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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 region of Sardinia, 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, we have plenty of opportunities to sample Sardinia's unique, mouth-watering cuisine: the perfect mix for a great week of cycling!
Overall Activity; It 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 nontechnical
tracks. The support vehicle will be on hand if you prefer to opt out of a section. This trip is ideal for the occasional cyclists who exercise regularly. 6 days cycling, average 48 km/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. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.
Start San Salvatore Sinis, in the Sinis peninsula.
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 Aruta. 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). (52km, +250m) (Breakfast included)
Today we ride through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde (Green Coast), named after the green, wild vegetation 2 that covers much of its mountainous surroundings. 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 50 metres 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. (56km, +980m) (Breakfast and Dinner included)
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 400 feet high sea-stack of Pan di Zucchero and the former mining village of Nebida. (41km, +700m) SH (Breakfast included)
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 on Isola di San Pietro. 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. (53km, +250m) (Breakfast included)
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 follow the shoreline of Monte Pranu lake and 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. (43km, + 250m) (Breakfast included)
Today is the longest day in terms of distance, but we pedal across gentle 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 700ft above the crystal clear sea. Our day ends 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). (60km, +550m) (Breakfast and Dinner included)
End in Pula. (B)
7 nights in agriturismo (renovated farmhouses) and comfortable 3-star hotels. All accommodation is locally-owned and family-run with a warm welcome and delicious home-made cuisine. All rooms are
comfortable with en suite facilities. Some hotels have a swimming pool.
A limited number of single rooms are available, which must be booked and paid for in advance, (subject to availability).
KEY TO ACCOMMODATION:
We indicate in the itinerary what type of accommodation is provided on each day. The descriptions are guidelines only and are used to give an idea of the accommodation offered, rather than an exact description. CH Comfortable Hotel, Lodge or Gite - twin rooms with en suite facilities, reliable electricity and water supply, good service and some added amenities. SH Standard Hotel, Lodge or Gite - no-frills hotel, usually with twin rooms and en suite facilities. Service and amenities are generally adequate.
All breakfasts and 2 dinners included.
Transfers to and from the airport will be by private vehicle. On Day 5 we take a ferry to Carloforte. 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.
Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 3 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the
actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects. Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.
No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times. Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.
Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.
There are no specific health risks on this trip. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.
You must have adequate travel insurance, and if you are joining a trip which goes to high altitude, you must check that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip. If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend Imaginative Traveller travel insurance, which is specifically
designed to cover all activities on your trip.
If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives free medical care in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.
The group will generally be between 5 and 16 people. There will be a local leader cycling with the group and an assistant leader driving the support vehicle. The minimum age of clients on this trip is 16 years. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.
The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate of 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.75 to the US$. Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.
ATM availability/Credit Card Acceptance/Travellers cheques ATMs are available in most towns. Credit cards are not as widely accepted in restaurants as in the UK and we advise paying for your meals in cash.
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 €20 for dinners. The exact amount spent depends entirely on the type of restaurant visited and the menu chosen.
Tharros archaeological site: €7
Phoenician Museum in Sant'Antioco: €7
Nora archaeological site in Pula: €6
Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with us. 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.
Tailormade Dolcevita hybrid bikes with front suspension £70 (approx. US$115), paid on booking. Bike hire should be arranged at the time of booking, and the cost will be added to your invoice. Very occasionally a bike of your size may not be available. We may be able to offer you
a bike of a different but acceptable size, or otherwise you must bring your own bike.
Many people choose to bring their own bikes on our trips. If you wish to bring your own bike, please note that we cannot guarantee against small scratches and paintwork damage involved in the loading and unloading from support vehicles. For more detailed information on bringing a bike from the UK, Information Sheet MBX will be sent to you on request. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure that they have adequate cover for loss, damager or theft under either their travel or
home contents insurance policy
You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.
We believe that all cyclists should wear helmets in the interests of personal safety, and our leaders are required to do so at all times on all trips. Customers must wear helmets at all times on any 'offroad' cycling holiday and certain 'road' cycling trip (where this is applicable it is clearly stated in these Trip Notes). On most road cycling holidays, wearing a helmet is strongly recommended, but we accept that some customers will want to exercise their own choice in this matter. Please note that not wearing a helmet may affect the validity of your insurance. Those who decide not to wear a helmet do so entirely at their own risk, and in the knowledge that some 'road' trips may include some 'off-road' sections. If wishing to use a helmet you must bring your own with you as they are not available for hire. Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.
On all our cycling holidays you are required to bring the following personal items, which we view as crucial for the health and safety of our clients:
At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage. As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.
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