|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||33 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Mar 29- Jun 14; and Aug 30- Oct 18, 2014|
|Start city:||Matera, Italy|
|End city:||Lecce, Italy|
Apulia (official Italian name: Puglia) is a region in southeastern Italy that includes the heel part of Italy’s boot. It is bordered by the sea on two sides (the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast). The region is characterized by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. The charm of this tour is that it leads you into a region of scenic beauty, which is, by today’s standards, still unspoiled by the unattractive aspects of tourism and still retains much of its great and ancient culture.
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Day 1: Arrival to Matera
Arrival in Matera. For millennia, inhabitants of this region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called “Sassi” and are today World Heritage site.
Overnight in Matera.
Day 2: Matera – Alberobello (44 miles/70 km)
You cycle to the famous trulli of Alberobello and Locorotondo. Trulli were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills, once separated by a riverbed. On the eastern hill is the new town, with modern architectural features. On the western hill, the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both National Monuments from 1930, and today World Heritage sites.
Overnight in Alberobello.
Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni (28 miles/45 km)
You cycle through the countryside to Ostuni, which is reputed an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as "the White Town" for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Overnight in Ostuni.
Day 4: Ostuni–Lecce –Gallipoli (43 miles/70 km by train + 31 miles/50 km)
A train transfer brings you to Lecce. After a short distance through this amazing baroque town, you go deep into “salentinian countryside”, before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.
Overnight in Gallipoli
Day 5: Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (31 miles/50 km)
Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. The name Santa Maria di Leuca was given by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They saw this place lightened by the sun and therefore called it “leukos”, meaning white. Santa Maria di Leuca is a famous seaside resort and a fishing area.
Overnight in Santa Maria di Leuca.
Day 6: Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto (31 miles/50 km)
Today you will cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Overnight in Otranto.
Day 7: Otranto – Lecce (34 miles/55 km)
Riding along the Alimini Lakes and the unique Mediterranean bush you’ll enter into Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has the nickname "the Florence of the South." You will come to appreciate the rich sculpted motives done in the 17th-century with the tender stone from Lecce. The old town enclosed by what is left of the ancient walls, bears the impression of that exuberant period.
Overnight in Lecce.
Day 8: Departure from Lecce
Departure after breakfast.
Saturdays: Mar 29- Jun 14; and Aug 30- Oct 18, 2014
|This tour requires a minimum of 2 people.|
Please note: Local hotel taxes are not included and must be paid on location (about 10 euros). Train transfers from Ostuni - Lecce (60 minutes/about 8 euros per person + bike) are also not included.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Locanda di San Martino, Matera
Lies in the heart of Matera's "Sassi" Historical District, and is conveniently located a short distance (100 meters) from the city center. Experience staying in modernized cave-dwellings, the same type that have been in the city for thousands of years.
Day 2: Trullidea Resort, Alberobello
Trullidea Resort will have you staying in one of the characteristic Alberbellian Trulli, with different options of size and locations throughout Alberobello
Day 3: La Terra, Ostuni
Located in the heart of the historical center of Apulia, the building dates back to the 13 Th. century. The rooms provide modern comforts while still displaying the ancient architecture.
Day 4: Joli Park Hotel, Gallipoli
The hotel is located in the center of the city and is on the Ionian seafront. It offers modern, private accommodations.
Day 5: Hotel l'Approdo, Santa Maria di Leuca
The hotel was recently remodeled in the mediterranean style with panoramic views, and offers tranquil rooms with or without views of the Ionian Sea.
Day 6: Hotel San Giuseppe, Otranto
Stay in the largest city in the east of Italy, all rooms are modernized but still maintain the charm of the 16th century farmhouse.
Day 7: Eos Hotel, Lecce
Opened in 2008 and located near the city's historical center, the hotel takes pride in ints modernity and design style.
Extra nights before and after your tour: www.biketours.com/hotels
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with:
Additional specifications about the Hybrid touring bikes:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. Toe cages are not available to rent.
Helmets are available to rent for 15 Euros. They must be rented at the time of booking. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.
The routes are mostly in the lowlands, which are sometimes hilly, and includes some beautiful stretches along the coastline. The terrain is 99% asphalt, and only 1% on unpaved roads.
There's not a lot of traffic in Apulia, except some during the holiday season.
"Everything was WONDERFUL. Our bikes were sturdy, dependable and well-equipped. The hotels were fabulous - a mix of interesting old and new architecture, four-star perfection, excellent breakfasts, helpful and friendly staff, and secure storage for bikes. City maps/routes and road book (cue sheets) were easy to follow, thorough and 99.99% accurate. My husband and I loved the Apulia region - food, wine, people, scenery. It was truly a memorable holiday and one that we highly recommend to other cyclists. We were sorry when the tour was over!"
