Bicycling Sardinia - Alghero to Cagliari

Bicycling Sardinia - Alghero to Cagliari

The Italian island of Sardinia is renowned for its rich history, colorful handcrafts, and endless miles of undisturbed beaches. Our tour gives you a chance to discover this Mediterranean jewel that is often overlooked by American tourists. Spend 11 days exploring breathtaking coastal roads, pedaling ancient forests, and hiking to ruins that predate Roman civilization by more than 1,000 years - all while enjoying traditional Italian meals and wine. Other highlights are a visit to an excavated Roman town, a fabulous shepherds' barbecue, and swimming in pristine waters.

Come early and combine with Cycling Corsica Plus! Beaches and Bonifacio and save $400 per person!

Tour Dates & Prices

Private Room Fee
Sep 28-Oct 8, 2018
May 26-Jun 5, 2019
Book by November 15 and save $200!
Sep 22-Oct 2, 2019
Book by November 15 and save $200!

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 69 - 75 km (43 - 46 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 401
  • Countries / Italy
  • Price / From USD$4995
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary


1 No cycling today.
2 37 mi / 60 km
3 38 mi / 61 km
4 28 mi / 45 km
5 54 mi / 87 km
6 53 mi / 85 km
7 No cycling today.
8 53 mi / 85 km
9 67 mi / 108 km
10 46 mi / 74 km
11 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Quiet country roads, Spectacular mountain vistas, Great food, great coastal bicycle rides, Traditions dating back to pre-Roman times, Cabras Archaeological Museum, guide hike, mask museum
  • Includes
    11 days, 10 nights, 7 dinners with wine, 1 lunch & 10 breakfasts; Cabras Museum; hike day plus

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
  • Begin/End
  • Arrive / Depart
    Alghero Airport (AHO) / Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG)
  • Total Distance
    552 - 596 km (341 - 368 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    69 - 75 km (43 - 46 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    Rolling terrain along the coast with more sustained climbs on the days we cross the island from west to east. Grades are quite gentle, rarely, if ever, above 8 percent.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Tour begins in Alghero, Italy

Highlights: Seaside Alghero, Catalan & Gothic architecture

There are plenty of ways to get to Alghero including international air connections or by boat from Genoa to Porto Torres. Alghero was a Catalan outpost and has a dialect that is still a mix of Catalan and Italian. Our seaside hotel is a 15 minute walk from the historic town center. We'll fit bicycles this afternoon and recommend an easy test ride before our special welcome dinner tonight.

Distance: Test Ride.

DAY 2: Bicycle Alghero to Tresnuraghes

Highlights: Scenic coastal riding, the town of Bosa

We'll follow the coast south toward Bosa this morning. Take your time and enjoy the roller coaster ride this morning as the reality of this mountainous island sinks in - you're actually cycling suspended between the sea and mountains! Bosa is our first stop and we recommend you take time to explore this fascinating town before enjoying lunch here. A final climb through small coastal vineyards brings us to a plateau dotted with tiny traditional villages. Since Roman times, the Sardinians have never really lived by the sea as pirates and bad weather were more common at sea level.

DAY 3: Bicycle to Cabras

Highlights: Two-night stay, traditional basket makers, olive oil visit

We remain inland today, visiting the towns of Fluss?o (famous for its home-made baskets) and Tinnura (famous for its murals) on our way to Cuglieri. After a visit to an olive oil press, which still makes olive oil from trees planted by Spanish noble families in the 16th Century, we'll fly downhill to a beautiful beach for a refreshing swim and lunch. A flat ride brings us to our hotel this afternoon.

DAY 4: Rest day, Roman ruins, optional ride to the beach

Highlights: Optional ride to the Roman ruins of Tharros, explore hidden beaches and bays

Today is a day off the bikes for those who prefer to relax. Or we'll offer an optional ride to the Phoenician and Roman ruins of Tharros on the coast, where you can enjoy a relaxing swim at the beach. Those with an urge for exploration can spend the entire day cycling to all the little bays and beaches along this wild coast. Your return ride will bring you by salt marshes inhabited by fish and pink flamingoes. Try some famous "bottarga" (fish roe) made in this area, either on pasta or on pizza!

