Italy - Sardinia - Island Flavours - Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday
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26 Apr to 03 May - Cycle Sardinia’s south-west corner, a region bursting with variety, with expanses of vineyards, olive groves and oak wooded valleys.
- 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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|1||Arrival into Cagliari Airport - Transfer to Gergei|
|2||Gergei to Sardara||37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.||500m||B L D|
|3||Sardara to Arbus||25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.||700m||B L D|
|4||Arbus to Nebida||28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.||800m||B L D|
|5||Nebida to St Pietro Island and St Antioco Island||25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.||400m||B|
|6||St Antioco Island to Teulada||43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.||550m||B L D|
|7||Teulada to Pula||35 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.||550m||B L|
|8||Departure Form Pula - Transfer to Cagliari Airport||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
The trip of a lifetime!
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. Each and every place was lovely. The food throughout this trip was superb! Antonio made exquisite lunches and the dinners were across the board absolutely amazing and delicious. Sharing meals together was a highlight of the trip.
We especially enjoyed cycling along the coastlines, the winding roads through the limestone pinnacles and the cliffs along the sea. We also enjoyed riding inland through the olive groves and vineyard as well as the ride through the salt flats. Really, it was all spectacular and we appreciated the variety!
We had an absolutely excellent tour leader and we couldn’t imagine anyone more qualified than she was. Each day she would brief us on the ride ahead and what to expect as far as climbs, the terrain, snack and meal stops. Her pacing was excellent, making sure that as a group we kept safely together. She was full of enthusiasm and just plain a whole lot of fun to be with.
Our other guide was also amazing and really knew all aspects of cycling (and bicycle repair) and was such fun to be with. Together they made our trip absolutely wonderful. He had some wonderful personal stories of cycling travel which he shared. We were made the most delicious lunches by the support vehicle driver who, as a native Sardinian, had so much to offer and share as far as the culture and knowledge of the island and it’s history.
Yes, this was the first time we’ve been on a tour of any sort and to have all the details and most of the meals taken care of was wonderful – so relaxing and we felt it was a very good value! We’ve already told many people about Skedaddle. Many of the people we traveled with had taken multiple trips with Skedaddle and I can see why! Yes, we are already looking ahead at another holiday with you.
One of our all time favourites...
The trip exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Alessandro, was excellent and there was lots of variety during the day, both in the cycling and extra activities (such as visits to the beach, an archaeological site and a cave). This trip ranks as one of our all time favourites – along with our visits to the Lofoten Islands and the Azores.
We had a wide range of type of accommodations – from resort-style (with spa) to more basic agritourism sites. All were very clean and comfortable, with friendly staff. We enjoyed all the Italian food offerings throughout the day. In particular, we appreciated Alessandro’s picnic lunches where everything was freshly prepared and very tasty. He put a lot of thought into the food items (different breads, cookies, pastas) as well as the location of our picnic stops. We were often able to go for a swim while Alessandro prepared lunch for us. Everyday featured some very special segments. During some days we were cycling along country roads through vineyards, olive groves and cork trees, while other days, featured beautiful rides overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and visits to the beach for a brief swim. It is difficult to note one favourite day – they all had their special aspects. The hybrid bike was excellent, and Tammy really enjoyed the e-bike.
Alessandro was an amazing guide for us. Each day he went over the route with us, pointing out places of interest and things to be aware of. He was particularly diligent in noting any safety issues that we may encounter along the way. During the ride he would meet us to see how we were doing, supply water, and make sure we stayed on the route. His picnic lunches were greatly appreciated as they were always freshly prepared with a wide variety of local food items. His English was excellent and he had a great sense of humour. All of us on the trip agreed that Alessandro greatly added to our enjoyment of the holiday.
The service was excellent. All our questions were answered promptly and completely. Individual preferences were taken into account (for example, specific food preferences, additional nights booked, a more convenient transfer to the airport). The office were helpful with my early questions regarding the holiday in Sardinia. The description of the trip on the website, and the downloaded notes gave an accurate and helpful overview of the cycle tour. The booking was easy to do. Questions were answered promptly. We had great confidence that all would work out as planned. This was our sixth trip with Skedaddle, and we often discuss our trips back home with friends and family and always recommend Skedaddle if they show interest in such a holiday.
Just what you want when on holiday!
Our expectations were met and surpassed in most cases. Accurate information was provided in advance and the arrangements went very smoothly. The personal touch was evident in communications leading up to our trip. Very much appreciated.
The range and variety of foods was excellent and everyone seemed to cope well with dietary requirements. The quality and freshness of the food at the agriturismo locations was amazing. Snacks were great – particularly when fruit and nuts / fresh fruit choices were provided.
