Basilicata Coast to Coast

5 Days cycling tour from the Ionian to the Tyrrhenian Sea

A short but challenge tour from the sandy beaches of Ionian Sea to the rocky coast of Maratea.

After crossing orchards with oranges and peaches groves, you will climb the Pollino National Park and cycle through gorgeous woods.

Wow arrival in Maratea, the amazing village overlooking the Policastro bay, in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Basilicata Coast To Coast Cycling Tour Map


Policoro sandy beach
Archaeological Museum in Policoro
The woods and the silence of the Pollino National Park
The Cycle Path from Rotonda to Lago Sirino
The rocky coast of Maratea


Day 1 – arrival in Policoro

During the Greek colonization (V century b. C.) this village was called Heraclea. You will be staying in a seaside hotel. Not to be missed the Archaeological Museum. Bike fitting and briefing in the afternoon. Dinner on your own.

Day 2 – Towards the Pollino National Park

Leaving Policoro you will cycle through the orchards of the Ionian coast and start climbing towards the woods and peaks of Pollino, the largest National Park in Italy. Dinner on your own and overnight stay in Terranova.
Distance: approximately 85 km.
Grade: Moderately difficult course with a strenuous 10 Km climb at the end.

Day 3 – On the peaks of the massif

Today is a challenge stage but maybe is the most fascinating of the tour. You will enter the woods of the massif after a difficult climb and go through small villages and great valleys until you will reach the towns of San Severino Lucano and Viggianello. Dinner on your own and overnight stay at a warm, cosy inn.
Distance: approximately 48 km
Grade: high.

Day 4 – Maratea – the Goddess of the Sea

Once in Rotonda you will follow an amazing cycle path obtained from an abandoned railway. You will reach Lago Sirino and then cross the Valle del Noce, bringing you to the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Get settled in at your B&B or Hotel in the historical village. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Distance: about 80 km
Grade: moderate

Day 5 – End of tour

Breakfast and transfer to Policoro or Matera.

details and prices

 5 Days/4 Nights
3 days by bicycle covering hilly and mountainous courses where there is an increasing level of difficulty
 215 km with stages from 48 to 85 km to be done in 5 – 8 hours within the day
  3-4 stars hotels

Self-Guided: € 480 per person in double room (4 participants min)
Self-Guided: € 630 per person in double room (2 participants min)

departure dates

Self Guided Tours

Any day in May 1 to October 30
(from 1 to 25 August to be quoted upon request).


Casual tour: € 698,00 *
Single room supplement: € 210.00

Self-Guided: € 480 per person in double room (4 participants min)*
Self-Guided: € 630 per person in double room (2 participants min)*

High Season supplement: € 80 (July and September 1 to 15)

Single room supplement: € 150.00

Prices per person based on double room occupancy


4 nights in double rooms with breakfast, briefing and bike fitting, luggage transfer, technical and emergency assistance, road book and maps, transfer back from Maratea to the starting point

Not Included

Medical/Luggage insurance, drinks, lunches and dinners, entrance fees, city taxes, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “Included”.

additional charges

Transfer from Bari APT to Matera: € 40.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
Transfer from Bari APT to Policoro: € 70.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)

Hybrid bike rental with 27 speed with rear pack frames and side bags: € 65.00 (4 days)
E-bikes and Gravel Road Bikes: € 130.00 (4 days)
Full Carbon Road Bike: € 140.00 (4 days)
Helmet : € 10,00
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extra nights


Pre tour extra night in Matera: € 50,00 in double room – € 85,00 in single room


Post tour extra night in Maratea: € 80,00 in double room – € 125,00 in single room

You can extend this tour as follows:
1. Arrival in Matera
2. Cycling from Matera to Bernalda – km 49
3. Cycling from Bernalda to Policoro – km 83


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