Really Italian – really beautiful.
On this tour you discover the unique landscape between the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, embedded in warm hospitality of Southern Italy. History and culture, vino and pasta, beautiful beaches and
picturesque cliffs await you. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Hohenstaufen and Habsburgs have left their mark on Apulia. Recovered sunken cities, deserted medieval villages, Alberobello (the capital of the trulli), Ostuni (the "white city"), Gallipoli (urban pearl with a lively fishing atmosphere), Santa Maria di Leuca (splendor of color and yet incredible resting point), the bathing and spa town of Santa Cesarea Terme, Otranto, one of the most beautiful destinations of Salento and Lecce, the capital of the
Baroque in the south of Italy await your visit. Apart from the slight ups and downs the bike course is mainly on flat, asphalted side roads, idyllic coastal strips and through wide olive groves with an
infinite number of old gnarled trees.
1. day Alberobello Arrival
You can look forward to Alberobello, the small town with its conical buildings (Trulli), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the airport Bari or Brindisi, you can make advantage of our convenient transfer
2. day Alberobello - Ostuni 35-45 km
Today you cycle beautifully through the valley Valle d'Itria. With its olive groves and trullis, it is one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes in southern Italy. Take a break in the well-known wine town of Locorotondo, which impresses with its circular shape. In any case you should taste the local white wine here. Your destination Ostuni with stunning views of the sea, attracts with an excellently
preserved old town and a picturesque tangle of streets and stairways between the typical whitewashed houses.
3. day Ostuni - Avetrana/ Surrounding area approx. 60 km
Today you cycle on small streets from town to town through wide olive groves, best wine-growing
areas and colorful fruit cultures to Avetrana, a small historical town, on the old Via Appia. This ancient Roman road once led from Rome to Brindisi. Today only a few parts of the ancient paved road are
preserved as Via Appia Antica.
4. day Avetrana - Gallipoli 60 km
Only a few kilometers in the bicycle saddle and you look out on the open sea. Look forward to a
wonderful coastal road, to white sandy beaches with crystal clear water and to numerous towers, which offer idyllic and wonderful photo opportunities. Gallipoli, proudly nicknamed the beautiful city, lives up to its name. The old town from the 14th Century perched on a small island, surrounded by a thick fortification wall. Marvel at imposing Baroque churches and aristocratic palaces, all witnesses of the city's past wealth. Stroll through a winding labyrinth of narrow streets, all ending in a wide sea promenade. Enjoy coffee houses, bars and restaurants that line the sidewalks, the beautiful views and a delicious sunset dinner.
5. day Gallipoli - Santa Maria di Leuca/ Surrounding area approx. 50 km
Today you cycle to Santa Maria di Leuca, the most southern point of Salento. The place is especially known for its pilgrimage church. Visit the sanctuary and enjoy the peace and quiet of the place. All around, many splendid villas have sprung up over the centuries, which are an absolute architectural highlight due to their imaginative shapes. The tranquility that surrounds the basilica should not
deceive you, because Santa Maria di Leuca is a lively seaside resort, with an ancient harbor and a charming beach promenade.
6. day Santa Maria di Leuca - Otranto 52 km
Enjoy a varied cycling route along the southern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Visit the famous Zinzulusa Cave, the only coastal grotto open to the public. Also, it is worth taking a well-deserved break in the old spa town of Santa Cesarea Terme with its turquoise waters and rock-cut swimming pools. In the
afternoon, the small port town of Otranto awaits you, a jewel of art history amidst a charming landscape. The old town, surrounded by a mighty city wall, impresses with the fascinating Habsburg Castle and awaits your visit.
7. day Otranto - Lecce 50 km
Along the coast and through countless olive groves, you will not cycle to Lecce without a worthwhile break in the bay of Torre dell 'Orso, surrounded by high limestone cliffs. Let yourself be inspired by Lecce, one of the most beautiful cities in southern Italy and capital of the Italian Baroque. Already in Roman times Lecce was an important military and harbor place. Still bearing witness from this period are the remains of the half-exposed amphitheater that once held up to 20,000 spectators. Between 1550-1750, the city experienced its heyday when it was expanded to the base of Spanish-dominated southern Italy against the Turks. Here the old town received its characteristic Baroque appearance. Marvel at the numerous buildings made of honey-colored tufa baroque buildings, stroll through the traffic-calmed downtown and enjoy the special atmosphere of a proud city, which is the center of the Salento peninsula due to the university with its many young people.
