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8 Day Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour to Discover Little Known but Fascinating Apulia, Italy

Bari, Italy

Motorcycle Tour Apulia, Italy

This is a self-guided tour between dreamy coastal panoramas and elegant cities with a Spanish feel, with a small detour in Matera, the superb 2019 European capital of culture, in Basilicata. Come and discover this beautiful area before it gets too popular with tourists!

Key information

  • Bike: personal bike
  • Mileage: 1,150 kilometers / 715 miles
  • Daily rides: 110 - 225 kilometers / 68 - 140 miles
  • Riding gear: CE-compliant helmet (mandatory)
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Bari
  • Make a stop to visit the old town of Lecce
  • Explore the most beautiful coastal areas of Puglia
  • Discover fascinating underground sites and then the magnificent Matera
  • Visit the most suggestive and beautiful castle in Puglia
  • See the splendid cliffs of white limestone of Puglia
  • Ride along the beautiful coastline north of Bari
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
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Accommodation

You will stay in a standard room, in hotels of the chosen category (always hand-

picked, charming, and with top amenities for their category).

Program

Day 1: Bari

Today is the individual arrival of all participants in the beautiful city of Bari, the capital of Puglia/Apulia, where you must visit the historic centre, rich in remains of countless foreign domination over time. Better yet, dedicate it at least a full day.

  • Overnight in Bari

Day 2: Bari - Vieste

You get on the bikes and the tour can begin along the beautiful coastline north of Bari and continue in the forests and along the cliffs that characterise the peninsula of Gargano, in the extreme north of Puglia. It is in the suggestive and white Vieste where you stop for the night.

  • Overnight in Vieste
  • 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Day 3: Vieste - Matera

Today, you head inland to visit the most suggestive and beautiful castle in Puglia. From there, discover fascinating underground sites and then the magnificent Matera, named European Capital of Culture 2019 by the Unesco, famous for its two very picturesque neighbourhoods called Sassi, made of dwellings dug in stone.

  • Overnight in Matera
  • 225 kilometers / 140 miles

Day 4: Matera - Gallipoli

You start your descent southbound to explore the most beautiful coastal areas of Puglia which have earned its fame and pride. Your journey will takes you to the old Taranto, rich in history and true beauties to see, before dedicating yourselves to the best beaches and maritime places.

  • Overnight in Gallipoli
  • 180 kilometers / 112 miles

Day 5: Gallipoli - Otranto

Your journey continues towards the south. It is along the coast that you will discover two beautiful seaside villages before making a stop to visit the old town of Lecce and end the day on the east coast, near Otranto.

  • Overnight in Otranto
  • 125 kilometers / 78 miles

Day 6: Otranto - 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 of white limestone of Puglia, beautiful coastal villages, often chosen as film sets, and city centres of undoubtfully baroque beauty.

  • Overnight in Ostuni
  • 150 kilometers / 93 miles

Day 7: Ostuni - Bari

You leave Ostuni and its beautiful old town to visit the "trulli", symbol of Apulia, and some of the most beautiful villages inland. From there, you pass through other seaside resorts along the jagged coast, while you ride back to your departure city, Bari, where you return the rented motorbikes.

  • Overnight in Bari
  • 110 kilometers / 68 miles

Day 8: Bari

From here, you can either go home or extend your stay further to enjoy the magic of Italy, to relax the body, after so many twists and turns through this beautiful tour. Italy on Motorbike is at your disposal if you would like them to arrange your holiday further.

Rest spots

Without sacrificing the choice of fantastic winding roads for the pleasure of riding, Italy on Motorbike has meticulously selected along the way rest spots to catch your breath, for their historical and naturalistic interest that everyone is free to visit or skip.

Skill level required for this tour: intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

Puglia, the heel of the boot, is a little-known area in the deep south of Italy. It’s a province of high contrast between wealth and poverty, yet it's beautiful and still authentic (which also means lacking maintenance, in places), offering a complete change of scenery. With a prevalent Baroque architecture, its unique “trullo” houses, and its turquoise sea; riding in Puglia offers a feast for the eyes and the mind, as well as real pleasure due to its roads still empty of tourists.

Food

The tour includes all breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Registration fees and branded tee-shirt
  • Meticulously studied and designed daily itineraries from hotel to hotel, to ensure a maximum amount of pleasure on and off the bike, packed with beautiful bikers’ roads, as well as spectacular and interesting places to see - The itineraries are provided in GPS format for your satnav (Tom Tom or Garmin) or in Sygic (the best navigation mobile app currently available which works on any smart phone without using your internet data or connecting to the internet)
  • Basic insurance policy: unlimited assistance, plus medical 5000 EUR plus luggage 1000 EUR, which covers both rider and passenger for medical expenses in Italy and repatriation assistance costs in case of accident or illness during the tour, as well as luggage theft or loss
  • 7 nights accommodation (breakfasts and parking are also included)

What's not included

  • The rental of a motorcycle as required (please ask for a quote)
  • Entrance fees to monuments, archaeological, or natural sites, etc. (all visits are optional)
  • All the main meals (half board available on request)
  • All the city taxes and extras in hotels
  • Transfers as required (please ask for a quote)
  • Motorcycle expenses and all personal expenses
  • Anything not specified in "What's included"

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI). For all tours, airport / hotel transfers are not included but are available on request. Quotation depends on the number of participants.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Food
Location
Quality of activity
8 days / 7 nights
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Choice of motorcycles (on request)

From only 650 EUR for a BMW F750GS for six days including 1100 kilometers, third liability insurance, top case plus two side paniers.

Pricing information

Prices displayed are flexible, depending on the accommodation availability and the season. Please send an inquiry for the exact quote.

Shipment of luggage via courier (on request)

Your suitcases will be shipped to your hotel around the middle of the tour and again to the final hotel (no deliveries on Saturday and Sunday).

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