Cycling Puglia & Matera

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The sense of achievement for me to complete the tour as I am a not a skilled bike rider.

What did you think of your group leader?

Sara was kind and lovely although a little shy. As the days went on she became more relaxed within our company. What Sara lacked was inexperience and a knowledge of the towns we were visiting. I have a strong interest in Italy and history, so for someone to read limited information on the towns from her typed up notes, was neither professional nor interesting. I have much higher expectations of a tour leader and when you are paying AUD1700 (approx) I think everyone would agree that a tour guide needs to be professional and have a sound level of local knowledge of the towns the tour is travelling through. Otherwise why have a guide?

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Carry your own first aid kit.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would have preferred to have stayed in Alberobello township not outside of the village, as we had such limited time there to explore at the days end. A scheduled wine tour at the end of Day 4 (which turned out to be a very long day) my suggestion is that when everyone is very tired and sweaty it would be kinder to all to have an english speaking tour guide so the tour is not twice as long and lost in the translation when we are all worn out and eager to shower and rest.