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Sardinia - Island Flavours

Guided Leisure Bike Tour




8 days

Prices from

$2,375 P.P.


We offer this tour with an e-bike only departure as well as regular trips where you can choose a normal bike or a pedal assist e-bike hire. Our e-bike only departures allow you to experience more on two wheels whilst riding with like-minded Skedaddlers. Confident cyclists will enjoy the boost from a battery for those cheeky climbs and longer distances. With less effort required on the bike, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day for off-the-bike activities.

Remember to select your e-bike hire when you book your tour with us. You may choose to hire an e-bike on a regular trip but bear in mind that the pace will be set to riders without an e-bike.

Cycling in Sardinia really doesn't get much better than this! Our Island Flavours holiday will see us cycling in Sardinia’s south-west corner, a region bursting with variety; from expanses of vineyards, olive groves and oak wooded valleys, to high rugged cliffs dotted with Spanish watchtowers and splendid beaches, hiding secluded coves. This trip is a heady concoction of beautiful colours, perfumes and crystal clear emerald seas - there's no better way to explore Sardinia than by bike.  
Sardinia prides itself on the production of organic foods: cheeses, wines, countless varieties of breads, cured meats, saffron, juicy sun-ripened fruits and much more. Our cycling holiday here will take us on a journey of flavours, with the opportunity to stop and visit wineries, farms, traditional bakeries, fisheries and olive oil mills. Combine this with the prevailing scent of Mediterranean herbs and during this cycling holiday we'll have a true journey of the senses.
The tour combines undulating country lanes and coastal roads, with plenty of time to explore. Accommodation during the week will be in a selection of quality agriturismi, B&Bs and small hotels, serving delicious home made dishes that really showcase the tasty local fayre, washed down with delicious wine... what better hospitality could you ask for? 
Although much of the route is leisurely, it does treat us to a few climbs throughout the week and so we have introduced an exclusive E-bike departure (04 May 2024) for those looking to enjoy the journey with a group of like-minded e-bikers who'd like a little boost up those cheeky hills!
Our Sardinia Island Flavours holiday is run as a guided tour with several set departures throughout the year. However, if you enjoy a little more freedom and flexibility then please do check out the self-guided version. If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking. We’d love to help you experience Sardinia from the water, and we’re able to organise guided kayaking excursions with one of our local team if booked in advance, please contact us for further details.  


  • Checking out the UNESCO heritage site of Barumini Nuraghe
  • Enjoying the long descent to Fluminimaggiore and Masua
  • Sampling local specialties at Carloforte, on St Pietro island
  • Riding along the Nebida coastline and marvelling at the view of Pan di Zucchero
  • Experiencing the friendliness and hospitality of the Sardinian people
  • Discovering the white beaches along the south-west coastal road

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This was truly the trip of a lifetime – we enjoyed every minute! From the moment I first called Saddle Skedaddle to inquire about the trip and on throughout the process the service was prompt, friendly and excellent.

Barbara, USA


Day 1
Arrival into Cagliari Airport - Transfer to Orroli
  • Meals: Dinner

Following your arrival into Cagliari airport, we’ll meet you and make the hour or so transfer to our accommodation in the village of Orroli. The rest of the day will be spent organising bikes and going through the route with your guides to make sure all is well for the week ahead, as well as getting to know the rest of the group.

Day 2
Orroli to Sardara
37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Ascent: 680 Metres Approx.

Leaving our accommodation, we’ll start the day exploring the plains of the Marmilla, a hilly region which extends from the outskirts of Cagliari towards Oristano. Since Roman times, this fertile part of the island has been the centre of cereal cultivation as well as olives and grapes. Today, bread making in this region still follows ancient recipes, with exceptional results! Here we will visit the archeological site of Barumini and nearby museum. This Nuragic site is the most important on the island. Built in the Bronze Age, around the 15th century BC, this fortress and its surrounding village demonstrate an incredible architectural feat: massive basalt blocks of rock, built up into three storey towers, internal staircases, outlook posts,courtyards and even an ancient sauna!

Cycling south west we’ll then curve around the Giara, a high volcanic plateau, populated by hundreds of wild horses. Riding on we’ll find ourselves cycling over rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves, leading us to the village of Collinas.

