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BASILICATA & APULIA: 

the "Sassi" and "Trulli" Tour 

 

A lovely week of cycling around the two wonderful UNESCO sites of Alberobello and Matera, gained international fame for its ancient town, the "Sassi di Matera. Leaving from Matera 'Sassi' with its rock caves and stone houses, you will reach the Itria Valley, a karstic  land also called the Valley of the 'Trulli' due to the thousands of these trulli, limestone dwellings that are remarkable examples of drywall constructions offering a prehistoric building technique which is still in use in Apulia. All around you there is an explosion of colour, olive trees and ancient farmhouses. Back to the mysterious land of Basilicata, a slow ride from the rolling hills of the Bradano Valley, to the natural oasis of San Giuliano Lake and back to Matera.

The South of Italy's natural beauty, ancient culture, deeply-rooted local traditions, genuine Mediterranean food and above all the warmth and hospitality of its people, will capture you and leave you with an unforgettable feeling.

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

Arrival at Matera and transfer to your hotel

Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the Sassi di Matera ( stones of Matera), The Sassi originates from prehistoric settlement and are houses dug into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia. Many of these houses are really only caverns. 

In the afternoon there will be a guided tour around the Sassi with its small streets and squares, caves, rock churches and cellars. We suggest that you have dinner in one of the Sassi's typical restaurant.

 

 

Day 2

From  Matera to Alberobello (64 km / 40 miles)

After breakfast: distribution of the bicycles, route briefing and departure for Alberobello. You will pass through small villages such as Gioa del Colle and Noci and then you continue for Alberobello, the capital town of trulli, an UNESCO world heritage. A Trullo is a traditional Apulian stone dwelling with a conical roof. 

Overnight stay in the historical centre in a trullo dating from 1600

 

 

Day 3

Today you can choose between two tours: 

Alberobello - Cisternino – Martina Franca-Alberobello (45 km / 28 miles)

Departure in the direction of the Itria Valley, a karstic depression filled with thousands of olive trees. You will pass through Cisternino, one of the whitewashed villages in the valley. A climb over the hill dominating the Itria valley will bring you to Martina Franca, a real Baroque gem. Back to Alberobello and overnight stay in your trullo.

or

A ring tour from Alberobello to Castellana (km. 40 / 25 miles) to visit the underground caves. Overnight stay at Alberobello

 

Day 4

Alberobello -Castellaneta Marina: the day of the Ravines (69 km / 42 miles)  

Taranto province, you will cycle along deserted roads and among vineyards. You will pass through the Land of the Ravines and the villages of Mottola and Palagianello. The Ravines are deep precipices, often more than 100 metres deep, similar to canyons. You continue cycling to Castellaneta Marina, birthplace of Rudolph Valentino, on the Ionian Sea.

Overnight stay in Castellaneta Marina 

 

 

Day 5

Castellaneta Maria-Montescaglioso: the day of the Fruit gardens (40 km / 25 miles)

Today you will continue to cycle along the Bradano River among vineyards and orange trees. After a light ascent on the Montescaglioso hill (a visit to the Benedictine Abbey is a must), back to the valley again and overnight stay at a holiday farm specialized in producing vegetables. Overnight stay in farmhouse B&B. Relax in the swimming pool. 

 

Day 6

Montescaglioso: a rest day or a circular route 

Today you have time to enjoy a circular cycle in the valley or relax in the swimming pool.

 

Option n. 1: The Ancient Via Appia (35 km / 22 miles) 

Riding along the ancient "Via Appia" (an old Roman road), you will pass through the charming village of Miglionico, with a nice view on the valley. Back to your holiday farm for relax and dinner. Back to your farm house B&B for some relax.
 

Cycle option n. 2: San Giuliano Lake and the Matera hills (40 km / 25 miles)
This route will take you along the wonderful, deserted road around the San Giuliano Lake, a peaceful natural oasis, the destination of many migratory birds from Africa. We suggest you take some time to enjoy bird watching, spotting grey herons, cormorants, storks and fish hawks. Optional stop to the Crypt of Original Sin (with the oldest frescoes in the area). Back to your farm house B&B for some relax. 


Day 7

Back to Matera (25 km / 15,5 miles)

The route will take you back to Matera skirting again the Park of Rock Churches. After 12 km . you’ll leave your bikes to reach the Gravina canyon walking. Picnic in the caves of Cristo La Selva, an amazing Rupestrian village in the hearth of the Park. Head on to Matera and get situated at your hotel. Free afternoon. 


Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

The individual tour  includes:

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast: 3 nights in  ***  hotels and 4 nights at holiday farms

  • luggage transportation 

  • road book in English or Italian

  • technical and emergency service

 

 

The group  tour includes:

  • 7  overnight stays (comfort) with breakfast 

  • 7 dinners

  • cycling tour guide 

  • guided tour in Sassi of Matera

  • transfer to and from Matera- Airport Bari APT

  • luggage transportation

  • technical and emergency service

  • road book in English or Italian available

 

 

Period 

Self guided: Every day from March till October. July and August on request, because it can be very hot to cycle and there is less availability in the hotels !) Group Tour:every Saturday with at least 4 persons

Level 2/3

A hilly landscape. The steeper climbs are short and the longer ones not too steep. The daily distances are restricted to between 25 km / 15,5 miles and 65 km / 40 miles. Total length: 294 km  / 183 miles - 304 km / 189 miles

Participants

individual tour minimum two persons ( a single person on request)

Price p.p.  2017

Self guided in standard hotels

In a double room     € 660,00 

Supplement single room    € 170,00

Supplement Half Board on request

self guide in Deluxe hotels

In double room      € 900,00

Comfort single supplement € 240,00

Comfort half board supplement on request

6 days Hybrid bike rental     € 80,00

ebike or road bike rental  € 150,00

Transfer Bari Airport - Matera (min 2 persons)     € 35,00    

Group price p.p. minimum 4 persons

In double room    € 1.350,00

Comfort single supplement     € 240,00
minimum 8 persons

In double room    € 1.150,00

Comfort single supplement     € 240,00