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Heart of Puglia - Self-Guided bike tour Italy - Van Gogh Tours

Heart of Puglia

From: $1090 USD

5 Days / 4 Nights
Type: Self-Guided
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Imagine Yourself…

  • Cycling through the Itria Valley and stay overnight in a “trullo”
  • Enjoying the view over the Adriatic Sea from Ostuni
  • Riding along the Adriatic coast
  • Savoring the tastes of the area

Overview

Heart of Puglia - Self-Guided bike tour Italy - Van Gogh Tours

Embark on a journey filled with rich, not-to-be-missed experiences on this short but captivating tour. Starting from the ancient city of Matera, renowned for its historic Sassi district, you will be immersed in the unique charm of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the labyrinthine streets and cave dwellings that tell the story of centuries past. From Matera, your adventure continues as you cycle through the picturesque Itria Valley, a region known for its rolling hills, olive groves, and vineyards. Arrive in the enchanting town of Alberobello, where you will stay overnight in a traditional “trullo” – a distinctive conical-roofed house that offers a truly unique and immersive experience. The next leg of your journey takes you to Ostuni, famously known as “La Città Bianca” or “The White Town.” This stunning hilltop town, with its whitewashed buildings and narrow streets, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea. Take time to wander through the historic center and soak in the beauty and history of this architectural gem.

This short tour is a perfect blend of cultural discovery, scenic cycling, and coastal relaxation, providing you with an unforgettable taste of Southern Italy’s diverse and enchanting landscapes.

Daily Itinerary

  • DAY 1 - Arrival Matera - Loop 19 miles (30 km)

    Upon arrival in Matera, you’ll have a briefing about the tour and get fitted for your bike. Afterward, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Matera’s Sassi district. Explore the winding streets and ancient cave dwellings that characterize this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    After exploring Matera, begin your cycling journey to the Murgia plateau, covering approximately 30 kilometers. This scenic ride offers breathtaking views of the rugged landscape and allows you to experience the natural beauty of the region.

    Tonight, you’ll stay overnight in a typical room in the old town, allowing you to connect with Matera’s rich history and cultural heritage.

  • DAY 2 - Matera to Alberobello – 43 miles (69 km)

    Leaving Matera in the Basilicata region, you’ll soon find yourself crossing into Puglia. Within just a few kilometers, the landscape transforms as you enter the picturesque countryside of southern Italy.

    Your route takes you through Gioia del Colle, a charming town with a rich history and cultural heritage. From there, you’ll follow country roads that wind through the scenic countryside, passing through Noci before arriving in Alberobello.

    Alberobello is a unique village famous for its “Trulli” houses, characterized by their distinctive conical roofs. These traditional limestone dwellings create a picturesque scene that feels like stepping into a fairy tale.

    Tonight, you’ll have the unforgettable experience of staying overnight in a Trullo, immersing yourself in the local culture and history.

    Grade: Easy

  • DAY 3 - Alberobello to Ostuni – 28 miles (45 km)

    Today’s journey takes you through the picturesque Itria Valley, where you’ll encounter charming villages rich in history, art, and culinary delights.

    Your first stop is Locorotondo, a beautiful village known for its circular layout and whitewashed houses adorned with flowers. Take some time to wander its cobblestone streets and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Continuing on, you’ll arrive in Cisternino, another enchanting village famous for its well-preserved historic center and delicious local cuisine. Consider stopping for a leisurely lunch to savor some traditional Puglian dishes.

    Next, venture to Martina Franca, a town renowned for its Baroque architecture and lively atmosphere. Explore its elegant streets lined with historic buildings, visit the impressive Basilica di San Martino, and soak in the vibrant culture of the area.

    Finally, make your way to Ostuni, affectionately known as the “White Town” for its gleaming white buildings that cascade down the hillside. Ostuni offers stunning views and a charming old town to explore.

    Grade: Easy

  • DAY 4 - Ostuni to Monopoli – 25 miles (40 km)

    Your adventure begins in Locorotondo, a gem of a village with its circular layout and picturesque streets adorned with blooming flowers. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley below.

    Continuing your journey, you’ll arrive in Cisternino, where time seems to stand still amidst its well-preserved historic center. Indulge in the flavors of Puglian cuisine at a local trattoria.

    Next stop is the elegant beauty of Martina Franca, renowned for its Baroque architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Explore the town’s charming squares and visit the majestic Basilica di San Martino.

    As the day unfolds, your path leads you to Ostuni, affectionately known as the “White Town” for its dazzling whitewashed buildings perched on a hilltop overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Wander through its labyrinthine streets, adorned with bougainvillea and wrought-iron balconies, and discover the enchanting charm of its old town.

    Grade: Easy

  • DAY 5 - Tour Ends

    Your tour ends after breakfast.

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full

Category

Accommodation

Double/Twin

Single

Comfort

4 star B&B or

Holiday Farms

$ 1090

$ 1380

Prices are per person in US Dollars – inclusive bike rental

Choose your own starting date

  • What's included

    • 4 nights of double occupancy lodging in very charming 4-star B&B  or family farms (agriturismo)
    • 4 breakfasts
    • 27-speed bike including helmet, pannier and water bottle
    • Luggage transport
    • GPX-files
    • Emergency assistance telephone number
    • Road book with directions
  • Bikes

    HYBRID BIKES are included in the price of the tour. Bicycles come equipped with grip shifters, helmets, pannier, water bottle, cycle computer, signal lamps, emergency pack.

    Hybrid bike - FV - Van Gogh Tours - Self Guided tour ItalyHybrid bike - FV - Van Gogh Tours - Self Guided tour Italy

    Hybrid bike - FV - Van Gogh Tours - Self Guided tour Italy

    ELECTRIC BIKES can be rented for this tour ($70 per person).We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver.

    We have two models; one with a low step. 

    Hybrid bike - FV - Van Gogh Tours - Self Guided tour Italy

    Hybrid bike - FV - Van Gogh Tours - Self Guided tour Italy

     

  • Meals

    Included in the tour price you’ll receive daily buffet breakfast. For the buffet breakfasts there’s an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, jams, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and tea. For lunches you will be in a town so you can find lunch at a restaurant on your own. Dinners will be on your own, and you can choose one of many delicious restaurant options within easy walking distance from our hotel. 

  • Not included

    • Airfare
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Transfer back and forth to Bari Airport (on request)
    • Entrance fees
    • City taxes
    • Trip cancellation insurance

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

L’Orto di Lucania

L’Orto di Lucania

  • Montescaglioso
  • Beautiful sunsets and starry nights
  • Restaurant offers typical local culinary traditions

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