ITALY GAY TRAVELS

Bike Tour: September 3rd – 10th, 2017
Join Italy Gay Travels on an amazing Gay Bike Tour in the southernmost tip of Puglia, known as Salento. Quickly becoming the gay destination of South Italy, this area is filled with 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, you can see yourself kayaking in the protected wild park of Porto Selvaggio, testing your cooking skills in a local farmstead, learning regional traditional recipes, and savoring the tastes and flavors of the region’s best wines and aperitifs.

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 Gallipoli, an old fishing port that is now the main gay hotspot of Puglia. This tour is available to anyone with a basic cycling ability. You need to be in relatively good shape. The daily mileage varies between 30 and 50 kilometers (20 and 30 miles) a day, with scheduled stops for visits and refreshments.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy stunning daily bike rides through Salento and its coastline
  • Visit Architectural Gems, such as Lecce and Gallipoli
  • Taste Puglian 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
  • Make new friends: great group atmosphere
  • En suite rooms in 3 star Hotels and B&B

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ITINERARY  
Day 1: Welcome
 
Welcome to Lecce! Lecce is the starting point of our Gay Bike Tour around this beautiful region. Once in Lecce, you will make your way to your accommodation in the very center of Lecce and settle in. Here you will be given your Gay Bike Tour welcome pack. In the evening, you can join your fellow bikers and your tour hosts, Sergio and Kendall, for an optional aperitif on top of Lecce. We will all get to meet each other and have a full briefing on the adventure that lies ahead.

Day 2: The trail of the Via Francigena (about 40 km)
After breakfast, the whole group will meet and 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: ‘Lu Furnu’ Giannocaro. After this stop, we continue towards the coast, finally reaching the Adriatic sea. The last stage of the day will be a visit to the historical medieval Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate. After this visit, we will head back towards Lecce. Once there, you will have the evening free to do as you please. Visit the beautiful Baroque center of the city or stop off at its chic bars such as ‘Quanto Basta’ for world class cocktails created by trendy Italian Barmen.

Day 3: Cooking course in a farm and The Acaya lands (35 km)
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. 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. 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. Free time in the evening to eat, drink and explore.

Day 4: Otranto and the East Coast (about 50 km)
After breakfast, we will take a private transfer to the Lago Azzurro (The Blue Lake), a surreal place where an emerald pond is adorned by fire red earth. We reach Otranto, a coastal city which looks a little displaced as the architecture mixes East and West. Here we spend some time admiring the city before we take another coastal road to reach beautiful creeks of Salento known as the Bay of the Turks. Marvel at the cliffs of Sant’Andrea and its hidden caves of poetry. After a visit to Otranto, we make our way back to Lecce, for our last evening there.

Day 5: Lecce – Gallipoli (about 50 km)
Today is the longest ride of our Gay Bike Tour: we leave Lecce and we cycle to Gallipoli, which means the ‘Beautiful City’ and for good reason. Before arriving in Gallipoli, we cycle inland through Copertino, the city of the flying saint, and Nardo’, a very well known city, popular for its wine cellars and beautiful historic center. We check in to our hotel, Due Passi del Pizzo, in the afternoon. We have the rest of the evening free to explore Gallipoli or relax at the swimming pool of the hotel or at the very nearby beach.

Day 6: Free time in and around Gallipoli
Today is a free day to enjoy the beaches in and around Gallipoli. There are beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for miles on your doorstep. There is a gay beach (G Beach) for those looking for a fully gay experience. If you are not a beach person then feel free to visit Gallipoli for a spot of sightseeing or shopping or just relax by the pool at the hotel.

Day 7: Gallipoli – Santa Maria al Bagno – Gallipoli (20 km)
Today we are back on the bike again for the last ride of our amazing Gay Bike Tour, awwww . Just when you thought you had had enough adventure, a new one begins! Yes it is Kayak time and we will admire the coast of Salento from another point of view. We all embark on this Kayak adventure in the protected reserve of Porto Selvaggio, guided of course, where we can splash about before returning to Santa Maria al Bagno. We spend a few hours relaxing before returning the bikes and make our way back to our hotel.

Day 8: See you soon!
After breakfast, we all say goodbye (no tears hopefully) and hope that we see you the next time

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DATES 
Departure in 2017 
September 3rd – 10th


PRICE 
Price per person (based on shared double room)
€1590 ($1732)
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What’s Included:

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Bike rental for the duration of the tour
  • Bike guide for the duration of the tour (English and Italian)
  • Transfer to farm and cooking class with tasting session (Day 3)
  • Guided tour of a winery (Day 5)
  • Guided Kayak excursion (Day 6)
  • Information material
  • 24 hour phone assistance

Services not included:

  • Return flights
  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as Included

Optional Extras:

  • Aperitif on Lecce rooftop on opening evening €20
  • Typical dinner in Lecce (excluding drinks) €35 (Day 2)
  • Tour of Gallipoli and Dinner on the evening €60 (Day 6)

Single supplement per person
Single Room: €490 ($533)

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