Puglia Cycling | Classic Bike Tour | Matera to Adriatic Coast

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Amazing Puglia & Basilicata Cycling Tour Starting from the SASSI of Matera, through Alberobello, Ostuni, ending in Polignano Mare on the Adriatic Coast.

This Cycling Tour in Puglia and Basilicata regions stands out as one of the most captivating tours in Southern Italy. While it’s a best-seller among cycling companies, our distinguishing factor lies in our commitment to providing high-level accommodations and exceptional services, setting us apart from the rest.

Embark on an unforgettable cycling adventure starting from the breathtaking city of Matera. You will overnight two nights in the SASSI of Matera, allowing ample time to immerse themselves in the city’s unique charm.

You will ride to Altamura, a town renowned for its ancient history and delectable bread.

Then will head to Alberobello, famous for its enchanting trulli, traditional Apulian dry stone huts with conical roofs. Traverse through this UNESCO World Heritage Site and absorb the magical atmosphere.

The surprises are not end: Ostuni, known as the “White City” due to its stunning whitewashed buildings perched atop a hill and the Val d’Itria (Itria Valley) cycling towards Martinafranca rich of Trulloes on the countryside.

The final leg of this incredible tour leads to Polignano a Mare, a coastal gem boasting dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear waters.

Join us on this cycling odyssey through Matera and the captivating landscapes of Puglia, discovering the region’s cultural treasures and scenic beauty at every turn.

Tour Details
Informations
Tour name Puglia Classic
Type of tour Self guided, cycling
Duration 6 nights, 7 days
Difficulty Leisure to Moderate
Total Distance 255 up to 300km / 160 up to 188mi
Daily mileage 36 up to 69km / 23 up to 43mi
Start Matera 
End Polignano a Mare
Suggested Airports In / Out: Bari

Highlights:

  • Matera Unesco Heritage City & SASSI
  • The TRULLI & Itria Valley
  • Ostuni, the White Town
  • Outstanding Apulian Food & Wine
Inclusions
Not Included
Optional Services
  • Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
  • Six breakfasts
  • Bike Delivery to Matera & bike fitting
  • Drop Off bikes and gear in Polignano
  • Private Event on RWGPS App, easy offline navigation
  • Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
  • All Baggage transfers
  • Keepsake “Bike Tour Sardinia” water bottle
  • All tax and Service Charges
  • City Tax; each village charge a tax per each day between euro 0,70 to 2,50
  • Bike Rental
  • Pre/Post Additional Nights
  • Transfers to/from other destinations on the Island
  • Cooking lessons
  • Cheese tasting
  • Wine tasting
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day - Benvenuti to Matera.

Upon arrival in Matera, whether by bus or private transfer, you’ll be greeted warmly. After settling into your hotel, it’s time for a briefing, orientation, and getting set up with your bikes.
Matera, a UNESCO-listed ancient town, once inhabited 9,000 years ago in caves within the canyon, is a living testament to history. Experience the captivating ambiance of this troglodyte settlement that stands as a mesmerizing example in the Mediterranean. Delve into its extraordinary past, complemented by stunning vistas!
Should you desire, we can organize a guided walking tour of the Sassi, Matera’s ancient districts, and the Park of Rupestrian Churches. Immerse yourself in the secrets of this unique heritage. Cap off the day with a delightful dinner at a characteristic restaurant nestled within the Rock, a recommendation from us for an authentic experience.
Overnight in Matera.

Day 2 Matera Loop to Altamura. 36 up to 58km / 23 up to 36mi, rolling hills.

Cycling; Choose your adventure: opt for a loop around Matera leading to the plateaus, offering panoramic views of the enchanting Sassi district. Explore the Murgia, also known as the Park of Rock Churches, where a short distance from the visitor center lies the remnants of a Neolithic village. On your return journey to Matera, make a captivating stop at the ‘Cava della Palomba,’ a centuries-old stone quarry transformed into a contemporary art exhibition space.
For a more extended excursion, cycle towards Altamura, renowned for its awe-inspiring Cathedral and prized DOP bread. Navigate through the historic center’s charming alleys, savoring the delightful Altamura focaccia, freshly baked in traditional wood-burning ovens. Your return to Matera promises a scenic route traversing lush pastures and captivating landscapes.
Overnight in Matera.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3Matera to Alberobello & Trulli. 69km / 43mi, rolling hills.