"We just returned from the Apulia self-guided trip and again I want to pass on my kudos to Girolibero for another fantastic tour. This one is very much scenery-focused as opposed to some other tours where it might be more architecture or city-oriented. The tour was a nice mix of country and water, and that variety was well appreciated. Hotels - we loved our hotels and thought that they were amongst the most interesting that we had stayed at during any tour.
"Another great tour - thanks a lot for the impeccable organization!"
Nearest airports: Bari Wojtyla (BRI)
Nearest train station: Matera, Italy
Nearest airports: Bari Wojtyla (BRI) and Brindisi
Nearest train station: Lecce, Italy
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Of all European countries, none draws visitors over and over again like Italy. A peninsula extending into the Mediterranean Sea, Italy consists of 21 diverse regions of rolling hills, vineyards, mountains, lakes, cliffs and islands. Each region has its unique charm, but all share the ‘Italian’ view that life should be taken at a slow pace with time to enjoy conversation, food and drink. Together, Italy’s regions boast the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi and Pisa are a few of the country's renowned cities along with Italy’s 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles and 5,600 museums and archaeological sites. Whether you ride a gondola through Venice’s Grand Canal, stroll along Lake Como or visit the Coliseum in Rome, the opportunities are endless when visiting Italy.
We are an Italian tour operator specialized in cycling tours and active journeys. Our headquarters are in Vicenza, a small and fascinating city between Venice and Verona. There are about 25 of us and 3 mechanics working together to make the best bike holiday possible for you.
Our fleet consists of 10 vehicles and 10 trailers which can carry from 30 to 50 bikes each. We have a fleet of about 900 bicycles.
Besides Vicenza our bases in Italy are in South Tyrol, Tuscany, Piedmont, Umbria, Apulia and Sicily. We own the two boats Vita Pugna and Ave Maria which sail between Venice and Mantua.
After many years’ experience in France we have developed a base in Orléans where our bikes and our staff are present. We manage all our tours in the Loire Valley from Orléans. Our second base in France is Provence where we offer the only bike & boat tour in the area.
If the customer withdraws from the contract he is anyway obliged to pay the registration fee which is € 30 per person in 2010.
A declaration of withdrawal must be made in writing within the deadline of one working day prior to the booked departure date:
For the Bike & boat tours the following cancellation fees apply:
The same amounts apply to the customer, even if the missed departure is due to the lack or imprecision of the necessary personal documents. No refund is due to whom does not show up at the place of accommodation or in the case of cancellation during the the program stay.
ALTERATION OF THE BOOKING
In case in which the customer asks for any kind of alteration of the already booked tourist package, he is obliged to pay the registration fee which is € 30 per person. A reduction in participants will be considered a cancellation and therefore subject to the cancellation fees as mentioned above. The operator is not obliged to fulfill any customer's alteration request of an already booked tourist package if he is not able to meet the customer's requirements.
ALTERATIONS AFTER DEPARTURE
After departure, should the operator find himself in a position of not being able to offer, for whatever reason, except for a personal reason of the consumer, an essential part of the services included in the contract, he must offer alternative solutions, without additional cost to the price paid by the consumer and in the case that the services offered are of a lower value than those foreseen, must be reimbursed exactly for the difference. In the case that no alternative solution is possible, or rather the solution of the operator is refused by the consumer for justifiable serious reasons, the operator will at no extra cost, provide the consumer with equivalent transport back to the place of departure or to another pre-agreed place. Depending on availability of the means and places available and will compensate the consumer for the difference between the services to be supplied under the contract and those supplied to the moment of the early return.
The consumer who withdraws may transfer his booking to another person upon condition that: a) the operator has been informed in writing at least 4 working days before the established departure date and also at the same time receives communication regarding all the details of the transferee; b) the transferee satisfies all the conditions to benefit from the service (ex. Article 89 Consumer’s Code) and in particular with requisites regarding passports, visas and medical certificates; c) the transferee must reimburse the operator any extra costs that he may incur in order to proceed with the transferral. The amount will be quantified prior to the transferral. The transferor and the transferee shall be jointly and severally liable for the payment of the price of the package and also to the amounts in point c) of the present article
ALTERATIONS OR CANCELLATION OF A TOURIST PACKAGE BEFORE DEPARTURE
Before the departure the operator or vendor who is forced to make significant alterations to one or more elements of the contract must give immediate notification in writing to the consumer indicating the type of alteration and the consequent variation in price. If the alteration proposal is not accepted under comma 1, the consumer can reserve the right to reclaim the amount already paid or receive an alternative tourist package in accordance with commas 2 and 3 of article 8. The consumer maintains the above rights also when cancellation is due to insufficient number of participants required as stated in the Catalogue or in the separate program, or due to force major and accidental cause, regarding the tourist package purchased. For cancellations which are not caused by force major or accidental cause or by insufficient number of participants, or reasons which are different from those of the non acceptance by the consumer of the alternative tourist package offered, the operator who cancels (art. 33 letter e Consumer’s Code) will reimburse the consumer double what was paid to and received by the operator, via the travel agent. The amount to be reimbursed can never be more than double the amount of which the consumer at that same date owes according to art. 8, comma 4 in the case it is he who cancels.
