Summary

Destinations: Europe
  • 8 Days From
    R 24100
  • Trip code: MWK
  • Activity: Cycling, Road Cycling
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 5 - 16
Moderate

Cycle Sardinia’s unspoilt southwestern coast

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!

Key information
  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star hotels and agriturismos
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • Mix of easy riding and climbs from the coast
Activities
  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star hotels and agriturismos
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • Mix of easy riding and climbs from the coast

Highlights

* Cycle along Sardinia’s unspoilt southwestern coast * Explore fascinating archaeological sites and picturesque fishing villages * Enjoy Sardinian warm hospitality and delicious cuisine * Relax on Sardinia’s stunning beaches

Dates & Pricing

 
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18 May 2019
25 May 2019
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R 24100
 
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08 Jun 2019
15 Jun 2019
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R 26500
 
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14 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
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21 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
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28 Sep 2019
05 Oct 2019
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R 26500
 
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05 Oct 2019
12 Oct 2019
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R 26500
 
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12 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019
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R 26100
 
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11 Apr 2020
18 Apr 2020
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R 27400
 
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25 Apr 2020
02 May 2020
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R 27400
 
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02 May 2020
09 May 2020
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R 27400
 
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09 May 2020
16 May 2020
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R 27400
 
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16 May 2020
23 May 2020
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R 27400
 
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30 May 2020
06 Jun 2020
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R 27400
 
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06 Jun 2020
13 Jun 2020
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R 27400
 
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13 Jun 2020
20 Jun 2020
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R 27400
 
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05 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020
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R 27400
 
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12 Sep 2020
19 Sep 2020
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R 27400
 
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19 Sep 2020
26 Sep 2020
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R 27400
 
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26 Sep 2020
03 Oct 2020
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R 27400
 
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17 Oct 2020
24 Oct 2020
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R 27400

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Cabras.

Start Cabras, in the Sinis peninsua, approx. 110km from Cagliari airport.

Day 2

Circular ride through the Sinis wetlands to the white quartz beach of Is Arutas and the Phoenician site of Tharros.

We start the week with a circular 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

Short transfer to Arborea; cycle along the Costa Verde and on to Piscinas beach.

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. To avoid the uninteresting suburbs of Oristano, we transfer by road to Arborea and 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 inland and end our day’s cycling with a steady climb to our cosy agriturismo set in the hills overlooking the Monte Linas range.

Day 4

Cycle past abandoned mines, the golden beach of Portixeddu and the white sea stack of Pan di Zucchero; continue to the former mining village of Nebida.

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 where we will have dinner.

Day 5

Descend to Fontanamare; board the ferry to the fishing village of Carloforte.

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

Cycle through the meadows of Sant’Antioco; visit the Romanesque Pisan sanctuary and ride along the quiet country lanes of Sulcis.

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

Pedal across the rolling hills of the Costa del Sud; climb up to the high point of Cape Malfatano for views of the coast; transfer and overnight in Cagliari.

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 private transfer to Cagliari, where we celebrate the end of a great cycling week; dinner and overnight in Cagliari.

Day 8

End Cagliari.

End Cagliari. **

Included

* All breakfasts and 3 dinners* * * All accommodation (see below) * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Local bike hire

Food

All breakfasts and 3 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.

At a Glance
  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star hotels and agriturismos
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • Mix of easy riding and climbs from the coast
Is This Trip for You?

This trip is classified Road. Activity Level: 3 (Moderate).
The cycling consists of 3 relatively easy stages, cycling mainly on the flat
(day 2, 5 and 6), 1 longer stage with undulating terrain (day 7) and 2 more
challenging days (3 and 4) with relatively long steady climbs. The route
follows a mixture of quiet minor roads, cycle paths and non-technical tracks.
The support vehicle will be on hand if you prefer to opt out of a section.
This trip is ideal for the cyclists who exercise regularly and have a good
level of fitness.
6 days cycling, average 48km/day (30 miles), 90% vehicle support - Vehicle
doesn't accompany the group on the isle of San Pietro (Day 5).
Terrain and route: 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads and sandy paths.
If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not
hesitate to call us.

Accommodation

Farmhouses & Hotels

We use good quality agriturismos (renovated farmhouses) and comfortable
3-star hotels. 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 in
proximity of a beautiful beach and others are located in the quiet Sardinian
countryside or pretty villages.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability).
Please check with your sales consultant 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 single use or standard
single rooms, according on availability. Please be aware that some single
rooms can be on a small side.

Group

There will be a local leader cycling with the group and an assistant leader
driving the support vehicle.

Eating Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 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.

Transportation

Transfers to and from the airport will be by private vehicle. On Day 5 we
take a ferry to Carloforte and Sant'Antioco. Whilst cycling the vehicle will
carry your baggage and be on hand with assistance or if you choose to 'sit
out' of a section of the ride. A guide cycles with the group.

Joining Instructions

*Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days*

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the
itinerary.

*Flights from London*

We normally use the scheduled services of EasyJet or British Airways
(depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change
regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your
agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings.
Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until
approximately two weeks before departure.
Due to Easyjet's booking system, we can only purchase flights 6 months
before the date of your departure. If you book your trip before this date, a
booking confirmation will be sent to you advising that flights are subject
to confirmation. We will then secure the flights as soon as they become
available. In the case that flights are not available at the original
budgeted cost once they are released for sale, a flight supplement will be
charged. If
the supplement exceeds 10% of the original holiday price, you will be given
the right to cancel.
Please note that many destinations now require Advanced Passenger
Information (API), such as your passport number, date of birth and
nationality, to be added to your booking before departure. If booking
through Exodus your sales consultant can do this for you, alternatively this
can be done using your booking reference number directly into the Easyjet
system.

*Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Cabras and ending in Cagliari*

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in San Salvatore Sinis in the
evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point
are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two
weeks before departure.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights.
Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any
other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be
able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the
arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2
weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you
must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

If you are landing in Cagliari airport you can take a train to Oristano with
several services a day, starting from h07:08am approximately one service per
hour. Last service departs at h08:43 pm. It takes from 60 to 100 mins
depending on the service. Please check www.trenitalia.com [1] for the updated
timetable.

If you are landing late, there is a direct bus to/from the airport to
Oristano, run by Fara Viaggi departing at 11:30pm.

From Oristano to Cabras (tour start) you can take a public bus run by the
regional transportation company, ARST.
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only). If no buses are available at your arrival time or you prefer to take a
taxi the cost will be approx. €25. 

If you wish to travel in more comfort, we recommend booking a private
transfer on arrival through Exodus prior departure. For prices please get in
touch with our customer operation department.


[1] http://www.trenitalia.com

Essential Equipment

Helmet (compulsory on this trip)
Cycling gloves
Padded cycling shorts
Spare inner tube (unless hiring a bike)
Waterproof jacket
Sun cream and lip salve
Sunglasses/eye protection
Warm jacket for evenings
Favourite energy snacks
*Equipment provided*
Waterproof pannier and water bottle.

Optional Equipment

Swimming costume, mosquitos repellent, beach towel.

Money

For the meals not included, allow approx. €15 for a lunch in a restaurant
(€5‐7 for a picnic lunch bought in a supermarket) and approx.
€25-€30 for dinner. The exact amount spent depends entirely on the type
of restaurant visited and the menu chosen.

LOCAL TAXES: many Italian cities have recently introduced a tourist tax for
non‐residents. The local administration is in charge of the tax, which
will be collected by the accommodation provider at check‐in or
check‐out. This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and
number of days of stay. It is usually between 1 and 4 euros per person per
night. For this trip,
please allow approx. €10 for the week.

*Optional Excursions* (approximate costs, depending on group
sizes)
Tharros archaeological site: €8
Phoenician Museum in Sant'Antioco: €8
Nora archaeological site in Pula: €7

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Most of
our clients wish to give a tip to their guides in appreciation of their help
and friendliness. This, of course, is in no way compulsory and depends on the
service received. Depending on the service and size of the group somewhere in
the region of €10-15 per client for the week would seem reasonable.

Map

Reviews

Cycling in Sardinia

A very enjoyable week of cycling in Sardinia's south west coastal area with a nlovely group. Some long climbs which were rewarded with equally long ndescents. The weather was sunny for the first couple of days, thereafter novercast and occasionally rainy, but this did not dampen the spirits of the ngroup. The leaders - Michele and Simone were excellent, ensuring all the ngroup had an enjoyable time. The hotels and agriturismos we stayed in along nthe route were all very good with excellent home cooked food.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • it has to be the long climbs on days three and four and the equally long nthrilling descents!nnCyclists consume a lot of calories and there was no shortage of delicious nfood from breakfast, snack stops, lunch and dinner. Not to mention the nre-hydrating with local beer and wine at the end of a long day cycling!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Michele and Simone were excellent. They supported all of us on the daily nrides making sure everybody had an enjoyable time and took it in turns to ncycle and drive the support van. They provided snacks during the rides and nensured we arrived at lunch stops on time for pre-booked lunch. Nothing was a nproblem for them - from fixing the occasional puncture to ordering food for nus.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • If you have your own pedals/cycling shoes and saddle then I strongly nrecommend you take them. I did not take mine and cycled in trainers, I nmanaged ok, but it would have been a lot easier, especially on the hills if I nhad my own pedals and cycling shoes.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • You need to have a reasonable level of fitness tailored to cycling and have nsome off-road experience as there is a small amount of non-technical off-road ncycling.

A lovely Island

I went with four friends which made for good companionship and plenty of nlaughs, We made sure that we mixed with the group and made some good friends, nand hopefully enhanced their enjoyment. We were lucky with the weather which nthreatened to have some storms but we seemed to have sunshine most of the ntime. I loved the morning coffee stops and the daily beach stops for a swim. nSome of the rides were quite challenging and surprised the first timer in our ngroup. The resulting downhill sections were fabulous. Most hotels had nswimming pools which were very welcome at the end of the day.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The long downhill rides after the steep climbs.nThe nice beaches and hotels with swimming pools.nHaving a beer with the group at the end of the ride.nThe final night as a group in Cagliari.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Both the leaders. Simone and Giovani were excellent. Giovani was very nknowledgeable about the island and its history, which he was keen to tell us nabout. He was quite strict but we soon warmed to him and brought out his nsofter side by using some banter.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • The hills on day 2 and three are very challenging. I have done grade 3 climbs non previous Exodus trips and these were long and challenging. Knowing that nthe hills would be a challenge and no longer a spring chicken, I had an e nbike. I have embraced e mountain biking at home on the South Downs and it is nfabulous. Although the e bike I had wasn't an ideal design, it certainly nhelped and enhanced my enjoyment. My advice would be to have one if you have nany doubt. Why suffer? the e bikers were able to chat on the hills and enjoy nthe scenery, whereas the normal bikers couldn't talk.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • If you like coffee stops, nice beaches and swimming pools, this is the trip nfor you. Beware of the hills!

Review

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

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • I loved the variety of the cycling, especially the off road bits. Learning nabout how Sardinia's past was related to the monuments we passed and the food nand culture.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Lovely, friendly, patient, friendly and jovial hosts who always tried to nplease everyone, all the time. Great fruit breaks!

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Some hills were quite long and steep. If you want to enjoy more, consider ngetting an electric bike! However, the van was available all the time nallowing you to hop on and off throughout the day giving a great flexibility.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Watch out for the mosquitoes! Take repellent with you.