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Sardinia: A Mine of Memories

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  • 7 nights | 31 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Guided from: €1090
  • Self-guided from: €650
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Sardinia's southwest forms a rugged wedge of land that juts south of the main body of the island into the Mediterranean, its craggy coastline mitigated by some fine beaches. Forests cling to the slopes of its predominantly hilly landscape, which is densely strewn with towns, temples and fortifications founded by Phoenicians, settled by Carthaginians and occupied by Romans.

The best preserved ruins are at Tharros, strategically positioned on the southernmost tip of the Sinis peninsula and Nora, a Roman harbour town, dramatically situated on a promontory overlooking the Golfo di Cagliari. The Carthaginian remains at Sant’Antioco occupy an equally evocative location on an island joined to Sardinia’s coast by a road causeway; the isle and its neighbour San Pietro, are among the tour’s highlights. Historically, the region’s importance was due mainly to the mining of ores and minerals. Nowadays, mining is over, and the evidence of mineworks, often in a poignant state of abandon, can be seen around Arbus and Nebida, where the Pan di Zucchero outcrop sprouts dramatically out of the sea.

The costa del sud offers a highly scenic sequence of inlets punctuated by Spanish watchtowers and Chia has an almost unbroken succession of beaches, probably the best in Southern Sardinia.

Your tour starts in the Sinis peninsula, a wet area whose lagoons have attracted some of Sardinia’s most abundant bird life and are also the place to see the flat-bottomed fassonis, boats still used by the lagoons

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
Transfer or independent arrival to Cabras/ San Salvatore Sinis.

Day 2: The Sinis Peninsula (33 miles/52 km)
Travel through the fascinating Sinis wetlands where we will see colonies of pink flamingos and finally reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the white quartz beach of Is Arutas and the Phoenician ruins of Tharros.
Overnight in San Salvatore Sinis

Day 3: Costa Verde and dunes of Piscinas (29-34 miles/46-54 km)
After a transfer to Arborea, we will cycle through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde, some of the most savage scenery on the island, to the Piscinas beach with its sands dunes over 164 feet (50m) high - some of the highest in Europe.
Overnight in Arbus

Day 4: The mines of Sulcis (26 miles/41 km)
This leg takes us back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as we pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Ingortosu and Planusartu. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, we admire the old ore washery at Nebida.
Overnight in Nebida

Day 5: The island of Carloforte (27 miles/43 km)
After a beautiful descent to Fontanamare, we will reach Portoscuso, and board on the ferry to Carloforte, where locals still fish the Red Tuna fish. From Carloforte, we continue to the island of Sant'Antioco and end our day in Calasetta.
Overnight in Calasetta

Day 6: Town and island of Sant'Antioco (25 miles/40 km)
Today, we pedal through the meadows, green in springtime and golden yellow in the summer, of Sulcis. At Tratalias, visit the Pisan sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period.
Overnight in Sant'Anna Arresi

Day 7: The South Coast (37 miles/57 km)
Final catwalk of our tour is the beautiful Costa del Sud with its gleaming white beaches, unspoilt natural landscape and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with its 16th Century tower and Cape Spartivento. At Nora we will visit the ancient Phoenician settlement.
Overnight in Pula

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, end of services.

Dates

May 26, Sep 8, 2018 (all departures confirmed)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1090
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€150
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Transfer
Pula to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€85
Alghero to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€90
Pula to Cagliari, per person (minimum 2)
€35
Cagliari to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€65
Oristano to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€20

Dates

Saturdays: Year-round, 2018 (additional departures available for a surcharge)
Low season: Jan 01, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018, Sep 15, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018
High season: Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 14, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€650
High season surcharge
€150
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€150
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
€100
Optional dinner package
€190
Non-Saturday departure surcharge
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Transfer
Pula to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€85
Alghero to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€90
Pula to Cagliari, per person (minimum 2)
€35
Cagliari to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€65
Oristano to San Salvatore Sinis, per person (minimum 2)
€20
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Dolcevita Bike Tours Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATIONS
If for any reason you need to cancel your trip, a penalty is payable as shown below (calculation is in calendar days):
Days before departure, penalty per person

  • 30 days or more, 25% of full cost
  • 15 - 29 days, 50% of full cost
  • 7-14 days, 80% of full cost
  • 0-6 days, no refund

The cost of your trip includes the package described plus any extra weeks requested, bike rental, transfers or other supplements. No exceptions of any kind can be made, not even for personal emergencies.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS
The contract covering the programs described in this brochure is governed not only by the conditions set out herein but also by the contents of Law No. 111 dated 17 March 1995, European Directory 314/90/EEC and Law No. 1084 dated 27 December 1977 which ratified the International Convention on Travel Contracts (CCV) signed in Brussels on 23 April 1970. Under no circumstances will the responsibilities of the organizer be deemed to exceed the limits set out in the law quoted.

GUARANTEED PRICES
Prices quoted are shown in Euro and do not include the following goods or services: air, rail or sea tickets and transfers required to reach the meeting point or leave finishing point, bike rental. Prices are guaranteed for the whole period of validity of the program.

PROGRAM CHANGES
The organizer reserves the right to make program changes with the sole aim of improving the quality of the package or participants' comfort.

TRIP CANCELLATION
In the remote event that the organier is forced to cancel a trip due to failure to reach full group numbers, participants who have already booked will be fully reimbursed for all payments made up to the moment of cancellation. The organizer shall not be deemed responsible for the payment of costs covering trip preparation such as air tickets.

LIMITATION OF RESPONSIBILITY
The organizer shall not be liable for any damage/injury (physical or otherwise) to participants as a result of the physical activity performed during the trip, the consumption of alcohol, breakage of equipment and materials, the lack or limited nature of medical assistance in isolated localities, causes of "force majeure" or for any other reason which, within the limits of professional diligence, could not have been foreseen or resolved. The organizer is not responsible for expenses (transportation, meals, hotels) not included in the programme but necessary to reach the meeting point or to leave the finishing point on conclusion of the trip.

COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION
For any controversy which might arise, the court of competent jurisdiction is that of Cagliari.

All photos used by permission. ©Dolcevita Bike Tours

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Patricia October 12, 2017

Totally exceeded all expectations!

What a fantastic biking experience. Our guides - Encrio & Michela were the absolute best and 'made' the trip. It was awesome to see their eyes light up when they shared the history of Sardinia with us at every stop. So knowledgeable, so engaging, can't say enough! Everything planned down to the smallest details.

NotLance October 11, 2017

Great way to experience Sardinia

The Sardinia: A Mine of Memories tour was great. We choose a guided trip and the two guides we were assigned were great fun, becoming family. Our group of 17 ranged from casual/infrequent riders to advanced, some on road bikes, hybrids, and some on e-bikes (all bikes in great shape), and it proved to be a great combination with everyone happy. Two days of significant elevation gain (which became known as "beautiful views") , others along rolling mostly coastal or scenic roads, all with fun breaks for coffee, lunch, gelato and beer. Great dinners and accommodations were all good. Sardinian drivers were really courteous in the short heavily trafficked stretches. Our second tour with Biketours.com and we will be back.