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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

Activity Level: 1-2

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,599 - $6,249 pp dbl occ

($1,400 - $1,650 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 Salento to Matera Easygoing E-bike Tour map
Italy Puglia Salento to Matera Easygoing E-bike Tour map


Start Lecce / End Bari

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


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.


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

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.

Common room of 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

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.

Hotel La Peschiera
Hotel La Peschiera
| 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

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.

Sant'Angelo Resort Exterior
Sant'Angelo Resort
| 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.

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.

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September 2023
Sep 29 - Oct 4
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October 2023
Oct 6 - Oct 11
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Activity Level: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo e-biking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-4 hours of e-biking per day. Our custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Route notes

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

Daily Activity Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 19 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 9 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 30 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Mozzarella-Making Demonstration (1 hour)
Day 4
Level 2 | 23 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 21 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Day 6
Matera Walking Tour (1.5 hours)
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 23 miles | 2200 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e‑bikes (shown below). If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you’ll have the option after booking to select a different bike in your Backroads account.

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+

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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