A STAGE CYCLE TOUR IN THE SOUTH OF SARDINIA ON THE ITINERAY OF AN ANCIENT 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-21

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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 € 45 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 and a Road-Book containing tour details; GPS with preloaded stage routes; 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 € 45 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 and a Road-Book containing tour details; GPS with preloaded stage routes; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Alghero 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 € 45 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental.

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A stage bicycle tour. Bike the route of Max Leopold Wagner, the noted Sardinia culture connoisseur.
On this stage tour in 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 – to typical 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 this land. Stages have a medium-low difficulty level and leave time for visit to the numerous sites or - why not - take a swim in one of the best beaches of southern Sardinia.

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 the island right in its middle, with two overnights in very typical locations.

Right as Wagner, you can get a fairly wide insight of Sardinia from the most touristic to the very remote and traditional areas, and also try the ever changing food and wine traditions. Are you going to write Wagner-alike 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

In the beginning of the trip, we ride along the natural park right on a side of the main Cagliari beach: a stretch of coast famous for its rare beauty, abundant bird life including pink flamingos and citrus groves. Then on Villasimius, on a marvellous coastal road and on 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 until we reach 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, and you can see from the specs below that the climbing is little and the meters down are more than the meters up. In our plans, a stage like that make a lot of sense when guests can find along their way some interesting spot to visit. And there it is! 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 any language, there's a bar and everything that makes a stop here a real must. In the village of Tuili we can visit the parish church with its lovely paintings. Dinner and overnight in Villanovaforru not far from Barumini and the UNESCO site.
Bosa downtown

DAY 5: RIDE VILLANOVAFORRU TO TORRE DEI CORSARI

61.9km | 323m | 593m | 3,15h
We leave central Sardinia and ride along grain fields and pastures towards the west coastline: it's a very interesting area, and - surprisingly - totally flat. It's characterized by huge lagoons in which the small fishery is still the main activity of thousand families. And before destination we invite you to discover the small scale fishing operated in these lagoons through a nice fresh lunch in the fishermen village of Marceddì. A few more kilometers and you'll be at hotel on 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 ride of the whole trip. But as usual, 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 and cross it's heart, Montevecchio, with all the old facilities belonging to the mining activity. You also ride through Arbus, known for the 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
First step, when still at the hotel, is to put a brand new memory card with many gigabyte in the camera: the stretch of coast where you ride along on this stage, especially in its first part, is a kind of a very special photographic set. The coastline of Nebida, Buggerru and Masua has many climbs and as many descents. But the time you'll spend on uphill is never enough, as it allows us to better fix the memory of these breathtaking views. A stop at Cala Domestica is a must before tackling the second part of the stage that takes you to Sant'Antico, where the overnight stay is planned.

to Olbia

DAY 8: RIDE SANT'ANTIOCO TO PULA

85.4km | 986m | 985m | 5h
From Sant'Antioco you experience the series of ups and downs that characterize this stage. Its special feature is the stretch of coastal road from Porto Teulada to Chia. 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 this 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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