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White City to the Heel Self-Guided

White City to the Heel Self-Guided

Flag italy Italy

  • Region Region Puglia
  • Tour Type Tour Type Self Guided (Open Departure)
  • Duration Duration 7 days
  • Bike Type Bike Types Road, Hybrid, Touring & e-bike

Core Route

333 Kilometres
2 (Moderate) Difficulty Level: 2 (Moderate)
Average Distance per Day: 56 km
0 100 km
Average Elevation Gain per Day: 368 km
0 1000 km

Extended Route

390 Kilometres
2 (Moderate) Difficulty Level: 2 (Moderate)
Average Distance per Day: 65 km
0 100 km
Average Elevation Gain per Day: 467 km
0 1000 km
April - October from
€960
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Discover one of the most beautiful cycling tours in Italy and explore the Heel of Italy’s undiscoverd coastine on bike.

The Italian tourists come to Puglia for sun, sea and seriously good food, fished from nearby waters and produced in the fertile pastures that supply much of the fresh contents of the country's larders. Whilst international tourists are beginning to discover the Valle D'itria and the coastal towns surrounding Alberobello, the southern and western peninsulas of Salento are still largely untouched, and offer an unrivalled authentic Southern Italian experience.

This strategically important lump of limestone between the Adriatic and Ionian seas has been variously sacked by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Spaniards, all of whom left their mark in the shape of amphitheatres, palaces, castles and churches. In a cluster of villages between Lecce and Maglie, known as the Grecia Salentina, some residents still speak Grico, the Italian-Greek dialect.

The historic quarters of the main towns of Gallipoli, Nardò, Galatina, Maglie, Otranto and Tricase are all testimony to the craftsmanship of the local stonemasons. But none is lovelier than the city of Lecce, the Salentine capital, home to the florid Santa Croce basilica. This tour begins in the famous pictureque toen Of Ostuni, before you take a train across the peninsula, riding down to the exceptional island town of Gallipoli. From there we hug the coastline down to the very tip of the heel of Italy's boot, to Santa Maria di Leuca. where you have two days to explore the Maldives of the Salento. You then ride up to one of Italy's most breathtaking cities of Lecce, full of baroque splendor.

This cycling holiday in Puglia Italy is a wonderful mix of history, culture, architecture - and some breathtaking coastal scenery!

Highlights

  • Gallipoli and Otranto, both spectacular old towns

  • Cycling to Finnibus Terrae, where the Adriatic and the Ionian seas meet

  • Lecce

  • Zinzulusa Caves

  • Alimini Lakes

  • Porto Cesareo Lagoon

Day 1

Arrive into the beautiful 'White City' of Ostuni, where you can relax and grab a bite for dinner before we arrange a time to meet you, get you fitted on your bikes and take you through your itinerary.

2

Ostuni Loop (58km)

Your ride begins with a lovely route past ancient olive groves, alongside millennial olive trees before reaching the Adriatic coast where you head up to Savelletri and the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the location of a Greco-Roman town dating as far back as the 4th century BC. We also have shorter loop options for you as you get acclimatized to your surroundings, and you may wish to spend part of you day exploring the stunning Ostuni.

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3

Ostuni- Gallipoli (65km)-

This morning you will take the train from Ostuni to Squinzano to start your Salento adventure! This route today takes you through Salice Salentino, a town famous for its own wine production. The town was founded in the 14th Century and is a small thriving town. From here you will head to the Ionian coast and follow it down to Gallipoli, with its Old Town situated on an island, connected to the mainland by a small 16th Century bridge.

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4

Gallipoli Loop ride (37/60km)

Today’s optional loop rides take you in land and away from the coast to where small Medieval towns pop out of the flat and lush landscape. We have two loop rides so that you can push yourself as hard as you want, or take an easy riding day to enjoy Gallipoli and surrounding beaches.

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5

Gallipoli- Santa Maria di Leuca (50 km)-

A real treat lies in store for you today as you head towards the heel of the heel; where the Adriatic and Ionian meet at Santa Maria di Leuca. Following the coast, you also cycle along the area known as the ‘Maldives of Salento’; inviting beaches and water will beckon you as you pass through small hamlets, making coffee and ice-cream stops irresistible

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6

Santa Maria di Leuca (50km)-

A very special coastal ride today, with breathtaking sea views, natural hot springs, hills, and pine forests make this one of Italy’s most memorable cycle routes. You change coasts as you hug the Adriatic today to make your way to Byzantine Otranto

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7

Otranto- Lecce (39km)-

Your last cycle will see you on your way to Lecce, known as the Florence of the South, you will find the terrain is mostly flat, passing among endless olive orchards. Your ride will lead you through the small enchanting villages of Borgagne, Melendugno, Castri’ di Lecce e Lizzanello... all villages in which time seems to have stopped. So, be sure to stop and smell the olives. Make sure to give youself enough time to see the sights in the stunning, baroque Lecce.

