Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT035

Italy / Apulia Short Break

Lecce and the deepest Salento

Apulia is a region in south-eastern Italy that includes the heel part of Italy’s boot, suspended between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. You will start and end the tour in Lecce, also known as “Florence of the South” because of its magnificent baroque architecture. This bike tour will lead you into a region of scenic beauty, which is, by today’s standards, still unspoiled by the unattractive aspects of tourism and still retains testimony of its great and ancient culture.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Lecce
    Individual arrival. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has earned the nickname of Florence of the South.
     
    2. Lecce – Gallipoli (50 km)
    After a few kilometers through the town of Lecce, you go deep into the “salentinian countryside”, before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.
     
    3. Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (50 km)
    Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. Its name 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. The town is today a famous seaside resort.
     
    4. Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto (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.
     
    5. Otranto – Lecce (55 km)
    Riding along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush you will enter Lecce.
     
    6. Lecce
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 205 km
    • Total vertical up: 690 m
    • Terrain: 99% tarmac, 1% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: NO

     
    Mostly in the lowlands, sometimes hilly. Traffic is almost non existent in Apulia except during the holiday season. The route includes very beautiful stretches on the coast.

     

    Easy to Moderate: some days flat, others with some hills. Suitable for everyone with some cycling experience and a few physical condition.

     

  • How to get there

    Lecce is connected with the following airports:
    Brindisi: 40 Km, Bari: 150 Km.

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. 

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels. 

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.


    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:

    • City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • E-bike


    Features:

    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system 

     

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    • 1 combination bike lock


    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    • Girolibero Greens booklets:
      1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
      2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
      3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

  • By your side

    In Lecce you will meet our representative who:

    • will present you the tour
    • will deliver you the bikes
    • will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

     

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 2 Variations

Tour details

 

from 470 €

6 Days / 5 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

MO 25.3-17.6 and 26.8-21.10.2019

Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 25.03 and 21.10.2019

Season 2: 26.03-29.04 and 01.10-20.10.2019

Season 3: 30.04-17.06 and 26.08-30.09.2019

 

Price per person

470 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

 

Included

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 8 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Supplements

150 € single room

80 € season 2

130 € season 3

75 € Girolibero bike

170 € E-bike 

15 € helmet

Transfers Bari-Lecce, Brindisi-Lecce: on request

 

Extra nights in in double/single room with breakfast:

60/90 € in Lecce

 

Reductions

70 € 3rd/4th person in room

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