Good variety of views and roads – some challenge on some of the days was fun and the “interest” stops (archaeological sites, salt flats, caves etc) were excellent. Difficult to choose a favourite since they were so varied but the nuragic site at Barumini was really worthwhile.
We were always well informed about the day ahead and what to expect as well as having hazards and safety issues highlighted. Alessandro was very professional and led a great team with a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Julie, West Yorkshire, UK
Every day a favourite day! There was a good mix of beach; countryside; coastline; islands were lovely; loved the peace and tranquillity of it all. Our tour leader was an absolute gentleman; kind; thoughtful; charming; made us all feel extremely comfortable; great company; funny; tolerant!!; patient; great sorting out my bike; one step ahead all the time; a pleasure to have as our tour leader; we loved him!
After an amazing first skedaddle trip last year to Spain which was just fantastic there was a lot to live up to. Yet skedaddle did not disappoint and this year was just amazing too- different but amazing- fantastico- bellissimo! The thing that stands out for me in both cases are the Skeddadle guides. You should be congratulated for your choices as they are have all been amazing- and with a group of 8 bonkers girls from Derbyshire for a week, who are only quiet when they are asleep, they had their work cut out! Like last year our guides this year have been absolute gentleman and great company. Making us feel comfortable and at ease and enjoying the general mayhem, laughter and fun we generated as we cycled our way round south west Sardinia. Thank you, thank you. We may be happily married ladies with 17 children between us, but we loved them!
Nicki, Derbyshire, UK
Just what a holiday should be.
The van support driver was in charge of snacks and lunch and was so helpful. If any of us asked for something, he did his utmost to get it. Always had such a variety of snacks and his lunches were so varied and delicious.He frequently has some local specialty for us to try, it was great. We were never hungry, plenty to eat. He also had a lot of knowledge about Sardinia and each day he would tell us the history about the areas we were cycling through, local food, traditions and customs. We enjoyed his enthusiasm for his country and felt we learned so much more about Sardinia.
The cycling was hillier than we thought but still so so enjoyable and quite a challenge some days. I loved it. Sardinia is so varied and beautiful! I really liked the fact that our route was on so many quiet roads. Our tour leader, was a very attentive leader. She made us all feel relaxed and put a lot of effort into making the holiday so enjoyable for us. Her warm and friendly nature shone through. Another guides mechanical knowledge was great and helped our group several times. He seemed to really enjoy the cycling to and his enthusiasm to ensure everyone had a good experience was so nice to see, whether you were at the front of the group or at the back needing encouragement. Our trip with them was so much fun and laughter, just what a holiday should be.
Shona, Edinburgh, UK
An absolute pleasure...
Exceeded expectations, beautiful coastline rides in Sardinia. Good communication from a member of the office staff meant we were confident everything was ready for our trip. Good standard throughout and we enjoyed the accommodation, especially the excellent food! Delicious food throughout at accommodations, lunches provided were superb! Electric bike was brilliant, much more power than the ebike I use at home. Hybrid bike was also good. Our tour leader was lovely; caring, sympathetic, enthusiastic and also a firm and decisive leader. She was very efficient and hard-working and made sure we had everything we needed for a wonderful holiday. She catered for the differing abilities of the group effortlessly and her knowledge and personality made cycling with her an absolute pleasure.
Laurel, Kent, UK
As seen in the press...
Explore Sardinia’s southwest corner on this family-friendly holiday that takes guests from Nebida to Pula. The route passes through rolling vineyards, olive groves and oak-wooded valleys. The trip is guided, with about 20 miles of cycling each day, mainly on quiet lanes, with nights spent in small family-run hotels.
The Times (January 2017), Discover Croatia’s islands by boat — and bike
I got to see lovely parts of Sardinia and sample the local cuisine as well as having some good cycling days. Danilo and Roberto were great guides; very enthusiastic and keen to let us enjoy their home of Sardinia. They managed to accommodate the needs of all the group well and were friendly and cheerful throughout. Gave lots of advice about local food and drinks and put a lot of effort into preparing excellent lunches for us. Evening meals were a great opportunity to experience the many varied Sardinian local dishes
David, Wirral, UK
I enjoyed the variety that the trip had to offer
We enjoyed wine tasting to time on the beach and experienced rural inland areas of the island, as well as coastal resorts, small smart hotels to rural agriturismo. I felt I experienced Sardinia in a way that I couldn’t have done on my own or as part of a package tour. The cycling also had something for everyone, some easy days on the flat but also some interesting climbs and descents. The constants were the good food and company along the way!
Clare, Cambridge, UK
From beginning to end, Enrico and Danilo looked after us with the utmost courtesy and care. They were excellent bike mechanics, totally organised, knowledgeable about our tour, made delicious lunches and looked after us with great humour and spirit. They were the perfect gentlemen and made the trip complete. Thank you!
Claire, Derbyshire, UK
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