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Self-Guided Cycling in Sardinia
8 days
Italy - Trip code CSSD

Self-Guided Cycling in Sardinia

Explore the remote Costa Verde by bike on this self-guided cycling holiday in Sardinia. Along the way you will see breathtaking views of the crystal clear Sardinian sea. Discover ancient abandoned mines and roman ruins near Pula. Enjoy Carignano wine and pecorino sardo cheese to fuel your ride along this wild coastline. The trip ends with a stunning cycle along the 'Costa del Sud' and a final night in vibrant Cagliari.

Trip highlights

  • Cycle Sardinia - Pedalling the wild Costa Verde with breath-taking views
  • Carloforte Island - Home of the last working Tuna catch 'Tonnara' of the Mediterranean
  • Sardinian food and wine - Try Carignano del Sulcis and Vermentino local wines; pecorino sardo cheese and 'malloreddus'pasta
  • Costa del Sud - Cycle the stunning southern coastal route to Pula
  • Ancient sites - Roman site at Pula and abandoned mines near Montevecchio
  • Beaches - vast unspoilt beaches with inviting crystal waters such as Piscinas beach
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Cycling grade:
Moderate
Medium length rides suitable for cyclists who are used to undulating routes with occasional energetic climbs. Mainly on trails and quiet roads and you should have a reasonable level of fitness.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Holiday starts in Arbus

Today you will arrive in Arbus and check into the agriturismo, your base for two nights located a few kilometres outside of Arbus town. Arbus is well known locally for the production of the l'Arburese knife and there is a museum in town dedicated to it for those interested. Alternatively you may just choose to relax at the agriturismo.

No cycling today.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Rocce Bianche(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Circular ride via Piscinas beach and an abandoned ancient mine

The first ride starts with a panoramic road through a cork oak forest to Arbus, then pedal up to the old mining village of Montevecchio where you can visit the abandoned mine site (not included). There are four different tours and take about 45 minutes each. After the visit you continue cycling along a wild and scenic Mediterranean 'macchia' route, finally descending to the sea. Here a short deviation takes you to one of the most extended desert area of Europe - Piscinas beach. After a rest stop you cycle uphill through the almost abandoned mining village of Ingurtosu on your route back to Arbus.

Total cycling distance today is approximately 46 kilometres (1220 metres total accumulated ascent and descent).

Accommodation: Agriturismo Rocce Bianche(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3 - Long descent to Portixeddu; ride past Sugar Loaf cliff to Nebida

Today's ride starts with a long winding downhill to Portixeddu, one of the favourite spots for local surfers. Here you can take a break for some good coffee before starting the climb to Buggerru, where a system of tunnels were used to transfer minerals from the mines to the port. Further on you can enjoy great views of the Pan di Zucchero (Sugar Loaf) cliff and the Masua mines. The ride ends in the village of Nebida where you spend the night.

Total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (930 metres total accumulated ascent and 1220 metres descent).

Accommodation: Pedra Rubia(or similar)

Standard Guesthouse
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4 - Discover San Pietro Island and continue to Sant' Antioco Island

Todays ride starts with a gentle 25 km to the port of Portovesme, where you take the ferry to the Island of San Pietro. Upon docking at Carloforte harbour you may soon start noticing the different accent the Carlofortini have - in fact they have Genoese roots and speak a different dialect from the rest of the Sardinians. It is here in the last week of May that Italy's last remaining 'tonnara' operates as a system of nets is used to catch the Tuna. They also have a culinary festival at the same time. After a short visit take another ferry, this time to Calasetta, on Sant'Antioco Island - home to some excellent wines (from the local Carignano del Sulcis vine). The Sulcis region is known for the Carignano vine that can live with very little rainfall and is stunted by strong winds to no more than a foot high. Many local families still have a little vineyard to produce it and after a sip you know why they still make it! The last section of the ride is around 12km on the flat to Sant' Antioco town.

Total cycling distance today is approximately 37 kilometres (305 metres total accumulated ascent and 150 metres descent)

Accommodation: Il Sentiero B&Bio(or similar)

Standard Guesthouse
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - Circular ride around Sant'Antioco Island

You can choose to kick back and relax today or take a cycle ride around the island. Our suggested route makes its way around the island, with stops at various inlets for a break or picnic. Other options include taking a fishing boat excursion or just to relax on the beach.

Total cycling distance today is approximately 42 kilometres (480 metres total accumulated ascent and 460 metres descent) (optional).

Accommodation: Il Sentiero B&Bio(or similar)

Standard Guesthouse
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Return to the main island and cycle to Teulada via Zuddas cave

This morning you ride back to the main island of Sardinia. Leaving S. Antioco there is a section of about 2km where you have to ride on the busier main road before turning onto quieter secondary roads. The first stop on today's ride is at the village of Tratalias, with its Romanesque church dedicated to Santa Maria di Montserrat. After the village of Santadi, you pass by the stunning caves of Zuddas where you have the option to visit. Finally a ride along a quiet road leads you to Teulada, your final destination for today, famous for terracotta pipes and highly refined embroidery.

Total cycling distance today is approximately 48 kilometres (550 metres total accumulated ascent and 500 metres descent

Accommodation: Hotel Jasmine(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 7 - Breathtaking Costa del Sud ride to Pula. Bus to Cagliari

The final ride is a must for cyclists! The Costa del Sud is an incessant repetition of ups and downs with breath-taking views over the coast and the sea, with occasional watchtowers and beautiful inlets. There are several places to stop and swim in the crystal clear water. The final stop is in the lively town of Pula from where you catch the local bus to Cagliari, which takes about one hour. With such little time in this city you may choose to extend your stay beyond tonight.

Total cycling distance today is approximately 49 kilometres (630 metres total accumulated ascent and 670 metres descent)

Accommodation: Hotel Due Colonne(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 8 - Holiday ends in Cagliari

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Cycling information

General cycling information
On this journey you cycle 222 km over five days (an average of 44 km per day) with further optional rides available. The rides are generally on quiet tarmac roads and most of them are through hilly terrain with the steepest and most challenging climbs on days 2 and 3. We have graded the route as moderate.
Bike included
30 gear custom made hybrid bikes
Bike information
Your included bike is a 30 gear custom-built hybrid bike and will be the correct frame size for your height. A rear pannier is included and there is the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. All you need to bring is your own helmet.
Cycling grade
Moderate

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
  • Dinner: 2
Transport
  • Bicycle
Accommodation
  • 3 nights standard guesthouse
  • 4 nights standard hotel
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Trip information

Country information

Italy

Climate

April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Italian

Budgeting and packing

Clothing

When cycling: quick drying cycle tops, padded cycle shorts, lightweight wind and water proof jacket and warmer breathable layers where local conditions require.
General: Pack essentially for hot or mild weather depending on the time of the year plus some warmer clothes for colder nights. You may want to pack a swimsuit and towel, depending on the time of year, as there will be some opportunities to swim.

Footwear

If you are not bringing cycle shoes then try to bring stiff-soled shoes as these are better for cycling - transmitting your energy into the pedals more efficiently. This becomes more relevant and recommended the more demanding the grade and distances to cover. We do not recommend roadbike cycling shoes with protruding cleats on this trip because part of the first ride is on a gravel road and sand. MTB flat shoes are fine. Comfortable shoes, trainers, sandals or flip flops are useful when not on the bike.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

We recommend you bring a daypack and one main piece of luggage (total allowance: 44lb/20kg) which will be transported between hotels while you cycle. Check the bike details section to see if a pannier or handlebar bag is provided on the bike. Remember that you'll have to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.

Luggage transfer

Included between each hotel.

Equipment

On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. Cycle glasses to protect against dust, pollen and the sun, padded cycle gloves and a water bottle or water delivery system (e.g. camelback or platypus) are also useful. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. Other items to consider bringing are a sunhat and sun cream, torch, earplugs and insect repellent. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.

Tipping

International Departure Taxes
None
Country Information

Italy

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£5.00 - 10.00
Dinner price
£15.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Larger hotels and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bicycle

Recommended airport

Cagliari

Flying to your destination

We recommend flights into Cagliari airport which are served by both budget (including Ryaniar and Eurowings) and non-budget airlines (including British Airways) from multiple airports in the UK.

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

Arrival and departure information

At the start of your trip you can fly into Cagliari airport.
There are trains going from Cagliari Elmas Airport to the train station of San Gavino . The journey takes approximately 50 minutes and costs around 4 Euros.
From the train station of San Gavino a private transfer takes you to your accommodation in Arbus.
At the end of your trip you can fly back from Cagliari airport.
From Cagliari you can take a train to Cagliari Elmas Airport Train Station. The journey takes approximately 7 minutes and costs around 1.50 Euros.

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, US, New Zealand, US or Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Italy

Vaccinations

Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Friday 15 March 2019 - Monday 27 May 2019
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
CSSD_2019
From £1099
Single room option +£226
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Arbus
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Cagliari
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Tuesday 28 May 2019 - Tuesday 25 June 2019
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
CSSD_2019
From £1135
Single room option +£264
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Arbus
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Cagliari
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Wednesday 26 June 2019 - Thursday 25 July 2019
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
CSSD_2019
From £1195
Single room option +£294
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Arbus
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Cagliari
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Sunday 25 August 2019 - Saturday 31 August 2019
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
CSSD_2019
From £1245
Single room option +£375
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Arbus
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Cagliari
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Sunday 1 September 2019 - Monday 30 September 2019
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
CSSD_2019
From £1135
Single room option +£264
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Arbus
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Cagliari
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Friday 15 November 2019
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
CSSD_2019
From £1099
Single room option +£226
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Arbus
Time and place
00:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Cagliari
Time
23:59
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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