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 opportunities.
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 southernmost 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 southernmost 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.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
3*** and 4**** star hotels and agrotourism
- 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