Sassi and Trulli

Puglia/Basilicata Italy: (ZZ-BK-FV02)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_cycling_italy_sassi_trulli.aspx

Introduction
Puglia/Basilicata Italy
Leaving from Matera’s “Sassi” and the rock caves and stone houses, you will reach the Itria Valley, a karstic land also called the Valley of the Trulloes due to the thousands of “trulli”, limestone dwellings that are remarkable examples of drywall constructions offering a prehistoric building technique which is still in use in Apulia. All around you there is an explosion of color, olive trees and ancient farmhouses. Back to the mysterious land of Basilicata, a slow ride from the rolling hills of the Bradano Valley, to the natural oasis of San Giuliano Lake and back to Matera.

The South of Italy’s natural beauty, ancient culture, deeply-rooted local traditions, genuine Mediterranean food and above all the warmth and hospitality of its people, will capture you and leave you with an unforgettable feeling.

Accomodation

Accommodations: cave hotels, trullo houses, and holiday farms

Meals:  Breakfast is included every day. We can also pre-arrange all dinners for you on request. In the guided ride, dinners are included.

Riding

Total length: 280 km, with stages from 25 to 64 km to be done in 3 – 8 hours within the day.

Itinerary



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Matera
Arrival in Matera and transfer to your hotel. Dinner is not included but we suggest you have dinner at one of the Sassi’s typical restaurants.
Trip suggestion (not included in self-guided option): guided tour around the Sassi – a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993 – with its small streets and squares, caves, rock churches and cellars. Two districts built from the Medieval age through to the last century.
Meals included: none (if you choose half-board option: dinner)
Overnight in Matera


Day 2: From Matera to Alberobello
Distribution of bicycles, briefing and departure for Alberobello. You will pass through the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, the capital town of “trulloes” and a UNESCO world heritage site. Accommodation in the historical center in a trullo dating from 1600.
By bike: approximately 69 kms. Grade: Easy to moderate
Meals included: Breakfast (if you choose half-board option: dinner)
Overnight in Alberobello


Day 3: Alberobello Loops
Today, you can choose to do either the Itria Valley loop to Locorotondo and Cisternino (option 1) OR a cycling trip to the underground world of the Castellana Caves (option 2).
By bike (option 1): approximately 45 kms. Grade: Easy
By bike (option 2): approximately 40 kms. Grade: Easy
Meals included: Breakfast (if you choose half-board option: dinner)
Overnight in Alberobello




Day 4: The land of ravines
Heading south into the Taranto province, you will pedal through deserted roads and vineyards. You will cross the Land of the Ravines and the villages of Mottola and Palagianello. The Ravines are deep precipices, often more than 100 metres deep, similar to canyons.
By bike: approximately 70 kms. Grade: Easy to moderate
Meals included: Breakfast (if you choose half-board option: dinner)
Overnight in Farm not far from the Bradano River


Day 5: The Bradano Valley
Today you will continue pedaling along the Bradano River through vineyards and orange trees. After a light ascent on the Montescaglioso hill (a visit to the Benedictine Abbey is a must), back to the valley again and overnight stay at a holiday farm specialized in producing vegetables. Relax in the swimming pool.
By bike: approximately 55 kms. Grade: Easy to moderate
Meals included: Breakfast (if you choose half-board option: dinner)
Overnight in Farm not far from the Bradano River


Day 6: Rest day or Via Appia
Today you can enjoy cycling loop in the valley or relax by the swimming pool.
Cycling along the ancient “Via Appia” (an old Roman road), you will pass through the charming medieval village of Miglionico, with a nice view of the valley.
By bike: approximately 35 kms. Grade: Easy to moderate
Meals included: Breakfast (if you choose half-board option: dinner)
Overnight in Farm not far from the Bradano River


Day 7: Back to Matera
Back to Matera with a climb skirting the Park of Rock Churches again. Free afternoon for visiting museums, walking in the Sassi and enjoy your dinner in a cave restaurant.
By bike: approximately 25 kms. Grade: Moderate
Meals included: Breakfast (if you choose half-board option: dinner)
Overnight in Matera


Day 8: Departure day
Breakfast and end of tour.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Sassi and Trulli

Rates include:

Self-guided:Accommodation, All breakfasts, Luggage transfer, Technical and emergency assistance, Road book and maps & 6 cycling days
Guided:Accommodations, All breakfasts and dinners, Transfers from/to Bari airport, Guided tour in the Sassi of Matera, 6 cycling guided days, Luggage transfer, Technical and emergency assistance & Road book

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 day cycling tour (comfort) - Self-guided€900$1020
  • B
    20208 day cycling tour (comfort) - Guided, based on 4 pax€1350$1530
    • Small group supplement (2-3 pax), pp€400$455
      Larger group disocunt (8+ pax), pp(€200)($220)
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Transfer from Bari Airport to Matera (min. 2 pax), return, pp (Self-guided tour) 100 $115
2020 Hybrid bike rental with 27 speed rental 100 $115
2020 E-Bikes and Road bikes rental 215 $245
2020 Carbon Road bikes rental 265 $300
2020 Guided tour (2 hours) in the Sassi of Matera, pp 45 $55
2020 Transfer from Bari Airport to Matera, return included in the Guided tour 0 $0
2020 Single supplement 325 $370

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 05/02 - 05/09 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 05/09 - 05/16 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 05/16 - 05/23 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 05/23 - 05/30 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 05/30 - 06/06 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 09/05 - 09/12 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 09/12 - 09/19 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 09/19 - 09/26 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 10/03 - 10/10 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 10/24 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve
B 2020 10/31 - 11/07 8d / 7n 8 day cycling tour (comfort)... 4 /16 Reserve

Dates Note: Self-guided: Any day from Mar-Oct
Guided: Any Saturday in May, Sept, or Oct with min 2 pax. Please inquire for departures in July and August

Rates do not include:

Self-guided: Lunches and Dinners, Drinks, Guided tour in the Sassi of Matera, Medical/Luggage insurance, Minivan assistance, Entrance fees, Transfers & Bike/Hlemet rental
Guided: Lunches, Drinks, Medical/Luggage insurance, Minivan assistance, Entrance fees, Gratuities & Bike/Hlemet rental

Other Info
Meeting: Matera
Airport: Lamezia Terme, Salerno, Bari, Naples
Transfer: train to Matera (not included)

Climate:
                                                Matera area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

49

50

55

61

71

80

85

85

76

67

57

50

Average Low Temperature (°F)

35

36

39

43

50

58

63

63

57

51

44

38

Average High Temperature (°C)

9

10

13

16

21

26

30

29

25

19

14

10

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

4

6

10

14

17

17

14

10

6

3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

3

3

3

1

0

1

2

4

4

3

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Weather conditions are changeable, especially at the start and end of the season (March to October).

Basilicata has a varied climate due to the diverse terrain and altitudes found across the region. Consequently temperatures can vary by up to 10 degrees during a tour which takes both the coast and the mountains.

What To Bring: