Check in around 14.00 at your hotel. Transfer to Matera not included. This beautiful town will be your starting point for the upcoming week. Depending on your time of arrival you can visit the city Matera, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful old town of Matera. Overnight in Matera.
Matera to Alberbello 76km
Early morning there will be a briefing and bike fitting for this Sassi of Matera -Salento self guided cycling trip. First Today you will cycle through the southern part of the Murgia to reach one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, Alberobello, universally-known as the capital of the Trulli. The village of Alberobello is famous for its Trulli constructions that are part of the World Heritage of UNESCO. A trulli (Trullo) is a Type of stone often white and you see them frequently in the province of Puglia & Basilicata. Overnight stay in Alberobello.
Alberbello to Ostuni 50km
Today you will ride the Itria Valley. The Itria Valley is red soil, green groves and vineyards, and white trullo houses under a serene blue sky. You will cycle through the beautiful white villages. Your first stop is in LOCOROTONDO for a typical Italian aperitif tasting the white wine produced in this region. The second stop is in MARTINA FRANCA, for a short visit to its marvellously intact historic centre, the beautiful square, and stunning Palazzi and last but not least you visit CISTERNINO for a lunch break, maybe in one of its typical butcher shops, where you can choose the meat you want to eat and they cook it for you. Finally you'll cycle to OSTUNI, the White City, whose whitewashed arches and houses shine like a pearly white tiara, extending across three hills with the magnificent cathedral as its sparkling centrepiece. Overnight stay in Ostuni.
Ostuni to Lecce
Today you will travel by train from Ostuni to Lecce (55 minutes, 0 changes, ticket Eur 5.50 not included). You can carry your bike for free on regional rails. You can spend the day visiting this wonderful city, walking around its streets and alleys. Explore the beautiful Baroque city, losing yourself among its baroque palaces. Do not forget to visit the cathedral and its square, the Church of Santa Croce and the old Amphitheater. Overnight stay in Lecce.
Lecce to Otranto 50km
Leaving Lecce, after a short ride you'll reach Acaya, a very small fortified town. The rest of today's stage runs along the Adriatic coast: you will cycle to the seaside village of Torre Dell’Orso where you have the opportunity to swim in the suggestive Grotta della Poesia, to relax. Cycling along the Alimini Lakes. You finally reach Otranto. If you want you can have a delicious seafood dinner and take a walk through the historic centre. Overnight stay in Otranto.
Otranto to Gallipoli 60km
Today your tour will lead you from the Adriatic coast to the Ionian coast. On your way you will cycle through the town of Melpignano. crowded with more than 100.000 visitors during the Night of the Taranta, which takes place in August, and Corigliano D’oranto with its wonderful castle. From here you will cycle to your destination: Gallipoli. Don't miss the chance to spend your evening strolling around the beautiful streets of the old town and to have a drink with a great view on the sea. Overnight stay in Gallipoli.
Gallipoli to Lecce 50km
Today's first stop is Galatone, where you can visit the Sanctuary of the Crucifix, and Galatina. Take time to visit the Mother-Church and the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria with its 15th-century frescoes. Then you'll cycle back to Lecce. Use your time to wander among the numerous alleys of the historic centre where the Baroque art shows itself also in the decorated balconies and terraces of private homes. Overnight stay in Lecce.
Departure day…a good flight back home or else a pleasant stay in South Italy. Transfers to the airport (on request) according to the time of your flight!