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Matera to Monopoli Cycling

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Start at Matera, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and cycle through the Alta Murgia National Park, the largest natural park in Italy. Reach the Adriatic coastline at Trani, known as the ‘Pearl of Puglia’ and continue your ride, south, along the coast to Bari and your final destination, Monopoli.

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All about the Matera to Monopoli Cycling.

This seven night, self-guided cycling holiday takes in some of the highlights of Basilicata and Puglia in Southern Italy. Starting in the UNESCO-listed Matera, known for its rock churches and Sassi houses, you’ll have a free day here to explore before setting off on your bike to head to the neighbouring region of Puglia. You’ll ride to Gravina, one of the most important Roman cities along the Appian Way and continue on through the Alta Murgia National Park (the largest natural park in Italy) with a stop at Castel del Montewith its iconic castle. Your cycle route then heads to the Adriatic coast, to Trani, one of the oldest and liveliest cities along this stretch of coastline. Follow the coastline for the last two days stopping in Bari and Monopoli.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of *** and **** hotels
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • GPS Route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Tandems available (inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Two nights in the UNESCO town of Matera
  • Cycling through the Alta Murgia National Park, the largest natural park in Italy
  • Charming hotels, all full of character
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Matera

    Arrive in Matera, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, with an overnight stay at Palazzo Viceconte.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Free day exploring

    Enjoy the stone city of Matera, named the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Situated in the Basilicata Region, stroll through its beautiful Palaeolithic cave dwellings, intricate cathedrals and museums.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Matera to Gravina 43km/26.5mi

    Leave Matera and cycle a few kilometres to enter the beautiful region of Puglia. Ride on gentle slopes towards Gravina, one of the most important Roman cities along the Appian Way, and Altamura, located on the hills of the Murge plateau.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Gravina to Castel del Monte 42km/26mi

    Today, our route winds across the largest natural park in Italy – the Alta Murgia National Park. Our final destination is an iconic castle in the southern region, commissioned by Frederick II, with its unique octagonal structure making it worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Castel del Monte to Trani 43km/26.5mi

    Today’s ride continues though the Alta Murgia National Park, with a pleasant descent towards the Adriatic Sea and Trani, one of the oldest and liveliest cities on the Apulian coast. Known as the ’Pearl of Pugila’, the city is characterised by its breath-taking cathedral that sits right on the water’s edge. Afterwards, wander around its Jewish quarter, hidden between it’s glossy limestone streets.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Trani to Bari 55km/34mi

    Explore the historic town centres of Bisceglie, Molfetta and Giovinazzo, admiring their Romanesque style architecture. Arrive in Bari, a bustling, coral-fringed port town, and ride along one of the longest promenades in the Mediterranean to the old city.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Bari to Monopoli 50km/31mi

    Ride towards the metropolitan city of Mola and continue on a narrow path between its towering fortified castle and the Adriatic Sea. Reaching the turquoise shores of Polignano a Mare, you move on through the historical centre towards Monopoli’s picturesque harbour.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Monopoli
Where you stay
Palazzo Viceconte
Palazzo Viceconte is a historical building set in the Matera Sassi UNESCO site area. It offers free WiFi throughout. The Viceconte’s rooms feature antique furnishings, free wired internet access, digital TV, and air conditioning. Most rooms boast panoramic views, while some overlook the Palazzo’s quiet internal 17th-century courtyard. The Palace features beautiful frescoed halls that come with original furniture, and a collection of paintings ranging from the 17th to the 20th century.
B+B Le Stanze del Console
Set just outside the historical centre of Gravina in Puglia, this B+B offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. Santa Maria Assunta Basilica is 550 yards away. Rooms at Le Stanze del Console have classic style furnishings and fully equipped private bathroom. Each includes a TV and minibar. Homemade cakes and pastries feature at breakfast, along with fruit juice and a choice of hot drinks. Restaurants, bars and cafs are a short walk away. Set in a 17th century town house, Stanze del Console is a 5-minute walk from Hammam thermal baths. The property is 7.5 miles from Altamura and a 25-minute drive from the UNESCO site at Matera.
Hotel Montegusto
Located in Castel del Monte, 23 miles from Molfetta, Montegusto provides a restaurant and free WiFi. Fitted with a patio, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and a hairdryer. The bed and breakfast offers a continental or la carte breakfast. Montegusto offers a children’s playground. Guests can also relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area.
Mar Resort
Mare Resort is an elegant, luxurious property a 5 minutes’ walk from Trani’s harbour. It is located in Palazzo Telesio, an 18th-century building with a top-floor terrace. Bike rental is free. The Resort Mare features modern interiors. Rooms come with a free minibar, an LCD satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and tea and Nespresso machine. The en suite bathroom has a double shower. Set on the rooftop, La Terrazza restaurant is open all year and offers views of the harbour. It serves regional cuisine, vegetarian options and gluten-free food. Occasionally, the property organises events and dinners with music on the terrace.
Hotel Imago
The Imago is a design hotel located in the heart of Bari, a 7-minute walk from Bari Q. Sella Metro Station and 15 minutes’ walk from the cathedral. It offers free WiFi and air-conditioned rooms. Each elegant room at the 4 star Imago hotel will provide you with a flat-screen TV, a dining area and an electric kettle. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer. Other facilities offered at the property include a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge. A terrace is available in summer.
Albergo Diffuso Monopoli
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Set in various locations around the historical centre, just a stroll from Monopoli’s seafront and its beautiful beaches, Albergo Diffuso Monopoli offers elegant rooms, all air-conditioned rooms either have a terrace or balcony. Accommodation has exposed Tuffo-stone walls and quality furniture. There is free WiFi, flat screen TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom with bath or shower. Breakfast in the hotel’s central cafe and dinner will be in a good local restaurant.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 evening meal are included

Self-Guided Cycling

1+ Activity Level:

Fairly gentle routes, often flat but with the occasional short climb and freewheel descent! On average, you should expect to be cycling for 3-5 hours on each cycling day, leaving lots of time to explore at leisure, relax by the pool, etc.  A little more strenuous than a 1 Bike rated tour. If you are a regular cyclist, you may prefer a 2 Bike rated tour.

Overall Rating
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