Puglia Gay Bike Tour

From €1490 or USD $1690

Deposit €500 or USD $640

23 – 30 May 2020 

3 – 10 October 2020

Other Dates available on request. Please inquiry.

  • Enjoy stunning daily bike rides through Salento and its coastline
  • Bikes, Helmets and Cycling Bags Included
  • Visit Architectural Gems, such as Lecce and Gallipoli
  • Taste Puglia Cuisine and Learn how to cook like a local
  • Tour local olive groves and Discover the magic of olive oil
  • Kayak along the wild coast of Porto Selvaggio
  • Discover Incredible white sandy beaches and amazing sunsets
  • Typical 3 course dinner with wine in Lecce
  • Pizza and beer in Gallipoli New Town
  • Make new friends from all over the world: great group atmosphere
  • Join your Italy Gay Travels hosts, Sergio and Kendall

Salento, Puglia

€1490 or USD $1690 in double room.

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

Solo traveler? You will share a double room with a fellow biker.
If you prefer your own room, please add a Single supplement of €490 or USD $549

4-8 people

Fly to Bari or Brindisi Airport.

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Perfect Puglia

What a week! Daily cycling, glorious wine, hand made pasta, continual sun, crystal clear sea, delightful hosts. An amazing break in a beautiful un-touristy part of the world. What started as a holiday with strangers ended as quality time with friends. I didn't want to come home and will definitely be back. Highly recommended.

by Richard on Puglia Gay Bike Tour
Cycling in Puglia

Just come back from a week cycling in Puglia and I've never had so much fun on holiday. Sergio and Ken are fantastic hosts and make everyone feel really welcome. I don't think I stopped laughing all week. The cycling is pitched just right (not too strenuous but still a good exercise...when we didn't get lost!). The mix with other activities - kayaking, wine tasting, pasta making works really well. On top of that the scenery is stunning, the beaches perfect and the food is to die for. If you want an active fun week away in a beautiful part of the world I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Price per person (based on shared double room)

  • €1490 or USD $1690

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

Single Supplement €490 or USD $549

Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

 

Services included

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Bike rental, helmets and cycling bags for the whole duration of the tour
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • 3 Dinners
  • Information material
  • 24 hour assistance

Services not included

  • 3.5% Credit Card Commission Fee
  • Return flights
  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Some meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
  • Insurance, tips and everything not listed as Included
  • Transfers To/From Bari/Brindisi airport and Lecce Train Station

Duration

  • 8 days / 7 nights (6 days of activities)
This tour is accessible to anyone with a basic cycling ability. You need to be in relatively good shape. The daily mileage varies between 30 and 50 kilometres (20 and 30 miles) a day, with scheduled stops for visits and refreshments.
En suite rooms in 3 star Hotels and B&B. 7 breakfasts included. 3 Dinners, 1 lunch included.
An optional welcome meeting will be held on the first day in the evening during the aperitif. On the second day, after breakfast, there will be a full briefing. You will be provided with an assistance number you can call us at any time during your stay.

Join Italy Gay Travels on an amazing Gay Bike Tour

Salento, set in the southernmost tip of Puglia, is fast becoming the gay destination of South Italy, this area is rich in culture, food, awe inspiring landscapes, white sandy beaches and some gay nightlife for good measure! Our tour is set at an easy level that will suit most cyclists. This gay bike tour is not only about cycling: see yourself swimming in the protected wild park of Porto Selvaggio and enjoy the best delicacies of food and wines of the region while learning some traditional recipes. This all gay bike tour allows you also to meet with like-minded gay men and to enjoy some free time to do what you like the most. You will have the opportunity to discover Lecce, a great Baroque capital of Southern Italy and also to explore the old baroque town of Nardo’. Plus you will pay a visit to Gallipoli, an old fishing port that is now the main gay hotspot of Puglia.

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Day 1

Welcome

Welcome to Lecce! Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is the Baroque capital of Salento, the southernmost part of Puglia. Lecce is the starting point of our Gay Bike Tour around this beautiful region. Here the sun reflects on white stones that adorn hundreds of churches and buildings enclosed in its historical city walls.

Once in Lecce, make your way to your accommodation in the very centre of Lecce and settle in: you will be given your Gay Bike Tour welcome pack. In the evening join your fellow bikers and your tour hosts, Sergio and Kendall, for typical dinner in Lecce. We will all get to meet each other and have a full briefing on the adventure that lies ahead.