8. day Lecce Departure
Individual departure or possibility to extention.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
08.04. – 31.05.2019
09.09. – 13.10.2019
01.06. – 23.06.2019
25.08. – 08.09.2019
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
3*** and 4**** star hotels and agriturism
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the Apulia round trip. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by plane
You can arrive by plane to Bari or Brindisi. From both airports a transfer by minibus can be booked
(40, - Euro per person, minimum number of participants 2 persons). The journey takes about 60 to 70 minutes. A reservation is necessary, as there is only a limited number of seats.
Parking facilities at the hotel
At the start hotel you will find free parking for the duration of the trip. ´
You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your journey.
Condition of cycle paths
Apart from a slight up and down in some sections, the route is mainly on flat, asphalted side roads. The bike tour is suitable for children over 14 years
Available rental bikes
21-speed unisex bikes and electric bikes are available for this trip. Please reserve the bikes as early as possible to guarantee availability.
Return from Lecce to Alberobello or return to the airport
You have the possibility to take the minibus from Lecce to the starting point Alberobello (55 Euro per person).
If you arrived by plane, there are also bookable transfers for you: The journey takes about 50 minutes to Brindisi or 120 minutes to Bari. Prices are 40 Euro per person to Bari or 95 Euros per person to
Brindisi. Please note that all transfers from 2 persons are bookable and must be pre-booked.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as
Alberobello with trulli quarters
The conical buildings (trullis) determine the landscape of the city, which was created on the model of the shepherd huts in this area. Alberobello has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Trulli are buildings of dry masonry and are built without mortar. The scaly, dark, broken-stone roofs give the whitewashed trullo, which originally stood in the fields and not in the village, its characteristic
appearance. Their construction of solid natural stone with very thick walls and tiny windows, the trulli provide good protection against the prolonged summer heat in Apulia, because the interior heats up slowly.
Ostuni the white city
The city is situated on three hills overlooking the olive groves of the Adriatic coast. The main attraction of Ostuni is the well-preserved old town with its picturesque maze of alleyways and steps between the typical whitewashed houses. The center of the old town is the Piazza della Libertà on the border of old and new town. There, in a former convent, there is the Town Hall and the baroque Oronzo Column. Other attractions include the city's cathedral and the baroque church of Santa Maria Maddalena.
The cave takes its name from the numerous stalactites and stalagmites that resemble cloth dolls from worn out clothes, which are called "Zinzuli" in the Salento language. Behind the wide, high entrance, you will reach a hundred-meter-long karstic gallery, which gradually narrows until it ends in the
cathedral, the last room accessible to tourists. From here, a downhill path leads to Cocito, the
submerged part of the grotto.
Otranto - "the city of the martyrs" offers some very important sights thanks to its glorious history. The highlight of the city is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata, which houses a well-preserved 12th-century floor mosaic. Also buried in the church are the bones of the 800 martyrs of Otranto, who are revered by Catholics as saints.
Lecce is a city in the southern Italian region of Puglia, known for its Baroque buildings. The Cathedral of Lecce in the central Piazza del Duomo has two facades and a bell tower. The Basilica di Santa Croce is decorated with sculptures and a rose window. Nearby are the Colonna di Sant'Oronzo, a Roman
column with a bronze statue of the city's patron saint, and a partially uncovered Roman amphitheater.
The old town is located on a rocky island and connected to the mainland by a connecting dam.
Worth seeing in the old town is the Antica Farmacia Provenzano, a historic pharmacy,
located on the ground floor of Palazzo Pirelli. Near the connecting bridge is the
Greek Fountain - Fontana ellenistica and a small church with the patron saint
Santa Caterina. The Castello Gallipoli was originally a fortification with catacombs and
has the Sala Ennagonale - an empty arsenal. The Cattedrale di Sant'Agata with the Museo Diocesano is located at the highest point of the city. Be inside Oil paintings exhibited from Neapolitan schools.