A STAGE CYCLE TOUR IN THE SOUTH OF SARDINIA FOLLOWING ON THE ITINERARY OF A RENOWNED TRAVELER: MAX LEOPOLD WAGNER.

THE MAX LEOPOLD WAGNER TOUR


west coast on Wagner tour
  • Starting location

    Cagliari, Italy
  • Final Destination

    Pula, Italy
  • Tour code

    MLW-22

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Support levels

Guided tour

  • Accommodation

    8 nights at 3-star

  • Meals

    Four dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Cagliari airport; 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • NOT INCLUDED

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.

  • ON REQUEST

    Individual arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Cagliari € 30 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 60 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental.

Self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    8 nights at 3-star

  • MEALS

    Four dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Detailed briefing. Access to SardiniaCycling App with all the information regarding your tour, the itinerary, points of interest as well as all the documentation for your trip. Telephone assistance during your stay. 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • NOT INCLUDED

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; arrival and departure transfer; bike rental; luggage transport.

  • ON REQUEST

    Arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Cagliari € 30 p.p.; departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 60 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 610 + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).

Supported tour

  • Accommodation

    8 nights at 3-star

  • Meals

    Four dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Detailed briefing. Access to SardiniaCycling App with all the information regarding your tour, the itinerary, points of interest as well as all the documentation for your trip. Van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase. Group transfer from/to Cagliari airport. Luggage transport. 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • NOT INCLUDED

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.

  • ON REQUEST

    Individual arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Cagliari € 30 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 60 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental.

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A cycle tour in seven stages following the route of Max Leopold Wagner, the noted Sardinia culture connoisseur.
On this tour through the south of Sardinia, you will discover the history, culture and natural environment that fascinated Max Leopold Wagner. Specialized in Romantic languages, Wagner, a Bavarian, traveled – on a bicycle – between Sardinian villages at the beginning of the twentieth century to enhance his knowledge of the idioms of the island specifically and its culture generally.
His stays on the island not only provided for the three volumes of the Etymological Sardinian Dictionary, an essential tool for the study of the Sardinian language, but also “La vita rustica” (The Rustic Life), a book that reflects on life as seen by Wagner during his visits in the various regions of Sardinia.
This tour follows in Wagner’s path along quiet roads through some of the most historically and culturally rich regions of Sardinia. The Wagner tour is a shaped as a ring that encloses the southern half of the island. Stages have a medium-low difficulty level and leave time for visiting the numerous sites, taking a dip at the many beaches along the way, and enjoying the wonderful Sardinian food.

We love this tour as it gives a great insight of both coastlines - east and west - as well as of inner Sardinia, as it cuts through the middle of the island, with two overnights in very typical locations.

Just as Wagner, you will gain an appreciation of Sardinia, from the most touristic corners to the very remote and traditional areas. We are sure experiencing ever the changing landscape, ancient history, and diverse food and wine traditions will leave an indelible impression on you. You may even write a Wagner-like travel blog yourself.

Our Route

Day 1: Arrival day

Arrival at Cagliari airport, transfer to Cagliari, check-in and welcome.

DAY 2: RIDE CAGLIARI TO MURAVERA

94.4km | 1,156m | 1,152m | 4,30h

We start the ride in between the Poetto, Cagliari's main beach, and the Molentargius natural park: famous for its rare beauty and abundant bird life including pink flamingos. From there we head toward Villasimius, on a marvellous coastal road with multiple beachs along the way. Next we ride north to Muravera and the marvelous Colostrai lagoon. Overnight in Muravera.

Upon request, we can make this stage shorter with a van transfer.

Castellammare del Golfo

DAY 3: RIDE MURAVERA TO ORROLI

56.5km | 1,173m | 648m | 3,15h

From Muravera, we ride through the typical Sardinian villages of Ballao and Escalaplano on our way to the small village of Orroli. It's a stage full of up and downs with generally medium length climbs. Only the last stretch, right after Escalaplano, is rather long: about 7km inside a spectacular red granite canyon. After the climb a rewarding view on the Mulargia lake. A must-see site to visit during the stage is right at the end of the main climb: the Nuraghe Arrubiu, a massive and unique structure dating back 4000 years. And we can’t miss the Omu Axiu museum, which offers us a view of peasant history in Sardinia. Dinner and overnight in Orroli.


DAY 4: RIDE ORROLI TO VILLANOVAFORRU

48.5km | 520m | 749m | 2,30h

We rate this stage as super easy, as you can see from the specs there isn't much climbing and the meters down are more than the meters up. This is designed to give you time to enjoy the sights along the way. After leaving Orroli, we pass through Nurri, Gerrei, Barumini and Collinas on our way to Villanovaforru. In Barumini, we visit the 'Su Nuraxi' nuraghic complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided visits are frequent and in many languages, a wonderful opportunity to get a better understanding of the unique history of the island. In the village of Tuili we can visit the parish church with its lovely paintings. Dinner and overnight in Villanovaforru not far from the UNESCO site at Barumini.

Bosa downtown

DAY 5: RIDE VILLANOVAFORRU TO TORRE DEI CORSARI

61.9km | 323m | 593m | 3,5h

We leave central Sardinia and ride along grain fields and pastures towards the west coast: it's a very interesting area, and surprisingly totally flat. As we approach the coast we see a huge lagoon where fishing is still the main activity of thousand families. We will cross the bay and give you a chance to experience the fruits of theses small scale fishing operations with a nice fresh lunch in the fishing village of Marceddì. After lunch it is only a few more kilometers to our hotel, situated near a nice beach that awaits you. Dinner and overnight in Torre dei Corsari.

To central Sardinia

DAY 6: RIDE TORRE DEI CORSARI TO PORTIXEDDU

61.5km | 1,310m | 1,247m | 5h

This is the most challenging stage of the whole trip. But, you'll get the reward of amazing views of the Costa Verde and it's very wild nature. First part of this stage is flat. The road begins to rise slightly as you approach the small village of Guspini, after which the climb becomes more challenging. Here you leave the coastline and ride into the heart of the Sardinian mining area, Montevecchio, with all the old mining facilities. You also ride through Arbus, known for fine handcrafted knives. After Arbus and the Bidderdì mountain pass, it's all descent - and what a descent - on a beautiful mountain road toward the sea where the ride ends at Portixeddu. Careful management of your energy, especially during the first part of this stage will allow you to easily tackle the more difficult climbs in the middle of it. Dinner and overnight in Portixeddu.


DAY 7: RIDE PORTIXEDDU TO SANT'ANTIOCO

69.9km | 861m | 989m | 4h

Before you leave the hotel it is very important to put a brand new memory card with many gigabytes in the camera: the stretch of coast you ride along on this stage, especially in its first part, is nothing short of spectacular. The coastline of Nebida, Buggerru and Masua has many climbs and many descents. But the time you'll spend on the uphills is never enough, as it allows you to better fix the memory of these breathtaking views in your mind. A stop at Cala Domestica is a must before tackling the biggest climb of the day. The second half of the day is mostly flat as we head toward Sant'Antico, where we overnight.


to Olbia

DAY 8: RIDE SANT'ANTIOCO TO PULA

85.4km | 986m | 985m | 5h

From Sant'Antioco you experience a series of ups and downs that characterize this stage. The stretch of coastal road from Porto Teulada to Chia is the highlight. Recognized as one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, this stretch features a variety of colors, very often pastels, in contrast with the deep blue sea. And, of course, there are the ever-present Aragonese towers that once protected the coastline. They’re from the time of the Spanish occupation of Sardinia. Overnight in Pula.


DAY 9: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY.

Transfer to Cagliari airport and end of services.

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