Sardinia by Bike

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Sardinia by Bike

Prices

From $725USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Spend 8 days cycling the pristine coastline of Sardinia

Cycle along the incredible coastline of Sardinia, flanked by the calm sea as you ride.

Experience the living history of ancient Roman ruins near Pula.

Walk vast, pristine beaches and swim in the dark blue sea.

Dine on delectable Sardinian cuisine, like pecorino sardo cheese and Carignano del Sulcis.

The Sardinia by Bicycle tour is one of the most stunning ways to explore the island of Sardinia. Enjoy cycling from coastline to ancient ruins to cozy fishing villages all from the saddle of your bike.

The Sardinia by Bicycle tour begins in Cagliari, best known for the Castello, a fortified Medieval district situated on a hillside above the rest of the town. Visit the famous 13th Century cathedral in town, or take a tour of the National Archaeological Museum to learn about the Roman and Byzantine history of the region. The cycling tour will then begin with a stunning ride along the coast to the port of Portovesme.

Take a ferry to San Pietro, where the distinct culture of the people makes you feel as if you’re in a new region altogether. Sip excellent wine on Sant’Antioco Island before looping lazily around the entire island on your bike. Trade your steed for a real horse to explore, or take a boat excursion across the sea. Dip into caves, pack a fun picnic lunch, or take some time to explore the historic churches on the island.

After making your way to Porto Pino through the countryside and picturesque vineyards, you can relax on the famous Porto Pino Dunes Beach, before traveling along the breathtaking route known as the Costa del Sud to visit some well-preserved Roman mosaics.

The delights of the Sardinia by Bicycle tour are endless, and you won’t want to leave the glimmering sea of Pula when it’s time to head home.

Sardinia by Bicycle Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Cagliari

Welcome to Sardinia! You’ll spend the day in Cagliari, a town best known for the Castello, a fortified district situated on a hillside high above the rest of the city. Take some time to explore the stunning architecture that can be found here, including the 13th Century cathedral, before heading over to the National Archaeological Museum to investigate artifacts dating from the Bronze Age through to the Byzantine Empire.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cagliari
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Transfer to Nebida and Ride to Sant’Antioco

After a filling breakfast, you will transfer to the town of Nebida to begin your cycling adventure. Here, you will cycle along the coast for 25km to the port of Portovesme, before taking a ferry ride to the lovely island of San Pietro. After exploring the harbour town of Carloforte and its Genoese heritage, you will take another ferry to Calasetta, to explore the beautiful wines of Sant’Antioco.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sant’Antioco
Distance
47 km, 304m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Sant’Antioco loop

You have plenty of options today! You can ride your bike all the way around the island, taking a break at whichever inlet strikes your fancy for a picnic. Maybe you’d prefer to go out fishing, or trade your bike for a horse and explore the island on horseback. Perhaps you’d just like to lay back at the beach and let the sun warm you- it’s up to you!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sant’Antioco
Distance
42 km, 480m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Ride from Sant’Antioco to Porto Pino

The first stop on this day of the tour is the village of Tratalias, where you will visit the church of S. Maria di Montserrat. Take some time to explore the ancient village and visit the still intact Baroque arches that once served as entrances to the citadel. From here, you will cycle through the picturesque vineyards and surrounding countryside on the way to Porto Pino.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Porto Pino
Distance
35km, 220m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Porto Pino Loop

Today is another day that is completely at your own leisure. One option is to take a ride inland to explore several charming villages, such as Sant’Anna Arresi, and stop for a relaxing picnic lunch. After your ride, head down to the Porto Pino dunes to lay out in the sun along this famous beach with pink sand.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Porto Pino
Distance
24 km, 260m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Cycle from Porto Pino to Teulada

Today, you’ll continue your cycling tour of Sardinia with a trip to the villages of Masinas and Santadi, the latter of which is home to a famous winery. From here, you will ride past the fascinating caves at Zuddas before taking a quiet trail to Teulada, which is known for terracotta goods and beautiful embroidery. Need any souvenirs?

