Self-Guided Cycling in Sardinia: Beaches & Wetlands

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Trip code: 
LSUA
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
12

Cycle along Sardinia's beautiful western coastline

The wild, rocky coastline of west Sardinia boasts beautiful, sparkling turquoise seas, unique quartz beaches and expansive wetlands and marshes home to migratory birds. This cycling trip is the perfect way to discover this lesser-visited area; visit the region's Nuragic monuments, try a bit of bird spotting and visit Bosa, arguably one of Sardinia's most attractive towns. Your accommodation in Tresnuraghes will be an 'Albergo diffuso'; a hotel located in and converted out of various historic buildings within a small community. In Cabras you will experience warm Sardinian hospitality in one of our two special hotels. All hotels offer delicious traditional cuisine, created specifically with cyclists in mind!

Highlights

  • Stunning coastline
  • Unique Sardinian hospitality 
  • Perfect for bird spotters
  • Rural villages and ancient monuments

Key information

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 days two-centre cycling; with luggage transfers between hotels
  • 95% paved roads
  • Undulating terrain
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners with wine included
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) Compulsory supplement 
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

Undulating terrain; 95% paved roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 233.0km/21.0miles
Day 329.0km/18.0miles
Day 452.0km/32.0miles
Day 576.0km/47.0miles
Day 637.0km/23.0miles
Day 731.0km/19.0miles

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Itinerary

Tresnuraghes
to
Cabras
  • Day 1

    Start Tresnurages

    Make your own way to the start hotel; Albergo Diffuso Villa Asfodeli in Tresnuraghes; your base for the next 4 nights. Enjoy a welcome drink as you receive your bike delivery and tour briefing.
    Villa Asfodeli

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cycle a short loop with panoramic views of the valley and coast

    Today, ride your first cycling loop of the trip as you take in panoramic views of the coast and visit several small villages. There is the opportunity to taste local honey in Sennariolo and in Flussio you may see women weaving baskets using the asphodel plant into baskets. Enjoy the amazing view out to the valley and the sea in Nuraghes before cycling back to your hotel.

    Villa Asfodeli

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Ride along the coast and through vineyards; afternoon optional wine tasting and snacks in Bosa

    The ride today takes you along the sea with opportunities to take a swim, and then you head inland through vineyards of Malvasia grapes. There is a chance to sample the Malvasia di Bosa (local white wine) and enjoy some snacks in a traditional wine cellar in Bosa (optional). Bosa is arguably one of the most attractive towns in Sardinia and it is recommended to allow a couple of hours to enjoy the town before your cycle back.

    In the afternoon you can appreciate the hotel's wellness area (see optional excursions for details) or head back to the beach to relax.

    Villa Asfodeli

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cycle through typical Sardinian countryside and visit the church in Sagama

    Cycle through Sardinian countryside today; farm pastures and amazing oak woods. Visit the beautiful church in Sagama which dates back to the 18th Century and return to the hotel through the typical rural villages. In the evening enjoy a traditional Sardinian-style dinner followed by a glass of Mirto (myrtle liqueur).

    Villa Asfodeli

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Ride alongside spectacular coastline before reaching your hotel in Cabras

    Cycle a pleasant path through olive groves before you reach the village of Santa Caterina di Pittinuri, then onwards through an extended pine forest with an option to visit the beach of 'Is Arenas', one of the longest in west Sardinia. In the afternoon you arrive at Putzu Idu; a white-sand beach surrounded by salt pans. Relax here, before heading on to your next hotel in Cabras where you will spend the next 3 nights.

    Villa Canu or Hotel Su Soi

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cycle a route to the fascinating quartz beaches of Is Arutas and Mari Ermi

    Today there is an opportunity to cycle one of the more unusual parts of the Sardinian coastline. Is Arutas beach stretches for several kilometers and is known for the perculiar sand, made up of small, round quartz grains, with colours that vary from pink, to light green to white. The striking colours are well complemented by the beautifully clear turquoise waters, and are incredibly inviting on a hot sunny day!

    Villa Canu or Hotel Su Soi

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Pedal around the Cabras marsh, home to thousands of birds including the migratory glossy ibis

    Pedal around the Cabras marsh today, one of the richest wetland ecosystems in the Mediterranean. The old ruined buildings and picturesque huts dotted around the area are indicitive of the long fishing tradition supported by these waters. The rich water provides key nourishment to many wading birds such as the red-crested pochard and pink flamingo, whilst on the coastal cliffs species such as peregrine falcon and the blue rock thrush build their nests.

    Villa Canu or Hotel Su Soi

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Cabras

    After breakfast make your way to the airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners with wine included.
Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the hotel restaurant. Breakfasts are varied and rich in fresh, local food, such as fruit, vegetables, cheese and salami. They are made with cyclists in mind! Packed lunches are made to take on your rides and generally consist of sandwiches and fruit. Dinners change each day and you should expect a starter, main course with vegetables, and fruit for dessert. Typical dishes include pasta with ricotta cheese, fresh fish with salads, vegetable frittata and seasonal fruit. Dinners are served with wine (1/4 bottle per person per evening) and water.

