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Puglia: Cycle the Heel of Italy

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.

Quick Facts

  • Cycling
  • Road Cycling
  • Self-Guided Cycling

Whats Included

All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)

What to expect

* 7 nights comfortable hotels * 6 days cycling with luggage transfers * 99% asphalt, 1% unpaved roads * Gentle undulations throughout * Self-guided holiday. Min age 14 yrs

Cycle at your own pace through UNESCO historic Italian villages and idyllic coastline

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Days : 8

Price : From AED 4,630*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

Trip Style : Basic

Trip Type : Self guided

Physical Grading : 2

Trip Map

Itinerary Land Only

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Day 8

Reviews

Title : Varied and interesting landscapes
Summary : Every day delivered a new experience and interesting cycling challenge. The bikes were excellent quality - though at first I was a bit concerned about the weight of it and the traditional style - but they were robust! No one had a puncture and given how rough the roads were, that was impressive. The hotels were all a high standard and in good locations. It was good that it was B&B as it meant the accommodation was central and left you free to do your own thing in the evening. The guide notes were good and the yellow arrows on posts along the route were a reassurance. The route and places we visited were all very good and certainly on anyone's list for Puglia. Every cycle was rewarding and we felt we had achieved something every day.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Difficult to pinpoint one moment as the trip offered so many different places and scenery. The coastal routes were the most interesting and the views amazing.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/A it was self guided
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Book an extra day at the start in Matera - our friends (who have done this trip) advised us to do that and it was worth it. Maybe consider staying an extra night in Lecce at the end - that city had to more to it than we expected.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The first day was the longest and probably the most difficult. It would have been better to have that on say day 3 so that people will have got used to the bikes and gear changes - and to how to interpret the notes. It was hot and quite a few of us were a bit dehydrated by the end.

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Title : Great way to see the unique landscape and towns of this part of Italy
Summary : There is great variety on this trip with a good combination of towns, beach and countryside. The architecture is stunning, from baroque churches in Lecce, to the sassi in Matera, the trulli around Alberobello and the little squares in villages like Acaya. The beaches vary from tiny, like the ones in St Caterina or Tricase Porto, to big expanses around Otranto and then the coves around St Foca - something to suit everyone. The hotels are high standard with good breakfasts to set you up for the day.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Probably cycling through Riserva Naturale delle Cesine with just the sound of cicadas and birdsong for company. Although each town you cycle into is more breathtaking than the last!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/A as self-guided. But Marco who did the briefing before the trip was very informative and gave a good overview of what to expect.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Definitely stay a few nights in Matera before you start as there is so much to see there. A couple of nights in Lecce at the end is a good idea too. Get on the road early as there is a lot to see every day.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The info provided was great and easy to follow route notes and maps.

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Title : Puglia cycling
Summary : A very well organised trip. A good pace visiting the main sites. All instructions clear and detailed.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Arriving in Matera at start of trip was breathtaking
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/a
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Do some research to decide how much time you may want to explore en route each day as there never seemed enough time at the end of the day to explore the overnight destination. Make sure you follow all instructions for the route.

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Title : Puglia cycling
Summary : Very well organised. Lovely scenery and locations. Unfortunately had poor weather the week we were there - but no fault of anyone!
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
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Title : A fabulous way to see a less travelled part of Italy
Summary : A great tour of some unique and interesting towns, all with something to see and explore. The cycling was mostly easy and fun on empty roads (in May). The hotels were all different and of a really good standard, and the food and wine was excellent.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Arriving every day in a completely different and interesting place
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Self Guided
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : The days are easy enough to spend time having lunch on route or go right through to the destination and have more time to explore and eat there. Everything is cheaper than in other parts of Italy but they do close up in the afternoon and some of the potential lunch stops are very small so don't have many options.

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Title : Cycling in Pulia
Summary : Beautiful scenery, comfortable hotels, excellent route maps and written instructions. Very interesting and picturesque stopovers. Loved every minute of the trip we were also very lucky with the weather.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The days we cycled by the clear blue sea.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Self guided but good instructions on how to follow the route.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Take your time to enjoy the views and to get to know your fellow cyclists.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Would happily recommend exodus to my friends and family.