INTRODUCTION. NOTION OF TOURIST PACKAGE____
a) the operator and vendor of tourist packages, to whom the consumer makes a request, must be in possession of the administrative authorization in order to carry out their activity.
b) the consumer has the right to receive a copy of the sales of tourist package contract (under article 85 of the Consumer’s Code) an indispensable document to receive National Guarantee Fund.
The definition of tourist package (article 84 Consumer’s Code) is as follows: tourist packages mean travel, holidays and “all inclusive” with the pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components when sold or offered for sale at an inclusive price and when the service covers a period of more than twenty-four hours or includes at least one overnight accommodation:
(c) other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation (omissions) ... and accounting for a significant proportion of the “tourist package”.
The purchase of a tourist package, either with services offered on national territory or abroad will be governed by the Italian Law 27/12/1977 n°1084 in ratification and implementation of the International Convention on Travel Contracts (CCV) regarding travel contracts signed in Brussels on 23.04.1970 and also by Consumer’s Code.
OBLIGATORY INFORMATION – TECHNICAL BRIEF
The operator is obliged to provide either within the catalogue or separately to it a technical brief. The details that must be included in the technical brief within the catalogue or separately to it are: - details regarding the operator’s administrative authorization; - details regarding the operator’s civil responsibility insurance policy; - period of validity of the catalogue or programs separate to the catalogue or made to measure travel; - methods and conditions for transferral (Art.89 of Consumer’s Code); - exchange rate used in the case of currency adjustments, days or value.
Reservation requests must be made on the appropriate contractual form, if electronic, filled in entirely and signed by the client, who will receive a copy. Acceptance for the booking will be complete, with subsequent conclusion of the contract, only once the operator has sent confirmation, even by telematic means, to the client via the travel agency. Indications regarding the package that are not contained in the contractual documents, brochures or in other written means, will be provided in good time before the start of the journey by the operator in accordance with his obligations under art, 87 comma 2 of the Consumer’s Code.
A deposit of 25% of the price of the tourist package is to be paid at the moment of booking. The deposit must be done no less than 30 days preceding the intended departure date. In case of reservation after the above mentioned date the payment will be in its total in the act of reserving the package. Failure to pay the sums indicated above by the established date constitutes an express termination clause such as to determine rightful termination by the intermediary agency and/or the operator.
The price of the tourist package is determined in the contract, and refers to the price indicated in the catalogue or in the separate programs which have been added subsequently. The contract provides that price revisions can be made up to 20 days before the established departure date and solely to allow for variations in: - transportation costs, including the cost of fuel; - dues, taxes or fees chargeable for certain tourist services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports; - the exchange rates applied to the package in question. For these variations reference will be made to the exchange rate and costs mentioned above in effect on the date of publication of the program as printed in the technical brief of the catalogue or on the date mentioned in the above mentioned adjustments.
OBLIGATIONS FOR THE PARTICIPANTS
The participants must be in possession of a personal passport or some other document valid for travel in the countries to be visited, as well as any tourist and transit visas and health certification that might be required. They must also respect the normal rules of prudence and diligence, all information provided to them by the operator and also any regulations and administrative or legislative requirements regarding their travel and tourist package. The participants will be liable for all and any damages that may be incurred by the holiday operator that may be caused by their failure to respect the above conditions. Travelers must provide the operator with all documents, information and other elements in their possession required for the exercise of operator’s right of subrogation with regard to third parties responsible for damages. The traveller is liable towards the operator for any compromise to the right of subrogation. The consumer must also inform the operator in writing, at the moment of booking, of any special personal requests that may be the subject of specific agreements on details of the holiday, as long as these requests are possible to implement
The official category of hotels is described in the catalogue or with alternative informative material only on the basis of explicit and formal indications by the competent authorities in the country where the service is provided. In the absence of official recognized classification of the competent Public Authorities of the countries, even if members of the EU, the operator reserves the right to their own description in the catalogue or brochure of the structure in order to permit an evaluation and subsequent acceptance of it from the consumer.