Weather

Sardinia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, boasting mild winters, usually warm in spring and autumn, and hot dry summers. April, May, September and October usually have an average daytime temperature of around 20 degrees Celcius. Rain is unlikely but possible throughout the year.The heat in July and August can exceed 35 degrees Celcuis and due to this we don't recommend this cycling tour in those months.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 42km (26 miles)
No. of days cycling: 6
Terrain and route: Undulating with some steeper climbs
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

It is very common to keep pet dogs for guarding rural properties in Sardinia. Whilst on the cycle route, you may encounter dogs barking or running alongside your bike. In most cases, dogs are confined to properties for this trip.

Families

Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 12 years is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

4 nights are spent in the 3-star Albergo Diffuso 'Villa Asfodeli'; a restoration of an old Liberty-style Villa complete with garden and wellness area. Your 3 nights in Cabras are spent in either the Villa Canu (a traditional hotel located in the town centre) or the Hotel Su Soi, a family-run country hotel 10 minutes cycle from Cabras village. All hotels boast lovely gardens, swimming pools (open April - October) and the Asfodeli has a jacuzzi available on request (local payment of €10 per hour required for the jacuzzi or steam bath).

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration.

For a solo traveller there may be an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Additional Accommodation

Extra nights can be booked in both hotels, please speak to your sales consultant for more details.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed May 2018
    RUSSELL johnson

    Needs quite a bit of work doing on the project

    Exodus facilitates your holiday. The local people implement it. The Exodus side of things was poorly managed. The trip notes were poor in terms of the cycle routes and their general advice about travelling in the country was very biased in their favour. Get a car at the airport. Sat nav will get you to where you need to go. It's cheaper by far that their transfers and you'll have the car available so that you can get out and about when you want to... The local people, particularly at the Asfodeli Villa were brilliant, less so at the Villa Canu which is more of a resort. Tresnuraghes is a tiny village with not much to do without personal transport. Eating at the hotel is the best option and it's included in the price. Cabras is quite a bit bigger but is really a sprawling small town. There are more eating choices but still you are governed by what you have booked through Exodus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Nothing really inspirational. It was nice to get out in the countryside, see the odd flamingo from a distance. It's not all sunshine so some days you might be inspired to take off in the car and see other aspects of the island

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I was the group leader, I think I did an excellent job, really good bloke :-)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Contact the hotels yourself directly. They are geared up for everything. Asfodeli is the main coordinator. Get a hire car. The cycle routes provided by Exodus are inaccurate and poorly written. I mapped out each route myself on google maps before going, I'm glad I did. I used my phone as a sat nav on the bike and managed to find my way around the routes better than with their route notes. Make sure you have enough battery power to last the day. I might post the routes on line at some time. We deviated from the routes when circumstances (weather) forced a change and once again, having google maps and sat nav proved to be very useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sardinia is a nice country to visit. I'd recommend going there but I don't see any real value add from using Exodus
  • Reviewed May 2018
    wendy pomfrett

    not quite up to the usual exodus standard

    This is a holiday of two parts: the first part in Tresnuraghes has some good cycle routes, interesting places to visit and an excellent hotel: the second part in Cabras has very short cycles and a most disappointing hotel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip to Tharros - also worth a visit is the museum at Cabras which is closely linked to the Tharros excavation.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not applicable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The first part of the holiday contains routes that are more challenging than I expected in places but are good fun. The second part has routes that are invariably flat and surprisingly short. You need the strongest insect repellent you can buy in Cabras and don't forget to wear it all night!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The owners of the Asfodeli Hotel are charming, friendly and helpful. The staff at Villa Canu couldn't care less - such a stark contrast.
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Diarmuid Mulherin

    Sardina close-up

    Over six days of cycling from two centres, you see quite a bit of the varied landscape of Western Sardinia. Hill-top forests, seaside towns, beaches, dramatic coastal formations and crashing breakers, quaint villages and lots of sheep. It is, in many waves, very similar to the West of Ireland, though a bit drier. The two-centre arrangement means less packing suitcases as you only move once. The cycles vary in length: some include quite challenging slopes / climbs but all are do-able. Traffic is mostly very light and the Sardinian drivers are a lot nicer than on the mainland and usually give you space / wait to pass safely, etc. Road surfaces are generally good with some rough / unpaved sections, but nothing overly technical. An excellent way to spend a week!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the old Phoenician city at Tharros was certainly special, and not expensive and, as it happened, there were lots of starlings (we think) doing great murmurations. Seeing flamingos in the wild was special too, but that was mostly good luck. The breakers at S'Archittu were pretty spectacular when we were there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not applicable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You won't need a lot of euros for this trip as there are really not a lot of opportunities to spend them. All meals are provided and the villages are generally very small with limited coffee shops / bars / shops.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The staff in the first base hotel (Villa Asfodeli) are very helpful and go the extra mile to try and ensure that you enjoy your holiday. Lots of useful advice and tips, and lovely food.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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