• 7 full days of motorcycle touring zapping between the coast and delightful inland villages in a unique, multi-faceted journey, including 1 rest day
Starts and Ends

in Bari

Rest day

Matera

Total mileage

Km 1000/ 625 mi

Difficulty

Easy

Guided motorcycle tour package: Amazing Apulia (Puglia), 9 days

7 full days of motorcycle touring zapping between the coast and delightful inland villages in a unique, multi-faceted journey, including 1 rest day

A motorcycle tour in Puglia, in the deep south of Italy, is a treat for the eyes and the heart. With its 940 km of sandy, rocky coastline and high cliffs, it will fascinate you with its deep blue crystal clear sea.

A tour where scenic coastal roads will be interspersed with continuous forays inland in the footsteps of history, in search of the archaeological parks of the Magna Graecia and the Roman Empire to which are added the fascinating ancient villages and castles left us by the Normans, Swabians and others … to protect this extremity of the Italian peninsula. A concentrate of history, nature and sea where the culture of the land and the sea still reigns supreme, where the old villages, castles and fortresses are nothing more than a side dish to a life of bygone times that has its highest expression in the products of the territory. We’re talking about wine and extra-virgin olive oil obviously, and of sea products that can be found in the generous and genuine cuisine with strong flavors of yesteryear. A motorcycle tour that, although it is complete in its own, comes to its climax with the inclusion of Matera, in Basilicata, and its spectacular “sassi”. A motorcycle tour in the heel of the boot, in the far south of Italy, where the peasant culture, the white villages of the inland, the typical “trulli” and the fishermen’s villages will take us back in time to the days of our parents and grandparents.

Main technical characteristics of this exclusive motorcycle tour

When
To enjoy this holiday to the fullest, the motorcycle tour of Apulia can be done from March to November, possibly avoiding July and August because of the excessive heat (for those who, like us, use technical clothing) and the summer tourism peak.

The tour and the covered area
Apulia is the extreme tip of the Apennine chain that crosses Italy from north to south. If in the south it is characterized by its coastal roads, in the north with the Gargano Park and Mount Cornacchia it ranges from 0 to 1100 meters above the sea level.

Unesco sites along the way
In Apulia we’ll see 5 UNESCO sites: Castel del Monte, the Trulli, the Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel, the Umbria Forest and Castel Fiorentino, to which our motorcycle tour adds the city of Matera in Basilicata, with its Sassi and the Park of the Rock Churches.

Climate and clothing
This tour is scheduled as well in March and in October, with the milder spring and fall temperatures to the definitely hot summer ones. Therefore, it is advisable to pair four-season technical clothing with some sweaters but also to prefer perforated protection gear during the summer. A swimsuit and towel, motorcycle plus “normal” shoes, a cable with padlock to tie helmet and jacket to the motorcycle are the main things you need to be able to this motorcycle holiday to the fullest.

A typical day ride
A typical daily ride is of 150-225 km (90-140 miles). The motorcycle tour starts at 9.00 am and includes a stop every hour with activities, always optional, or just for the pleasure. Each day ends with fuelling and arrival at the hotel around 4.30/5.00 pm.

Motorcycle rental
For this motorcycle holiday, there is a limited availability of motorcycles for hire in Sicily. It is therefore critical to book timely. First come, first served.

Guided motorcycle tour of amazing Apulia (Puglia), package price
Starting from 2,990 euro in a shared double room with accommodation in 4-star charming hotels in central / panoramic locations

Tour Map

motorcycle tour of Apulia and Matera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included/Excluded

  • Subscription fee
  • T-shirt
  • Photos of the tour
  • Assistance, medical and luggage insurance
  • Italian guide leading the way on his own bike
  • Spoken languages: English and French
  • 1 Typical Italian welcome aperitif the first day
  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 8 buffet breakfasts
  • 5 complete dinners
  • 2 lunches in typical restaurants
  • Motorbike rental - available on request
  • Technical clothing
  • Entrance tickets to sightseeing proposals
  • Unmentioned meals and all drinks
  • Tourist tax and extras in hotels
  • Expenses for the use of the motorcycle
  • All personal expenses
  • Transfer airport / hotel - available on request
  • Anything not expressly included

Tour Plan

Day 01 Meeting in Bari

We meet in the afternoon at our hotel in Bari. We go and pick up the rental motorbikes, if any. Right after we’ll have a briefing to give everyone a few simple rules for a greater safety for all. Finally before dinner we’ll begin to build the group through a Italian aperitif.

Included meals: dinner

Day 02 200 km Bari - Vieste

We get on the bikes and the tour can begin along the beautiful coastline north of Bari admiring the pink flamingos of the salt pans of Margherita di Savoia. We continue through the woods and along the cliffs of the Gargano national park in the far north of Apulia. It is in picturesque, white Vieste that we stop for the night.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 03 225 km Vieste - Matera

After spending a good part of the morning on our bikes in the woods of northern Apulia, we head inland to visit the most evocative and beautiful castle in Apulia, classified a Unesco site since 1996. Then we get back on our bikes and the tour continues over immense Roman bridges and discovering fascinating underground sites before arriving in unique and amazing Matera for the night.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 04 0 km Matera - Matera

Our motorbike tour of Apulia stops for a rest day in the capital of Basilicata: Matera. It will be wonderful to stroll through the surreal scenery of Matera, nominated Unesco European Capital of Culture 2019, famous for its 2 very picturesque districts called sassi, made up of dwellings carved out of stone.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 05 180 km Matera - Gallipoli

Back in the saddle and head south, back in Apulia, to explore the most beautiful coastal towns and roads in Puglia that have earned its fame and pride. Our journey will take us to old Taranto, rich in history and real beauties to admire, before we discover the most beautiful beaches and seaside resorts of the region. We shall spend the night in the area of Gallipoli.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 06 150 km Gallipoli - Lecce

Our motorbike tour of Puglia continues on to the tip of Italy at Santa Maria Leuca. On the coast we will discover two beautiful seaside villages before stopping to visit the historic centre of Lecce. Overnight in the same area.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 07 150 km Lecce - Ostuni

Between history and coastal landscapes of great beauty, natural parks and marine reserves, the day will pass too quickly …. To amaze you in particular will be the splendid cliffs made of white limestone of Puglia, the beautiful coastal villages, often chosen as movie sets, and city centres of undoubted baroque beauty. Night in the delightful white Ostuni.

Included meals: breakfast, luch

Day 08 150 km Ostuni - Bari

Although it will be the last riding day of this discovery tour of Puglia, it will be a pretty full, spent first on the fascinating inland roads lined with characteristic 'trulli' that will accompany us up to Alberobello, one of the most amazing inland villages and the very symbol of Puglia. From there we’ll continue along the rugged coastline to discover another very famous fishing village before returning to our departure city, Bari, where we drop off the rented motorcycles before concluding this trip together with a lavish farewell dinner.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 9 Farewells in Bari

Our services end with breakfast. You are free to either go home or extend your stay further to enjoy the magic of Italy. We are at your disposal if you would like us to arrange your holiday further.

Included meals: breakfast

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