienna and back. The pace was perfect and they were gracious with any requests for breaks or stops for water/food. I enjoyed myself so much that I extended my stay to do a run on the gravel amongst the beautiful sunflowers. If you’re adventurous, and seeking some safe fun riding, this is your team
greg luckos
greg luckos
16/07/2023
Great rental service! Nothing is a problem for Luigi. All bikes are set up tubless. Thank you

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