Leaving the hills behind, we’ll venture down to the Campidano Plain, the biggest of the island, making our first stop in the town of Sardara. The closeness to a hot spring area and the quality of its fresh water has made Sardara, and specifically its well, a sacred area since ancient times – it’s believed that Nuragic people venerated the water as having healing properties. Your hotel is set near the Roman remains of the old thermal baths. Time to enjoy the spa facilities before dinner!

Day 3
Sardara to Arbus
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 600 Metres Approx.

Setting off from Sardara and its rural church of St Maria delle Acque, we’ll leave this thermal water oasis behind us and cycle on, across the plain, passing Pabillonis. This is an agricultural area and the fields around us may be growing artichokes, wheat or saffron, offering a tapestry of colours and perfumes.

Heading westward, Gonnosfanadiga is nestled below the rocky eastern spurs of the Iglesiente region and is known for its olives and olive oil. If the timing is right, a stop at a local cafè and patisserie will allow us time to sample some of the local traditional cakes. Leaving the plain it’s time to get into a smaller gear as we head back into the hills, just below Mt Linas, before reaching our accommodation for the night, a delightful agriturismo offering some superb homemade pasta, home-cured meats, cheeses and of course olive oil and wine included. What better way to finish off a good day on the bike?

Day 4
Arbus to Nebida
28 or 36 Miles / 45 or 58 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 750 Metres Approx.

Leaving the agriturismo, we’ll cycle on towards the coast. A superb 8 kms of gentle downhill riding with beautiful mountain views is the perfect start to our day. Cycling along the long sandy beach of Portixeddu, we’ll have time to stop for a brief swim before continuing.

The little hamlet of Buggerru, once a thriving mining coastal town, is now trying to survive on few resources: fishing and the odd traveller who ventures this way. Cycling on, the road takes us along the remote coastal route towards the towering limestone pinnacles and cliffs of Masua. This is a free climber’s heaven, with excellent routes starting from sea level towering up to the sky. We’ll pedal onwards to Nebida or Gonnes, your destination for the night.

Day 5
Nebida to St Pietro Island and St Antioco Island
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 350 Metres Approx.

From Nebida we’ll continue riding south down the coast, leaving the rugged limestone behind and heading towards the lower lands and the islands of St Pietro and St Antioco. We’ll have the chance to give our legs a rest as we catch a ferry across to the island of St Pietro.

The town of Carloforte, on St Pietro, was founded by the coral fishers of Genoa, who moved here from Tunisia where they had lived since the middle of the 16th century. Their influence is felt in the architecture of the island as well as the cuisine. With its pastel coloured houses set along narrow cobbled lanes, Carloforte is a fascinating place to stroll around. The island is well known for its fishing community, in particular tuna fishing. Since ancient times, fishermen have awaited the arrival of schools of tuna that stream by along the same route, not far from the islands. You are free to please yourself for your lunch break, choosing one of the lovely fish restaurants or a delicious panino from one of the many bars. Another short journey on a ferry will take us across to the island of St Antioco, where a short ride will take us to the town, and our accommodation for the night.

Day 6
St Antioco Island to Teulada
43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 600 Metres Approx.

It’s well worth spending a few hours visiting some of the hidden archaeological sites of St Antioco. The development of the area in fact goes back to the Nuragic times, but only truly thrived when the Phoenicians founded it as “Sulki” in 259 BC. Worth a visit is the Punic Necropolis and Tophet, as well as the Catacombs below the Church of St Antioco.

Leaving the island by the causeway across the bay of Palmas, we’ll carry on cycling towards the Sulcis mountains, riding through the fertile, rolling hills around Trattalias and Santadi. As we cycle past vineyard after vineyard, it will become obvious that we are entering the vine region of the Carignano grapes. From here the undulating road winds its way 8miles/13kms to Teulada, passing some remote farming hamlets and at points affording some great views across the south coast.

Day 7
Teulada to Pula
37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 550 Metres Approx.

Our final day in the saddle will see us cycling along a roller coaster road towards Pula. The Costa del Sud is a wonderful 20 km spectacle of twisting, turning road above rugged cliffs that plunge into the deep blue sea. There are many outlook points and small sandy coves to stop and enjoy the sea. Cala Tuerredda is one of the most stunning beaches along this coast, protected by two promontories; the emerald blue colours are breathtaking.

