PUGLIA – A TOUR IN THE “HEEL” OF ITALY

PUGLIA REGION – CYCLING EXPERIENCE
20-27 April 2024

Trip highlights:
7 NIGHTS (minimun) PACKAGE, which includes: 3 nights in Matera, 2 nights in Locorotondo and 2 nights in Polignano a Mare. Extended stays with time in Lake Garda can be added before or after this trip.
DAILY GROUP RIDE with VAN SUPPORT with our PROFESSIONAL GUIDES & STAFF
PINARELLO BIKE RENTAL INCLUDED: DOGMA F, GREVIL or GREVIL NYTRO
HOTEL: overnights in 4 stars Hotel
FOOD: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, specializing in LOCAL CUISINE

In April we head south to the “heel” of Italy, and the province of Puglia. Sunny and warm, we’ll spend time on the coast, with its beautiful azure water, as well as ride inland, through the quiet and serene countryside, seeing the famous sights of this area.

We will spend 3 nights in Matera, 2 nights in Locorotondo and 2 nights in Polignano a Mare, with unique rides in each area to discover the highlights of this quiet and largely undiscovered region.

We’ll visit Alberobello, famous for its Trulli houses, Ostuni, a unique village of all white structures, Matera, the third oldest city in the world, filled with ancient history and famous for its natural rock caves and rock churches, and Polignano along the coast, to see the sea caves. We will ride in Gravina in Puglia and Ginos near the Basilicata region, both filled with an ancient rock settlements and underground passages.

Our rides will be moderate in distance and climbing, with about 30-60 miles per day and not more than about 3000 feet of climbing. You can easily conquer the rides on your choice of a Pinarello Grevil Nytro that will easily take you over the hills, or the Grevil, the perfect bike for the rugged roads of Puglia, and feel secure knowing van support is always available.

Our hotel selections put you in 4- star hotels throughout the trip, so you will rest very comfortably, with luxurious rooms, amenities, and surroundings.

Meals are included, and you will be delighted with the local cuisine of Southern Italy. Puglia is well known for its delicious food, specializing in a variety of seafood, orecchiette pasta, and high-quality olive oil. Spumoni and pasticiotti pastry are in plentiful supply for those with a sweet tooth, and of course, there is local wine, including Primitive and Salice Salentino.

DETAILED PROGRAM

DAY 1 – Arrival

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2024

Arrival in Bari at Bari-Karol Wojtyla Airport or the Bari train station. We will meet you and transfer you by van to our hotel in Matera. We’ll get you set up on your bike and give you time to unwind and relax after your journey. Matera is the city of Sassi, ancient human settlements from the Paleolithic age, and is fascinating to visit.

DAY 2 – Murgia ride

SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2024

Our first ride takes us to the historic Gravina in Puglia, where you will ride among ancient rock settlements. There are underground passages and medieval churches, as well as the Alta Murgia National Park. You will be transported to ancient times as you ride among settlements dating back to the Iron Age.

RIDE: MURGIA NATIONAL PARK
89 km – 1000 m
55 mi – 3280 ft

DAY 3 – Ginosa ride

MONDAY 22 APRIL 2024

Today we leave Matera and head to Ginosa, on the border of the regions of Basilicata and Puglia. Ginosa is another ancient town, dating back to the Paleolithic age. You’ll enjoy riding on the quiet roads that traverse the countryside.

RIDE: GINOSA
73 km – 1000 m
45 mi – 3280 ft

DAY 4 – Locorotondo

TUESDAY 23 APRIL 2024

Today we leave Matera by bike and head to our next stop in Locorotondo. There we will visit the Trulli houses, the traditional Puglian stone house with a conical roof. The Trulli are one of a kind mortarless construction and because of their uniqueness, have been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are lovely to behold, and you will have lots of photo ops at this stop along our route.

RIDE: LOCOROTONDO
85 km – 600 m
52 mi – 1968 ft

DAY 5 – Ostuni ride

WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL 2024

Our longest day on the bike takes us to Grottaglie and Ostuni to the south. Grottaglie is an important artisan center for Puglian ceramics and majolica, with at least 50 artisans in the Quartiere delle Ceramiche, or artisan’s quarter. Then, we’ll head to Ostuni, “the white city”, named because all the buildings of the ancient historic center are whitewashed. The narrow streets lined with white houses are elegant and magical to see.

RIDE: OSTUNI
94 km – 900 m
58 mi – 2952 ft

DAY 6 – Polignano a Mare ride

THURSDAY 25 APRIL 2024

Today we have a short and easy ride as we transfer to our final location of the trip, Polignano a Mare, by the Adriatic Sea. Be prepared to soak in the sun and breathe the salt air as you gaze upon the beautiful blue waters of the area. This is our shortest day on the bike, giving you time to explore the seaside town and sea caves of Polignano a Mare.

RIDE: POLIGNANO A MARE
46 km – 120 m
26 mi – 393 ft

DAY 7 – Alberobello ride

FRIDAY 26 APRIL 2024

Today we head inland again with a ride to Alberobello, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, also famous for its Trulli houses, and we will get a more in depth look at the Trulli. Tonight, we will have our farewell dinner and share stories about our week in Apuglia.

