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Active Gourmet in Sardinia Cycle Tour

Welcome to the bike tour that brings together the passions for cycling, wines, and culinary arts . The secret to longevity is only a taste away. Pedal in the heart of Sardinia to discover the local diet and traditions, which contribute to its Blue Zone status and record number of centenarian inhabitants. This tour is available on private departures too.

Highlights

  • 5 riding days
  • The support vehicle is included
  • The Catalan city of Alghero
  • 2 Fanny hands-on cooking classes
  • Tasting culinary art of Sardinia
  • Meet the local “Centenarians”
  • Visit at Barumini “Su Nuraxi” Unesco Heritage Site
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 4-12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Alghero-Fertilia Airport (US$ 38 per person)
Airport transfer included: Cagliari Elmas Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Bike Tour Sardinia provides a high level of accommodations: boutique hotels or charming agriturismo. Well-selected hotels are the base for a great tour.

Day 1 and 2: Boutique Hotel Villa Mosca, Alghero

Enjoy a superior experience at Villa Mosca. It is a prestigious art nouveau residence. Located on the Lungomare Dante, right on the beachfront, surrounded by lush grounds, and overlooking the sea, it towers above the Gulf of Alghero.

Day 3: Hotel Villa Asfodeli, Tresnuraghes

A synthesis of ancient architectural techniques and forms a fine restoration, which saved floors, windows, and stucco originating. Remains intact the atmosphere of this place, now with the most modern comforts and a swimming pool for an unforgettable stay during your holiday in Sardinia.

Day 4: Regina d’Arborea Hotel, Oristano

Located in a nineteenth-century building in the center of the town, on the west coast of Sardinia, Hotel Regina D’Arborea is located in the historic center of Oristano and offers air-conditioned accommodation and a continental breakfast with local and organic products.

Day 5 and 6: Agriturismo Is Perdas, Gergei

IS PERDAS was born to give travelers who are staying there an authentic experience, and unique sensations of relaxation and well-being. The structure is located in Sarcidano, the heart of Sardinia at the gate that joins the Campidano to the Barbagia.

Program

As you cycle up an appetite, take cooking classes offered by renowned chefs of the island who bring fresh Mediterranean flavors out of traditional delights. You will cook classic Sardinian dishes, such as Malloreddus, Culurgiones and Fregola. You will prepare dishes of locally grown greens, fresh fish, and meat with delicate and exquisite flavors. Savor the intense tastes of local olive oil and let’s not hold back for a wine and cheese tasting either on this unique tour.

While cycling, you will pedal in fantastic scenery, experiencing majestic sites such as the Montiferru mountain range and the undulating hilly region called Marmilla. You will visit the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharros and the mysterious archaeological complex site, Su Nuraxi (ll Nuraghe) of Barumini. Let’s pull over and take a swim in the sea, which Sardinia is famous for to round out our tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival! Welcome to Alghero, Sardinia

Arrival at Alghero Airport and transfer to Hotel Villa Mosca.

Bike fitting and bike test in the afternoon in accordance with time after bike fitting.

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 particular because it has been dominated by the Catalans, and just here, some people even speak the Catalan language. The Mura Catalane (Catalan walls) still surround the old town center on the seaward side. The wall has many towers, shops, and businesses which make it pleasant for you to walk along and have a drink at sunset before a seafood dinner!

In the afternoon, prepare for your first cooking classes at Bastianina’s house for a typical slow food, Alghero-style dish.

For dinner is a special welcome gourmet meal, tasting local Catalan cuisine within the old city walls of Alghero.

Highlights:

  • Cooking classes
  • Walking in the medieval town of Alghero
  • Lodging: Villa Mosca

Day 2: Capo Caccia and Vermentino wine area

Loop bike ride from Alghero to Capo Caccia.

