Summary

Destinations: Europe
  • 8 Days From
    R 23500
  • 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
What's 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.

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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14 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
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R 24400
 
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12 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019
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R 23500
 
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11 Apr 2020
18 Apr 2020
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R 25300
 
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25 Apr 2020
02 May 2020
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R 25300
 
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02 May 2020
09 May 2020
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R 25300
 
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09 May 2020
16 May 2020
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R 25300
 
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16 May 2020
23 May 2020
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R 25300
 
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30 May 2020
06 Jun 2020
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R 25300
 
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06 Jun 2020
13 Jun 2020
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R 25300
 
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13 Jun 2020
20 Jun 2020
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R 25300
 
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05 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020
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R 25300
 
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19 Sep 2020
26 Sep 2020
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R 25300
 
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26 Sep 2020
03 Oct 2020
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R 25300
 
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17 Oct 2020
24 Oct 2020
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R 25300

Reviews

Feedback

Excellent trip, great time of year to go. The trip was well put together and nthe cycling was safe and varied.nWould say I thought it was more a 3.5-4 than the 3 it was given.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Some of the views were amazing and the wild flowers were a joy

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Giovanni Pasella was one of the best leaders that I have had with Exodus, nvery knowledgable and did his best to make our trip interesting and relaxed.nMarc also was very good and we always had a laugh

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Prepare for hills

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Thank you to everyone at Exodus and to Giovanni

Great trip, but a couple of REALLY tough climbs

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

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Drinking cold beer in a cliff top bar, watching the sun go down after a hard ndays cycling.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Excellent, Giovanni and Marc took turns to cycle with the group. They worked ntogether really well and I think we all felt well looked after. They clearly nare knowledgeable and passionate about the area, its history and wildlife and nwere delighted to share this with us.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • If you get offered the choice, the wine tasting is good fun - I bought a ncouple of bottles and it does travel!

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • May be a single rating isn't enough, I think this is a 4 on days 2 & 3, and 3 nthe rest of the time.

Amazing trip

A really great trip, Sardinia is a very beautiful place and we had a nfantastic week of cycling, eating, socialising and learning about this nbeautiful Island from our lovely guides

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Reaching the top of a very challenging climb, the sense of of achievement and nEndorphine release, the camaraderie with others in the group reaching the ntop, followed by the spectacular descent with beautiful scenery in glorious nsunshine - magic!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Simone was fantastic, such a nice man who gave the impression he was really nenjoying being with us and telling us about his beautiful Island. He was norganised, safety conscious, knowledgeable and great company. His sidekick / ndriver Marc was also lovely - smiley, friendly and nothing was too much ntrouble. Exodus seem to have a knack of finding fantastic guides who really nknow their stuff, are professional, organised and lovely people!

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • You need to be quite fit on this trip - 3 days of significant climbing so if nyou are not a regular cyclist you should consider an E-bike. I loved the nchallenges as cycle back home but some people found it quite hard work on the nmore challenging days

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • I was surprised what an interesting and beautiful place Sardinia is - really nspectacular scenery and not just on the coast. We enjoyed all the meals and nnice accommodation and we were lucky to have a great group - we all got on nwell (mix of Brits and Canadians). Lots of laughs and lovely food and wine nand beer as well as cycling! Bikes all excellent, lovely weather, no npunctures - weren't we lucky!! I would highly recommend.

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.

Brilliant - but really glad we had e-bikes

Great way to see the beautiful Sardinian West coast, including salt pans, nflamingos, the dramatic coastline & turquoise seas.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The Costa del Sud was truly spectacular; the annual San Salvatore festival nin Cabras; the giant sand dunes of the Costa Verde and the islands of San nPietro & Santu2019Antioco. All of it really!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Both Alessandro & Simone were superb: multi-tasking, great local knowledge, ndealing with logistics, accommodation, restaurants, fixing bikes, making us a nsuperb lunch. And they were brilliant when one of our group had a bad fall. nThey are both passionate about their country & it showed.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • My knees are knackered (little/no cartilage) and although I cycle at home, my nknees would never have coped with this trip without an e-bike. There are some nvery challenging hills. Even the keen cyclists in our group felt that it nwould be better described as Moderate/Hard. With an e-bike it was still a nchallenge but a very satisfying one. Also it was incredibly hot - if the trip nwas offered mid-late September/early October, I think it could be even more nenjoyable.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Our only criticism was that the days were often long, starting at 9am & narriving at our next hotel at around 5ish. Personally I think the days should nhave ended at 4pm so you had a bit more time to either explore or have a swim nbefore dinner. Itu2019s a pretty full on itinerary!