Meals included: Welcome Dinner

Overnight in Lecce

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Day 2

The trail of the Via Francigena (about 40 km)

After breakfast the whole group will meet: we will adjust our bikes and make sure everyone is ready for the first bike ride of the tour. We leave Lecce and head to our first stop: Frigole village, not far from Lecce. After this stop, we continue towards the coast, finally reaching the Adriatic sea. This coastline is rugged and rural and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures as well as taking dips into the sea along the way!

The last stage today will be a visit to the historical medieval Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate. The complex of buildings was constructed in the 12th century and represents one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture you will find in Puglia. In the afternoon, after the visit we will head back towards Lecce. We will follow the Via Francigena, the ancient road used by the pilgrims.

In Lecce you will have the evening free to do as you please. Visit the beautiful Baroque centre of the city or stop off at its chic bars such as ‘Quanto Basta’ for world class cocktails created by trendy Italian Barmen.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Lecce

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Day 3

Cooking course in a farm (hot farmers not guaranteed!) and The Acaya lands (35 km) plus Otranto

After breakfast, we all take a short transfer to reach one of the many Salento farmsteads. Here you will put your cooking skills to the test and be ‘chef’ for a few hours. Luckily this is not Hell’s Kitchen and the experience will be fun. You will learn how to prepare some typical Salento dishes: be prepared to get your hands dirty. The experience will end with a tasting of the dishes we have prepared.

Afterwards, we will get back on the saddle (weight allowing) and our Gay Bike Tour will follow a route into the natural reserve of the Cesine and the fortified village of Acaya. This is a route set in the natural beauty of Puglia. We will take a long cycle path surrounded by olive trees basked in the Puglian sun. Finally, we hit the coast and a beautiful beach where we take a dip in the sea adjacent to the reserve.

The route includes a stop in the small and enchanting village of Acaya. After visiting the castle which houses a Byzantine fresco still under study, we resume the road to Lecce.

In the late afternoon, we enjoy a transfer to Otranto and pay a visit to this beautiful city on the Adriatic coast, at the Southeasternmost tip of Italy.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight in Lecce

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Day 4

Free time in and around Lecce

Today is a free day to enjoy the city of Leccce and its surroundings. There are beautiful beaches just a few kilometers away that stretch for miles on your doorstep. If you are not a beach person then feel free to visit Lecce for a spot of sightseeing or shopping or just relax: it is up to you!

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Otranto

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Day 5

Otranto – Nardo’ (about 50 km)

Today is the longest ride of our Gay Bike Tour: we leave Otranto and we cycle to Nardo’, a beautiful Baroque town close to the sea, popular for its wine cellars and historic center. In the evening we enjoy a typical dinner in one of the many beautiful restaurants of the town.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight in Nardo’

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Day 6

Nardo’ – Porto Selvaggio – Santa Maria al Bagno – Gallipoli (40 km)

First stop of the day: the protected reserve of Porto Selvaggio, and its beautiful small beaches where we can splash and enjoy the coast of Salento from a different point of view. We can spend some time relaxing before returning the bikes and make our way to to a quaint little town called Santa Maria al Bagno. We have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing lunch by the beach there, admiring the sea and having a sip or two of the good wines of the region.

After lunch it’s time to head to Gallipoli! The name of this town means “Beautiful City” for good reason: its old town is enclosed in a rocky island accessible thanks to an 18th century bridge. The town is a real feast of architecture in baroque style adorned with paintings by Neapolitan and Salento painters. Hand woven basket makers and fishermen are still working in its alleys and ports.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Gallipoli

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Day 7

Nardo’ – Alezio – Matino – Baia Verde – Gallipoli (40 km) 

Today we are back on the bike again for the last ride of our amazing Gay Bike Tour, awwww. No sad faces please as this route is full of smiles along the coast. We head towards the south where the stunning beaches crash against pine forests. First stop the protected reserve of Baia Verde (Green Bay): when you see the colors of its water you will understand why! We head down along the coast and then inside towards quaint little towns.

After lunch it’s time to head back to Gallipoli! In the afternoon do as you please: beach, shopping, relax?

Typical Pizza and beer in Gallipoli new town included, followed by drinks in the local gay bar where you can mingle with the local talent!

Meals included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Overnight in Gallipoli

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Day 8

See you soon!

After breakfast, we all say goodbye (no tears hopefully) and hope that we see you the next time