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Cycling and Cooking in Sardinia

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

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  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 Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This bike tour brings together the passion for cycling and that for the culinary arts. Taste the best flavors of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.

You will taste the refined Sardinian olive oil, and we won't miss the wine and cheese tasting. You will prepare dishes from the renowned classic Sardinian cooking, such as malloreddus, culurgiones, and fregola. You will prepare dishes of fresh fish and meat with a delicate and admirable flavor.

As for cycling, you will ride in fantastic sceneries, such as the Montiferru or the plain of Arborea, you will visit the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharros and the archaeological site of Barumini, where there is the Nuragic town Su Nuraxi.

After you have worked up an appetite, we will feed you very well! Most days include a hands-on cooking class or a visit to taste local artisan food. Our dining-out experiences range from a simple osteria to a family trattoria, as well as an elegant restaurant. You will come home inspired, not only with new cipes, but also with the enthusiasm to incorporate these lessons into your lifestyle.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Alghero
Arrival in Alghero Airport and transfer to Hotel El Faro or Villa Mosca. You'll have a bike fitting in the afternoon. The Sardinian town of Alghero is a lively and pretty city and a flourishing tourist attraction not only for the summer masses and elite tourism, but also for a new cosmopolitanism. It is famous because it has been dominated by Catalans and just here, some people speak the Catalan language.

The Mura Catalane (Catalan walls) still surround the old town center on the seaward side, the walls have towers, and it will be pleasant for you to walk along and have a drink at sunset before a seafood dinner! Enjoy a special welcome gourmet dinner, tasting the special Catalan cuisine of the area.
Overnight in Alghero.

Day 2: Loop ride Capo Caccia and Vermentino wine area (33 mi/54 km)
Leaving the pretty city of Alghero heading north, you'll ride in the terrific Vermentino wine area. In this region called Nurra, the wind blows directly from the Northwest, and the plants can't grow up over a few meters tall. Today if you have time you will be able to visit Capo Caccia: Calcareous rocks spattered with caves and ravines that hide a mysterious world atop the turquoise sea.

The area of Punta di Giglio and Capo Caccia is an underwater cave paradise. Here the Grotta di Nettuno, under the spur of Capo Caccia, is reachable by sea or by descending the many steps of the Escala dei Cabriol, which are about 110 meters in drop. You'll discover caverns made all the more atmospheric by the presence of stalactites and stalagmites.

Later, enjoy an olive oil tasting and wine tasting at wine resort Leda d'Ittiri at Fertilia. Go back by van to Alghero. Dinner included at La Botteghina restaurant.
Overnight in Alghero.

Day 3: Bosa, Santu Lussurgiu Medieval Hilltown and Malvasia Wine (32 mi/52 km)
Departure from the hotel. We'll leave Alghero and arrive to Bosa, skirting the coast up and down for about 40km. In Bosa, you can admire the massive complex of the Castello dei Malaspina. Due to a series of quite unique events, Bosa has managed to keep its territory unchanged.

You'll continue and bike along country roads, passing through small villages and climb on the Montiferru Massive, where you'll see the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo.  Soon you will arrive in Santu Lussurgiu, admiring the great plateau of Ghilarza.

Arrive to Santu Lussurgiu and walk around the village, which develops around the small rustic church of Santa Croce; it has ancient stone houses built in a concentric configuration along winding and steep, narrow, cobbled lanes which you will love to explore! And ready for your second cooking class at Agriturismo. Our chef will introduce you to the preparation of Sardinian specialty as ravioli Culurgiones.
Overnight in Santu Lussurgiu.

Day 4: Loop ride Oristano and Sinis Peninsula (41 mi/67 km)
Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Narbolia or Bonarcado. Soon we will arrive on the Campidano flat in Riola Sardo we will have an olive oil tasting hardly forgettable. Then straight to the Sinis Peninsula where there are plenty of lagoons and wetlands, where depending on the season, you will be able to see wonderful pink flamingos and where you can visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of "Tharros" with a breathtaking view.

Finally we will arrive in Oristano, a town of horsemen famous for its Sartiglia, a medieval horse race.
Overnight in Oristano.

Day 5: Gesturi and Sa Giara High Plateau (43 mi/69 km)
Bike inland from Oristano through small villages and country roads enjoying the landscape of the vast flatlands towards the central hilly regions of Sardinia. See murals of the small towns each with their own prehistoric Nuragic fortified towers, some towers with villages and others with remnant tombs of the giants.
Overnight in Gesturi.

