Sardinia Active Gourmet – Italy Guided Bike Tour

Sardinia cartina Cycling and CookingWELCOME TO THE GUIDED BIKE TOUR THAT BRINGS TOGETHER THE PASSION FOR CYCLING AND FOR THE CULINARY ARTS.

The chefs who teach you will be: Pierluigi Fais in Oristano, Riccardo Porceddu in Santu Lussurgiu and the famous Roberto Petza in Siddi.

Day one: Welcome to Sardinia
Welcome to the Hotel Antica Dimora del Gruccione in Santu Lussurgiu: meeting at Oristano train station and private transfer to the hotel, professional bike fitting and ride test on the roads around the village. The village in which you will overnight is developed around the small rustic church of Holy Cross ( Santa Croce built in 1185 A.D.) and has the characteristic structure of an amphitheater, with ancient stone houses built in concentric configuration along winding and steep narrow cobbled lanes you will love to explore! Gourmet dinner at hotel tasting the local cheese and the fabulous “Stinco di Bue Rosso” (shank of red ox)
Lodging. Antica Dimora del Gruccione

Day two: Cuglieri & Malvasia
Cycling: loop ride from Santu Lussurgiu to Cuglieri, Scano, Siete Fuentes. Distance: 64 km / 40 miles or 85 km / 53 miles visiting Bosa
Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Magomadas and Cuglieri and we will reach 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 (iron mountain), admiring, while descending, the great plateau of Ghilarza. We will come across lots of Nuraghe and suggestive lands. Come back to Santu Lussurgiu and ready for your first cooking classes at Antica Dimora del Gruccione restaurant. Our chef Riccardo Porceddu we will introduce to the preparation of ravioli Culurgiones and capocollo di suino: enjoy it.
Cooking classes
Lodging. Antica Dimora del Gruccione

Day three: Oristano & Vernaccia
Cycling: from Santu Lussurgiu to Oristano via Fordongianus. Distance: 54 km / 33 miles downhill,flat terrain.
First we’ll pedal downhill in the region of Montiferru, a dormant volcano, passing through small towns and Nuraghi. On the way we will stop in Fordongianus, an old Punic-Roman SPA area, where you can visit the ruins, then cross the Campidano flat and skirt the Temo river. Finally we will arrive in Oristano, a town of fishermen and horsemen. After a visit to the cobbled street of the city, a short transfer to Cabras village, famous for the production of bottarga (Sardinian caviar), for wine tasting at “Cantine Contini”, and try the delicious dry wine of the area: Vernaccia di Oristano. Tonight you are free to choose and try the others best restaurants of the city.
Wine tasting, visit at roman ruins of Fordongianus
Lodging: Hotel Regina d’Arborea.

Day four : Tharros & Bottarga
Cycling: Loop ride Cabras, San Giovanni di Sinis, Torre Grande. Distance: 55 km / 34 miles, all flat
Today we will make a particular starting: we will escort our chef Pierluigi Fais at city market where he will show us the ingredients used in his cuisine. Then we will ride in the picturesque “Sinis” peninsula, where there are plenty of ponds and lagoons and where, depending on the season, you will be able to see pink flamingos. We’ll pass through Cabras, the production area of the famous bottarga (the Sardinian caviar)and stop for moving on and visit the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of “Tharros” with a breathtaking view. The tour continue in Marina di Torre Grande where we’ll stop for lunch at the restaurant “da Giovanni”, to taste his unforgettable peppered mussels. Ready for your second cooking classes at the restaurant “Josto al Duomo” adjacent to your hotel, ready to prepare delicious dishes with Pierluigi.
Cooking classes, visit to Tharros roman ruins
Lodging: Hotel Regina d’Arborea.