REGIME OF RESPONSIBILITY
The operator is responsible for damage caused to the consumer by the total or partial breach of contractual services owed, whether they are offered by him or by third party suppliers of services, unless proof can be given that the event derived from the consumer (also including initiatives carried out by him in the course of duty in offering tourist services) or by external circumstances in supplying contractual services, accidental cause, force major, or from circumstances that the operator could not, professionally or realistically foresee or resolve. The vendor where the booking for the tourist package was made is not held responsible under any circumstances for obligations that arise from the organization of the journey, but is responsible exclusively for the obligations that arise from the quality of mediation and therefore in the limits for such responsibility in respect of the legal obligations in force.
LIMITS FOR COMPENSATION
Compensation for damages to a person cannot in any event be superior to the limits regulated by international conventions to which Italy and European Union take part regarding the breach of services. In any case the compensation limit cannot exceed 50.0000 Germinal Gold Francs for damage to people, 2.000 Germinal Gold Francs for damage to things, 5.000 Germinal Gold Francs for any other damage (article 13 n°2 CCV)
OBLIGATION FOR ASSISTANCE
The operator must give assistance to the consumer with professional diligence and exclusively with reference to the obligations cited both by law and by contract. The operator and the vendor are exonerated from each others responsibility (articles 13 and 14 of these General Conditions) when the contract cannot be carried out in part or completely due to the consumer or is due to an unforeseeable or inevitable action by a third party, or rather fortuitous or by force major.
COMPLAINTS AND REPORTS
Any failure in the enforcement of the contract must be contested by the consumer without delay so that the operator, his local representative or assistant can rectify the situation as quickly as possible. The consumer must - on penalty of loss of any right to claims – make a written complaint by registered letter, with receipt of delivery, to the operator or the vendor no later than 10 working days after the date of return to the original place of departure.
NATIONAL GUARANTEE FUND
The Presidency of the Council of Ministers has constituted a National Guarantee Fund to which consumers may apply (under the terms of Art. 100 of the Consumers’ Code) in the case of insolvency or bankruptcy of vendors or operators, for the protection of the following rights: a) reimbursement of price paid; b) repatriation in case of holidays abroad. The fund must also ensure immediate availability of economic assistance in the case of obligatory return of holiday makers from non-European Union countries due to emergencies ascribable or otherwise to the conduct of the operator. The details of the use of the fund are governed by Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers dated 23 July 1999. no. 349 G.U.n° 249 dated 12/10/1999.
ADDENDUM GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR CONTRACTS - SALE OF SINGLE TOURIST SERVICES
A) LEGISLATION Contracts regarding the sale of single services (accommodation, transport, any separate tourist service) and those therefore that do not regard a tourist package, are governed by Travel Contracts CCV art. 1, 3 and 6, arts. 17 to 23 and arts. 24 to 31 with the exclusion of references regarding contracts for organized travel or from other specific stipulations referring to the sale of single services in the contract.
B) CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT The following clauses or conditions of the general contractual conditions can be applied to these above mentioned contracts art. 4 comma 1; art. 5; art. 7; arts.8 and 9; art 10 comma 1; art. 11; art. 15 and art. 17. The application of these clauses renders these contracts absolutely and without question those of a tourist package. The terms used in said clauses regarding contract for tourist packages (operator, travel etc) must be considered in reference to corresponding figures in single tourist service contracts (vendor, accommodation etc.)
According to the Italian Law n.269 dated 3/10/98, article 16. The Italian Law punishes the crimes concerning prostitution and juvenile pornography by means of reclusion. PRIVACY Information regarding ex art. 13 of the Legislative Decree 193/03 (legal code regarding personal data) The processing of personal data is carried out both on paper and digitally, in compliance with the Legislative Decree 196/2003 for use exclusively to conclude the contract and for the implementation of the services that constitute the tourist package. It is necessary to communicate this personal data. Personal data will not be diffused, but given solely to the suppliers of the services included in the tourist package purchased. The consumer may at any time exert their rights under art. 7 of the Legislative Decree 196/03 by contacting GIROLIBERO, firstname.lastname@example.org, titolare del trattamento.
Technical organisation: Girolibero of Zeppelin Società Cooperativa, TRAVEL AGENCY & TOUR OPERATOR in Vicenza, Contrà Manin 14, fiscal code 02941250249, registered to n° 286165/01 Register of Companies of Vicenza, in conformity with Aut. Amm, of the province of Vicenza Decree n° 618 dated 26.03.2002.
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