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The Italian island of Sardinia is a cyclist's paradise. There is very little traffic, the road surface is good, and we have designed routes that allow you to get into your rhythm and ride at your own pace. The dramatic scenery includes limestone cliffs, crystalline seas, and pristine beaches with bleached white sand that welcome you after a hard day in the saddle. In addition to its natural beauty, Sardinia has a rich and unique culture, including the mysterious 3,000 year old Nuraghi towers that still adorn the landscape. The tour starts in the delightful seaside town of Alghero, then moves inland to stay at the famous Hotel Su Gologone, and ends at the east coast to complete a full traverse of the island. This cycling holiday combines exciting rides with plenty of downtime on sandy beaches and in charming villages, accompanied by delicious regional food and wine.
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Not Included: Round-trip airfare; airport/hotel transfers; lunches; travel insurance; gratuities; alcoholic beverages; and items of a personal nature.
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Make your way independently to Alghero and check into our pre-booked hotel, located right on the beach just south of town. Meet your guides and the rest of the group at 6:30 p.m. for a drink followed by dinner together in town. Overnight Alghero at the Hotel Calabona. Hotel and dinner included.
Meet your guides this morning at 9:00 a.m. for your first ride along a spectacular coastal road to the charming town of Bosa, where you'll find colorful houses in pastel hues, wrought-iron balconies, and narrow medieval alleys. We get in early enough to explore the town on foot or climb up to the medieval castle on the hill, or even take a trip to the nearby beach. Before dinner set sail for a “sunset cruise” where we can toast a wonderful first day with a glass of local wine. We stay the night at the elegant Hotel Palazzo Sa Pischedda, a renovated 19th century villa with a lovely back terrace. Overnight Bosa. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Continue south along the coast this morning for a beautiful and hilly ride through a number of coastal villages. Stop for lunch at a local trattoria before resuming your ride down to the coast and our hotel on the Sinis Peninsula. Enjoy a refreshing post-ride swim at a spectacular beach composed of tiny crystals of pink quartz, then reconvene this evening for a cool glass of local wine followed by a dinner of fresh seafood specialties. Stay the night at the bike-friendly Hotel Sa Pedrera, located just a few kilometers from the coast. Overnight near Cabras. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Leave the west coast and head inland today, with a lovely but challenging ride up to the village of Tonara, famous for its artisanal production of animal bells and honey-sweet nougat. We’ll meet some of those artisans to learn their craft before heading to dinner together to try some of the hearty local dishes. Overnight Tonara at a small family-run hotel in the heart of town. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.
Depart at 9 a.m. this morning for a ride through chestnut groves and olive trees, stopping in the village of Fordongianus, known as Forum Trajani in Roman times as it was founded (and named after) Emperor Trajan. The town has a number of Roman ruins, including a bridge and a large thermal bath. From there we continue to our home for the next two nights, Su Gologone, a unique hotel complex set in a lush garden of geraniums, hydrangeas, bougainvillea and prickly pear. Every room is different and the furnishings and materials are all local: juniper, terracotta and inlaid plaster for the decorative touches. More importantly, the bar terrace has one of the most spectacular views that we have ever encountered, at least while sipping a cool prosecco. Overnight Su Gologone. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.
There are so many interesting things to do in the area that we have left today’s specific itinerary open. We can take a day off the bike to hike up to a prehistoric cave high up in the craggy peaks behind our hotel, or take an easier walk to a secret cave that’s illuminated by a shaft of sunlight every day around noon, or stick with two-wheeled travel and enjoy a loop ride past one of the region’s fascinating prehistoric “Nuragic” sites. Relax back at the hotel pool this afternoon before meeting up again for a special dinner prepared at our hotel. Overnight Su Gologone. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.
Our final ride is a sweeping journey along a limestone ridge out of the mountains and eventually down to the sea. We drop the bikes and have a short van transfer to our hotel, which sits dramatically along the coast south of Olbia with views out over the sea and a private beach down below. Take a swim in the emerald waters before getting together for one last dinner at the hotel’s dining room. Overnight south of Olbia. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
We offer a 30-minute transfer to Olbia (airport, port or town depending on group requirements), arriving around 10 a.m. If you need to leave earlier, we can arrange a taxi for you (at your expense). The van will continue on to the northern tip of the island for a 4-day extension along the west coast of Corsica. Contact us if you’re interested! Otherwise, extend your stay for a couple of nights and enjoy some seaside relaxation. Breakfast included.
Activity rating: 3 + = Moderate-Plus: a mix of flat and rolling terrain with frequent sustained climbs up to 6 kms as well as short, steep sections. Daily activity is usually 4 to 5 hours. Max distance 85 kms.
The Biking: This tour is rated a 3+ becuase it is a litle more challenging with a couple of longer days, the longest being 85 kms. The terrain is rolling and frequently hilly. We normally ride between 60 – 80 km a day, with optional extensions as well as van support, so you can ride as much or as little as you like. We have designed the trip so that there is always some free time in the late afternoon so you can relax, read, or explore the towns where we stay.
Getting There: we begin our trip in Alghero, which is easily reached by air from Rome and Milan plus a number of other European hubs.
Air: the closest airport is Alghero. For a complete list of Italian airports and a selection of low-cost airlines, see our "Transport Info" page.
Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends after breakfast on Day 8 with a half-hour transfer to the Olbia airport, arriving around 10:00 a.m.
Ferry: there are ferry connections with Civitavecchia (near Rome), Livorno (near Pisa), and Genoa with a three different companies, so see the latest schedules at the Direct Ferries website.
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