Italy: Puglia, Alberobello & Lecce
Savor Puglia on this self-guided biking trip, riding from one stunning historic locale to the next and stopping to explore, swim, and savor gelato along the way.
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 32|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
10-day Self-Guided Air+
7-day Bike Vacation Only
Per person, double occupancy
Italy: Puglia, Alberobello & LecceCycle Puglia the way Italians do during our Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation. As you ride the breathtaking, sea-kissed region of Italy’s heel, linger at waterfront cafés, pause at sweeping overlooks, and savor every timeless olive grove, swim-worthy cove, ancient watchtower, and dramatic chalk-white cliff. Your scenic routes along the Ionian and Adriatic Seas link stunning historic towns—the island-burg of Gallipoli, seaside Santa Maria di Leuca, Baroque Lecce. And you’ll sleep at former palaces, modern hotels, and a historic, restored dry-stone trullo house. Savor Puglia on your own timetable with VBT!
What to Expect
This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginner and experienced cyclists. Rides are on relatively flat paved roads and bike lanes paralleling the sea coast. Expect more rolling Mediterranean landscapes inland and semi-urban riding into historic centers. Please verify your bike selection for this tour as it is not always possible to change bikes once you arrive on tour. Travel with your friends and family—we can accommodate multiple guests on this self-guided vacation. Our 24/7 support system is available if needed.
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 32|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
- Stay overnight in the dry-stone trulli dwellings of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site designated town and landscape
- Cycle the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines at your own pace, stopping to explore as you wish
- Stay in seaside Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, and Otranto, rich in ancient history and legend
- Enjoy ample opportunities to swim at sandy beaches and Mediterranean coves tucked under limestone cliffs
- Pedal through timeless quaint villages to the ancient fortified city of Acaya
- Ride into Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South” for its exuberant Baroque architecture
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Bike Vacation Only
|Roundtrip international airfare|
|Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports|
|One night in Alberobello and one night in Lecce in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included|
|6 nights in boutique hotels|
|7 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner|
Trulli e Puglia
Trulli & Puglia Resort is an exquisite accommodation built into a series of beautifully restored 500-year-old trulli structures. This is truly a unique and charming blend of classic regional design and all of the modern amenities. The trulli are one different from the other and spread out in the city center of Alberobello, some clustered in blocks of 2-3. The walking distance from the breakfast room and reception can be from 1 to 4 minutes. American breakfast is a special treat here, prepared exclusively for our guests, with fresh local specialties, and served in a separate central building. Our host Mimmo, a star of Alberobello, is the trulli resort owner as well as our passionate local guide since 2003.
Hotel 33 Baroni
Located just 1,000 feet from the historic Old Town, the newly opened Hotel 33 Baroni occupies the former palace of a Gallipoli nobleman. Today, the property combines traditional Italian hospitality, refined elegance, and the latest features in hotel technology and comfort, including soundproof rooms. The generous terrace offers splendid views of the Old Town and of the sweeping coastline, an ideal spot to close the day with a glass of Puglia’s primitivo wine. Your air-conditioned room provides all the amenities you’ll need for a comfortable stay. You’re sure to find it a welcoming haven after a discovery-filled day on the Salento Peninsula.
Inspired by the lush and inviting character of the Mediterranean, the Hotel Approdo enjoys a prime location overlooking the scenic marina of Santa Maria di Leuca. This bright and airy hotel has been in the same family for three generations, when Don Michele Rossi built it in 1964. During your stay, relax by the swimming pool surrounded by greenery, sip a local vintage on the expansive sea-view terrace as you recline under a canopy on a lounger, and savor a delicious meal of local specialties in its refined restaurant. Approdo is Italian for “landing,” and you’ll be glad to have found yours here.
Centrally located near Otranto’s Old Town, the pretty public gardens, and the seaside promenade, the Hotel Albania is named for the Albanian mountains that are visible across the Otranto Strait on a clear day. Its whitewashed, brightly lit interiors provide a soothing setting while the Vista Mare Restaurant on the top floor offers stunning sea views. In the sun-bathed dining room, enjoy a generous breakfast of fruits from the owner’s farm, homemade jams, and locally source meats and cheeses. Rooms in this delightfully designed hotel have been completely renovated, decorated in light colors and simple clean lines.
Patria Palace Hotel
In the heart of Lecce across from the majestic Santa Croce Church, the elegant Patria Palace occupies the 18th-century marquis palace of the D’Anna-Petrarolo noble family. It was designed by an architect who also created two beloved churches in town. Indeed, this enchanting property seems to very much belong amid the Baroque buildings, churches, and squares of the city’s historic center. The Patria has been welcoming guests since 1850 and was lovingly restored by artists and artisans in 1997. Each of the rooms has its own personality, adorned with a unique fresco and refined furnishings.
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