Food + Wine Bike Tour Sardinia

Well landed to the bike tour that brings together the passion for cycling and that for the culinary arts. Taste the best flavors of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, from the choice of the products to the tasting, through the preparation.
You will taste the refined Sardinian olive oil and we won’t miss the wine and cheese tasting, you will cook 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.

How much cooking will we do?
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 food artisan. Our dining-out experiences range from a simple osteria, to a family trattoria, and an elegant restaurant. You will come home inspired, not only with new recipes, but also with the enthusiasm to cultivate these lessons into your lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Return from your trip with actual know-how to create n Italian dinner back home—it’s the ultimate keepsake!
  • Pedal rolling hills past Canonau vineyards & wine tasting Vernaccia 
  • Cycle the best coastal road of Mediterrean
1

Welcome to Alghero

Arrival in Alghero Airport and transfer to Hotel el Faro. Bike fitting and test ride
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 Catalan language. The Mura Catalane (Catalan walls) still surround the old town center on the seaward side, the wall have towers and it will be pleasant for you to walk along and have a drink at sunset before a seafood dinner! For dinner special welcome gourmet on the restaurant of the city tasting the special Catalan cuisine of the area. Bike test in the afternoon according with time for bike fitting.
2

Capo Caccia & 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 to north direction, you’ll ride in the terrific area of the Vermentino wine. In this region called Nurra, the wind blow directly from the North west and the plant can’t grow up over a few meter. Today if you have time you can 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, reachable by sea or by descending the many steps of the Escala dei Caribol which are some 110 metres in drop, are home to caverns made all the more atmospheric by the presence of stalactites and stalagmites.
Dinner included at La Saletta or La Botteghina restaurant in Alghero
3

Bosa, Santu Lussurgiu Medieval Hilltown & Malvasia Wine

Bike trip to Bosa and Santu Lussurgiu.
Distance 90 km / 56 mi, rolling hills to hilly
Departure from hotel. Leaving Alghero and arrive to Bosa skirting the coast, up and odwn for about 40 km. 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.
and ready for your first cooking class at Antica Dimora del Gruccione restaurant . Our chef will introduce you to the preparation of Sardinian specialty as ravioli Culurgiones.
4

Cuglieri & Montiferru Area

Loop bike tour from Santu Lussurgiu to Cuglieri, Narbolia, Bonarcado.
Distance: 67 km / 41 mi. Rolling hills to hilly
Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Cuglieri and we will reach the famous S’Archittu, an arch caved by the sea and the wind. Soon we will arrive on the Campidano flat and then climb to the other side of Montiferru mountain crossing Narbolia and Bonarcado. We will come across lots of Nuraghe and suggestive lands. Come back 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! Back to Santu Lussurgiu and Gourmet dinner at hotel restaurant tasting cheeses and other specialities of the area.
5

Cabras & Vernaccia

Bike trip from Santu Lussurgiu to Cabras via Fordongianus.
Distance: 69 km / 43 mi rolling hills and flat terrain.
After breakfast you’ll have time to visit the village: in the morning it is filled with scents of homemade sweets; later on we’ll leave. First we’ll pedal downhill in the region of Montiferru, a dormant volcano, passing through small towns rich in medieval history with Spanish flavor, admiring the Campidano plain and the sea from the top. Cappuccino stop or light lunch in Fordongianus, a little village with many roman ruins and new and old SPAS. Finally we will arrive in Cabras, a town of fishermen and horsemen, famous for its BOTTARGA (Sardinia “caviale”). Highlight: visit to the roman ruins of Fordongianus. Cooking classes at Librid restaurant
6

Tharros & Sinis Peninsula

Loop bike trip to Cabras and Tharros.
Distance 54 km / 34 mi all flat.
Today, departure for the peninsula of “Sinis” where there are plenty of lagoons and wetlands, where depending on the season, you will be able to see wonderful pink flamingos. You’ll pass through Riola Sardo and then ride around the Cabras lagoon, where you can visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of “Tharros” with a breathtaking view. From here, saddle up again and ride to the marina di Torre Grande where you can stop for lunch in one of many restaurants or bars in front of the sea and taste unforgettable peppered mussels. Head back to the hotel following the bicycle path. Vernaccia wine tasting at Contini winery. Farewell dinner at Craf da Banana restaurant
7

Arrivederci!

after a farewell breakfast all together, private transfer to Cagliari airport or to town
El Faro - Alghero
On the crystal clear sea surrounding Capo Caccia, a Sardinia’s oasis paradise, immersed in the natural reserve of Porto Conte, Hotel El Faro is a luxury 4stars resort that combines breath-taking views with exclusive hospitality services. Charming abode, the hotel is designed on the idea of a ship lying at the bottom of the sea.
Dimora del Gruccione - Santu Lussurgiu
Antica Dimora del Gruccione is a 17th century mansion of Spanish design, entirely made of stone with arches, barrelled ceilings, wooden beams and ancient wrought iron throughout the structure, and furnished with confortable original antiques.
Regina d'Arborea - Oristano
Located in a nineteenth-century building on the west coast of Sardinia, Hotel Regina D’Arborea, 4 stars hotel, is located in the historic center of Oristano, frescos and iternal decoration from 1880. Air-condition and breakfast with local and organic products.

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Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 2450 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 450

Inclusions
Six nights in luxury hotel
Five dinners & two lunches
Two cooking classes
One wine tasting
One cheese tasting
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
All Shuttles and technical assistance
Van support
Experienced English speaking guides
Cicloposse water bottle
Transfer on day one from station
Transfer to the airport on day seven
Sales taxes

Not included
Airfare to Italy, train to Oristano, 3 lunches, alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature

Bike Rental
Hybrid bike Euro 140
Race bike     Euro 180
E-bike           Euro 180

Note
Our daily itinerary of cycling is designed to be a vacation, not a race! Our pace is relaxed in order to enjoy the scenery: you can find gently rolling terrain as well as some hills. We will cover an average of 20 to 25 miles a day. Advanced cyclists who want to do more are accommodated, backup transportation and support is always available.

Tour Reviews

26 ottobre 2016

Hello Guiliana! We had the best time and think of you often. I am sure the info you sent is fine. I have been traveling since I left you.. When I settle back home I will send you a photo or two that I think you might like. Again we really enjoyed the trip and meeting you and Marco was an added pleasure. Please stay in touch. Ciao!

26 ottobre 2016

Dear Giuliana I wanted to drop a letter to say what a wonderful trip you have put together for us! We are having a good time. The roads are amazing! Especially the ride from Alghero to Bosa yesterday. Flowers, sea and sky. Perfect:). The places you chose for us to stay are excellent. We are telling many friends to come to Italy and contact you. Again, thank you! Sincerely

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