Puglia and Basilicata

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8 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
Guided

Description

Fascinating Puglia and Basilicata are located in south-eastern Italy in the “heel of Italy’s boot” and offer extraordinary variety and beauty. The region is relatively unspoiled, breathtakingly beautiful and rich with archaeological sites recalling the region’s strategic importance to the ancient Romans and Greeks. White washed villages are nestled against the hillside vineyards; olive groves and wheat fields decorate the valleys. Puglia is Italy’s largest producer of vegetables, olive oil and wine. Fresh ingredients and legendary cooking skills combine to provide visitors with a first class culinary experience. Our tour begins with the Sassi of Matera in Basilicata, old dwellings and rock churches carved centuries ago out of the steep cliffs. Today Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Matera we’ll bike through the Itria Valley, also called the Valley of the Trulloes, where you’ll find thousands of “trulli”, limestone dwellings that are the architectural symbol of Puglia. We’ll cycle on to unique Alberobello in Puglia, capital of the “trulli” and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here we’ll pedal to Martina Franca, a real Baroque gem.

All around you there is an explosion of color, olive trees and ancient farmhouses. Next is a visit to Castellaneta and its beautiful beaches on the Ionian Sea. From here we circle back to the mysterious land of Basilicata, through the rolling hills of the Bradano Valley and past the Lake of San Giuliano. We’ll reach Matera to enjoy a free afternoon of shopping and your farewell dinner. You’ll certainly enjoy your stay in this fascinating and picturesque region well known for the hospitality of its friendly people. Puglia’s warm, dry, Mediterranean climate is ideal for walking and biking in spring and fall.

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Tour Location

Country:
Italy
From:
Bari
To:
Matera

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
8 Days
Level:
Mod-Advanced
Terrain:
Some traffic
Tour Language:
English

Tour Distance & Dates

Month(s):
April|May|June|July|August|September|October

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: Available

Inclusions

7 nights of double occupancy lodging in very charming, air-conditioned, 3 and 4-star hotels or family farms (agriturismo) with private facilities
7 breakfasts and dinners
Bilingual cycling guide
Daily luggage transport
Transfer back and forth to Bari Airport
Technical and emergency assistance
Guided tour in the Sassi of Matera
Road book with directions
24 or 27 speed hybrid bike

Exclusions

Helmet
Airfare
Drinks at dinner
Lunches
Transportation other than scheduled transfers
Entrance fees
Gratuities for guides

Options

Self guided tour available
Support van (optional for additional supplement)

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