DAY 5: Bicycle into Sardinia's mountains to Tonara

Highlights: Mountain climbs, cork tree forests, "torrone" (nougat) and bellmaker visits

We head deep into Sardinia's interior today. Our route follows the Tirso River to Fordongianus, an important ancient Roman city, and then heads up to Samugheo, known for its knotted white woolen rugs. After lunch and/or a gelato stop in Samugheo, continue climbing to Atzara and Sorgono, where the summit (900+ meters or 2880 feet) awaits. Our destination is the small mountain town of Tonara, famous throughout Italy for its honey and egg-white "torrone" (nougat) and its artisanal bellmakers that help herders keep track of sheep, goats and cattle.

DAY 6: Bicycle to Su Gologone

Highlights: Coastal mountains of Sardinia, resort hotel with pool, traditional masks of Mamoiada

We start the day with a well-earned downhill before climbing to the friendly town of Gavoi and our lunch stop in Mamoiada. We'll regroup for a brief visit to the traditional mask museum to learn about the haunting masks that dominate traditional festivals before continuing on through the center of Sardinia's historic "bandit" region, Orgosolo in the Gennargentu (silver) mountains. Our destination is the serene mountain resort hotel of Su Gologone, nestled under the imposing white limestone mountain Supramonte.

DAY 7: Hike to Nuragic Village

Highlights: Visit to prehistoric Nuragic village, shepherds' barbecue

Leave your cycling shoes behind today as we enjoy a hike to some of the ruins and rock dwellings of the ancient Nuragic civilization that once inhabited this area. After our hike, we'll share a barbecue in the mountains with local shepherds. An early return to our hotel allows for serious rest and relaxation at the swimming pool before dinner together.

DAY 8: Bicycle Su Gologone to Arbatax

Highlights: Spectacular limestone mountains, rugs and olive oil of Dorgali

Hold on to your helmets! We go from 100 meters (328 feet) to 1,000 meters (3280 feet) and then back down to sea level as we cycle through some of the most spectacular limestone mountains in the Mediterranean basin. You'll want to stop in Dorgali to see the rugs, traditional gold filigree jewelry, and Sardinian ceramic designs before a long but gentle scenic climb brings us to the top of the pass. From there it's downhill to Arbatax our home for the night.

DAY 9: Bicycle Bari Sardo to Costa Rei

Highlights: Wild countryside

Today's ride is long, but with gently rolling terrain through the villages Tertenia, Villaputzu and Muravera. The scenery is bucolic with views of the mountain range that separates the valley we are riding through from the sea. We'll enjoy glimpses of the Tyrrhenian Sea toward the end of the ride, one of the two seas that flank mainland Italy (the other is the Adriatic Sea between Croatia and Italy).

DAY 10: Bicycle Costa Rei to southern coast of Sardinia

Highlights: Coastal riding, Villasimius, Cagliari

We cycle to the south coast of Sardinia near one of the most famous beaches in Cagliari. We recommend stopping in Villasimius for a midmorning cappuccino and cornetto, a great ice cream, or just to have a walk on the famous beach. We'll pedal into Cagliari to our hotel for our final evening and dinner together.

DAY 11: Tour ends in Cagliari, Italy

Highlights: Cagliari

After breakfast, we'll say goodbye. If time allows stay a few extra days in this Mediterranean paradise.

  • Meals: Breakfast




  • Sardinia is my favorite tour. I loved the cycling, natural beauty, and the rich history and culture of the region.

    Mary Ann D., Pleasonton, CA
  • We had an amazing 11 days and couldn''t be happier.

    Sherri D., Big Sky, MT - September 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? If you like great scenery with some unique cultural experiences and you enjoy hill climbs that may be long but are not excessively steep then you should consider this tour.

