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Cycle Sardinia tour
Education / Learning Cycling Cycle Sardinia package

Cycle Sardinia

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycle Sardinia - Pedalling the wild Costa Verde with breath-taking views
  • Carloforte Island - Home of the last working Tuna catch 'Tonnara' of the Mediterranean
  • Sardinian food and wine - Try Carignano del Sulcis and Vermentino local wines; pecorino sardo cheese and 'malloreddus'pasta
  • Costa del Sud - Cycle the stunning southern coastal route to Pula
  • Ancient sites - Roman site at Pula and abandoned mines near Montevecchio
  • Beaches - vast unspoilt beaches with inviting crystal waters such as Piscinas beach

Short Description

The southwestern corner of Sardinia offers an abundance of unspoilt beauty, wild dramatic coastlines and crystalline waters perfect for a cycle adventure. We ride our way down the Costa Verde, past cliffs and inviting beaches, discovering ancient abandoned mines and friendly local people. Along the way we explore the islands of Sant'Antioco and Carloforte and have the chance to enjoy the local Carignano wine and pecorino sardo cheese. We end the week on a high, cycling along the stunning 'costa del sud' and spend our final night in lively Cagliari.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Cagliari

Travel Theme

Education / Learning

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

30 gear custom made hybrid bikes

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Tour starts in Arbus

Description

The transfer from Cagliari Airport should take around 1.5hrs. Arrive and check into the agriturismo, our base for two nights located a few kilometres outside of Arbus town. Arbus is well known locally for the production of the l'Arburese knife and there is a museum in town dedicated to it for those interested. Alternatively you may just choose to relax at the agriturismo.

No cycling today.

Included Meals : Dinner

Day 2 - Cycle loop via Piscinas beach and abandoned ancient mine

Description

After breakfast we spend some time getting comfortable with our bikes and making any necessary adjustments. The first ride starts with a panoramic road through a cork oak forest to Arbus, then we climb to the old mining village of Montevecchio where we have a guided tour (45mins) of the abandoned mine site. After the visit we continue cycling along a wild and scenic Mediterranean 'macchia' route, finally descending to the sea. Here a short deviation takes you to one of the most extended desert area of Europe - Piscinas beach. Later we cycle uphill through the almost abandoned mining village of Ingurtosu on our route back to Arbus (note that it is possible to request a van lift for final 4km steep section, thus avoiding 380metres of ascent). Please note that the overall distance and total ascent may be slightly higher than advertised today, as the location of the mine visit varies, but you always have the option to ride in the support vehicle if needed.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 46 kilometres (1200 metres total accumulated ascent and descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Long descent to Portixeddu; ride past Sugar Loaf cliff to Nebida

Description

Today's ride starts with a long winding downhill to Portixeddu, one of the favourite spots for local surfers. After a break for some good coffee you start climbing to Buggerru, where the Tour Leader will explain about a system of tunnels that were used to transfer minerals from the mines to the port. Further on we get some great views of the Pan di Zucchero (Sugar Loaf) cliff and the Masua mines. Our ride ends in the village of Nebida where we spend the night. Please note that on the 20th October 2018 departure we continue for an extra 8km cycling and spend the night in Gonnesa, which means 8km less cycling on day 4.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (930 metres total accumulated ascent and 1220 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Discover San Pietro Island and continue to Sant' Antioco Island. Carignano wine tasting

Description

After breakfast we cycle for about 25 km to the port of Portovesme, where we take the ferry to the Island of San Pietro. Upon docking at Carloforte harbour you may soon start noticing the different accent the Carlofortini have - in fact they have Genoese roots and speak a different dialect from the rest of the Sardinians. It is here in the last week of May that Italy's last remaining 'tonnara' operates as a system of nets is used to catch the Tuna. They also have a culinary festival at the same time. After a short visit we take another ferry, this time to Calasetta, on Sant'Antioco Island - home to some excellent wines (from the local Carignano del Sulcis vine). The Sulcis region is known for the Carignano vine that can live with very little rainfall and is stunted by strong winds to no more than a foot high. Many local families still have a little vineyard to produce it and after a sip you know why they still make it! The last section of our ride is around 12km on the flat to Sant' Antioco town. We plan to make a stop to visit a small producer of Carignano for wine tasting.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 39 kilometres (400 metres total accumulated ascent and 540 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Optional loop ride around Sant' Antioco Island

Description

You can choose to kick back and relax today or take a cycle ride around the island. Our suggested route makes its way around the island, with stops at various inlets for a break or picnic. Other options include taking a fishing boat excursion or horse riding or just to relax on the beach.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 42 kilometres (480 metres total accumulated ascent and 460 metres descent) (optional).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Return to the main island and cycle to Teulada via Zuddas cave

Description

We ride back to the main island of Sardinia this morning. Leaving S. Antioco there is a section of about 2km where we have to ride on the busier main road before turning onto quieter secondary roads. The first stop on today's ride is at the village of Tratalias, with its Romanesque church dedicated to Santa Maria di Montserrat. After the village of Santadi, you pass by the stunning caves of Zuddas where you have the option to visit. Finally a ride along a quiet road leads you to Teulada, our final destination for today, famous for terracotta pipes and highly refined embroidery. Another tasting is included today to sample the excellent Sardinian wines.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 48 kilometres (550 metres total accumulated ascent and 500 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Breathtaking Costa del Sud ride to Pula. Drive to Cagliari

Description

Our final ride is a must for cyclists! The Costa del Sud is an incessant repetition of ups and downs with breath-taking views over the coast and the sea, with occasional watchtowers and beautiful inlets. There are several places to stop and swim in the crystal clear water. All good things come to an end and our final stop is in the lively town of Pula. At a site close to town you have the option to visit the archaeological site of Nora - an important port in Phoenician times where it is possible to admire some very well preserved Roman mosaics. We catch the local bus from Pula in the mid to late afternoon and the journey takes around 1 hour. It is a short walk from the bus station to our hotel in Cagliari. With such little time in this city you may choose to extend your stay beyond tonight.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 49 kilometres (630 metres total accumulated ascent and 670 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Trip ends at Cagliari

Description

The tour ends in Cagliari this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Zuddas Cave - 10 Euros Pula - Roman mosaics - 7.50 Euros

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

Guides

A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide

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Cycling Information

On this tour we cycle 222 km over five days (an average of 44 km per day) with further optional rides available. We generally cycle on quiet tarmac roads and most of the rides are through hilly terrain with the steepest and most challenging climbs on days 2 and 3. The Explore Leader accompanies on bike each day and there is a support vehicle accompanying the rides on days 2 and 3. Maps and route notes are provided so you can choose to cycle individually or in groups. Your luggage is carried from point to point. We have graded the route as moderate.

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