Day 6: Loop ride via Cabras, Tharros, and Oristano (34 mi/54 km)
Today we will ride inland around the Giara Plateau, a 600m high plane up on the sea level where wild black horses called Giarini live. Enjoy a local wine tasting at the Cantina Olianas in a neighboring town called Gergei before taking the downhill to Barumini. Today's route will take us to the most famous and most intact of all the prehistoric stone fortresses in all of Sardinia, located in the town of Barumini where you will be able to take a guided tour and walk inside the Unesco World Heritage complex of Su Nuraxi. We will have a light lunch in Barumini before the visit at the Museum. Tonight we'll have a farewell dinner at our bed and breakfast.
Overnight in Gesturi.

Day 7: Departure
After a farewell breakfast together, private transfer to Cagliari airport or to town.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route. Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

May 10; Jun 7; Sep 20, 27; Oct 18, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€2550
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€390
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€140
Road bike
€180
Electrically assisted bike
€190
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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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Cicloposse Terms and Conditions

Cancellations
In the event that you cancel your participation on the trip, the tour operator has the right to charge a penalty if the customer renounces his booking:

If cancellation occurs:

  • more than 60 days before starting date: no penalty (just handling charges of 19 euros plus .2 (point-2, not 2) percent of tour price)
  • between 60 and 45 days before starting date 30% penalty
  • between 44 and 30 days before starting date: 50% penalty
  • between 29 and 21 days before starting date: 70% penalty
  • within 20 days before starting date: 100% penalty

Cancellations by us
Scheduled guided tours with low enrollment may be subject to cancellation. Registrants will receive a forty-five day notice and full refund or option to move to another scheduled week. In very rare cases it may be necessary for the tour operator to cancel a tour. In the event of cancellation, a full refund will be sent to the client and this constitutes full settlement. The tour operator is not responsible for other expenses incurred such as pre-paid hotel reservations or non-refundable airline tickets. 

Trip Insurance
The tour operator strongly recommends cancellation and accident insurance to prevent any losses in case of illness, accident or otherwise. It is the responsibility of the client to apply directly to the insurance company. Please purchase trip cancellation insurance in case an illness forces you to cancel or depart early from a trip.

Responsibility
Clients are responsible for selecting a tour suitable for their athletic ability. They are responsible for reading all pre-trip materials, informing us of any medical or dietary restrictions, signing our release form prior to the start of their tour, and obeying all safe biking rules. The tour operator reserves the right to decline or withhold service to any person who, for physical or other reasons, is deemed unfit for the trip. Every care will be taken to respect your luggage at all times. However, the tour operator is not responsible for damage, loss or theft of your personal belongings

Accommodations

Our accommodations are in excellent four and three-star hotels and country inns. We will do everything in our power to secure you lodgings in our first-choice hotels, but it may not be possible if you are booking less than three months before traveling or during a particularly busy season. In that case we will secure you lodgings in comparable hotels. Tour prices are based on double occupancy. Additional nights can be arranged for early arrivals or late departures. Single supplements are available upon request.

Rental Bicycles
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT: 27-speed touring or race bikes, alloy frame with carbon fiber fork and equipped with Shimano high quality components; Helmet; Front handlebar bag; water-bottle & cage; Lock; Cycle computer; Repair kit, including spare tire; Pump; Toe clips.

We will ask for your measurements to insure that you get the most suitable bike possible, we strongly recommend you book as early as possible.

You will be responsible for the bicycle once you take possession of it at your first hotel. Your responsibilities include any costs for damage or theft up to the full value of the bicycle.

Responsibility: 
The tour operator and its representatives act only in the capacity of tour operators for land transportation, sightseeing and hotels which provide services included in the specified tour.

The individual tour participant agrees that the tour operator and its representatives shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity, liability or expense to person or property due to any act of default of hotel, land transportation carrier, restaurant supplier or other contractor rendering or providing services. The tour operator and its representatives shall not be responsible for any expense or liability resulting from labor disputes, war, acts of terrorism, government restraints, weather conditions, sickness, pilferage or any other cause beyond their control. The tour operator and its representatives reserve the right to accept, or to retain or refuse any person as a participant of any tour or to cancel any program of a tour if circumstances so demand.

Release: 
By submitting a booking request, I have and do hereby fully assume all risk of illness, injury, or death and hereby release the tour operator from all actions, claims, or demands for damages resulting from my participation on the trip. I agree that the foregoing obligation shall be binding upon me personally, as well as upon my heirs, executors and administrators and all members of my family, including any minors accompanying me. I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document. I have read and understood points above and I agree to be bound by their terms.

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