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Cycling in Sardinia

Cycle Sardinia’s unspoilt southwestern coast



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

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!

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts and 2 dinners *(3 dinner in 2018)*
* 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 2 dinners included.

*Please note that for 2018 3 dinners will be included (additional one on day
4)*

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.

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

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

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.

Day 5

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

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

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.
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Date: 2017-09-302017-10-07

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Customer Feedback

Cycling in Sardinia

Summary:
My first exodus holiday I had a great time. Weather hot and beautiful coastal
scenery. Opportunity to swim in the clear sea every day. I was very impressed
with how well organised the trip was and how well the guides took care of us.
A couple of the rides were quite tough for me as not a regular cyclist but
enjoyed the challenge and certainly built up an appetite for the delicious
food on offer!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The beaches and the costal views. Nice being in a group setting, moving from
hotel to hotel and group leader to advise on lunches/evening meals which we
all ate together which was nice.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele and Giovanni were both great. Very friendly and professional.
Giovanni provided well needed water and snack stops which was great as
weather was very hot.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Try and get in a bit of (long!) hill training for day 2! Take plenty of
sunscreen!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Go for it – you wont regret it!

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Cycling in Sardinia was great!

Summary:
Sardinia is a great location for a cycling holiday. The coastline is
dramatic, the countryside is attractive and people are very pleasant and
helpful. The week was well organised and managed by our 2 guides. The food
is delicious and we enjoyed regular water/ fruit/ snack/ coffee/ gelato
stops. Day 2 was the toughest for me as there were a few challenging uphills.
The effort was worth it, however, as we stayed in an excellent agrotourism
establishment and the next morning the long freewheel downhill back to the
coast was tremendous! I did the trip in the low season – the last week in
May and at the beaches/roads were very quiet, apart from in a couple of
places near to towns and in these places a mini bus transfer was arranged.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I loved swimming in the sea, which we had opportunities for most days.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele and Giovanni were excellent leaders. They both worked hard. They were
supportive and caring. Both speak good English, are very knowledgeable and
experienced.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take padded cycle shorts and suncream.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The sun sets were spectacular.

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Cycling in Sardinia

Summary:
One of the hardest but most rewarding journeys I have ever undertaken. Every
day was an adventure and full of exquisite experiences for all the senses. A
terrific group of travelers, outstanding guide and support team, lovely
people and food — these things made Sardinia unforgettable.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many fine moments where a tough climb ended with a spectacular vista of
sea, earth, and sky. Most inspirational was watching the climb of all my
tour mates from Piscinas to the Rocce Bianche.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele was energetic, fun, friendly, and in command of every detail. He was
tireless on the bike, helpful and attentive with every inquiry, and
everything went exactly as he said it would. I appreciated his scholarship
on the archeology and history of the island.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring plenty of cash.

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Sardinia cycling

Summary:
The best way to enjoy amazing scenery with great company. I do cycling to
train for sprint triathlons and found the pace of cycling and hilly days
extremely challenging for the rating given. We did get an opportunity to
relax and swim in the sea each day which was an unexpected bonus.
I would definitely do this or a similar trip again although I would do more
cycling before I went in preparation.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
After I got the electric bike I reached the top of one of the really steep
challenging hills first with only half the power to help, after struggling
the previous day on my normal bike and getting in the van this felt great.
Being able to swim in clear sea and float around relaxing tired muscles was
also a highlight for me.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both group leaders were enthusiastic and informative both about the cycling
and Sardinia – it’s history and it’s culture.
How they dealt with the challenge of differing cycling capabilities within
the group varied, I much preferred it when our leader cycled in the middle of
the group and gave those at the back chance to catch their breath before
setting off again. Some days it seemed our leader spent all his time at the
front and did not appreciate how tough some of us were finding the pace.
We all chipped in a small amount to fund snacks and this meant our leaders
organised fruit, nuts and snacks every day along our route which went down
really well.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I would definitely recommend training with some longer trips out on your bike
before you take on this trip.
I took my own pedals and cycling shoes but would not recommend this as it was
actually more of a problem on the tracks and little benefit overall. A gel
saddle cover is definitely worth taking.
There was an option for an electric assisted bike – I used this for a few
days and loved it. I hardly used the power as you could turn it off but I did
feel more confident stopping to take photos knowing I could always catch up
by adding power if I needed to. I would definitely recommend getting this for
anyone who is fit but maybe not too experienced with cycling. It’s a heavier
bike so takes more leg power to keep it moving when the power is off but with
a bit of power it massively improves the speed and your ability to get all
the way up the steeper hills.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I had a fantastic week and loved the activity, scenery and learning about
Sardinia. Sharing this with a great group of people made it truly memorable.

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Cycling in Sardinia

Summary:
What a fantastic trip! Great rides taking in beautiful countryside,
sparkling blue seas and white sandy bays with a lovely group of people, all
topped off with more fabulous food and drink than we could work off. All the
hotels were perfect too. I was expecting the local people to drive like
they do in Rome, but they were always so courteous, giving us a wide berth.
It really was a faultless trip and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of “the Wall”

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele and Giovanni were perfect hosts and made it their business to make
sure everyone had a great time whatever their pace. Their local knowledge
ensured we went to the best places which we’d never have found otherwise

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Definitely book this trip!

