PUGLIA: CYCLE THE HEEL OF ITALY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Cycling from Leuca to Opurto along the coast. Admittedly the bright sunshine helped!

What did you think of your group leader?

We were self guided

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Arrange a private transfer before you go. We didnt realise the airport busses are few and far between and spent two hours at Bari airport when we could have been in the hotel pool. If its hot, drink water as often as you can. In England we rarely get dehydrated, so were a bit blase about drinking enough. Carry a thin long sleeved shirt in your panniers. There's no shade on many roads, and your arms get very exposed.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. My only gripe would be the bikes were heavy and had no front suspension. I would have preferred to pay more for a better one. If this was possible, it wasnt clear.