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Title : Puglia: A great way to discover it
Summary : Brilliant idea to self guide ourselves around this little known area of Italy, which has so much to discover. The cycling routes were really well thought out and lots of fun to follow. A mix of challenging and easy, so something for everyone, which optional extra bits such as off-road sections. Stunning countryside and castles. A mix of hotels, some of which were excellent, most good.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Lovely stop on the side of a cliff with great views, next to a bar shaped like a giant pineapple on the ride from Gallipoli to Santa Maria. The switchbacks and the long downhill on the second day are amazing rides.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Prepare by doing some cycling if you are a bit rusty. Particularly a few hills. Take a gel saddle!
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Lovely food and cafes all around the coast. Well thought out materials, road map, and the great green book from local partner Girolibero. Our green pack didn't arrive at our first hotel, so check for yours. Good idea to check you know how to fix a puncture in advance. We had a couple of breakdowns, but you are expected to fix your own punctures. And enjoy, this is a great trip.

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Title : Fantastic holiday
Summary : A great way of exploring the country, though some beautiful scenery staying in hotels that matched the character of the towns.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Arriving in Matera and seeing the uniqueness of the town.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : n/a

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Title : Cycling Puglia Heel of Italy
Summary : So glad we cycle during the month of October, weather was very comfortable. Fabulous cliffs with majestic sea views at every tops. Hotel selection was spectacular and authentic to region. Plenty of time to visit sites and explore during the day and left over energy to take advantage of nightlife of all the charming cities. Self-guided was simplyfie by accurate maps and practical stickers of an arrow on strategic intersections. Oh yes, we also made friends from all around the globe !
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Matera left a profound and magical impression on us. Taking the train with the bikes was fun. Just feeling the warm wind and salty air on top of gigantic cliffs.

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Title : Fantasic scenery, wonderful trip
Summary : We are a couple who went on the self guided heel of Italy cycling trip. We loved it, it was such a great experience, waking up every day and cycling in such a wonderful part of Italy. The first couple of days through olive groves and vineyards and the next days by the coast (which was my favourite as the scenery was amazing and stopping to swim in the coves that we came across was so much fun. Everyday we got to a great destination, and it was brilliant, just to have a wash and then go out and explore such wonderful and historic places. The hotels are a mixture of old and new, always in good locations. Breakfasts were full of different fruits, pastries, breads (loads of it to set us up for the day) I couldn't resist Italian ice cream and made sure I tried it every evening to check that it was still as delicious as the last place.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The fifth day cycling was the best day, the scenery was breath taking.

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Start Date - End DateAvailabilityPrice
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
2019-03-30 - 2019-04-068 AED 5,042
2019-04-06 - 2019-04-136 AED 5,042
2019-04-13 - 2019-04-208 AED 5,042
2019-04-20 - 2019-04-276 AED 5,042
2019-04-27 - 2019-05-048 AED 5,042
2019-05-04 - 2019-05-114 AED 5,145
2019-05-11 - 2019-05-185 AED 5,145
2019-05-18 - 2019-05-256 AED 5,145
2019-05-25 - 2019-06-014 AED 5,145
2019-06-01 - 2019-06-088 AED 5,145
2019-06-08 - 2019-06-151 AED 5,145
2019-06-15 - 2019-06-225 AED 5,145
2019-08-24 - 2019-08-318 AED 5,145
2019-08-31 - 2019-09-076 AED 5,145
2019-09-07 - 2019-09-144 AED 5,145
2019-09-14 - 2019-09-212 AED 5,145
2019-09-21 - 2019-09-288 AED 5,145
2019-09-28 - 2019-10-056 AED 5,145
2019-10-05 - 2019-10-128 AED 5,042
2019-10-12 - 2019-10-198 AED 5,042
2019-10-19 - 2019-10-266 AED 4,630