Cycling in Sardinia

Cycling in Sardinia

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Cycling in Sardinia

8 Days Starting in Cabras and ending in Cagliari

Visiting: Italy, Sardinia

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

MWK

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active

Interests:

Cultural, Photography

Activities:

Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Often referred to as the 'land of silence', Sardinia is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with its crystal-clear sea, limestone ridges and deep gorges. During the week we ride across the wild and pristine southwestern part of the region, passing abandoned mines, ancient ruins and gleaming white beaches. The route starts with a circular ride through the fascinating Sinis wetlands, home to colonies of pink flamingos, then moves on to the spectacular Costa Verde (Green Coast) named for its abundance and variety of Mediterranean vegetation. After cycling past the ancient mines of Ingurtosu and Planusartu, we reach the beautiful beach of Portixeddu where the impressive Pan di Zucchero white cliff towers out of the emerald waters. We then board a local ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte and explore the delightful isle of Sant'Antioco before crossing to the mainland, where we conclude a week of wonderful cycling pedalling across the rolling hills of the stunning Costa del Sud, with its white beaches, coastal pools and imposing high cliffs. Having built a good appetite, you will have plenty of opportunities to sample Sardinia's unique, mouth-watering cuisine: the perfect mix for a great week of cycling!



Highlights

  • Cycle along Sardinia’s unspoilt southwestern coast

  • Enjoy Sardinian warm hospitality and delicious cuisine

  • Relax on Sardinia's stunning beaches

  • Explore fascinating archaeological sites and picturesque fishing villages

Itinerary

Day 1


Fly to Cagliari and transfer to our hotel in Cabras, in the Sinis Peninsula.



Day 2


We start the week with a ride across the fascinating Sinis wetlands, whose
lagoons are home to colonies of pink flamingos and a wealth of other
birdlife, which nest here for part of the year. We cycle to the coast at Mari
Ermi and the spectacular white quartz beach of Is Arutas. A short ride down
the peninsula to San Giovanni Sinis takes us to the Punic and Roman city of
Tharros, one of the island's most important archaeological sites from this
era, overlooking the emerald sea (optional guided visit).



Day 3


Today we ride through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde (Green
Coast), named after the green, wild vegetation that covers much of its
mountainous surroundings and the colour of its water. We cycle across
reclaimed farmland to the picturesque fishing village of Marceddi and to the
long beach of Piscinas, bordered by huge sand dunes - some over 50m high!
From Piscinas we head back to our cosy accommodation. 



Day 4


This is another tough day, but we are rewarded with superb scenery! After a
fantastic descent to the Mannu River, we reach the start of the miles of
remote golden beaches around Portixeddu. We cycle past the abandoned mines of
Pranu Sartu and the stunning inlet of Cala Domestica before reaching the 130m
high sea-stack of Pan di Zucchero and the former mining village of Nebida. *
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Day 5


Today's route starts with a beautiful descent to Fontanamare followed by an
undulating coastal ride to Portoscuso. Here, we board the local ferry to the
fishing village of Carloforte, the only existing one on Isola di San Pietro.
(San Pietro island) There is time to explore this delightful islet with its
sandy coves, dramatic rocky headlands and tiny hamlets, before rejoining the
ferry to the equally unspoilt island of Sant' Antioco.



Day 6


This morning we cycle through the lush meadows of the island of
Sant’Antioco before crossing back to the mainland and visit the Pisan
sanctuary at Tratalias, dating back to the Romanesque period. From here we
ride across the quiet country lanes of Sulcis until we reach the village of
Sant’Anna Arresi. Nearby are the pinewoods, lagoons and beaches of Porto
Pino.



Day 7


Today is the longest day in terms of distance. We pedal across the beautiful
southern countryside over the jagged coastal plains of the Costa del Sud, a
wild and unspoilt region of gleaming white beaches, coastal pools and
imposing high cliffs punctuated by 16th Century Spanish watchtowers. We cycle
as far as Cape Teulada, Sardinia’s southernmost tip, where dramatic cliffs
rise up to 230m above the crystal clear sea. We stop in Pula, famous for its
proximity to the ancient Phoenician site of Nora, founded in the 9th Century
BC and now partly submerged under the sea (optional guided visit). From the
end of the ride we take a transfer to Cagliari, where we celebrate the end of
a great cycling week; dinner and overnight in Cagliari.



Day 8


End in Cagliari; transfer to the airport and fly to London.



What's Included

  • Local bike hire

  • All breakfasts and 2 dinners

  • All accommodation (see below)

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Tour leader throughout

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners.

  • All breakfasts and 2 dinnersAll accommodation (see below)All transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughoutFlights from London (if booking incl. flights)Local bike hire

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10 per person, see Trip Notes)

Food

All breakfasts and 2 dinners included. Italy’s cuisine is hearty,
satisfying and full of flavour. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna,
Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the
tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food
you’ll find on this trip. The Traditional Sardinian cuisine is full of
local and delicious recipes. Popular specialities include: roast suckling
pig, excellent seafood dishes and local Sardinian wines, such as Vermentino,
Nuragus, Cannonau and Monica. Mirto is Sardinia’s after dinner liqueur,
which is made from the leaves of the myrtle plant. As a visitor it can be
hard to escape the tourist traps that is why our local leaders will be at
hand with some good restaurant recommendations.

