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Italy Self Guided Biking / Sardinia
Tour Dates: Year Round

Sardinia Bike Tours are available as Guided, Self-Guided or Charter Bike Tours. This unforgettable Italy bicycle tour traverses the west coast of Sardinia. Our Sardinia Bike Tours feature great riding, fantastic scenery, comfortable lodgings.

2017 Price: €1365 per person, based on double occupancy

High Season Supplement will apply for July & August trips. Prices vary, call for a quote.

Single Supplement:€250
Hybrid Bike Rental:€100
Road Bike or Electric Bike Rental:€200

Price Includes:
  • 8 nights lodging in 3 star hotels and Agriturismo with private bathrooms
  • all breakfasts
  • luggage transfers
  • maps and route directions
  • Transfer from San Salvatore Sinis to Arborea at the beginning of day 5
  • Transfer at the end of day 5 (optional)
  • Transfer from Calasetta to Sant’Anna Arresi at the beginning of day 8
  • local cell phone support
  • welcome meeting
  • airport transfer from Alghero airport (AHO) on arrival, to Cagliari airport (CAG) on departure
Price does not include:

Local Hotel Taxes (approx €10, collected at select lodgings), Admission to museums and archaeological sites,Tickets for ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta, International flights, bike rentals (additional cost), lunches, dinners, beverages.

Tour Difficulty

This tour of Sardinia is moderately hilly and each day you can expect 30 to 70 km of riding. Additional distance can easily be arranged for riders who want an extra challenge and the support vehicle is available for anyone wanting a lift.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Mostly Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid or Road

Tour Highlights

  • A wealth of archeological wonders
  • The Nuragic people
  • Pristine beaches framed by rugged cliffs
  • Peregrine falcons
  • Wild horses
  • Pink flamingos

Tour Overview

This trip begins in Alghero and ends in Cagliari.

On this exciting cycling tour, you will explore the Best of Sardinia, Italy’s “Hidden Island.” Traveling by bike, you traverse an ageless Mediterranean landscape of rugged coastal headlands, pristine beaches, archeological treasures. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and is truly an undiscovered mecca for cyclists. Here, uncrowded roads beckon and an enchanted landscape waits to be explored. This wild land is home to peregrine falcons, two species of eagles, wild horses and even pink flamingos.

The past lives on in Sardinia with its wealth of archeological wonders from the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks and Spaniards. The Nuragic people, a Bronze Age culture, were one of the earliest inhabitants. They built thousands of fortified circular dwellings called nuraghes throughout Sardinia.

The exceptional scenery along the Sardinia’s coast is a visual treat second to none. Here, the blue Mediterranean meets shimmering white sand beaches framed by rugged cliffs. These quiet coastal roads are a pure joy to pedal and you will think you have discovered a hidden treasure.

This is a moderately hilly bike tour that fit riders of all abilities will enjoy. Our routes follow winding secondary roads and average 45 – 65 kilometers per day, with more riding available for the hearty. Our accommodations are a fun mix of beach hotels, agriturismos and country inns, and the food and wines are scrumptious. This tour is for the person who wants the peace and quiet of the road less traveled with inspiring scenery everyday!

Tour Map

Day 1

Arrival in Alghero in the afternoon for an orientation and bike fitting.

Day 2 - Alghero – Bosa (50 km)

From Alghero, bike along a scenic road above the cliffs overlooking the sea and admire the view of the gulf of Alghero and Capo Caccia. Emotions continue as you catch a glimpse of the pink, red and grey cliffs of Cape Marargiu, over which the last examples of griffin vultures circle. You will spend the night in Bosa, a medieval town famous for its fine embroidery and gold filigree works.

Day 3 - Bosa- Santulussurgiu (52 km)

Enjoy the morning in Bosa before riding inland and travel through Flussio and Tinnura, where, as in days gone by, the women still weave their wicker baskets. A scenic road takes you through the village of Sagama and then to the refreshing spring of San Leonardo, a perfect place to restore forces. End your stage with a quiet picturesque country lane leading to the village of Santulussurgiu, famous for the best horse saddles in Sardinia.

Day 4 - Santulussurgiu – San Salvatore Sinis (57 km)

Today the route takes you back to the sea with a panoramic descent towards the flat coastal plains of the Sinis wetlands. Cycle past the colonies of the pink flamingos and finally reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the white quartz beach of Is Arutas. A charming countryside hotel is your final stop for tonight.

Day 5 - San Salvatore Sinis – Arbus (53 km)

After a transfer to Arborea to avoid city traffic, you will cycle through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde, some of the most savage scenery on the island, to the Piscinas beach with its sands dunes over 50 m high – the highest in Europe.

Day 6 - Arbus – Nebida (53 km)

This leg takes you back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as we pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Ingortosu and Planusartu. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, you admire the old ore washery at Nebida: nestling in the varied colours of the Mediterranean bush, it looks out over the sea at the end of a long descent down 540 steps.

Day 7 - Nebida – Calasetta (55 km)

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.

Day 8 - Calasetta – Pula (57 km)

Today we transfer to Sant’Anna Arresi for our final catwalk of the tour on the fantastic Costa del Sud, the “Southern Coast.” Sparkling blue water, white sand beaches, medieval ruins and headlands covered with brightly colored vegetation will create memories to last a lifetime.

Day 9

After breakfast. Transfer to the airport or ferry terminal in Cagliari.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions Bike Tour?

Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.

Airline Information

The airlines listed below are reliable European airlines and one way flights on all of the flights should cost less than $100. Please give us a call if you need assistance booking flights.

Getting to Alghero Airport and departing from Cagliari Airport:

Air One which is now owned by Alitalia (http://www.alitalia.com/US_EN/home/i) Ryan Air (http://www.ryanair.com/en), Meridiana Airlines (http://www.meridiana.it/en/index.aspx)

The food

Sardinian food is quite good and you will be staying in hotels and inns that serve good meals with enough variety to please everyone.Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated with advanced notice.

Weather

Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 85º F. and nights are 50º to 70º F. There is always the chance of rain, so to ensure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.

Rental Bikes

We rent good quality hybrid or road bikes with a bike bag, a water bottle cage and flat pedals with or without toe clips and straps. You are welcomed to bring your own pedals and seat. We will supply full mechanical support during the tour. Road bike rentals are also available upon request. NOTE: You will need to provide your own water bottle and helmet.

Camera Gear

Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.

Language

You do not need to be able to speak Italian, but it can be lots of fun, and our bilingual guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.

Money

The currency of Italy is the Euro. You will need Euros for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest exchanging a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).

Tipping

We suggest 10% for exceptional service in restaurants (most restaurants include a service charge) and a small amount for baggage and taxi service.

Cash & Credit Cards

US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.

Passport

U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!

Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

Additional hotel lodging

Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you in Italy either before or after the tour.

Travel Delays

Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

About Sardinia

Sardinia, Sardinian: Sardigna [sarˈdinja]) is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus) and an autonomous region of Italy. The nearest land masses are (clockwise from north) the island of Corsica, the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Tunisia, the Balearic Islands, and Provence. The Tyrrhenian Sea portion of the Mediterranean Sea is directly to the east of Sardinia between the Sardinian east coast and the west coast of the Italian mainland peninsula. The Strait of Bonifacio is directly north of Sardinia and separates Sardinia from the French island of Corsica. ~ Wikipedia

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