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Puglia's Salento to Matera Easygoing E-bike Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey among Coastlines, Hill Towns & World Heritage Sites

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,799 - $6,249 pp dbl occ

($1,600 for sgl occ)

Whitewashed towns. Majestic sea views. Prehistoric cave dwellings. Tour the little-known roads of Puglia on an e-bike to experience Italy’s pristine landscapes. The aroma of olives and orecchiette pasta call you to slow down and relish this moment, and as you relax in your elegant getaways, it will feel like time stands still.

Italy Puglia Easygoing E-bike Tour
Italy Puglia Easygoing E-bike Tour

Italy

Start Lecce / End Bari

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

Refreshingly Active Adventures
Drink in dramatic views of the Adriatic Sea as you ride along the coast, taking the opportunity to break for coffee and gelato.

Immersive Travel
Discover history from the locals on tours of two World Heritage sites, the troglodyte settlement of Matera and picture-perfect Alberobello.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Taste the region’s delicious wines and classic Pugliese dishes, learn how mozzarella is made and stay in luxurious hotels.

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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Wind through quiet country lanes around lakes and beaches on your e-bike and enjoy a delicious lunch at a masseria (fortified farmhouse) | Luxuriate by the pool or head into Otranto for some shopping and gelato | After a satisfying lunch with a coastal view, drink in panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and perhaps even dip your toes in the water | Experience an epic ride on your e-bike along the eastern coast of Salento | Enjoy some of the region’s finest wines and cuisine at a local winery.

Accommodations
Palazzo Ducale Venturi
Palazzo Ducale Venturi
Minervino di Lecce
| Premiere Hotel

An oasis of elegance in the heart of Salento, this aristocratic 16th-century palace features a spa, Lecce stone vaults and ancient chianche (stone) floors. (pool, spa)

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 on your e-bike, 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 | At your own pace, explore the winding medieval streets of Monopoli.

Accommodations
Hotel La Peschiera
Hotel La Peschiera
Capitolo
| Premiere Hotel
Set on the rural heel of Italy, this intimate getaway overlooks the turquoise Adriatic Sea. With seven pools and a private beach, it’s a paradise for anyone wanting to soak in the Apulian sun or experience thalassic water therapy. (pool, spa)
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.

Accommodations
Sant'Angelo Resort
Sant'Angelo Resort
Matera
| Premiere Hotel
Set in the extraordinary amphitheater of Sassi di Matera, the Sant’Angelo Resort offers sweeping views of labyrinthine houses and staircases and of the rugged Gravina Canyon.

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

Our e-bike tours make adventuring by bike a breeze—perfect for beginners, occasional bikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world by bike. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS-supported routes, your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes are typically 2-4 hours of biking per day, approximately 10-30 miles. Our custom electric-assist bikes* allow you to pedal effortlessly.

 

Route notes

Though this is a hilly area the e-bike makes it easy to handle the climbs. The low traffic and generally good pavement make this area a perfect destination for beginners and expert cyclists alike.

*Prefer to pedal without power? Regular road bikes are available by request, ask your Trip Consultant.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below. (click the arrow to see all available options)

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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