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8 Days World Heritage Sites Bike Self-Guided Tour in Puglia and Basilicata, Italy

Bari, Italy

Exciting Bike Tour in Italy

Travel to Italy like never before in this exciting and thrilling cycling tour. Apulia Bike Tours will give you a wonderful opportunity to come and visit different world heritage sites in Puglia and Basilicata, Italy. By choosing Apulia Bike Tours, you will be in good hands with the expert, local trip leaders that will guide you along the way making you discover the best of this wonderful region.

Key information

  • Self-guided tour
  • Type of transportation: bicycle, train
  • Starts in: Bari
  • Ends in: Bari
  • Minimum number of participant: 2

Highlights

  • Visit and explore the city of Bari
  • Witness the world heritage sites of Puglia and Basilicata
  • Discover the beauty of the Apulian Romanesque cathedrals
  • Information material and route description with maps
  • Luggage transport and hybrid bike service
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

For this cycling tour, you will be provided with seven nights accommodation.

  • Night 1: Bari
  • Night 2: Trani
  • Night 3: Minervino Murge
  • Night 4: Gravina in Puglia
  • Night 5: Matera
  • Night 6: Alberobello
  • Night 7: Bari

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Bari

You will arrive individually in Bari. Upon arrival, it is suggested that you visit the city and cultural crossroads since the ancient times. Bari is an ideal starting point, a city where two souls meet.

The old town, surrounded by an imposing wall and crossed with narrow streets that lead to the discovery of its rich heritage; and the modern city, built at the beginning of the 19th century and having endured several changes over time. Do not forget to visit the Basilica of San Nicola, a wonderful example of Apulian Romanesque. Overnight will be in Bari.

Day 2: Bitonto, Terlizzi, Ruvo di Puglia, and Trani

The bike, roadmap, and route description will be delivered to you. On this day, you will discover the beauty of the Apulian Romanesque cathedrals cycling toward the towns of Bitonto, Terlizzi, Ruvo di Puglia, and Trani, your final destination.

Trani's cathedral, regarded by some as the "Queen of cathedrals in Puglia", exhibits a finely decorated portal with a marvelous bronze door work of Barisano da Trani, comprising of 32 panels each portraying a biblical character. The distance for this day is about 68 kilometers. Overnight stay will be in Trani.

Day 3: Andria and Minervino Murge

For this day, you will cycle across the Apulian inland. Your first stop is Andria, where you can enjoy the famous Burrata (mozzarella that is formed into a pouch and then filled with soft, stringy curd and cream). Then you will continue for about 10 kilometers reaching the Alta Murgia National Park.

Among hills, pastures, olive trees, and vineyards, on a hill of the Murge Plateau, you will finally get to the most important example of Swabian architecture: Castel del Monte (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The distance for this day is 55 kilometers. Overnight will be in Minervino Murge.

Day 4: Murgia plateau and Gravina in Puglia

You are still in the Murgia plateau. The expanse of grassy terrain is broken up by the whiteness of the rocks, while a dense woodland changes color according to the seasons, and a network of canals through which creeks once ran are today marked by expansive, cultivated fields.

Your destination for the day is Gravina in Puglia, a land of natural galleries, caves, and ravines carved out by an underground river and used as human dwellings in centuries past. The distance for this day is 65 kilometers. Overnight will be in Gravina in Puglia.

Day 5: Altamura to Matera

You will leave Gravina and ride up to Altamura. The town can be spotted on a spur overlooking the plateau, with the cathedral towers standing out against the sky. Do not miss the chance to taste the famous Altamura bread and Focaccia. At the end of the stage, your tour will lead you to another famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Matera.

Famous for its Sassi and stunning landscapes, Matera, located on the border of Basilicata and Puglia, is not only breathtaking but fascinating. The distance for this day is 45 kilometers. Overnight stay will be in Matera.

Day 6: Apulia and Alberobello

Heading out of Basilicata, you will enter Apulia again. Crossing Gioia del Colle, home of the mozzarella, and Noci, you will reach Alberobello, universally-known as the capital of the Trulli, distinctive, small, dry-stone buildings with a conical roof.

There are about 1,500 trulli scattered in Monti and Aia Piccola districts, both listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996. If you want, you can spend the night in a Trullo. The distance for this day is about 79 kilometers. Overnight will be in Alberobello.

Day 7: Castellana Grotte to Bari

Today, you will discover on your bike the stunning beauty of the Apulian countryside and not only that, you will also ride towards Castellana Grotte, known for its intriguing underground caves. Amazing stalactites and stalagmites give shape to a fascinating and mysterious scenery, provided with an evocative play between light and shade.

Then you will start the downhill run towards the sea until you reach Polignano A Mare, a shining gem on the coast of the Valle d'Itria, perched atop a 20-meter high limestone cliff above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.

At this point, you can choose whether to reach Bari by train (ticket price is not included, your bike travels for free on regional trails), or by bike. The distance up to Polignano is 35 kilometers, up to Bari is 82 kilometers. Overnight stay will be in Bari.

Day 8: Departure

This is the last day of this tour. Prepare to depart and have a safe travel back to your home or other destination.

Included excursions

  • Visit the city and cultural crossroads of Bari
  • Visit the Castel del Monte (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Matera
  • Witness the world heritage sites in Puglia and Basilicata
  • Visit the Trulli scattered in Monti and Aia Piccola districts that are both listed as world heritage by UNESCO

Location

This cycling tour will start and end in Bari, Italy.

Food

Breakfast will be served to you daily in your accommodation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Visit world heritage site in Puglia and Basilicata
  • Bike rental (hybrid bike)
  • Information material and route description with maps
  • GPS with the needed tracks
  • Luggage transport service
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Health and luggage insurance
  • Tourist taxes
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Pricing information
  • Single room extra charge: 30%
  • 3rd bed reduction: 15% deduction
  • Trailer extra charge: 60 EUR
  • E-bike extra charge: 150 EUR
  • Road bike extra charge: 60 EUR
Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • January 8 - May 31
  • September 23 - December 20

 

Mid season

 

  • June 1 - July 14
  • August 24 - September 22

 

High season

 

  • July 15 - August 23
  • Banking holidays (Easter week; 28th April - 01st May; 30th May - 02nd of June.)

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