CYCLING PUGLIA AND MATERA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Quite dreading the second last day which had a lot of hills, but found it the most enjoyable.  The views cycling along the coast were breathtaking.

What did you think of your group leader?

He was extremely nice.  Previous cycle tours we have been on the leader pointed out historical points of interest but this didn't happen on this trip.  Having been on a lot of cycling tours with other companies with a group of around 18 there have been 2 guides.  Not everyone has the same pace so it would have been better for the slower group to have a back-up leader.  Also the last cycling day a few of us wanted to stop for lunch but the others wanted to press on to Lecce.  A vote was taken and we lost so had to press on.  It would have been different with 2 leaders. One other criticism re paying for the meals on one occasion approximately half the group left after a meal leaving what they thought they owed.  There was quite a shortfall and the rest of us had to put in a lot of extra money to cover this.  It was brought to the leader's attention the next day but nothing was done about it.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Say at extra day beforehand in Matera as it is such a lovely town.  Get a private transfer from the airport and you will arrive much quicker than getting a bus/train.  Have plenty of cash for meals/drinks etc.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The Tulli accommodation in Alberobello was about a 15 minute walk from the centre and was very hard to find. Everyone else was accommodated in Alberobello centre.