Overnight Location
Hotel in Teulada
Distance
35 km, 210m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Teulada to Pula

Muster your energy, because today is some of the best cycling of the trip! You’ll ride along the Costa del Sud, an undulating trail with stunning views of the ocean and inlets. If you get tired, just stop for a dip in the crystal clear water. You’ll ride to Pula, which is close to the archaeological site of Nora. The site holds impeccably preserved Roman mosaics, and it’s a fascinating stop in the afternoon.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Pula
Distance
50 km, 625m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Arrivederci, Sardinia!

Your last breakfast in Sardinia may feel like it comes too soon, but that just means you’ll have to return. Safe travels!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Sardinia by Bicycle Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour in Sardinia is always run as a custom tour for you only, therefore the prices depend on the season and whether you are staying in a single, double or a triple room.

Prices below are per person:

Departure on April 1st – May 25th:

  • Price per person solo traveller: $1,525USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,195USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $875USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $775USD

Departure on May 26th – June 24th:

  • Price per person solo traveller: $1,575USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,250USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $895USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $775USD

Departure on June 25th – July 25th:

  • Price per person solo traveller: $1,650USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,325USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $975USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $825USD

Departure on August 23rd – 31st:

  • Price per person solo traveller: $1,725USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,375USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $1,025USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $875USD

Departure on September 1st – 30th:

  • Price per person solo traveller: $1,575USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,250USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $775USD

Departure on October 1st – 31st:

  • Price per person solo traveller: $1,495USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $850USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $725USD
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Accommodation on the Sardinia by Bicycle Trip

This tour is based in 3-star hotels and B&Bs. The hotels offer pleasant rooms with ensuite bathrooms and family ownership. Rooms are double occupancy.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Solo travellers must pay a supplement that varies based on the season (please inquire to find out more). However, it’s definitely possible to match single travellers up.

Agriturismo Rocce Bianche in Arbus

This pretty B&B offers a pool, yoga classes, air conditioning, and flatscreen TVs. The breakfast is tasty.

B&B Pedra Rubia in Nebida

This charming B&B offers complimentary toiletries, hot tubs, and good Wi-Fi service.

B&B Il Sentiero B&Bio in Calasetta

This B&B is wonderful, offering a tasty breakfast, coffee in the rooms, air conditioning, and spacious accommodations.

Hotel Jasmine in Teulada

Hotel Jasmine is romantic, with rooms that offer air conditioning, private balconies, and free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Marin in Pula

This colourful hotel offers private balconies, minibars, flatscreen TVs, and is near a golf course.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Sardinia by Bicycle Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes pick up in Cagliari and transfer on the arrival day, rental bike delivery and pick-up, and luggage transfers on biking days.

Also Included

  • Route guides and notes
  • Maps and detailed information packs
  • 24/7 telephone guidance and support
  • Bike theft insurance

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Any transfers not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes
  • Personal equipment

Optional Extras

  • Any additional nights before or after tour
  • Optional one-way transfer (up to 3 people) Pula – Cagliari Airport: $150USD
  • Bike and bike equipment rental (6 days):
    • Hybrid bike (incl. front bag, map holder and 1 odometer per 2 bikes): $175USD
    • E-bike (incl. front bag, map holder and odometer): $275USD

Frequenty Asked Questions about Sardinia by Bike

How hard is the Sardinia by Bicycle Trip?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle shorter distances with some elevation gain, however days 2 & 3 have quite a lot of elevation gain and descent, and are quite strenuous.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Sardinia by Bicycle Trip?

7 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Arbus to start this tour?

You can fly into Cagliari (CAG) and take the train to San Gavino, where a private transfer will pick you up and take you to your hotel.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. You don’t need to carry lots of things with you and can only carry your daypack, as your luggage will be picked up from your hotel daily in the morning and delivered to your destination hotel.

Is the Sardinia by Bicycle tour guided?

No, you will be provided with maps, route guides, notes, and 24/7 telephone support to complete your self-guided tour.

Where does the Sardinia by Bicycle tour end?

The tour ends in Pula, where you can take a quick train back to Cagliari.

Are bike rentals included?

Bike rentals are not included but are available as an optional extra. You can rent an electric, hybrid, or road bike. Bike model available for rent is Bianchi (hybrid or e-bike).

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Italy for this tour?

The best time to travel to Italy for the Sardinia by Bicycle tour is from April through October, with the summer months (July & August) being very hot.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle shorter distances with some elevation gain, however days 2 & 3 have quite a lot of elevation gain and descent, and are quite strenuous.


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