Day five : Siddi & Malloreddus
Cycling: bike ride to Guspini via Gonnosnò, Barumini, Siddi. Distance 67 km / 41,5 miles, rolling hills
After breakfast we’ll ride in the region of Monte Arci, it is quite an easy way. But the most exciting visit will be the one at Barumini in Marmilla area, a Nuragic city famous thanks to the most important archeological area of the island: the Su Nuraxi complex, which has appeared. During the Bronze Age and which represents the symbol of the island. Reach Siddi where the chef Roberto Petza welcome us at renowned cooking school at the restaurant “S’Apposentu di casa Puddu” (three forgs on the Michelin Guide). Let’s cook pasta as saffron malloreddus, ravioli with lettuce or tallutzas and then dinner! After dinner short transfer to Guspini at terrific Tartheshotel.
Cooking classes, visit at Su Nuraxi Unesco Heritage Site
Lodging: Tartheshotel

Day six: Costa Verde & Black Sheep Cheese
Cycling: loop bike ride from Guspini to Sant’Antonio di Santadi, Portu Maga, Montevecchio. Distance: 70 km / 43,5 miles
From Guspini we start crossing the Campidano flat and taking a completely flat road until Sant’Antonio di Santadi for exactly 30 km! At this point we are warmed enough and can face the hills of Costa Verde (Green Cost). We will ride in a wild contest until to reach the fisherman little villages of Porto Palma, Tunaria and Portu Maga; here we stop for a cheese tasting at Funtanazza farm, to try the pecorino cheese make just from black sheep of the Arbus area. Ready for last climb to Montevecchio, an old mine village. The mines of Montevecchio are now an important site of industrial archaeology, part of the historic Parco Geominerario.
After this quickly, stop enjoy the downhill to Guspini.
Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant
Cheese tasting, Cooking classes (optional)
Lodging: Tartheshotel

Day 7: end of tour after breakfast, private transfer to Cagliari airport or town at 9,00 a.m.

Price & inclusions
Cost: Euro 2,180 p/person -
Price based on double room, upgrades are always available.
Single supplement: 390 Euro
Inclusions:
Six nights in luxury hotel;
Five dinners & two lunches;
Three cooking classes;
One wine tasting;
One cheese tasting;
All maps and detailed route directions;
All Shuttles and technical assistance;
Support Van;
Services of experienced guides;
Cicloposse water bottle;
Transfer on day one from Oristano station;
Transfer to the Cagliari airport on day seven;
Sales taxes
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, bike rental.
Bike Rental:
Touring/hybrid bike euro 140 p/week
High-end race bike euro 170 p/week
Dates 2015:
March 27th to April 2nd
April 7th to 13th
May 8th to 14th
September 11th to 18th
Custom tour at any time
Notes: Our daily itinerary of cycling is designed to be a vacation, not a race! . We will cover an average of 30 to 35 miles a day. Advanced cyclists who want to ride more are accommodated, backup transportation and support are always available.
Difficulty : easygoing to moderate;
Total distance: 190 miles.
Daily Mileage: 30-35 miles on rolling hill terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available.
Optional services:
One wine and cheese tasting more
One or two cooking lessons more
Length: The base tour is 6 nights but is possible add some days or stages

Hotel List:
Santu Lussurgiu        Hotel Antica Dimora del GruccioneCountry Hotel Mandra Edera
Oristano                        Hotel Regina d’Arborea
Guspini                          Hotel Tarthesh

Logistic:
Begin: Oristano
End: Guspini

Airport Arrival/Depart: Cagliari airport
The best way to get in Sardinia is by plane

The tour ends in Guspini: a private transfer to Cagliari airport is included (it will start between 7 and 11 a.m.)

Extra day in Alghero: Malvasia wine and Medieval hilltowns (arrival to Alghero airport).
Distance 87 km / 54 Miles.
Alghero is a lively and pretty city and a flourishing tourist attraction not only for the summer masses and elite tourism, but also for a new cosmopolitanism. Bike-test on the old-town.
Cycling: skirt the coast on a secondary rolling hills terrain. you leave Alghero biking up on beautiful uplands. Admire the massive castello Malaspina in Bosa. You will arrive in Santu Lussurgiu after the climb to Montiferru iron mountain.
Lodging: Luxury B&B Villa Mosca www.villamosca.it
Hotel Villa Las Tronas www.hotelvillalastronas.it (upgrade)