  • Distance: 54 km / 33 mi, flat and rolling hills

Leaving the pretty city of Alghero in the direction north, you’ll ride in the terrific Vermentino wine region of Alghero called Nurra. The prevalent wind blows directly from the North West which sculpts and prevents the flora from growing above a few meters. Today if you have time, you may be able to visit the famous Grotta di’ Nettuno.

Capo Caccia is formed of Calcareous rocks scattered with caves and ravines containing stalactites and stalagmites that hide a mysterious world above and below 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 some 110 metres below. Cycle back to Alghero on the same route.

For those who want to ride more, it is possible to reach Argentiera, a mining village settled in front of the sea. Cycle back the same route to Alghero.

Highlights:

  • Capo Caccia cliffs
  • Lodging: Villa Mosca

Day 3: Bosa and Tresnuraghes: Medieval Hilltown

Bike ride from Alghero to Tresnuraghes via Bosa.

  • Distance: 60 km / 37 mi, rolling hills to hilly

Embark on today's cycling adventure along the stunning Sardinian coastline towards Bosa. The route reveals the coastal scrub, a mesmerizing tapestry of evergreen shrubs including mastic, lentisk, and rockroses. The salty breeze mingles with the scent of vibrant flora, creating a sensory symphony. Rugged cliffs stand tall against the azure sea, painting a dramatic backdrop to your journey. Arriving in Bosa, you'll be welcomed by a picturesque riverside town adorned with swaying palm trees, fragrant citrus groves, and bursts of color from bougainvillea and oleander. This charming oasis is a stark contrast to the coastal landscapes you've traversed, offering a serene ambiance. Bosa is famed for its vivid facades, each telling a unique story, and the grandeur of Malaspina Castle, a historic treasure trove waiting for your exploration.

Conclude your bike ride at Hotel Villa Asfodeli in Tresnuraghes, nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Sardinian countryside. Here, the landscape transforms into a tranquil panorama of cork oaks, ancient olive groves, and lush vineyards, embracing you in its bucolic charm.

Prepare yourself for the second culinary adventure of the day with your cooking class at Villa Asfodeli, where you'll dive into the art of Sardinian cuisine. Get ready to create delectable dishes infused with local flavors, ensuring a delightful and memorable experience. Dinner at a hotel restaurant.

Highlights:

  • Cooking class.
  • Visit Bosa, a Medieval Town
  • Lodging: Hotel Villa Asfodeli in Tresnuraghes

Day 4: Oristano and Sinis Peninsula

Bike ride from Tresnuraghes to Oristano via Riola Sardo and Tharros

  • Distance: 65 km / 40 mi, downhill and flat

Begin your cycling expedition in Tresnuraghes, a charming village nestled amidst the rolling hills of Sardinia's western coast. Pedal through this serene countryside, where lush vineyards, fragrant citrus groves, and majestic cork oak forests paint the landscape. The air is perfumed with the scent of wildflowers, creating a sensory delight.

Continuing towards Cuglieri, be prepared for awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of the coastline and the medieval allure of the town. S'Archittu, a coastal gem, welcomes you with its natural arch sculpted by the sea.

Your day ride unfolds in the tranquil village of Riola Sardo, surrounded by serene farmlands here we will dtake part at the olive oil tasting. Step back in time at Tharros, an ancient Phoenician and Roman archaeological site, where well-preserved ruins grace the landscape, inviting exploration. The adventure culminates in Oristano, with a captivating historic center. Dinner at Gourmet pizzeria “Civico 35” in Oristano

Highlights:

  • Admire the Phoenician ruins of Tharros
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Lodging: Hotel Regina d’Arborea in Oristano

Day 5: Gergei and Is Barrocus Lake

Bike ride from Oristano to Gergei via Villaurbana, Nuragus.

  • Distance: 70 km / 43 mi on rolling hills and hilly.

