Puglia's Salento to Matera Bike Tour

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6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Puglia's Salento to Matera Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jun, Sep-Oct 2025: Apr-Jun, Aug-Oct

From $5,499 - $7,349 /person

Coastlines, Hill Towns & World Heritage Sites

Whitewashed towns. Majestic sea views. Prehistoric cave dwellings. Cycle the little-known roads of Puglia and Basilicata and experience Italy’s pristine landscapes. Pedal from the turquoise seaside to the verdant countryside—and stop at quintessential agriturismos to sample homemade cheeses and breads along the way. As you unwind in your elegant getaways, it will feel like time stands still.

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Highlights

  • Ride along the coast and in enchanting seaside villages, reveling in dramatic views of the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea
  • Discover regional history on tours of two World Heritage sites, the troglodyte settlement of Matera and picture-perfect Alberobello 
  • Learn how delicious mozzarella is made by connecting with a local artisan and friend of Backroads in a typical stone trullo 
  • Taste the region’s delectable wines and classic Pugliese dishes then retreat to luxurious hotels at the end of each day
Italy Puglia Salento to Matera Bike Tour map

Italy

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Description

Prepare to be captivated by Puglia's charms • Wind through quiet country lanes around lakes and beaches on your bike and enjoy a delicious lunch at a masseria (fortified farmhouse) • Luxuriate by the pool or rejuvenate with a visit to the spa • After a satisfying lunch with a coastal view, drink in panoramic vistas of the Adriatic Sea and perhaps even dip your toes in the water • Experience an epic bike ride along the eastern coast of Salento • Enjoy some of the region’s finest wines and cuisine at a local winery.

Accommodations

Nights 1-2

Baglioni Masseria Muzza
Otranto
Premiere Hotel

Surrounded by olive groves, this lovely hotel is just a few minutes away from gorgeous Adriatic beaches and features spacious rooms, classic Puglia style and refined European service. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 3-4

Description

After a peaceful cycling route through acres of sunlit olive groves, take a break to enjoy local specialties at the “White City” of Ostuni • Discover the age-old techniques of making mozzarella • Ride an ancient Roman road, taking a break to admire the historical site of Egnazia • Ascend the Murgia plateau for stunning views of the Alberobello countryside • Immerse yourself in the local history of Alberobello and its 1,500 trulli (round, stone buildings) on a walking tour • Explore the winding medieval streets of Monopoli.

Accommodations

Nights 3-4

Masseria San Domenico
Savelletri di Fasano
Premiere Hotel

An Andrew Harper Grand Award recipient with "a winning combination of international comfort and refined rusticity," overlooking the Adriatic Sea. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 5-6

Description

Ride up the limestone plateau of Murgia inland toward the picturesque countryside of Basilicata • Eat like the locals at an agriturismo (Italian farmhouse) • Find artisan treasures down quaint market streets • Discover prehistoric caves in the World Heritage city of Matera • Raise a glass to new friends and la dolce vita over a festive dinner.

Accommodations

Night 5

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita
Matera
Premiere Hotel

A unique experience awaits at this elegantly distinctive property, which claims to be the world's only hotel set within prehistoric caves—indeed, the luxury rooms are literally caves with unfinished stone surroundings and little natural light.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Biking in Puglia

Roads in Puglia and most of southern Italy are not always as well maintained as those found in other parts of Italy. Although our routes are quiet and picturesque, you can expect some rough patches of road along the way. Also, litter can occasionally be part of the landscape, especially when approaching small villages. For most, these challenges are offset by Puglia's beautiful countryside and warm hospitality.

Service Standards

The slower pace and relaxed approach to life in Puglia is one of the highlights of this spectacular region and is reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe.

Accommodations

We stay one night at Sextantio le Grotte della Civita, an elegant but simple hotel set within prehistoric caves in the World Heritage cave dwelling site of Matera. Although the hotel offers all the modern amenities and comforts you can expect from a Premiere Hotel, the luxury rooms are quite literally caves with little natural light and unfinished stone surroundings. For the unique experience it offers, we believe this hotel is well worth the stay.

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Nights 1-2

Baglioni Masseria Muzza
Otranto

Premiere Hotel

Surrounded by olive groves, this lovely hotel is just a few minutes away from gorgeous Adriatic beaches and features spacious rooms, classic Puglia style and refined European service. (pool, spa)

Nights 3-4

Masseria San Domenico
Savelletri di Fasano

Premiere Hotel

An Andrew Harper Grand Award recipient with "a winning combination of international comfort and refined rusticity," overlooking the Adriatic Sea. (pool, spa)

Night 5

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita
Matera

Premiere Hotel

A unique experience awaits at this elegantly distinctive property, which claims to be the world's only hotel set within prehistoric caves—indeed, the luxury rooms are literally caves with unfinished stone surroundings and little natural light.

From $5,499 - $7,349 /person

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Racer 2.0
Backroads Next Generation Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Redesigned for 2024
  • Next gen titanium frame with carbon wheels
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike
  • $650 rental fee; subject to availability
  • Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS
  • Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package
  • Built for hard-core riders
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike
  • $400 rental fee
  • Hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed Cro-Moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train
  • Custom upgraded wheelset
  • Best for riders with some tandem experience.

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