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Italy / Transardinia

From Olbia to Pula

Over 650 km to cross Sardinia from the North to the South passing through the steep climbs and descents of the Gennargentu mountains. From the pink granite of the north to the black basalt of the island of Sant'Antioco. Are you ready for this unique experience?
  • Day by Day

    1. Individual arrival in Olbia and first overnight.
    Possibility to book a private transfer from the airport to the hotel.

    2. Olbia – Pattada (78 km, elevation up 1700 m)
    Right from the first day you get to know the real heart of Sardinia as we cross the Monti di Alà, a wild and remote highland with an extensive cork tree forest. After the Lerno Lake you’ll reach a charming hotel in the countryside village of Pattada.

    3. Pattada – Cala Gonone (93 km, elevation up 1500 m)
    Soon after Bitti you tackle some hills and the Supramonte, the island's biggest limestone massif swings into view. You spend the night in Cala Gonone, a seaside village with a dramatic coastline where the mountain plunges into the sea.

    4. Cala Gonone – Fonni (68 km, elevation up 1700 m)
    This is the day for the king of the mountains. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, you cross the town of Oliena, one of the most characteristic settlements of this area with its wrought iron balconies and massive wooden portals. From here, you climb along the slopes of the Supramonte as far as Orgosolo where you can make a short stop to admire the famous wall paintings - witnesses of past years of social unrest - the work of numerous artists. You cross the upland plain of Mamoiada and reach Fonni, 1000 m asl, where you find the hotel, a restored ancient splendid palazzo.

    5. Fonni – Villanovaforru (113 km, elevation up 1500 m)
    Another hilly day in the very heart of the island. You plunge into the chestnut woods round Ovodda and ride through the charming valley of Sorgono, rich in vegetation. After the village of Laconi the terrain easies out as we descend towards the Campidano flatland. You ride on the rolling hills of Marmilla, along hidden country lanes. You stop for the night in the village of Villanovaforru.

    6. Villanovaforru – Arbus (106 km, elevation up 1500m)
    Back to the ocean! Today you will cycle through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde, some of the most savage scenery on the island. Our stop tonight is an agriturismo renown for its mouth-watering traditional dishes.

    7. Arbus – Calasetta (103 km, elevation up 1000 m)
    This day takes you back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as you pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Buggerru and Planusartu. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, you admire the old ore washery at Nebida: nestling in the varied colours of the Mediterranean bush, it looks out over the sea at the end of a long descent down 540 steps. A Ferry will take you to Carloforte, where locals still fish the Red Tuna fish. From Carloforte, you continue to the island of Sant'Antioco and end your day near Calasetta, where you stay in a very elegant countryside hotel.

    8. Calasetta – Pula (95 km, elevation up 700 m)
    Final catwalk of your tour is the beautiful Costa del Sud with its gleaming white beaches, unspoilt natural landscape and imposing cliffs: Cape Malfatano with its 16th Century tower, Cape Spartivento and Chia. At Nora you can visit the ancient Phoenician settlement.

    9. Pula
    After breakfast, end of services .

    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.

     

     

  • Route profile

     

    • Total length: 656 km
    • Total vertical up: about 9600 m


    A demanding tour in mostly paved roads for expert cyclists.
    There is 1 km of unpaved road to arrive at the hotel in Calasetta.

    Moderate cycling with hilly areas, numerous climbs and downhill stretches. Suitable for cyclists with a good level of fitness.

     

  • How to get there

     

    Olbia is connected with the following airports:
    Olbia 4 km, Alghero 150 km, Cagliari 260 km

     

    Private transfer:

    • From Olbia airport to Olbia city centre a private transfer is available on request.
    • From Alghero airport to Olbia city centre a private transfer is available on request.
    • From Cagliari airport to Olbia city centre a private transfer is available on request.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort.

    You will be accommodated in 3* hotels, Guest houses and Farm houses.

    All rooms have en suite facilities; some hotels may be without air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

     

    In this tour you can rent:

    - Cube Attain GTC Race 2020

    • Frame: GTC Monocoque Twin Mold Technology, Road Comfort Geometry
    • Derailleurs: Shimano 105 FD-R7000, 31.8mm Clamp
    • Crankset: Shimano FC-RS510, 50x34T, 170mm (50/53cm), 172.5mm (56/58cm), 175mm (60/62cm)
    • Shifters: Shimano 105 ST-R7020
    • Brakes: : Shimano 105 ST-R7020
    • Wheels: CUBE RA 0.8 Aero Disc


    - Cube Attain GTC Race 2019

    • Frame: GTC Monocoque Twin Mold Technology, Road Comfort Geometry
    • Derailleurs: Shimano Ultegra FD-R8000-BM, 31.8mm
    • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000, Hollowtech II, 50x34T, 170mm (50/53cm), 172.5mm (56/58cm), 175mm (60/62cm)
    • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra ST-6800
    • Brakes:  Shimano Ultegra BR-R8000
    • Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 77, QR/QR


    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 map holder (one every two bikes)
    1 cycle computer  
    1 repair kit (one every two bikes): 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    1 combination bike lock

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    At your arrival at the first hotel of your tour you will receive a welcome pack containing:
    - Detailed route notes, leg profiles and information, maps.
    - Hotel List: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may vary just before your arrival.
    - Luggage labels: to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported.

     

     

  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 920 €

9 Days, 3* hotels, guest houses and farm houses

Tour type
Self-guided tour

 

Departures

SA from 4.01 to 26.12.2020
Other departure dates possible with supplement

 

Seasons
Saison 1: 4.01 - 26.06.2020 and 5.09 - 26.12.2020
Saison 2: 27.06 - 4.09.2020

Price per person
920 € in double room, 3* hotels, guest houses and farm houses

Included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transportation
  • GPS tracks (device not provided)
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. € 10)
  • Ferry tickets to Carloforte and Calasetta
  • Admission to museums and archaeological sites
  • GPS device
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person
160 € single room
180 € season 2
60 € non-Saturday departure supplement

Transfers (min. 2 people, to be requested when booking the tour):
20 € Olbia Airport-Olbia
95 € Alghero-Olbia
45 € Pula-Cagliari

Own bikes transfer 15 €/bike

210 € road bike

 

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Our speciality! Once you have chosen the itinerary, we study the route and find accommodation; what’s more, a tour leader can join you, not only as a travel companion but also as technician and trainer. Our options are diversified:

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