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White City to the Heel Self-Guided Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: PUG7B

Tour Overview

The Italians come to Puglia for sun, sea and seriously good food, fished from nearby waters and produced in the fertile pastures that supply much of the fresh contents of the country's larders, and to sup the increasingly admired local wines, negroamaro, primitivo di Manduria and Salice Salentino. But while many international visitors have been lured from the kempt pastures of Tuscany and Umbria to Puglia by its curious conical trulli and the sparkling white towns of the Valle d'Itria at the region's heart, or to walk in the ancient oak and beech forests of the mountainous Gargano peninsula at its northern edge, the southernmost reaches of the Salento flatlands are pioneer country. This strategically important lump of limestone between the Adriatic and Ionian seas has been variously sacked by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Spaniards, all of whom left their mark in the shape of amphitheatres, palaces, castles and churches. In a cluster of villages between Lecce and Maglie, known as the Grecia Salentina, some residents still speak grico, the Italiot Greek dialect.

The historic quarters of the main towns of Gallipoli, Nardò, Galatina, Maglie, Otranto and Tricase are all testimony to the craftsmanship of the local stonemasons. But none is lovelier than the city of Lecce, the Salentine capital, home to the florid Santa Croce basilica, with its menagerie of beasts cavorting around a huge rose window, and the vast Piazza del Duomo bounded by the cathedral. This itinerary is a wonderful mix of history, culture, architecture - and some breathtaking coastal scenery!

See the Regional Details page for further information on the scenery and attractions.

Trip highlights

  • Gallipoli and Otranto, both spectacular old towns
  • Cycling to Finnibus Terrae, where the Adriatic and the Ionian seas meet
  • Lecce
  • Zinzulusa Caves
  • Alimini Lakes
  • Porto Cesareo Lagoon


  • Puglia
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  • Shuttles from/to Bari or Brindisi airport or train station
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Rental of prepaid local cellular phone
  • Cooking classes

Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Options En Route
→ km ↑ m longer shorter
1   Ostuni - - - -  
2 Ostuni Ostuni 56 340     Savelletri, Egnazia, Parco Naturale Regionale Dune Costiere
3 Ostuni Gallipoli 65 303     Salice Salentino, Porto Cesareo lagoon, Porto Selvaggio
4 Gallipoli Gallipoli 65 383     Casarano, Scorrano
5 Gallipoli SM Leuca 50 204     Baia Verde, Parco Naturale Regionale Isola di San'Andrea, Ugento
6 SM Leuca Oreanto 55 694     Ciolo bridge, Zinzulusa Caves, Porto Badisco
7 Otranto Lecce 42 282     Alimni Lakes, Borgagne, Meledugno, Vernole

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
Basic cost per person sharing 935*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 325
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 135
Road 205

Carbon Road Bike 265

E-Bike 265
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 460
Each additional person 20
Pannier rental per pair 25

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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