Well organised

The tour was well organised and Michaela, assisted by Ado, dealt with neverything very well. The bikes are very good but be prepared for some stiff nclimbs on the first two days and the Mistral at any time. Don't forget your nCamelbak or your sunblock.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Getting to the top of any hill then flying down the other side.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Excellent, he managed everything superbly.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Do some preparation.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • A printout of each day's travel, as with the trip in Sri Lanka, would be ngood.

Absolutely wonderful trip

This was an amazing cycling trip which included stunning scenery, roman nruins, beaches, disused mines, coastal plains, ferry trips to two islands, ncountry roads (some dirt tracks) and even a crossing of a shallow river!! nOur guides Michele and Allesandro really made this trip wonderful and hastle nfree.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Our final day cycling over the coastal plains of the Costa del Sud, even nthough challenging at times, the amazing views over the pristine beaches, ncliffs and 16th century watchtowers made it all worthwhile.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Our group leader Michele was exceptional. From the moment we arrived at the nairport to our farewell in Cagliari, he was always there to answer our nquestions, translate and offer recommendations. Even for something as ntrivial as buying shampoo, he escorted us to the door of the supermarket. nSome meals were included with the package but for all others he made nrecommendations and accompanied us to fabulous restaurants. We also had the nflexibility to do our own thing, if we so wished, but we were a very close ngroup and we really enjoyed the company of Michele and Allesandro, our ndriver. They were great guides, both of them had a great sense of humour but nwere also exceptionally knowlegeable and professional.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • The first few days were unseasonally dull with a little rain. Make sure to npack a warm layer and a water proof jacket.

Spectacular and Perfectly Led Trip Round Sardinia

We have just finished the May cycling trip around the South east coast of nSardinia.nAlthough we were unlucky with some poor weather on the first few days; the nquality and enthusiasm of our leader Michelle and his assistant Alesandro nmore than kept our spirits up. They really were superb and we couldnu2019t have nhope for a more knowledgable and able team to show us around and help us up nsome of the steeper climbs.nThere were however some low points; we did find that for the price of the ntrip the standard of the accommodation could have been better and also we nwould have expected some more dinners included.nBut all in all we had a wonderful trip around this spectacular part of the nisland; and had a really lovely group to share it with.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • The sun finally shining for the whole of the last day; with some stunning nscenery to go with it!! The perfect way to finish.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • The group leader Michelle was amazing.nVery knowledgable; able and enthusiastic.nHe made us feel very safe all along the trip and was an absolute pleasure to nhave around. Full marks!!

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Ask for a tour with Michelle!!

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • No

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.

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 dinners included. *(2 dinners included for 2020 departures)*

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.

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.

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).

Meals Included : breakfast
Distance covered : 68 km
Altitude Gain : 185
Altitude Loss : 185

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.

Meals Included : breakfast,dinner
Distance covered : 46 km
Altitude Gain : 1000
Altitude Loss : 580

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.

Meals Included : breakfast,dinner
Distance covered : 41 km
Altitude Gain : 765
Altitude Loss : 1070

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.

Meals Included : breakfast
Distance covered : 53 km
Altitude Gain : 250
Altitude Loss : 300

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.

Meals Included : breakfast
Distance covered : 57 km
Altitude Gain : 380
Altitude Loss : 380

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.

Meals Included : breakfast,dinner
Distance covered : 60 km
Altitude Gain : 600
Altitude Loss : 600

Day 8

End Cagliari.

End Cagliari. **

Meals Included : breakfast

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