Accommodation

We use comfortable three- and four-star hotels and good quality agriturismos (renovated farmhouses). All accommodation is locally owned and family-run and the hotels have been carefully selected for their welcoming atmosphere and delicious home-made cuisine. All rooms are comfortable with en suite facilities. Some hotels have a swimming pool, one is conveniently located near a beautiful beach, while others are in the quiet Sardinian countryside or pretty villages.



Examples of hotels we use are:



Cabras: Villa Canu or Aquae Sinis

Arborea: Hotel le Torri

Arbus: Agriturismo Rocce Bianche

Nebida area: Locanda L’Agusteri

Sant’Antioco: MuMA Hostel

Sant’Anna Arresi area: Lù Hotel or Grotta del Tesoro

Cagliari: Hotel Italia or Due Colonne or Regina Margherita



We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales representative for availability and prices.



Due to the layout of the accommodations, single bedrooms vary in size, and in the hotel in Cagliari they can either be double rooms for single use or standard single rooms, according to availability. Please be aware that some single rooms can be on the small side.

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  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

CYCLING IN SARDINIA

A fantastic trip - great organisation, lovely rout

A fantastic trip - great organisation, lovely route with stunning scenery, and nicely relaxed riding. A really good group too.

CYCLING IN SARDINIA

Carol(my partner) and I thoroughly enjoyed this tr

Carol(my partner) and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, which proved to live up to the 5star ratings given by previous exodus cyclists. The scenery is magnificent, the food brilliant, and the organisation by our group leaders Michelle, and Roberto was inspired. The trip is properly graded at moderate, and all in our group managed all of the climbs.

Review

Very well organised and enjoyable trip taking in s

Very well organised and enjoyable trip taking in some amazing scenery both coastal and inland.

Lovely Holiday

A really enjoyable holiday. Sardinia is a beautif

A really enjoyable holiday. Sardinia is a beautiful island and very unspoilt - no high rise buildings, good roads and in October, hardly any traffic. Our two guides were excellent and as usual take you to places off the beaten track that you would never visit if you were on your own. The coastline which we mostly followed was full of little bays , coves and gorgeous beaches. It was the last trip of the season, but apart from the Mistral wind for 2 days, was a very pleasant temperature and several of the group went swimming. Highlights were the trip to the island, the Agro Tourism stays and the fabulous food.

Wonderful adventure!

This was my first organized cycle trip and my firs

This was my first organized cycle trip and my first trip to Sardinia. It was wonderful. With a very diverse group of ages and backgrounds we spent a week bonding and laughing! Everything was so well organized, such knowledgeable guides ~ with endless stories of the history, culture and people. Michele and Giovanni were so full of energy and fun, knowing when to encourage us as we climbed higher and longer challenges. They provided for us so well ~ water, fresh fruit, picnic lunches, where to go, what to see.

CYCLING IN SARDINIA

Brilliant holiday, two great guides, fantastic sce

Brilliant holiday, two great guides, fantastic scenery, superb food including two lunchtime  picnics. Hotels were good, opportunities to visit archeological sites and swim in the sea.

Great trip, but a couple of REALLY tough climbs

We had an excellent group of five, and Giovanni an

We had an excellent group of five, and Giovanni and Marc our guides were excellent. The scenery, mountains, beaches, cliff tops, historic ruins are wonderful as are the wild flowers and flamingos. The hotels were all of a good quality and most had swimming pools. The cycling is harder than the 3 rating suggests. I've done a number of cycling trips, but days 2 and 3 have serious climbs on them and two of the five of us had to take the van for the last part. Foodwise, I'm a vegetarian and while there was always something to eat, it was more often grilled veg than would have been ideal. We mostly ate in fish restaurants. That said, there were a couple of standout meals that were superb. The bikes are good quality, perhaps a little heavy, and provided with panniers - best to put them in the van on the climb days.

7 Days of Fun and Sun

A great group, a fantastic tour leader and support

A great group, a fantastic tour leader and support guide, breath-taking scenery, and interesting cycling..... this was almost the perfect cycling trip. The accommodation and food was also first-class. South-west Sardinia was a real surprise. Coming from Australia I was not expecting to find a place in Europe that felt so much like home. This was my third Exodus cycling tour in Italy and definitely the best.

Cycling in beautiful Sardinia

A wonderful week's holiday with a lovely group and

A wonderful week's holiday with a lovely group and excellent guides. It's a great way to see the South West of Sardinia and take in the amazing views and beautiful coastline, and to learn about the history of the island from the knowledgeable guides. The weather was warm and perfect for cycling and most of the roads had very little traffic. The hotels and agriturismos were comfortable and the food and restaurants were good. We visited interesting archeological sites and old mine buildings, went to a vineyard for wine tasting, hiked down to the sea in Nebida, and swam at some beautiful empty beaches. Cagliari was fun to explore on our final day.

CYCLING IN SARDINIA

Great way to see the countryside.  Fantastic views

Great way to see the countryside.  Fantastic views along the coastline.  A holiday with like minded people.The only downside was the lack of choice for restaurants due to being out in the country most nights - but what was available served good food.

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