Cycling: Pedal from Matera to Alberobello, weaving through charming villages like Gioia del Colle and Noci, as you head towards the iconic capital of Trulli, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wrapped in mystery, these peculiar conical structures, known as trulli, define the very essence of Puglia’s allure. Their unique, dry-stone construction and distinctive conical roofs grace the Monti and Aia Piccola districts with over 1500 scattered trulli, each a testament to the region’s enigmatic charm.
Unwind in a Trullo house hotel, immersing yourself in the quaint atmosphere that perfectly complements the captivating journey you’ve embarked upon.
Overnight in Alberobello
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Alberobello to Ostuni, the White Town. 45km / 28mi, rolling hills

Cycling: Outstanding day bike ride through the scenic Itria Valley, making stops at the captivating villages of Locorotondo and Cisternino before reaching Ostuni, acclaimed as an architectural gem. Renowned as ‘the White Town’ due to its pristine white walls and distinctively painted architecture, Ostuni sprawls across three hills, exuding an almost Grecian ambiance amidst its maze of whitewashed streets.
As you wander through Ostuni’s labyrinthine alleys adorned with cascading bougainvillea and vibrant flora, the town’s charm evokes an ethereal Mediterranean feel. The iconic Piazza della Libertà proudly showcases a 15th-century cathedral, a stunning example of late Gothic and early Renaissance architecture. Delve into Ostuni’s artistic heritage with its unique clay figurines, the ‘fischietti,’ intriguingly designed to function as whistles, adding a playful touch to the town’s cultural allure.
Overnight in Ostuni.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5Martina Franca Loop. 55km / 34mi, rolling hills

Cycling: Departing from Ostuni, your cycling day takes you through rustic hamlets before tracing the path of the ancient Pugliese aqueduct on the ciclovia. Ascending gently, you’ll arrive at Martina Franca, a city adorned with opulent Baroque architecture and inviting piazzas.
Immerse yourself in the local culinary delights by sampling the famed ‘capocollo’ ham paired harmoniously with a glass of bold red wine, often the Primitivo, sharing a genetic heritage with Zinfandel. This robust vino della casa frequently graces the tables of trattorie and osterie. Alternatively, opt for the local Verdeca, a delightful white wine offering a refreshing taste of the region’s vineyards.
Overnight in Ostuni
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6Ostuni to Spectacular Polignano and Adriatic Sea. 50km / 31mi, downhill and flat terrain

Cycling: Embark on the final leg along the breathtaking Puglian coastline, traversing expansive olive groves and riding parallel to the Adriatic shores.
Starting from Ostuni, enjoy a delightful downhill ride leading you to the coast. Meandering along the shoreline, you’ll pass by Torre a Canne, Savelletri, and the ruins of Torre Egnazia, where remnants of ancient wagon wheel tracks trace the path of the old Roman road, Via Traiana. Your journey continues to Monopoli, a charming coastal town adorned with the stunning Aragonese castle.
The ultimate destination awaits in Polignano a Mare, a picturesque whitewashed village perched on cliffs overlooking the Adriatic. Explore its labyrinthine old town streets and be captivated by the awe-inspiring vistas of the azure sea. Notably famous for its natural caves, Grotte, sculpted into the limestone coastline by the relentless forces of wind and waves.
This unforgettable journey will etch lasting memories of this delightful break, leaving you with a longing to return and explore further!
Overnight in Polignano a Mare.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7Arrivederci! Good bye!

After breakfast end of the tour
Enjoy the village and the Apulian Atmosphere before to leave to Bari or other destinations in Italy
Meals included: Breakfast

Map

Rates
Self Guided
Tour Price: 1750€

Price based on double occupancy, it can change according to the period.

Make it custom: contact us for a quote!

Single occupancy: 550€
Solo traveler: upon request

Private & Custom departures at any time

Road bike for rental

ROAD BIKE

Carbon frames with Ultegra 11 speed; compact groupset.

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Electric bike for rental

E-BIKE

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HYBRID BIKE

Hybrid-Touring bikes very light to face the Italian Hills.

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Lodging Sample
palazzo degli abati matera
Day 1 & 2 – Palazzo Degli Abati Hotel, Matera

Set inside the Matera Sassi area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Palazzo Degli Abati offers unique rooms carved in the rock or in a 18th-century building. This family-run property offers panoramic views of the city.

Day 3 – Le Alcove, Alberobello

Experience an unusual mix of modern comforts and ancient stone dwellings when you stay at Le Alcove-Luxury Hotel nei Trulli; a series of traditional Trulli huts in the heart of Alberobello.

Day 4 & 5 – Casa d’Autore Hotel, Ostuni

Featuring a garden, Casa d’Autore is a restored 18th-century building located in Ostuni’s city center, 1969 feet from Ostuni’s famous White Town. It offers classic-style rooms with antique furnishings

giovi relais
Day 6 – Giovi Relais, Polignano

Set in Polignano A Mare, Giovì Relais features a wellness center and elegant, air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV and free WiFi. All guest rooms feature a private bathroom with shower, and some also have a balcony.

Reviews

Our second self-guided tour with BTS – the first was an awesome week long exploration of southwestern Sardinia.. and we recently completed a 7 day tour of Puglia – starting in Matera. All hotels we’re excellent – as were the bikes, baggage transfers, and route advice. BTS has become our “go-to” for Italian cycle-touring!

Warren, USA
May, 2023

We did the bike tour with Mauro and it is our second trip with him. It has been the best experience, fun, different and highly recommended in Italy. He is extraordinary and super professional, friendly and careful. It takes you along different routes that you have previously traveled so that it is a safe and pleasant walk. We combine it with cheese and wine tasting and it is the perfect complement.
We are going to plan another trip with him next year!!!

Margarita, Mexico City
September 28th, 2022

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