Sardinia Active Gourmet: “Viva la Mamma” Edition


WELCOME to the bike tour that brings together the passions for cycling and for the culinary arts.

The secret to longevity is only a taste away. Pedal in the heart of Sardinia to discover the local diet and traditions, which contribute to its Blue Zone status and record number of centenarian inhabitants.

As we cycle up an appetite, take cooking classes offered by renowned chefs of the island who bring the fresh Mediterranean flavors out of traditional delights. You will cook classic Sardinian dishes, such as Malloreddus, Culurgiones and Fregola. You will prepare dishes of locally grown greens, fresh fish and meat with delicate and exquisite flavors. Savor the intense tastes of local olive oil and let’s not hold back for a wine and cheese tasting either on this unique tour.

While cycling, you will pedal in fantastic scenery, experiencing the majestic sites such as the Montiferru mountain range and the undulating hilly region called Marmilla. You will visit the Punic-Roman ruins of THARROS and the mysterious archaeological complex site, SU NURAXI (IL NURAGHE) of Barumini. Let’s pull over and take a swim in the sea, which Sardinia is famous for to round out our tour. The tour includes 7 days and 6 nights in luxury hotels, (two night in each accommodation) but it is possible to add some extra days, starting from Alghero or ending in Cagliari if you prefer (for custom inquire).

Please see our blog “Cycling and Dininng for the fountain of youth“ 

Day by Day

DAY 1 Welcome to Alghero, the Catalan city
Meet at Alghero airport and transfer to fabulous lodging in front of the sea – Bike fitting. Optional, city tour with bike test or with walk. Lively and pretty city meets a new cosmopolitanism. Welcome dinner at “ai Tuguri” restaurant. Lodging: Inghirios Resort, Alghero

DAY 2 Capo Caccia & Argentiera mine area . Distance 54 km / 33mi, mostly flat-
Cycling: round trip from Alghero to Capo Caccia and Palmadula. Pedaling towards north Sardinia, we will encounter terrific beaches and landscapes; we will arrive to the cliff of Capo Caccia where is possible reach the sea by the narrow stairs. Who want, can ride untill Argentiera beach. olive oil and wine tasting at Wine Resort Leda d’Ittiri and go back by van to Alghero. Lodging: Inghirios Resort, Alghero

DAY 3 Santu Lussurgiu, Bosa& Malvasia. Distance from 44 to 90 km/27 or 55 mi, rolling hills & mountain
Cycling: bike ride from Alghero to Bosa and transfer to Santu Lussurgiu. You depart Alghero biking up on beautiful uplands, viewing unforgettable landscapes, we will arrive to Bosa for admire the west coast and the Malaspina castle. For who want ride more, the uphill to Cuglieri await him. Finally you arrive to Santu Lussurgiu, which has a characteristic structure of an amphitheater, with its ancient stone houses built in concentric configuration! The gourmet dinner will include tasting the local cheeses and cuts of the fabulous Stinco di Bue Rosso. Lodging: Antica Dimora del Gruccione in Santu Lussurgiu

DAY 4 Montiferru & Bue Rosso. Distance: 66 km / 41mi of rolling hills.
Cycling: loop bike ride along country roads passing through small villages, and climb to the top of Montiferru to admire the great plateau of Ghilarza. Once back, get ready for cooking class at Antica Dimora: our chef will introduce the preparation of ravioli Culurgiones or capocollo: enjoy it. Lodging: Antica Dimora del Gruccione in Santu Lussurgiu.

DAY 5 Oristano & Vernaccia. Distance: 62 km / 38mi of downhill and flat terrain.
Cycling: First we’ll pedal downhill in the region of Montiferru, a dormant volcano, passing through small towns and admiring the Campidano plain and the sea of the Sinis peninsula. Finally we will arrive in Oristano for a stroll on the cobbled street of the city. We’ll have a short transfer to the village of Cabras for wine tasting at “Cantine Contini” and Vernaccia di Oristano. Dinner on your own in Oristano. Lodging: Hotel Regina d’Arborea in Oristano

DAY 6 Tharros & Bottarga. Distance: 55 km / 34mi all flat.
Cycling: we’ll go on a loop that will take us first inland and then pedal in the picturesque peninsula of “Sinis”, where depending on the season, you will be able to see pink flamingos. Now lets get ready for your second cooking classes. Lodging: Hotel Regina d’Arborea in Oristano

DAY 7 Arrivederci
After a farewell breakfast all together, we arrange private transfer to Cagliari or Cagliari airport.

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Cost: 2450 Euro p/person

Price: Based on double accommodation
Tour name: Sardinia Active Gourmet
Tour type: Guided bike tour
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Difficulty: Downhill, flat and rolling hills; easy route

Inclusions:

  • Six nights in superior hotels;
  • Five dinners & two lunches;
  • Two cooking classes;
  • One wine and Olive oil tasting;
  • One cheese tasting;
  • All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
  • All Shuttles and technical assistance;
  • Support Van;
  • Services of experienced guides;
  • Bike Tour Sardinia water bottle;
  • Transferfrom Alghero airport to first hotel on day one ;
  • Transfer to the Cagliari airport on day seven
  • Sales taxes

Not included: Airfare to Sardinia, train fare, 3 lunches, alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature, bike rental.
Bike Rental:
Touring/hybrid bike:  Euro 140 p/week
Race bike: Euro 180 p/week
Dates 2017:
May 9th to 15th
June 2nd to 8th
September 22th to 28th
October 20th to 26th

Dates 2018:
May 18th to 24th
June 8th to 14th
September 21st to 29th
October 26th to November 2nd

Tour customizable at any time
Notes: Our daily itinerary of cycling is designed to be a vacation, not a race! We will cover an average of 20 to 25 miles a day. Advanced cyclists who want to ride more can be accommodated. Backup transportation and support are always available.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Day 1 & 2 Inghirios Resort, Alghero

The resort is an oasis of peace surrounded by the green Alghero countryside. The central structure and private suites are surrounded by a typically Mediterranean garden where you can enjoy the fragrance of the citrus trees and medicinal herbs.View hotel website >>

 

Day 3 & 4 Antica Dimora del Gruccione, Santu Lussurgiu

Antica Dimora del Gruccione is a 17th century mansion of Spanish design, entirely made of stone with arches, barrelled ceilings, wooden beams and ancient wrought iron throughout the structure, and furnished with confortable original antiques. View hotel website >>

 

Day 5 & 6 Hotel Regina d’Arborea, Oristano

Located in a nineteenth-century building in the centre of the town, on the west coast of Sardinia, Hotel Regina D’Arborea is located in the historic center of Oristano, and offers air-conditioned accommodation and a continental breakfast with local and organic products. View hotel website>>

 

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