Type of tour:Guided/Self-guided
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:30 Miles/day average
Dates: Self-guided: Daily: Mar 15-Jun 15; Aug 15-Nov 5, 2015
Guided: May 17, Jun 7, Sep 6, 2015 (minimum 6 participants; additional dates available for groups of 6 or more)
Tour price:€899 (guided)
€690 (self-guided)
Start city:Matera, Italy
End city:Otranto, Italy
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Beautiful Cycling through Salento and Basilicata
Matera and Apulia Cycling Tour: the Heel of Italy's Boot

Tour Description: Self-guided

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This is an easy tour through the Heel of Italy's Boot. From Basilicata with round trips starting from the Sassi of Matera and the Park of Rupestrian Churches, you will pedal into Apulian land.

Cycling through the Murge plateau (a territory that encloses an astonishing variety of landscapes: caves, sanctuaries, defensive strongholds, churches and rock settlements, small towns and big cities), you will cycle through the Itria valley, characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand. These are cultivated in masserie lands, small typical local stone fortresses. Coasts are marked by long, sandy beaches, dunes and protected natural reserves. There are several traces of old Messapi civilizations, rock settlements, castles and not-to-be-missed trulloes made with drystone techniques.

In the last days you will head south to the Salento, land of sun, sea, wind. Nature comes in first place when one gets to this land stretch in between two seas. The cities and inland towns are expressions of the unique Lecce Baroque combined with Messapi and Salento Grecìa. Its language, songs and feasts still reflect the culture of Magna Graecia.

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