Guided Cycling

Web code IT250

Italy / Sardinia

Island of Wonders and Wilderness

All islands have a peculiar fascination, and Sardinia is no exception. Lying a little less than 200 km from the Italian mainland and at same distance from the Tunisian coast, it is in the words of D.H. Lawrence, “lost between Europe and Africa and belonging to nowhere”. With its own language and distinct customs, the island boasts a fiercely independent character while remaining unmistakably and exuberantly Italian.
  • Day by Day

    1. Cabras
    Transfer or independent arrival to Cabras.

    2. Cabras-Sinis-Oristano-Arborea (approx. 40/70 km, elevation up 150)
    Start your trip with an optional loop of the fascinating Sinis wetlands where we will see colonies of pink flamingos, quartz beaches and reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the Pho- enician ruins of Tharros. Then cross the town of the medieval historic centre of Oristano to reach Arborea.

    3. Arborea-Arbus (approx. 50 km, elevation up 1000 m)
    Cycle through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde to the Piscinas beach with its sands dunes over 50 m high – some of the highest in Europe.

    4. Arbus–Nebida/Gonnesa (approx. 40 km, elevation up 770 m)
    This leg takes you back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as we pass the fascinating aban- doned mines of Planusartu and Acquaresi. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, you admire the old ore washery at Nebida.
     
    5. Nebida/Gonnesa–Caloforte-Calasetta/Sant’Antioco (approx. 45 km, elevation up 290 m)
    After a beautiful descent to Fontanamare, you will reach Portoscuso, and board on the ferry to Carloforte, where locals still fish the Red Tuna fish. From Carloforte, continue to the island of Sant’Antioco and end your day in Calasetta.
     
    6. Calasetta/Sant’Antioco–S. Anna Arresi/Porto Pino (approx. 40 km, elevation up 150 m)
    Riding through vineyards and olive grows savour the quiet peace of the rolling plains of Sulcis. At Tratalias, visit the Pisan sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period.
     
    7. S. Anna Arresi/Porto Pino–Pula (approx. 55 km, elevation up 530 m)
    Final catwalk of your tour is the beautiful Costa del Sud with its gleaming white beaches, unspoilt natural landscape and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with its 16th Century tower and Cape Spartivento. At Nora you will visit the ancient Phoenician settlement.
     
    8. Pula
    After breakfast, end of services.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
    Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; any changes to the route will be discussed and decided by the Tour Leader.

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 280/300 km
    • Total vertical up: 2900 m
    • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: No
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: No


    The route runs on a terrain which is rugged in parts, with high cliffs ascending from the coast, interspersed with long sandy beaches, grass-covered dunes and breathtaking views. Two days are quite hard and hilly. The prevailing wind blows from north west.

    During day 5 cycling from Gonnesa to Calasetta, you’re catching two different ferries. The first one sailing from Portoscuso to Carloforte, the second one from Carloforte to Calasetta.
    The ferry tickets are included in the price.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Cabras is connected with the following airports: Cagliari 110 km, Alghero 130 km, Olbia 175 km.

     

    Private transfer:

    • From Cagliari airport (CAG) to San Salvatore private transfer is available on request. Quote is 70 € per person, minimum 2 people.
    • From Alghero airport (AHO) to San Salvatore private transfer is available on request. Quote is 95 € per person, minimum 2 people.
    • From Olbia airport (OLB) to San Salvatore private transfer on request.

     

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort.

    You will be accommodated in 3* hotels, “agriturismi” (holiday farms) and B&B.

    All rooms have en suite facilities; some hotels may be without air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    At the moment of booking, you can choose among the following bikes:

    - Trekking bikes available with unisex/female or male frame
    - E-bikes

    E-Bike rentals must be credit card protected.

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 water bottle (0.50 l)
    1 bike lock

    The tour leader will be carrying all the needed material, such as repair kit and lock.

     

  • Accompanying material

    At your arrival at the first hotel of your tour you will receive a welcome pack containing:
    - Hotel List: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may vary just before your arrival
    - Luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported.

     

     

  • By your side

    In Cabras you will meet your tour leader who:
    - will illustrate the tour
    - will deliver your bikes
    - will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

    English speaking tour leader for the whole trip. Our tour leaders are carefully selected and rigorously trained to guide a group on bike . They are experienced enthusiastic travelers  and can give you useful hints. Also, they can help you in case of technical problems with your bike.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

     

Tour details

 

from 1,190 €

8 days / 7 nights, 3* hotels, “agriturismi” (holiday farms) and B&B

Tour type

Guided

 

Departures

SA 23.05 and 12.09.2020


Price per person

1,190 € in double room, 3* hotels, “agriturismi” (holiday farms) and B&B

 

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • 7 dinners (beverages not included)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Luggage transportation
  • Support van on days 3 and 4
  • Tickets for ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta
  • Entry to museums and archaeological sites with assistance of local professional guides
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. € 10)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person
180 € single room
 
Transfers (min. 2 people, to be requested when booking the tour):
70 € Cagliari-Cabras
95 € Alghero-Cabras
25 € Oristano-Cabras
45 € Pula-Cagliari
90 € Pula-Cabras

Own bikes transfer 15 €/bike

95 € bike
200 € E-bike

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