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Stunning coastal scenery in remote Sardinia

Summary:
This was my first exodus trip and as I usually travel independently I was
unsure what to expect. The group was large at 16 but all lovely and all super
fit! I got used to being at the back but don’t worry, someone has to be
there…..The food was excellent due to local knowledge on where to go etc.
this is the first cycle trip where I have put on weight!. All extremely well
organised, well paced and we swam every day at gorgeous beaches. I was
shocked how hot it was in October. Some BIG hills to be done, train hard!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Swimming at a stunning remote beach near Calaforte in crystal clear water and
no tourists.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The leader Michele was outstanding in every respect: kind, patient,
knowledgeable and funny! He genuinely cared for everyone and allowed
flexibility eg the super fast pack could go ahead and I was allowed to stop
for photos etc at the back.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring sunscreen, hat and mosquito repellant (even for dry Sardinia) and
sarong for the beach.
A gel seat really helps with pressure areas and I am sure that clip on shoes
help up the hills
Train as much as possible!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The Archeological museum in Cagliari was very interesting on the last day. A
nice town to wander around.

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7 Days of Fun and Sun

Summary:
A great group, a fantastic tour leader and support guide, breath-taking
scenery, and interesting cycling….. this was almost the perfect cycling
trip. The accommodation and food was also first-class. South-west Sardinia
was a real surprise. Coming from Australia I was not expecting to find a
place in Europe that felt so much like home. This was my third Exodus
cycling tour in Italy and definitely the best.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were so many great moments…. the colour of the water, the white sandy
beaches, the rolling hills and gum trees (reminded me so much of Australia!).
But the thing that sticks in my mind was swimming in the sea at the bottom
of the cliff upon which our hotel was located in Nebida and later having
dinner watching the sun sink into the Mediterranean Sea. It was quite
stunning.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele was a key reason I returned to Italy this year to do this tour – he
is a really nice guy. After travelling with him in 2015 the opportunity to
travel with him again in Sardinia was a no-brainer. Michele gave 110% for
the entire tour and often did things (such as early morning “extra” rides
before breakfast) that were above and beyond the call of duty. Nothing was
ever too much trouble for Michele. Ado, Michele’s assistant, was also
fantastic. He really made everyone feel welcome and was very efficient doing
all the van, bike, luggage and drink tasks. Ado’s warm friendly nature just
made the trip so much fun. We were really fortunate to have Michele and Ado
as our tour leaders on this trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The riding on days 2 and 3 was quite challenging (I ride a road bike
regularly). There are a few long hill climbs that will test your fitness
especially if you’re not used to warm Mediterranean weather. So I would
recommend you do a bit of training before doing the trip if you’re not used
to riding big hills.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I’ve told several of my Aussie friends about this trip and how great it was.
If they decided to do it next year, I would have no hesitation to go with
them and do it again!

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Like Amalfi without the cars!

Summary:
This was one of the best cycling trips I have done. Exhilarating descents,
sweeping bends, beautiful coastal views and very few cars. There was an
opportunity to swim in the sea every day (although the water – in early June
– was very ‘refreshing’). The food was good throughout, with the best
Lasagne I have ever had in Cabras.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were many: Managing the steep climb up to the agriturismo, which
although hard work made the dramatic ride down the next morning all the more
enjoyable. Many exhilarating descents with fantastic scenery and lovely
sweeping bends. Swimming off the rocks and through a cave near the hotel at
Nebida and then watching the sun set over the sea during supper.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele was an excellent guide – everything organised very smoothly and his
enthusiasm for the country was infectious (although I’m not sure every
beach could really be ‘the best beach on the island’)! He was ably
assisted by Ado who drove the support van and kept us supplied with
refreshments including beautifully prepared fruit buffets laid out on the
back of the trailer.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
A couple of the days are quite challenging (but there is always the option to
go in the van).
Don’t forget to pack a trek towel as there are opportunities to swim during
every ride.

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Cycling in Sardinia

Summary:
This is a fantastic, well organised trip. If you enjoy cycling and don’t
mind putting in some effort to get up a few tricky hills, you will be
rewarded with beautiful scenery and lovely food. We had a mixed group of
cyclists, some of whom were doing their first cycling holiday and I think
everyone enjoyed it. The organisation and encouragement of our tour leader
Michele Q and his assistant Ado helped to make this a really memorable trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling along the coastal roads of the Costa del Sud on day 7 was superb, so
many beautiful views at every turn.
Cycling down to the village of Nebida after a challenging climb on day 4, the
lovely views, and a rewarding swim in crystal clear waters made it
worthwhile!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele Q was very professional and his English and knowledge of the area is
superb. He obviously loves what he does and was great at keeping us all
motivated, even on the tougher climbs. He even added extra hill climbs for
those wanting to put in some extra miles! He and Ado (our support driver
and provider of some very welcome refreshments) made a great team, both were
fun, friendly and keen to ensure that everyone enjoyed their holiday.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
You do need some level of fitness to enjoy this trip but don’t be put off by
the reference to hilly climbs, it’s really only on days 2 and 3 and it isn’t
continuous. The scenery (and ice cream!) will make it well worth the effort.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you go on this trip you won’t be disappointed.

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Fantastic Sardinia June 2016 Guided Cycling tour

Summary:
An excellent, well organised trip, with stunningly beautiful coastal rides
and some challenging climbs, a great group of people where all got on very
well , excellent tour guide Michele and fantastic support from Ado,

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Encouragement from our guide Michele as he encouraged, motivated and
supported us in some quite difficult climbs. And the safety and relief in
knowing that reliable Ado in the support vehicle would be there to help you
and take care of you, if you needed it!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our Group leader Michele was encouraging, informative, professional, fun,
spoke excellent English, had a great sense of humour, and was very
supportive to all the group. Michele was supported by Ado Sanna, who was
friendly, extremely helpful, generous, kind and he looked after everybody
well, particularly on the more challenging elements of the tour. Nothing was
too much trouble for these guys and we were thoroughly looked after. They
made our holiday the more enjoyable.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is a great tour. It is graded as moderate. I would say that days 2 and
3 are challenging in the heat and need a reasonable level of fitness to
enjoy.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I’d really recommend this trip.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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