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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 3 dinners*
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* 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.

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
where we will have dinner.

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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Customer Feedback

Lovely Holiday

Summary:
A really enjoyable holiday. Sardinia is a beautiful island and very unspoilt
– no high rise buildings, good roads and in October, hardly any traffic. Our
two guides were excellent and as usual take you to places off the beaten
track that you would never visit if you were on your own. The coastline
which we mostly followed was full of little bays , coves and gorgeous
beaches. It was the last trip of the season, but apart from the Mistral wind
for 2 days, was a very pleasant temperature and several of the group went
swimming. Highlights were the trip to the island, the Agro Tourism stays and
the fabulous food.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Day Five I think it was, when we had the most challenging cycling in terms of
“undulatings”, but with spectacular views.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent and particularly so as it was the last trip of the season, so you
half expect him to be a bit jaded and uninterested, but this wasn’t the case
at all. He put 110% into our holiday.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t expect to lose weight ! The cheese is amazing !

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

Answer:
Our guide arranged a wine tasting tour, I think we were the first group that
had done this, and it was really enjoyable – we bought some of the wine at
the Duty Free on the way home !

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Cycling in beautiful Sardinia

Summary:
A wonderful week’s holiday with a lovely group and excellent guides. It’s a
great way to see the South West of Sardinia and take in the amazing views and
beautiful coastline, and to learn about the history of the island from the
knowledgeable guides. The weather was warm and perfect for cycling and most
of the roads had very little traffic. The hotels and agriturismos were
comfortable and the food and restaurants were good.
We visited interesting archeological sites and old mine buildings, went to a
vineyard for wine tasting, hiked down to the sea in Nebida, and swam at some
beautiful empty beaches. Cagliari was fun to explore on our final day.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Managing to get to the top of the more challenging hills (super walls)
without pushing the bike!
Enjoying the long down hill rides, the quiet roads and warm late October sun.
Everyone in the group supporting and encouraging each other.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele and Simone were both excellent group leaders, taking it in turns to
lead or support. They were very friendly, informative, enthusiastic and
encouraging and spoke good English. Everything was well organised, from
accommodation to restaurants, coffee stops to route planning. They provided
plenty of water bottle refills and snacks to keep us going.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The hybrid bike was good with the optional use of a pannier. Keep a camera
handy for photo stops.
As an occasional cyclist, some of the hills were quite challenging, but
manageable especially if you have done some pre-holiday hill cycling!

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Great group, fantastic local knowledge of the guides and great pedalling

Summary:
A perfect break taking us away from the daily pressures! Michele and Simone
were perfect guides – we learned a lot about Sardinia, Italy and many other
things. It was a perfectly pitched level for us, with Nicky being pushed
close to her limit whilst also being enough cycling for me as well. Lovely
trip to the islands, great hike on one afternoon, wine tasting and a couple
of Agriturismos. October weather was kind to us – many sunny days with a
slightly challenging head wind for a couple of days – that added to the
challenge!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
So many of the amazing sights

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Michele never ran out of energy! Amazing local knowledge. Supported very
well by Simone, also a great leader and from Sardinia too.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Quite a tough pedal – maybe on the border of 4 rating? But fantastic so
don’t let that put you off!

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Cycling in Sardinia

Summary:
Cycling in Sardinia was a great way to experience the differing scenery, and
this combined with time spent at a different beach nearly every day for a
swim – with the satisfaction of knowing you hadn’t taken the easy option to
get there – made for a perfect holiday. Along with this we had warm weather
and sun in September, good hotels, and some fantastic food.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The meal on the final day where our group delivered not just a speech but
song and poem to the guides, followed by other people in the same restaurant
performing a perfect rendition of ‘Volare’!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Giovanni and Simone had great knowledge of their homeland, and managed the
holiday well.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are quite a few hills of various sizes, two quite significant that go
on for several miles each. If you are unsure about being able to keep up,
then an eBike might be a good option to make your holiday more enjoyable.

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First timers to Exodus – Won’t be our last….

