from 765 € per person
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Our classical, easier and best seller tour from the Sassi of Matera, in Basilicata, to Puglia.

After crossing the Murgia plateau, you will stay in the Itria valley, characterized by olive grooves and typical “trulli”, rural conical roof houses made with drystone techniques. Around Ostuni, the “white town” lots of Masserie, small typical local stone fortresses.

Salento is the southern region of Puglia, the Heel of Italy’s Boot. Here the Ionian Coast, before Gallipoli, is characterized of sandy beaches, dunes and protected natural reserves.

The Adriatic Coast, around Otranto, is made of cliffs and small bays.

The cities and inland hamlets, expressions of the unique Lecce Baroque, Messapi and Salento Grecìa are not to be missed.

Sassi and Trulli Map


The Sassi of Matera
The Trulloes of Alberobello
Ostuni “The White”
Gallipoli, the beautiful city
Otranto: the gate to East
Lecce, the Baroque Gem


Day 1 – Welcome to Basilicata

Independent arrival in Matera and get settled in at your hotel. Briefing and delivery of bicycles.
We suggested you book our guided tour of the Sassi (old districts) and the Park of Rupestrian Churches, in the list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Have a dinner in a typical Sassi restaurant carved out in the Rock! Overnight in a typical accommodation in the old town.

Day 2 – from Matera to Alberobello

You will pass through the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, the capital town of Trulloes and a UNESCO’s world heritage site. Accommodation in a Trullo house or a restored farmhouse.
Distance: Km. 69.
Grade: moderate

Day 3 – Ostuni “The White”

Crossing the Itria Valley, with stops in the characteristic Locorotondo and Cisternino, you will reach Ostuni, which is reputed an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Distance: about 45 km
Grade: easy

Day 4 – Castles and Farmhouses

Cycling south through the quiet country lanes to the charming town of Francavilla Fontana and on to Oria, famous for its 13th Century’s Castle and delightful historic Centre. You will reach a Masseria, a typical Apulian converted farmhouse, your accommodation for the night.
Distance: about 55 km
Grade: easy

Day 5 – Gallipoli and the Ionian Coast

Today your route will pass through Porto Selvaggio and skirt the Ionian coast to reach Gallipoli, derived from the Greek word kalépolis meaning “beautiful city.” Have a picnic on a sandy beach and enjoy a swim if the weather is nice.
Distance: about 60 km
Grade: easy

Day 6 – Far East

Cycling to Otranto, the route will take you to the wildest and eastern rocky coast of Southern Italy. The sun and the atmosphere is unique in a place where Turkish and Greeks landed centuries ago. Otranto has a wonderful Centre with walls and a castle. A masterpiece is the mysterious mosaic, in the Romanesque Cathedral.
Distance: about 71 km
Grade: moderate.

Day 7 – Lecce, the Baroque Gem

Last stage will take you to Lecce, the Baroque town with wonderful façade of buildings and churches. Taste a puccia (local bread filled with salami or vegetables) and a pasticciotto (delicious pastry), and enjoy shopping and strolling in the city Centre.
Distance: about 45 km
Grade: easy

Day 8 – End of tour

Breakfast and end of services.

trip details

 8 Days/7 Nights
Easy to Moderate
6 days by bicycle on easy and hilly terrain
 320 km with stages from 45 to 70 km to be done in 3–6 hours within the day

departure dates

Self Guided Tours

Any day form March 1 to October 30 (not available from 5 to 25 August)

Guided Tours

Departure dates for Casual Guided tour
April, 23
May, 14 and 28
June, 11 and 14
September, 3 and 17
October, 1 and 15


Backpacking tour: € 525,00 *
Single room supplement: € 195,00

Casual tour: € 765,00 *
Single room supplement: € 120,00

Comfort tour: € 1260,00 *
Single room supplement: € 255,00

Prices per person based on double room occupancy


7 nights in double rooms with breakfast, luggage transfer (except for the Backpacking tour), technical and emergency assistance, road book and maps.

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”.


Casual tour *: € 1360,00
Single room supplement: € 210,00

 Comfort tour *: € 178,00
Single room supplement: € 300,00

Prices per person based on double room occupancy with a minimum of 6 participants


7 nights in double rooms, transfers from/to Bari airport, cycling guide, minivan assistance, luggage transfer, guided tour in the Sassi of Matera, technical and emergency assistance, road book.

Not Included

Medical/Luggage insurance, all meals, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “Included”.


Hybrid bike: € 80.00 (7 days)
E-bikes and Gravel Road Bikes: € 170.00 (7 days)
Full Carbon Road Bike: € 210.00 (7 days)
Helmet : € 5,00
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From Bari APT to Matera: € 40.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
From Lecce to Bari APT: € 90.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
From Brindisi APT to Matera: € 75.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)
From Lecce to Brindisi APT: € 35.00 (per person with 2 pax travelling min.)

extra nights

Pre tour in Matera

€ 50,00 in double room – € 85,00 in single room (casual tour)
€ 95,00 in double room – € 110,00 in single room (comfort tour)

Post tour in Lecce

€ 50,00 in double room – € 75,00 in single room (casual tour)
€ 95,00 in double room – € 110,00 in single room (comfort tour)

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Matera, escorted tour of the “Sassi”

2 hours
from 25 € per person
A tour of the Sassi districts along beautiful paths, discovering the typical courtyards surrounded by cave-houses.

Wine tour in Matera

3 hours
from 35 € per person tasting included, entrance fees excluded
Escorted tour of the Sassi districts along beautiful paths and cave-houses. Visit to a large complex including two rock churches, a monastery and a cellar, all in caves. You will learn how wine was processed in caves till the end of XIX century. Stop for a tasting of 3 Lucanian wines.

Altamura. The typical bread and tits of nuns

3 hours
from 40 € per person tasting include
Escorted tour of Altamura, a medieval town founded by Emperor Frederick II with A great Romanesque Cathedral with the most beautiful front door in the Puglia. Stop over in a bakery to watch the making of the typical local bread. Small tasting. Not far from the Cathedral, the delicious “tits of nuns”, pastries still prepared with the original recipes of the cloistered nuns of St. Claire.
Not available on bank holidays


1,30 hours
from 30 € per person
Easy walk in the town of Alberobello, a World Heritage site and home to thousands of the curious round shaped “trulli”, white dry-stone houses with conical roofs made of lapidary stones.

Ostuni and the olive-trees valley

2,30 hours
from 30 € per person olive oil tasting included
Guided tour of Ostuni, known as “the white city” for the color of the houses perched around the cathedral. You reach a farm surrounded by millenary olive groves and visit a stone mill. Tasting of the delicious extra virgin olive oil.

Lecce gourmet

2,30 hours
from 50 € per person – Tastings included / Entrance fees excluded
A total immersion in the masterpieces of Lecce art and gastronomy will allow us to discover the historic center of the sumptuous Baroque city and to taste some typical delicacies of its territory. From leccese coffee to almond milk, to rustic, to pasticciotto … without forgetting a glass of Negramaro wine!

Hidden Lecce

3 hours
from 40 € per person – Entrance fees excluded
Visit the masterpieces of the Lecce Baroque and other hidden corners of the distant past. Museo Faggiano, with underground traces starting from the sixth century BC and Palazzo Taurino, in the middle of the ancient Jewish quarter.

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