Swept Away in Sardegna
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Sea and Cycling Adventure on Italy's Most Exotic Island
- Peaceful pedaling along the turquoise Mediterranean
- Al fresco barbeque with modern-day Sardinian shepherds
- Glimpses of rare animals including eagles, wild sheep, and griffin vultures
- Cycling through spectacular limestone mountains & alongside stunning ocean-side cliffs
- Feasts of savory and cool, crisp white wines
- Stays at charming seaside hotels and enchanting country inns
- Dine at renowned Ristorante Andreini in Alghero!
Pristine beaches … high cliffs plunging into the blue Tyrrhenian sea … remote mountain villages … golden fields. Sardegna (Sardinia), with a rugged countryside and ancient heritage, is a bit on the wild side…but that's its allure, too. Come ready to pedal, hike, swim - and surrender your heart.
$4,795 - 4,995
Rolling and hilly with breathtaking views
275 miles Daily Average: 34
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Day 1–2: Alghero, Capo Caccia and grotto of Nettuno
Day 1: Experience the Alghero's Spanish heritage on a warm-up ride to the Sanctuary of Valverde. Day 2: Ride to Capo Caccia, visit the Grotto of Nettuno and come back to Alghero for a guided tour and some free time in town.
Day 3: Bosa
Today’s ride follows the spectacular coastline to Bosa, a natural oasis for rare birds like the reed warbler, the kingfisher and the griffon vulture. You’ll spin along Bosa’s rocky shores, whose natural ebony cliffs are fortified by ancient landslides that jut out into the Mediterranean.
Day 4: Cuglieri and Santa Caterina di Pittinuri
Ride to Cuglieri, passing mountains, woods, rivers and enjoy the view of the coastline. Continue to Santa Caterina di Pittinuri to relax at our hotel or take an exciting extra loop inland.
Day 5: Fordongianus
Today, after a rolling ride by the sea, leave the coast and enjoy a flat terrain en route to Fordongianus,
passing by Paulilatino, in the heart of Sardegna. This area is dotted with pastures and remote villages, in which you might get caught up in a sheep traffic jam.
Day 6: Lago di Gusana
Today we ride inland to the Barbagia, a rugged landscape rich in living traditions. The silence of these untouched mountains will give you the impression that time has stopped, and you may even see rare animals like wild pigs and eagles.
Day 7–8: Su Gologone, Oliena & hike to Mt. Corrasi
Day 6: We wind our way around the mountains of Gennargentu, visiting Orgosolo, the village of murals, before arriving in the village of Oliena.
Day 7: Today we are off the bike, to enjoy the beautiful area of Supramonte and a hike to the top of Mount Corrasi, from where you catch breathtaking views of the valley below and savor a delicious picnic with local shepherds.
Day 9: Villasimius
We ascend from 328 to 3,280 feet towards the Genna Silana pass, and then back down to sea level on what is sure to be one of the best rides of your life. After a 1.5-hour afternoon shuttle to skip the “orientale Sarda,” the Southeastern main road, you will finally reach our hotel by the beach in Villa Simius.
Celebrate with a dip in the beautiful pristine water of this stretch of coast of Sardegna: a beautiful
background to enjoy our great accomplishment. Bravi, you made it!
Day 10: Arrivederci!
A sumptuous breakfast ends our cycling exploration of Sardinia.
Virginia M., Bloomington, IN had this to say about Swept Away in Sardegna:The thing that distinguies Ciclismo Classico from other tour companies is the guides. Not only are they incredible guides, they are incredible people.
Virginia M., Bloomington, IN had this to say about Swept Away in Sardegna:It's hard to what I enjoyed most on this trip…the scenery and vistas, roads, food, wines, guides, van support, and hotels were fabulous.
Matt M., Walnut Creek, CA had this to say about Swept Away in Sardegna:In 2005, I thought the 'Giro d'Italia' was my best cycle-touring experience ever; this trip was its equal--the riding, scenery, food, cultural experience, guides, and group were all first rate!
Virginia M., Bloomington, IN had this to say about Swept Away in Sardegna:Not just great guides, but great people!
George P. from Rockledge, FL had this to say about Swept Away in Sardegna:The guides were unbelievable. I'd book another trip just to be with them...they made me laugh for 9 days straight!