RIDE: ALBEROBELLO
78 km – 760 m
48 mi – 2493 ft

DAY 8 – Departure

SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2024

After breakfast at the hotel, we will say our goodbyes and transfer you back to the airport or train station in Bari.

SERVICES AND FACILITIES INCLUDED

PACKAGE INFO

7 NIGHT (minimun) PACKAGE, which includes: 3 nights in Matera, 2 nights in Locorotondo and 2 nights in Polignano a Mare, starting on 20 April 2024. Extended stays with time in Lake Garda can be added before or after this trip

ACCOMODATIONS
  • 20-21-22 – Lo Stemma, Matera ****
  • 23-24 – Ottolire Resort, Locorotondo ****
  • 25-26 – Covo dei Saracendi, Polignano a Mare ****
MEALS & GOURMET
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch & Dinner in local restaurants, trattorie & osterie or in hotel restaurant
  • Water and energy drinksbananas, bars and sandwiches for daily rides.
CYCLING SERVICES
  • Guided tours with local guides
  • Daily rides 7 days a week .
  • Custom program in terms of lenght & altimetry of the rides.
  • Daily laundry service for your bike clothing including your free laundry net bag.
  • Full kit (Jersey + wind vest) brand Castelli x Andiamo Cycling
  • Water bottles
PINARELLO RENTAL

For this trip the rental of a PINARELLO DOGMA F DISK is included in the price. For the kind of terrain, we really suggest to rent PINARELLO GREVIL or PINARELLO NYTRO E-GREVIL both included in the price.

TRANSFERS

Collective transfer with our driver and minivan from and to Bari airport.
Transfer from others airport on requests (extra cost)

INSURANCE

Cancellation – Assistance – Medical expense Reimbursement – Luggage Insurance.
For more info click here

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

SINGLE ROOM
If you would prefer to stay in a single room, please let us know.

MASSAGE
Massage Area with masseur and physiotherapist available with prior arrangement.

THE BEST HOTEL
CHOICE FOR THIS
EVENT

MATERA
Lo Stemma Luxury Hotel ****

In Matera, Lo Stemma Luxury Hotel:  Have a drink in the top floor lounge, overlooking the Sassi  and the main Cathedral, while watching the sunset over Matera. Relax in your room, a blend of antiquity and modern lines, and a gorgeous view. This palace will provide you with all the comforts you need during your 3-night stay in Matera.

LOCOROTONDO
Ottolire Resort ****

For two nights your abode sits on a small hill in the heart of the green hills of the Valle d’Itria. The fairytale landscape is made up of immense expanses of centuries old olive groves and small plots of land planted as vineyards, bordered by characteristic stone walls.

POLIGNANO A MARE
Covo dei Saraceni ****

Simplicity and beauty, overlooking the sea. A drink al fresco to take in the sea air, or perhaps a visit to the spa will provide complete relaxation during these last few days of your trip.

OFFICIAL PINARELLO BIKE RENTAL


PINARELLO
DOGMA X

The new Pinarello Dogma X is a top of the line Pinarello road bike, with a frame designed for endurance and therefore more comfortable than the Dogma F, but still designed to be a high performing bike.


PINARELLO
DOGMA F

The Dogma F is a high-performance race bike with aggressive geometry. This bike is recommended for high level athletes who regularly ride high performance race bikes and are accustomed to the leaned over and low position, as well as the snappy handling, of this race bike.


PINARELLO
GREVIL

It has relaxed geometry making it a comfortable bike, wider tires and longer wheel base, perfect to handle the cobblestone and rough pavement that we often encounter and lower gearing to tackle our bigger hills. It’s a versatile bike designed for multiple terrains, from road rides to the white (gravel) roads in our area.


PINARELLO
NYTRO

The Nytro eBike is great for experienced riders who just need a little assistance going up some of our hills. The Nytro is a proper pedal assisted road bike (not a scooter). The motor has a maximum 300 watts, with 3 levels of pedal assist, The battery life depends on how the motor is used. (from 40km to more than 80km depending on elevetion)


CYCLING KIT

We will gift you the Andiamo Cycling Kit by famous italian brand Castelli. The full kit will consist of shirt, bibs, hat and wind vest


TRANSFER & VAN SUPPORT

We offer a daily van support for all your activities… from the rides, to the transfer from/to restaurants and all the transfer to the extra ride activities. We have a fleet of 4 top level minivan.

OUR PLUS

  • Our tours will not be cancelled for failure to reach the minimum number of people. All tours start even with only 1 guest.
  • We are a certified tour opearator and with all the official documentation. We are Italians and our headquarters is in italy.
  • We are not a foreign agency that sells trips in italy, but outsources the management of clients to third agencies, or to local cyclists, who operate without any control. Nicola, Davide or Alberto are always present in person with our staff at every event.
  • In all our tours, our clients has an insurance for cancellation – assistance – medical expense Reimbursement – luggage. Not all the tour operator include this service.
  • Our bike manager carefully selects the best hotels and restaurants to give our clients the best possible experience.

PRICING

Because this package has so many variables and options available, please contact us with some ideas of the nights you would like to spend, and we will quickly supply you with your own custom package and prices. Ask us for an offer for this amazing event here: info@andiamocycling.com


Davide

Head guide


Nicola

Guide & bike manager


Alberto

Guide & bike manager


Simone

Guide


Daniele

Guide


Roberto

mechanic & van driver

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