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Your cycling holiday in Italy

Cycle Sardinia | Guided Group

Total Distance 139 miles (222km) | Average distance per day 28 miles (44km)

Sardinia is famous for its white sand beaches and clear waters, its food and wine, and its deeply-rooted culture. This cycling tour is the opportunity for you to discover the beauty of this stunning island. The southwestern corner of Sardinia offers an abundance of unspoilt beauty, wild dramatic coastlines and crystal clear waters … perfect for a cycle adventure.

You will pedal the Costa Verde, past cliffs and inviting beaches, discovering ancient abandoned mines and friendly local people. Along the way you will explore the islands of Sant'Antioco and Carloforte and have the chance to enjoy the local Carignano wine and pecorino sardo cheese.

You will end your week on a high, cycling along the stunning 'Costa del Sud' and spend your final night in lively Cagliari. 

What not to miss

  • Costa Verde and its breath-taking views
  • Carloforte Island
  • Sardinian food and wine
  • Costa del Sud
  • Stunning beaches

What’s included

  • Touring bike 
  • Transport (bike, bus, boat)
  • Good quality accommodation
  • Meals (breakfasts)
  • Airport transfers
Your cycling holiday in Italy

Cycle Sardinia | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Agriturismo Rocce Bianche, Arbus

2-star Agriturismo

A family-run farmhouse 5.6 miles outside Arbus. It features a large outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant serving homemade Sardinian cuisine. 

Hotel Due Colonne, Cagliari

3-star

Make yourself at home in one of the 23 air-conditioned rooms. 

Hotel Jasmine, Teulada

3-star

Located in a peaceful spot very close to the town centre with a restaurant, garden and a terrace.

Hotel Moderno, Sant'Antioco

3-star

The Albergo Moderno is located in the center of the village of Sant'Antioco. It is completely renovated and run by the friendly hosts: Achille and Serena. 

Locanda l'Agusteri, Nebida

2-star

Beautifully located hotel with a pool and stunning views.

Your cycling holiday in Italy

Cycle Sardinia | Guided Group

7 Nights / 8 Days


Day 1

Arrival in Arbus.

You first task will be checking into your agriturismo, located a few kilometres outside Arbus town.

Meals included: none

Day 2

Round Tour Arbus | Distance 29 miles (46km) | Elevation +600m / -600m.

You’ll cycle out on a road through a cork oak forest to Arbus, then a climb to the old mining village of Montevecchio where you will have a guided tour of the abandoned mine site. After the visit the cycling continues along a wild and scenic Mediterranean 'macchia' route, finally descending to the sea. Here a short deviation takes you to Piscinas beach. Later you will cycle back inland (and 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 380m of ascent.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Arbus to Nebida | Distance 25 miles (40 km) | Elevation +930m / -1220m.

First up you’ll enjoy a long winding downhill ride to Portixeddu, one of the favourite spots for local surfers. After a break for coffee you will 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 you will get some great views of the Pan di Zucchero (Sugar Loaf) cliff and the Masua mines. The ride ends in the village of Nebida where you will spend the night.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Nebida to Sant’ Antioco | Distance 24 miles (39 km) | Elevation +400m / -540m.

After breakfast you will cycle for about 25 km to the port of Portovesme, where you board the ferry to the Island of San Pietro. Upon docking at Carloforte harbour you may 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. After a short visit you will 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. The last section of the ride is around 12km on the flat to Sant' Antioco town.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Round Tour Sant’ Antioco | Distance 26 miles (42 km) | Elevation +480m / -460m.

You can choose to kick back and relax on day five 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 a fishing boat excursion, horse riding or just relaxing on the beach.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

From Sant’ Antioco to Teulada | Distance 30 miles (48km) | Elevation +550m / -500m.

The day starts off with a ride back to the main island of Sardinia. The first stop on the way is at the village of Tratalias, with its Romanesque church dedicated to Santa Maria di Montserrat. After a stop at the village of Santadi (home of a famous winery where we plan to stop for a visit and wine-tasting) 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.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

From Teulada to Cagliari | Distance 31 miles (49km) | Elevation +630m / -670m.

Our final ride is a must for cyclists. The Costa del Sud is an impressive route of ups and downs with breath-taking views over the coast and the sea, occasional watchtowers and beautiful inlets. There are several places to stop and swim in the crystal-clear water. Your final stop is in the lively town of Pula. Here, you will 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. You will then catch the local bus from Pula in the mid to late afternoon to the hotel in Cagliari.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

End in Cagliari. 

We say “arrivederci” and “a presto”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Map

map sardinia cycling tour
Your cycling holiday in Italy

Cycle Sardinia | Guided Group

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)

2018 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price 
12 May – 19 May 7 £1245
2 June – 9 June 7 £1395
1 September – 8 September 7 £1259
22 September – 29 September 7 £1325

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices

2018 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price 
12 May – 19 May 7 £1079
2 June – 9 June 7 £1129
1 September – 8 September 7 £1079
22 September – 29 September 7 £1129

Extras

Single room supplement: £150

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Italy

Cycle Sardinia | Guided Group

Total Distance

139 miles (222km)

Average distance per day

28 miles (44km)

Suitability

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 Tour 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. 

Bikes

Your included bike is a 30 gear custom-built hybrid bike and will be the correct frame size for your height. A rear pannier is included and there is the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. A support vehicle accompanies the rides on days 2 and 3. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. All you need to bring is your own helmet. 

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