Leaving Oristano behind, your bike ride leads you to Villaurbana, a tranquil village surrounded by rolling hills and lush farmlands. The scent of Mediterranean herbs and the sight of olive groves and vineyards add to the enchantment of the landscape. Cycling onwards, you'll reach Genoni, a charming town nestled in the hills of central Sardinia. Genoni is known for its traditional architecture, where stone houses and narrow alleyways invite exploration. It's a perfect place to experience the island's rural heritage. Nuragus, with its picturesque vineyards and agricultural scenery, provides a unique backdrop for your journey. You'll have the opportunity to sample some of Sardinia's finest wines and immerse yourself in local traditions. As you continue toward Lago Is Barrocus, you'll encounter the tranquility of this beautiful lake surrounded by nature. The area is a bird-watcher's paradise and offers a serene escape into the heart of the island. Finally, your ride concludes at Is Perdas Agriturismo in Gergei, where you'll experience true Sardinian hospitality. The agriturismo is nestled amid the rolling landscapes, offering relaxation, traditional cuisine, and a glimpse into the island's rural way of life.

  • Picnic Llunch included.
  • Dinner at a hotel restaurant.
  • Lodging: Is Perdas Farmhouse Resort in Gergei countryside.

Day 6: Barumini, “Su Nuraxi” Unesco World Heritage Site.

Loop bike ride via Barumini.

  • Distance: 64 km / 40 mi rolling hills.

As you pedal away, you'll be surrounded by Sardinia's picturesque countryside. The route to Barumini leads through rolling hills and fertile landscapes, providing a serene and tranquil atmosphere. In Barumini, a true highlight awaits you: a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nuraghe Su Nuraxi. This ancient stone fortress is a testament to Sardinia's rich history, dating back over three thousand years. Explore the intricately constructed nuraghe, meander through the village, and step back in time to the island's prehistoric past. Continuing your journey, you'll pass through Tuili, a charming village that offers glimpses of traditional Sardinian life. The tranquil pace and friendly locals create a welcoming atmosphere. Siddi, Gonnostramatza, and Baressa will greet you with their unique character and landscapes. Here, you'll pedal through pristine olive groves, vineyards, and cork oak forests, with a chance to savor local flavors along the way. As you return to Barumini, you'll have the opportunity to revisit the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi or explore the town's historic streets and vibrant local culture. This bike ride is a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, offering a deep dive into Sardinia's timeless heritage and the diverse landscapes of its heartland. Farewell dinner at Olianas Winery.

Highlights:

  • Visit Su Nuraxi, Unesco World Heritage site in Barumini.
  • Wine tasting in Olianas Winery in Gergei
  • Lodging: Is Perdas Farmhouse Resort in the Gergei countryside

Day 7:

After a farewell breakfast all together, a private transfer to Cagliari airport or in town.

Included excursions

  • Wine tasting
  • Olive oil tasting
  • 2 Cooking classes

Location

This Cycling guided bike tour starts in Alghero and ends in Gergei, close to Barumini. The tour is a point-to-point with 4 different hotels. Transfer out to Cagliari airport is included in the price.

Food

6 breakfast, 5 dinners, and 2 lunches are included on the trip package. 2 cooking classes, 1 olive oil, and 1 wine tasting are scheduled and included on the trip. Also drinks during the ride as some coke or mineral drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights in four and three-star superior hotel
  • 6 dinners and two picnic lunches
  • Two cooking classes
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • One olive oil tasting
  • Privet Event in RWGPS App, easy to follow
  • All shuttles and technical assistance
  • Support van
  • Services of experienced guides
  • BTS water bottle
  • Transfer to Cagliari airport on day seven
  • Sales taxes (22%)

What's not included

  • Bike rental
  • Airfare to Italy
  • Lunches
  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry expenses and items of a personal nature
  • Museum entrance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG). Only transfer to Cagliari airport on day seven is included.

Airport: Alghero-Fertilia Airport Airport transfer available: Alghero-Fertilia Airport (US$ 38 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Cagliari Elmas Airport Airport transfer included: Cagliari Elmas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Sunday October 13, 2024
Departure: Saturday October 19, 2024

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