Summary:
My wife and I booked our first Exodus trip knowing we were not the most
keenest of cyclists, but wanted a more active holiday than a standard package
holiday typically offers. We were a little fearful of whether we could manage
to cycle for 6 days solid. We are both early 50’s and enjoy active outdoor
pursuits including walking, golf and occasional gym.
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and even managed to complete all
days without any assistance from the transport who followed the group. Being
part of the 16-strong group, it was nice to be able to meet so many different
people and talk to them all during the cycling and also during the group
meals and stops along the way.
I would recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys an active holiday, with
stunning scenery and the friendliest and most hospitable Sardinian people.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The second day of cycling (Day#3 of the itinerary) is the most physically
demanding with a long uphill. The sense of achievement when racing down to
the meeting point was not only inspirational, but also exciting helped
everyone enjoy the meal and their sleep in the beautiful hilltop hotel.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Giovanni was very passionate and dedicated to make the holiday as enjoyable
as possible. He was a little serious at times, but this was his way of
ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves. He was very knowledgeable about the
Sardinian history and also provided good advice and insight into the upcoming
hotels and restaurant choices. He also very honest and made known his
feelings on what was good or not so good value / service in many of the
restaurants we could choose.
Simone was very enthusiastic and easy to talk to. He had better English than
Giovanni, and tended to understand what the group wanted to do compared to
Giovanni.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Prior to starting the holiday, there is a checklist provided. The checklist
does not include cycling gloves, but on Day#1, it was strongly advised to
wear gloves. Fortunately, individuals within our group had spare pairs, which
they kindly allowed us to borrow.
The hotel stay on Night#4 is absolutely stunning. Suggest you request a room
with a balcony overlooking the pool. Our room also had a washing machine
which enabled us to wash our first 3 days of cycling gear. This hotel was the
least friendly. The staff were very controlling, insisting on serving you
breakfast rather than allowing a self-service, more relaxed arrangement that
occurred at the other hotels.
On our last evening, in Cagliari, the hotel was changed (with 1 day notice)
from one in the town centre, to one on the outskirts of the town. This was a
shame as it meant the group was unable to walk to our hotel from the busy,
bustling centre of Cagliari. It also meant our last night fizzled out a
little earlier than we certainly would have liked to. In hindsight, we should
have remained in the town centre until we felt it was time go back, and
obtained taxi back to our hotel.

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

Answer:
The Exodus team were very helpful from point of booking through to the end of
our holiday. We had left something in the first hotel, which they tried hard
to recover and were subsequently successful. However, I did feel the hotels
did not check thoroughly enough at the time when I initially discovered I had
left something. Be very careful with your belongings as it is easy to leave
something behind as you move from hotel to hotel daily.

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Awesome Birthday Trip, Great Group, Terrific Guides!

Summary:
We have taken cycling trips with a number of other outfitters, all of them
memorable in their own special way. This was our first with Exodus and based
on the fun/value of this week, we have already booked next year in Sicily!

We chose Sardinia because it had such an exotic cultural intrigue and diverse
landscape. We were not disappointed in anything. Our group had instant
cohesion which the guides picked up on quickly. Everyone was easy going and
we spent all meals, except the free night, dining and socializing together.

Highlights of the trip were the stunning views, incredible terrain, some
pretty tough climbs and the amazing food! We had so much fun eating,
especially the included group dinners at the agro-tourismo and on the final
night in Cagliari.

Our guides Enrico and Simone worked seamlessly together. As native
Sardinians, we found their local knowledge to be one of the best aspects of
the trip.

Thanks so much for an incredible birthday week!
Bill and Scott from Calif.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Everyone provided warm and genuine birthday wishes on my special day!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Enrico was terrific with his local knowledge and dry sense of humor. Simone
as sidekick took care of all the background logistics without any issues.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared that the hills on day two and three are going to be harder than
you expect! But it’s worth it. E-bike option might be worth it.

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

Answer:
We would have liked to be ‘on our own’ on the route a bit more, vs. riding
from point to point as an entire group.

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Cycling Sardinia

Summary:
This is a wonderful trip, with some great scenery and lovely hotels. The
guides are very knowledgeable about everything and know the terrain very
well.
The cycling can be quite tough at times – there are some big hills to climb!
The heat can make the cycling quite hard going but the guides are so
supportive and there is never any pressure to hurry.
The trips on the ferry to the other smaller islands are lovely and really
enhances the overall experience.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
The other people on the group were amazing and so encouraging to each other.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very good. A bit serious at times but he takes his job seriously and he
obviously cared about doing it well. Very knowledgeable about the area and
never put any pressure on the cyclists to hurry up.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This trip is heavy on seafood, which is great if you enjoy this kind of food.
The food and drink it quite expensive and there isn’t always much choice.
Train well for those hills – you will enjoy the cycling more if you can cope
with the hills. There are also some gravel roads, again do some preparation
for this.

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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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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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