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Sardinia: a Mine of Memories Bicycle Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 25 people
Destination(s): Italy  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 520 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 870 Euro (EUR)

Sardinia’s southwest forms a rugged wedge of land that juts south of the main body of the island into the Mediterranean, its craggy coastline mitigated by some fine beaches. Forests cling to the slopes of its predominantly hilly landscape, which is densely strewn with towns, temples and fortifications founded by Phoenicians, settled by Carthaginians and occupied by Romans. The best preserved ruins are at Tharros, strategically positioned on the southernmost tip of the Sinis peninsula and Nora, a Roman harbour town, dramatically situated on a promontory overlooking the Golfo di Cagliari.

The Carthaginian remains at Sant’Antioco occupy an equally evocative location on an island joined to Sardinia’s coast by a road causeway; the isle and its neighbour San Pietro, are among the tour’s highlights. Historically, the region’s importance was due mainly to the mining of ores and minerals. Nowadays, mining is over, and the evidence of mineworks, often in a poignant state of abandon, can be seen around Arbus and Nebida, where the Pan di Zucchero outcrop sprouts dramatically out of the sea. The costa del sud offers a highly scenic sequence of inlets punctuated by Spanish watchtowers and Chia has an almost unbroken succession of beaches, probably the best in Southern Sardinia.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer or independent arrival to San Salvatore Sinis.

Day 2: The Sinis Peninsula (52 km/33 miles). Travel through the fascinating Sinis wetlands where we will see colonies of pink flamingos and finally reach one of the most beautiful spots on the island: the white quartz beach of Is Arutas and the Phoenician ruins of Tharros.

Day 3: Costa Verde and dunes of Piscinas (46 km/29 miles). After a transfer to Arborea, we will cycle through the natural beauty spots of the Costa Verde, some of the most savage scenery on the island, to the Piscinas beach with its sands dunes over 50 m high - some of the highest in Europe.

Day 4: The mines of Sulcis (41 km/26 miles). This leg takes us back into the ancient mining past of Sardinia, as we pass the fascinating abandoned mines of Ingortosu and Planusartu. After the golden beach of Portixeddu and looming mass of Pan di Zucchero cliff, we admire the old ore washery at Nebida.

Day 5: The island of Carloforte (43 km/27 miles). After a beautiful descent to Fontanamare, we will reach Portoscuso, and board on the ferry to Carloforte, where locals still fish the Red Tuna fish. From Carloforte, we continue to the island of Sant'Antioco and end our day in Calasetta.

Day 6: Town and island of Sant'Antioco (43 km/27 miles). Today, we pedal through the meadows, green in springtime and golden yellow in the summer, of Sant'Antioco. At Tratalias, visit the Pisan sanctuary, one of the most important monuments of the Sardinian Romanesque period. Riding along the lake Monte Pranu, savour the quiet peace of the rolling plains of Sulcis.

Day 7: The South Coast (60 km/38 miles). Final catwalk of our 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 and Cape Spartivento. At Nora we will visit the ancient Phoenician settlement.

Day 8: Departure. After breakfast, end of services.

Self-guided Tour Price Includes:
- 7 Nights in 3 star hotels (except for Nebida: 2 stars), all rooms with en suite bathroom
- 7 Breakfasts
- Welcome meeting (tour explanation and bike fitting) (Saturdays only)
- Transfer from San Salvatore Sinis to Arborea at the beginning of day 2
- Transfer at the end of day 2 (optional)
- Baggage transportation from hotel to hotel
- Supply of route notes and maps
- Telephone assistance.

Price Excludes:
- Admission to museums and archaeological sites
- Tickets for ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta.

Guided Tour Price Includes:
- 7 Nights in 3 star hotels (except for Nebida: 2 stars), all rooms with en suite bathroom
- 7 Breakfasts
- Welcome meeting (tour explanation and bike fitting) (Saturdays only)
- Transfer from San Salvatore Sinis to Arborea at the beginning of day 2
- Transfer at the end of day 2 (optional)
- Baggage transportation from hotel to hotel
- Supply of route notes and maps
- Telephone assistance
- Support van on days 2 and 3
- 7 dinners (drinks not included)
- One English-speaking guide
- Entry to museums and archaeological sites with assistance of local professional guides
- Tickets for ferries to Carloforte and Calasetta.

Note: Tour needs at least 6 participants to operate.

Dates:
- Self-guided: Saturdays. Year round.
- Guided:
* April 9
* May 7
* June 11
* September 3
* October 8.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Self-guided:
* January 1 to April 29 and October 15 to December 31: EUR 520
* April 30 to July 1 and September 3 to October 14: EUR 580
* July 2 to September 2: EUR 690
* Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) traveling with others: EUR 150
* Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) traveling alone: EUR 250
* Bike rental (tour): EUR 80
* Bike rental (additional days): EUR 10
* Surcharge for a departure on a non-schedule date: EUR 50

- Guided:
* Tour package: EUR 870
* Single room surcharge (1 room/1 person): EUR 150
* Bike rental (tour): EUR 80
* Bike rental (additional days): EUR 10.

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