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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1050USD

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Overview

Trip Code: UPU

Trip highlights


  • Cycling along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts
  • Staying overnight in atmospheric hotels
  • Discovering the ancient cities of Gallipoli and Leece
  • Enjoying the local delicacies including olive oil, fresh vegetables and wine
  • Exploring the Puglia region which is largely unspoiled by tourism

Puglia in south eastern Italy encompasses the heel of Italy's boot and is bordered by the sea on two sides (the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast). The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. This cycle tour delves into this region of scenic beauty, which is still unspoiled and retains a rich cultural legacy. This circuit route follows both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts from Lecce, often referred to as the Florence of the south. This is an ideal holiday for those short on time, seeking the less known pockets of Italy with all the coastal highlights of Puglia. Staying in atmospheric hotels ensures you gain a full appreciation of this special region.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Make your own way to Lecce today and check-in to the first hotel. Thanks to its Baroque style, Lecce has earned the nickname of "Florence of the South". Appreciate the rich sculpted motives from the 17th century made with the tender stone from Lecce. The old town, enclosed by what is left of the ancient walls, bears the impression of that exuberant period.

Meals:  B

The cycle begins by heading deep into the "Salentinian countryside" before approaching the Ionian coast and your destination for today, Gallipoli. An ancient Greek city, it is a fishing town divided into two parts: the new town and the old town, which is connected by a 17th century bridge to the mainland. Elevation +70m/230ft

Meals:  B

Continue cycling further along the coast and you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. The name Santa Maria di Leuca was given to this town by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They say it was enlightened by the sun and therefore called it "Leukos", meaning white. Today it is a famous seaside resort and fishing area and there is ample opportunity to swim at the beach in the afternoon. Elevation +40m/131ft

Meals:  B

Another superb day of cycling as you follow the Adriatic coast northwards. Passing by small towns, impressive grottoes, inlets for swimming and small cafes, you soon arrive at Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle. Elevation +480m/1575ft

Meals:  B

Today's cycle will take you along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush towards Lecce. Elevation +100m/330ft

Meals:  B

After breakfast the trip concludes. Lecce is well connected by train with the airports of Bari and Brindisi.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts - varied buffet breakfasts are served in each hotel
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfers
  • 27 gear bicycle rental with puncture resistant tyres, pannier, gel saddle and helmet
  • digital information pack including route notes, maps, navigational App (can be used offline), GPS Tracks and travel guide per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • Welcome briefing

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Local hotel taxes (allow EUR10)
  • Train transfers
  • Travel to and from Lecce
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

This trip involves 4 days cycling with daily distances between 50 and 55km/31 and 34mi. The route is mostly in the lowlands, although it is sometimes hilly. You will cycle almost always on asphalt roads. Traffic is almost non-existent in Puglia, expect during the high holiday season. The route includes very beautiful stretches along the coast. The trip requires a reasonable level of fitness to fully participate in this adventure. You need only carry your camera and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Weekly on Monday from 4 Apr to 25 Jul and 5 Sep to 24 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
Due to logistics this trip is not suitable for solo travellers. It can be possible for single travellers to book on a date which already has bookings. Contact our team for more details.
DN2
High season is from 27 Jun to 25 Jul and 5 Sep to 11 Sep, Mid season is from 25 Apr to 26 Jun and 12 Sep to 9 Oct - supplement applies to mid and high season departures.
DN3
Alternative dates available for groups of 6 or more.

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Fundraising events, sporting groups, family treats; learn how you can organise a Private Group from just 6 travellers.

Total Priceper person from

$1050USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • Single SupplementUSD$210
*Prices listed are per person

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