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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$2090USD

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Overview

Trip Code: USR

Trip highlights


  • Explore the spectacular south-west coast
  • Cycle past white quartz beaches and towering sand dunes
  • Visit Phoenician ruins and ancient mines
  • Enjoy the superb coastal scenery

Plunge into the wild yet romantic beauty of south-western Sardinia and cycle beside empty beaches and abandoned mines in the company of a guide and fellow cyclists. The terrain is rugged in parts, with high cliffs ascending from the coast, interspersed with long sandy beaches, grass covered dunes and breathtaking views. The ride commences through the fascinating Sinis wetlands, home to colonies of pink flamingos, white quartz beaches and the Phoenician ruins of Tharros. At Costa Verde you'll encounter some of the wildest scenery on the island before pedalling on to some of the highest sand dunes in Europe, many up to 50m high. Your guide will take you to the fascinating abandoned mines of Ingurtosu and Planusartu, the golden beaches of Portixeddu and the impressive Pan di Zucchero cliffs before the cycle route descends to Fontanamare. The trip concludes with sensational cycling along the beautiful Costa del Sud, with its gleaming white beaches, and a visit to an ancient Phoenician settlement. Staying in a combination of family run hotels and country lodges which have been carefully selected for their charm and local character, your immersion into the Sardinian culture will be a highlight of the tour.

Make your own way to Cabras, where you will meet with your guide and group in the early evening for an explanation of the route and bike delivery. Cabras is a small town with a lot to see and do, and is located near a splendid lagoon which is sometimes home to flamingos.

Meals:  D

Start your trip with an optional loop of the fascinating Sinis wetlands. The salt ponds around the Gulf are home to thousands of pink flamingos in season and a wealth of other birdlife, so bring your binoculars. There is a lot of local fishing for mullet or bass from traditional grass Fassone boats. Circling the lake to Riola Sardo we return to the coast at Mari Ermi and the spectacular white quartz beach of Is Arutas. A short trip down the peninsula to San Giovanni Sinis brings us to the Phoenician ruins of Tharros, which has a history of habitation stretching back almost 2,500 years. We cross the medieval historic centre of Oristano to reach Arborea, where we stay tonight.

Meals:  B,D

We cycle to Piscinas through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde, which has some of the wildest scenery on the island. There is a flat 12km section across reclaimed farmland to the colourful fishing village of Marceddi. Rice, soft fruit and vegetables are grown here for the “cucine” (kitchens) of the island. From here the route becomes more undulating with low hills and sand dunes over 50m high - the highest in Europe – skirting the beach. It is possible to be collected here (discuss with your guide) and driven up into the hills for a night at Arbus, or take the more hilly but spectacular inland route directly to the village by bike. Overnight in Arbus in an agriturismo or family run hotel.

Meals:  B,D

This leg takes us back into Sardinia's ancient mining past, as we pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Planusartu and Acquaresi. A descent takes us to the golden beach of Portixeddu, from where we continue via the looming mass of the Pan di Zucchero cliff. We can admire the old ore washery 'Laveria Lamarmora' at Nebida, where we stay overnight in a cosy 'locanda'.

Meals:  B,D

Our day starts with a beautiful descent to Fontanamare, followed by an undulating coastal ride to Portoscuso. Here we board a ferry to Carloforte on Isola di San Pietro. There is time for a short tour round the island, exploring sandy coves and rocky headlands with tiny hamlets, before we take another ferry to the equally unspoiled island of Sant'Antioco, to end our day in the town of Calasetta. Calasetta has an interesting history and traditions, some great seafood and lovely beaches.

Meals:  B,D

This morning you can laze at the beach or take a short ride to explore the island's coves and beaches, green (or golden in the summer!) meadows and little villages. We cross back to the mainland to cycle through vineyards and olive groves and savour the peace and quiet of the rolling plains of Sulcis. We visit the Pisan sanctuary at Tratalias, one of the most important monuments from the Sardinian Romanesque period. Rugged mountains once again rise inland, and we continue to our hotel at Sant'Anna Arresi / Porto Pino.

Meals:  B,D

Our last cycling day is at the beautiful Costa del Sud, with its gleaming white beaches, unspoiled natural landscape and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with its a 16th century tower, and Capo Spartivento. A short detour leads to the beautiful beach of Su Giudeu in Chia, and at Nora we visit the ancient Phoenician settlement. Overnight in Pula.

Meals:  B,D

The trip concludes after breakfast. If you'd like to add an extra night in Pula, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15)
  • Rental bike with panniers, repair kit, bike computer and water bottle (e-bike available on request - supplement applies). Helmet included on request.
  • Support van on days 3 and 4
  • English speaking guide
  • Luggage transfer
  • Entry and local guides at museums and sites included in program
  • Ferry tickets as per program

  • Travel to Cabras and from Pula
  • Lunches & drinks
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Hotel taxes - allow EUR10-15 pp

Bike information


Grading

moderate  


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
There is a self guided version of this itinerary.

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Total Priceper person from

$2090USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • Single SupplementUSD$280
*Prices listed are per person

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