    Dan C., Morgan Hill, CA - September 2017
  • It was amazing to do Cycling Corsica and Sardinia back to back. The riding in Corsica is second to none with its wild beauty and then to do Sardinia where even the mountains seem polished. There is such a contrast in these two islands that are so close together. This trip was without a doubt at the top of our list as the most fabulous trips we have done, which now number 17 in Europe.

    Sharon M., Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? There is no describing this experience to a friend. Unless you are doing the trip, no words can justify the wonderful experience.

    HIllary R., Scotsdale, AZ, May 2017
  • Bikes were wonderful! Never had such a great bike furnished by a tour company. Beautiful scenery, great tour leaders, lots of fun. One of the best tours I have been on

    Marion C., Lake Jackson, TX
  • I enjoyed the group on the ride and the guides. The food was excellent. Overall I wanted to see a part of Italy that I thought would be quieter and simpler than other parts of Italy. I look forward to another trip.

    John W., San Diego, CA - May 2017
  • Challenging but very "doable"cycling. Great mix of rural and urban experience. Beautiful Mediterranean weather. Very interesting cultural exposure.

    Gordon B., Calgary, Alberta
  • Dear ExperiencePlus!
    What a wonderful surprise! After a long day of biking in Sardinia, we checked into our room at Su Gologne and discovered a wonderful basket filled with delicious treats from you all. Thank you for making our honeymoon extra special. We truly enjoyed the bike tour. Jay and I are planning next year's tour. Thanks again!

    Terri & Jay R.
    Menlo Park, CA
  • keep doing what you do! When ever we cycle abroad we will see what you have to offer because we know it we be exceptional.

    Ethne B., Woodside, SA, Australia - September 2017
  • Loved this trip. Each day there was an activity or experience to look forward to. I think it was our best so far.

    Kathy E., Clarksburg, Ontario
  • A chance to discover a beautiful Italian island. The beaches are better than Hawaii, great food,friendly people and great cultural experiences. Oh and the bike riding is outstanding. Do not let the hills scare you away from this beautiful island riding opportunity. We had a great time on tour. Our only problem is that we feel so spoiled on tour we do not know how to adjust back to reality when we get home:-). Thank You for maintaining such high standards. It makes our decision on bike tour operators very fact, it is a no-brainer.

    Terry S., Weed, CA - September 2017
  • The riding in Sardinia was awesome. The quality of the roads was great, with good climbs and marvelous descents. The routes were just beautiful.

    Steve M.
    Boulder, CO
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Challenging, most scenic biking trip so far.

    Bob C., Philadelphia, PA
  • Everything was 100% - the usual ExperiencePlus! experience. You always do it so well and the attention to detail is second to none. Bravo.

    Jane C. & Jeff H., Lucca, Italy
  • A great trip from start to finish - everyone should do this trip. We did the Corsica and Sardinia trips back to back - awesome!

    Dennis D., Calgary, Alberta - September 2016
  • This trip was the best ever; and I give it a 15!!

    Stu W., Boulder, CO
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? It is hard to pick one thing. The scenery was great, the bell maker, rug weaver, basket weaver, olive press guys, ... the barber!!! Our off the bike trek to the Nuragi ruins. Food was wonderful! Great group of riders and tour leaders.

    Kay F., Ft Collins, CO
  • Dear Rick,
    The staff far exceeded all my expectations. From my experiences they set the standard for excellence. They were always there to help, to guide, and most of all, to make the customer feel special. Looking forward to our next trip.

    Phil B.
    Bolinas, CA
  • This tour offered challenging rides, beautiful scenery and offered excellent cultural information about Sardinia. The new titanium bikes were great, the hotels exceeded expectations and the food was wonderful!

    Alice C., Lake Jackson, TX
  • One of the best travel experiences I have had. So much about the trip still resonates-the beauty of Sardinia, experiencing the history, crafts, food and especially the wine...

    Dee H., Watsonville, CA
  • Unbelievable! Doing both Corsica and Sardinia back to back was the trip of a life time.

    Bruce T., Thornbury, Ontario
  • Another great trip from Experience Plus! Roll on the next one!

    Heather B., Kirkcaldy, Scotland
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