From here the road climbs away from the coast, dropping back toward the long sandy beach of Chia. A short detour to the right will take us to Chia tower, from where we can enjoy a spectacular view of the long stretch of Chia beach and the islands. The next section follows the main road north, along a quiet coast road, finally reaching the little town of Pula, where our trip officially comes to an end. The excellent gelateria in the main town square, which serves home made ice-cream, is a well deserved treat and reward after this long journey of flavours.

We’ll have the evening free to wander around the town and try out one of the many quality restaurants.

Day 8
Departure From Pula - Transfer to Cagliari Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

A relatively early start to the day for the 1 hour journey to Cagliari airport. Depending on flight schedules, we’ll hopefully have some time for a wander around the city; the perfect place for those last minute goodies or to put your feet up in one of the many piazze sipping a last glass of vino rosso.

If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking exploring the picturesque coastline and sandy shores which stretch along the coast from Pula? Our local team can join you for a day’s guiding or we can provide the information and equipment to allow you to enjoy the routes self-guided, just give us a call for further info.

Alternatively if you are looking for some city life and culture, we can arrange a guided cycle tour of Cagliari.

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The Cycling


The tour alternates between countryside and stunning coastal views. You’ll be riding primarily on well-paved roads, except for a few short sections of gravel / dirt roads that lead to your accommodation.

You’ll be riding in a region which combines rolling hills and long flat stretches, passing olive groves and vineyards. Towards the coast the riding becomes a more undulating roller coaster, with a few challenging sections rewarded with stunning coastal views. Coastal roads will overlook long stretches of sandy beaches and remote coves. The climbs are never too steep or long and the roads generally have little traffic. Days 3 and 4 will pose the biggest challenge with the most climbing and descending.

Both hybrid and e-bikes are recommended / suitable for the terrain (however, please note that one departure is a e-bike only departure). Using an e-bike would be good for tackling some of the longer, steeper climbs, and clocking up some easy miles, if riding during the hotter months. The route is suitable for a road or gravel bike if preferred. If you are interested in riding an electric bike on this holiday please click here for more information.


Leisure Cycling Grade

Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 trip to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.

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Our expectations were met and surpassed in most cases. The personal touch was evident in communications leading up to our trip. Very much appreciated.

Julie, UK

Dates & Prices

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in small hotels / agriturismi

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) GPX files available on request

E) Support vehicle, for tired bikers and luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Cagliari airport (CAG)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Cagliari airport (CAG)

H) Financial Protection through ABTOT

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike rental (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Single room (available if required, on request)

D) Travel insurance

E) Meals not stated in the itinerary

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Ferry tickets between the islands of St. Pietro and St.Antioco (approx €16): 2 tickets – From Portoveseme to Carloforte (Island of St Pietro), then from Carloforte to Calasetta (Island of St Antioco)

J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

The Essentials

Travel Options

Your tour starts in Orroli and finishes in Pula.

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your tour and both the arrival and return transfer from / back to Cagliari airport (CAG) will be co-ordinated with the group flight schedule.

We will provide you with details of suitable flight/arrival/departure schedules as flight timetables become available.

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to ensure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to make sure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers.

Please note If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the scheduled transfer windows, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.


We use a range of small 3* hotels and where possible we opt for agriturismi (small rural guesthouses). Our carefully selected hosts will ensure you are greeted with a warm welcome at the end of a day’s ride.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to rent.

On our standard departures you’ll have the choice between a hybrid bike or e-bike. Hybrids are typically Giant Roams (or equivalent) – If a small frame is needed we will generally provide Liv Roves. (Please note that if you request a bike with a low cross bar, models might be different.) E-bikes are typically Giant Explore E+, AnyTour E+3 or Velo de Ville e-bikes (or equivalent).

On the e-bike exclusive tour, only e-bikes will be available.

Please note If opting for an e-bike on a standard departures, the pace of the day’s riding will be set by the hybrid riders.

If you choose to bring your own e-bike, on any of our departures, please contact us so we can discuss the bike specification and ensure it’s suitable for the tour.

If you would like to hire a helmet, we can provide these; please make sure you request helmets at the time of booking.

Rental bikes will be provided with a pannier rack and 1 bag, a tool kit, a bike lock and a bike pump. Your guides will be carrying everything else you’ll need, including all necessary spares.

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