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Route Map


Accommodation

The standard accommodations for the self-guided itineraries are family run hotels, agriturismos, and bed and breakfasts. Generally, these have around 10 to 20 guest rooms and the owners live on the premises. Italian hotel are classified by a star rating system – from one to five stars – standards for each category may vary a little from region to region. Most of the hotels that we use fall into the three star category – though we occasionally use two and four star hotels when circumstances or availability dictate. In almost all cases the bathroom facilities are ensuite (self-contained within the room). Some of the smaller hotels do not have a restaurant, but there will always be several options close by, within easy walking distance.

The Italian breakfast is light – a cappuccino and a brioche (pastry). Most hotels serve a continental breakfast of orange juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, bread rolls and jam. There may also be yogurt, cheeses, cured meats, pastries and cakes.

When you book a tour, your pre-trip planner will have more details about the specific facilities and services provided by the accommodations.

Examples of our Puglia hotels include;


Getting there

Monopoli is the arrival town for the Coastal Towns and Villages Tour. Ostuni is the departure town for the Coastal Towns and Villages tour and the arrival town for the White City to the Heel tour. Lecce is the departure town for the White City to the Heel tour. The three towns are best accessed by rail from Bari – there are frequent trains from Bari to Lecce – they all call at Monopoli and at Ostuni.

Air

There are two airports in the region; Bari and Brindisi. There are regular flights to both airports from Rome, as well as from several other Italian and European hubs.

Train

The fastest journey time from Rome to Bari by direct train is around 4 hours.

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Climate

Puglia has a perpetually sunny climate with coastal temperatures rarely dipping below 15C. Beaches and off-shore islands warm up around mid-April and stay hot well into October.

The best times for bicycle touring in Puglia are April, May, June, September and October. In these months the weather is usually good, prices are lower, and there are fewer tourists. July and august can become very hot at times.

Core Tour Cost €950
Luggage Transfers €460 (for two people)
Hybrid Bike Rental €105
Road Bike Rental €205
E-Bike Rental €275
Single Supplement €325


960 Euro is the cost per person sharing. The cost includes the following

  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Pre-trip planner
  • Routes in the form of highlighted maps and cue sheets
  • Regional Handbook
  • Telephone support
  • Meet and greet (if you are renting bicycles)


  • Luggage transfer charges are calculated as follows:

    The standard charge is based on one or two riders. A couple would therefore share the luggage transfer costs. There is then a small additional fee for the third and each additional person.
    For example:

    1. Total cost for one or two riders = 460 Euro (230 per person based on two people sharing)
    2. Total cost for three riders = 460 + 20= 480 (160 per person)
    3. Total cost for four riders = 460+ 20 + 20 = 500 (125 per person)

Note that the more riders in the group, the less expensive are the luggage transfers per rider.

Please note that we will endeavor to provide you with the bike listed below. On occasion, due to availability and size requirements, you may receive a different bike. All our bikes will be of a similar style, quality and specification to those listed

Bianchi Camaleonte 4 (Hybrid)

  • 5 frame sizes
  • Alloy Frame
  • Bianchi Alloy fork
  • 27 speed

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip).

Fitted with: Rear rack; platform pedals, bottle cage, fenders (mudguards)

Equipment provided: Handlebar bag; map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool.

Available on request: Panniers, helmet, odomoter, gps unit

Bianchi Via Nerone Road Bike

  • 8 frame sizes
  • Lightweight alloy frame
  • Carbon fork

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip)

Fitted with: Platform pedals, bottle cage,

Equipment provided: map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool, frame bag

Available on request: Panniers, helmet, odomoter, gps unit

Atala 4 e-Bike

  • 4 frame sizes
  • Suspension fork
  • Long range battery life

Bring your own saddle and/or pedals if you wish and we will fit them to the bike. (You must be able to remove them yourself at the end of your trip).

Fitted with: Rear rack; platform pedals, bottle cage, fenders (mudguards)

Equipment provided: Handlebar bag; map case; spare tube; puncture repair kit; lock; mini pump; multitool.

Available on request: Panniers, helmet, odomoter, gps unit

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