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Discover the Flavours of Sardinia

Flavours of Sardinia Bike Tour

Itinerary

Our Flavours of Sardinia Bike tour is a culinary adventure that combines cycling on the Mediterranean Island, exploring its historic sites and an unforgettable gourmet adventure. Come Join Us!

Bottarga ~ Culurgiones ~Malloreddus ~Cannonau
Guided Tour – 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Discover the best flavors of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, through all stages of cooking, from the choice of ingredients through to preparation. In addition to cooking classes, reserved for you with the most renowned chef of the  island, we will take part in Sardinian olive oil, wine and cheese tasting. While cuisine is a focus of this trip, there are also historic and natural highlights to enjoy.  Work up an appetite  while cycling through fantastic scenery, such as the Montiferru or the plain of Arborea and explore the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharos and the famous archaeological site of Barumini, where there is the Nuragic town Su Nuraxi.

Day 1: Santu Lussurgiu & bue rosso
Meet at Oristano, before taking a  private transfer to Santu Lussurgiu for your bike fitting! Take an optional bike tour test or walk: the village is developed around the small rustic church of Santa Croce (built in 1158) with characteristic historic structures such as an amphitheater and steep narrow cobbled lanes making it an ideal spot for exploration! This evening, treat yourself to your first gourmet dinner of the tour – taste the local cheese and the fabulous ‘Stinco di Bue Rosso’

Day 2: Cuglieri & Malvasia
Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Magomadas and Cuglieri before reaching the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo, where we can relax in the woods. Soon we will arrive on the top of Montiferru, admiring the great plateau of Ghilarza while descending. Return to Santu Lussurgiu and prepare for your first cooking class. Our chef Riccardo Porceddu will introduce you to the preparation of ravioli Culurgiones and capocollo di suino . Distance: 64 km/40 miles.

Day 3: Oristano & Vernaccia
After breakfast you’ll have time to visit the village before we set of on our bikes: in the morning it is filled with scents of homemade sweets. First we’ll pedal downhill in the region of Montiferru, a dormant volcano, passing through small towns rich in medieval history history, admiring the Campidano plain and the sea of the Sinis peninsula from the top. Finally we will arrive in Oristano, a town of fishermen and horsemen. After a wander through the cobbled streets of the city, a short transfer will take us to Cabras village, famous for the production of bottarga (Sardinian caviar), where we’ll have wine tasting at “Cantine Contini”, and will try the delicious dry wine of the area: Vernaccia di Oristano. Distance: 54 km/ 33 miles.

Day 4: Tharros & Bottarga
Our day will start in a special way: we will go with the chef Pierluigi to choose fresh products directly in Oristano open market and we’ll go on a loop with him which will take us first to the inside of the land and then to the picturesque peninsula of “Sinis”, where there are plenty of ponds and lagoons: if yo are lucky, depending on the season, you will have the chance to see wonderful pink flamingos. We’ll pass through Cabras the tour continue on to Marina di Torre Grande to taste unforgetable peppered mussels for lunch Distance: 55 km / 34 miles

Day 5: Barumini & Malloreddus
After breakfast we’ll take a relaxed ride in the region of Monte Arci.  A highlight today will be a stop at Barumini in the Marmilla area, a Nuragic city which is home to the most important and well known archeological area of the island: the Bronze Age Su Nuraxi complex. Continue on to Siddi where the chef Roberto Petza will welcome us at his renowned cooking school at the restaurant “S’Apposentu di casa Puddu” (Michelin Guide starred). We’ll  have the chance to cook our own gourmet dinner with cook pasta such as saffron malloreddus, ravioli with lettuce or tallutzas! Distance 67 km / 41.5 miles, rolling hills. 

Day 6: Costa Verde & Sheep milk Cheese
Starting from Guspini we’ll cross the Campidano by cycling along a completely flat road until Sant’Antonio di Santadi. At this point we are warmed enough to face the hills of Costa Verde. Continue on until we reach the little fishing villages of Porto Palma, Tunaria and Portu Maga; here we will stop for a cheese tasting at Funtanazza farm, to try the pecorino cheese which is only produced from the black sheep of Arbus area. Afterwards we will take our last climb to Montevecchio, an old mining village. The mines of Montevecchio are now an important site of industrial archaeology and a part of the historic Parco Geominerario Distance: 70 km/43.5 miles

Day 7: Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour!
After a farewell breakfast all together we will  arrange  for your private transfer to Cagliari airport or town

What’s Included?

Included in this trip:

Six nights in luxury hotel;
Five dinners & two lunches
Three 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;
Water bottle;
Transfer on day one from station;
Transfer to the airport on day seven
Sales taxes

What’s not included?

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

Dates and Pricing

Price:
Euro 2,250 per person – price based on double room
single room supplement  euro 350

Bike rental: 
Touring/hybrid bike: Euro 140
High-end race: bike Euro 170

2015 Dates
September 11 to 17th

2016 Dates:
April 16th to 22nd

Helpful Notes

Pace: 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.

Custom made tours can be arranged at any time. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.