Puglia to Basilicata Bike Tour

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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)

From $4,399 - $5,099 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

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

Casual Plus & 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 to Basilicata Bike Tour

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 2-4

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

Casual Plus & 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, Sep-Oct

From $4,399 - $5,099 /person

From Ancient Matera to the Adriatic Sea

The map says Italy. The "heel of the boot." Though you may feel you've strayed into Greece. And that's part of Puglia's appeal. Endless olive groves. A rugged coastline and the blue-green Adriatic. The people are welcoming and down-to-earth. The cuisine rustic and satisfying. Our Puglia bike tour is the perfect escape.

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Highlights

  • Visit the World Heritage sites of Alberobello and its 1,500 trulli, and Matera, with a mesmerizing maze of prehistoric caves
  • Taste exceptional regional wines, learn to make fresh pasta and enjoy delicious home-cooked Pugliese specialties
  • Bike from coast to coast, from the Ionian to the Adriatic, with opportunities to relax en route over coffee and gelato
  • Relish breathtaking coastal vistas and views of ancient olive groves, enchanting villages and traditional farmhouses
Italy Puglia to Basilicata Bike Tour map

Italy

Start Bari

End Lecce

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Bike tour through a remarkable scene of whitewashed villages, olive trees and age-old farmhouses • Journey to the World Heritage site of Matera, one of Italy's most fascinating towns • Some 9,000 years ago, humans inhabited the canyon’s caves, creating what UNESCO calls "the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean" • Soak up the authentic feel and intriguing history of this lost-in-time town.

Accommodations

Night 1

Palazzo Viceconte
Matera
Casual Plus Hotel

This beautifully renovated 18th-century palace offers unsurpassed views of Matera's sassi from its rooftop terrace.

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

Days 2-3

Description

Ever wondered how mozzarella is made? It's your chance to learn • Explore the World Heritage site of Alberobello with 1,500 trulli, unusual round stone buildings topped with conical gray slate roofs • Bike into the surrounding landscape, an artist’s dream, with its vibrant palette of reddish brown soil, green grass and blue skies • Start the day off with an espressino freddo, Puglia's irresistible cold sweet coffee • Take in unbeatable views of ancient olive groves as you ride to historic Ostuni, known as the White City, which spans three hilltops and is crowned by a Gothic cathedral • Learn to make pasta and enjoy home-cooked Pugliese specialties at a local masseria (fortified farmhouse).

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Masseria Torre Coccaro
Savelletri di Fasano
*Premiere Hotel

Set just a short distance from the sea, this onetime refuge for pilgrims and the Knights of Malta offers unique guest rooms, each with its own private garden. (pool, spa)

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

Days 4-6

Description

Enjoy bike rides through peaceful farmland and along scenic roads down the Adriatic coast • Along the way, admire the azure Adriatic and its picturesque white-sand beaches • Savor local produce, fresh seafood and regional wines • Get ready for superb coastal vistas, extraordinary grottoes and opportunities to swim in the blue sea • Bike to the "heel of the boot" on a spectacular seaside ride to the tiny village of Santa Maria di Leuca • Take a final ride over undulating terrain toward Otranto • Delight in an evening of lively traditional music and folk dancing • The trip ends in historic Lecce, a city famed for its beautiful baroque architecture.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Le Capase Resort
Villaggio Paradiso
Casual Plus Hotel

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Adriatic, this resort features a stunning infinity pool and walking path to the sea below. (pool)

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.

From $4,399 - $5,099 /person

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Hotels

Adventure-Ready Hotels

Ideally located with ready access to trip activities, our Casual hotels are also known for their character and charm.

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

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Night 1

Palazzo Viceconte
Matera

Casual Plus Hotel

This beautifully renovated 18th-century palace offers unsurpassed views of Matera's sassi from its rooftop terrace.

Nights 2-3

Masseria Torre Coccaro
Savelletri di Fasano

*Premiere Hotel

Set just a short distance from the sea, this onetime refuge for pilgrims and the Knights of Malta offers unique guest rooms, each with its own private garden. (pool, spa)

Nights 4-5

Le Capase Resort
Villaggio Paradiso

Casual Plus Hotel

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Adriatic, this resort features a stunning infinity pool and walking path to the sea below. (pool)

From $4,399 - $5,099 /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.

From $4,399 - $5,099 /person

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